Windsor Parkinson Meeting March 25, 2014

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Parkinson home.jpg . . Welcomes Guest Speaker : Janice Davie BHSc (Hons).NA a doctor

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Janice Davie BHSc (Hons ), ND Naturopathic Doctor
  • Naturopathic Medicine and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dr. Janice davie, BHSc., N.D.
  • Naturopathic Doctor
  • Naturopathic Philosophy
  • First, to do no harm
  • To treat the causes of disease
  • To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine
  • To heal the whole person through individualized treatment
  • To emphasize prevention
  • To support the healing power of the body
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Clinical Nutrition and Supplementation
  • Herbal medicine
  • Chinese medicine and acupuncture
  • Homeopathy
  • Lifestyle Counselling
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Naturopathic manipulation and bodywork
  • Naturopathic Education
  • Minimum 4 years at university studying many science based pre-requisites such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry and psychology
  • 4 years of full time study at a naturopathic medical school – 2 in Canada and 4 in US. Study includes naturopathic treatments as well as conventional medical science as well as a clinical internship
  • 2 sets of comprehensive board exams
  • Mandatory continuing education

  • Background on Parkinson’s Disease

Normal Aging Process + Genetics + Environment

Oxidation by Free Radicals

Mitochondrial Damage

Neuronal Loss

Low dopamine

  • Genetics
  • Stronger predictor of risk of developing Parkinson’s is having a family history (especially a parent) with Parkinson’s.
  • Not everyone with the genetic tendency to be at risk develops it
  • Epigenetics: environment affects which genes “turn on”
  • Genetic Polymorphisms
  • Environment
  • Difficult to study over a lifetime because so many different exposures for each person over time, plus different genetic susceptibilities
  • Pesticide exposure
  • Solvents (dry cleaning, chemicals, etc.)
  • Toxic Metals:
    • Manganese (welding, well water)
    • Aluminum (may be part of pesticide and well water issues
    • Lead
  • History of H. Pylori and peptic ulcers

  • Strategy


    • Identify those at biggest risk and encourage protective environmental choices


    • Reduce free radical damage
    • Avoidance
    • Antioxidants
    • Healthy Diet
    • Exercise
    • Specific Supplemental Inclusions
    • Additional Therapies: acupuncture
  • Avoidance: Pesticides

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  • Avoidance: Toxic Metals
  • Testing will help to determine if a toxic metal burden exists
    • Mercury: fish, metal dental fillings
    • Lead: pipes, paint in older homes, leaded gasoline, glazes on china, “made in china”
    • Arsenic: shrimp, rice, pesticides, disgruntled spouses
    • Cadmium: “made in china”
    • Aluminum: cookware, deodorants
  • Avoidance: Toxic Metals

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  • Toxic Avoidance: Household
  • Green Living is encouraged and highly suggested
    • Natural and organic personal care products
    • Shop Eco
    • Zehrs Natural Valu Section
    • Small Businesses: Downtown Market and Craft Fairs
    • Natural Cleaning Products
    • Shop Eco
    • Zehrs Natural Valu Section
    • Homemade
    • Avoid scented products and “fragrance”
    • Essential Oils
    • Soy or Beeswax Candles, natural wicks
    • Avoid Plastics and Non Stick Cookware
    • Glass water bottles and food storage containers
    • Cast Iron, Ceramic, stainless steel
  • Antioxidants
  • May be beneficial at slowing the progression of disease
    • CoQ10

• One study suggested 44% less functional decline

    • Glutathione (NAC, selenium)

• May decrease tremor

    • ACES
    • Green Tea
  • Antioxidants
  • Curcumin/Tumeric
    • Also anti-inflammatory, anti cancer and supportive for the liver (detox)
    • May decrease accumulation of protein fibrils (Lewy Bodies)
    • Protects glutathione stores in cell to protect mitochondria from oxidation and death.
    • Add as a food to eggs, chicken, curry, veggies
    • Add as a supplement in therapeutic doses
    • Can make golden milk daily
  • Diet
  • Mediterranean Diet:
    • Plenty of veggies (min 4) and fruit *min 2)
    • Beans, legumes, nuts
    • Olive Oil
    • Lean Protein
  • Antioxidants
    • Eat a variety of rich colours
    • Berries, dark greens, tomatoes, green tea, tumeric, orange and purple veggies
  • Broad beans/Fava Beans
    • Source of levadopa
  • Diet
  • Low protein
    • Vegetarian/Vegan Diet
    • Daytime protein restriction (10% of total)
  • 5:1 carb to protein ratio
    • May reduce “off” periods after meals
    • Healthy carbohydrates
  • Restrict Aggravating Foods
    • Grains
    • Dairy
  • Diet
  • Fiber
    • 25-30g min, ideally 40g+
    • Psyllium may increase the amount of levodopa that enters the brain (bioavailability)
  • Caffeine
    • 100mg/day, esp for those that “freeze” during the “off” periods
    • 1 cup of coffee or 3-4 cups of green tea (organic)
    • Need to cycle: 4 months on, 2 months off
    • Discontinue use with anxiety, restlessness and insomnia
  • Water
    • Min 2L/day
  • Exercise
  • Improves gait and may reduce falls and further morbidity
  • Helps symptoms of depression and constipation
    • QiGong
    • weekly, 90 min classes for 2 months
    • Yoga
    • Dance
  • Additional Supplementation
  • Vitamin D
    • Important for immune system, mood and bone health
    • May protect neurons
    • PD patients at greater risk for bone loss and falls
  • Omega 3s
    • Important for mood, managing inflammation and neuronal support
  • Treating Associated Symptoms
  • Depression
    • Supplementation
    • Food Sensitivities
    • Acupuncture
  • Constipation
    • High fiber diet, probiotics
    • Food sensitivities: tomatoes, wheat, oranges, aspartame, chocolate
  • Fatigue
    • Dietary Counseling
    • Acupuncture
    • Supplementation
  • Treating Associated Symptoms
  • Sleep
    • Good sleep hygiene
    • Supplementation
    • Acupuncture
  • Skin Issues
    • Food Sensitivities
    • Natural Personal Care Products
    • Omega 3s
  • Manual Therapies
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Osteopathy
  • Chiropractic
  • Reiki
  • Craniosacral
  • Bowen
  • Other
  • Support for Caregivers
  • Evaluate and mitigate risk factors:
    • Environmental: avoidance, antioxidants
    • Lifestyle: exercise, healthy digestion, sleep
    • Dietary: eat well, drink well
  • Self Care
    • Exercise
    • Meditate
    • Do things that you enjoy
  • Treat Yourself!
    • Stress
    • Fatigue
    • Poor Sleep
  • Additional Resources
  • Books:
    • Natural Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease by Dr. LK Mischley
    • Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter
    • Clean, Green and Lean by Dr. Walter Crinnion
    • Slow Death by Rubber Duck and Toxin Toxout by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith
  • Websites:

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