We have another link (in addition to pesticides and herbicides) to diet and development of Parkinson's disease. A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat a "prudent" diet--one high in fruits,vegetables, and fish significantly lowered risk of Parkinson's disease. People eating a standard Western diet ("...characterized by high intakes of red meats, processed meats, refined grains, French fries, desserts and sweets, and high-fat dairy products.") had a greatly increased risk of Parkinson's disease. Specifically, the prudent diet resulted in a 22% reduction in Parkinson's.
We need to take care of our bodies and brains, and what's good for one is good for the other. Parkinson's is essentially an oxidative process that takes place in an area of your brain called the substantia nigra. Free radicals are caused by poor antioxidant status--please read this article on how to better your antioxidant status. Free radicals flock to damaged brain tissue like lawyers to rich people who want a divorce. We know of several ways brain tissue can be damaged, some obvious, and some not--here's the short list:
- Chronic stress elevates cortisol levels--this eventually damages your brain.
- Excitotoxins--aspartame, MSG, etc....read the book Exitotoxins: The Taste That Kills.
- Physical trauma--don't take up boxing.
- Mercury, lead, PCB's, herbicides and pesticides--check out the environmental pollutants page.
Lastly, read my paper on Parkinson's if you have Parkinson's--there are very effective alternative treatments that may be appropriate for you.
Read the study here.