William Curtis talks about his efforts to understand how ketones have helped with his Parkinson’s symptoms. He developed Parkinson’s symptoms at the age of 45 in the year 2000 and has been instrumental in collaborating with NIH researcher Richard Veech in Washington DC.
What follows are the questions I ask Bill during the interview today on Parkinsons Recovery Radio.
How did Parkinson’s affect your life?
What led you to experiment with ketosis?
After the ketogenic exercise, what did you do to find out more about how ketosis could help your Parkinson’s symptoms?
What is the purpose of fasting?
What is the purpose of the morning fat and coffee mixture?
What happens when you eat too much carbohydrate?
What happens when you eat too much protein?
Can exercise take you out of ketosis?
Can stress take you out of ketosis?
What supplements do you take to support ketosis?
What do you think is causing the improvement in symptoms?
Have you been able to cut back on the Parkinson’s medications?
What do you think is going on as far as the disease progression you personally are experiencing?
Where do you think the use of ketosis in Parkinson’s is going?
What is a Ketone Diet?
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, limited protein and carbohydrate diet that encourages the body to burn fat. When we eat carbohydrates, they convert to glucose which is the primary fuel for brain function. When there is little to no carbohydrates that are ingested, your liver converts fat into and ketone bodies. The ketones become natural food for your brain rather than using glucose as an energy source.
Ketones can also be produced by the body when you eat a high fat diet. A cocktail in the morning consisting of a drink composed of coffee, butter, whipped cream and coconut oil (and/or MCT oil) is used by some persons with Parkinson’s who pursue a ketone diet. The body uses the fats to product ketones.
Click on the link below to hear my interview on Parkinsons Recovery Radio with Dr. Lew Lim, inventor of this new photobiomodulation therapy.
I predict the future of medicine rests with innovative therapies that utilize light and sound to bring the body back into balance and harmony. Neurons are cells that contain mitochondria. Photobiomodulation energizes neuronal mitochondria, triggering a cascade of beneficial cellular functions. Potential benefits are neuroprotective effects, self-repair mechanisms and enhanced functionality.
I predict Dr. Lim’s new invention promises to set health care in new and exciting directions and has the potential to offer far reaching benefits to persons experiencing Parkinson’s symptoms.
After listening to this interview, I am even more optimistic about this therapy for Parkinson’s and other conditions including mental fog and dementia. Be sure to listen to my interview with Dr. Lim posted at the top of this post. I believe Dr. Lim is a true pioneer who has invented medicine of the future which uses light.
Intranasal photobiomodulation is the most efficient method for light energy to reach the brain. Different from electrical and magnetic stimulation, photobiomodulation uses light energy (or photons) of specific wave lengths and power density to simulate cellular function.
Dr. Lim is an engineer and a Doctor of Natural Medicine with additional diplomas in Medical Neuroscience and Business and Accountancy. He obtained his degrees and diplomas from the University of California at Berkeley, University of Sheffield, Duke University, Quantum University and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.
A 2017 study examined the effects of photobiomodulation (PBM), a light therapy that uses red or near-infrared light to heal and protect tissues, in five older adults with dementia, one of the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
After 12 weeks of treatment subjects showed significant improvements on the Cognitive Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale. With only five subjects, the effect sizes had to be huge for significance to be shown.
Caregivers who kept daily journals tracking experiences of the research subjects reported participants had:
Fewer angry outbursts
Did Positive Results for Subjects Continue After Treatment was Suspended?
No. Precipitous declines were observed during the follow-up 4 week no-treatment period. Results suggest treatments need to continue for results to be sustained.
Saltmarche et al.(2017) Photomed Laser Surg. 2017 Aug;35(8)
About the Vielight Photobiomodulation Device
The company, Vielight, has generously offered followers of Parkinsons Recovery a 10% discount off orders of the the Vielight Neuro Gamma device which retails for $1749. Enter the coupon code healing4me on the shopping cart. The website: www.vielight.com
Vielight is so confident in its new product that you get six (6) months to try out their newly invented photobiomodulation therapy. If for any reason you are not satisfied, you can return it for a 80% refund. I have never heard of a company that is so confident in their product that such a generous warranty can be extended. They obviously have high confidence in their new invention. While there is scant evidence about its effectiveness for people who experience symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, the opportunity to try it out for minimal risk is currently available.
