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Parkinson’s Disease

Naturopathic Doctors of the Nardella Clinic in Calgary help Parkison’s patients by slowing the progression of the disease and maintaining and improving one’s quality of life.

Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic condition that affects a portion of the brain called the “substantia nigra” that is responsible for producing dopamine. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, has two main functions:

1. Movement and transmitting nerve impulses from one nerve to the next

2. Experiencing pleasure

Parkinson’s is the second most common neurological disorder in Alberta and can affect people as young as 20. The condition is chronic and progressive, meaning symptoms increase over time. Early symptoms may include a flat expression on the face, balance issues, hand tremors, and a slow shuffling gait.

Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease can take time as there is no test that confirms the condition. The diagnosis is based on the presence of symptoms and ruling out other conditions. Common symptoms are:

  • Flat affect
  • Shuffling gait
  • Tremor
  • Rigid movement
  • Changes in handwriting
  • Dizziness and balance problems
  • Speech difficulties

Naturopathic medicine approaches to Parkinson’s Disease focus on:

1. Identifying and correcting any factors which may be causing damage to the substantia nigra such as infections, heavy metals, or toxins

2. Providing the body with the proper nutrients to heal the brain

3. Symptom management

Naturopathic Doctors of the Nardella Clinic in Calgary have access to several therapies to help patients suffering with Parkinson’s disease.  These Naturopathic therapies include:

  • Chelation
  • Intravenous Glutathione
  • Vitamin-Mineral Infusions
  • Intravenous Alpha-lipoic Acid
  • Ozone and UBV
  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Pharmacological, Herbal and Nutrient Therapy
  • Nutrition Optimization
  • Acupuncture
  • Neurological Health and Rehabilitation