Parkinsons Disease and Other Brain Disorders
By Joel Fuhrman, M.D. www.drfuhrman.com
Millions Of People Are Suffering From Parkinson’s Worldwide!
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a disease of the nervous system that is characterized by the death of certain nerve cells called dopaminergic neurons in the area of the brain responsible for muscle movement. Each year, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD, and about 4 million people worldwide currently are living with PD.
Parkinson’s disease is second only to Alzheimer’s (AD) as the most common neurodegenerative disease. Typically, by the time symptoms become apparent, 70–80 percent of dopaminergic neurons have died. The initial symptoms include trembling, slowed movement, and poor balance. As the disease progresses, cognitive impairment, difficulty in walking and speaking, trouble sleeping, and depression may result.
PD patients often lose independence as slow and impaired movement interferes with daily activities.1,2,3 The loss of independence is a common thread among neurodegenerative diseases, and is a devastating consequence of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. These two diseases strike a large number of people, and they take a significant emotional toll on both patients and families. AD is the leading cause of death in people 65 and older. Conventional treatments for these diseases produce only moderate benefits. Fortunately, excellent nutrition can greatly reduce the risk of developing them.
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