If you are unfamiliar with the disease, you may be wondering what exactly is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s disease, sometimes referred to simply as PD, is described as a neurodegenerative condition that most commonly afflicts dopamine-producing neurons in a certain region of the midbrain known as the substantia nigra.
For most patients, symptoms usually progress slowly over many years. This progression usually varies quite a bit from one person to the next because of the vast diversity of the illness. People with PD may experience:
- Tremor, usually when at rest and in the hands. Although, other forms of tremor are also reported
- Slowing of movements
- Stiffness in limbs and joints
- Gait and balance disturbances
- Trouble sleeping
- Decrease in the size of handwriting
- Dizziness or fainting
The cause of this dreadful disease remains largely unknown to most medical professionals. While there is currently no cure, various treatment options are available if you are able to get to the root cause of the symptoms. Even though Parkinson’s Disease itself is not fatal, the complications of the disorder can be quite serious. Complications resulting from Parkinson’s Disease are the 14th leading cause of death in the United States as reported by the Centers for Disease Control.
Surprising Hidden Causes Found to be at the Root of Parkinson’s Disease
Many people, including those in the medical field, fail to realize there are certain hidden root functional causes that must be measured and analyzed for proper diagnosis and treatment. These causes include:
- Lack of activation or brain stimulation
- Low oxygen or anemia
- Unstable blood sugar levels
- Liver detoxification issues
- Essential fatty acids and cholesterol levels
- Low glutathione and SOD
- GI problems that may or may not produce symptoms
- Poor methylation due to insufficient methyl groups or CH3
Learning to Live with Parkinson’s Disease
The first step to adjusting to life with Parkinson’s Disease is to understand the illness and its progression. Patients are able to still enjoy a decent quality of life despite their Parkinson’s diagnosis. Heeding your doctor’s advice and following his recommendations are essential for successfully treating symptoms. Patients with Parkinson’s require special care because they have below normal levels or could possibly be absent of dopamine and other in the brain, primarily caused by deterioration of neurons found in the substantia nigra.
The reason that people with Parkinson’s Disease first start producing symptoms of the disease in more advanced stages is because a large portion of the substantia nigra neurons have already been previously damaged or lost. It is common to find accumulation of abnormal alpha-synuclein in the substantia nigra neurons of Parkinson’s patients. When more learn to recognize the causes early on this disease should start to diminish.
Scientists are constantly trying to find ways to identify definitive biomarkers for Parkinson’s Disease, while missing obvious causes, that will help to diagnose earlier and more suitable treatments to slow down the progression of the disease. All therapies that are currently used in general practice for Parkinson’s treatment improve the symptoms, but are incapable of slowing or stopping the disease progression.
Parkinson’s symptoms aren’t always movement-related, they can also be non-motor in form. Many times, patients who suffer from PD are more impacted by the non-motor symptoms than motor symptoms. Non-motor symptoms could include:
- Sleep disorders
- Cognitive impairment
- Low voice volume
- Decreased sense of smell
When studying patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, the progression of the condition tends to vary and move at a slower pace.
Dr. James Farley Can Help Parkinson’s Patients
The first thing Dr. Farley will do is a thorough examination to make sure your symptoms line up with your diagnosis. Once it has been determined you have PD, or some other form of neurological disorder, it is necessary to find answers for the reason your brain has been deteriorating and degenerating, so that you can have a plan in place to stop the progression with the possibility of reversing some of the symptoms.
In our office we have been able to pinpoint 8 hidden root functional causes of trans-neuronal degeneration or brain degeneration that has to be measured accurately to get a correct root functional cause diagnosis. Once that accurate root functional cause diagnosis has been verified, we will then come up with an individualized treatment plan focused on achieving lasting results to prevent further decline and restore some functionality for most patients who qualify.