Parkinson’s Disease: Nutritional factors

By Marie Regis

PARKINSON’S DEFINITION According to conventional medicine, “Parkinson’s disease is an idiopathic, slowly progressive, degenerative disorder of the Central Nervous System characterized by four main features:

  1. Slowness and poverty of movement
  2. Muscular rigidity
  3. Resting tremor
  4. Postural instability..”

(Taken from the book “The Treatment of Modern Western Medical diseases with Chinese medicine”, by Bob Flaws and Phillippe Sionneau)

Parkinson’s includes severe depletion of Dopamine.

According to Chinese medicine, this disease can be caused by constitutional weakness, aging, longstanding illness, physical taxation, chronic emotional problems and poor diet. Emotional trauma can lead to a decline in Dopamine levels. Dopamine is a pleasure hormone; therefore doing things that bring us joy may bring back Dopamine.  Dopamine makes us feel nourished, and that life is worthwhile. It also reduces pain.D

  • DETRIMENTAL FOODS and EATING HABITS
  • Eating sugar depleats Dopamine and Serotonin levels. It also weakens the digestive system, which is where 80% of the Serotonin is produced. Serotonin is a mood regulating hormone.
  • Skipping meals and eating a lot of cold or raw foods will weaken digestion, which makes the stomach unable to digest protein in particular
  • A vegetarian diet is problematic for many people in that it often leads to amino acid / protein deficiencies. This will lead to an insufficiency in neurotransmitters that are important to brain health
  • Caffein intake in combination with a stressful lifestyle can add to the physical taxation mentioned above.
    • Alcohol and drugs leach out Mg, leading to increased acidity / oxidative stress in the body
  • HELPFUL FOODS
  • Dopamine is found in flesh, meat. 
  • Dark leafy greens are alkalizing and high in many minerals and B vitamins
  • Legumes are very important: velvet beans esp., Fava beans. These beans have high amounts of Tyrosine to build back Dopamine
  • Mushrooms are high in nutritional value. They are a great source of fiber and protein, as well as B vitamins, copper, potassium, selenium and vitamin D
  • Quinoa has all essential amino acids. The Chinese use Buckwheat (not as high as Quinoa) to build Dopamine
  • Our Dopamine can become deficient because the stomach isn’t able to digest it. The easiest thing to digest meat are enzymes found in fruit: Pineapple (bromaline), apricots, figs, jujube have enzmes. We stew meat with figs in meditarreanian cooking. Cook the meat with the fruit, so body can easily get the raw material. Helps with depression- trouble managing  pain, the pleasure principle. 
  • GABA: Epinephrine and Norepinephrine relate to the flight or flight response. Fear shuts down the pleasure principle and reduces pleasure hormones. GABA is antagonist to the fear hormones. Foods high in GABA include: seeds (sunflower seeds) and shellfish, shrimp, halibut, grouper. 
  • Antioxydants can help reduce  the fight and flight response
  • Adequate concentration of Mg is very important for Ph balance. Low Mg can lower dopamine. Diet can affect alkaline-acid balance (7.2-7.3 is balanced). Increasing acidity means increasing Sympathetic Nervous System activity (flight or flight). Increasing alkalinity leads to increased Parasympathetic Nervous System activity (Digestion, healing, immunity). *Note that testing is not accurate in blood tests because Mg stays in cell. A swab from the tongue could measure it..

This is by no means a comprehensive list of foods that are either beneficial or harmful to people with Parkinsons. Please consult with your physician regarding any possible interaction between supplements and medicine prescribed to you.

Acupuncture for Peace of Mind

The Mind and Body are ONE. Many people report feeling more peaceful after Acupuncture, even if they have come for strictly physical issues. Chinese medicine believes when we improve the body’s function, the mind will follow. Marie has found that people in psychotherapy make faster progress WITH acupuncture treatments. She has had success with people suffering from:

  • PTSD, anxiety and panic attacks
  • Difficulty concentrating, ADHD
  • Low self-esteem or confidence 
  • Irritability and depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive  and addictive disorders
  • Eating disorders: binging, anorexia, bulimia.
  • Difficulty with loss and grieving
  • Bonding and intimacy issues

Consistent treatment over time can help re-program the brain and nervous system to function more harmoniously, helping to cultivate virtues that support life: 

  • Faith in ourselves and in our social environment
  • The ability to let go
  • Feeling grounded and centered
  • Calmness, presence and resilience
  • Improved memory and cognition

PEACE , Marie

Recovering from Parkinson’s

By Marie Regis, L.Ac.

As with any chronic degenerative disease, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s is a life-changing event. Shock, disbelief, fear or anger can set in- understandably!. The medical prognosis is not good, and treatments available with conventional medicine are palliative and do not provide a cure.

As a practitioner of Classical Chinese medicine, I believe there is no incurable disease, only incurable people. There are people who have recovered from stage four cancer, for reasons that are not yet explained by modern science and lived for years without recurrence. (Read “Radical Remission, the Nine Key Factors That Can Make a Real Difference, by Kelly A. Turner, PhD. ) Yet culturally we have come to expect these healings are impossible.

People who have recovered from Parkinson’s have committed to a comprehensive lifestyle change, which may include: dietary changes, meditation, Qi gong, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and a commitment to changing detrimental and stressful beliefs and attitudes. Chinese medicine tells us that all chronic disease starts with a chronic emotional/spiritual imbalance. This leads to inflammation, weakness in certain organ systems, leading to loss of function in the neurological and hormonal systems.

