Dr. Fuhrman’s Protocol for Treating Parkinson’s
By Joel Fuhrman, M.D. www.drfuhrman.com
Powerful, Risk-Free Steps You Can Take For Yourself!
My protocol for treating Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be summarized as follows:
Use Less Medication.
Decreasing the dosage of PD medications, particularly levodopa, lessens the probability of side effects, including dyskinesia. Delaying the use of levodopa is also beneficial, as duration is also a risk factor for levodopa-induced dyskinesia. When medication is needed, I recommend using a much lower dose. When combined with the dietary and supplemental protocol below, less medication is required to control troubling symptoms.
Eat A Lower Protein Diet That Is High In Vegetables.
High-protein diets can interfere with the levodopa availability, leading to a reduced efficacy of the drug.2,40 This occurs because certain amino acids compete with levodopa for absorption, both in the intestinal wall and the blood-brain barrier.41 Several clinical studies have shown that consuming a low-protein diet, especially in the daytime, improves the movement symptoms of PD.42,43,40,44,45 This is especially beneficial in those patients who have fluctuations in their response to levodopa; these patients become more sensitive to levodopa and receive more consistent benefits from the drug.46
A plant-based diet also can decrease the needed dose of levodopa, 25 which is beneficial because a lower dose of levodopa decreases the potential for dyskinesia. A large amount of vegetables, in addition to the micronutrient and antioxidant content, also provides much needed fiber and water to PD patients, 60-80 percent of whom suffer from constipation.2,47
Avocado, nuts and seeds, and green vegetables are rich sources of glutathione, an important antioxidant molecule in the brain.
In addition to adopting a nutritarian diet, I also recommend taking the following supplements:
DHA supplementation: 400 mg per day, or as indicated by blood tests;
GLA supplementation, usually with borage oil: 240 mg daily;
Glutathione: 100 mg twice daily;
Alpha-lipoic acid: 100 mg twice daily;
Co Q10: 50 mg twice daily;
Acetyl-L-carnitine: 50 mg twice daily;
Grape seed extract: 10 mg twice daily.
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