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    • #11236
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      Keymaster

      What do genetics, environment and something called “Lewy bodies” have to do with someone developing Parkinson’s disease? Click here to read scientists’ theories on how they factors contribute to someone being diagnosed with Parkinson’s: 4 Possible Causes of Parkinson’s Disease

      What do you think about these theories?

       

       

    • #11255
      Jean Mellano
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      I agree with these causes and would like to add something.  I firmly believe trauma (emotional, physical and/or mental) can be a trigger for those of us who may be genetically prone to this disease.  As examples; I was diagnosed with PD 7 months after the suicide of my soulmate.  We had been together over 33 years.  Another friend was attacked and beaten up about the head  years prior to her diagnosis.  Others have shared with me traumas they feel caused the onset of their PD, whether it be divorce, chemotherapy, difficult child births etc.

    • #11317
      Cheryl Hughes
      Participant

      We believe my husband’s PD was caused by environmental issues. Forty years ago he was working at a school/church with approximately 100 other persons, 15 of whom contracted Parkinson’s. That seems to be an unusual amount of people. There were factories uphill and upstream from this location, and we believe something in the runoff from those factories may have contributed to this disease. We wish someone would investigate this.

    • #11318
      Jean Mellano
      Participant

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for sharing your experience.  I too believe that environmental issues can also trigger PD. I remember as a child, chasing the insecticide truck that was spewing pesticides in the neighborhood, following its cloud and breathing in its toxins.   I think that some of us may be more prone to certain diseases, like cancer or PD, and because of that inherent weakness, something triggers it.  I believe severe stress is a factor as well.

    • #11319
      Frances Lo
      Participant

      My mom and her brother both had PD, diagnosed in their 60’s, though there were earlier symptoms.  I was diagnosed in my 60’s, though I had symptoms at least 10 years previously.  Had my genes done, and don’t have the “usual” genes that are known to cause PD.  But I have other genes that increase the potential of PD.  But my mom’s parents lived into their 70s and 80s without PD (previous generations didn’t live that long).  Certainly there’s a genetic component for some of us, but I think it gets turned on by something in the environment.  Hard to look back on 50 or 60 years and know what that might be.

    • #11320
      Jean Mellano
      Participant

      Hi Frances, based on what I have read, there appear to be several major triggers, genetics, environment, trauma.  I am sure until someone figures out what causes PD, we will not have a cure 🙁

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