Flu linked to Parkinson’s

Your risk of developing Parkinson's disease may have changed

A bout of severe influenza doubles the odds that a person will develop Parkinson’s disease later in life, according to a new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia.

The findings are based on interviews with 403 Parkinson’s sufferers, and 405 healthy adults in British Columbia, Canada. The interviews showed that people who had suffered from severe influenza were twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, and that people who had contracted red measles as children were 35 per cent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Currently there are no cures or preventions for Parkinson’s, in part because scientists still do not understand what causes the disease. Further studies are being undertaken by Anne Harris, the lead author of the research paper, to examine whether long-term exposure to occupational vibrations (such as operating construction equipment) or high-intensity vibrations (such as driving high-speed boats) has any affect on the risk of a person developing Parkinson’s disease.

To find out more you can read the original report Severe flu increases risk of Parkinson’s by the University of British Columbia.


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    27th Jul 2012
    Parkinson's, like any other disease, hits those with a weakened immunity. So does the flu virus, and measles, and any other disease that one can think of. The immune system controls the glandular system, and, once depleted, so will the glandular system, such as the glands in the brain, become depleted. Zinc supplements have proven to be effective in the control of Parkinson's, Alzheimer, and other forms of dementia.
    In one study in which elderly patients with Alzheimer's were given 27 milligrams of zinc daily, improvements in memory, understanding, communication, and social contact were incredible. Zinc is also important in healing wounds and burns, and can also help diabetics because of its regulatory effect of insulin.  Zinc helps to prolong insulin's effect on blood sugar. Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is a component of over 200 enzymes, and functions as part of more enzymatic reactions than any other mineral.  Zinc is readily absorbed in the upper small intestine.  The body only absorbs the amount that it needs and discards the rest through the feces. However, zinc is stored in the liver, pancreas, kidney, bones, and voluntary muscles, parts of the eyes, glands, sperm, skin, hair, and fingernails.  However, because the small intestine only absorbs what is needed at the time, it is important that zinc be constantly replaced. Zinc is probably most famous for being an immune system booster.  When zinc levels decrease, the number of T cells decreases, thymic hormone levels decrease, and many white blood cell functions cease.  Both Zinc and Vitamin C have antiviral activity, especially against several of the viruses that cause the common cold.
    Zinc is found in the highest concentration in Oysters.  It is also found in relatively high concentrations in other shellfish, fish, and red meat.  However, it is very susceptible to destruction during cooking.  Good concentrations are found in whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds; however, many of these foods contain phytic acid which binds to the zinc and makes it unabsorbable.  Non-fermented soy foods, wheat, corn, legumes, and brown rice all contain significant amounts of phytic acid.  So the best bet would be to take a zinc supplement at a time of day when none of this food is going to be consumed.  Perhaps take it when you eat your fruit.  Nuts like pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts seem to be ok, and green peas also have 1.6 milligrams of zinc per 3.5 oz serving. The RDA for zinc is 25 milligrams daily; however, the studies mentioned above indicate that more can be taken without problems.  Perhaps 50 to 75 milligrams a day would be more realistic since there are so many zinc antagonists in the diet.
    27th Jul 2012
    What exactly is "red measles"? I've heard of measles and "german" measles (rubella) but never red measles. Can anyone help please?
    27th Jul 2012
    Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can be very serious or even fatal. It begins with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). A (RED) rash starts on the face and upper neck, spreads down the back and trunk, then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. Hence the name 'red measles'. After about five days, the rash fades in the same order it appeared. Serious complications of measles include pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
    Nan Norma
    27th Jul 2012
    I too had never heard of 'red' measles. I landed in hospital as a child with measles.
    Kino, where do you get all your infomation. You seemed to be very well informed. I read up on your dairy food info. Most interesting.
    27th Jul 2012
    Hi Nan Norma,
    As a Kinesiologist and Sports therapist and running a Natural and Spiritual health center we have an extensive file system to our disposal on which I draw whenever the opportunity demands it. Glad to be of assistance.
    27th Jul 2012
    And, I've heard that influenza has also been linked to people dying. Every person who has had influenza has died, eventually.

    I am confident that every person suffering Parkinson’s has had the flu at some time in their life.

