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Dairy & Gut Health in PD

Monday April 07, 2014

Dairy is anything derived from the milk of a mammal. Cheese, cream, butter, yogurt, ice cream, sour cream, cottage cheese, caramel sauce, hollandaise sauce, chowder. The highest consumers are in the US and Europe. Most dairy comes from cows, but it doesn’t have to- milk can come from goats, buffalo, camels…It is usually pasteurized, fortified, and homogenized, but sometimes it is fresh and raw.

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Antioxidant Diet

Friday April 04, 2014

Oxygen. We need it to live and breathe. Oxygen is used by cells to create energy and drive many metabolic and chemical reactions. So what is oxidative stress and why is it harmful? Oxidation occurs all around us. It is what creates rust, turns apples brown or oils rancid when exposed to air. Oxidation is a metabolic process that also occurs in our bodies. When left unchecked and out of balance these chemical reactions can cause cell damage, a process called oxidative stress.

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Parkinson’s Disease Nutrition: Why is it Relevant?

Monday March 03, 2014

Humans are parasites of the planet. We need the planet, but it doesn't need us. In order to survive, we must take in minerals, molecules and organisms from the environment. Nutrition is the study of this human dependence.

The goal of nutritional medicine is to see that the body’s needs are being met. How do we know what we need? Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) provide guidance for most healthy people, but not for individuals with disease. Just as burn and trauma victims require additional protein, so are the nutritional needs different in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

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Is natural dopamine better than Sinemet?

Thursday July 18, 2013

Mucuna pruriens or cowhage seeds are a natural source of Levodopa and its use to treat Parkinson’s symptoms can be traced over 4500 years ago when it was first used by Indian physicians practicing traditional Ayurvedic medicine.

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Does glutathione help Parkinson’s disease

Thursday June 06, 2013

Glutathione (GTH) is a molecule and potent antioxidant found inglutathione our cells. Glutathione is produced by our bodies and levels decrease with aging, many diseases and Parkinson’s disease.

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What do I need to know about vitamins?

Thursday May 30, 2013

The vitamin and supplement industry is a multibillion dollar business. If you search the internet, browse your pharmacy aisle or read a magazine you will discover many claims about a supplement treating a multitude of symptoms, cure disease, or increase vitality.

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Absorption of Sinemet requires optimal GI health. Is anyone working on a sublingual delivery of the medication?

Tuesday January 29, 2013

Carbidopa/Ldopa is one of the most commonly used medicines for Parkinson’s disease.

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Top 10 Foods for Parkinson’s (and counting!)

Monday September 17, 2012

The following are a list of top 10 foods for PD and the reason(s) why:

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Should I take Coenzyme Q10 for my Parkinson’s?

Sunday July 29, 2012

Coenzyme Q (CoQ10) is and over the counter dietary supplement. Our body’s cells produce Coenzyme Q 10 but this decreases with age and some diseases like Parkinson’s.

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Coffee reduces risk of Parkinson’s. What about other foods?

Sunday June 24, 2012

A recent report at the 2012 American Academy Meeting suggested that greater than 3 large cups of coffee could protect against development of brain Lewy body disease.

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