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Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative condition of a specific group of brain cells (substantia nigra) with an imbalance of two neurotransmitters: low dopamine and high acetylcholine. This imbalanced combination of brain messengers account for the muscle rigidity and tremors seen with this disease.

It usually has a gradual onset beginning with a slight tremor. Slowly this increases and spreads to different muscles throughout the body. Muscle cramps and constipation are common with this disease. Eventually it can progress to the point where everyday activities become very difficult or not possible. Despite the physical inabilities one endures, Parkinson’s does not affect cognitive abilities in most cases.

There is no known exact cause fro the deterioration of the brain cells. The following are believed to be influential factors with Parkinson’s disease:

Chemical exposure

Pesticide overload

Excess carbon monoxide

Heavy metal toxicity i.e. aluminum, mercury

Destruction of brain cells due to an increased production of free radicals or a depleted reserve of anti-oxidants to eliminate them
Inability to breakdown acetylcholine
Increased Homocysteine levels
Defect in enzyme that helps produce dopamine; requires increase in co-factors

Other factors to be considered when addressing Parkinson’s disease:

Nutrient deficiency
Adrenal stress
Digestive dysfunctions