I have been experiencing hand tremors in one hand for a couple of years. My handwriting was terrible as a result of these tremors. So I made a list of my little aches and pains and went to an acupuncturist as an experiment. I knew this wasn't parkinson's, but when I returned home, my tremor was gone. I did a little research today to find some interesting articles. It attacks parkinson's in several ways, so I suggest anyone with the disease do a little research.
Just a plug for my favorite help regarding Parkinson's Disease. I have found in at least three cases I know of personally, that the use of AEP has slowed or stopped the progress of the disease. Please take a look at the on line article by googling, "Nutrition Review... Calcium AEP Membrane Integrity Factor" which talks of the many benefits of AEP. Lately AEP has also been shown to help PD. AEP can be found on line but I rarely can find it in health food stores. I first saw the benefits from reading Dr. Adkins' book, Vita Nutrients. He used it in IV form with his MS patients. I get mine from Wellness Resources.
In reply to Mary M. (Arcadia, Ca),
I see you are writing about your brother again. It is good that he has an advocate looking out for his better interest. I have several friends with PD and I have done a lot of reading on their behalf looking for alternatives, since the standard treatment by our medical community does absolutely zero to halt or even slow disease progression. The currently available PD prescriptions only treat symptoms and can not alter disease progression, but some of those prescriptions can actually add to PD symptoms.
In researching for my friends with PD, I generated a list of over 75 supplements that have potential to be helpful for people with PD. Two of the main points that many studies high light is that excess inflammation and excess radicals, damage the human body and seem to feed the progression of PD so consequently many protocols for PD are aimed at reducing radicals of many types by taking some of the more potent free radical fighters such as alpha lipoic acid, n acetyl cysteine, melatonin, selenium and the like. For inflammation, the ability of these potent antioxidants to neutralize different types of radicals can lessen inflammation and then there are many antinflammatory herbs and supplements that can help to lower the overall inflammatory state associated with PD. Some of the better known ones are curcumin/meriva, boswellia serrata extract/5 Loxin/Akba/Apres Flex, pine bark extract, egcg/green tea, mangosteen, high grade fish oils, magnesium in many forms that are more bioavailable than magnesium oxide. Topically applied mag oil/ magnesium chloride is one good one because for some people when applied to the skin it is calming and tends to relax stressed muscles. Another form called magnesium l threonate is purported to effectively cross the blood brain barrier and is thought to be about the best for targeting the brain, which should be a good thing for PD patients. Many of these supplements may have synergy with one another and could potentially slow the disease progression which is good since the prescription meds can't. I think in a previous reply to you, I mentioned one study that suggested that vitamin D may have slowed or even halted disease progress for one year. That alone is worth making sure that your brothers vitamin d level is replete and closer to the top of the reference range than to the bottom. Reference range for 25 OH d level is 30 to 100 ng/ml. Most people are insufficient (blow 30 ng/ml) or deficient (below 20 ng/ml).
On a more important note, in all of the reading I have done regarding PD, I came across a few small studies by two different medical groups that utilized a common vitamin at very high dose that was administered by intramuscular injection. These two groups were in very different areas of the planet and were not associated in any way, but their clinical findings were very similar. One group was in California and the other was in Italy. Both groups came to the conclusion that their specific treatment, not only halted disease progression in PD patients, but actually reversed motor and non-motor symptoms! I know that is a heck of a claim for PD and so it made me want to contact either of these two groups to find out if they were accepting patients.
I tried to contact the California group first since that seemed to be a simple thing to do, but I was told that the neurologist who was the lead researcher for his group, had passed away and none of the other researchers from his group were continuing the research so it essentially died with him.
Failing that I decided I would try and contact the research group in Italy by email. To my surprise, the lead research neurologist contacted me and sent me three clinical research studies that he had done over the past 5 or 6 years. I told him about my friends with PD and he told me it would be ideal if they could come to Italy to his clinic, but he said that even if they couldn't come to his clinic, he could still try to treat them via email. He said he needed a copy of their medical records and a short video of them talking and a short video of them walking. He said the videos were not for him, but rather for the patient to watch every now and again so they could have a basis for comparison as time passed.
