The coffee-break secret to warding off Parkinson’s
Ten years ago I received a diagnosis that would change my life and lead me on the greatest medical quest of my career.
I learned I had Parkinson’s disease.
Over the past decade I’ve researched treatments from around the world (more on those in a minute) and have been able to dramatically slow the progression of the disease. I’m living proof that well-researched alternatives therapies can work.
But I’m always on the lookout for ways that can help my patients beat this life-altering neurological disease. So I was interested to see a new study presented at the First Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Berlin that uncovered a new weapon in the fight against Parkinson’s.
And this one is being doled out daily by your favorite coffeehouse barista.
Researchers from Portugal analyzed the data of 37 studies from around the world and found that drinking a couple cups of coffee a day could reduce your chances of developing Parkinson’s by 31 percent.
Now researchers have been trying to understand for some time why coffee can deliver so many health benefits, especially where diseases like Parkinson’s are concerned. One explanation might be that the caffeine interacts with neurotransmitters called adenosine to block misfiring brain signals.
But I think there’s likely more to the story. Through my own research, which I’ve written about in my Nutrition & Healing newsletter, I’ve found that Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions are often caused by exposure to heavy metals, mold and other toxins in our environment. In fact, I’m certain that’s the cause of my own Parkinson’s.
Many of us have a genetic defect that keeps us from being able to effectively remove these toxins from our bodies. And we know that coffee (and plenty of other healthy foods and beverages we consume) is loaded with antioxidants that protect our brains and other vital organs.
So if drinking that extra cup of coffee can help shield you from neurological disease, then by all means drink up.
But don’t let your brain protection regimen end there. Reduce your exposure to heavy metals and mold, and talk to your doctor about simple tests that can confirm if you’re carrying around dangerous levels of these toxins. Simple therapies like chelation and even bentonite clay — which I use with my own patients — can help remove them from your body.
Parkinson: Risk of illness is one-third lower in coffee consumers