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Do you have theories about why you have Parkinsons?Posted by mary-beth-skylis on September 7, 2020 at 11:43 am
Science still can’t exactly say why some people develop Parkinsons and others don’t. But we’re starting to notice trends. In some cases, environmental factors seem to play a part in the development of the disease. In others, it seems like there could be a genetic predisposition (although there’s some debate about this idea). Do you have any theories about why you have Parkinsons?
MemberSeptember 8, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Boy I wish I knew the answer as to where this came from in my case. There doesn’t appear to be a genetic predisposition.
I spent the first 24 years of my life in an area that has been noted to have a high percentage of persons with PD. At the time I lived there it was very industrial but since that time the steel mills have closed. I am thinking that could be it.
I also wonder if I abused by body to the point of damaged, as symptoms that I now know are related to PD, began just after I went overboard with training for the Victoria marathon. Within a period of just a few months I finished a half marathon and then completed a full marathon without ever even trying a 10k in previous years. My friend and I would fast walk an average of 12-15 miles almost every day and to make sure we could finish the 26 miles, a week or two before the marathon we did 26 miles. I know, I know, that was incredibly stupid and not how you train for an event. A short time after I developed many of my PD symptoms. I couldn’t lift myself out of bed or get out of a chair, my balance was off, I’d shuffle and I’d walk into walls, I was in a lot of pain, my hands would shake and I had pins and needles and my brain was off. The neurologist at the time couldn’t find a cause but after a number of months I got better but I was never the same. Exercising moderately now has been helpful to me although if I do too much it takes me days to recover. I wonder if this played a part in development of my PD.
MemberAugust 23, 2023 at 3:00 pm
Thank you for this question! Yes, I do have a theory about why I have Parkinson’s. My great-grandfather died of Parkinson’s Disease a couple of months before I turned 13. I spent weeks during the summers until that year, helping my great-grandmother as she cared for her husband. I understood early on that I could be genetically predisposed to develop PD. I also have had a number of serious infections, beginning with gastroenteritis with symptoms including a fever high enough that I was delusional. This condition usually lasts a week. I had it twice, back-to-back, and it lasted about 2 weeks both times. In 1997, my appendix ruptured but the hospital could not diagnosis my problem for 18 and a half hours, so that the doctor who saved my life informed me later that he had removed a pint of pus from me and I had a drain for 4 days to remove the rest. I have been septic with E. Coli twice, (in 2012 and 2o14) since then caused both times by a kidney infection that flared up quickly. In both instances, I had been relatively healthy 2 days prior; suddenly fell ill with nausea, headache and fever and was in the hospital, and diagnosed with sepsis all within 48 hours. I have also suffered with ear and sinus infections all my life and once had a severe case of mastoiditis. Partially because I witnessed so many neurological abnormalities throughout my family, I felt compelled in 2014, at the age of 54 to enroll in an online University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Studies. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in the Spring of 2019. I cannot address all that I learned at this time and in this forum but it included neurological development from in-utero to natural death. I also had some genetic testing done in 2020. Two years later, I received a report that included a variant associated with a genetic condition known as Mucopolysaccharidosis type III (MPS III) which is a challenge to pronounce.
The report made it clear that it was not a diagnosis but simply a possibility that the variant was associated with that condition to alert my doctors to the possibility. As I read the symptoms, I could relate to many and others that I could attribute to siblings and other close family members. Using the privilege I have of access to the online university library where I earned my degree, I studied further and discovered that the variant is also associated with Parkinson’s Disease and confirmed my suspicion that many of the symptoms of the two conditions overlapped. Additionally, I have suffered several significant head injuries. Consequently, by the time I saw a neurologist for my symptoms, I was not surprised by a quick diagnosis of PD. I immediately shared my theory with my neurologist who was nodding her head like a bobble-head doll. No one has confirmed my theory that I was born with MPS III which has now developed into Parkinson’s Disease but no one has even attempted to dissuade me from my theory either.
MemberAugust 24, 2023 at 4:48 pm
My father was a registered nurse anesthetist and was on call frequently throughout his career. His sleep cycle was constantly interrupted. I remember him going into work at 2 am on a regular basis. He developed Parkinson’s at 62 years old. I was a Recovery Room nurse and also did call work for most of my career. I didn’t have a full week with sound sleep for decades. Getting up for a full 10 hour day of work after having interrupted sleep just became a way of life. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 60. I have 3 siblings, all older than me and none of them show any signs or symptoms of developing Parkinson’s. None of them have jobs that require night work, rotating shifts or call work. I feel pretty confident that the disrupted sleep cycles my father and I shared contributed to our development of Parkinson’s.