Act Now or Wait for More Evidence?
If you prefer to wait for clear and convincing evidence that this or any light therapy will help with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, be on the lookout for research findings that will be completed and released 5-10 years from now. Designing and implementing studies takes time and of course big bucks. I would personally like to see many people with the symptoms start getting photobiomodulation therapy now. Early users are giving us rich indications about its usefulness as a treatment for Parkinson’s symptoms,. I do not hesitate to suggest this as a treatment option to take seriously.
Early Evidence on Vielight’s Photobiomodulation Device as a Treatment for Parkinson’s Symptoms
As a brand new invention. there is no systematic published research on the use of the Vielight Gamma Photobiomoduatlion device as a therapy to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms. I have heard informal feedback from users that the therapy has resulted in relief of some symptoms and report below my summary observations:
One common report from users is that the therapy does not show quick results. You apparently have to apply the therapy over a period of several weeks to a month or longer to celebrate a positive shift in symptoms.
I have heard several specific reports on tremors that were calmed.
It is unclear at this point to what degree the therapy will address balance issues, but I have heard it seems to offer help with gait issues.
Evidence does suggest that this therapy can potentially help with dementia.
One user reported a definite return of smell, but the jury was out on the effect on tremors and other symptoms.
Of course, it is difficult for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s to attribute an improvement in symptoms directly to their photobiomodulation therapy when they are getting other therapies at the same time. Reports above are a general summary of the informal feedback I have received in emails and phone conversations.
Are Medicines or Supplements no Longer Working for You?
If the answer is yes to this question, what treatment options remain? There is, of course, Deep Brain Stimulation available as an option, but I am well aware many of you prefer not to pursue this treatment option. It is my hope and prayer that photobiomodulation therapy will become a natural option that supports the therapeutic effect of medicines and supplements such that the dosage does not have to be increased or even can be reduced under close supervision of your doctor.
I thus recommend that you consider this therapy so we can discover together whether my prediction of success is right or wrong. Keep in mind that while the device is relatively expensive – $1749 – you:
Can claim a 10% discount if you use the Parkinsons Recovery discount code of healing4me.
Get 6 months of use to see if it offers symptomatic relief or not.
Risk is reduced 80% since you can return the device within the 6 month period after purchase for an 80% refund of the purchase price.
Everyone in the family can use the therapy.
The Vielight company obviously has confidence in their product which is a very encouraging sign. I have never heard of any company that offered a 6 month warranty. You can purchase the Gamma Vielight devicefrom the Vielight website:
Be sure to enter the coupon code healing4me on the Vielight shopping cart to claim your Parkinsons Recovery 10% discount. Please also email me your experience with using it after a month (or longer) of use.
Vielight Photobiomodulation Device Instructional Manual Video
Research on Light Therapy from MIT
The following video previews recent research at MIT that explains why light therapy offers a promising opportunity to reverse dementia associated with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
I hope many of you will try this therapy out and let me know the result. It is not a permanent “fix” to be sure, but neither is medicine. I am attracted to this option because it is noninvasive and inexpensive over the long term when you consider it can be used for a lifetime and by all members of the household.
Visible red and near infrared light energy stimulates cells to generate more energy facilitating self-repair. The healing takes place within the mitochondria through an enzyme called cytochrome c oxidase. This enzyme accepts and converts the light (or photonic) energy into cellular energy (ATP) and other gene transcription factors leading to cellular repair and regeneration.
Will Photobiomodulation Therapy Interfere with My Daily Life?
No. You are welcome to receive the therapy while working, reading or doing anything really. Dr. Lim, the inventor, recommends that people with more serious health issues such as Alzheimers might be advised to do the therapy at night while going to sleep. The treatment duration lasts only 20 minutes.
