Here at Moselle Natural Health I’ve seen several cases of people with tremors or shaky hands. This can be caused by a number of things but oftentimes my clients start worrying they are developing Parkinson’s disease. While that is certainly a valid concern, there are other possibilities that should be investigated.
I’ve been asked a number of times, “how often should I do a detox?” My answer is simple: everyday! We live in a toxic environment where our water isn’t the cleanest and our food is grown in mineral deficient soil and our crops are sprayed with toxic chemicals (herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides). Keeping our phase I and phase II detox pathways open is vital if we want to be able to detoxify ourselves from these harmful chemicals. When it comes to detoxification, our kidneys and our liver are the most important organs. To keep my liver functioning properly I use a scoop of Nitrogreens in my morning protein shake. Twice a year I go through a bottle of Liva DeTox & Support from Food Research.
Stay hydrated to support your kidney’s ability to remove waste from your blood by adding 1/4tsp of Celtic or Redmond salt to your water a few times a day. A general rule of thumb for how many ounces of water to drink per day is your weight minus 100. Stay away from plastic bottles as they leech xenoestrogens such as BPA into your water, which are known endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Another way to help protect your body from the damaging effects of pesticides is to take a mineral supplement each day, I recommend PDCM at 2tsp per day, it goes a long way in supporting the detoxification efforts of your body. Chemicals like to go where minerals should be so make sure you are properly supplementing with minerals everyday.
If you have tremors or extremities that shake I highly recommend getting a couple of tests run, which you can do through Moselle Natural Health, both of which are urine based so they are easy to do at home. The first one is a glyphosate test and the other is a non-heavy metal toxin test called the GPL-TOX profile. Glyphosate is the most ubiquitous herbicide on the market, and recently has been proven to cause lymphoma. This test is a great way to see where your levels are, and if they are high we will develop a plan to help reduce those levels. The GPL-TOX profile tests for 172 different chemicals, some of which are known to cause tremors and shakiness. Dr. Gristani specifically mentions the GPL-TOX profile in the article below that I offer at my practice.
To stay on top of your detoxification pathways the Nitrogreens and the liquid minerals are a great start.
Enjoy the article below by Dr. Ronald Grisanti from Functional Medicine University
Parkinson’s and Pesticide Toxicity
Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.
Pesticides could be responsible for Parkinson’s, a neurodegenerative disease.
Toxins from such chemicals can increase the risk by up to six times.
The seven pesticides tested include: dithiocarbamates (e.g., maneb, ziram), two imidazoles (benomyl, triflumizole), two dicarboxymides (captan, folpet), and one organochlorine (dieldrin)
This study was done at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
The study clearly revealed that these seven toxic pesticides inhibit the aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzyme, which then affects the dopamine cells linked to the development of Parkinson’s.
It has been well established in the medical arena that when dopamine levels decrease this results in abnormal brain activity and eventually to the signs of Parkinson’s.
Of even greater concern, the scientists of this study reported that the pesticides caused an inhibition of the ALDH enzyme at far lower levels than the allowable current safety standards.
Although one of the pesticides (benomyl) has been banned, the others can still be found in everyday use. They are found in the foods we eat that have been sprayed with these toxic chemicals and found in parks and golf courses. They are also found in common pesticide control agents used in offices and homes.
As a functional medicine practitioner, I recommend that any patient suffering with Parkinson’s request that their physician order the Toxic Effects Core test or the GPL-TOX Profile from Great Plains Lab
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Arthur G. Fitzmaurice, PhD*, Shannon L. Rhodes, PhD*, Myles Cockburn, PhD, Beate Ritz, MD, PhD and Jeff M. Bronstein, MD, PhD. Aldehyde dehydrogenase variation enhances effect of pesticides associated with Parkinson disease. Neurology February 4, 2014 vol. 82 no. 5 419-426
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