MemberAugust 25, 2023 at 2:19 pm
Because I grew up in an era when the impact of pollution on individuals was not recognized/acknowledged, I believe that environment played a significant role.
MemberSeptember 9, 2020 at 2:42 pm
Hi Mary Beth,
Thanks for this post as it has brought up things for me that I haven’t thought of for a long time. I’d like to add to my above post concerning my excessive physical training because I am thinking that the combination of my early exposure to pollutants and the over the top training are most likely the reason I have PD today. Although I 100% agree that exercise is very, very important for health, particularly if you have PD, I do know that it is a fact that excessive endurance exercise increases oxygen consumption that increases the production of free radicals and causes oxidative damage to muscles and other tissues, membranes and genes, DNA and leads to a state of chronic, systemic inflammation. Common exercise can actually can build the antioxidant free radical defense system, but intense and high volume exercise overwhelms these defenses and cause significant free radical damage. The Oxidative stress from from free radicals damages cellular proteins. That chronic, systemic inflammation is implicated in diseases such as cancer, heart disease,strokes, MS, Alzheimer’s, PARKINSONS, premature aging and in most debilitating, degenerative conditions. The more I think of this the more I am convinced this is the reason.
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 3:33 pm
I have been treated with Chinese medicine for years and with amazing results. However my symptoms progress because there is no known cure just a delay of symptoms. TCM looks at the body in a completely different way and because we all have different Chi deficiencies or excesses, in some cases they are pathological. Looking back on my life and treatment with TCM, I can see a definite pattern has developed. My symptoms have been slowly progressing but are in a holding pattern at the moment. It is not possible for me to compare myself with someone who is receiving western treatments. My TCM doctor treats my whole body for many things weekly and these things are part of his original diagnosis but if they change then he can make corrections in treatment. He doesn’t look at one thing but my body as a whole energy system and how my Chi energy is functioning. I would say that we get PD symptoms (not recognized in TCM terms) when the deficiencies reach a certain point. External influences such as pesticides and viruses all impact our Chi energy. Our bodies are all very unique from the start, genetically, but historically (things that have happened to us on our journey) and the way we use and care for our own bodies play an enormous part. Tai Chi plays a great part in my life and has done for over 20 years. It has not stopped me from arriving at this point but without it I might have arrived sooner and in a worse condition. I will never know for sure.
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 4:58 pm
I basically self diagnosed my PD 10 years ago. I was having symptoms of my toes on right foot cramping when jog but podiatrist and my primary car DR. could not find a reason. Then one day at work I notice my right arm not moving when I walked. This seemed like something that was a very bad sign to me, right leg right arm? So I started googling the common neurology diseases. I opened up the Michel J Fox sight and one of there first expected causes was agricultural pesticide exposure. That was my oh crap! moment. See, I had spent the last 30 years as a lab tech with Dupont developing new insecticides. I have test 10’s of thousands of experimantal insecticides in thousands of experiments, 2-3 experiments every week for 30 years!
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 5:13 pm
Toni – don’t sweat it. If that was the case, we would see a much larger number of marathoners with Parkinson’s. I am an endurance runner and have prodromol PD, but do not have any science to connect it to my passion and love for running. I do though have connections that could have me in my current situation and I would like to hear from you and Mary Beth on this.
First, I was diagnoised with prodromal PD via sleep study and confirmation I have iRBD about 9 months ago. Has anyone been diagnoised with iRBD (REM Sleep Behavior Disorder)? Has anyone been tested for toxic chemicals in urine? Has anyone had their gut microbiome sequenced? Has anyone been tested for organic acids, heavy metals, glyphosate and SCFA (short chain fatty acids)?
Once I was diagnoised and given orders to go home and wait as they had no clue why I was suffering from RBD and inevitable PD, I got to work. In every test above I have extreamly high markers in different areas with some organic acids being 5 times over normal levels. I have extreamly high levels of some specific neurotoxins. I have gut dysbiosis – my good bugs in my belly are low and my bad bugs are high. I have little to no butyrate (SCFA) which is critical for the tight junctions in my gut (I have leaky gut). It is even the reason we stink (I sweat but have no body odor) None of the above test were ordered by my doctor nor does any study currently published compare patients with PD or prodromal PD and the above test. I find it to be the crazyist situation possible.
