Alternative Therapies

I have done many searches on the Internet and found plenty of alternative websites. I do not endorse any of the following, but recommend that you continue your own course of research by investigating them on your own.

You may find these alternative sites interesting and informative. You can choose your own course of therapy. If you are not involved in making the decisions of how you are treating your Parkinson’s disease, you need to start getting involved now. I know there are many of you out there that feel the same way I do and are choosing not to start the traditional medication therapy that has been a standard course of treatment for Parkinson’s disease. It is not that I do not believe in the medications, I just feel strongly that it is not the course of treatment for me at this time.

If you are on the traditional allopathic course for the treatment of Parkinson’s you still owe it to yourself to investigate everything you can about the new therapies and studies that are being done to slow the progression of this disease down.

For those of you interested in trying Alternative medicine, you may want to know a little bit about what  Naturopathic Medicine is and what type of schooling and education is required to become a Naturopathic Physician.

What is Naturopathic Medicine? 

Founded upon a holistic philosophy, naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective traditional therapies with the most current advances in modern medicine. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for the management of a broad range of health conditions affecting all people of all ages.

Naturopathic physicians (N.D.s) are the highest trained practitioners in the broadest scope of naturopathic medical modalities. In addition to the basic medical sciences and conventional diagnostics, naturopathic education includes therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, classical Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, pharmacology and minor surgery.

DEFINITION OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care - an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles which underlie and determine its practice. These principles are based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances. Methods used are consistent with these principles and are chosen upon the basis of patient individuality. Naturopathic physicians are primary health care practitioners, whose diverse techniques include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods.

DEFINITION OF A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR

Diagnoses, treats, and cares for patients, using system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing human body: Utilizes physiological, psychological, and mechanical methods, such as air, water, light, heat, earth, phytotherapy, food and herb therapy, psychotherapy, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, minor and orificial surgery, mechanotherapy, naturopathic corrections and manipulation, and natural methods or modalities, together with natural medicines natural processed foods, and herbs and nature's remedies. Excludes major surgery, therapeutic use of x-ray and radium, and use of drugs, except those assimilable substances containing elements or compounds of body tissues and are physiologically compatible to body processes for maintenance of life.

Education of a Naturopathic Physician

A Licensed naturopathic physician (N.D.) attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health). A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.

Things I am doing

Once I knew what was affecting my body, I immediately began to research everything I could on how to help my body overcome this disease. Including Nutrition, exercise, sweating out toxins and massage therapy. I have enrolled in a Holistic college and am taking classes in Holistic Nutrition Education.


The other things that I have done are adding Flax oil and cod liver oil to my daily diet, along with Barley Grass, Wheat Grass and Chlorella. It is my understanding that the brain is on fire (inflamed) when you have PD and the flax and cod liver oil, along with super green foods may help to put the flames out. The greens are supposed to be a good detoxifier and cell builder as well. Click on this link to read more about detoxifying your body and Parkinson's.

Environmental elements may also affect PD patients. I have decided to have my mercury amalgam fillings removed. I will keep you updated on this process. I suggest you also do some research on Environmental effects and Parkinson's disease. It may surprise you how toxic these substances can be to our body. Maybe this is why the first Neurologist looked in my mouth and said, Mmmmm. He saw eight amalgam mercury fillings in my mouth. Read more about mercury fillings here.

Co Q10 Supplementation

You may want to consider taking the supplement Co Q10. Click on the link to find out why patients with Parkinson's disease could benefit greatly by taking this supplement and why seeking it out in whole food natural sources, like sardines, spinach, broccoli, wheat germ and whole grains is also beneficial. Reading the book The Miracle Nutrient by Emile Bliznakov, may also be helpful in giving you more information about this supplement.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

I have been investigating Traditional Chinese Medicine and the positive effect it may have on Parkinson's Disease. Read for yourself on the above links why this may be a modality worth looking into for yourself or loved one. Parkinson's Disease: Possible Treatment with Chinese Medicine.

Glutathione Treatment in Parkinson's Disease

According to recent studies using Glutathione IV therapy- treatment with Glutathione may help in reducing symptoms of Parkinson's disease; rigidity, walking, movement, coordination and speech, along with reduced tremor.

Doesn't the information provided by the above links show us that the above treatment deserves more serious attention. As a patient with Parkinson's disease, we deserve to have all the information that is available out there to share and discern for ourselves if this is the right treatment for us as an individual. Even if they ( the medical community) say that it doesn't work for everyone, isn't it worth a try if it helps just one person. I think so...

You don't have to travel out of the country to get Glutathione IV therapy, find a holistic Doctor in your area and ask if they use this therapy for Parkinson's patients. If you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area you can contact the Southwest Naturapathic Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. They can give you more information regarding this natural therapy.

Glutathione Study approved by the FDA. The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a large, randomized, placebo-controlled study at the University of South Florida. Read the article  attached to this link to confirm that there may be hope for Parkinson's disease patients with treatment of Glutathione IV therapy.

Glutathione IV therapy explained by Dr. David Perlmutter, he pioneered this treatment for Parkinson's patients. 

The following is a direct quote from an interview with Dr. David Perlmutter.

"We were recently visited by the National Parkinson Foundation and they're very excited -- to the extent they are going to comission a large double-blind study evaluation short- and long-term effectiveness."


Disclaimer: Nothing you read in these pages should be considered an endorsement or medical advice.

 
 

 

Monica

 

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