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Is Parkinson's Disease an Autoimmune Disorder?

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Is Parkinson's Disease an Autoimmune Disorder?

So I've been digging into Ashwagandha and have been learning you should not take Ashwagandha if you have an autoimmune disease. So the experts say. I have Hashimoto's, so I am taking a break from the Ashwagandha.

They also say the same thing about Ceylon Cinnamon (not to take if you have an autoimmune condition), but on that one I have seen conflicting reports so I am sticking with the cinnamon.

BUT THE POINT OF THIS POST IS: If Parkinson's ITSELF is an autoimmune disease, then we all may need to be careful of supplements that stimulate the immune system (this is why I previously cut out my beloved Zeolite).

Something to think about.


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I don't know that PD is definitely an autoimmune disease. My understanding is that the body is not producing normal amounts of dopamine. Years ago I was diagnosed with Lupus then with MS. Both are considered autoimmune diseases. I used the medications prescribed but also did self-medicating with AHT: Autohemotherapy. AHT has been used as an adjunct treatment for both diseases. Now I have PD and am doing AHT again.

Thank you for sharing kaypeeoh. That is really tough, Lupus, MS, and then PD. Good luck with the AHT treatment. I hope it helps.

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So how you making out in general with these conditions together? You sound like you are quite active and doin ok...

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For MS my understanding is abnormal monocytes will cross the BBB and attack myelin, the covering over nerves. AHT induces monocytes that will recognize the abnormal cells and destroy them. AHT can react to any abnormal cells in the blood: bacteria, virus, fungus and even cancer cells. For PD I wonder if alphasynuclein is treated as a foreign invader.

I suggested omitting cinnamon in the case of auto immune disease based on my observation it aggravated some pre-existing inflammation in my body and based on an animal study showing a similar result outside the brain. Be that as it may, whether or not one regards Parkinson's as "autoimmune", it is my observation that cinnamon has really helped my Parkinson's, plus there is a study showing cinnamon helps alleviate Parkinson's in a good animal model. For details see:

I just finished my cinnamon tea! I believe in it. I also believe Ceylon Cinnamon is GOOD for autoimmune diseases:

Can cinnamon spice down autoimmune diseases? 2020


In spite of extensive research, there are no effective treatments or cures for autoimmune conditions. Available NSAIDs and immunosuppressants only control the symptoms of autoimmune diseases temporarily. Some monoclonal antibodies (e.g. Natalizumab, Vedolizumab, Alemtuzumab, Rituximab, etc.) have also been approved for controlling some autoimmune disorders. Steroids are used to attenuate the flare of different autoimmune conditions when other treatments fail. However, in general, these treatments exhibit a number of side effects including fatigue, nausea, headache, joint/muscle pain, gastrointestinal disorders, immunosuppression, lung infection, breathing problems, wheezing, urinary tract infection, vaginitis, opportunistic viral infections like progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, etc. Therefore, it is important to identify a safe, effective and economical therapeutic option for autoimmune disorders.

Cinnamon, a natural herb commonly used to spice up the delicacy of different cuisine, has a long track record of human use without any toxic incidence. It can be taken orally, the least painful route, and after oral intake, it is metabolized into NaB, the active compound and the FDA-approved drug for UCD and NKH. Similar to cinnamon, NaB can be also taken through food and drinking water or milk. Since cinnamon and its metabolite NaB upregulate anti-autoimmune Tregs and Th2, suppress autoimmune Th17 and Th1, inhibit inflammatory infiltration, and reduce the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules, cinnamon and NaB may have therapeutic importance in different autoimmune disorders (Fig. 1). Although cinnamon has been tested in human rheumatoid arthritis and TIDM and different rodent models (Table-1), further clinical trials at appropriate doses are required to understand the beneficial effect of this complementary and alternate option in different autoimmune disorders.

Very interesting. This report shows improvement in animal models of both rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease from cinnamon use. I shall update my report to include the results of this work.

Years ago I was diagnosed with MS. I took weekly IV infusions of Natalizumabi, AKA Tysabri, for two years. The only neurologic sign I had was smelling things that weren't real. I could always tell when it was about time for my next treatment because the fake scents were back. Eventually they stopped coming back and I quit the injections. A small number of people with MS have gotten over the disease. Some doctors say that doesn't happen. Instead they're on extended remission but eventually the signs come back. I knew of two people on an MS website who hadn't had a recurrence in ten years.

MS is diagnosed on an MRI, Brain lesions are seen in spots on the brain. Especially periventricular and in the cerebellum. These lesions are areas of vascular leakage within the brain. I still see an MS specialist once a year. So far no recurrences on MRI in the past three years.

List of autoimmune diseases found on a internet search

I would suggest a careful distinction between 'autoimmune disease' and 'inflammatory process' -- the latter is a definite factor in PD, but need not indicate the presence of the former.

And my impression is that the definition of what constitutes 'autoimmune disease' is rapidly changing and becoming blurred as the role of inflammation becomes better known in relation to many conditions previously thought to be unrelated to each other.

My two cents' worth. YMMV.

I take Ashwagandha to much makes me itch. I like KSM-66, it clears my thoughts, normal extract doesn't.... I read somewhere Ashwagandha can reverse PD.

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Withania somnifera shows ability to counter Parkinson's Disease: An Update


Just came across stuff on LRRK2 and autoimmunity; LRRK2 expression is upregulated in:

lupus - translational-medicine.biom...

scleroderma (but not rheumatoid arthritis) -

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