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Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is now the 14th leading killer in the US. The following may be associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s: pesticides, industrial carcinogens (which build up in animal fat), blue green algae supplements, spirulina, and high iron intake. Nitrites, found in cured meats, also appear to be linked with Parkinson’s.

On the bright side, filtered coffee may protect against Parkinson’s. Many modern drugs, including those used to treat Parkinson’s, are derived from plants.

Dr. Greger covers Parkinson’s disease in his full-length presentation, Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, where he explores the role diet may play in preventing, treating, and even reversing our top 15 killers.

Topic summary contributed by Elizabeth Stolle.
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Watch videos about Parkinson's disease

  • Treating Parkinson’s Disease With Diet
    Treating Parkinson’s Disease With Diet
    Plant-based diets in general and certain plant foods in particular may be used to successfully treat Parkinson's disease in part by boosting L-DOPA levels.
  • Preventing Parkinson’s Disease With Diet
    Preventing Parkinson’s Disease With Diet
    Low levels of neurotoxic chemicals in cheese may explain the connection between dairy product consumption and Parkinson's disease.
  • Risk Associated With Iron Supplements
    Risk Associated With Iron Supplements
    Iron is a double-edged sword. If we don't absorb enough, we risk anemia, but if absorb too much we may increase our risk of cancer, heart disease, and a number of inflammatory conditions. Because the...
  • Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death
    Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death
    Death in America is largely a foodborne illness. Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to...
  • Are Nitrates Pollutants or Nutrients?
    Are Nitrates Pollutants or Nutrients?
    Phytonutrients such as vitamin C prevent the formation of nitrosamines from nitrites, which explains why adding nitrite preservatives to processed meat can be harmful, but adding more vegetables and...
  • Power Plants
    Power Plants
    Many of the most powerful drugs in modern medicine's arsenal came from natural products, from penicillin to the chemotherapy agents Taxol® and vincristine.
  • Saffron for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s
    Saffron for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s
    In a double-blind study, the spice saffron beat out placebo in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease dementia symptoms.
  • Blue-Green Algae & Spirulina
    Blue-Green Algae & Spirulina
    The risks associated with these supplements may outweigh the benefits.
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