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MoonDragon's Health & Wellness
PARKINSON'S DISEASE


This webpage is dedicated to Michael J. Fox, one of my favorite actors and a well-known television and movie personality, who also has Parkinson's disease. He is an active, outspoken supporter of Parkinson's disease research. Please check out his information The Michael J. Fox Story at near the bottom of this page and feel free to visit his webpages about Parkinson's disease.


Michael J. Fox




BASIC INFORMATION


DESCRIPTION

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative disease affecting the nervous system. The underlying cause is unknown, but symptoms appear when there is a lack of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that carries messages from one nerve cell to another. In healthy persons, it exists in balance with another neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. In people with what is called primary Parkinson's disease, the substantia nigra - the area of the brain containing cells that manufacture dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin - are damaged or dying, and the brain loses the ability to manufacture these chemicals.

Parkinson's disease is one of the most common debilitating diseases in the United States. There are approximately 1.2 million people with the disease throughout the United States and Canada. It affects men more often than women. Recent statistics indicate that 1 percent of adults over the age of 60 and 2 percent of adults over the age of 70 may have Parkinson's disease.





Parkinson's Disease Symptoms


SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of Parkinson's disease vary from person to person. Early signs may be subtle and can go unnoticed for months or years. Symptoms typically begin on one side of the body and usually remain worse on that side. Parkinson's signs and symptoms may include:
  • The disease may start almost imperceptibly, with a mild to moderate tremor of the hand or hands while at rest. As the disease progresses, a characteristic "pill rolling" movement in which the thumb and forefinger rub against each other is common. However, many people with Parkinson's disease do not experience substantial tremor.


  • There is a tendency to tire more easily than usual and a general slow and heavy feeling.


  • Muscular stiffness (rigidity) often occurs in the limbs and neck. Sometimes the stiffness can be so severe that it limits the range of your movements and causes pain. As the disease progresses, the body may gradually become rigid and the limbs stiffen.


  • Bradykinesia (slowness of movement). Over time, Parkinson's disease may reduce the ability to initiate voluntary movement. This may make even the simplest tasks difficult and time-consuming. As the disease progresses a stooped, shuffling gait may occur when walking with steps becoming short and freezing to the floor, making it hard to take the first step.


  • Impaired posture and balance may occur. The posture may become stooped as a result of Parkinson's disease. Imbalance also is common although this is usually mild until the later stages of the disease.


  • Loss of automatic movements such as blinking, smiling and swinging the arms when walking. These are all unconscious acts that are a normal part of being a human. In Parkinson's disease, these acts tend to be diminished and even lost. Some people may develop a fixed staring facial expression and unblinking eyes. Others may no longer gesture or seem animated when they speak.


  • Speech changes and impaired speech. Many people with Parkinson's disease have problems with speech. They may speak more softly, rapidly or in a monotone, sometimes slurring or repeating words, or hesitating before speaking.


  • There may be drooling and loss of appetite.


  • Depression and/or dementia may accompany the physical symptoms. In the later stages of Parkinson's disease, some people develop problems with memory and mental clarity. Alzheimer's drugs appear to elevate some of these symptoms to a mild degree

TYPES OF TREMORS

While tremors can be a sign of Parkinson's disease, not all tremors can be attributed to it. Hand tremors are common in middle age and later. There are different types of tremors:
  • Parkinsonian tremors are most pronounced during rest, can be aggravated by tension or fatigue, and disappear during sleep.


  • Intention tremors occur only when a muscle is being used, rather than at rest.


  • Essential tremor is a condition characterized by more or less continuous up-and-down tremors that seems to run in families. Essential tremors usually affect both hands and become milder with rest, more severe with activity and/or stress. Attempts to stop this type of tremor through willpower often seem to make the trembling worse.

Any persistent or recurrent tremor deserves investigation, especially if it interferes with normal activity, but it should be kept in mind that most tremors are not and indication of Parkinson's disease.





CAUSES

Many symptoms of Parkinson's disease result from the lack of a chemical messenger, called dopamine, in the brain. This occurs when the specific brain cells that produce dopamine die or become impaired. But researchers still are not certain about what sets this chain of events in motion.

dopamine transmission in Parkinson's disease

Dopamine is one of 3 main neurotransmitters called catecholamins. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that transmit impulses across the synapses (gaps) between neurons in the brain and onward to the muscles. Dopamine-neurons, called dopaminergic neurons, form a network of small clusters, found in several regions of the brain. The main concentration of dopaminergic neurons responsible for controlling muscle movement, emotional, motivational behavioral mechanisms is located in the upper brain stem (mid-brain), in an area called the substantia nigra.


While the cause of the loss of brain cells that causes Parkinson's disease remains unknown, a number of different theories have been developed. One hypothesis is that the cells are destroyed by toxins within the body that the liver is unable to filter out, metabolize, or detoxify because as the body ages, the liver loses its ability to work as effectively and as efficiently as it once did. Another theory is that exposure to environmental toxins, such as herbicides and pesticides that leach into ground water, is responsible.





RISK FACTORS

Risk factors for Parkinson's disease include:
  • Age. Young adults very rarely experience Parkinson's disease. It ordinarily begins in middle or late life, and the risk continues to increase with age.


  • Heredity. Having one or more close relatives with Parkinson's increases the chances that you will also develop the disease, although your risk is still less than 5 percent. Recent evidence suggests a crucial role for small contributions from many different genes that program brain architecture.


  • Sex. Men are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than women are.


  • Exposure to toxins. Ongoing exposure to herbicides and pesticides puts you at slightly increased risk of Parkinson's.




DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT


DIAGNOSIS

No definitive tests exist for Parkinson's disease, so it can be difficult to diagnose, especially in the early stages. And parkinsonism - the symptoms of Parkinson's disease - can be caused by many other types of problems. Examples include:
  • Other neurological disorders. Essential tremor, dementia with Lewy bodies, multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy each feature some symptoms common to Parkinson's disease.


  • Drugs. Anti-psychotic medications, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine) and haloperidol (Haldol), block dopamine, as do anti-nausea drugs like prochlorperazine (Compazine) or metoclopramide (Reglan). If you take any of these drugs, you may develop parkinsonism, although it is reversible when the drug is stopped.


  • Toxins. Exposure to carbon monoxide, cyanide or certain other toxins can produce symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.


