OLOROGUN MICHEAL IBRU passed away earlier this month, after many years of Parkinson’s disease challenges. This is a condition in which the nervous system degenerates, leading to tremors or shaking, and in ability to control some body processes. Saliva drools from the mouths of some challenged people. Some have to be carried in and out of bed. In such cases, the muscles may have become rigid. It may all begin with the shaking of the thumb and the forefinger, especially when the hand is at rest. In some people, simple tasks become mountainous and time- consuming tasks. When they walk, the paces may become shorter or they may drag their feet, giving the wrong impression of a partial stroke. Performance of unconscious movement may become more difficult. Such movements may include blinking and swinging of the arms during a walk, and smiling. Speech problems may arise. Slurring is common. So is monotony of words spoken. Writing, too, may become more difficult, and the letters may become smaller in size.

There are more symptoms than can be mentioned here. It all has to do with damage to a group of nerve cells in the brain region called substantia nigra. These cells produce a chemical substance called Dopamine. Dopamine works as a messenger between the brain and the nervous system which controls and co-ordinate body motion. When substantia nigra cells die or are damaged, Dopamine output and presence in the brain is reduced. The implication is that, that part of the brain which controls movement can no longer work optimally. This is why movement becomes slow and abnormal in Parkinson’s disease. The disease is slow in growing. Symptoms often come up only when as many as about 80% of substantia nigra cells have been lost or damaged. Medicine isn’t still clear about the cause(s) of Parkinson’s disease. Genetic disposition is often mentioned, as are environmental factors such as pesticides, herbicides, certain pharmaceutical drugs, heavy metals, aluminum toxicity and a wide range of related conditions grouped under the term parkinsonism.

Currently, science and medicine say there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, although there may be remissions in some types of Parkinsonism disorder, such as tremors provoked by the use of anti- psychotic drugs which may disappear when the drugs are withdrawn. Alternative medicine offers a wide- range of help, including brain detoxification, anti-oxidant food supplements for the brain, Dopamin – containing foods and herbs, heavy metal detoxification, regeneration of damaged nerves using such factors as the appropriate cell or tissue salt, Lion’s mane mushroom, and Ubiquinol, the most bioavailable and reactive form of Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

To centenarian Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini belongs the credit for a modern-day discovery of the brain healing potential of lion’s mane mushroom. And she won a Nobel Prize Award for this. During the Second World War, she carried out experiments in her bedroom in Germany, damaging the nerves of chicken embryo and treating it with Lion’s Mane, after futile efforts to regenerate it with other substances. It was Lion’s Mane mushroom which gave the desired result. And she was to discover this happened through a chemical substance in this mushroom known today as Nerve Growth Factor (NGF).

The website www.supernutritionlife.com/Lions-mane-mushroom-experience-hericium-erinaceus reports:

“Enhancing the secretion of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) is the most beneficial benefit of Lion’s Mane. This and all the other neurotrophins are responsible for easy learning and formation of new memories. Nobel Prize winner (for the discovery of Nerve Growth Factor) centenarian Rita Levi-Montalcini, used NGF daily as an eye drops. She used to tell that her brain was more active as a centenarian, than it was when she was 40years younger. So it looks like the benefit of NGF are nothing to scoff at…Giving a 100year-old better brain than she had at 60. If used as eye drops, NGF is very costly and would cost you about 300 US dollars per day. That’s where Lion’s Mane comes in to the picture. Common saying about Lion’s Mane is that it gives nerves of steel and memory of a lion”.

Until recently, researchers had looked more at medicinal mushrooms for their anti-cancer and immune-supporting abilities. Now, however, researchers in Japan and China have shifted the frontier to cover brain health, focusing in particular on Lion’s Mane mushroom, also called Hericium erinacewn.

The website www.shokos.com/Amyloban3399.htm reports:

“A study was done in a rehabilitative hospital in the Gunma prefecture in Japan, with 50 patients in an experimental group and 50 patients used as a control. All patients suffered from cerebrovascular diseases causing senility, Parkinson’s disease or other spinocerebeller and orthopedic disease that afflict the elderly. Seven of the patients in the experimental group suffered from different types of dementia. The patients in this group received five grammes of dried Lion’s Mane mushroom per day in their soup for a six-month period. All patients were evaluated before and after the treatment period for their Functional Independent Measure (FIM), which is a measure of independence in physical capabilities (eating, dressing, walking e.t.c) and perceptual capacities (understanding, communication, memory e.t.c).

