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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder in which certain brain cells that control muscles degenerate, causing tremor, stiffness, a shuffling walk, and problems with balance. A deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine causes the symptoms, but it's unclear what causes the lack of dopamine. Some possible suspects include environmental toxins, oxidative stress (cellular damage resulting from harmful free radicals), and — especially in those under 50 — genetics.

Conventionally Parkinson's disease is treated with the drug levodopa (L-dopa), usually in combination with other drugs such as Selegiline. L-dopa becomes less effective over time. The aim of complementary approaches is to delay or reduce the need for L-dopa to manage symptoms.

The tremor worsens with stress, so any stress reduction technique can be valuable. Acupuncture usually provides temporary relief for stiffness. Staying active, both physically and mentally, can reduce symptoms and forestall depression that often accompanies Parkinson's.

As for dietary strategies, I recommend eating foods high in antioxidants (such as blueberries, strawberries, spinach, prunes, and kale) and taking high potentency, high quality anti-oxidants.

Having said all that, the really exciting new development in the treatment of Parkinson's is intravenous L-Glutathione. This is the body's major internally produced antioxidant. Severe cases of Parkinson's usually respond dramatically to a dose of IV L-Glutathione. The effect wears off in about one week and must be repeated; however, for many people suffering from the maddening effects of late stage Parkinson's disease, IV L-Glutathione is a God-send.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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