What is parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease affects 1.5 million Americans. This disease, of which approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed yearly, strikes all ethnic groups, and men approximately as often as women, usually beginning between the ages of 58 and 62. Ten percent of Parkinson's cases are found in patients less than age 40; 20% are found in patients between 40 and 50; 70% of the cases are found in patients 50 and older. This disorder of the nervous system occurs when something (and we usually don't know what) attacks a specific part of the brain responsible for producing a brain chemical called dopamine.

What is parkinson's diseaseThe symptoms of dopamine deficiency gradually develop to include: slowness of motion, tremors of the hands at rest, loss of automatic motions such as swinging the arms when walking, walking with a shuffling gait of tiny steps, an expressionless face, scaly eczema of the face and scalp, and mild mental/intellectual deterioration. There are specific prescription medications that replace the lost dopamine and give some relief of symptoms. These medications should not be discontinued in favor of nutritional remedies, but along with medical therapy, some nutrients can help. Let's take a lookin Parkinsons disease diet

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• Iron can bind and render L-dopa and carbidopa (another similar drug used to treat Parkinson's disease) less effective. Recommendation: You should not take iron-containing vitamin and mineral supplements or iron supplements if you take these drugs, except at the direction of your personal physician.

•  Excessive exposure to manganese dust (by breathing in the dust) such as might occur in an occupational or industrial setting can cause an illness resembling Parkinson's disease. There is no mention in the current literature that elaborates on whether you could develop problems from taking manganese supplements orally. Recommendation: Until more information comes to light about this nutrient, we would recommend that you not supplement the mineral over and above the amount needed to prevent deficiency (see listing for this nutrient).

• Mercury toxicity causes a nervous system disorder resembling Parkinson's disease, and people suffering from the disorder have been shown to have high mercury levels in their tissues. Recommendation: Mercury is not something you would ever supplement intentionally; however, because it may be helpful to supplement your diet with cold-water fish or with supplemental fish oil, be aware that these food sources can sometimes contain high levels of heavy metals, including mercury. (The Eicotec, Inc., essential fatty acid product recommended throughout this book uses fish oils cleansed of heavy metals by a patented process to ensure your safety.)

 
 
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