Howard Shifke’s book “Fighting Parkinson’s and Winning” is based on his own recovery from Parkinson’s. It is a must read from anyone who has had this diagnosis or anyone with a family history of this disease.

Introduction to Meditation SPRING Series

DATES: March 5th, 12th and 19th 2019 from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M.

WHERE: Roslyn High School, 475 Round Hill Rd., Roslyn Heights NY 11577

CONTACT: Roslyn High School Continuing Education at roslynschools.org or call 516-801-5091 for more information and to register.

MEDITATION BASICS: Learn EASY meditation and mindfulness techniques from a variety of traditions, so you can finally LET GO.. and enjoy life fully

Two EASY Winter Soup Recipes

GYPSY SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

1 Leak diced (optional)

2 carrots sliced

1 cup chopped cabbage

2 cups of winter squash or pumpkin, diced

2 quarts of hot water

1 tsp salt

Saute leaks, carrots, cabbage, squash for 10 minutes

Add water and salt

Reduce heat. Simmer 35 min.

Serves 8

 

WINTER SUNSHINE SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of yellow split peas, soaked

2 quarts of water

1 5” piece of kombu, soaked

1/2 onion cut into crescent moons

2 carrots cut into flowers

1 cup of winter squash, diced

1/2 cup of parseley, chopped

1/2 tsp salt

Miso to taste

  • Place kombu and peas in a pot with water
  • Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 min.
  • Add onions, carrots, squash and salt. Simmer until peas and vegetables are tender.
  • Add miso diluted in stock and simmer 5 min. more
  • Serves 8

ENJOY!    BLESSINGS,  

MARIE

Movie: What the “Bleep” do we know – Feb. 13th 2019

The world of Quantum Physics and Unified Field Theory in particular tell us that the world we live in is profoundly different from the way we habitually see it. This movie takes us on a life changing journey with Amanda, a divorced photographer, as she tumbles into a multi-dimensional world.  The worlds of spirituality and quantum physics bring her to transform frozen attitudes and beliefs and to move to a place of profound clarity and meaning. This story is beautifully woven into powerful interviews with cutting edge scientists and scholars, including an award-winning quantum physicist. I hope you’ll join us.

WHERE: 14 Vanderventer Ave, Suite L3C, Port Washington NY 11050

WHEN: Wednesday Feb.13th 2019  7:30-9:15 P.M.

Admission is free. Please contact Marie at 516-455-2206 to register as space is limited.

INNER SMILE MEDITATION SERIES

            Yin-Yang

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself… Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.  Eckhart Tolle

Dear Friends,

The Inner Smile meditation builds healing energy in the body while calming the Body-Mind. When we smile at people in a genuine way they respond by relaxing and often trusting us more. The same thing can   happen within ourselves as we smile into the body. I look forward to sharing this beautiful process which comes to us from the Taoist tradition.

     WHERE:  14 Vanderventer Ave, Suite L3C, Port Washington NY 11050

      WHEN:   7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

                        Wednesdays  January 16th, 23rd and 30th 2019

      FEE:    $60 total for all 3 classes, payable on the first day of class or $25 per individual class

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE AS SEATING IS LIMITED. THANK YOU!

Marie Regis, M.S., L.Ac., has an acupuncture practice in Port Washington, NY. . She specializes in treating anxiety, insomnia and stress related conditions. She has been practicing meditation for over 30 years., and has trained Clinical Meditation and Imagery with Richard and Bonnie Schaub of the Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center

PEACE to ALL in the NEW YEAR!

MARIE

Evening meditation classes

Learn EASY meditation and mindfulness techniques from a variety of traditions,

Finally LET GO.. improve sleep quality and enjoy life fully!
 
INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION:
Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9 pm at Marie’s office:
14 Vanderventer Ave, Suite L3C, Port Washington NY 11050
FEE: $25 per evening session or $60 for 3 payable on first evening.
 
Pease call or text Marie to register: 516-455-2206

Lower your stress this Autumn: Evening Meditation and Acupressure for Insomnia

with Marie Regis, L.Ac., M.S.

MEDITATION BASICS

Learn EASY meditation and mindfulness techniques from a variety of traditions, so you can finally LET GO.. and enjoy life fully
Tuesdays, Nov. 13th, 20th and 27th from 7:30-9 pm at Roslyn High School

A NATURAL APPROACH TO INSOMNIA
Learn what you can do to wake up refreshed and ready to live your fullest potential.  Small changes in lifestyle can make a huge difference in you quality of sleep. Learn mindfulness tools and acupressure to reduce your overall stress.
 Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 7:30 pm
Pease follow the link for more details and to register:  https://www.roslynschools.org

 

Qi gong to Fall Asleep

  1. Knees to chest, lying on back to 1 min. Breathe 5 times
  1. Lying legs straight, breathe in while placing hands above head. Breathe in through nose, out through mouth
  1. Make fists; place both fists above the Kidneys (or as high up as comfortable), take 3 breaths. Continue down the spine to the tailbone.(when you get to the waist and below, it’s 5 breaths instead of 3)

4.   Put both hands at uterus area (below the navel). Breathe deeply 5 times.

5.   OPTIONAL: Go face down for 1 min.  

If you do this frequently, you will find that you fall asleep before even finishing the set of postures…and you’ll sleep more deeply.

Enjoy!

Marie