Parkinsons Disease and Candida

In my book, Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease, I included a discussion of the connection between candida  and the symptoms of Parkinson’s which was inspired by research article published in 2006 by Lidia Epp and B. Mravec.

Until this week, I assumed the theoretical argument in the article was derived through meticulous logic and good guesswork. The argument is certainly convincing and is grounded in meticulous logic. Little did I know, however, the  real story behind why Lidia Epp developed the argument and published the research article.

What follows is an email sent by Lidia Epp that explains the reasons she was motivated to do the research and write the article. Author of this fascinating article Lidia Epp will be my guest on the Parkinsons Recovery Radio show on March 23rd.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

I’m molecular biologist, I work in a Biology Department in a small college in Virginia. At the time of writing the article I worked as a research specialist at the Molecular Lab in Medical College of Virginia. So – I do not work in the field of PD research, however I’m proficient in biochemistry and clinical  molecular diagnostics.

The reason for investigating possible causes of idiopathic PD is entirely personal. My ex-husband was diagnosed with it at an early age of 43. He was one of the patients receiving massive doses of Mirapex in the mid-late 90s, before the devastating side effects of that drug became known. His reaction to Mirapex was very severe, with all the usual OCD, gambling compulsions, etc. It ruined our marriage.

After being divorced for about 5 years I noticed some symptoms in myself that resembled  my ex-husband health issues. In the meantime I remarried and my “new” husband mysteriously developed similar health problems. It became apparent to us that it is a contagious condition – mildly, as it took years to develop symptoms. So – that’s when I started investigating possible connections.

Long story short – I contacted Dr. OrianTruss in Birmingham, AL the main authority in chronic candidiasis research, and was his patient for about 1 year. I read all his articles and books and that was the time when I came to my conclusion about the connection between PD and Candida. I contacted my ex-husband; he has a doctorate in molecular biology and as soon as I told him my “theory” he agreed with me. He too became Dr. Truss patient and to the best of my knowledge – he is now PD symptoms free. At the time I contacted him however, his PD was very advanced. He had to retire from his professorship, had DBS and was partially paralyzed.

While working on my article I contacted Dr. Mravec in Bratislava, he is PhD, MD immunologist. He agreed to review my article, offered some suggestions and changes and then had it published at his Medical College in Slovakia.

I continued to evaluate all information pertinent to PD/Candida association ever since – it bothers me that so few in the mainstream medicine seem to notice the obvious connection. I’m convinced that although my theory is a correct one, it’s only the “tip of an iceberg”. The biochemical pathways of Candida and it’s relations to PD symptoms are much more complex that I presented in my paper. I’m now certain of at least one more – tissue transglutaminase (TTG) – it’s role in apoptosis of dopamine receptors and the fact that  TTG substrate is used by Candida in it’s life cycle. TTG is a hot topic now in the biochem research world, but – no word on that connection yet in the published data.

I contacted a professor at University of Alabama, pathologist specializing in TTG biochemistry and presented him my TTG/Candida/PD connection theory. He was very enthusiastic, agreed to corroborate with me and even do a preliminary study on a rat model in hopes to receive a grant. But as soon as I explained him my background and the fact that it all started with my ex-husband having PD – he ceased all contact with me.

A couple of years ago I approached another scientist who works in the field of ethiopathology of H. pylori (a connection to Candida – possibly) and I received very similar reaction. I’m now sure that revealing that my ex-husband is in this equation seems detrimental to the validity of my theory. I know I’m not a PhD specializing in the field, but I do know that my theory is correct, I just don’t expect everybody to believe me anymore.

Lidia Epp

6 thoughts on “Parkinsons Disease and Candida

  1. I am VERY interested in your theory, I have a gluten allergy. Before I self diagnosed the problem, the symptoms of the allergy were very bad, soon after I discovered what the problem was I was diagnosed with PD. Is there a connection between Candida and Gluten allerge/intolerance? Could I be confusing the two, I’ve not been officially diagnosed.

  2. She will be a guest on the radio show in two weeks. Why not call into the show and ask her?

    Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
    Parkinsons Recovery

  3. Listen to my radio show in several weeks on Candida. You will find the argument fascinating!

    Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
    Parkinsons Recovery

  4. Hi I live in Texas, I have candidiasis and low levels of h pylori was wondering what u would recommend. Please help! Im only 27 and have two little ones that need me. Thank you!

  5. To clarify at the outset – I am not a medical doctor. The questions you ask are ideally answered by a medical doctor. I can certainly respond from the perspective of what I have done to address these issues myself.

    Candida is a nasty challenge for everyone and certainly for me. First, I recommend that you listen to my radio show with Lydia Epps who discovered candida was a primary source of her neurological problems.

    She would be a wonderful resource.

    Second, I have used a product called A.D.P. from Biotics Research Corporation which has been helpful. Third. the underlying problem is sugar. You really have to stop eating sugar. When you do, the candida will die off. The problem is that there is an overgrowth of candida which feed off of sugar. How is a sugar addiction addressed?

    One possible answer is given in my recent radio show with John O’Dwyer who discussed the Emotion Code. John provides a session for me on the show to demonstrate how it works. You could have him help you with the problem of a sugar addition. Listen to his show as well. I think you will find it to be illuminating.

    As for the bacterial infection – you can attack that with antibiotics of course, but they undermine the integrity of the the digestive system. I have used an alternative approach for myself which is to get the body back into balance. There is a program called nutritional balancing which I think shows great promise in this regard. One of the presenters, Kristern Harper, will be a guest at the 2013 Parkinsons Recovery Summit. Once the body comes back on line so to speak,
    it can eliminate the bacterial infections naturally. Scroll down the Summit page to see her information.

    This is important work for you. Your little ones need you!

    Robert Rodgers
    Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

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