Physical Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease

Walter Mady discusses the importance of Physical Therapy for the Parkinson’s disease patient and the factors that have made the biggest difference in addressing his own Parkinson’s symptoms.

  • Walter Mady has been a Physical Therapist for 28 years in the private sector.  Physical Therapists are healthcare specialists utilizing their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, therapeutic exercise, and ADL modifications when treating the Parkinson’s disease patient.
  • He specializes in manual therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, and is a specialist in exercise recreationally and therapeutically
  • Walter was diagnosed in 2008 with Parkinson’s Disease..
  • He will discuss and stress the importance of nutrition and exercise.

Walter Mady [wmady@comcast.net]

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
https://www.parkinsonsdisease.me

Shifting Parkinson’s Disease Mindsets

Click the arrow below to hear my interview with Chris Hageseth MD:

This Parkinsons Recovery interview about shifting Parkinson’s disease mindsets is with Chris Hageseth MD who dates his first non-motor symptoms to 2004 when his sense of smell disappeared. In 2008 he developed  severe constipation which he has had ever since.  In 2011 he saw the emergence of a tremor in his right hand which progressed over the following year to involve his entire right side.

It went on to include stooped posture, shuffling gait, and problems with balance. A neurologist confirmed his diagnosis in 2012. He tried three different medications over the next four months but discontinued each one due to side effects or lack of efficacy.

His neurologist gave him one piece of advice: EXERCISE,  EXERCISE, EXERCISE.

A year later many of his symptoms had regressed.  He attributed his improvement to the intensity of  his exercise and taking up yoga. He established his first website: Sweating Out Parkinson’s
Disease. He intended to encourage other PWPs to follow his example.

By 2014 he was doing so well that he had a DAT scan to confirm the diagnosis of PD. It was positive.

Over the last year and a half, he explored  why more people aren’t doing better with PD. It was then that he started to examine how the mind may influence the course of PD. Exercise is the key to living a full life with PD, But if the mind does not believe the degree of improvement that exercise can achieve. Then improvement will only go so far.

Because of the problem of dyskinesia developing after five years on levodopa, he thinks newly diagnosed should pursue a program of great intensity and focus and manage their minds, so they realize they can live with PD and not require levodopa.

Visit: www.shiftpdmind.com

Chris offered marvelous insights into how he has been able to improve his gait significantly. Mindful walking has been a key to his recovery success which encompasses:

  • Standing straight
  • Pulling shoulders back
  • Pitching chest out
  • Directing eyes straight ahead (not down)
  • Walk swiftly always insuring safely
  • Focus on making the backward arm swing more vigorous (when arm swing is an issue).
  • Place your heels first
  • No scuffing shoes on the ground

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons DIsease
https://www.parkinsonsdisease.me

 

Updates on Promising Options for Parkinson’s Disease

My program today about natural options for Parkinson’s disease updates my 2018 Update of Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease. Really! It has only been two months since I released the update – but so much has happened over these past two months that I wanted all of you to have the recent scoop. Click the arrow below to hear the replay.

I released the 2018 Update of Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease only two months ago … https://www.parkinsonsdisease.me which covered various new options including:

  • Light therapy
  • High Dose Thiamine
  • BEMER
  • Sleep
  • Ketone Esters
  • CBD Oil
  • Macrobiotics
  • Amino Acid Therapy

 But so much has happened since then.

My discussion today provides an update about some of the new and exciting therapies I covered in my 2018 book and other developments as well. What follows are the notes for the program today:

  • Doing Everything It Takes to Heal?
  • Following the great suggestions documented on the one and only Parkinsons Recovery resources?

But …
Still Experiencing Some Symptoms?

Listen to my radio show interview with Bill McAnalley PhD to discover the surprising reason why and what you can do about it!

https://www.blog.parkinsonsrecovery.com/the-food-we-need-to-heal/

The replay of this interview also includes the teaching notes provided by Dr. McAnalley.

