Is Parkinson's Disease more often a genetic thing or is it environmentally triggered?
That's one of the mysteries. They don't know what causes it. They know there is a familial variety, but for most of us, there's no clear indication how we got it.
Parkinson's disease is mainly caused by atrophy of small part of the brain called substania nigra, it is a part of group of brain cells called the basal ganglia. Many factors may lead to that disease, but you can't specify whether its genetically caused or even environmentally triggered. There is no evidence that it is a genetic problem or genetically associated, no gene has been isolated. Also, environmental factors is a general word, there is no evidence too that smoking or pollution as example cause Parkinson's disease.
Well, definitely a mystery, but I have heard and read recently that there are some studies where they are finding that the mineral Manganese and it's lack of it could be related as it is involved in many metabolic processes in the body, but mainly on the brain and bones (reason why it could be linked to Osteoporosis.
Anecdotally, the onset of my relative's Parkinson's seemed to be accelerated by prescription drugs, esp anti-inflammatories. Interesting about the basal ganglia. I don't have Parkinson's but have other neurological problems that I think are linked to the basal ganglia. I was so relieved to have the diagnosis in itself, that I never wrote it down, and keep meaning to ask for my doctor's notes. This relative and I seem to have a cross-over in some of our more quirky symptoms.
There are no genetic diseases. That is an incorrect medical science hypothesis. Genetics play a role in our shape, tones and other physical appearances and builds they do not cause or make disease. Parkinson's Disease is a pathogenic disease triggered by any combination of human frailties and because of mainstream ineffective medicine and science humans have more frailties than any other lifeforms on earth. Humans are the only living species proving to devolve instead of evolve. We devolve because we believe in and remain loyal to a failing mainstream science and medicine.
The Buddhist Monk purposely overfills a tea cup till it spills on the table top and says: "like this cup you are full of opinions and speculations. To see the light of wisdom, you must first, empty your cup.”
I would start a hub on this question but no one would discuss it because no one will empty their cup.
People will leave their cups full and they will continue to remain loyal to today's science and medicine despite the fact that the two are completely ineffective at ending suffering or diseases in humans. They can end disease in livestock but they can't seem to end it in humans. Misplaced loyalty is the cause of Parkinson's Disease.
While I am not certain what current medicine is saying when I studied Parkinson's disease in 2008 there were many causes essentially boiling down to this:
Genetics played a role in that it increases the chance that an individual would develop the disease if exposed to the right enviromental factors such as drugs.
While I can't remember the exact case, in the 90s there was an isolated outbreak of Parkinson's disease on the West Coast. Several people developed symptoms overnight due to something that was added to the weed they had recently smoked.
They volunteered for dopamine research (injections into the brain) and had great success in creating motion, but without any control because their genetic material still couldnt' copy itself correctly.
If you are concerned about your genetic chances, you should seek aid froma genetic counselor, most hospitals can point you in the right direction.
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