Parkinson’s Disease Is Irreversible


P arkinson’s Disease is a progressive, degenerative, irreversible condition for which there is currently no cure. Parkinson's Disease occurs due to damage and loss of brain cells.

The symptoms for Parkinson's begin slowly, but get progressively worse. These include tremors (shaking), slow movement, rigidity (stiffness), anxiety, dementia, memory loss and more. Parkinsons Disease UK has more details.

Remember, Parkinson's is progressive, degenerative and irreversible.

Browsing the web I came across:
Marilyn Deaton, 60, of New York dined almost exclusively on fat for a month and saw some improvement in her Parkinson's symptoms. The results, included modest improvements in balance, tremors and mood.
The lady goes on a diet, loses 26lbs in weight and improves her Parkinson's Disease. What is this wonder diet?


Oh, it's that ketogenic diet again. High-Fat, Very-Low-Carb.
Recent studies hint that a ketogenic diet nearly devoid of protein and carbohydrates might temper symptoms of several neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease.  
Researchers suspect that such a high-fat diet also could stall brain tumors and help patients with certain other health problems. 
Some of the benefits result from a shift in the brain's metabolism from blood sugar, the body's main fuel, to ketone bodies, a secondary energy source that is a byproduct of fat metabolism. 
When a person fasts or subsists mainly on fat, blood sugar declines. The liver responds by converting fatty acids into ketone bodies, which normally circulate in the blood at low levels, rising as time passes since a person's most recent meal, when glucose is abundant. 
Other teams have shown that the molecules protect mice against neurological changes linked to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. 
A ketogenic diet appeared to slow tumor growth in two children with inoperable brain cancer. Neurobiologist Thomas Seyfried of Boston College later demonstrated the effectiveness of that approach in mice. 
Most brain tumor cells, Seyfried says, "can't burn ketones for energy," so elevating ketone levels and simultaneously reducing blood sugar may starve the tumors while nourishing healthy cells. 
Marilyn Deaton dined on little but fat. The recipes she prepared included eggs baked with gobs of cream cheese, small portions of fish outweighed by butter, oil and mayo, and ground beef mixed with so much heavy cream that it ran a light brown. 
Deaton has Parkinson's disease. The disagreeable diet was an experimental treatment prescribed by her doctors. Four other Parkinson's patients followed the same menu. 
Deaton says her Parkinson's symptoms improved during the original trial, which was conducted in 2003. And losing 26 pounds was a bonus.
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