Dr. Jennifer Kessman MD discusses how to heal from disease. Functional Medicine has been around for a number of years and began with Dr. Jeffery Bland’s motivation to look at medicine in a different way. Now the field of Functional
Medicine is ever expanding and a center at the Cleveland Clinic has opened its doors for care. It is becoming more widely accepted and parts of functional medicine have been integrated into a wide variety of disciplines in medicine.
Here is a list of questions she answered during my interview with her:
1. What is Functional Medicine?
2. How did you come to get involved?
3. What are the root causes of disease?
4. So, if inflammation is the basis of disease how does functional medicine help with inflammation?
5. Tell me about your experience with Environmental Medicine?
6. Dr. Dale Bredesen and others have found ways to reverse early brain dysfunction and reverse dementia. How are they doing this?
7. Do you think this can apply to Parkinson’s?
8. The immune system is a big actor in most diseases we know- how can we calm our immune system?
9. What has been your experience with environmental impact of electromagnetic fields and brain dysfunction?
10. What is the influence of stress on disease?
This past week many of you emailed me questions that I promised to answer. There were so many submitted that I was unable to answer them all in a single Q&A program. I responded to the first group of questions received Monday and will follow-up Thursday with answers to more questions. Click on the arrow below to hear a replay of the Q&A Monday:
Below is a brief summary of questions I discussed during this first Q&A program.
What can I do about my handwriting problem?
When I have important work or appointments,my body is in the flow and other times not. Why is that?
How can I go about setting an unqualified, crystal clear intention to recover? My own language sometimes suggests I am qualifying
What is the number one, most effective natural treatment for Parkinson’s?
How do I tell whether things are getting worse from detoxing or if I am just getting worse period?
What is the story on IV Chelation therapy to detox the body?
What are some natural options to address sleep disorders?
If you submitted a question, I will respond during a second Q&A program this Thursday. November 9th at 12:00 noon pacific time.
Q&A Two with Robert Rodgers PhD
Date & Time: Thursday, November 9th at 12:00 PM Pacific
I posted several days ago here on the blog a comparison of laser light therapy with unfocused light therapy as treatments for Parkinson’s symptoms . The former requires involvement of a medical doctor. The later does not.
I know many of you are now pursuing one or the other therapy. Please. Send me reports on your experience using either one. Speaking for myself, I do not want to wait 10 years to see what the research says about light therapies. I want to know now.
As a researcher, I learned long ago that you can tell whether something works or not from even a very a small group of subjects. Let me know! This is not “publishable: research. There is no “sample” here. And there is nothing random about this. But look. I do not care a flip.
I have published a ton of studies that did not help anyone. The idea here is to help people get well now, not 10 years from now. Maybe light therapy is one of the solutions. Let’s all find out together.
Robert Rodgers PhD
firstname.lastname@example.org Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease http://www.parkinsonsdisease.me
My guest on Parkinsons Recovery Radio today was Warren Kramer from Macrobiotics of New England who discussed what is involved with a successful macrobiotic practice for Parkinson’s and why it is so powerful in improving one’s health. Click on the arrow below to hear this useful and amazing interview today:
Macrobiotics Natural Treatment of Parkinson’s
Warren discussed how to tailor the macrobiotic approach to address symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. He also previewed what foods are best to avoid and to incorporate. Interested in natural remedies to address your symptoms? He offers several natural home remedies and lifestyle factors to consider.
Do you have tremors? Warren has some awesome suggestions for you.
Do you have mobility issues? Warren also has some awesome suggestions for you too.
Topics discussed during the interview included:
1) Where does macrobiotics come from?
2) What is the difference between what a dietitian would suggest and you?
3) Why is macrobiotics effective in healing?
4) How do lifestyle factors play a role in healing?
5) What are the most important foods that a person with Parkinson’s should avoid?
6) What foods to include?
7) What are natural home remedies? What can help Parkinson’s?
I recently aired fascinating interviews on Parkinsons Recovery Radio about two different types of phtobiomodulation therapies (light therapies) as treatments for Parkinson’s symptoms. I believe light therapies are the medicine of the future, so I am hopeful some of you will try one of these options out so we can get an early reading on their effectiveness.
