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Century-Old Parkinson’s Question Answered

A long-debated question about a possible link of the body’s immune system to Parkinson’s disease may have been answered, according to BBC.com. Scientists say they have found that, in people they studied with Parkinson’s, immune system T-cells actually were attacking the body as if they had recognized a bacterium. They also believe this ties in with earlier research showing Parkinson’s may start in the gut.

It’s seem like almost daily we’re finding out that the gut microbiome plays a huge role in your overall health and immunity, including your emotions, energy level, mood, neurological conditions and allergies, not to mention a link to Parkinson’s. It’s even been linked to chronic fatigue.

It is becoming increasingly clear that a negative impact on your gut flora from antibiotics, toxic chemicals, sugars and other toxic food products is a primary risk factor in the rising rates of disease. In fact, a modern lifestyle is depleting your gut microbiome and raising your risk of developing long-term chronic or fatal illnesses. With Parkinson’s, studies indicate that the disease may start in the gut and travel to the brain via the vagus nerve.

As well as potentially triggering Parkinson's disease, it appears that bacteria in your gut, specifically H. pylori, may also affect the absorption of one of the primary drugs used to control muscle fluctuations in patients with Parkinson's disease. Research identified H. pylori as a specific bacterium common to patients with the disease, and which impeded treatment.

As we learn more each day about the gut, it is ever-more important to understand how to properly nurture your gut microbiome. You can improve the health of your gut microbiome, and thus may make significant changes to your health, by making small lifestyle changes. For more information, see my article, "How Your Gut Microbiome Influences Your Mental and Physical Health."
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