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Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s – The Vitamin D Connection That Can’t be Ignored

Posted February 5, 2014

The importance of vitamin D, and the ever-increasing rates of vitamin D deficiency in the United States, have steadily been in headlines over the last five years. But now, new studies are showing that vitamin D may help those suffering from two kinds of central nervous system disorders: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s.

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Higher vitamin D levels associated with better cognition and mood in PD patients

Posted January 17, 2014

A new study exploring vitamin D levels in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) opens up the possibility of a new avenue of early intervention that may delay or prevent the onset of cognitive impairment and depression. The findings are published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.

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Paving the way to test inosine’s ability to slow Parkinson’s progressio

Posted December 30, 2013

The dietary supplement inosine, which the body converts to urate, safely raises blood urate levels in people with early stage Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to a new study. The result paves the way for testing inosine as a potential treatment for slowing PD progression. The research appears in the December 23 issue of JAMA Neurology.

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Short- and long-term effects of tactile massage on salivary cortisol concentrations in Parkinson’s disease: a randomised controlled pilot study

Posted December 13, 2013

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder with limited knowledge about the normal function and effects of non-pharmacological therapies on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The aim of the study was to analyse the basal diurnal and total secretion of salivary cortisol in short- and long-term aspects of tactile massage (TM).

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Kidney-toning Chinese medicines improve Parkinson’s disease symptoms

Posted December 4, 2013

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, loss of coordination and uncontrolled movements associated with Parkinson’s disease affect “one million people in the US and an estimated seven to 10 million worldwide.” Specialists at the University of Rochester speculate that, by 2030, Parkinson’s disease could affect twice as many people as it does now.

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Coconut oil miraculously helps Parkinson’s patient regain quality of life

Posted October 23, 2013

Imagine for a moment that you are a 74-year-old man diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and you are quickly losing your ability to think, move and function, despite adhering to an intense regimen of all the latest pharmaceutical offerings for this miserable disease. Then imagine that nearly all of your symptoms subside almost miraculously after beginning a dietary routine that involves taking large doses of all-natural coconut oil every day.

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Nutritional Management of Parkinson’s Disease

Posted July 8, 2013

Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder which occurs when certain nerve cells or neurons are damaged and the brain part called substantia nigra become impaired. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear when cells producing a vital chemical called dopamine diminish in the body, which leads to lack of coordination between body’s muscles and therefore interferes with movement.

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Smoking Pot Eases Tremors in Parkinson’s

Posted June 19, 2013

Smoking cannabis appeared to reduce tremor and pain and improve sleep among Parkinson’s disease patients, researchers from Israel reported here. Overall, patients’ scores on the standard Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) averaged 33 before they smoked cannabis in the laboratory and averaged 24 after 30 minutes (P<0.01), Ruth Djaldetti, MD, of Tel Aviv University Israel, reported at her poster presentation at the International Congress on Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders.

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Increased iron intake can reduce Parkinson’s risk: Meta-analysis

Posted June 17, 2013

Increasing iron intake by 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood can reduce the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease by 3%, Italian researchers have concluded after a performing an extensive literature review.

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Iron May Have A Protective Effect Against Parkinson’s Disease

Posted June 6, 2013

Increased iron levels may be causally associated with a decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, says a new paper published this week in PLOS Medicine. Irene Pichler from EURAC in Italy and a group of international colleagues investigated whether there was any evidence of an association between serum iron levels and the risk of Parkinson’s disease. While the causes of Parkinson’s disease are currently unknown, a combination of genetic and environmental factors are said to be attributed to the disease.

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