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Does Parkinson's Disease Begin In The Gut?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the leading reasons for people to seek Social Security disability benefits is Parkinson's disease. Most people know this disorder as the one that causes older peoples' heads to shake. But the effects of Parkinson's disease are more widespread and can be debilitating. 

Brain Or Bowel?

Scientists are examing a novel theory that this neurological disorder does not start in the brain. Rather, according to researchers, Parkinson's disease has its origins in the digestive tract. According to this new theory, the misfolded

The Trouble Starts Here?

proteins that interfere with the body's nerves start in the stomach and intestines. From there, they move into the brain via the vagus nerve. 

No Appendix Means Less Chance Of Getting Parkinson's

Testing on mice seems to confirm this idea. Researchers injected mice in the stomach with misfolded proteins and watched as those proteins traveled to the mice's brains. One intriguing clue in humans is that those persons who have had their appendices removed had lower incidences of Parkinson's disease.

If further research bears this theory out, doctors could one day have tools to prevent Parkinson's, rather than just treat its symptoms. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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