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PARKINSON’S DISEASE MAY BEGIN IN THE GUT!


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brainResearchers implanted mice with bacteria from people with Parkinson’s disease and found the mice came down with Parkinson’s-like symptoms.

The researchers suggest that the presence of gut bacteria caused the proliferation of a protein “alpha-synuclein” which is found in patients with Parkinson’s.

Researchers found that the presence of gut bacteria seems to enhance the brain’s inflammatory response and may lead to Parkinson’s symptoms

Does this mean that Parkinson’s is essentially a gut disorder and could potentially be treated or prevented with antibiotics?
In my professional opinion, it is probably a lot more complicated, but if Parkinson’s or other neurodegenerative diseases are in the genetic line, it may be wise for family members to optimize the health of the digestive system- especially how the gastric cells produce hydrochloric acid and the large intestine harbors different populations of probiotics.

This is an exciting new development that could ultimately revolutionize treatment options for Parkinson’s.

source:
http://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674%2816%2931590-2
http://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/12December/Pages/Could-Parkinsons-disease-start-in-the-gut.aspx

 

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