I sincerely hope Robin Williams didn’t take his own life, in whole or in part, because he was under the false belief that he had been diagnosed with an incurable disease. It was reported last Thursday that Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, announced that in addition to experiencing depression and anxiety, he was also in the early stages of Parkinson’s.
Something has been puzzling me. In the research that I’ve conducted, medical literature continually points to heavy metal toxicity and inflammation as two of the possible causes of Parkinson’s. If this is the case [and I tend to agree], then why does the medical profession choose medications as its primary form of treatment. It doesn’t seem to make any sense.
In his book. Lucky Man, Michael J Fox says he considers himself (surprisingly enough) a lucky man. This seemingly absurd claim (if you have experienced the challenges of living with Parkinson’s, you’ll likely agree that this is a rather odd thing to say) is based on the positive changes Fox has experienced in his life and the way in which it has become more meaningful, particularly in creating and overseeing the Micheal J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. It has also thrust him into the role of lobbyist for increased government funding, and in addition to connecting with many people living with the condition all over the world, he has become the defacto Parkinson’s spokesperson.
I initially started writing this post because I wanted a better understanding of the role inflammation plays, particularly as it relates to anger, in the development of Parkinson’s. But the deeper I got into the research the better I began to understand the roles and relationships between anger, stress and poor diet, and inflammation, the immune system, alkalinity and the lymphatic system. I’ve discussed these issues in other posts and with this post, I’d like bring them all together.
Let’s begin by discussing inflammation.