CBD Oil

Answer to: What is the difference between the Isolate CBD Oil and the Herbal CBD Oil?

Which concentration is the best buy?

What has been the re-order rate?

http://www.parkinsonsrecovery.myctfocbd.com/

 Vielight Neuro Gama Device

Customers have a 6 month opportunity to try it out. If it does not offer the relief they were seeking, the company gives an 80% refund if returned within 6 months after purchase.

Results:

Number ordered using the Parkinsons Recovery coupon code healing4me
68

Number returned
10

Announcement of a new https://www.Vielight.com device X-Plus

The main idea is to position a powerful diode where the cerebellum is.

This new device comes with a 633 nm intranasal applicator and 810 nm transcranial diode.

Retails for $749
(Coupon code of healing4me will give a 10% discount)
Will be available in a month

More Ways to Fight Parkinson’s Disease

How Natural Medicines Help Parkinson’s Disease. Barbara Frank uses Folk Medicine and Nature’s Medicines To Help Parkinson’s Patients. barbarafrank222.com

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/parkinsons-recovery/2018/07/23/more-ways-to-fight-parkinsons-disease

Syncolein

Don McCammon

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/parkinsons-recovery/2016/02/26/medical-food-to-stop-the-progression-of-parkinsons-disease

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago. Don McCammon developed his own compound to treat his symptoms with considerable success. Don wrote an article describing his discovery. The name of the compound he developed is Syncolein. It is a natural product that does not require a medical prescription.

The primary ingredient in his formulation is Mannitol. For further information and to get your questions answered, email Don at: donmccammon@gmail.com

Ketone Ester

Trainer bottles still available

https://www.ketoneaid.com/buy

They have added an offering of a set of four bottles which includes a ketone meter and strips.

BEMER
http://robert-rodgers.bemergroup.com/en-US

Here are answers to 3 questions that have been asked about the BEMER:

Why does a magnetic field permeate the human body?

or

How does the Bemer signal go through my body?

Answer:

Low-frequency pulsating magnetic fields used in magnetic field therapy diffuse at the speed of light and have wavelengths of thousands of kilometers in length. Due to these very long wavelengths they permeate all matter, including the human body. However, an electromagnetic field weakens very quickly with increased distance, losing its intensity.

Does Bemer Therapy work with my prescriptions and supplements?

or

Can I still using my prescription drug while on Bemer Therapy?

Answer:

As a preventative measure, BEMER serves to strengthen the body and improve its innate self-regulating mechanisms. It never replaces a conventional medicinal therapy prescribed by a doctor, but in optimal cases could lead to a reduction in the dosage of prescribed medication.

 

Are there any side effects of using Bemer Therapy?

or

Is there any harm to use the Bemer long-term?

Answer:

Side effects are understood to be undesirable accompanying effects such as allergies, bleeding, etc. To date, no dangerous side effects have been detected with long-term application.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery
https://www.parkinsonsrecovery.com
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
https://www.parkinsonsdisease.me

Food Can Fix Things that Drugs Cant

Click the arrow below to hear my interview with Bill McAnalley PhD who discusses why food can fix things that drugs cant. His discussion focuses on explaining the causes of Parkinson’s and the right foods to treat each cause.

Information about Dr. McAnballey’s company, is accessed by visiting  Aroga

Below are the talking points that Dr. McAnalley prepared for my  interview with him on Parkinsons Recovery Radio where he explains why food can fix things drugs cant  

Parkinson’s disease (PD), characterized with bradykinesia, static tremor, rigidity and disturbances in balance, is the second most common neuro-degenerative disorder.  Alzheimer disease is first.

With the global trends in aging, the incidence of PD has increased year by year and the prevalence rate is up to 1–2% among the elderly over the age of 65 years. So far, there is still no exact cure for PD due to its diversity of etiology and complexity of symptoms.

