It is a chronic disease with slow progress, mainly affecting the elderly. The exact cause is not yet known, but many factors may affect the progress of the disease.
Hereditary factors appear to influence the production of neurotransmitters acetylcholine and dopamine, resulting in loss of muscle tone.
Neurotoxins like alcohol, solvents like acetone and turpentine, environmental contaminants like lead, mercury and aluminum, some pesticides, and toxins produced by bacteria like tetanus and botulism appear to play an important role in the onset of the disease in some cases. Clinical studies have shown high levels of manganese in people with symptoms of the disease and high ferum reserves in patients.
In many cases there are low levels of glutathione, leading to high oxidative stress in the body.
Low detoxifying capacity may be harboring chronic neurological diseases.
Poor nutrition and a diet high in meat consumption may worsen the symptoms.
How the Nutritional Therapy Athens Clinic can help
In our attempt to discover the factors that affect the onset of the disease we record your full health history and we will possibly recommend special functional tests which will reveal any dysfunctions in the detoxifying mechanisms, the nervous system, the gastrointestinal system, the detoxifying capacity, possible nutrient deficiencies and any presence of heavy metals.
Personalized Nutritional Strategy
We develop an individualized nutritional strategy that includes special nutritional supplements and suggestions for a proper way of life. Depending on the medicine dosage the patient is already on, we select appropriate foods and set the exact time schedule for their consumption. Selected amino acids like phenylalanine, Q10, vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B2, B12, folic acid, antioxidants, phospholipids, herbs, among others.