  • Head trauma. Both solitary head injuries and the repetitive variety of head trauma common in boxing have been linked to parkinsonism, although risks are small.


  • Structural problems. Strokes or fluid buildup in the brain (hydrocephalus) may occasionally mimic Parkinson's disease.

A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is based on your medical history and a neurological examination. As part of your medical history, your health care provider will want to know about any medications you take and whether you have a family history of Parkinson's. The neurological examination includes an evaluation of your walking and coordination, as well as some simple hand tasks.

A diagnosis of Parkinson's is most likely if you have:
  • At least two of the three cardinal Parkinson's symptoms - tremor, slowing of motion and muscle rigidity.


  • Onset of symptoms on only one side of the body.


  • Tremor more pronounced at rest, for example, when your hands are resting in your lap.


  • Strong response to levodopa, a Parkinson's drug.





CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT

There is no known cure. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms and maintaining independence as long as possible. Drug therapy, physical therapy, and surgery are among the treatment methods used.




MEDICATIONS, PHYSICAL THERAPY & SURGERY

The initial response to Parkinson's treatment can be dramatic. Over time, however, the benefits of drugs frequently diminish or become less consistent, although symptoms can usually still be fairly well controlled. The health care provider may recommend lifestyle changes, such as physical therapy, a healthy diet and exercise, in addition to medications. In some cases, surgery may be helpful.

MEDICATIONS

Medications can help manage problems with walking, movement and tremor by increasing the brain's supply of dopamine. Taking dopamine itself is not helpful, because it is unable to enter your brain.
  • Levodopa. The most effective Parkinson's drug is levodopa, which is a natural substance that we all have in our body. When taken by mouth in pill form, it passes into the brain and is converted to dopamine. Levodopa is combined with carbidopa to create the combination drug Sinemet. The carbidopa protects levodopa from premature conversion to dopamine outside the brain; in doing that, it also prevents nausea. In Europe, levodopa is combined with a similar substance, benserazide, and is marketed as Madopar. As the disease progresses, the benefit from levodopa may become less stable, with a tendency to wax and wane ("wearing off"). This then requires medication adjustments. Levodopa side effects include confusion, delusions and hallucinations, as well as involuntary movements called dyskinesia. These resolve with dose reduction, but sometimes at the expense of reduced parkinsonism control.


  • Dopamine agonists. Unlike levodopa, these drugs are not changed into dopamine. Instead, they mimic the effects of dopamine in the brain and cause neurons to react as though dopamine is present. They are not nearly as effective in treating the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. However, they last longer and are often used to smooth the sometimes off-and-on effect of levodopa. This class includes pill forms of dopamine agonists, pramipexole (Mirapex) and ropinirole (Requip), as well as a patch form, rotigotine (Neupro). Pergolide (Permax) has been withdrawn from the market because of its association with heart valve problems. A short-acting injectable dopamine agonist, apomorphine (Apokyn), is used for quick relief. The side effects of dopamine agonists include those of carbidopa-levodopa, although they are less likely to cause involuntary movements. However, they are substantially more likely to cause hallucinations, sleepiness or swelling. These medications may also increase your risk of compulsive behaviors such as hypersexuality, compulsive gambling and compulsive overeating. If you are taking these medications and start behaving in a way that's out of character for you, talk to your health care provider.


  • MAO B inhibitors. These types of drugs, including selegiline (Eldepryl) and rasagiline (Azilect), help prevent the breakdown of both naturally occurring dopamine and dopamine formed from levodopa. They do this by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme monoamine oxidase B (MAO B) - the enzyme that metabolizes dopamine in the brain. Side effects are rare but can include serious interactions with other medications, including drugs to treat depression and certain narcotics.


  • Catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors. These drugs prolong the effect of carbidopa-levodopa therapy by blocking an enzyme that breaks down levodopa. Tolcapone (Tasmar) has been linked to liver damage and liver failure, so it is normally used only in people who are not responding to other therapies. Entacapone (Comtan) does not cause liver problems and is now combined with carbidopa and levodopa in a medication called Stalevo.


  • Anticholinergics. These drugs have been used for many years to help control the tremor associated with Parkinson's disease. A number of anticholinergic drugs, such as trihexyphenidyl and benztropine (Cogentin), are available. However, their modest benefits may be offset by side effects such as confusion and hallucinations, particularly in people over the age of 70. Other side effects include dry mouth, nausea, urine retention - especially in men with an enlarged prostate - and severe constipation.


  • Antivirals. Health care providers may prescribe amantadine (Symmetrel) alone to provide short-term relief of mild, early-stage Parkinson's disease. It also may be added to carbidopa-levodopa therapy for people in the later stages of Parkinson's disease, especially if they have problems with involuntary movements (dyskinesia) induced by carbidopa-levodopa. Side effects include swollen ankles and a purple mottling of the skin.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Exercise is important for general health, but especially for maintaining function in Parkinson's disease. Physical therapy may be advisable and can help improve mobility, range of motion and muscle tone. Although specific exercises can not stop the progress of the disease, improving muscle strength can help you feel more confident and capable. A physical therapist can also work with you to improve your gait and balance. A speech therapist or speech pathologist can improve problems with speaking and swallowing.

SURGERY

Deep brain stimulation is the most common surgical procedure to treat Parkinson's disease. It involves implanting an electrode deep within the parts of your brain that control movement. The amount of stimulation delivered by the electrode is controlled by a pacemaker-like device placed under the skin in your upper chest. A wire that travels under your skin connects the device, called a pulse generator, to the electrode.

Deep brain stimulation is most often used for people who have advanced Parkinson's disease who have unstable medication (levodopa) responses. It can stabilize medication fluctuations and reduce or eliminate involuntary movements (dyskinesias). Tremor is especially responsive to this therapy. Deep brain stimulation does not help dementia and may make that worse.

Like any other brain surgery, this procedure has risks - such as brain hemorrhage or stroke-like problems. Infection also may occur, requiring parts of the device to be replaced. In addition, the unit's battery beneath the skin of the chest wall must be surgically replaced every few years. Deep brain stimulation is not beneficial for people who do not respond to carbidopa-levodopa.





COMPLICATIONS

Complications Parkinson's disease is often accompanied by these additional problems:
  • Depression. This can occur even before other Parkinson's symptoms. Receiving treatment for depression can make it easier to handle the other challenges of Parkinson's disease.


