157 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Employing Natural Alternatives to Traditional PD Treatments

This week I spent some more time (when I could carve out an extra minute) reading about alternative therapies for Parkinson’s patients.  A friend recently sent over a list of books for Geoffrey to read and on that list was Natural Therapies For Parkinson’s Disease. Written by Dr. Laurie K. Mischley, ND, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. practicing in Seattle Washington, this book presents an integrative approach to Parkinson’s disease treatments beyond that of purely conventional medicine.

Natural Therapies For Parkinson's - By Dr. Laurie K Michley

Geoffrey’s approach to managing Parkinson’s disease in my opinion seems to be fairly appropriate.  He combines a well thought out list of supplements that have been cleared with his neurologist, with traditional Levodopa in small doses. He continues to include as much physical exercise as possible in an effort to keep the parts moving and to continually retrain his brain.  When he experiences a weakness in a particular body part (the left arm for example), he begins to work on that segment of the body in the gym and a home  until it regains normal flexibility and strength.  There is proof that one can retrain their brain – why not employ it?

Dr. Michley’s perspective on treating PD presents methods for those looking to discourage the disease.  It is based on scientific rationale and it provides practical suggestions based on more than 80 research papers and more than a decade of working with Parkinson’s patients.  Dr. Michley believes that the progression of PD can be halted with proper nutrition and optimization of biochemical function.

Dr. Michley goes on to state that conventional management of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is limited. The pharmaceutical and surgical options that are available have significant side effects and only correct symptoms for a limited period of time. Even with the best conventional treatment, the disease oftentimes progresses and becomes severely disabling. No existing conventional therapies halts the progress of the disease; available medicines only treat symptoms temporarily. Conventional medicine views the course of the disease as “progressive” and “irreversible.”

Dr. Laurie Michley is currently conducting research in conjunction with the Bastyr Center for Natural Health.  This research project is slated to take place from January 2010 through December 2014, with it’s primary focus on the benefits of Intranasal Glutathione in Parkinson’s disease.

Intranasal Glutathione in Parkinson’s Disease
Principal Investigator:  Laurie Mischley, ND
Project Period:  January 2010 – December 2014
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is considered a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative disease.  Current therapies improve disease symptoms, however none alter the underlying degenerative course.  Research suggests the loss of brain glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, is one of the earliest changes to occur in the brain of PD patients and the magnitude of glutathione depletion parallels the severity of PD.  This study will look at the use of intranasal glutathione in PD patients to determine safety, tolerability, and the impact on PD symptoms.

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Until other conventional beneficial therapies are developed for Parkinson’ disease, Geoffrey and I will continue to research alternative methods for treatment. Even with new conventional medications, I am sure Geoff would continue with his routine of supplements.  The results thus far have just been too convincing when we compare with others using strictly conventional PD medications. We are now doing the Glutathione injections twice weekly for Geoff, and we still firmly believe he is experiencing positive results from the IV therapy.  I have just resubmitted receipts for the medication to our insurance company and have fingers crossed that they are going to cover the costs.  I will keep you updated on that! pkp

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