I am in the development of my own therapy. I have successfully been able to reduce the intensity of my dreams by at least 75% while reducing the frequency by 25% (improving each month). I have done all of this by diet alone – little to no lectins. My next phase is to correct the gut dysbiosis and this will be done with probiotics matched with my gut sequence. Plus I run, fast, sauna, and exercise.
I would like to know if anyone else is having any success with diet, fasting or exercise. I am always willing to share my resutls and resources. I will be share everything on my upcoming website whyrbd.com
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 3:08 am
Kia Ora, Rob:
My neurologist called what I have REM-SBD sleep disorder, rapid eye movement. I only wish I could reduce the intensity and activity in my dream life. I’ve treated sleep apnea using a CPAP machine for the past 15 years. Maybe that’s when prodromal PD started for me?
I had two aunts on my mother’s side diagnosed with PD. Is genetics a component?
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 9:15 am
The Michael J Fox Foundation offered me an opportunity to do a DNA so I took it, as I did not know who my bio father was until I was 80. I did not know anyone when I was growing up in my mother’s family that had Parkinson’s. I did do the DNA, and nothing on my father’s side. They say old age can cause Parkinson’s, so guess that is my answer.
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 9:27 am
Beth so sad to hear MJFF would tell you Parkinson’s is the result of old age. I ask one question – how old was MJ Fox when he contracted PD? Not old. PD is the combination of multiple factors that when combined create the perfect storm. This explains why not everyone comes down with PD if they have one symptom or the other. Not every old person has PD so it must be a another variable that is causing the body damage. I am working as fast as possible to see what interventions can be taken to help others stop the progressive damage before it manifest into dementia and motor issues.
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm
My theory is that is was caused by an overload of mercury, viruses and life-long Hypoglycemia. In my 20s I was injected several times with mercurial diuretics to loose weight, which I did not loose. The side effect of these injections were 30 cavities that were filled with amalgams, 50/50 mercury.
Then, I was exposed to the Epstein-Barr virus, Shingles, Rickettsia (Human Ehrlichiosis),resulting in CFIDS/ME, MCS, etc.
Glucose matabolism is very important for any brain and Neurotransmitters, so severe Hypoglycemia since age 9 has contributed also, I believe.
I have just been diagnosed with Oxalate Cristal disease, which can have profound problems in the body, though I, and many others, don’t have kidney stones, but the Oxalate accumulates in the joints, muscles, organs and probably in the brain also. The best information is on Sally K. Norton’s website, though she does not write about Parkinson’s, she has devoted her life to make this known. Many people, like myself, have increased their vitamin C consumption because of Covid19 and noticed increased pain in their feet, joints etc. that is how I found out. I ate a “very healthy” diet for many years with lots of greens, nuts, chocolate, Kiwis, celery juice, etc, all of these foods are very high in Oxalates. I wonder has anyone done research on oxalate effect on Parkinson’s ??? It certainly affects the stiffness in my muscles, pain and balance. I do not take any medications, as they never agreed with me, but plenty of alternatives.
I believe that is most important to eat a diet free of chemicals, GMO, gluten and sugar. Please let me know what you think about my theory, blessings, Ingrid
MemberAugust 20, 2023 at 7:36 am
I have been wondering if oxalates are causing my husband’s chronic back pain and leg ache which no amount of treatment or pain killers have been able to lessen. On searching for info regarding this with PD this post of yours Ingrid came up. Oxalate overload is linked with leaky gut and lack of certain bacteria in the gut that break oxalates down. I would not be surprised that with his bad constipation and the ibuprofen he took for a time has resulted in a leaky gut. I did try to cut down on his oxalate intake but the advice of the Naturopath specializing in PD whom we consulted has put him on a diet full of green leafy veg, nuts & seeds.
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 7:34 pm
I’m following the advice of the Parkinson’s Recovery Project (pdrecovery.org). Their theory is that people with Parkinson’s have got themselves stuck in thanatosis (near death mode), which is uniquely identified by aberrant flowing chi.
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 7:35 pm
My husband was recently diagnosed and he had a very severe case of Lyme Disease back in 2012. We have heard that Lyme can become chronic (though there is great controversy about this) and can “masquerade” as other things like Parkinson’s so we are looking into that. He also flew a spray plane for several years and was exposed to various herbicides. So we are wondering about that.
