by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© September 2013, The Center For Development
Many people suffer from the debilitating and at times fatal illness called ParkinsonŐs disease. This condition usually occurs in older people, though not always.
Symptoms include tremors and an unsteady walking ability where the person must take small steps to keep balanced. Also, the body may become more rigid, especially the facial expression that begins to look like a mask because there are reduced facial expressions. There can also be problems with coordination, speech and other activities.
Causes. The exact cause for ParkinsonŐs disease is not well understood. However, hair analysis research indicates that causes may include lead toxicity, manganese toxicity, and a certain personality type or attitude that may be described as Ňholding on to the pastÓ, in some way. Nutrient deficiencies and constipation may also play a role.
MANGANESE AND PARKINSONŐS DISEASE
According to an interesting recent study, this illness is linked to elevated manganese in the brain. Manganese is an essential trace element, but it is found commonly in toxic forms, such as MnO6. This may be a cause of ParkinsonŐs disease.
Sources of toxic manganese. Manganese is added to our gasoline today, ever since lead was removed in the 1970s. Therefore, there is a significant chance that millions worldwide are exposed to higher levels of manganese. Manganese miners, welders and some metal workers are also exposed to manganese in their workplace.
Excessive levels of manganese are also common in some well water, especially some drinking water supplies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This is causing havoc there in a few communities, as it is quite high and reflected on hair analysis charts of those who bath or drink the water. One town, Spenser, Massachusetts, has been sued by those harmed by the town water supply. So manganese toxicity is far more widespread than one might imagine.
Journal report. An important medical article concerning ParkinsonŐs disease appeared in the Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine in 2006. This is a well-known journal. Here are some of the major points in the article:
1. ParkinsonŐs bears striking resemblance to a disease of manganese miners called Ňmanganese madnessÓ. This affects some 450,000 welders and others in America and around the world who are exposed to manganese in various ways.
2. Doctors were able to ŇcureÓ one woman of ParkinsonŐs disease by administering just one dose of the drug para-aminosalicylic acid or PAS. This drug may remove manganese from the body. It is an older tuberculosis drug that is used rarely because of its many adverse effects or side effects.
Adverse effects of this drug include anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and rarely anemia because the drug interferes with B12 absorption. Allergic reactions to the drug are also common and include chills, fever, skin rashes and other general symptoms of malaise. The drug must be stopped in these cases.
The womanŐs symptoms of trouble walking and writing and a mask-like appearance with poor coordination disappeared with one dose of PAS and she has remained well for 17 years since 1987. This is quite unheard of for ParkinsonŐs disease. In at least 80 other cases, the same thing has occurred.
3. The mechanism of action of the drug is unknown, but apparently it chelates manganese. Doctors speculate the drug may also have anti-infllammatory properties.
We know that manganese is a pro-inflammatory mineral, so removing it would definitely reduce the tendency for inflammation in the brain. EDTA and other chelating drugs do not work because they cannot penetrate the blood-brain barrier.
4. It appears that manganese may be a specific toxin for the basal ganglia, the part of the brain affected in ParkinsonŐs disease. It appears that, at least in early cases, the manganese toxicity does not kill the cells outright, but merely disables them. Thus, if the manganese can be removed, healing can occur in some cases, at least.
HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS RESEARCH ON PARKINSONŐS DISEASE
The medical article described above confirms a common finding with ParkinsonŐs patients who have a properly performed hair mineral analysis to assess the body chemistry. They often have a manganese imbalance. Note that this does not mean they have elevated hair tissue manganese.
1. They may initially have no imbalance with manganese, and it may take a year of more of nutritional correction before excessive manganese begins to be eliminated from the body through the hair so that we observe its presence. This is common.
2. They may have what is called a poor eliminator pattern involving manganese. This is a hair tissue manganese level less than about 0.025 mg%. It means this person has difficulty eliminating excess and toxic forms of manganese from the body. To understand this pattern better, please read The Poor Eliminator Pattern on this website.
