Reader’s Question: I am 64 years old and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Is there a specific diet you recommend for Parkinson’s patients?
Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: You certainly came to the right place with your question.
As you may know, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease more than a decade ago – and I’ve been able to keep the disease from progressing through natural treatments and a diet I follow closely.
So I won’t just tell you the diet I recommend to my patients – I’ll share the diet I use myself.
It’s the Paleo (or so-called “Caveman”) diet. The Paleo diet focuses on fresh meats and vegetables, while sharply limiting the intake of grains and carbohydrates.
In other words, if our caveman ancestors didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t eat it either.
Paleo can help with Parkinson’s in at least two ways. First, by limiting carbs and sugars, you’re preventing insulin spikes that are harmful to your brain and can exacerbate symptoms.
Second, eating natural foods helps you avoid lots of the toxins you’ll find in the processed junk that’s filling our supermarkets. And this exposure to environmental toxins – and their accumulation in your body – is an under-appreciated cause of Parkinson’s.
I’ve been on the Paleo diet for years and I’m living proof it works. That’s why I’m so confident in recommending it to my patients.
Keep those questions coming! Remember, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgWishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing