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Another Reason I Can’t POSSIBLY Have Parkinson’s

Thursday February 25, 2010

My Parkinsons' Disease Diary - OK, we already know that caffeine is supposedly neuroprotective and has a role in preventing Parkinson’s disease. I’ve been drinking coffee since I was 14. I have Parkinson’s.

We already know that nicotine is supposedly neuroprotective and has a role in preventing Parkinson’s disease. I’ve been a cigar smoker since I was 17. I have Parkinson’s.

Here’s a NEW reason why I can’t possibly have PD.

People who regularly take the over-the-counter painkiller ibuprofen may have a lower risk of getting Parkinson’s disease, a new study says. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health studied more than 136,000 people over six years and asked them about their use of aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, which are all classified as non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs.

During the study, 293 people developed Parkinson’s disease. That’s 0.2 percent of the people. The researchers said in a news release that ibuprofen were 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than people who didn’t. Also, people who took higher amounts of ibuprofen were less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than people who took smaller amounts of the drug. The results were the same regardless of age, smoking and caffeine intake, they said.

I’ve been a regular taker of ibuprofen since my late 20s when I first developed arthritis in one of my knees. So, if this is all true…

I can’t POSSIBLY have Parkinson’s disease.

So, what the hell is my neurologist talking about?