Improved Parkinson's Symptoms

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I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease YOPD in 2019. Dr put me on carodopa/levodopa, which alleviated my symptoms. Up until last week I was taking meds 2-3x/day, as needed. 

Sept 2 I began Whole30 after reading that leaky gut can lead to auto-immune conditions. Could healing leaky gut and the microbiome improve or fully reverse PD? The research I found was encouraging enough for me to try:

I opted to stay mostly vegan except eggs and chicken bone broth (from my local butcher shop, not off a grocery shelf). I also added in collagen powder and typical gut restoration powder without additives, turmeric, Omega 3, daily apple cider vinegar, and probiotics.

First five days were detoxing, then the mental clarity set in. I awoke alert for the first time in years. My body moved with more fluidity. I stopped my PD meds, which is fully approved by my Dr. The next two days I awoke to literally feel the neuropathy in my right hand and right foot melting away. What a happy moment...I welled up in tears. Fine motor movement was returning after 5 years!

Today, Day 10, my arm swings naturally when I walk (a typical symptom of PD when it does not). My debilitating fatigue is completely gone. Cognitive confusion and slowness is gone. My clunky PD gait is fluid now and has returned to normal.  I keep giving myself the PD clinical neurological tests and see no signs of slow movement on my right side.

It's stunning, and yet I always fully believed this was somehow possible - so I'm overjoyed to share that it truly is!  I am walking on sunshine and feel like I'm 35 again (I'm 50+ and felt like 80 a few days ago). No exaggeration. If it helps to note, I never cheated, not even by a single bite and I currently don't want to consume gluten, dairy, caffeine, sugar, or alcohol again. But I am still learning and still at the very beginning of this journey. I look forward to reading your stories of reintroduction.

A side benefit to Whole30 is discovering the joy of cooking and the good taste of food when you don't eat sugar!!  I dearly hope someone else/many others with PD will have the same experience. 

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How's it going now a few months on?  Are you sticking with the W30 concept of eating entirely or have you been able to make modifications without adverse effect? PD is a disease that runs on both sides of my family although I seem to be clear still at the age of 50.

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Your success is absolutely inspiring! I was diagnosed with PD last spring at age 48. I have gained about 10 lbs. I have been working out 7 days a week since the first of the year and gained weight. I have been counting macros but feel horrible. I have still been eating whatever I want and sticking to my macros. I have done whole 30 in the past and felt amazing. I haven’t done it since taking carbidopa/levodopa. I struggle with fatigue, weakness  and pain. Reading your post reminds me that I can’t eat whatever I want and feel good. I need Whole Foods … sugar is poison and so is alcohol for my brain. I started eating Whole 30 complaint yesterday. This way of eating must be as important as taking my medication.   

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This is a very encouraging testimony. I too was diagnosed with PD and have on the prescribed medication carbidopa/levodopa. It would be awesome if you could post an update on your condition. I just found this new diet plan today August 5, 2022. 

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