The following questions were sent by Nancy:
Saw your interesting article on the internet last night. My Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 10 years ago. He has been on the required medication, such as Levadopa and Requip, maybe some others. My most concern is the Requip.
He has been the hospital all week because of his low blood pressure. For some reason they don’t know what to do about it. I have been told that the requip causes low blood pressure. Can he safely get off of the stuff? And how?
Once a person starts taking medication, it is very tricky to stop. The body goes into a type of withdrawal. It is important to work closely with the doctors if the intent is to stop taking any Parkinson’s meditations (or reduce the dosage). It is not a smart idea to go cold turkey on the medications.
How can you tell if someone has been misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s is a garbage can type diagnosis which means it covers a wide range of symptoms. Research estimates show that about one third of the people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s were misdiagnosed. This happens because there is no definitive test for it. Most doctors eliminate other possibilities – and if nothing is left – it is diagnosed as “Parkinson’s”.
Has all this medication put him in the condition he is in?
You can partially answer your own question by asking your pharmacist for the list of side effects from the medications he takes. If the symptoms he is experiencing are on the list, there is certainly a good possibility interactions of the medications might be the culprit.
There is also another problem that emerges when more than one medication is taken: drug interactions and depletions. Additional problems are caused sometimes when certain medications are combined. I refer people to Randy Mentzer who is a nutritional counselor and compounding pharmacist.
Randy does a full analysis of everything a person puts into their body, consults with the patients and writes up a detailed report of recommendations. He can sometimes make a natural medications that can substitute for the medication the person may be taking that is causing the problem.
Most medication doctors are not trained to do such an analysis. I might add it takes someone like Randy years and years to learn what these medications do and how they interact, It is a specialty in itself.
I see Parkinson’s patients and say to myself,
“My Dad does not act like that.”
How interesting, I always encourage people to trust their own intuition. It may be that it is time to entertain other possibilities.
Can a person safely get off of the medication to see if he really needs it at all?
As I mentioned above, weaning off of medications is a tricky business. You have to work very closely with your doctors and reduce the dosages very slowly and cautiously.
Just would like your opinion be and what can I do for him?
I am not a medical doctor, so I can only offer my “opinion” if this were my Dad. To be clear, I am not suggesting you do these things! This is only what I would do if this were my Dad.
First, I would do everything in my power to get my Dad out of the hospital with the doctors’ blessings. There are many bacteria floating around hospitals these days, so people can get sicker sometimes because of exposure to new infections.
Second, I would get a consultation with Nutritional Counselor and Compounding Pharmacist Randy Mentzer for my Dad.
Third, I would order a bioenergetic assessment from Dr. Ivy Faber (which would likely point to possible causes of the symptoms). There is more information about bioenergetic assessments on the Parkinsons Recovery website (www.parkinsonsrecovery.com).
Fourth, I would get a consultation with a naturopathic doctor.
Fifth, I would do everything possible to make sure my Dad was eating live foods.
Sixth, I would do something for my self as his son, so I could have some distance from the urgency of the problem at hand. If I am in fear as his son, it will do him no good whatsoever.
All of the above steps make it possible to approach the crisis in different ways, to step outside the box so to say. I am confident your current doctors are doing everything possible to help your Dad out, but specialists look at problems from the perspective of their own specialty. That is what they are trained to do!
If I were in your shoes,
- I would begin thinking about the problem from different perspectives.
- I would involve other health care practitioners in addition to the neurologists.
- I would remind myself that the body always knows how to heal itself.
Give the body what it needs to come back into balance and your Dad’s body will take care of the rest.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.