Parkinson’s disease is the degenerative disease of the central nervous system resulting from the depletion of the dopamine producing cells in the brain. There are genetic, as well as environmental factors which underlie the loss of brain cells. Medical literature suggests that oxidative stress with free radicals, inflammation and dysfunctional mitochondria over the years results in Parkinson’s disease. As the disease progresses there is increasing tremors, muscle rigidity, and slowness and difficulty with movements, poor balance, sleep disturbance with eventual cognitive decline and dementia.
In my opinion, mainstream medicine has failed to recognize the multiple pathologies of Parkinson’s. Recognition of these pathologies is essential so that we may prevent and slow further neuronal loss and slow the disease progression. For example, pesticides increases the risk of Parkinson’s dramatically; the dopamine neurons are particularly susceptible to pesticides. Unfortunately, They are still in our soil even though many pesticides have been banned.
The Link Between Parkinson and Infections
People with Parkinson’s disease have been found to have higher incidence of stomach ulcers and H. pylori infections, the main cause of the ulcers. One study found that having an H. pylori infection increases a person’s risk of Parkinson’s by 23-45%, and that treating H. pylori means people can improve their symptoms. It is well known that H. pylori infections can enter the bloodstream and trigger generalized inflammation which activates the microglia in the brain, in the areas of the brain that are associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. H. pylori infection makes both of these neurological diseases much worse. In addition, many other infections in the colon have also been associated with Parkinson’s disease. These include forms of mycobacteria among others. Recent studies have shown that specific types of Parkinson’s symptoms can be related to each of the different types of bacterial overgrowth in the colon. One of the main culprits is a form of E. coli.
Other causes include drugs, toxins, and previous brain damage or concussion injuries. The prize fighter’s and athletes or those in high impact sports like football are definitely at risk.
Heavy Metals and Other Chemicals such as aluminum, lead, cadmium, and mercury as well as plastics benzene and other chemicals have also been found to be causative.
Abnormalities in the intestinal permeability and the blood-brain barrier causing subsequent autoimmune function disorders that set the stage for Parkinson’s disease.
An Integrative Approach to Parkinson’s Disease
This approach requires getting to the root cause of the disease. Testing is essential. Evaluation of genes, toxins and biochemical detoxification pathways are imperative. Restoration of the oral microbiome and the intestinal microbiome are needed. I have found that infection eradication is a central issue. Testing for autoimmune disease in multiple organ sites, not just the brain, are also needed. Restoration of cellular function through optimization is very important. I have developed intravenous protocols along with stem cells and found them to be efficacious. I also believe that using the proper amino acids for production of dopamine as well as the other neurotransmitters including serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine are essential. Keeping the neurotransmitters in balance is very important.