Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a chronic brain disease characterized as the progressive deterioration of the nerve cells in the area where the brain chemicals that communicate information inside the brain and body are created. These chemical messengers – neurotransmitters – enable the body to function as it was designed. We rely on neurotransmitters to create smooth and balanced muscular movements, tell the heart to beat, the stomach to digest and the lungs to breathe. These complex chemicals, and often the lack of, affect every aspect of your being.
Although genetics are a factor in Parkinson’s Disease, your voluntary behaviors such as diet, drugs and alcohol use, stress and anxiety can adversely affect brain chemistries and cause your body to go seriously out of balance increasing your risk.
The neurotransmitters specifically involved with Parkinson’s Disease are Dopamine (Excitatory) Acetylcholine (Excitatory), Serotonin (Inhibitory) and GABA (Inhibitory).
Dopamine is associated with the “pleasure/reward system” of the brain. Dopamine is a natural amphetamine that affects motor coordination, cognition, mood and attention. The overproduction of dopamine as a result of hyperstimulation causes imbalance. Imbalance can manifest as forgetfulness, apathy, fatigue, depression, and Parkinson’s disease.
Acetylcholine lubricates the nervous system; it enables high quality transmissions to reach their destination. An imbalance leads to learning disabilities and memory lapses.
Serotonin is a calming neurotransmitter and keeps us from feeling threatened and entering survival mode. When serotonin is balanced we feel well, sleep well, think rationally, and enjoy life. When serotonin is out of balance our mood becomes unstable. Imbalance can manifest as migraine headache, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and other anxiety disorders.
GABA isknown as the brain’s natural Valium. Imbalancescan manifest as headaches, a sense of anxiety, and a feeling of being overwhelmed. When in equillibrium we enjoy a sense of balance between body, mind and spirit.
There is no silver bullet. The best defense for maintaining a healthy mind-body connection is paying attention to our controllable behaviors, proper sleep and exercise, high quality nutrition and mindfulness. The key to well-being is the free and accurate flow of information. The central nervous system must be given every opportunity to perform, produce, and send and receive the biochemical information it was designed for. The threat of Parkinson’s brings to the forefront a deep and primal need to listen to our bodies.
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