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 3:11 am
I have a friend in Canada who claims she might have ‘contracted’ PD via chronic Lyme Disease. I had never even heard of this before she mentioned it to me…
MemberSeptember 11, 2020 at 7:16 am
I spent ~60 days consecutive at Camp Geiger, MCB Camp Lejeune NC during the time period of what is arguably our country’s worst water pollution scandal. PD is “presumptive” for this exposure with as little as 30 nonconsecutive days, meaning that it was relatively easy to obtain VA disability benefit. In the years following that exposure, I also sprayed various coatings with organic solvents and foam with free isocyanate. All of this is bad stuff, and I didn’t protect myself as well as I should have.
My mother had PD, & it has appeared elsewhere in family trees with my last name, so there may be a genetic link.
MemberJanuary 13, 2022 at 12:08 am
My uncle was stationed there in the 50’s and 60s. He ended up with colon, prostate, and lung cancer from the dry-cleaning fluid dumped into the water. He lived in the housing right behind the cleaners.
I’m surprised he didn’t end up with other things besides that.
MemberSeptember 11, 2020 at 7:42 am
Ingrid, I have been doing the same, but I have restricted my lectins because rescent research has confirmed the gut brain connection and the vagal nerve is stimulated by lectins as proven the the transport of paraquat from ENS to mid brain or the lack there of when a patient has undergone a vagalotamy. It has helped my iRBD which is just prodromal PD, so I am sure it would work in diagnoised PD. Best is to follow Dr Gundry diet. Definately working for me. I eat mostly plans and fish. Besides reducing or eliminating lectins (I pressure cook lectin containing roots and tuber and eat raw cruciferous vegetables) I also watch the oxilate levels to keep my joints working well. I log how my joints feel daily.
What is apparent is we all have exposure to enviromental toxins. What I would like to know for my research is how many in this chain has been tested for toxic chemicals, organic acids, heavy metals, SCFA, glyphosate, gut biome sequencing, and iRBD.
MemberSeptember 12, 2020 at 7:33 pm
I havn’t had my toxin levels tested but I want to have it done and will look around for the best way to get it done in my area. Thanks for mentioning it. It reminded me that it is something I wanted to have done.
Yes I do have REM sleep Disorder. I am on CPAP which has helped me. I also have gut problems so I am interested in the testing and the diet you mention.
I posted about my excessive exercise and how research shows that it can cause free radical damage to muscles, tissue, membranes, etc. (I found this very interesting when I first read about it). Anyway, unlike a distance runner or athlete I went from the very minimum of exercise immediately into full on attack. In effect, assaulting myself and not allowing my body rest for about a 5 month period. That is why I am suspicious. If I had been a runner or did regular work outs I wouldn’t have thought about it for the reasons you mentioned. Going at it the way I did, I still can’t believe I was capable of it especially with all the pain, is why I wonder.
MemberSeptember 12, 2020 at 7:35 pm
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MemberSeptember 13, 2020 at 5:58 pm
Here are my recommendations: Toxic Chemicals, Organic Acids, Mold – Great Plains Labratories (you can find online, you can pay cash, you just need an RX from you doctor – I even think they have teledocs that can help. Gut Microbiome sequencing. I have used 4 Biome, Viome, American Gut Project & Sun Genomics American should be the best but they are taking over 7 months to process because of Covid. Sun and Biome second best.
I was also diagnoised with mild central apnea but not an issue. Also I have a long distance runner and I have found a lot or research that says endurance running could be beneficial to neurons and brain chemicals. Like I said, don’t sweat the running until you run all the other test to see what is out of balance. In the next week or so, I will be sharing all on my project website whyRBD.com Hopefully this will help others find testing that could start to find the “why” behind our disorder. I have not found one research paper that evaluated the above mentioned test with prodromal symptoms. I think it is the biggest form of malpractice possible – not in the clinical setting and not in the research setting is anyone connecting the dots: Gut dysbiosis – toxin levels. I sure hope someone proves me wrong.
MemberSeptember 15, 2020 at 5:55 pm
I was diagnosed a couple of years ago when I was 42 with YOPD. I always tell everyone that I definitely inherited it from my father’s side. That’s because I found out that my grandmother’s maiden name was Parkinson, for real. A little humor about this disease does help at times.
MemberSeptember 15, 2020 at 7:10 pm
My dad had hernias, was bald, and developed Parkinsons around age 60. I had hernias, am bald, and developed Parkinsons at age 59. We can drive ourselves crazy wondering what exposures might have caused ourselves to get this, but I’m a big believer in the destiny of our genes.