Currently, Parkinson’s disease is treated with Levodopa and maybe Monamine, Oxidase Inhibitors (MOAs) or Acetylcholine inhibitors. Levodopa makes more Dopamine available for the dopamine receptor, MOAs increase the amount norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin at their prospective receptors and acetylcholine inhibitors make more acetylcholine available to its receptor.

None of which address the physical cause of the disease.

The cause of PD has not been completely elucidated, but it has been generally acknowledged that the improvement of oxidative stress is one of the most important patho-physiological mechanisms.

Dr. Bill’s research has focused on stopping the causes of diseases like Parkinson’s by:

  • The inhibition of oxidative stress:

PD patients are in a state of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is caused by the increase of free radicals in the organism, while the ability to eliminate free radicals is decreased at the same time. A large amount of lipid peroxide, such as Malondialdehyde (MDA), hydroxyl, carbonyl, etc., will cause cell death, which leads to neuronal apoptosis ultimately.

The mitochondria is the “power plant” and “energy conversion station” of cells. It also regulates the process of gene expression and apoptosis. Recent reports have suggested that mitochondrial dysfunction is closely related to a variety of neuro-degenerative diseases including PD.

  • The reduction of toxic Excitatory Amino Acids (EAA): 

Glutamate (Glu), Also, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and enkephalin can can produce excitotoxicity effects on nerve cells. Glutamate creates an excitatory effect on nerve cells, and is toxic when Dopa Amine neurons are fully or partially degenerated.

  • The inhibition of neuroinflammation:

Neuroinflammation is a common and important pathological mechanism in nervous system diseases and different neurological diseases are involved in neuroinflammation at some stage. At present, it is believed that neuroinflammation was involved in an important cascade reaction in neuronal degeneration of PD.

When the central nervous system suffers from exogenous antigens stimulus, such as pathogenic microorganisms or foreign bodies, microglia will be rapidly activated. Then, the activated microglia cells can secrete various cytokines such as IL-1β, IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, TNF-α, and IFN-γ, etc. The cytokines cause neuroinflammation.

  • The inhibition of neuronal apoptosis:

Parkinson’s is caused by the premature death of dopaminergic neurons by abnormal apoptosis activation. Energy for normal activities of brain cells comes directly from aerobic energy, and there is little energy storage. However once brain damage occurs, it will cause nerve cell apoptosis or death.

The Bcl-2 family of proteins regulate apoptosis. It is divided into two categories: anti-apoptosis gene (such as Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, Bcl-w, Bcl-1, etc.) and pro-apoptosis gene (such as Bax, Bak, Bad, Bid, etc.). Their ratio regulates apoptosis.

  • The inhibition of abnormal protein aggregation:

Misfolded and aggregated proteins play a key role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s Disease. Protein aggregates differ from disease to disease. This common characteristic shows that protein deposition is toxic to neurons.

Studies confirmed that the activity of the proteasome dropped substantially in substantia nigra of patients with PD, which weakened the ability of the substantia nigra to degrade α-syn and other proteins.

  • Targeting Nrf2 to Suppress Ferroptosis and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Neurodegeneration:

Nrf2 is a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) protein that regulates the expression of antioxidant proteins that protect against oxidative damage triggered by injury and inflammation. Several drugs that stimulate the NFE2L2 pathway are being studied for treatment of diseases that are caused by oxidative stress.

Listing of Core Food Ingredients that Address the Structure and Functional Causes of the Disease

  1. The inhibition of oxidative stress:

Brahmi, Bacopa monnieri

Maca root powder, Lepidium meyenii (Walp.)

Tongkat Ali (Longjack), Eurycoma Longifolia

Turmeric root powder, Curcuma longa

  1. The reduction of toxic Excitatory Amino Acids EAA:

Brahmi, Bacopa monnieri

  1. The inhibition of neuroinflammation:

Turmeric root powder, Curcuma longa

Wild Yam root, Dioscorea villosa

  1. The inhibition of neuronal apoptosis:

Noni Fruit, Morinda citrifolia

  1. The inhibition of abnormal protein aggregation:

Amia powder, Emblica officinalis

Turmeric root powder, Curcuma longa

  1. Targeting Nrf2 to Suppress Ferroptosis and

Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Neurodegeneration.

