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Great book: Natural Therapies for Parkinson's Disease by Dr. Laurie K Mischley

I highly recommend this book for anyone with PD or anyone at risk for PD, I plan on buying a copy for my kids. I was diagnosed 12 years ago with early onset PD, in my early 40's and have seen several doctors, neurologists and movement disorder specialists since that time. I have always felt as though doctors are treating my symptoms and not me. I feel as though I am not being heard; my requests to be referred to a dietitian or nutritionist are turned down because "there is a pill for that". My belief is that sickness and disease is often due to nutritional deficiencies, toxins in the environment and unhealthy lifestyle choices. If we can prevent illness to some extent by eating the right foods, exercise and a healthy lifestyle, it makes no sense to me that we treat disease or illness with toxic drugs. Yet all my requests for information on natural remedies, dietary or lifestyle changes or referrals to others that could assist me on that path are tossed aside. Believe me, I have no desire to take my health into my own hands, after all, it's my poor choices that got me here. However, feeling ignored and left out on a limb, I set out to do some research, which led me to purchasing this book. I just do not understand why the natural remedies recommended in the book have never been suggested by one of my doctors. I feel as though I have lost valuable time and my health has likely deteriorated further by not implementing these simple dietary and/or lifestyle changes. The fact that my kids could have implemented some of these changes into their lives over 10 years ago in hopes of warding off this dreadful disease makes me so angry. What is wrong with our society that we seem to favor treatment over prevention when it comes to disease?

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Laurie K Mischley, nd, mph, phd(c), studied naturopathic medicine at Bastyr

University, and epidemiology and nutritional sciences at the University of Washington.

The focus of her work is on describing conditionally essential nutrients in PD, attempting to describe

the nutritional status and requirements unique to individuals with neurodegenerative diseases.

She has published on coenzyme Q10 defiiency in PD, completed her master’s thesis on lithium

defiiency in PD, and is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on glutathione in PD. In

2013, she and her team completed a “Phase I Safety & Tolerability Study of Intranasal Glutathione

in PD,” which led to the ongoing study, "Central Nervous System Uptake of (in)GSH in PD."

Dr. Mischley is a Clinical Research Assistant Professor at Bastyr University where she is principle

investigator of other PD studies including, “CAM Care in PD” and “Cannabis in PD Tremor.”

She maintains a small private practice at Seattle Integrative Medicine in Seattle, WA.

CAM Care in Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

Nov. 2011- Nov. 2015

This prospective observational cohort study is designed to describe CAM use among individuals with PD. The study will detail the therapies and doses prescribed, side effects associated with CAM use, and describe rate of disease progression (or lack thereof) among this population. Additional measures of quality of life will be assessed. This project is intended to provide preliminary data for subsequent randomized clinical trials that will eventually answer the question, "Can disease progression be modified with utilization of complementary and alternative therapies?"


Exercise and Nutrition Guide

Whole grains should cover about a quarter of your plate of food at each mealtime. Specific nutrients in whole grains, such as fiber, can also help alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms. But the nutritional content in grains differs depending on the type of grain and how it’s processed. The information below can help you make the best choices for including whole grains in your diet.

Whole Grains vs. Refined Grains

Whole grains include the entire grain kernel, which contains dietary fiber and other nutrients. Refined grains have had parts of the grain kernel removed, which takes away many of the nutrients. For people with Parkinson’s, fiber can help alleviate constipation. And the other nutrients found in the grain kernel are important for overall health.



You were doing so well with your bio of Dr. Laurie Mischley... then you came out with your well-outdated 'Exercise and Nutrition Guide'. Among the first things Dr. Mischely recommends her PD patients is that they read Dr. David Perlmutter's book, 'GrainBrain' in order to learn about the nasty effects that grains and high-carb diets have on our blood sugar and, subsequently, our neurochemistry.

Referencing numerous RECENT studies, the author outlines how the modern diet (still based on the disastrous low-fat/high carb model of 70s & 80s) actually kicks off the inflammatory cascade that wreaks havoc on our neurotransmitters. The excess carbs consumed in the typical modern diet triggers the glycation process "whereby glucose, proteins, and certain fats become tangled together, causing tissues and cells to become stiff and inflexible, including those in the brain."

"More specifically, sugar molecules and brain proteins combine to create deadly new structures that contribute more than any other factor to the degeneration of the brain and its functioning."

(worthwhile reading)


Dear Sedona;

Prevention does not make anyone rich. But once you are sick, then they are there with all kinds of Pills to make you better.

It is as simple as that!!

Very sad indeed!!!!!



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I feel exactly the same way. But don't blame yourself your illness. It's not your fault!


Do not blame yourself for getting Parkinsons. I have always lived a healthy lifestyle, exercise, natural food eating, vitamins, but still ended up with PD. Nobody knows why someone gets PD. But once diagnosed you have a greaat attitude to take your personal health into your own hands. Good luck!


hi i would like to read this book can u please let me know the name and where i can buy it.thks

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The name of the book is: Natural Therapies for Parkinson's Disease and the author is Dr. Laurie K Mischley. I purchased my copy on Amazon.


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