Parkinson's Disease

  1. Parkinson's disease linked to depression

    Beat the blues or you could DOUBLE your Parkinson's risk

    Folks seem to believe Parkinson's disease is like a tornado: You get little warning, there's nothing you can do to stop it and you face utter devastation when it strikes.

    But that's just not the case at all.

    Many of the risk factors are entirely within your control -- and in some cases, you have years... even DECADES... to take action to protect yourself. And one way you can take yourself out of the path of this devastating tornado is by making sure you don't let depression take control of your life.

    Depression will double your risk of Parkinson's, according to the latest research.

    The deeper your funk, the higher your risk -- and if you're so overwhelmed by depression that you need hospital care, you're 350 percent more likely to get Parkinson's disease than those who get outpatient treatment.

    Of course the state of mental healthcare is such a train wreck in this country that many folks bounce in and out of the hospital, especially veterans. These aren't crazy psychos either, but ordinary upstanding folks who never got the care they needed in the first place.

    For them, care -- or, more accurately, LACK of care -- makes the depression even worse, and that means their Parkinson's risk is even higher: Five or more trips to the hospital for depression will boost your Parkinson's odds by another 40 percent on top of that 350.

    It's a crying shame.

    Depression is part of life, and we all face it sooner or later. If you're locked in your own battle with the blues, don't panic.

    Get help instead.

    You don't need mind-altering meds to beat the depression either. In most cases, you just need some brain-boosting nutrients that tend to be in short supply, especially as we get older: B vitamins (especially B12) and omega-3 fatty acids.

    If you need a little extra help getting over the hump, try some St. John's wort. And if you've "been there, done that" and STILL can't shake it, the problem may be hormonal.

    In that case seek the advice of a naturopathic medical doctor who is experienced in hormone testing and treatment. I recommend a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine. Try their handy Physician+Link tool to find an integrative medicine doc near you.

    Chasing away your blues,

    William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

  2. A regular walking routine could slow Parkinson's disease

    I'm guessing you're a fighter -- and if you have just a few minutes a day to spare, I'm going to show you how to give Parkinson's a run for its money.

    A new University of Iowa study has found that a regular walking routine -- starting with just 15 minutes a day -- could be all it takes to delay your most serious Parkinson's symptoms and give you back months... maybe even years... of quality life.

    Researchers asked 60 Parkinson's patients between the ages of 50 and 80 to lace up their shoes and commit to walking just three times a week. The walkers started with 15 minute strolls, and worked their way up to just 45 minutes.

    That's it. And after just six months Parkinson's patients weren't just feeling more fit, it was as if they'd rolled back the clock on their disease. They improved their balance... their coordination... their speed... heck, they were even suffering from less fatigue and depression.

    Listen, I know Parkinson's can turn even the most active folks into homebodies in a hurry. But former President George Bush, Sr. has Parkinson's -- and he just went skydiving for his 90th birthday. So tell me -- what exactly is keeping YOU from doing a couple laps around the park?

    If you're battling Parkinson's it's time you got off the mat and started pounding the pavement. In just a few months' time, you just may deliver the knockout punch this disease never saw coming.

  3. Tiny fruit may hold secret Parkinson's cure

    Could blueberries add up to eight years to the lives of Parkinson's patients?
  4. Nicotine-laced vegetables slash Parkinson's risk

    Nicotine can lower your risk of Parkinson's disease, and tobacco isn't the only way to get it. Some vegetables also contain nicotine.
  5. Parkinson's drugs in new addiction link

    Drugs commonly given to Parkinson's patients can lead to addictive behavior such as compulsive gambling, eating, drinking, and even sex.
  6. The forbidden way to boost your brainpower

    You've heard tons about nicotine over the years, and almost all of it's wrong -- because no matter what the Health Police say, this stuff isn't bad for you.
  7. A crime against seniors

    Parkinson's is often accompanied by hallucinations and delusions -- and if you make the mistake of mentioning yours to a doctor, he'll pump you so full of meds you won't even know your own name anymore.
  8. Coffee's 'mystery' substance

    And now, researchers claim plain old coffee contains something even healthier than caffeine and antioxidants... even if they can't figure out what it is.
  9. Low vitamin D linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease

    If like most people, you're deficient in the sunshine vitamin, you're also at risk for life-robbing diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
  10. What's REALLY causing your memory loss

    A new study has discovered that common medications known as anticholinergic drugs may cause seniors to lose their thinking skills more quickly.

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