Chaga Mushroom, Inonotus Obliquus

Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Silybum marianum.

Tongkat Ali (Longjack), Eurycoma Longifolia

Aroga

Dr. Bill offered suggestions on the products he recommended for persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  He recommended three
Aroga products: (1) the Core (2) the Plus Brain and Nerve and (3) the Bone, Joint and Endocrine (which supports hormones). At a minimum. the Core would take top priority.

Information about these products and the opportunity to order is available at:

https://arogalife.com/parkinsons-recovery

Sadly, Aroga products can only be shipped to locations in the United States.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
https://www.parkinsonsdisease.me

References:

Front Pharmacol. 2017; 8: 634. The Mechanisms of Traditional Chinese Medicine Underlying the Prevention and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

Front Neurosci. 2018 Jul 10;12:466. Targeting Nrf2 to Suppress Ferroptosis and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Neurodegeneration.

Replay: Q&A about CBD Products Offered by CTFO

The replay link below takes you to the Q&A program today I hosted that is intended for customers, Associates and individuals interested in learning more about the CBD products offered by CTFO.  This is the company that offers a 60 full money back guarantee and the one I have determined is trustworthy.  Better yet, they offer the best prices on CBD products.

I signed up several months ago to be an Associate which is an option for you too.  While the cost of products is the same currently whether you purchase as a customer or an Associate, this will change soon. Apparently, Associates will benefit from lower prices soon (and there is no cost to becoming an Associate).

The first set of questions that will be addressed is intended primarily for customers. The second set is primarily intended for persons who have signed up for free to be CTFO Associates. Connection scoop is below followed by a listing of some of the questions that will be addressed.

Click the link below to access the replay of our Q&A today: 
https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/110046666

Q&A for Customers:

  • What is the status of shipments to Canada?
  • I am not interested in becoming an Associate. I simply want to purchase the CBD oil and try it out under the 60 day money back guarantee. How do I register as a customer rather than an associate?
  • Since I am just a customer, why do I have to create a user name and password? Seems like that is for Associates only.
  • When I registered as a customer, CTFO created a website. I do not want a website. What is up here? I would prefer that they take the website down.
  • How to I check on the status of my existing CBD oil order?
  • What is recommended about the concentration of CBD oil when it comes to the best buy? I see there are a number of choices – 300 mg, 750 mg, 1500 mg, etc. Is the total quantity in each of the bottles the same? Is the price the same?
  • Is the cost of products less if I sign up for free to be an Associate?
  • How can I save on my purchases?
  • How do I set up automatic shipping?
  • Can I simply call Robert to order?
  • If I use up the entire contents of the bottle that I ordered, can I really return the empty bottle for a full refund?
  • Besides the CBD oils, what other products does CTFO offer?

Q&A for Associates-

  • What are the required fees to maintain an associate status?
  • In order to earn the 20% commissions, do I have to set up auto-shipping and pay for a product each month that costs at least $47?
  • Since I will not lose the 20% commissions when someone orders from my Associate website if I do not set up auto-shipping, why should I bother to do so?
  • How often are commissions paid?
  • How do I set up payments to my bank account?
  • How do you recommend I market the CBD oils?
  • Is the cost of the products the same for me as an associate as they are for a person who is not an associate?
  • How can I save on the products I personally purchase?
  • If one of my customers returns a product, will my commissions be affected?
  • On the associates’ website can you order products from the home page under products or do you need to sign into your back office & order products from this area? What is the difference?
  • If I am selling products or going to sell products & I have not given CTFO my tax ID what should i do?
  • Tell me about the Tuesday & Thursday night conference calls & the call in information.
  •  Please explain the pay plan in detail including the many options available.
  • Are there any new developments with the company you would like to share. How is the company doing financially, etc.
Robert Rodgers PhD
CTFO Associate
http://www.parkinsonsrecovery.myctfocbd.com
Olympia Washington
robert@parkinsonsrecovery.com

Will Taking CBD Oil Reverse Your Parkinson’s Symptoms?

