Hi, I've just signed up here as I was diagnosed with PD just before Christmas. I'm 54 and fit & well. At least I thought I was...
I'd had an odd 'heavy' left leg and a slight facial tick when concentrating which began around January 2015. In the summer I started to develop a tremor in my left hand/arm which has worsened and I can no longer do repeated rapid movements with my left hand - such as drumming in time with my right hand!
I asked my consultant if there was anything I should be doing - reducing alcohol, changing diet etc and he said "Well, you look pretty fit and well so I'd just continue as you are".
I'm not yet on any medication although the consultant mentioned starting me on Rasagiline soon because he thinks it 'might' slow the progression. He said "there is a theoretical benefit that it may have some neuro-protective properties"
I've read some stuff online about detoxing but I don't know if that's just hokum and without any real substance.
Should I avoid vitamin B and carbs?
Should I take up smoking?!!
Start running miles every day?
Vast quantities of garlic?
3 hours of Qigong a day??
I'm aware that the medical establishment dismisses everything they haven't tested (yet)- and I understand why, but conversely their scepticism might preclude useful tips...
So what I'm wondering is: is their a consensus here about dietary steps (or other things) that I should embark upon? Maybe I can't reverse it but I'd love to slow it down.
This is all very new (and frightening) to me so I'd greatly appreciate the refined wisdom of the Hive!