Inflammation linked to Parkinson’s disease

Inflammation is supposed to be your body’s first step in any healing process. But these latest findings suggest that diseases that wreak havoc on your fragile brain cells can light a blaze in your system that never quits, worsening your condition over time.

Boston University researchers analyzed the brain tissues of patients who died from either Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease and compared them with samples from those who had no neurological condition.

Now, if you’re not familiar with Huntington’s, it’s a disorder caused by a faulty gene, and — like Parkinson’s — the death of neurons over time leads to problems with motor control, like jerking and flinging movements.

The two diseases are distinct, and different neurons are affected.

But in the study, it turned out that both Parkinson’s and Huntington’s patients had the same response to neurodegeneration: inflammation in their central nervous systems!

And that makes sense to me, because the same therapies that can snuff out inflammation in your body have also been shown to slow Parkinson’s progression.

Here are some simple ways to rein in the inferno:

  • Get moving: Regular exercise is a natural inflammation-fighter that can put the brakes on Parkinson’s.
  • Go fish: Supplement with inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel) to ease Parkinson’s symptoms.
  • Detox: Pollutants and toxic chemicals can keep those fires raging, so limit your exposure as much as possible and use natural detoxifiers like glutathione (the “master antioxidant”) or the potent amino acid NAC (a well-known glutathione producer).
  • Go Paleo: The Paleo diet eliminates the sugars, grains, and processed foods that are known to kick up inflammatory processes in your body.
  • Boost your immunity: Probiotics and vitamin D can help fortify your immune system and ease inflammation from your gut to your joints.

And since everything from diabetes to cancer has been tied to chronic inflammation, you’ll be protecting the rest of your body… along with your brain!

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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