Yesterday, I had a very enlightening visit with the neurologist. I hadn’t seen him in two years and during that time there has been a progression some of the symptoms I am experiencing. I also had a few questions and this is what I learned:
- Parkinson’s falls into two categories depending on the severity of the symptoms: tremor dominate (TD) and non-tremor dominate (NTD). While all symptoms are evident in both types, non-tremor dominate is characterized by loss of strength, mobility and dexterity in in the limbs, loss of balance, a shuffling gait and constriction in the throat. The type I have is NTD and it is more progressive … which I can attest to.
- Parkinson’s is progressive simply due to accelerated brain cell loss (particularly in that part of the brain that produces dopamine) for which the medical profession has no clear understanding as to why.
- Two other symptoms of PD are sleepiness and heightened nervousness/anxiety, again, both of which I can attest to, particularly the latter. This heightened nervousness/anxiety is due to a deficiency of serotonin (a neurotransmitter) and nor-epinephrine (a hormone). You see, brain cell loss doesn’t just affect dopamine levels, it affects everything. Recently, I have been experiencing severe anxiety it situations where I wouldn’t expect to, and I’m thankful that I now understand why.
- Medications do nothing to slow the progression of PD. They only lessen the severity of certain symptoms, but also come with side effects, some of which can be quite severe, like the uncontrolled movements that Michael J Fox experiences.
- The outlook for people with PD is grim. Many succumb to pneumonia because of their weakened condition.
- There is very little information on the results of treating PD naturally (not surprising) because so few people attempt it and no long-term studies have been commissioned on such an endeavour.
Upon further investigation, I learned that cell death is primarily the result of the degeneration of the mitochondria. The mitochondria is the part of the cell that produces energy. I also learned that the primary causes of premature cell death, especially in the brain, include stress*, poor diet*, alcohol*, narcotics, trauma*, exposure to chemicals, exposure to pesticides, concussions*, brain contusions* and mercury poisoning*, to name a few, I put a * beside the causes that apply to me.
When you think about it, brain cells, like all cells in the body, require oxygen, water, nutrients and alkalinity in order to thrive. This is best achieved by breathing lots of pure, fresh air, drinking lots of pure, fresh water, eating healthy, nutrition-rich foods, maximizing blood flow, reducing exposure to toxins, eliminating stress and maximizing happiness.
This information coupled with my own experience and my aversion to medication (nowhere does it say the cause of any disease is a lack of prescription medication) has strengthened my resolve to continue to tackle this condition naturally. To review my program, it is as follows:
- Healthy diet … the goal is to heal the gut, strengthen the immune system and provide nutrients to brain cells.
- Body stress relief … monthly … relieve tension in the back in order for nerve impulses to flow freely, which helps minimize symptoms.
- Healing unresolved emotional pain … daily … eliminates hidden stress. (I will cover this in greater depth in a future blog)
- Living in the moment … reduces stress, increases joy and keeps the attitude positive. Meditation is another good practice. I’m just not a good meditator.
- Grounding … whenever I can … reduces inflammation and increases energy.
- Exercise … walk daily, plus other activities … increases blood flow to the brain and minimizes symptoms. (more on this in my next blog)
- Nutritional supplements … I have to admit, I’m a little unclear as to the ideal supplements to take, but I am currently taking Vit D3, Vit B12 complex, Vit C and Royal Jelly. Vit D3 is really important. I am also planning to take CoQ10 as it is thought to play an important role with the mitochondria.
One very encouraging thing, the neurologist said I am doing quite well given that I have had this condition for seven years!
If you are tackling PD or any other condition naturally, I would love to hear about your experience.
Have an awesomely peaceful day!