  • Sleep problems. People with Parkinson's disease often have trouble falling asleep and may wake up frequently throughout the night. They may also experience sudden sleep onset, called sleep attacks, during the day.


  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing. The muscles you use to swallow may be affected in the later stages of the disease, making eating more difficult.


  • Urinary problems. Parkinson's disease may cause either urinary incontinence or urine retention. Certain medications used to treat Parkinson's also can make it difficult to urinate.


  • Constipation. Many people with Parkinson's disease develop constipation because the digestive tract works more slowly. Constipation may also be a side effect of medications used to treat the disease.


  • Sexual dysfunction. Some people with Parkinson's disease may notice a decrease in sexual desire. This may stem from a combination of psychological and physical factors, or it may be the result of physical factors alone.

Medications for Parkinson's disease also may cause a number of complications, including involuntary twitching or jerking movements of the arms or legs, hallucinations, sleepiness, and a drop in blood pressure when standing up.





CONSIDERATIONS

  • Some people with Parkinson's disease have been found to have high levels of lead in their brains. Chelation Therapy is the only way to remove lead from the body.


  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Chelation Therapy

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Lead Toxicity

  • If your work or a hobby exposes you to chemicals or metals such as lead or aluminum, always wear protective clothing, including gloves and a face mask.


  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Environmental Toxicity

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Lead Toxicity

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Aluminum Toxicity

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Chemical Poisoning

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Mercury Toxicity

  • Because there are no definitive tests for Parkinson's disease, people with hypoglycemia are sometimes diagnosed as having the condition.


  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hypoglycemia

  • A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that when the drug selegiline (Eldepryl), also known as deprenyl, is taken in the early stages of the disease, the onset of the more disabling symptoms seems to be delayed. The drug's mechanism of action is unclear, however, and it has not been proved that it can actually delay or slow the disease process, as opposed to easing symptoms.


  • Treatment with the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may help prevent Parkinson's Disease.


  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: DHEA Therapy

  • The use of antioxidant supplements may delay the need for the levodopa therapy in people with Parkinson's disease, in some cases by as much as 2 or 3 years. In one study, people with Parkinson's disease were given 3,000 mg of Vitamin C and 3,200 IU of Vitamin E daily. The results strongly suggested that the progression of the disease can be slowed significantly by the administration of high dosages of antioxidants. If Parkinson's disease is related to free radical damage of dopamine-producing brain cells, in theory, a person who takes antioxidants while still healthy might never develop Parkinson's disease. Other research is exploring the role of a naturally occurring substance, glial-cell-line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), which nourishes the neurons that produce dopamine.


  • The drug first used to treat this disease was levodopa (sold under the brand names of Dopar and Larodopa). This drug is not effective alone, however, and can have serious side effects, including paranoia and hallucinations. A combination of levodopa and a drug called carbidopa (Sinemet) is also used. This drug reduces stiffness. Other drugs that may be prescribed for people with Parkinson's disease are bromocriptine (Parlodel), entacapone (Comtan), pergolide (Permax), pramipexole (Mirapex), ropinirole (Requip), and tolcapone (Tasmar). Some of these drugs can be used either on their own or with levadopa; others must be used with levodopa. All of these medications cause side effects. Consult with your health care provider, pharmacist or a Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) book for listed side effects, indications, contraindications and other helpful information about these drugs.


  • A treatment for episodes of hypomobility, or "off-periods," in which a person with Parkinson's disease becomes immobile or unable to perform daily activities, is apomorphine (Apokyn). Because of possible side effects and drug interactions, it should only be used under the guidance of a health care provider.


  • Pallidotomy is a surgical procedure sometimes recommended for people with Parkinson's disease. In the technique, the surgeon uses targeted electrical current to destroy the area of the brain that is causing involuntary movements. Although this has become safer and more accurate, it is still a high-risk operation.


  • The transplantation of brain tissue from an animal that is still manufacturing dopamine into the brains of people with Parkinson's disease have proved successful in relieving symptoms in some cases.


  • Brain stimulators to curb involuntary movements are much like pacemakers for the heart. They can be implanted in the brain and operated by the individual when needed. A device called the Activa tremor control system stimulates targeted cells in the thalamus via electrodes that are implanted in the brain and connected to a neurostimulator implanted near the collarbone. The electrical stimulation can be adjusted for each person's needs. These devices require the services of a health care provider to obtain, implant, and maintain. Information about the Activa system is available from the Manufacturer, Medtronic.


  • Medtronic Activa Therapy Information





    HOME CARE & HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS


    LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

    If you have received a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, you will need to work closely with your health care provider to find a treatment plan that offers you the greatest relief from symptoms with the fewest side effects. Certain lifestyle changes also may help make living with Parkinson's disease easier.

    AVOIDING FALLS - WALKING WITH CARE

    Parkinson's disease can disturb your sense of balance, making it difficult to walk with a normal gait. These suggestions may help:
    • Try not to move too quickly.


    • Aim for your heel to strike the floor first when you are walking.


    • If you notice yourself shuffling, stop and check your posture. It is best to stand up straight with your head over your hips and your feet eight to 10 inches apart.

    In the later stages of the disease, you may fall more easily. That is because Parkinson's disease affects the balance and coordination centers in the brain. In fact, you may be thrown off balance by just a small push or bump. The following suggestions may help:
    • Do not pivot your body over your feet while turning. Instead, make a U-turn.
    • Do not lean or reach. Keep your center of gravity over your feet.
    • Do not carry things while walking.
    • Avoid walking backward.

    DRESSING & UNDRESSING

    Putting on your clothing and removing it can be the most frustrating of all activities for someone with Parkinson's disease. The loss of fine-motor control makes it hard to button and zip clothes, and even to step into a pair of pants. A physical therapist can point out techniques that make daily activities easier. These suggestions also may help:
    • Allow plenty of time so that you do not feel rushed.
    • Lay clothes nearby.
    • Choose clothes that you can slip on easily, such as sweat pants, simple dresses or pants with elastic waistbands.
    • Use fabric fasteners, such as Velcro, instead of buttons.

    massage to relieve muscle tension


    PHYSICAL THERAPY

    Physical therapy, including active and passive range-of-motion exercises, plus daily moderate exercise like walking, can help to maintain normal muscle tone and function.

    THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

    Massage therapy can reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation, which can be especially helpful to people experiencing muscle rigidity associated with Parkinson's disease. Although these services are rarely covered by health insurance, a physical therapist may be able to teach a care giver or a family member to do massage in place of professional massage therapy. It is not hard to learn basic techniques and can greatly improve quality of life for someone with Parkinson's disease.

    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Massage

    MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Massage Techniques

    Tai Chi exercise


    T'AI CHI

    T'ai chi is an ancient form of Chinese exercise. T'ai chi employs slow, flowing motions that help improve flexibility and balance. Several forms of tai chi are tailored for people of any age or physical condition. T'ai chi classes may be available through a local community center, support group, or college or may be taught privately. T'ai chi can be practiced in a group setting or at home in a quiet place or outdoors in a quiet space such as a back yard, a park or other similar setting. Tai chi can also be learned from instructional videos available from many sources.

    www.classicaltaichi.com

    MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Tai Chi Chuan



    yoga for all ages


    YOGA

    Yoga is another type of exercise that increases flexibility and balance. Most poses can be modified, depending on your physical abilities. Yoga classes may be available through a local community center, support group, or college or may be taught privately.

    MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Yoga



    COPING & SUPPORT

    Living with any chronic illness can be difficult, and it is normal to feel angry, depressed or discouraged at times. Parkinson's disease presents special problems because it can cause chemical changes in your brain that make you feel anxious or depressed. And Parkinson's disease can be profoundly frustrating, as walking, talking and even eating become more difficult and time-consuming.

    Although friends and family can be your best allies, the understanding of people who know what you are going through can be especially helpful. Support groups are not for everyone, but for many people, they can be a good resource for practical information about Parkinson's disease.

    To learn about support groups in your community, talk to your health care provider, a Parkinson's disease social worker or a local public health nurse. Or contact the National Parkinson Foundation or the American Parkinson Disease Association.

    National Parkinson Foundation
    Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
    Parkinson's Disease Foundation





    NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

    NUTRITION OVERVIEW

  • Eating a healthy diet is important. Eat a nutritionally balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These foods are high in fiber, which is important for helping prevent the constipation that is common in Parkinson's disease. The diet should consist of 75 percent raw foods, with nuts, seeds, grains, and raw milk.


  • Include in the diet foods containing the amino acid phenylalanine, such as almonds, Brazil nuts, fish, pecans, pumpkin and sesame seeds, lima beans, chickpeas, and lentils. Caution: Brazil nuts contain high levels of selenium, over 500 mg per ounce of nuts. If you eat Brazil nuts, adjust your supplement dosages accordingly.

  • Reduce your intake of animal protein, especially if you are taking levodopa (see under considerations above). This can help with control of coordination and muscle movements. Try to limit your protein consumption to 7 grams per day, consumed mostly at dinner. Eat barley, tofu, yogurt, beans, lentils, and other sources of protein instead of meat and poultry.


  • If you must take the drug levodopa, consume the following foods in moderation only: bananas, beef, fish, liver, oatmeal, peanuts, potatoes, and whole grains. These foods contain vitamin B-6, which interferes with the drug's potency. Do not take supplemental vitamin B-6, as it counteracts the drug's therapeutic effects (be careful with multi-vitamin supplements). Also, because some of the amino acids contained in food proteins can prevent this drug from reaching the brain, where it is needed, eat protein foods only in the evening, and not at the same time as the drug is taken. Once on medication, discuss with your health care provider any dietary change you plan to make, as dosage adjustments may be needed.


  • If you take a fiber supplement, such as psyllium powder, Metamucil or Citrucel, be sure to introduce it gradually and drink plenty of fluids daily. Otherwise, your constipation may become worse. If you find that fiber helps your symptoms, use it on a regular basis for the best results.


  • People with Parkinson's disease tend to have low levels of coenzyme Q-10, and some research has suggested it may be beneficial. Talk with your health care provider before taking this supplement.


  • Fasting and chelation therapy are both beneficial and may help to halt the progression of Parkinson's disease.


  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Chelation Therapy

    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Fasting

  • A study conducted by the National Institute on Aging using rhesus monkeys shows a long-term low calorie diet may offer protection from Parkinson's disease.


  • Green drinks may significantly reduce symptoms.


  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Juicing & Green Drinks

  • Octacosanol, a substance found in Wheat Germ Oil, has been shown to have beneficial effects on neuron membranes, and may make it possible to reduce the dosage of levodopa required.


  • Herbal Remedies: Wheat Germ Oil, Expeller Pressed, Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 16 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Octacosanol, NOW Foods, 5000 mcg, 100 Caps

  • Iron supplementation appears to be beneficial to some people with Parkinson's disease. The production of tyrosine hydroxylase, an enzyme involved in the production of dopa (the precursor of dopamine), apparently can be stimulated by iron supplementation. Consult with your health care provider before starting any iron-supplement therapy.


  • Herbal Remedies: Iron Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 20 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Ionic Iron Supplement With ConcenTrace, Trace Minerals, 2 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Iron Complex With Vitamins & Herbs, Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 250 Tabs

    Herbal Remedies: Iron Gluconate, Nature's way, 18 mg, 100 Caps





    HERBS

    Degenerative disease is often facilitate by the accumulation of toxins in the body. The following herbs have detoxifying properties.

  • Burdock Root, Dandelion Root, Ginger Root, and Milk Thistle detoxify the liver.


  • Herbal Remedies: Burdock Root (Arctium Lappa) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Ginger Root (Zingiber Officinale) Supplements & Products

  • Cayenne (Capsicum), Goldenseal, Mullein, Siberian Ginseng, Yarrow stimulate the thymus and lymphatic system. Caution: Do not take Goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than 1 week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not use Siberian Ginseng if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.


  • Herbal Remedies: Cayenne (Capsicum) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus Senticosus) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) Supplements & Products

  • Hawthorn, Licorice, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla cleanse the blood. Caution: Do not use Licorice on a daily basis for more than 7 days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.


  • Herbal Remedies: Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Sarsaparilla (Smilax Ornata) Supplements & Products

  • Yellow Dock cleanses the blood and detoxifies the liver.


