First of a million congratulations for creating such a fantastically interesting radio show [http://www.blogtalkradio.com/parkinsons-recovery] which to me is a lifeline of hope. I wish I could nominate you for the Nobel Prize for Medicine.
A question on the fava beans issue: What’s the bottom line? Is it that fava’s are cheaper than Sinemet, which is not an problem in London since we have free prescriptions. Or more excitingly do fava’s lead to less risk of addiction??? Having ploughed through the majority of Janice Walton-Hadlock’s treatise on the horrific risks one can run in giving up L Dopa, addiction is my number one fear if I put myself on the fava road to Recovery.
Thanks for your kind words about my radio program. I love doing it every week. It gives me a chance to talk with such interesting people and a fantastic way to get the word out that there are many people out there who are on the road to recovery from Parkinson’s Disease.
What a high honor to be thought of as a recipient of a Nobel prize! Once we have 5,000 cases of documented recovery, I would like to nominate all 5,000 pioneers for a Nobel prize in medicine. I am just documenting the discoveries that others with the symptoms of Parkinson’s are making!
As for the choice between taking fava beans or Sinemet … What is best? Of course, the decision depends on the individual in all cases. Some people have told me that Sinemet has saved their lives and given them hope. Others have said the same thing about fava beans and mucuna.
As you note, a challenge with any prescription medication is of course the side effects. There is also the long term possibility that the body will become addicted to a prescription medication. Once you start taking it, it is very difficult to stop.
As Sandra points out in my radio show interview with her, fava beans are also not exempt from risks. Some people are allergic to them. There is also a contra-indication for anyone who is taking an MAOI inhibitor (usually for depression). It would be a good idea if anyone is contemplating taking fava beans as a source of dopamine for their bodies to listen to my radio interview with Sandra from Tennessee. She grows her own fava beans and makes a tincture that is giving her sustained relief from her own symptoms.
Clearly, it is not the case that one choice is obviously better than another. It depends on a number of factors that can interact in very complicated ways.
There is an energetic difference between fava beans and Sinemet. When grown in a natural environment, the energetic charge of fava beans (or any food for that matter) can exude a very high frequency, giving your body quite a “charge” so to speak (unless you are allergic to the fava beans of course). Because fava beans are a natural food, the body is less likely to react negatively with side effects.
Any prescription drug is a synthetic. Medications usually convey a combination of frequencies to the tissues of the body that transmit conflicting signals. This of course is why side effects are experienced by some people.
My personal preference is always to try the natural therapies first. If they fail, then resort to the synthetic alternatives. There is a good chance the body will be better able to assimilate the therapy if it is natural.
Of all the Parkinson’s drugs, my interviews suggest that Sinemet seems to prove the most useful to people. There is certainly no reason to rule out any option that is available!
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.