Only one of my friends decided to try this doctor's protocol, but the first problem he ran into was that none of his doctors were willing to give the twice weekly injections and he even checked in Mexico to see if he could get them done there, but he didn't have any luck there either. At that point, I wrote the doctor again and asked him if it would be possible to take the supplement by topically applying it to the skin with DMSO? He wrote back and said there was no need to go through the inconvenience of having to apply the supplement with DMSO, as my friend could just take a very high dose of the vitamin supplement on a daily basis and while he said it might not work as well as the injections, it would probably halt the disease progression and likely reverse some of the symptoms. He told me he had treated several of his PD patients who were opposed to twice weekly injections with this oral method and he said it worked very well for them.
Armed with all of this information, one of my friends decided he wanted to give it a try and so he first ordered the supplement in a pure bulk powder form with no additives. He started on the protocol that the doctor set out for him. He was a bit hit and miss at first, because he started to feel improvement in the first week and he started slacking off on his dosing which soon had him feeling bad again. I should mention here that the first symptom that improved for him was anxiety. He said this anxiety made him feel bad everday of his life and within two weeks of taking his supplement mixed in Gatorade, his anxiety level dropped way down to where he felt pretty comfortable again.
In any case, my friend started on this supplement last November and is still taking it because he simply says he feels better with it and without it he could tell that his PD was definitely progressing at a fairly quick pace whereas now he does not feel that his PD is progressing and some of his symptoms are better.......including the anxiety.
One of the reasons that I felt my friend would slack off on taking his supplement was because he has to mix the bulk powder in Gatorade and this is not always convenient, so I found some high dose capsules of this vitamin and he started taking those on a more regular basis than the powder, but recently he told me that he wasn't positive, but he feels like the bulk powder is more effective than the capsules and even though it is a little more trouble to take the bulk powder, he is going to go back to it when he runs out of the capsules. One possible reason that the powder may be working better for him is because it has no fillers of any type while the capsules are gelatin and then there are additives in the capsules for various reasons which may work against the active compound.
Mary, if you want to know more about this, I can find the links for the studies I have seen as well as a couple of YouTube videos that show some of this neurologist's patients before treatment and awhile after treatment. In corresponding with this doctor he told me he has treated over 100 PD cases with this protocol and only had one patient who could not tolerate it as she would throw up right after she got an injection.
Lastly and also of importance, this is not a cure and the patient still needs to take their regular meds. If you stop taking the vitamin, all symptoms return and the disease continues to progress again. Based on what my other friends with PD have told me, their doctors are not open to this whole idea and will definitely "not" do the injections for them. One of my friends took all of the studies I gave him so he could show them to his doctors to see if they would monitor him if he started taking the supplement and they flat out told him no and not only that, they wouldn't even look at the studies........they said they had no time to be reading worthless studies, but they are quite fine with prescribing drugs for him in which they know he will end up a drooling, shaking and demented mess!
Previously I discussed an Italian neurologist that has made a rather remarkable discovery about using a vitamin to very good effect in treating Parkinson's Disease patients. With the passage of time it is becoming very clear that the treatment is very helpful for alleviating many PD symptoms beyond what the meds alone can do.
The vitamin is vitamin B-1 or thiamine and he uses it at high dose as intramuscular injections in his office in Italy. Unfortunately, these I.M. injections are somewhat difficult to get here in the states and even harder to get your doctor to prescribe them and monitor you. The medical community here in the states is resistant to the whole idea.
The neurologist in Italy is Dr. Costantini and he has been using this protocol on his patients for 5 years+ and the results are fairly remarkable. In patients who have been on the protocol for 5 years, in addition to the symptom improvements, he has seen no progression of the disease during these past 5 years and one of his patients who had a datscan done showed no apparent progression on a recent datscan!
You are probably thinking, well, he's probably only treated a few patients with this protocol, but he has actually treated over 2,500 patients with thiamine im injections and the results have been very good as well as quite durable over time! He also has another group of over 200 patients from around the world that he treats remotely via email. I've been in contact with Dr. Costantini for about three years now after reading some of his studies on PubMed while researching for three of my friends who have PD as well as two acquaintances with PD.
I've read quite a bit on the subject and Dr. Costantini has been very helpful in keeping me up to date on how his research is going and he found that oral thiamine can be used effectively also! This makes his protocol very useful to many more PWPs around the world because of its easy availability at relatively low cost. Thiamine has many health benefits that are rarely mentioned and is also effective for a few other neurolgical conditions as well as MS! It does require a very high oral dose each day and is compatible with most PD meds adding to its versatility for PWPs!
