Parkinson's Disease

A Helpful Tool For People Searching For Clinical Research Trials

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Sometimes the search for a good doctor can be quite nerve wracking even under the best of circumstances, but the emotional burden becomes even greater when searching for doctors who are participating in clinical trials.

Trial Reach and CureClick know this; so they developed a tool which makes the search for clinical research trials a bit easier.

Last July CureClick and Trial Reach asked if I would like to help out with this task; since I'm a CureClick Ambassador I was happy to help.

At this very moment you can use the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool that I embedded in the sidebar of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM).

The clinical trials search tool is absolutely amazing! The tool is designed so that users can search for any clinical trial for any condition. Then the tool provides relevant results based on the user answering a few questions. Now you can search for clinical trials that best fit your needs.

Although I receive a small one time payment for installing the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM), the potential benefit to all of you is what inspired me to install it on this website. So, please take the time to use it. And tell all of your family and friends about it, too!

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Get Out For Vitamin D or Suffer

Get Out For Vitamin D or Suffer

Submitted by: Kya Grace

If you look closely at your dinner plate or for that matter any food that you eat during the day, hardly anything in it contains Vitamin D. And the best source of this vitamin is free and abundant in nature. Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D and adequate exposure to sunlight is sufficient to provide the body with its optimum requirement of the Vitamin.

Vitamin deficiency results in some serious and chronic health problems. Weak bones, Alzheimer, Parkinson’s, influenza and some forms of cancer are associated with Vitamin D deficiency. Some foods such as cereals are available fortified with Vitamin D to address this problem for those who are suffering from lack of it, but this alone may not be enough or regulated to make up for the deficiency. An all cause mortality rate has been observed by a comprehensive study focusing on Vitamin D deficiency and large scale studies also link the deficiency to be one of the major causes of terminal diseases like peripheral artery disease, high blood pressure leading to cardiovascular arrest. Babies born with Vitamin D deficiency are at high risk of developing schizophrenia.

The skin containing epidermis which is layered from outer to inner surface of the skin is responsible for producing Vitamin D by reacting with the ultraviolet spectrum of sunlight. People in all regions of the world can get sufficient supply of Vitamin D from sunlight which is available throughout the year in Tropics and during summers in cold temperate regions except the arctic’s, where sunlight is very low and insufficient.

In earlier times before the advent of computer age, dense industrialization and urban living, the great outdoors was the playground of mankind. Work and play, celebrations and events were mostly held during the day under the sun and the population got its supply of the vitamin without raising a finger. In fact being out in the sun for far too long exposed them to the risk of skin cancer, but that was a small risk compared to what we have done to ourselves by confining to enclosed spaces, darkened interiors and invited a menu of diseases that will put a horror story to shame.

The present sedentary lifestyle which we call modern living is paved with health hazards. Life has become a spectator sport and most people are content watching others live and play on their television screens and not budge an inch out of their couches. An average city dweller spends roughly thirty to thirty five hours a week ogling the idiot box like a couch potato, unexposed to nature’s elements, living in a controlled artificial environment.

Kids stay indoors playing on their game consoles for hours on end, or spend hours on computer terminals surfing and chatting the day away. At an age when they should go out more often to play and explore the natural world, they are confined to stifling stuffy homes where they watch the sun out of their windows and miss the beauty of a rising sun in the morning.

Working class leave homes to again park themselves in enclosed spaces of the offices and workplaces and by the time they leave, the sun is already gone. Elderly people because of their physical condition are mostly confined to old age homes, whiling the time away in the depressing indoors, rarely going out to catch sunlight. People from all age groups are prone to Vitamin D deficiency and their lifestyle is responsible for all the diseases that follow from it.

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What Is Parkinson Disease

What Is Parkinson Disease
By Gray Rollins

Parkinson disease is a brain disorder that affects nearly 1.5
million Americans and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.
There is no known cure but with research and medication there is
hope.

A British physician, Dr. James Parkinson, first described the
disease in 1817. It is characterized by slowness, tremors,
stiffness and a loss of balance. Only two of these symptoms need
to be present, especially if they are more apparent on one side
of the body over the other, for a diagnosis of the condition to
be made.

Brain cells called neurons are responsible for passing along
electrical impulses throughout the brain, from one cell to the
next, allowing the brain to function normally. In Parkinson
disease, cells in a certain part of the brain called the
substantia nigra begin to die or become impaired. These cells
are particularly important because they produce a chemical
called dopamine. This chemical is responsible for smooth and
coordinated movement of the body’s muscles. According to the
National Parkinson Foundation, “When approximately 80% of the
dopamine-producing cells are damaged, the symptoms of Parkinson
disease appear.”