  • Herbal Remedies: Yellow Dock (Rumex Crispus) Supplements & Products

  • Black Cohosh, Catnip, Lemon Balm, Passion Flower, Skullcap, and Valerian Root have anti-stress properties and can help nourish the nervous system. Caution: Do not use Black Cohosh during pregnancy without consulting with your midwife (Black Cohosh is considered a childbirth herb and should only be used in the last few weeks of pregnancy to bring on and sustain labor).


  • Herbal Remedies: Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Catnip (Nepeta Cataria) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Skullcap (Scutellaria Lateriflora) Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Valerian Root (Valeriana Officinalis) Supplements & Products

  • Ginkgo Biloba helps to improve memory and brain function.


  • Herbal Remedies: Ginkgo Biloba Supplements & Products

  • To reduce inflammation, use Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi or Bai Gka-Prow (Ocimum Sanctum), or Thunder God Vine (Tripterygium Wilfordii). Caution: Use only the roots of Thunder God Vine. The stems and leaves are highly toxic.


  • Herbal Remedies: Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum) Supplements & Products

    ECPlaza.net: Tripterygium Wilfordii Extract Products





    NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    The dosages given below are for adults.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
    Essential
    Calcium As directed on label. People with Parkinson's disease often develop porous bones and are in danger of fractures. Calcium also supports the nervous system. Use Calcium Citrate form.
    Calcium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 700 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Calcium Citrate / Malate Complex, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 100 Caps,
    Calcium Citrate / Malate Complex, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 250 Caps,
    Liquid Calcium W/ConcenTrace, Orange Vanilla, Trace Minerals, 1000 mg, 32 fl. oz.,
    Complete Calcium & Magnesium 2:1 Supplement, Trace Minerals, 120 Tabs,
    Complete Calcium & Magnesium 1:1 Supplement, Trace Minerals, 120 Tabs,
    Cal-Mag Pre-Chelated Calcium & Magnesium, Vital Earth, 240 Gelcaps
    And
    Magnesium
    As directed on label. Important for the function of nerves and muscles.
    Magnesium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 350 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Just An Ounce Calcium & Magnesium Liquid, Almond Flavor, 16 fl. oz.,
    Calcium & Magnesium Mineral Complex, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 500 mg / 250 mg, 250 Caps
    And
    Potassium
    As directed on label. Aids nerve impulse transmission and muscle contraction.
    Potassium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 340 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Potassium Chelate, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 99 mg, 100 Caps,
    Potassium Chloride Powder, NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 8 oz.
    Coenzyme Q-10 As directed on label. Allows cells to produce energy. May slow brain cell death and slow progression of the disease.
    CoQ10, Vegetarian Coenzyme, NOW Foods, 30 mg, 60 VCaps,
    CoQ10, Now Foods, 400 mg, 60 Softgels
    Plus
    Coenzyme A
    As directed on label. Works well with Coenzyme Q-10 to streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy.
    Pantethine (Coenzyme A Precursor), Highly Active Form of Vitamin B-5, 300 mg, NOW Foods, 60 Softgels,
    Creatine As directed on label. Do not take with fruit juice, as this combination produces creatinine, which is difficult for the kidneys to process. Do not exceed the recommended dose. Often used by body builders to increase muscle stamina. Research is ongoing in the use of creatine in muscle-depleting illnesses. Should be used in combination with a balanced diet.
    Creatine Overload, Creatine Supplement Powder, Hi-Tech, 1200 g,
    Creatine Monohydrate, Pharmaceutical Grade, NOW Foods, 750 mg, 120 Caps,
    Micronized Creatine Monohydrate Powder, NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 21.2 oz.,
    Creatine Monohydrate, NOW Foods, 1500 mg, 100 Tabs,
    5-Hydroxy-L-Tryptophan (5-HTP) As directed on label. Increases brain serotonin levels, which helps overcome insomnia and depression.
    Natural Mood Stabilizer, 5-HTP Optimum Mood Support, 50 mg, 60 Caps,
    5-HTP Hydroxy Tryptophan, Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 120 VCaps
    L-Phenylalanine
    And
    L-Tyrosine
    As directed by a health care provider. Amino acids that are converted to dopamine. Caution: Do not take these supplements if you are pregnant or nursing; if you take a MAO inhibitor drug or if you suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU.
    L-Phenylalanine, Free Form, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 60 Caps,
    L-Tyrosine, High Potency, NOW Foods, 750 mg, 90 Caps,
    L-Tyrosine, Pharmaceutical Grade, Free Form, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 120 Caps
    Vitamin B Complex 50 mg 3 times daily. (Amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary.) Extremely important in brain function and enzyme activity. Use a high-potency sublingual formula if available. Consider injection (under a health care provider's supervision).
    Ultimate B (Vitamin B Complex), Nature's Secret, 60 Tabs,
    Vitamin B-100 Complex, w/ Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps
    And
    Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin)
    50 mg 3 times daily, with meals. A lack of this vitamin causes depression, nerve damage, and a reduction in neurotransmitter levels.
    Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin), Nature's Way, 100 mg, 100 Caps
    And
    Vitamin B-3 (Niacin or Niacinamide)
    50 mg 3 times daily, with meals. Do not exceed this amount. Helps maintain healthy nerves and a strong immune system. Helps overcome depression and irritability. Flushing may occur from niacin - this is normal. Niacinamide does not cause flushing. Caution: Do not take Niacin if you have a liver disease, gout, or high blood pressure.
    Vitamin B-3 (Niacin Supplement), Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 100 mg, 100 Caps,
    NAD (Niacin), Vitamin B-3 Lozenges, NOW Foods, 25 mg, 60 Lozenges,
    Flush Free Niacin, 250 mg, 90 VCaps
    Plus Extra
    Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine)
    50-75 mg 3 times daily, with meals. Dopamine production depends on adequate supplies of this vitamin. Consider injections (under a health care provider's supervision). Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are taking a levodopa preparation.
    Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine), 100 mg, 100 Caps
    Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids 3,000-6,000 mg daily in divided doses. Antioxidants that may slow progression of the disease and postpone the need for drug therapy. Also necessary for nerve impulse transmission.
    Vitamin C Liquid w/ Rose Hips & Bioflavonoids, Kosher, Natural Citrus Flavor, Dynamic Health, 1000 mg, 16 fl. oz.,
    Ester C With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 90 Tabs,
    Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps,
    The Right C, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
    And
    Vitamin E
    200 IU daily or 400 IU every other day. Antioxidants that may slow the progression of the disease and postpone the need for drug therapy.
    Ester E Natural Vitamin E, California Natural, 400 IU, 60 Softgels,
    Vitamin E, 400 IU, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 100 Gels,
    Vitamin E-1000, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 100 Gels,
    Vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels
    Plus
    Selenium
    200 mcg daily. Do not exceed this amount An antioxidant and immune system stimulant.
    Selenium Supplement, Yeast Free, NOW Foods, 200 mcg, 180 Caps,
    Selenium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Ionic Selenium, Trace Minerals, 300 mcg, 2 fl. oz.,
    Selenium, 100% Natural, Nature's way, 200 mcg, 100 Caps
    Very Important
    Bone Support Formula As directed on label. To provide nutritional support for bone renewal.
    Bone Strength, Bone Support Complex, NOW Foods, 240 Caps,
    Bone Calcium Complex, Hypoallergenic, Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 180 Caps,
    Ultra Osteo Synergy
    (American Biologics)
    As directed on label. To provide nutritional support for bone renewal.
    Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) As directed on label. Stimulates the production of choline for brain function. Improves memory and learning ability.
    DMAE Supplement, Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 250 mg, 100 VCaps
    Dimethylglycine (DMG) 50 mg twice daily. Enhances tissue oxygenation.
    DMG Supplement N,N Dimethyl Glycine, NOW Foods, 125 mg, 100 Caps,
    Floradix Iron Plus Herbs As directed on label. Contains iron derived from natural food sources, beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
    Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) As directed on label. Functions as a neurotransmitter that stabilizes neuron activity. See Amino Acids for more information.
    GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) Supplement, NOW Foods, 500 mg, Plus B-6, 2 mg, 100 Caps,
    GABA Powder (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid), NOW Foods, 100% Pure, Vegetarian, 500 mg, 6 oz.
    Grape Seed Extract As directed on label. Grape Seed Extract is one of the most potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory; protects the cells.
    Grape Seed Oil(Grapeseed) (Vitus vinifera), 100% Pure, NOW Foods, 16 fl. oz.
    Lecithin Granules
    Or
    Capsules
    1 tablespoon 3 times daily, before meals.

