Parkinsons disease treatments that reduce symptoms, including stem cell therapy, HBOT, glutathione, vibro-acoustic. Diet, supplements, causes, more.
Two promising Parkinsons disease therapies are intravenous glutathione and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), says Julian Whitaker, M.D. Dr. Whitaker has a clinic in Newport Beach specializing in alternative medicine, so he can see actual results of alternative treatments.
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In his newsletter, he describes a woman who had Parkinson’s disease for fourteen years, with tremors and difficulty walking. At the time she first visited the Whitaker clinic, she was 55 years old. After four days of IV glutathione and HBOT as Parkinsons disease treatments, she was able to walk more steadily. Additional treatment allowed her to stop using her walker and cane, wear shoes with heels and even dance. She says she went "from barely walking to going up and down stairs on my own." She continues to get these Parkinson's disease treatments occasionally for maintenance.
Dr. Whitaker says that oral glutathione has a hard time getting to the brain, so the IV infusion of glutathione is necessary. He says most patients see "dramatic improvements after just a handful of treatments, and many perk up after their first infusion." Studies indicate that patients symptoms abate for two to four months after treatment, he says.
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The hyperbaric oxygen therapy works to flood the brain with oxygen, which wakes up damaged cells and promotes the growth of new blood cells to nourish them. It is the combination of the two, IV glutathione and HBOT as Parkinsons disease treatments, that produces dramatic results.
A study at Thomas Jefferson University, PA, U.S., reported that NAC for Parkinsons disease treatment not only slows the advancement of the disease but also protects the neurons that produce dopamine, the lack of which is associated with Parkinsons. Note that NAC, N-acetyl cysteine, is converted by your body into glutathione. (See above.)
The patients receiving NAC had improvements of 4-9 percent in dopamine transporter binding and also had improvements in their UPDRS score (Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale) of about 13 percent. “We have not previously seen an intervention for Parkinson’s disease have this kind of effect on the brain,” said first author and neuro-imaging expert Andrew Newberg, M.D.
Dr. Whitaker recommends daily dosages of vitamin D, enough to maintain a blood level of 50 to 80 ng/mL; ubiquinol, 300 to 400 mg; fish oil, 3-6 grams, NADH 10 mg; carnitine 2-4 grams, lipoic acid 600 to 1,200 mg, and creatine 2-4 grams. Divide the doses in half and take a half dose twice a day with meals.
Dr. Williams recommends liposomal curcumin, glutathione, N-acetyl cysteine (precursor of glutathione at 600 mg/day), and whey protein isolate (for glutathione).
In his newsletter, Second Opinion, 11/16, Frank Shallenberger, M.D., agrees that nicotine (see below) can be helpful for symptoms of Parkinsons. But, he says, "The best thing that I know for Parkinson's is to treat it aggressively with natural amino acids, such as l-cysteine, l-dopa, l-tyrosine and tryptophan as soon as it's diagnosed. These natural treatments, including nicotine, can not only treat the symptoms of Parkinson's but can also stop the progression." Dr. Shallenberger practices in Carson City, Nevada.
Dr. Whitaker now believes that the most promising treatment for Parkinson's is stem cell therapy. Although efforts to implant stem cells directly into the brain have not succeeded yet, Dr. Whitaker uses stem cells in a different method. In his clinic in Newport Beach, he isolates stem cells from the patient's own fat, concentrates them and puts them back into the patient's body, where they travel to wherever they are needed.
One patient says he would be a vegetable by now without the treatments. He had problems with balance, walking, speech and more, even on prescription meds. After treatment, all those problems improved, although he continues the meds.
At his clinic, Dr. Whitaker combines all three for Parkinsons disease treatments, glutathione, HBOT and stem cell therapy, delivering major improvement in Parkinson's symptoms.
Parkinson's disease treatments may soon include nicotine. This 2000 Parkinson's research study, The effects of nicotine on Parkinson's disease, dicusses "improvements...in several areas of cognitive performance, particularly measures such as reaction time, central processing speed, and decreased tracking error...and improvements in several motor measures." ...Nicotinic stimulation may have promise for improving both cognitive and motor aspects of Parkinson's disease.
Another study, 2008, Nicotine and Parkinson’s disease; implications for therapy, says "Accumulating evidence suggests that nicotine, a drug that stimulates nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, may be of therapeutic value in Parkinson’s disease. Beneficial effects may be several-fold."
Caffeine can help restore early motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinsons, especially those that do not respond to dopamine drugs.
Caffeine blocks certain nerve receptors, thereby increasing dopamine levels. In one study patients were given daily capsules equivalent to three cups of coffee or a placebo. Those getting the caffeine had significant improvement in their mobility and tremors.
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The dosage in the study was 100 mg twice daily for three weeks and then 200 mg twice daily for three weeks. Both dosages worked equally well, without side effects.
"VibroAcoustic therapy nourishes the mind-body connection. The therapy involves listening to specially formulated sounds for Parkinson’s through headphones while lying on a lounge or resting against a cushion that vibrates. Vibrations enhance the healing effects of sound.
The synergistic combination of sound (Acoustic) with vibration (Vibro) facilitates the release of trauma that is embedded at the cellular level. It relaxes muscles, reduces stress and helps to balance those delicate hormones that help us feel happy. A reduction in stress supports the body’s intricate neurological system to function more efficiently and effectively." The preceding quote is from the vendor's site at vibroacoustic.parkinsonsrecovery.com:
These chairs are expensive, but "for some patients they can be a godsend," says Dr. David Williams.
One study had 60 patients with mild to moderate Parkinson's. They took a brisk, 45-minute walk three times a week for six months. At that point, patients showed dramatic improvement in motor function fatigue, fitness, mood, memory and cognition.
Diet recommendations include going easy on carbohydrates and making sure to eat any protein in your diet at least 30 minutes after taking L-dopa, since protein may interfere with the drug's effectiveness.
Danish researchers report that it seems Parkinson's disease begins in the gut and spreads to the brain via the vagus nerve. The study is titled "New Knowledge: Parkinson's Disease May Begin In The Gut." Said one researcher: "Patients with Parkinson's disease are often constipated many years before they receive the diagnosis, which may be an early marker of the link between neurologic and gastroenterologic pathology related to the vagus nerve."
"We know that Parkinson's patients experience leaky gut syndrome," says Dr. David Williams, in the 9/15 issue of his newsletter, Alternatives.The permeable intestinal walls characteristic of leaky gut allow toxins, bacteria and other gut contents to more freely enter the bloodstream. Dr. Williams believes leaky gut is largely caused by an imbalance of proper bowel bacteria, lack of essential fatty acids necessary to feed those beneficial bacteria, and often a gluten intolerance.
Therefore, Dr. Williams emphasizes the need for probiotics for Parkinson's patients.
Alternatives newsletter, September 2015, by Dr. David Williams
Health and Healing newsletter, September 2014, by Julian Whitaker, MD.
Alternatives newsletter, May 2013, by Dr. David Williams
Health & Healing newsletter, February 2009, by Julian Whitaker, M.D.
For more information on glutathione and HBOT, see www.glutathioneexperts.com, and www.hbomedtoday.com. To locate a doctor in your area, see www.acam.com. To contact Dr. Whitaker, see www.whitakerwellness.com or phone 800-488-1500.
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