MemberSeptember 17, 2020 at 2:45 pm
I have a GBA mutation, l444p, that increases my risk of getting PD by 10 times and was heavily exposed to trichloroethylene, a solvent linked in a few studies to increased PD risk.
MemberSeptember 18, 2020 at 8:41 am
Robyn did you ever take any Parkinson’s medication before you started following Parkinsons recovery?
My husband has been on a very low dose of sinemet and we have been exploring other modalities of treatment. On pdrecovery.org he says his protocol won’t work in the same as if someone has ever taken medication for more then three weeks.
wondering if you have any knowledge about this?
thanks so much
MemberNovember 20, 2021 at 10:04 pm
Hey Fran… can I ask you something?
Dr. Hadlock is quoted as saying, ” Most western-medicine research has consistently ignored the brain scan data showing elevated dopamine levels in certain areas of the brain in people with Parkinson’s, possibly because it conflicts with the long-disproved 1960s theory of “dead dopamine cells” and with the Parkinson’s theory promoted by the pharmaceutical industry.”
Have you experienced, or do you know someone personally who has experienced, Dr. Hadlocks treatment of “channel qi”? Do you believe her claims of curing PD? In 100’s of patients? Does her book sound like a form of Reiki?
Thanks for “listening”. Alan
MemberNovember 21, 2021 at 3:34 pm
Alan, if taking levadopa helps, then that’s a good sign that at least some of your dopamine-producing cells are working. Levadopa, or L-dopa is normally produced by the body from tyrosine:
<b>Tyrosine hydroxylase</b> or <b>tyrosine 3-monooxygenase</b> is the enzyme responsible for catalyzing the conversion of the amino acid <small>L</small>-tyrosine to <small>L</small>-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (<small>L</small>-DOPA).<sup id=”cite_ref-pmid8638482_5-0″ class=”reference”></sup><sup id=”cite_ref-pmid8822146_6-0″ class=”reference”></sup> It does so using molecular oxygen (O<sub>2</sub>), as well as iron (Fe<sup>2+</sup>) and tetrahydrobiopterin as cofactors. (Wikipedia)
If you have dysbiosis, vitamin D deficiency, or iron deficiency, it is much harder for your body to produce L-dopa. So you might want to look into those.
MemberJanuary 9, 2022 at 3:33 pm
I had an accident and needed cervical surgery. My walking was badterwards. As I was getting better, my Parkinson started. The first Dr was American and gave me lots of pills that made me feel worse. I am French living in an American environment. French usually run out the door if surgery or medication are mentioned. The second dr was Mexican S LATIN and similar to the French. He took all the pills away except Dopamine and a mild anti depressent. . We French see Parkinson differently as we have had it 2,000 yrs befor dopimine was even known. It was called the shaking disease and generally early onset as we died earlier . 2,000 yrs ago til now, excercise and diet were the way we treated the shaking disease. . We knew then that the excercise did not work if it was something of a habit. it had to NOT be like what you do everyday. It had to be 15 minutes twice a day of radical musical dance to the Gods and you were then ok for most of the day. They knew habit played a role. I took the French way with swimming three times a week, dancing and excercising to rod stewart or others upon waking and in the afternoon, and then I was fine for the other hours .We knew voice was an issue so I read French or an article outloud with exaggeration and only 1 dopamine pill per day. I am proud of the work that the Americans do as nowdays we can communicate both efforts.. But the medicine the american give at early onset and too much, defies long held historical thoughts that “little is better”. If we were able to know this before medicine, than some of it should continue. That some of it is “learning to live with it” via excercise, good diet, sense of humor, etc.” Parkinson is not the worst of the sickness especially when one cure allows you to dance Michael Jackson, Elvis etc. Also, if you start via medicine, you can not go back as the body adaptts and then needs it. But you can not just increase it. We knew since.2,000 ago. ANSWER: Learn to live with it with minimal medicine. If it gets worse, increase excercise and than you have the the medicine there as the backup. My Parkinson at 75 is like a women who is 75. Ecept, I dance, and noboby can stop me. We all laugh and they dance with me. My real problem are my 75 yrs old knees, they do not want to participate. In reality, almost anyone who is older must do excercises, diet, social stuff. I have learnt that I will never know the why but have learnt the how.