    1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.
    To supply choline, important in transmission of nerve impulses. Important in nerve protection and repair. Protects the cells. Needed for normal brain function.
    Lecithin Vegetarian Granules, NOW Foods, 97% Phosphatides, Identity Preserved Non-GE, 1 lb,
    Lecithin Liquid, NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 16 fl. oz.,
    Lecithin Concentrate, Nature's Way, 400 mg, 100 SoftGels
    Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH) 10 mg daily. A form of vitamin B-3 that is important in the creating and transfer of chemical energy, especially in breathing.
    Source Naturals ENADAlert ENADA, NADH Supplement, 5.0 mg, 30 Tabs,
    NAD (Niacin), NOW Foods, 25 mg, 60 Lozenges,
    Pycnogenol As directed on label. Potent bioflavonoids and free radical scavengers.
    Pycnogenol With Vitamin E, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 50 mg, 30 Tabs
    Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) As directed on label. An enzyme that retards oxidation, protecting neurons and sparing neurotransmitters like dopamine.
    SOD (Superoxide Dismutase), Source Naturals, 2000 Units, 90 Tabs,
    GliSODin Antioxidant Catalyst, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 90 VCaps
    Trimethylglycine (TMG) As directed on label. A natural phytochemical extracted from sugar beets that has been shown in laboratory tests to increase muscle mass, reduce body fat, and increase bone density. Reduces levels of homocysteine.
    TMG (Trimethylglycine) Powder, NOW Foods, 3.5 oz.,
    Extra Strength TMG (Trimethylglycine), NOW Foods, 1,000 mg, 100 Tabs
    Helpful
    Multi-Enzyme Complex As directed on label. To aid digestion and assimilation of all nutrients, especially the B vitamins.
    MetabolicZyme (Hypoallergenic), Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 900 Tabs,
    Plant Enzymes, NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 120 VCaps,
    Enzymes, All Complete, 250 mg, 90 Caps,
    Pancreatin 4X, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps
    Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Complex As directed on label. All nutrients are needed to correct nutritional deficiencies, common in people with Parkinson's disease.
    Super Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral, Pure Vital Earth, 32 fl. oz. (98% Bio-Available for Absorption), Damage Control Master Formula, High Potency, Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, 60 Packets (30 Day Supply)
    Or
    Essential Fatty Acids
    (Flaxseed Oil, Primrose Oil, Omega-3 Complex)
    As directed on label.

    Primrose Oil: 2,000-4,000 mg daily, in divided doses.
    May reduce the severity and frequency of tremors.
    Ultimate Oil, Essential Fatty Acids Supplement, Nature's Secret, 90 SoftGels,
    Total Omega, Complete Omega 3,6 & 9, Barlean's, 16 fl. oz.,
    Total Omega, Complete Omega 3,6 & 9, Barlean's, 90 Softgels,
    Barlean's Primrose Oil, With Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), 1300 mg, 120 SoftGels,
    Evening Primrose Oil, Rich In Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), NOW Foods, 100% Pure, 4 fl. oz.,
    Essential Fatty Acids For Baby & Children, Organic, 8 fl oz.,
    Barlean's Flax Oil, 100% Highest Lignan Content, Organic, Pesticide & Herbicide Free, 16 fl. oz.,
    Barlean's Flax Oil, Highest Lignan, 1000 mg, 250 Caps
    Free-Form Amino Acid Complex As directed on label. Necessary in nerve repair and function.
    Amino 1000 Complete, NOW Foods, 120 Caps,
    Amino 1500, Chewable Blend of 20 Amino Acids, Predigested, NOW Foods, 150 Tabs
    Acidophilus
    Or
    Kyo-Dophilus
    As directed on label or 1 teaspoon twice daily, on an empty stomach. Helps to detoxify harmful substances, enhances absorption of nutrients, and aids digestion. Use a powdered non-dairy form.
    Acidophilus Supplement Powder, Non Dairy, 3 oz. Bulk,
    Acidophilus, 3 Billion, NOW Foods, 90 Tabs,
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus Supplement, Non Dairy, 100 Caps,
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Kosher Liquid, All Natural, Vegetarian Medium, Lactose Free, Apple Strawberry Flavor, Dynamic Health, 16 fl. oz.,
    Vitamin D-3 400 IU daily. Aids in calcium absorption.
    Vitamin D, NOW Foods, 2000 IU, 120 SoftGels,
    Vitamin D, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 180 SoftGels,
    Dry Vitamin D, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 400 IU, 100 Caps
    Chromium Picolinate As directed on label. Helps to build and maintain muscle mass. Useful if muscle atrophy exists.
    Chromium Picolinate, NOW Foods, 200 mcg, 100 Caps,
    Ionic Chromium Supplement, Trace Minerals, 550 mcg, 2 fl. oz.,
    Chromium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.
    Or
    "Green Drinks"
    Fresh Wheatgrass Juice
    Such as Kyo-Green from Wakunaga
    As directed on label or 1 teaspoon in liquid 3 times daily. A good source of organic chlorophyll, live enzymes, vitamins and minerals plus amino acids and important nutrients. Wheatgrass is used to for the treatment of cancer in many cancer clinics.
    Wheat Grass Powder, Organic, 10 oz.,
    Wheat Grass Powder, Single Serving Packets, 15 Packets,
    Raw Brain Glandular As directed on label. A glandular extract that improves brain function. See Gland Therapy.





