Last Modified on Jun 19, 2014
What Is Huntington's Disease?
An inherited or genetic disease, Huntington’s disease involves the progressive breakdown or degeneration of the nerve cells located in the brain. Huntington’s disease has a pervasive impact on an individual’s ability to function including diminishing one’s ability to move, think and respond emotionally.
Individuals affected by Huntington’s disease generally develop signs and symptoms during middle age or later – in their 40s or 50s. If onset of the disease begins prior to age 20, the disease is termed juvenile Huntington’s disease. While earlier onset typically results in a different manifestation of symptoms and more progressive development, several common signs and symptoms have been identified. General characteristics of the disorder involve diminishing functional abilities involving movement, cognitive and psychiatric issues. More specific symptoms include involuntary jerking or writhing, muscle rigidity, slow and uncoordinated fine movements, impaired gate and posture and difficulty speaking or swallowing. Additional symptoms include difficulty planning or organizing daily tasks, inability to begin a task or conversation, lack of impulse control, trouble focusing, slow processing, feeling of sadness or unhappiness, social withdrawal, fatigue and excessive sleeping.
The cause of Huntington’s disease involves the inheritance of a defect in a single gene. The disorder is considered an autosomal dominant disorder, meaning that an individual must only inherit one copy of the defective gene to develop the condition.
Remedies for Huntington’s Disease
While there is presently no cure for Huntington’s disease, several options are available to slow the progression of the disorder and to treat the associated symptoms. Supplements including Coenzyme Q-10 and vitamin E are effective at supporting the body’s natural defense against the progression of the disease. Additionally a dietary flavonoid fisetin, found naturally in strawberries and other fruits and vegetables may help slow the onset of motor issues and delays caused by Huntington’s disease. Body cleansing as well as following a clean diet aid in the elimination of toxins and parasites that may be the underlying cause of Huntington’s disease as well. Additional treatment supports include taking cayenne and drinking hot green tea regularly.
07/26/2012: Lynn from Covington, Ga: "Hello, I have a friend that has a son with JHD. Is there any kind of natural treatments that might be beneficial to him.
Also on a more curious note, could internal parasites cause the same symptoms as JHD? We would like to know if there are other options out there just in case.
Thank You and Have a Great Day! Lynn"
06/15/2009: Sarah from LA, CA: "Hey, Ted- I have been searching forever and LOVE your input on the site, but can't find anything about Huntington's Disease...?? I have a close friend who just got diagnosed, and is really sad b/c he's newly married and just had a baby... this disease runs into his family and he has watched it totally take over his mother she is totally demented now... is very depressing for him to see that as his fate. What do you know about the disease, it's cause, and is there any alternative treatment? thanks a lot! Would love to know what your day job is! You're the best... am sending you a donation through Earthclinic!!"Replies
10/01/2010: Katy from Providence, Ri replies: "Does EC or friends have any advise/help for Huntington's Disease? Anything would be greatly appreciated."
11/13/2010: Misha13 from Atlanta, Ga replies: "My father has had this illness for over 15 years. His condition has worsened he is now 51 and in a nursing home. I have been looking into oxygen therapy... Look it up it may be helpful in slowing progress and symptoms."
04/15/2012: Bill from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "It's a genetic disease that also runs in my family. It has claimed several uncles and aunts on my fathers side, and most recently one cousin with another in extended care and not much longer to live. It was one of the first genetic maladies found through gene mapping. Unfortunately a cure appears to be years away, and appears to rest with stem cell research. More info can be found at The Huntington's Society website."