So who’s at risk for developing Parkinson disease? Almost
everyone; the disease doesn’t seem to be selective and affects
women and men equally; and while it is generally considered a
disease of the elderly that occurs after the age of 65, about
15% of the affected population are diagnosed under the age of
50. Parkinson affect 1 out of every 100 people and there doesn’t
seem to be any social, ethnic, economic or geographic boundaries
either. “Currently, researchers suspect that the cause of
Parkinson disease in most individuals reflects a combination of
genetic factors and environmental exposures.” (National
Parkinson Foundation)

Parkinson’s isn’t easy to diagnose either. There is no blood
test or brain scan that definitively points to the condition –
doctors diagnose based on the process of elimination and patient
symptoms. Other signs of the disease include: a shuffling walk,
small cramped handwriting, muffled speech, depression and stiff
facial expressions. There are doctors, neurologists, who
specialize in the treatment of neurological disorders and of
these even more specialized practioners who specifically treat
Parkinson disease.

There are treatment options available to ease the symptoms of
the disease. Most of the hallmarks of Parkinson disease are
caused by the lack of dopamine-producing cells existing or still
functioning in the brain, so conventional treatment includes
medications that mimic or replace dopamine. This helps to reduce
the stiffness, tremors, slow movement and poor balance
associated with the condition. Several promising new medicines
are being developed and studied to halt the progression of the
disease, too.
http://www.withparkinsons.com/experimentalparkinsonstreatments/

Surgery can be another option to help ease the symptoms for
some Parkinson sufferers - brain surgery can be dangerous so
this is most often only considered after treatment with
medication seems ineffective.

There is currently no cure for Parkinson disease, but there is
support and treatment available; and with researchers working
diligently to develop medications to halt the progression of the
disease, there is also hope for the future.

About the Author: Gray Rollins is a featured writer for
http://www.withparkinsons.com. To learn more about Parkinson
disease, please visit
http://www.withparkinsons.com/symptomsofparkinsons/

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Diagnosing & Treating Parkinson’s Disease

Diagnosing & Treating Parkinson’s Disease
By John H. Rogers

Characterized as a movement disorder, Parkinson’s disease often
is accompanied by muscle stiffness, a slowing or loss of
physical movement, tremor, etc. In addition, Parkinson’s disease
may carry symptoms that include mood swings (i.e., depression,
anxiety, panic attacks, apathy, etc.), changes in behavior,
sensations (i.e., arms, legs, hands, etc.) and the ability to
process thoughts. Because each case of Parkinson’s disease is
unique to the individual it affects, the symptoms may vary from
one person to another.

There are several treatment options available to patients who
suffer from Parkinson’s disease, including medication that may
help to ease the symptoms, surgical procedures, a customized
diet consisting of nutrition and exercise. Clinical research
indicates that nutrients may help to treat Parkinson’s disease
and may even help to slow it’s deteriorating effects. Certain
types of physical activities, including yoga and dance are
believed to be beneficial in helping to maintain mobility and
may ease the discomfort associated with muscle stiffness caused
by Parkinson’s disease.

Certain types of medication, including those prescribed for
treatment of Parkinson’s disease, carry a risk of dangerous side
effects. Therefore, it is important for patients to discuss any
possible side effects with their physician prior to taking any
medication. It is equally important that physicians be made
aware of any past or current medical condition from which the
patient suffers and/or any medications that they are currently
using. At times, one medication can have a negative reaction
with another, which is why it is very important that the patient
disclose their medical history to the doctor who is treating
them for Parkinson’s disease.

To this day, research continues in the fight to find a cure for
Parkinson’s disease. Fundraisers and donations are all a part of
what makes medical research possible and what many hope will
eventually lead to a cure for this life-altering illness. While
Parkinson’s disease may result in the patient becoming more apt
to developing other medical conditions, the most common cause of
death in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease is believed
to be that of pneumonia.

The information in this article is intended for informational
purposes only. It should not be considered as, or used in place
of, medical advice or professional recommendations for the
cause, diagnosis or treatment of Parkinson’s disease. If
necessary, individuals should consult a medical doctor for
information regarding the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s
disease, a proper diagnosis and/or course of treatment.

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Does DMAE Help With Mental Cognitive Function?

Does DMAE Help With Mental Cognitive Function?
By Darrell Miller

DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) enhances mental function through
the improvement of concentration, mental clarity and mental
alertness. It is also a mild brain stimulant because it
increases and sustains the energy levels in the brain. It also
improves the level of restful nighttime sleep because the sleep
is deeper and less time is needed to reach a rejuvenated state.
DMAE helps to boost mental function through an increase in the
levels of acetylcholine and choline. These are the brain’s
chemical messengers.

Because of DMAE’s ability to stimulate mental cognitive
function, it also has been shown to improve learning, increase
intelligence and elevate mood.

DMAE Benefits:

* Accelerates mental processes
* Decreases irritability and overactivity
* Does not cause drowsiness
* Improves concentration
* Improves IQ
* Increases attention
* Relieves mild depression
* Aids in long-term treatment of schizophrenia

It is believed that DMAE may also increase physical energy.
Athletes and other active individuals are using DMAE more and
more because of its ability to enhance these brain functions.
The connection between the mind and muscles is a means to focus
on form and reduce the risk of injury. So, when the mind is
enhanced, it communicates better with the muscles to improve and
refine function.