The truthful answer to this question about CBD is we really do not know. There is little research about it as a treatment for symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  It is a new development on the horizon of natural therapies. 
 
Some people do experience relief from their Parkinson’s symptoms from  taking CBD oil. Will you? Maybe. Maybe not. The only way to know for sure is to try it out and see if it helps. 
 
If you are thinking of trying it I recommend you consider products sponsored by a company (CTFO) that offers a high quality, organic, high concentration (1500 mg) CBD oil at the best prices I have seen anywhere. 
 
 
Aside from these advantages there is one reason why I have no hesitation to endorse their products. You have the opportunity to get a full 100% refund if taking CBD does not help. 
 
So, why not …
  1. Check with your doctor about taking CBD. If they give the OK.
  2. Purchase the 1500 mg bottle of CBD oil (it costs about $100).
  3. Take the entire contents over the course of a month (give or take). 
If taking CBD is helpful – hooray I say. If it does not offer the relief you seek, you can return the empty bottle to CTFO for a full, 100% refund. 
The company offers this generous guarantee because most people find CBD is helpful.  
 
There are many natural therapies that can be tried these days. Most require some degree of a financial cost. Not this one. You can discover if CBD oil offers relief from your symptoms without worrying you may be spending money on something which does not help.  
 
Want to know more about CTFO? Join me tomorrow when I host a Q&A program about this CTFO company that offers this generous 60 day refund. Here is the connection scoop: 
 
Date & Time: Thursday, August 30th at 12:00 PM Pacific
To attend this event, click here 15 minutes before the event time:
https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/110046666

 

If you don’t have access to the web, you can listen in by dialing (425) 440-5010, and using the following conference pin: 200414#If that number doesn’t work for some reason, here is a list of alternative numbers, including international numbers:
https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Local/?eventid=110046666  
Robert Rodgers PhD
Olympia Washington
Parkinsons Recovery
877-526-4646
P.S. Important Qualification: CTFO only ships to addresses in the United States, Great Britain, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Sweden. Shipments to Canada are available only for topical CBD products at this time.

Will CBD Oil Melt Your Symptoms?

CBD Oil for Parkinson’s

Will taking CBD oil offer relief from your symptoms? The truthful answer is that nobody knows that answer (not even you) until you try it. Here is a risk free opportunity to see if taking CBD oil might melt your symptoms.

For information about CTFO CBD products visit:  http://www.parkinsonsrecovery.myctfocbd.com

Mucuna Pruriens

What follows below is correspondence I received from Dovida, the wife of Michael Day who shares a wealth of information about Michael’s experience with taking mucuna pruriens.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
https://www.parkinsonsdisease.me

Dear Robert,

I am taking the time to write to you today to let you know about the death of my beloved partner Michael. You might remember us – we live in Venezuela.

Both of us love what you share with the Parkinson’s community.  We also love and appreciate the generous time you have spent with us on the phone several times over the past 6 years. Michael contributed a deeply thoughtful piece on his relationship to this health challenge which you published on your blog a number of years ago.

I am also writing because I want to contribute to your community through an update on Michael’s experience using Mucuna, which remained a very positive one up until his death. I’ve also included some other things he had begun to experiment with.
I wasn’t sure where to post it so that it would be read by as many people as possible.
Perhaps you could choose a way to share this?

Regarding his death: Last month Michael and I both caught a virulent flu that’s going around. We almost never socialize and therefore pretty much always avoid the latest flu or cold. However, it was the birthday of the woman who takes care of our apartment building whom we adore. We had given her a gift and she came upstairs to thank us. 1 hug. That’s all it took.