What I have found from approximately 45 people who are taking his protocol that I am following is that one of the hardest parts to this protocol is finding the correct dose for each individual patient which has taken up to 6 months and varies significantly from patient to patient. In these 45 patients, the ones who have gotten the best results are those who have worked with Dr. Costantini continuously through this initial period while trying to find the correct dose. Once the correct dose is found, then it is just a matter of taking it everyday along side your regular PD meds. The results that these 45 people have gotten are impressive! Everyone is different so results can vary from patient to patient. Out of these 45 patients all say they will continue to take the vitamin for the rest of their life!
PD is simply a horrible disease and the current meds only address symptoms while doing nothing to slow disease progression, while thiamine in Dr. Costantini experience with over 2,700 patients shows the potential to affect disease progression positively as patients who have been on it for over five years and then stop taking it only show symptoms similar to or better than when they started!
If anyone is interested in this protocol or has questions, I will post more about it as well as how to Contact the doctor.
I have been hearing a lot lately about cholesterol lowering drugs, and the link to alzhiemers . Don't you think, it could also be a factor in Parkinsons disease??? The brain is mostly cholesterol anyway. Not sure, but in 80-90% range. I would bet a lot of Parkinsons patients take these drugs. Just a theory. God Bless all who are looking for answers and Help. He has never failed to help me.
I'd urge everyone to look into CoQ10. This research study gave 1200mg of CoQ10 per day to those with early Parkinson's and showed evidence of slowing functional decline: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12374491
If you've never heard of Howard Shifke and his site Fighting Parkinson's Drug Free, I recommend you visit it.
I have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's. Has anyone used the HP therapy successfully with PD. Another site claims success with it, but before jumping in I wanted to hear from someone that had used or is using it successfully.
Hello, Does anyone have any experience with magnetic field therapy and Parkinson's disease?
Denver, Co, Usa
I believe Malassezia yeast may be the actual/most common cause of Parkinson's, in combination with environmental & virulence factors that favor its growth and aggressiveness. If so, this has definite implications for prevention & treatment.
Consider the following points:
(a) Malassezia is an unusual yeast in that it is lipophilic (meaning it feeds on lipids rather than sugars/starches like candida). AND it seeks melanin & infects melanocytes. The dopaminergic neurons in the brain -- the area affected by PD -- contains high levels of neuromelanin. Neuromelanin in turn has an affinity for lipids and for iron, both of which favor the growth of this yeast. Note: because it feeds on lipids rather than sugars, it will NOT grow in the usual fungal cultures performed in hospitals (they use sugar/starches in the medium, no lipids). So it is "under the radar" in the sense that there seems to be little testing ever done for it.
(b) Malassezia is known to infect melanocytes in the skin... and I suspect it is involved in causing skin cancer. If so, this would explain the higher rate of skin cancer found in Parkinson's. Also, because it is in the skin (IN, not only "on"), it could hypothetically be pushed into the bloodstream or spinal fluid by medical procedures like injections or spinal taps.
(c) L-DOPA is a precursor to MELANIN, so it makes sense that Malassezia might take it up ... thereby reducing the amount available for normal brain functioning. Low L-DOPA is a key feature of PD.
(d) Acetaldehyde -- produced by yeast -- converts dopamine into a neurotoxin called salsalinol ... which may cause the eventual aptosis of dopaminergic neurons. It also promotes increased iron content and the release of iron, both of which would favor fungal growth.
(e) Malassezia is extremely common and extremely slow-growing. It may be that people have it for decades or a lifetime. I speculate that risk factors for developing PD might include: prolonged use of antibiotics (esp. intravenous) or steroids/immunosuppressants, depleted flora from any other source including packaged foods which contain additives or may be irradiated to remove flora, accumulative lifetime exposure to UV radiation, including sunlight, medical procedures like CT scans et al; eating a lot of oleic acid (vegetable oils including olive oil are the primary culprit here, but also animal fats), high cholesterol/triglycerides, PRN lipid therapy, taking Vit D or iron, use of certain psych meds like antipsychotics that increase lipids. Meds that cause photosensitivity (= less resistance to UV radiation) might be another area of concern.
If my hypothesis is correct, there are definite implications for prevention steps and maybe also treatment. Some possibilities that come to mind are increasing dietary sulfur (antifungal), increasing "good" flora, avoidance of risk factors including dietary veg. oil/animal fat, etc. Based on my reading, buckwheat also contains an antifungal compound. Whether such steps would have an effect, I don't know. More research is clearly needed.