Due to DMAE’s mild stimulating effect on the brain, athletes
report that it is a good alternative for a quick lift instead of
coffee. They also believe the stimulating effects last longer
than they do with caffeine. DMAE used as a mild stimulant is
also safer and healthier than caffeine.

How It Works:

DMAE, once consumed, is transported to the liver where it is
converted into choline through the process of metabolism. A
small amount is then converted into acetylcholine, which is a
brain transmitter. Through this process, DMAE increases the
levels of these brain transmitters (neurotransmitters). This
causes a boost in mental cognitive function and memory.

Acetylcholine is also responsible for helping to conduct nerve
impulses in the brain. Choline is also converted in the brain
into phosphatidylcholine. This chemical rebuilds and protects
existing cell membranes inside the brain. DMAE has the ability
to cross the blood-brain barrier faster than choline. Through
this quicker travel, DMAE enhances cell protection and repair
and helps our brains function better and create enhanced,
positive behavioral changes in most people.

Other DMAE Uses:

DMAE is being studied for use in aiding a movement disorder in
Parkinson’s patients. This disorder, called dyskenesis is caused
by L-Dopa, which is administered to treat the effects of the
disease. DMAE seems to counteract dyskenesis effectively and
safely without interfering with the benefits of the therapy.
DMAE is proving to reduce the effects of other disorders that
involve involuntary movements. Two of these disorders being
treated are blepharospasm (eyelid twitching) and benign
essential tremors.

Age spot sufferers may find hope for treatment of their
condition as well. DMAE has been found to inhibit the formation
of pigment caused by aging (lipofuscin) and liver spots
(lentigo). It may actually flush lipofuscin from the body,
causing the skin spots to disappear over a few month’s time.

DMAE is being studied for its possible ability in helping to
reduce cognitive impairments related to age. Aside from
increased mental cognitive function, research has shown that
DMAE may also be useful in treating the following conditions.

* Alzheimer’s disease
* ADD (attention deficit disorder)
* Hyperactivity

The use of DMAE as a regular dietary supplement is increasing
steadily. All of its benefits in aiding mental cognitive
function and brain stimulation are an attractive quality for
everyone. Additional research showing that DMAE is useful in
treating debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s gives us
new hope. As research continues and more new uses for DMAE are
discovered, its popularity will continue to grow as well.

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Protect Against Parkinson’s Disease: Get Your Vitamin E

Protect Against Parkinson’s Disease: Get Your Vitamin E
By Maureen Williams, ND

Moderate amounts of vitamin E in the diet can protect against
Parkinson’s disease, according to a study in the Lancet
Neurology (2005;4:362–5).

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological
disease characterized by resting tremors, increasing muscle
rigidity, and eventual paralysis. The cause is unknown, but a
number of factors, including age, genetics, and environmental
influences are believed to affect risk. Drugs can help relieve
the symptoms and might slow the progress of the disease, but
cannot cure it.

Highly reactive free radicals appear to play an important role
in the nerve damage that occurs in people with Parkinson’s
disease. Antioxidants—such as vitamins A, C, and E,
beta-carotene and other carotenoids, zinc, and plant chemicals
known as bioflavonoids—are nutrients that prevent free radicals
from injuring cells. Several studies have looked at the effects
of dietary antioxidants on the risk of Parkinson’s disease.

The current report analyzed the research on the possible link
between the risk of Parkinson’s disease and dietary intake of
three antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.
Eight studies were found to meet the criteria of this analysis,
and of these, seven looked at the effect of vitamin E on the
risk of Parkinson’s disease, seven looked at vitamin C, and four
looked at beta-carotene. The studies used questionnaires to
approximate the amounts of these antioxidants in the
participants’ diets and supplements. For this analysis, intake
was categorized as high if it was within the top 20 to 25% of
people’s diets and moderate if it was in the middle 50 to 60%.
Moderate and high dietary intake of vitamin E were associated
with a 19% reduction in the risk of developing Parkinson’s
disease, but no protective effects of either vitamin C or
beta-carotene were seen. High intake of vitamin E was slightly
more protective than moderate intake, but this difference was
not statistically significant.

The findings of this analysis show that eating a diet rich in
vitamin E can reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Foods with high amounts of vitamin E include nuts, seeds,
olives, olive oil, other vegetable oils, and avocados. Despite
their high fat content, it’s important for people to understand
that these foods are an important part of a healthful diet. It
is important to note that at least one study suggested that
synthetic vitamin E (the most common and least expensive form
used in supplements) is unlikely to provide the same benefit as
vitamin E in its natural form because of its reduced activity
and possible reduced ability to reach the brain tissue.

About the Author: Maureen Williams, ND, received her bachelor’s
degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate of
Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She
has a private practice in Quechee, VT, and does extensive work
with traditional herbal medicine. For more information about
Vitamin E, visit http://www.VitaminHerbUniversity.com.

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