The result of the preliminary study show that, after six months of taking Lion’s Mane mushroom, six out of seven Alzheimer’s patients demonstrated improvements in their perceptual capacities, and all seven had improvement in their overall FIM score.

“In 1991, a novel class of compounds in Lion’s Mane, called ‘hericenones’, was discovered by Dr. Hirozaku kawagishi of shizuoka university in Japan. These ‘hericenones’ were found to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in mouse astraglial cells in culture. Dr. Kawagishi saw the possibiliy of using this novel compound as a natural treatment for Alzheimier’s disease. He speculated that, if they could cross the blood – brain barrier and induce NGF production in the brain, this might counteract some of the neurodegenerative effects of Alzheimier’s disease. Massive neuronal cell death is the ultimate outcome of Alzheimier’s disease, so NGF production might conceivably lead to the growth of new neurons to replace those that die.  Dr. Kawagishi’s continuing work on ‘hericenones’ led him to pursue more deeply the mechanism by which damage is done in Alzheimier’s disease. As the disease progresses, there is destruction of neurons caused by the formation of plagues containing a molecule called amyloid beta peptide. These plagues are toxic to surrounding neurons in the brain. Dr. kawagishi discovered that an agent in Lion’s Mane mushroom inhibits the toxicity of the plagues. He demonstrated this agent is a phospholipid and can exert a protective effect on brain cells in culture, shielding them from damage by the amyloid peptides. This agent is now called Amyloban“.

Lest we forget, this series is on the detoxification of heavy metals which wreak many health hazards in the body, including, but not limited to Parkinson’s disease. So far, this series has offered some useful tips, including (1) high colonic irrigation (2) Cillantro and chlorella (3) vitamin B17 or laetrile (4) zeolite (5) moringa Oloifera e.t.c. At Babcock University in south – western Nigeria, researchers have experimented with moringa to see if it offers protection for the brain against damage by lead, a heavy metal. Rat fed moringa and lead suffered minimal brain damage in comparison to those fed led in the diet but no Moringa, who suffered extremely widespread damage. Studies are being carried out to see if Moringa in the diet may help to reverse brain damage in rats induced by lead toxicity. Mother Nature offers an endless list of other healing and protective factors which include the following…

Matol

   This is a Canadian cleansing and immune boosting proprietary supplement known especially for its capacity to boost the production of Natural Killer (NK) cells. NK cells are immune cells which kill cancer cells in particular. The product was marketed in Nigeria up till the 1980s by Major Ordain (rtd) who relocated to Ghana after the death of his wife and son.

MATOL KM is the brainchild of KARL JURAK who researched many plants for their medicinal properties until 1922 when he came up with the MATOL KM formula in Canada. In 1982, J.F. Robert Boldlic began a world-wide distribution of MATOL KM, after he had used the product and found it beneficial to his sagging health.

Matol km, a 13- herb and five minerals product got a mention in the book of authors Harold and Arline Bracher, “FORTY SOMETHING FOREVER“, on chelation therapy and other heart savers. They say:

“While writing this book, several nutritionally-oriented doctors we had been in touch with over the years, called our attention to a potassium-rich liquid KM by name”.

Chelation is all about using substances dietarily to drag heavy metals and other toxins out of the body by binding to them.

Allen Bethea says:

“One tablespoon of MATOL KM contains a total of 108mg of chamomile, sarsaparilla, dandelion, horehound, licorice, senega, passion flower, thyme, gentian, saw palmetto, alfalfa, angelica, celery seed, and cascara sagrada. The herbs are supposed to work in synergy; the amount of any individual herb per dose is probably too small to have a therapeutic effect. For instance, a typical herb laxative may have 450mg or more of cascara sagrada per dose. More than four times the weight of a dose of KM’s extract blend.

