Individuals with Parkinson’s disease lack dopamine, a key neurotransmitter chemical responsible for mobility, movement, and fluidity.
Considered a progressive, neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson’s causes nerve cell depletion. Usually seen in people over the age of fifty, Parkinson’s disease slowly attacks the motor system, so it's important to consider sensible lifestyle and dietary adjustments that have a positive impact on cellular signaling, detoxification of the body, and overall brain protection. No matter the cause of Parkinson’s disease, The Salerno Center will create a Parkinson’s disease treatment program designed around your unique needs.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
- Tremors (hand, arm, leg)
- Rigid, stiff muscles
- Limited movement (bradykinesia)
- Decreased dexterity
- Automatic abnormalities
- General weakness
- Mobility issues (walking, balance)
- Reduced motor function
Parkinson’s disease Root Causes
- Aspartame toxicity
- Environmental toxins
- Pesticides (rotenone, paraquat)
- Iron toxicity
- Petroleum-based hydrocarbon solvents (paint, glue)
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Folic acid deficiency
- Pasteurized milk
Parkinson’s Disease Treatment - Diet & Lifestyle
- Eat organic, unrefined, low sugar foods. Normalizing insulin levels is an important step in maintaining adequate nervous system health.
- Get lots of rest and establish healthy sleeping patterns.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, and other illegal drug use.
- If you are not getting enough vitamin D and have not yet been tested, make sure your levels are optimized. Consider natural sunlight, oral vitamin D supplement, or safe tanning bed solution.
- In order to get the right fatty acid balance, make sure you are getting enough healthy fats in your diet, such as organic, grass-fed meats, cheeses, fish, and butter. Avoid highly oxidized oils such as trans-fats, soy, canola, and corn oils, which lead to a build-up of inflammation, cellular disruption, and unwanted cardiac complications.
- Try to get more regular exercise, such as water aerobics.
- Avoid all toxic exposure to outside environmental agents, cleaners, and household items.
- In order to get healthy amounts of folic acid into the body, try to eat more organic, pesticide-free vegetables.
- Check for any vitamin deficiencies, such as iron and manganese.
- Drink more antioxidant rich green tea, which contains theanine (dopamine booster). Aim for 3-5 cups a day.
- In order to prevent muscle stiffness, try practicing Tai Chi. This slow, rhythmic martial art is great for maintaining balance, mobility, and strength.
- Acupuncture, an eastern medicine unknown to most Westerners, is a great whole-body, neural response treatment.
- Consider supplementing with Q-10. According to new research, individuals with Parkinson’s disease lack adequate levels.