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Parkinsons Disease

Interviewed researchers and foundation members

A DISEASE THAT TARGETS PARTS OF THE


NERVOUS SYSTEM AND CAUSE TREMORS,
RIGID MUSCLES, SPEECH CHANGES, AND
MORE.

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services and products that are used in the Parkinsons world.
T H E M O S T D I F F I C U LT P A R T O F M Y J O B I S hearing about the suffering that some patients go through. As time goes on
and the disease progresses, some individuals get to the point where they are bedridden and can barely swallow.
D O P A M I N E A N D A C E T Y L C H O L I N E A R E P A R T N E R S . They are always balanced together, so if theres not enough dopamine
then the scale gets heavy on the side of acetylcholine and acetylcholine causes shake. If theres too much dopamine, then
the patient is unable to contract the muscles. There is a lot of research happening, but they dont know why the body
does that.
T H E O R G A N I Z AT I O N A L S O H A S 1 0 S U P P O R T G R O U P M E E T I N G S throughout Southern California. It offers one-on-one
coaching to families affected by Parkinsons, even if the family is one and that one is the person with Parkinsons.
W I T H P A R K I N S O N ` S D I S E A S E , W H AT H A P P E N S I S dopamine is a neurotransmitter, which is a fancy word for messenger.
It is released by the brain.
E V E R Y T H I N G I N O U R B O D Y I S A B O U T C H E C K S A N D B A L A N C E S . Everything in our body. The body is like a machine,
and its always about balance and scale.
S T E M C E L L T H E R A P Y H A S R E C E I V E D A T R E M E N D O U S A M O U N T O F P R E S S O V E R T H E Y E A R S ; however, stem cells
cannot live in a toxic environment. The brain of a Parkinsons person is toxic caused by the plaques that are formed.
S C I E N T I S T S D O N T R E A L LY K N O W W H AT C A U S E S T H E D I S E A S E for most people. About 15% of people have a genetic
link, but for the rest of the people who develop the disease, we dont know why they develop it. Scientists think it has
something to do with the environment and ones own genes.
D O P A M I N E C O N N E C T S W I T H T H E M U S C L E , and once it connects with the muscle and fiber of the muscle, it signals the
muscle to be smooth. It helps with smoothness. When there is not enough dopamine released by the substantia nigra and
the corpus striatum, that prohibits the muscle from being smooth.
E V E R S I N C E T H E R E C E S S I O N I N 2 0 0 8 , the most difficult thing the organization has had to endure is raising money to
keep the organization operating. Because of these challenges, our human resources, at one time, was reduced to one,
and that one was me.
P A T I E N T S H A V E T O T A K E S Y N T H E T I C D O P A M I N E O R A L L Y L I F E L O N G 2 - 3 T I M E S A D A Y , and as the disease progresses,
they have to take more of it. This can sometimes lead to kidneys being affected because of the high medication.
P A R K I N S O N S R E S O U R C E O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L S O D O E S P U B L I C O U T R E A C H , participates in public speaking, and does
in-service training when called upon by home care professionals.
I T S H A R D W I T H T H I S D I S E A S E B E C A U S E T H E Y W A N T T O L I V E L O N G E R and not have these shakes so they take more
medication, but as you take more medication, it kills your healthy organs because the kidney has to filter it out and it can
become toxic.
P E R H A P S S T E M C E L L S C O U L D B E H E L P F U L W I T H R E V E R S I N G P A R K I N S O N S in an advanced patient after the plaques
have been removed; however, one would need to be concerned with the fact that stems cells are typically tumorigenic,
or capable of producing tumors.
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FACTS

Men have a 1.5% increased chance of getting Parkinsons.


There are very few research methods and treatments for Parkinsons.
Parkinsons targets the substantia nigra, a part of the brain.