By now you must’ve heard the news that the singer Neil Diamond, 77, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
For half a century, singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has been giving the world smash hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “America.”
And in recent months, he’s been celebrating his “golden” anniversary of making toe-tapping tunes by touring all over the globe.
But now, it’s all come to a screeching halt — for a devastating reason.
His diagnosis has prompted him to not only cancel the last of his remaining concert dates… but also announce that he’s stepping off of the stage for good.
Now, as someone who’s lived with Parkinson’s disease for over a dozen years, I know how frightening it can be when you’re first diagnosed.
It feels like you’re going to have to give up doing the things you love.
But Parkinson’s hasn’t sidelined me from my career — and whether you’re a rock star or just like to sing in the shower, a Parkinson’s diagnosis doesn’t have to keep you or someone you love from living a full life, either.
That’s because you can actually keep Parkinson’s under control, just like I have, by using natural therapies and avoiding toxins!
You won’t hear this from the mainstream, but I consider Parkinson’s to be more than just a “neurodegenerative” disease — because it’s also a “neurotoxic” disorder!
We know that everything from chemical pesticides like paraquat… to heavy metals like lead, mercury, and aluminum… and even prescription drugs like statins can put you at risk for it.
These toxic substances are practically everywhere — in our cookware, food, polluted air, and medicine cabinets — and not even celebrities are immune to them!
And when toxins build up in your delicate gray matter, it can cause the death of key neurons AND ongoing inflammation, which leaves you with none other than the disease’s signature tremors… stiffness… and speech troubles.
I wish I’d known this information earlier in my life so that I could’ve made changes that might’ve prevented the onset of Parkinson’s in the first place. But I thank my lucky stars that I was able to pinpoint the sources of my exposure to toxins when I did.
To reduce your own exposure to toxins AND lessen their impact on your body, these items should be at the top of your “To Do” list:
Go organic: Spare yourself from swallowing toxic pesticides and herbicides that have been linked to Parkinson’s.
Avoid heavy metals: Use nontoxic cookware, avoid antiperspirants with aluminum, and filter the air and water at home to limit your heavy metal exposure.
Step up your supplements: Take probiotics to fortify your gut against toxins… the potent amino acid NAC (a well-known glutathione producer) to naturally detoxify your system… and omega-3s (found in fish oil) to reduce inflammation and ease Parkinson’s symptoms.
Get moving: Sweat out the toxins with vigorous exercise, which has also been proven to slow the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms.
Play detective: Since the side effects of many meds can mimic Parkinson’s, consult with a doc who is well-versed in integrative medicine to see if stopping one of your prescription pills could reverse your symptoms.
And I sure hope Neil Diamond knows that singing has been proven in studies to help ease Parkinson’s symptoms!
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing