I first started having symptoms which I identified as probably being Parkinson's symptoms in approximately November 2019. ( I am now aged 62)
From no recognisable symptoms I had quite a rapid increase in tremor intensity over about four months (in both right leg and arm which was quite disturbing) plus a loss of intensity of sense of smell plus other minor symptoms (tightness of jaw ligaments, tingling in the face, some constipation, intense anxiety, poor hand writing ).
I had noticed that I had a slight loss of smell prior to any other symptoms, plus poor handwriting.
When I first started using the red light helmet (The first one being from the Dorset men's shed in Tasmania) I noticed an improvement in my sense of smell within two three weeks of use (twice daily) plus a very significant reduction in anxiety levels.
I have now been using the red light helmet (Coronet type) now religiously twice daily for approximately 15 months plus regular exercise swimming 3-4 times per week ( 14 - 16 laps of Olympic pool as fast as I can go) and bike riding 40 km once a week or so and all symptoms are greatly reduced (tremors now only very minor, jaw ligament tightness only very occasional, anxiety low, constipation now only slight)
I have been prescribed madopar by my neurologist and take this three times a day at 25mg levadopa / 6.25mg benzeraside plus a teaspoon of mucuna powder with each dose.
i also have green tea to wash down the mucuna powder
( I have not discussed this bit with neuro
Certainly after his scoffing at the matter of redlight helmet!)
I have recently trialled no dosage of either madopar /mucuna and didnt get much of an increase in symptoms.
will try this again in a few months.
Having also read the book by Professor Mitrofanis :Run in the Light, I am pretty comfortable with what I have now done and the progress being made with this condition.
Intense regular exercise and religious application of the redlight morning and night
Also limiting alcohol plus good diet plus anti oxidants (green Tea and vegetables)