The purpose of this newsletter is to explain the difference between the two devices. One is offered by Vielight https://www.Vielight.com (discussed in my radio show October 4th); the other is offered by Erchonia https://www.erchonia.com (discussed in my radio show October 16th).How are the Two Light Therapy Devices Similar?
• Both offer the possibility (but certainly not the assurance) of
• Both are light (or photobiomodulation) therapies
• Both report no side effects
• Both report little research evidence for Parkinson’s
(though what exists is encouraging) ‘
• Both report more positive research evidence for reversal of dementia.
How Do They Differ?
Vielight’s Photobiomodulation Therapy
Vielight’s device is a low level LED diffuse light device invented by natural medicine doctor and engineer Dr. Lew Lim. It involves placing a helmet type apparatus on the head and a clip on the nose. The diffuse nature of LED light makes it difficult for the light to penetrate the skin. This is why Dr. Lim had the brilliant idea of inventing a nose apparatus so that the light need not have to transit through the skin. The invention is only a year old.
Designed for home use, it requires no doctor’s involvement or prescription and involves pushing one button to turn it on. Dr. Lim recommends persons with Parkinson’s symptoms use the device while going to sleep each night for 20 minutes each night.
Retail cost of the device is $1749. The company offered members of
my audience a 10% discount. To claim the discount, enter the coupon code healing4me on the Vielight shopping cart check out and the 10% discount will automatically be applied. www.vielight.com
f you decide to try the Vielight light therapy, the company offers a generous warranty. Use it for 6 months. If it does not provide the benefit expected, you can return the used device to the company for an 80% refund.
Erchonia’s Photobiomodulation Therapy
The Erchonia device also delivers light (as does Vielight) but using a low level laser technology. In other words, light is focused and directed rather than being diffuse as with the Vielight device. It is a medical device intended for use by medical professionals to treat their patients.
There are 10 different settings to this laser therapy and many ways of using it to product the best outcome. The doctor may for, example, suggest that you tap certain acupuncture points on your face or perform certain movements with arms while device is activated and functional.
Unlike the Vielight device, you do not just switch it on and run the therapy. The doctor decides the appropriate settings to be used given your symptoms and situation.
To locate a doctor who has been trained to use the Erchonia laser therapy, visit the Erchonia website (www.erchonia.com) and search for a practitioner in your area.
If after getting a series of treatments you decide to purchase a unit for home use, the cost is $10,900. If you tell the Erchonia agent that you are a member of the Parkinsons Recovery audience, you will qualify for a 10% discount which at least puts the cost under $10,000. It is still expensive, so best to work with a doctor first to see if it will be of benefit.
Click the arrow below to hear my interview with Dr. Gair that discusses laser therapy as treatment for Parkinson’s and other conditions:
Dr Gair, my guest on Parkinsons Recovery Radio today, shared the exciting research that reports how cold laser therapy can be beneficial for patients with Parkinson’s in various stages of the disease. Cold laser therapy, also known as “photobiomodulation”, is beneficial by:
Stimulating improved function of the mitochondria
Stimulating neuronal stem cells, increased ATP production
Increasing brain derived neurotrophic factor
Promoting nitric oxide and glutathione production
Modulating immune activity
The best thing about the therapy is that when the appropriate laser is used there are virtually zero side effects. It can be part of a program of functional neurological rehabilitation under the care of a trained professional or can also be done at home by the patient on a regular basis. This therapy can also be used preventatively in patients with a genetic predisposition for the disease as well.
The laser device requires a prescription from a doctor. It is best if you find a doctor in your area to get a series of initial treatments to see if this can be a successful therapy for you. The list of doctors who have been trained to use the laser therapy can be found on www.erchonia.com
The device, XLR8, uses two laser diodes and was developed by Erchonia, a leader in developing low level laser technology as treatment for various medical conditions.
If you have received laser treatments in the doctor’s office and found it to be helpful, you may decide to purchase a unit. It is expensive, retailing for $11,000 at this time. There is a $1000 discount if, when ordering, you tell the Erchonia agent your have been referred by Parkinsons Recovery.
Again. I recommend that you get some initial treatments from a qualified doctor before deciding to purchase a unit for home use. www.erchonia.com