according to this guy parkinsons is the result of an infection that starts in the gut then works its way up the brain. So it could be lyme, but it could also be lots of other pathogens. INtriguing theory.
For decades, medical students have been taught that Parkinson’s disease is primarily a movement disorder. Brain cells that play a key role in movement degenerate and die, causing tremor, stiffness, and other symptoms that can take years off people’s lives. “The old story is, ‘Parkinson’s hits the brain, god knows why,’” says Michael Zasloff, a medical researcher at Georgetown University Hospital. He remembers looking at slides of Parkinsonian brain tissue in medical school in the 1970s and seeing clearly that certain neurons had vanished.
But today Zasloff is building on recent work that suggests Parkinson’s does not, in fact, originate in the brain. Rather, in many cases it may begin in our stomach or intestines, largely as a response to infection. Clumps of toxic protein, triggered by the body’s own response to viruses or bacteria, may eventually travel along nerve cells, from the gut to the brain, over the course of many years.
If this new story is correct, a lot of other threads begin to come together. For one thing, it may explain why constipation and other forms of gastrointestinal distress are common early symptoms of Parkinson’s. It may also suggest new approaches to treatment, aimed at counteracting the disease in its early stages, before it has the chance to reach the brain. Zasloff and his colleagues are now conducting clinical trials of a synthetic compound that could prevent the build-up of toxic protein in neurons within the wall of the gut. (We have neurons in our guts as part of the “enteric nervous system,” which helps to control the gastrointestinal system.)
Very interesting. Dr Axe believes most diseases start in the gut, and that leaky gut is the catalyst for these diseases. He says the worst thing you can do to your gut is take antibiotics. I have been on the fence about
this for a few weeks now. Earlier this week I had my mind made up that I was going to stop all abx and treat holistically with a strong focus on gut health. But, my LLMD talked me out of it. It's all so confusing. I give this protocol 2 more months, and if I don't see a step in the right direction, I'm going all holistic.
Thank you for that post.