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    Alive! Whole Food Energizer Multi-Vitamin & Mineral With Naturally Occurring Iron (No Iron Added), Nature's Way, 90 Tabs

    No other supplement contains more life-giving nutrients than Nature's Way Alive Multi-Vitamin. Alive Multi-Vitamin is better absorbed into your blood stream because its tablets disintegrate up to 5X faster than other leading brands.
    Alpha Lipoic Acid With Rosemary, Nature's Way, Pharmaceutical Grade, 50 mg, 60 Caps

    Alpha Lipoic Acid is central to recycling other antioxidants like Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and GSH glutathione.
    Antioxidant Formula, Antioxidant Supplement, All Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Tabs

    Nature's Way Antioxidant Formula supplement is 100% natural.
    Broad Spectrum Formula Enzyme Active Food Enzyme Supplement, Nature's Way, 275 mg, 90 Caps

    A Food Enzyme supplement supports the modern diet. It helps to restore food enzymes lost in processing and cooking.
    Cat's Claw Bark, Nature's Way, 485 mg, 100 Caps

    Cat's Claw Bark is a traditional tonic herb for well being, Cat's Claw was historically used by the indigenous people of South America to stimulate the immune system in a variety of serious ailments.
    Cat's Claw Bark (Uncaria Tomentosa) Powder, 4 oz. Bulk

    Cat's Claw Bark (Uncaria Tomentosa) was reputed to be a super drug in the Andean region of South America. It has a long history of indigenous use for arthritis and rheumatism as well as other types of inflammation associated with various stomach disorders and ulcers where it was clinically shown to be effective.
    Cat's Claw Bark Tea Spice System Builder, Regular, Loose Leaf, 8 oz.

    Reduces inflammation in arthritis, protects the body from harmful substances, supports the body while undergoing cancer treatments, helps to boost the immune system.
    Cat's Claw Extract, Standardized, Nature's Way, 335 mg, 60 Caps

    Nature's Way Cat's Claw extract, also known as Una de Gato is derived from the bark of plants wild-harvested in Peru and Brazil.
    Choline Supplement, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 100 Tabs

    Nature's Way Choline Supplement is 100% natural choline with improved absorption.
    Colon & Liver Cleanser, Truman's CAC Tea, Loose Leaf, 1/2 lb.

    Use of this cleansing tea has many additional benefits: improves overall digestion; strengthens the immunity; helps to prevent cancer; makes the skin more emollient and flexible: clears the eyes; and provides an overall tonic effect on the body.
    Copper Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.

    WaterOz Ionic Copper is a pure liquid Copper supplement. Copper influences protein metabolism and general healing, improves vitamin c oxidation and is integral in the formation of RNA.
    CoQ10, All Natural, Hypoallergenic, Nature's Way, 60 mg, 60 Softgels

    CoQ10 is vital for cellular energy production and is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger.
    Coral Calcium (Okinawa) Plus Magnesium & Vitamin D, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 VCaps

    Okinawa Coral Calcium Plus with Magnesium, Vitamin D and 70 other trace minerals provides essential minerals, restores body alkalinity, supports the immune system, and is bio available for better absorption.
    DMAE Supplement (Dimethylaminoethanol), Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 250 mg, 100 VCaps

    Taken as a maintenance supplement, DMAE Supplement works synergistically with other smart nutrients like Ginkgo Biloba, GABA, Phosphatidyl Serine and L-Tyrosine, or can be taken alone.
    Enzymes & Enzyme Therapy, How To Jump-Start Your Way To Lifelong Good Health, By Anthony J. Cichoke, D.C., Abram Hoffer, M.D.

    Updated edition, enzyme authority Cichoke expands on his 5-Step Jump-Start Plus Enzyme Program.
    Flax Seed Oil Super, Cold Pressed, 100% Organic, (20%) Lignan, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.

    Super Lignan Flax Seed Oil is a rich, vegetarian source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids beneficial for many ailments.
    Flax Seed, Whole, Certified Organic, 1 lb. Bulk

    Flax Seeds are an important source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including Omega-3, plus Magnesium, Zinc and dietary fiber. Flax oil from flax seeds is the richest known source of linolenic acid.
    Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 800 mcg, 100 Caps

    Nature's Way Folic Acid is 100% natural and contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
    Grape Seed Extract, Standardized, Nature's Way, 100 mg, 30 Caps

    Nature's Way Standardized Grape Seed Extract are technically and scientifically advanced herbal product.
    Graviola, Healthy Cell Support, NOW Foods, 100 Caps

    Graviola may support the immune system's ability to cull undesirable cells. There is a historic use as a sedative or nerve tonic, also to elevate mood and to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
    Heart Formula With Hawthorn CoQ10 & Vitamin E, Nature's Way, 60 Caps

    Heart Formula with Hawthorn CoQ10 & Vitamin E represents the powerful synergy of current scientific research and traditional herbal medicine. Key ingredients include Hawthorn Extract, CoQ10, and Natural Vitamin E.
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus Supplement, Non-Dairy, 100 Caps

    Lactobacillus Acidophilus Supplement taken as a dietary supplement may help to detoxify and to rebuild a balanced intestinal flora.
    Lecithin & Health - Brain Nutrients - Phosphatidyl Choline & Serine, By Frank Orthoefer, Ph.D.

