July 2008 Issue

Looking at Diet’s Many Possible Effects on Parkinson’s Disease

Several aspects of diet and Parkinsonís disease (PD) have been studied; almost none have been proved and many have come to confusing conclusions. PD occurs when certain nerve cells in the brain die. These cells normally produce a chemical messenger called dopamine, which allows coordinated muscle functioning. By the time symptoms appear, about 80% of dopamine-producing cells are damaged. Symptoms include uncontrollable shaking, slowness, lack of balance, cramped handwriting, muffled speech and a stiff facial expression.

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