    I am getting tired of some 'boffin' telling me that something increases the risk of something else. The simple fact is that living will increase your risk of death, that's about it. You can live in a bubble your entire life and die of a drain haemorrhage at 18 or live till 90.
    27th Jul 2012
    Just as well the researchers don't have the same opinion or we wouldn't in the long run learn from inquiring minds.

    27th Jul 2012
    Rubeola is the Latin name for measles meaning Red, and Rubella for German Measles. Within the English/Australian medical world I had never before heard it referred to as Red Measles as all rashes are red, judging by others here not having heard it so called Before I wonder if it is a recent continental or alternative medical description. German Measles has always had more of a focus due to the damage caused during pregnancy to the fetus but any childhood illness can have severe consequences which fortunately have been greatly reduced by mass vaccination.
    28th Jul 2012
    Well I have Parkinson's and yes as a teen I had glandular fever severly, and in my early thirties a very bad bout of influenza and then in my late 40's Parkinson's. I also have narcolepsy, and fructose and lactose malabsorption - why did I get these? Who knows, who cares? I have them, and deal with them the best way I can. Life is to be lived, not lived worrying about what we are going to get or what we are going to die of - we all are born and we all die - the circle of life. Enjoy living no matter what your circumstances, count your lucky stars (mine is family, friends, roof over head, enough money for food etc, no violence in the home, etc) and live life!
    1st Aug 2012
    Great attitude. Enjoy every day God has given and give thanks!
    28th Jul 2012
    We all die at some stage. that is part of living. Its how we live that's important. Are you making a difference in someone's life? That is living!
    28th Jul 2012
    Consumption of dairy products, especially milk, increases a man's risk of contracting Parkinson's disease, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
    Previous studies have established a link between Parkinson's -- a degenerative central nervous system disorder that commonly causes the impairment of motor skills, including speech -- and the consumption of dairy. However, the mechanism for this effect is not yet understood.

    Researchers used data from a cancer-prevention health survey of the dietary and lifestyle habits of 73,175 women and 57,689 men to compare dairy intake with Parkinson's risk. They found that the men who ate the most dairy were 60 percent more likely to contract Parkinson's disease than the men with the lowest intake. Milk accounted for most of the correlation, rather than more processed products like yogurt or cheese.
    The data for the study were collected between the years of 1992 and 2001.

    In agreement with prior studies, the researchers found that the link was not caused by calcium, vitamin D or fat, but by some other, as-yet-unknown characteristic of dairy products.
    The average intake of the high-dairy group was 815 grams per day, approximately equivalent to three or four glasses of milk. The average intake in the lowest group was 78 grams per day.
    28th Jul 2012
    For narcoleptic sufferers seeking a natural approach to the prevention of the sleeping disorder, avoiding foods high in toxins while increasing the intake of foods considered beneficial to the body are vitally improtant. In some cases, the narcoleptic condition may be attributed a food allergy. Consequently, through limiting the quality of food intake, introducing one food at a time, may provide a home remedy for determining if a food allergy is attributing to a narcoleptic sleep disorder. The most allergenic food on the planet is dairy.
    1st Aug 2012
    I was curious about the word kinesiology so looked it up and it seems there are two meanings and a bit confusing. Wiki says:

    Applied kinesiology (AK) is an alternative medicine method used for diagnosis and determination of therapy. According to practitioners using Applied Kinesiology techniques, it provides feedback on the functional status of the body. AK has been characterized as pseudoscience and quackery. Several medical associations have advised that applied kinesiology should not be used to diagnose allergies. AK is a practice within the realm of alternative medicine and should not be confused with "kinesiology," which is the scientific study of human movement.
    1st Aug 2012
    Hi Toot,

    I will try to clarify the issue. Clinical Kinesiology is a method of muscle testing to determine the function (or lack of) of particular muscles. As a Sports therapist I use that method a lot to evaluate muscle function and determine spinal misalignments. Each spinal segment innervates a specific set of muscles. When a muscle energy has been reset, using a variety of methods we need to find out what makes that muscle malfunction. As the human system needs fuel (vitamins/minerals and trace elements) in order to function correctly a mal absorption problem could cause the lack of innervation.
    Then, with the use of phials with allergenic substances we determine what turns the muscle off again. Once the allergen is omitted from the diet the problem disappears. The best information about Clinical and Applied Kinesiology is perhaps found on the following site; Clinical Kinesiology -- The Cornerstone of Biocomputer Communication
    © 2005 Robert Shane & Pacific Northwest Foundation

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