    Lecithin is a nutrient which is vital to our health and sense of well-being - its emulsifying properties help it break down cholesterol and other fatty deposits, while its nutritive properties help it fortify our brains and nerve cells.
    Lecithin Concentrate, Nature's Way, 400 mg, 100 Softgels

    Nature's Way Lecithin Supplement is 100% natural from soy oil and it contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
    Lucid Head, PCK Technologies, 500 mg, 60 Caps.

    This 100% natural herbal formula is based on Chinese decoctions proven effective to relieve, in the early stage, symptoms of nervous system and vascular disorders in the head, including pain, dizziness, blurredness, forgetfulness.
    MSM Supplement (Methylsulfonylmethane), 1000 mg, 120 Caps Plus Free 4 oz. Lotion

    Buy MSM Supplement caps and get a 4 oz Lotion free, MSM supplement plays a beneficial role in connective tissue and joint flexibility, immune health, arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, pain, hair, skin, nails, athletic injuries, acne, wrinkles and allergies.
    Nerves Formula Tincture, 2 fl. oz.

    The Nerves Formula was created to help calm and soothe the nerves. Can also help arteriosclerosis / atherosclerosis, arthritis, auto-immune diseases.
    Nerves & Tension Tincture, 2 fl. oz.

    To soothe the nervous system, which may help reduce stress and benefit Hyperactivity/Hyperkinetic, Mental Fatigue, Migraine Headache, Muscular Problems (aches, pain & spasms), Nervous Disorders, Neuralgia, Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Schizophrenia, Spasms, Stress, and Tension among other things.
    Passionflower Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Passion Flower is a powerful relaxant to the nervous system important in the treatments of anxiety, tension and insomnia.
    Samento Liquid Extract, 0.5% POA, 1 fl. oz.

    Samento is beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
    Samento (Uncaria Tomentosa), Extra Strength (100 Times More Effective Than Regular Cat's Claw), 0.5% POA, 600 mg, 30 Caps

    Samento is beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
    Samento (Uncaria Tomentosa), Liquid Extract, 0.5% POA, 1 fl. oz.

    Beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
    Selenium, 100% Natural, 200 mcg, 100 Caps

    Selenium is an essential component of glutathione, the body's most potent natural antioxidant system. It is a popular choice in many antioxidant regimens.
    Selenium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.

    WaterOz Ionic Selenium is pure liquid Selenium supplement. Selenium promotes normal body growth, enhances fertility, encourages tissue elasticity and is a potent antioxidant that naturally reduces the retention of toxic metals in the body. Selenium is crucial for the proper functioning of the heart muscle and there is evidence that it can help the body fight cancer.
    Silent Night Formula With Hops & Valerian Supplement, 100 Caps

    Silent Night Formula with Hops and Valerian Supplement is a time-tested herbal formula with key ingredients like valerian and Hops.
    Tremor Support Wellness Oil, 2 fl. oz.

    The Tremor Support Wellness Oil was designed with Parkinson's Patients in mind.
    Vitamin B-50 Complex With B-2 Coenzyme, 100% Natural, 330 mg, 100 Caps

    B Vitamins, as found in a Vitamin B Complex, are precursors of coenzymes involved in the conversion of cellular energy, manufacture of hormones and proteins, and repair and maintenance of nerve structures.
    Vitamin B-100 Complex With B-2 Coenzyme, 100% Natural, 631 mg, 100 Caps

    A complete Vitamin B complex of 8 essential vitamins. B Vitamins are precursors of coenzymes involved in the conversion of cellular energy, manufacture of hormones and proteins, and repair and maintenance of nerve structures.
    Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps

    Nature's Way Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
    Vitamin E, Natural D-Alpha-Tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels

    Vitamin E has potent antioxidant activity, supplies oxygen to the blood, aids in strengthening capillary walls, and plays a beneficial role in cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention, anti-aging benefits, circulation, wound-healing, immune function, nervous system function, PMS, hot flushes, diabetes, vascular disease, eye health, tissue repair, athletic performance, leg cramps, skin and hair health, and alleviating fatigue.


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    NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF...

  • You have any of the symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease - not only to diagnose the illness but also to rule out other causes for your problem. For instance, tremor is often an early sign of Parkinson's disease, but the most common type of tremor, known as essential tremor, is not caused by Parkinson's.


  • Although Parkinson's disease can sometimes be difficult to pin down, getting an accurate diagnosis is the key to starting appropriate treatment that may help delay or manage symptoms for years.





  • Michael J. Fox


    MICHAEL J. FOX & PARKINSON'S DISEASE

    Michael J. Fox became a household name in the 1980s when he starred as Alex P. Keaton, the conservative, heartless son of two hippy parents in the TV sitcom "Family Ties." On that success, Fox built a movie career, with movies like "Back to the Future", "Doc Hollywood", "The Frighteners" and "The Secret of My Success"

    Fox, who is married to actress Tracy Pollan, says the illness was diagnosed in 1991 after he noticed a "twitch" in a finger. Tests soon confirmed he was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Fox has a very severe form of Parkinson's that affected him at a young age. And he's been through many aggressive treatments, including brain surgery called a thalamotomy which is performed to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. In the past we have witnessed his tremor that is so characteristic of Parkinson's and his uncontrolled body movements during his public and television appearances. These are also typical of Parkinson's and also may possibly be a side effect of one of his medications. Despite all his treatment, Fox continues to have severe Parkinson's symptoms that are like to get worse over time. Unfortunately, medications often may not work that well, especially as the disease progresses. That's why researchers are working furiously to find new and improved treatments for Parkinson's.

    Michael J. Fox maintains a positive attitude about his disease and says that he does not resent having Parkinson's disease because fighting for a cause close to his heart is much more worthwhile than being a celebrity. The Spin City star has devoted his life to his Parkinson's foundation, and is determined to get the government to invest money in research to find a cure for the disease. For more information about his active support of Parkinson's research, visit his website (see below). Keep up the good work Michael!

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research





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