Parkinson was an English physician in the 18th century. He described a clinical state that has taken on his name. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by an expressionless face, infrequency of blinking, a poverty and slowness of voluntary movement, rigidity of muscles with a rhythmic 3-4 per second tremor that is more pronounced at rest, a stooped posture and a wide-legged walking stance. This latter symptom is caused by a loss of the normal postural reflexes. The condition is characterized by a shuffling walk and the initiation and cessation of movements are impeded. Crossing a road may, in extreme cases, be difficult because timing is important and being able to stop is difficult. Memory loss and an inability to concentrate are prominent symptoms.
Parkinson’s disease may occur in middle or later life due to the degeneration of cells in the brain that produce a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine has a pronounced effect on the control of muscles and posture. Parkinson’s disease may occur as a sequel to encephalitis or poisoning from certain drugs.
Aluminium has been cited as a potential cause of the destruction of that part of the brain that produces dopamine. Other chemicals, including pesticides, are suspected but yet to be proven as causative agents. Most chemicals are destroyed in the liver and so Parkinson’s disease may be a consequence of liver weakness or deficiencies in antioxidants, which are also responsible for the breakdown of toxic compounds. Nutritional deficiencies may lead to a reduction in dopamine so long-term poor diet may be a trigger to the condition.
Any neurological symptoms that persist must be reviewed by a specialist and a firm diagnosis made.
Orthodox drugs are geared towards correcting the loss of dopamine in divided doses throughout the day. L-Methionine is another amino acid that should be taken at a level of Ig per foot of height.
High-dose antioxidants should be considered if there is any level of toxicity.
Any specific toxins that may be isolated should be treated by their homeopathic equivalent at a potency of 30, twice a day for one month, and the levels re-measured. If there is no diminution, then repeat using potency 200 twice a day for two weeks.
Cranial osteopathy, osteopathy, polarity therapy, yoga and Qi Gong may all have a beneficial effect on reducing the symptoms and delaying the progression of the disease.
Marma massage and neurotherapy, both Ayurvedic disciplines, can be beneficial.
If the disease is progressing, Tibetan medicine should be employed under the care of a Tibetan-trained physician.
We watch with interest the outcome of trials of implanting dopamine-producing cells from pigs into brain tissue and the use of electric implants that stimulate the cells that make dopamine.