To Whom It May Concern,
I have a mother who is in her early 70's and has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. She fell ill with a h-pylori infection and almost died. The ER doctor put her on some strong anti biotics and she is recovering from the pylori but when we took her in she was shuffling badly, slight arm tremors and a mask like face. I've tried to get her to eat better, avoiding foods with lots of sugar, pesticides etc but she's used to her diet and is struggling. Regardless of this she has still shown signs of improvement but is complaining of weakness, stiffness and a feeling that she can't move at times when she wants to. I have read through the threads on this site about the Methylene Blue. I cannot understand the dilution. I have no way to since I am dyslexic with numbers. I have personally been taking the MB 1% diluted by taking one tspn full of MB and diluting it with 9 tspns of water. I take 5 -7 drops in the morning in 6 ounces of water with a 1/4 tspn of vit c powder and a 1/2 tspn of baking soda, sometimes a full tspn.
My questions are:
1. am I even close to the correct dilution and please don't tell me in equations because I can't understand them. What I do understand is what I've described, one teaspoon MB and 9 teaspoons of water.
2. I need to have specific information on how to give the MB to my mother and in which combination, taurine/potassium (which I don't think that she can have because of her high blood pressure)/baking soda? etc. As soon as possible please?
She weighs approximately 140 lbs, she's 5ft 2 inches tall. She's on medications, metoprolol and aspirin. I have spoken with a pharmacist who has said that there are no contraindications with her meds and the MB.
Please, she's feeling the effects and I know she's very frightened, the docs seem to think that the PD was set off by a mild stroke that she had just after my dad died almost 3 years ago. He died of institutionalized pnuemonia/parkinsons. She is not taking any parkinson's medication at this time.
I know that you all get a lot of emails asking for advice so I am not asking to be "special" I am just asking for clear concise and reliable answers as soon as you are able to. Thank you for your time and experience. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
I got some methylene BLUE (we're talking blue) from a pet store--the only place I could find it. It says not for medicinal, human or animal use--but I took a couple drops anyway because they always say that stuff. Is there a different kind I should have gotten? Ted said it was the stuff for fish tanks so that's what I got. I thought I should maybe check before I took any more. If someone could email me directly I would appreciate it. I don't think it would take much of the stuff before you could give the Blue Men a run for their money--or at least a Smurf. If it matters, I forgot to mention I got it for Parkinson's.
Fort Worth, Texas
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San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
Methylene blue can be purchased in two forms: pre-mixed with other elements or in a 'pure' state. ... What form is referred to by 1.0% and 9.1%? ... When adding 100 cc of methylene blue to 900 cc of water, what form of methylene blue is used - the pre-mixed or the 'pure'? ... How much Vit C is taken together with methylene blue? ... I'm asking because I would like to try methylene blue and vitamin C for my Parkinson's. ... I am 78 years old, diagnosed as having Parkinson's in 1998.
Charlotte North Carolina
I am amazed that after one and a half days of taking methylene blue with vitamin c my 85 year old dad, who has Parkinson's, initiated transfer to his wheelchair and needed much less assistance than yesterday. Yesterday he was not weight bearing much. This morning I did not pick him up to get in his chair, just guided him. I broke out into laughter of happiness!
Thank you a million for the information you provide on earthclinic. I love seeing the results!
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Mucuna pruriens is a tropical bean and is a natural source of dopamine. Dopamine is intimately connected to arousal. It is also the critical brain chemical in Parkinson's Disease, a disorder that I have dealt with for 17 years.
A group of we PWP were experimenting with the use of Muruna last year and I can attest to its effects upon male libido. But, let's face it, a good glass of tap water can qualify for many men.
What was unusual, however, was that women reported similar effects. As one of the first to notice commented, "I knew something was up when my ex- started loooking good!"
I can't suggest a dosage since the PD has an independent effect that would make such info irrelevant, so you will have to do some trial and error. It can be ordered as a raw powder via Amazon. Since mentioning a specific brand is discouraged here, I will only say that the excellent product which I used was grown in the US, was organic, and was only about $10 to $15 per pound. One caution, the powder is an incredible black stain once it is wet. The only thing that takes it off of enameled steel is oxyclean type remover.
Fort Worth, Texas