Guest Blog by: Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson (D.C.)
As I have explained in another post, my father, grandfather and grandmother all had Parkinson's disease. This study shows promise for current sufferers and adds credence to the concept of why cell membranes need adequate antioxidant protection.You can be sure I take several different antioxidants in addition to eating a large variety of vegetables and fruits known to be rich in antioxidants. It's easy to obtain antioxidants if you eat a lot of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables.
Sir William Richard Gowers Parkinson Disease sketch 1886 2Autoimmune diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Hashimoto's and Celiac disease are all on the rise in the United States and throughout much of the world.
"Studies show that the incidence of multiple sclerosis in Padova, Italy, has risen from less than 100,000 cases in 1979 to over 400,000 in 1999. In Finland, incidence of type 1 diabetes has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years. Additionally, in the United States, celiac disease is more than four times more common today than it was 50 years go. Be sure to read my blog post entitled:
Ten Things You Didn't Know About Gluten and Autoimmune Illness
"These studies show an alarming trend that we believe is occurring throughout the United States and the world. Researchers think that this increase is due to a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors. It is imperative that more research projects are developed to explore what in our environment is causing this increased prevalence. Additionally, there is a need to identify more biomarkers in women to determine predisposition to autoimmune diseases so that prevention might be a possibility." (An excerpt from Virginia Ladd's testimony, March 4, 2009)
Autoimmunity is a result of a misdirected immune system that causes one's own immune system to attack the self. There are over 80 known autoimmune diseases. Some of the over 80 autoimmune diseases are lupus, type I diabetes, scleroderma, celiac, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, autoimmune hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Graves' disease, myasthenia gravis, myositis, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), and Sjogren's syndrome.
The headline for this blog post refers to a study in which 22 patients with Parkinson's Disease were compared to 88 age-matched controls that did not have Parkinson's. Functional levels of several antioxidants - coenzyme Q10, glutathione, selenium, vitamin E and lipoic acid - were measured using SpectraCell's micronutrient testing. A deficiency of CoQ10 occurred in 32% of Parkinson's patients while only 8% of controls were deficient in CoQ10. Interestingly, this was not true for any other antioxidants, leaving authors to conclude that measuring CoQ10 status could determine which Parkinson's patients would benefit from CoQ10 supplements, which has proven to slow the progression of Parkinson's in various clinical trials. (Journal of Neurological Science, April 2011)
LINK to ABSTRACT Coenzyme Q10 deficiency in patients with Parkinson's Disease.
LINK to ABSTRACT Coenzyme Q10 for Parkinson's disease.
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