MemberSeptember 22, 2020 at 3:36 pm
I believe that exposure to chemicals has caused me to develop PD. I worked on a Navy ship in dry cleaning during the Vietnam War. After that, I worked in a wastewater treatment plant, a R&D lab for insecticides, worked at and then had a lawn service that included insecticide/herbicide spraying, and worked for about 20 years in the Inside Garden departments at 2 large Home Improvement stores. I was tested for heavy metals and other toxins when going through my diagnostic period by a super neurologist at the VA. She was sure after seeing the results that chemical exposure was the cause. I know of no one in my family tree that had PD. I pray it isn’t genetic, because I don’t want my kids to have PD.
MemberJanuary 29, 2022 at 9:49 am
I was exposed to agent orange while in vietnam. No other family member has PD
ModeratorSeptember 28, 2020 at 8:25 am
Toni, Wow! Thank you for sharing your ideas. I, myself, am an athlete. And I tend to err on the side of TOO much exercise. I hadn’t thought about the potentially negative impacts of exercise in relation to Parkinsons. For how many years did you train for events like marathons?
ModeratorSeptember 28, 2020 at 8:29 am
Rob, thank you for your thoughts. I take comfort in them. As a long-distance backpacker, I often put myself through tough challenges. And I’ve thought about the damage I’m doing to my joints. It’s probably good to be thinking about other potential damage.
My Dad (diagnosed in 2013) sees an herbalist every once in a while. And this herbalist seems to think that his PD diagnosis is related to a build up of toxins. He has alot of heavy metals in his system. And they’re trying to cleanse them. My Dad hasn’t reported noticing a difference. Additionally, he has suffered from Ulcerative Colitis for the past 30 years, and I’ve always wondered if not having a colon threw off a bunch of other parts of his system. So, I find your thoughts about your gut particularly interesting.
MemberSeptember 29, 2020 at 4:27 pm
I wondered if the Parkinson’s disease could have anything to do with a gut surgery (where my ileum was removed)I had had which caused me to become deficient in vitamin B-12. I remember feeling exhausted most of the time and several years later I began having having PD symptoms. And unfortunately, my PD went undiagnosed for a couple of years.
MemberSeptember 29, 2020 at 5:15 pm
Beth – Interesting, definately could be cause of Vit B12 defeciency. Did or have you had any other test maybe for SCFA (short chain fatty acids), toxins, organic acids, heavy metals, or pestisides? Did you have iRBD (REM Sleep Behavior Disorder) prior to PD diagnosis or after? There is always a “why” to everything, we just have to keep asking and keep searching. My doctor never asked to run one test once I was diagnoised with pre-parkinson’s. Every test I have done, was under my instructions to my doctor. My doctor was even suprised what I was able to uncover as a possible “why”. The more we learn from “why” the more we can share with others who have pre-parkinson’s and in their quest to stop the progression. Thanks for sharing
MemberOctober 17, 2020 at 10:31 am
I have been ill with BP for three years, although the diagnosis was made in 2020. It was like a bolt from the blue. It didn’t look like I had a genetic predisposition. Until the age of 59 I was a strong person, I liked to walk (10 or more km on occasion). Then I subtracted that exposure to pesticides earlier could add to BP and I thought that I might have had contact with garden pesticides as a child. Then I thought that I had a history of constipation, so I think that my gut microbe is broken. In general, the diagnosis of PD looks like a sentence – nothing really helps …
MemberOctober 17, 2020 at 8:53 pm
I have a few seemingly random points that I would like to contribute, if I may:
– Of all of the people I have met or corresponded with, who would place themselves in the Young Onset group, None were aware of any relatives who had PD.
– My first full-time job involved spraying herbicides, painting, welding etc. Each day at 4:30, I had to take a break before driving my car home, because I felt… well… exactly as I do this very minute — except back then, the feeling eventually went away.
– I have heard speculation that PD may be a blending of 2 other diseases. I believe that to be an item worth consideration, because I have 2 groups of symptoms that are each distinctly unique. There is a very slight margin of overlap but more often than not, they present quite differently.
– In my opinion, the answer lies in the realm of autoimmune disorders, specifically how the immune system interacts with our toxic manufactured planet, and how it adapts to bio-regional micro-cultures. This is a growing field of study because with just one fill-in-the-blank, we can explain so many unanswered questions. Everything we know so far about unseen villans, seems to fall into place when we consider their environmental context.
– On that note, expect a flood of class action suites in the 2020s and beyond.
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