Parkinson’s Disease, Can its Course be Altered?
What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive degenerative disease of the neurological system. It involves continuous degeneration of the dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta. In simple terms, a portion of the brain begins to degenerate and atrophy causing dopamine (a neurotransmitter and hormone) to become deficient. As more and more neurons begin to die less dopamine is produced leading to a deficiency in dopamine. Some major consequences include tremors (shaking) while attempting to remain still, stooped posture, and wide, uncoordinated steps when attempting to walk. An estimated 1% of the American population over the age of 55 are affected by this debilitating disease.
Research supporting our treatments
An abundance of research studies have shown that individuals exposed and carrying an elevated pesticide burden have increased incidences of Parkinson’s disease. Since chlorinated pesticides such as DDT, chlordane, lindane are fat soluble they easily penetrate the blood brain barrier. Chlorinated pesticides, once absorbed, remain in the body for life accumulating with each additional exposure no matter how minute the dose. It is unknown why dopaminergic neurons undergo programmed cell death (premature self programmed death). However, research has also shown that pesticides are extremely toxic to the mitochondria of cells. It is our theory that In the presence of pesticides mitochondria, the portion of the cell involved in energy production, begin to expire and or become impaired. If the mitochondria become impaired or debilitated then the energy system of the cell becomes inadequate. Therefore, the cell, perceiving that it is damaged beyond repair undergoes programmed cell death hence the continuous, progressive degeneration.
Conventional medicine recognizes that environmental exposure to chemicals can play a role in Parkinson’s disease. However, they do not address this issue whatsoever. Their role is to medicate and provide better function to the individual. The common belief is the disease cannot be halted nor slowed in its progression. However, understanding that pesticides and mitochondrial toxicity is involved in cell death, we can treat and slow the progression of this disease. The most effective treatments would include specific integrated Intravenous therapies targeted at maintaining mitochondrial health of the dopaminergic neurons. In addition, knowing that pesticides play a role we would address the removal of these toxic and brain accumulating substances from the body. In addition, heavy metal testing may be warranted to assess levels. If you remove a potential cause, improve the health of the cell, and re-regulate the biochemistry one can certainly understand how the disease can be significantly slowed.
For a greater understanding of how fat soluble chemicals accumulate in the body please read our blog concerning toxicity.