3. Manganese may be elevated.
4. Iron or aluminum may be either elevated or show poor eliminator patterns. This is also associated with manganese imbalance. For more information about the connection between iron, manganese and aluminum, read the article on this website entitled Manganese, Iron and Aluminum.
REMOVING MANGANESE FROM THE BODY
We are able to gently but clearly remove excessive manganese from the bodies of most people today. This is especially the case with slow oxidizers. It may take several years, however, using diet and nutritional supplements alone.
Adding infrared lamp sauna therapy greatly enhances the rate of removal of manganese and the other toxic metals. Manganese is a nutrient mineral, but in the form it is used in as a gasoline additive and in other forms, it is quite toxic to the body. Thus, as with some other minerals, a nutrient mineral can become a toxic one.
We have observed recently that with this approach, we have reversed ParkinsonŐs symptoms, especially if caught early. We donŐt have a long history yet, however, to know that the reversal is permanent.
We also find that adding many nutrients is most helpful for these patients. These include a wide range of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are part of all the programs we offer. In addition, we find that constipation, diarrhea, lack of rest and other imbalances must be corrected in ParkinsonŐs cases, as in all cases of ailments of a chronic nature, for the best results.
Anxiety helped by ICMN. In addition to the standard type of nutritional balancing programs, at times ParkinsonŐs patients experience anxiety that can be quite severe. This can be a reaction to the removal of manganese and other toxic metals. It may have other causes, however, that are more subtle.
In one case, we easily stopped this by adding the product ICMN from Endomet Labs. This product contains about 100 mg of inositol, 100 mg of choline, 100 mg of methionine and 100 mg of niacinamide.
ICMN contains methyl donors that can help remove toxic metals and relieve other toxic conditions of the liver. It is also a calming product to add because choline, for example, is a precursor for acetylcholine, a calming neurotransmitter.
We had tried adding more calcium, magnesium and zinc but none of this was helpful at all, which is interesting in itself.
OTHER TOXIC METALS AND PARKINSONŐS DISEASE
Dr. Paul E. Eck also wrote about the role of lead in some cases of ParkinsonŐs disease. He had an interesting case of a man who fueled jet aircraft for many years. The man was exposed to leaded fuel fumes over many years time.
On a nutritional balancing program, lead began to be eliminated in large quantity. At one point, the patient would take baths and when the water was let out of the tub, it left a ring of lead on the tub wall that could be scraped off with oneŐs fingernail.
Thus it appears that ParkinsonŐs disease, like certain other illnesses such as ADHD and many others, may have more than a single cause.
Nutritional balancing science will remove about two dozen toxic metals and hundreds, if not thousands of toxic chemicals from the body at once. To do this requires the use of a hair mineral analysis as a guide to balance and support body chemistry. That is, one must avoid random diets and supplements, hormones and other measures that may upset the delicate biochemical balance.
SAUNAS AND PARKINSONŐS DISEASE
Including daily lamp sauna therapy with a nutritional balancing program greatly enhances the effectiveness of the program and appears to be very safe, cost-effective and a comfortable therapy. The sauna greatly enhances the circulation and warms the body a few degrees. In most cases, this enhances enzymatic activity, decongests the internal organs and greatly improves oxygenation and hydration of the body.
In addition, near infrared rays penetrate into the organs and even the skull to further enhance the healing effects of the sauna. Infrared has many other benefits that are described in the book, Sauna Therapy.
Once the sauna is set up, the operating cost is minimal, especially if the sauna is powered by three or four reddish heat lamps, the kind we most prefer. Lamp saunas can be built for under $400.00 or purchased for about $600.00 or a little more. I offer free plans to build a sauna on this website, and a list of those who sell near infrared lamp saunas, as well.
Far infrared saunas or traditional saunas may also be helpful, but do not seem to be as effective as the lamps, for some reason. This makes the experience very comfortable for most people.
Children under age 5 should not go in saunas, however, because their sweating mechanisms are not fully developed.
ŇTuberculosis drug PAS may cure ParkinsonsŐs-like illnessÓ, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, June 7, 2006, 15-37.