There’s nothing that will help everyone.
But there’s probably something that will help you.
This is the emerging paradigm of individualized medicine. We are in transition from a past when we looked for “the cure” (antibiotics, vaccines) that would work universally to a future in which blood tests and computer analysis will determine exactly the right treatment for your individual metabolism. While in that in-between space, the key will be personal experimentation. Seek out reports of “miracle cures” in which something worked spectacularly well for just a few patients, while failing to help the others. Find ten such miracles, and try them on yourself, one at a time. Experiment to see what works for you.
- Stem cell therapies
- Telomerase therapy
- Vitamin D
- Exercise (the common denominator on every list)
- Curcumin (Josh should see my continuing, extensive research on this active ingredient from the Indian curry spice turmeric)
- Magnesium threonate
- NOT statins
Researchers at the National Institute on Ageing in Baltimore said they had found evidence which shows that periods of stopping virtually all food intake for one or two days a week could protect the brain against some of the worst effects of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other ailments.
Experimenting on yourself–the one-person trial is the only one that matters
If you have Parkinson’s Disease or Parkinsonism or early Parkinson’s symptoms, then each one of the above suggestions offers some small chance of improving your condition. Start by keeping a daily diary of symptoms, a baseline of at least two weeks. Then try the above suggestions, one at a time. Continue the diary so you can look back and determine what works and what doesn’t. If you believe you have found a benefit, go off the treatment for a week, then back on, to see if your diary reflects a response to the treatment, or if it was just a fluke.
Don’t give up. It is unlikely that any given treatment will work for you, but it is likely that patience and persistence and controlled experimentation will be rewarded with something that helps.
Josh's blog is apparently widely followed. The comments left by readers at the end of his post are interesting. Here's the link.