What is it?
Parkinson’s Disease is a movement disorder of the central nervous system.
In the brain a neurotransmitter called dopamine is produced, and this brain chemical signals the body how and when to move. When the cells that produce the dopamine are damaged or dead, Parkinson’s Disease occurs.
PD is a chronic and progressive disease, meaning that it lasts indefinitely and progresses at different rates for each person. By the time that Parkinson’s symptoms develop, usually 80 – 90 percent of the dopamine cells have been damaged.
What are the Symptoms?
The symptoms of Parkinson’s may not be easily recognized in the early stages because it’s a disease that usually progresses gradually and becomes more aggressive over time.
Some symptoms of PD include:
- Clumsiness or stiffness (particularly on one side)
- Limb discomfort
- Difficulty walking
- Voices changes – softer, more monotonous tone
- Body freezing – temporary paralysis
- Balance problems
- Slack facial expression
- Slower reflexes
- Small motor skill problems
- Drooling, excess salivation
These symptoms will likely not all occur at the same time, as PD is a progressive disease and some of the above symptoms will come with the later stages of Parkinson’s. There are also emotional symptoms that are quite common, such as depression, forgetfulness and sometimes, eventually, dementia.
Parkinson’s is a serious disease and it affects 1 in 100 people over the age of 65, and 1 in 1000 in the general population.
There has been an important and recent discovery that concerns everyone who is currently living with a chronic and/or progressive disorder. People with PD are experiencing relief from their symptoms by raising their glutathione levels. Glutathione is your body’s most powerful anti-oxidant. Read more about what scientists call
the Master Anti-Oxidant.
How is Parkinson’s Diagnosed?
Part of the diagnosis process will be your physician testing your movements, reactions and reflexes. They will be looking for two or more of the major signs of PD: Bradykinesia, rigidity and tremors.
Tremors are determined by simple inspection. Rigidity is indicated when the physician feels resistance to movement of the various limbs and neck while you are relaxed. Bradykinesia is determined by the speed of your reflexes - how quickly you can tap your thumb and forefinger together, or tap your foot up and down.
Your postural stability may also be checked to see how well you can maintain, or how quickly you can regain, your balance.
Your physician will also want to rule out all other possible diagnoses such as small strokes, conflicting medications or any brain reactions to anti-psychotic medications.
Be as clear and honest as possible when giving your medical history and answering any of your physician’s questions. If you don’t know (or can’t remember), say so! The more information that your trusted health practitioner has about you, the more informed the diagnosis and treatment will be.
What Causes PD?
The scientists cannot agree on what causes Parkinson’s but there are many years of research and thousands of scientific articles supporting the idea that PD is the result of Oxidative Stress. Oxidative stress is just another term for free radical damage.
Oxidative damage – The death of neurons (brain cells) that characterize PD are suggested to be the result of free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that have toxic effects causing cell death in all parts of the body.
In the brains of people with PD, their antioxidants levels are very low and consequently the amount of oxidative damage is very high. Your body’s most powerful antioxidant and protector is glutathione, and research has found that in people with PD their glutathione levels are extremely low - as low as 2% of normal!
Free radicals can also damage the ‘power source’ of every cell – the mitochondria. Mitochondrial dysfunction has also been strongly linked to the development of Parkinson’s.
Glutathione has been proven to promote cellular repair, thus treating the causes of the oxidative stress in order to reduce the symptoms. This is of course different than just masking the symptoms.
Read more about the
behind glutathione or use the other link from earlier on this page called ‘the master antioxidant’ to learn more about why many doctors, researchers and scientists are so excited by the results people are experiencing by raising their glutathione levels.
You can also go here –
– to do your own research about a safe, effective and natural way to raise your own glutathione levels.
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