Parkinson's disease is a so-called degenerative brain disorder, named after British physician James Parkinson, who was the first to accurately describe the symptoms of the disease in 1817.
The three main symptoms of Parkinson's are tremor, uncontrollable shaking, stiffness in the trunk and/or limbs and slow movements. It is what is known as a progressive disorder. This means that symptoms generally worsen as time passes. New scientific insights into the origins of Parkinson's disease are hopeful for future treatment of the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson's?
Because dopamine plays a prominent role in the regulation of muscle activity, Parkinson's disease mainly causes musculoskeletal symptoms. In addition, other non-motor symptoms include:
- Speech and language problems
- Depression and mood swings
- Sleep problems
- Poor memory
- Visual field disorders
What are the causes of Parkinson's disease?
Genetic factors, such as the LRRK2 gene, play a role in Parkinson's disease. It is not the case that everyone who has the LRRK2 gene also gets Parkinson's so it must be triggered by something.
Parkinson's is caused primarily by a lack of the chemical messenger dopamine in the brain. Specifically, it involves a small group of brain cells in the substantia nigra that produce the hormone dopamine. This hormone provides a pleasant feeling after reward, but it is also essential for healthy motor function in daily life.
Dopamine deficiency can occur because it is not produced enough but also because oxidative stress and/or autoimmune disease destroys it.
Oxidative stress and/or autoimmune diseases can result from:
Treatments for Parkinson's disease:
In many cases it is possible to live a (reasonably) normal life with Parkinson's disease. Our treatment starts with an examination where we map the endorphin system, gut, neurotransmitters, hormonal and immune systems.
Depending on the results of the examinations, we start a treatment plan based on support through nutrition and/or medication and/or supplementation and/or infusions.
We have very good experiences with the intravenous administration of the super antioxidant glutathione. This follows the protocol of the famous American neurologist Dr. Perlmutter.
BeterKliniek is the clinic for Integrative Medicine that bridges regular and non-regular medicine.
An van Veen (physician) and Michael van Gils (therapist) look for the cause of a condition or disease. That is where the treatment starts otherwise, as people often say, it is 'carrying water to the sea'. We call this cause medicine. Sometimes it is also desirable to treat the symptoms (at the same time). We call this symptom medicine.
Chronic disorders often have their cause in epi- genetics. You can schedule a free informative telephone consultation (phone number 040-7117337 until 1 p.m.) at BeterKliniek to discuss your symptoms so that we can provide you with further advice.