With Michael’s challenged overall health, the flu quickly became double pneumonia and 2 weeks later he died on Saturday morning, July 21st. He was 64 yrs young.
He died at home with me, our friend who lives with us, and a nurse who was taking care of him with IVs, antibiotics, oxygen etc. We had done our best to create a stay at home hospital experience for him.

Michael managed to tell me he loved me earlier that morning and our friend tells me I whispered the same in his ear just before he died. My memory is a blur of those last moments. Having the neurological challenges of Parkinson’s made it harder for Michael to cough out the mucous that filled his lungs.

I ask people with the same challenge to please take extra care to avoid getting a chest infection. You may be at a disadvantage and not have as strong a capability of coughing than most people.

Robert, I believe that everything is Love/Consciousness, including the bacteria that killed Michael’s body. It is not possible for anything else to be true. There is nothing in existence that isn’t loving awareness. ll of the universe worked in harmony to carry Michael into the next stage.

Even Michael himself had made some unusual choices in the prior few weeks that greatly weakened his body. He was doing some writing and became like a man possessed, not stopping to eat or drink. It was wrecking his neurology – making his whole body writhe and shake – yet he felt compelled to keep going. I couldn’t convince him to stop and did not try that hard either because I implicitly have always trusted Michael and his own inner guidance.  Now I can look back and see how the choices were lining up to bring him to this transition from in the body to outside the body.

I’ve had Michael’s body cremated and at some point I will take the ashes to Indiato place in the sacred river Ganges. I’ll be staying on Isla de Margarita for now. It is a gentle place with warm ocean water and it’s incredibly inexpensive to live here. $150-$200/month is plenty, which is a blessing since my body isn’t yet in great health (fibromyalgia) and able to work.

Michael and I were together literally almost every day of the past 29 years. I keep wondering when I’m going to fall apart. But instead of crumbling I feel tremendous love and spiritual energy pouring into me, no doubt a lot coming from Michael. He is a very highly evolved soul.

My focus now is doing everything I can to let go of the chronic body pain I’ve carried so many years. Also, waking up and becoming established in remembering my true Self – experiencing the Oneness that Is – that’s forever on my plate, too.

Mucuna Pruriens

Here is the scoop on Mucuna Pruriens for Parkinson’s and a detailed description of Michael’s experience with it. ome people use it as an adjunct to medication like Sinemet in order to reduce the amount of medication, and then there are people like Michael who either want a more natural approach or have too many side effects with sinemet that use mucuna exclusively. Michael was never able to tolerate any of the medications and all natural strategies had failed up until what I describe below.

Michael had tried mucuna pruriens years ago – we bought some on Amazon.
What we didn’t realize was that Michael needed a much higher extract of mucuna.
The extract you can get from mucuna is L Dopa. The stuff we bought on amazon was only 15% L Dopa. Eventually we befriended a woman in the Netherlands that was getting great results with a 98% L Dopa extract of Mucuna that she was buying from someone in Australia (who got his supply from China). The 2 main source countries are India and China.

At the point that we learned this information, Michael was in very dire straits.
This was the winter of 2016. He was 97% dependent- he needed help dressing, eating, turning over in bed, covering himself with the sheet, bathing and even wiping his butt. He was considered Stage IV Tremor Dominant Parkinson’s by his neurologist. He could walk a little, falling forward and grabbing the walls for support. He could barely speak at an audible level and his diction was terrible.
He would have to whisper in my ear and I would decipher it. He also had constant tremendous pain due to muscle stiffening in his arms and legs. I had started interviewing 24/7 care because it was quickly becoming more than me and our friend who lived with us could handle.

I bought some of the 98% L Dopa and within 3 weeks of starting it Michael could go outside and walk. All pain left and all neurological symptoms improved. By 6 weeks he was 100% independent and he remained 100% independent until his death in July 2018 from a flu that progressed quickly into double pneumonia. His body had desperately needed L Dopa and this high potency mucuna gave it to him. He still had some tremor and low energy but everything was better. Even skin problems cleared up.

Eventually I found a source in the US that sells 99% extract and actually charges less than anyone else. Michael started with a dose of 300 mg just to see if he could tolerate it. He was always very sensitive. The effects initially lasted 3-4 hrs. This was January 2017.

Slowly we raised the dose to 700 mg 4-5x/day and eventually 850 mg 5x/day. Over time he did require more mucuna as well as more often – every 2-3 hours. He and got up to 1200 mg 5-6x/day this past year. Most people using mucuna don’t get the horrible side effect of dyskinesias (uncontrollable movements) that many people get from the drugs. At about 1200 mg mucuna, Michael did have some dyskinesia and he cut back to 1100 mg which reduced them. I know a woman that manages with 650 mg 4x/day for many years and a woman who uses a large dose of 5000 mg 3x/day for many years. Neither experience dyskinesias.

Everyone is different in terms of dose. You just start low and experiment.
I’ve also wondered about it being even more beneficial to add in some non-L-Dopa extract version of mucuna since the entire plant has many desirable healing properties. Places like Banyan Botanicals carry good quality organic whole plant mucuna if you want to try that along with the 98-99% L Dopa extract of Mucuna.

As a reference point – at Michael’s high dose of 1100-1200 mg 6x/day, a kg that costs $185 would last 2-3 months. In recent months Michael began experimenting with adding 5HTP and L-Tyrosine to better balance out his neurotransmitters and possibly increase the benefit of the mucuna.

He learned about these additions from John Grey’s work on improving brain health.
Michael had yet to notice any difference but it really could have been too soon to judge plus he didn’t take these extra amino acids consistently.

Michael was also experimenting with taking mannitol to extend the effect of the mucuna. He took 1 beano-type capsule along with it to prevent gas and bloating which can happen with mannitol. It was a little soon to tell but Michael felt it was helping and he didn’t get bloating.

Many people who take Parkinson’s medications have to contend with nausea from the drug. It’s the L Dopa/ levodopa causing nausea. Michael did get nausea when he started on mucuna, but eventually we discovered that taking about 1000-2000mg of straight Vitamin C from ascorbic acid at the same time as the mucuna worked perfectly and he never had nausea again.

This is also working to prevent nausea for some friends who are also taking mucuna.
It can’t be buffered C- it needs to be ascorbic acid, which thankfully is very inexpensive. (You can get ascorbic acid at a great price at the same place that sells the mucuna). 

Candied ginger can also work for nausea but then you’re also getting a lot of sugar so we were really happy to discover the Vit C worked. Mucuna extract is a tasteless white to off-white powder. I mixed it along with the Vit C into some room temp herbal tea sweetened with honey (preferably raw honey that has more healing properties).
Honey always helped Michael swallow.

Here is the US based company I bought mucuna from at a good price. We’ve also referred a number of people to this source and the mucuna is helping them, too.
(I’m not an affiliate and I get no financial benefit if you buy here).

https://www.nutrivitashop.com/l-dopa-100-pure-levodopa-mucuna-pruriens-dopamine/

You’ll also need a good mg scale so you can be exact in your dose. Here’s a link to a scale that has worked well for me.

Scale: there are similar ones on Amazon that have even better reviews, but this one has always worked for me and has not needed recalibration even after 18 months of frequent use. https://amzn.to/2BbNr0l

One more thing to mention that may help your readers.There is a Chinese Herbal Formula that has helped many people with tremors. A friend of Michael’s has used it for many months with great benefit. Michael had barely started it when he died so I can’t comment on his experience. 

Here’s one place that sells it. If you email me I can tell you more about dosage. This place seems to have the best price and you can get 10% off using code: Wholesale https://www.maxnature.com/plumflower-tian-ma-gou-teng-san.html

Please feel free to post my email address of dovidagoodman@gmail.com I’m happy to answer questions about anything I’ve written here.

Warmest regards,
Dovida