In addition to herbs, a dose of Matol Km contains four key minerals. It has 30.5mg of calcium in the form of calcium glycerophosphate. Ferric glycerophosphate adds 1.4mg of iron. One dose includes 22.5mg of iodine as potassium iodide and 350mg or 10 percent of the recommended daily amount of potassium ion.

Diatom

A diatom is an algae with a distinctive cell wall made from hydrated silica. A proprietary blend of diatom is often called Diatomaceous Health or Diatomaceous Earth (DE). The cell wall of diatom, called Frustule, is made of two halves called valves. There are many holes or perforations in there valves or cell wall which permits nutrients and waste exchange with the environment. We are not concerned here with the wide use of Diatomaceous Earth in industry, water filtration, agriculture, pet care and all of that. We are more interested in its ability to detoxify the human body.

Says Dr. Axe in his website, Http://Draxe.com/diatomaceous:

” It often comes in the form of a white powder and is also used in water filtering, food manufacturing, skin products and farming, to naturally eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects, parasites and other harmful organisms by binding to them and drying them out. It also has the ability to improve the body’s use of calcium, improve bone mineralization, protect joints and fight the effects of aging. And not that’s all”.

Dr. Axe goes on to list six benefits of Diatomaceous Earth, four of which he discusses below, the others been outside our range of current interest. In his words:

“DETOXIFIES THE BODY .Diatomaceous Earth works like a natural detoxifying agent within the body, killing parasites and viruses that can contribute to illnesses while also helping to clean the blood. Some of the benefits of using diatomaceous earth (DE) internally include reducing odours, helping to curb gas, cleansing the digestive tract, boosting liver function and absorbing harmful toxins within the blood. How does DE help with detoxification? Silica works similarly to antioxidants found in high antioxidant food because it retains its trait as a stable particle even while continuously suspended in a liquid medium, allowing it to fight free radical damage. It is broken down into a colloidal form, which acts like a detoxifier for the blood since it carries an electrical charge that attaches to free radicals and other harmful toxins. Silica particles can then neutralize the charge of free radicals and remove them from the body through sweat, urine and feaces, which slows oxidative damage and has anti-aging effects.

A study published in the American Journal of clinical Nutrition found that silica also helps eliminate heavy metals from the body such as Aluminum, making it perfect for a heavy metal detox. In studies, it has been shown to have a high-Aluminum-affinity and reduces aluminum availability from the human gastro-intestinal tract.

“FIGHTS PARASITES. A study published in the Oxford Journal of poultry science found that Diatomaceous Earth (DE) has the potential to be an effective treatment to help control parasites. Interestingly enough, this was observed in hens that produced organically raised, free range eggs. Given two breeds of commercial egg laying hens Diatomaceous Earth improved production of their eggs and egg quality compared to control groups, effectively working as a parasite cleanse in the process. The hens used in the study were found to differ in their resistance to internal parasitic infections which was observed by examining their gastro-intestinal tract. The hens fed DE had significantly lower incidences of infections, including fewer capillaries FEC, slightly lower emerita FEC, fewer birds infected with heterakis and significantly lower heterakis worm infections. Those fed DE were also significantly heavier in weight, laid more eggs and consumed more feed than hens fed the control diet, plus their eggs had larger yolks and therefore were more concentrated with nutrients.

“IMPROVES JOINT, BONES AND LIGAMENT HEALTH. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging stated that dietary silicon is beneficial to bone and connective tissue, and helps prevent low bone mass (Osteoporosis), which is considered ‘a silent epidemic of the 21st century’ Silica within DE helps with normal bone metabolism and joint formation with evidence over the past 30years suggesting there’s a positive association between dietary silicon intake and better bone mineral density. Thus, DE makes a great addition to any osteoporosis diet and treatment plan. A number of possible mechanisms for how this works, have been suggested, including the possibility that silicon helps with synthesis of collagen (used to form joints, the lining of the digestive tract and connective tissue) and within the mineralization of bones. While more research is still needed, it appears that DE can be used to help support normal metabolic processes, preserve joint health and prevent bone disorders”.

“HELPS CLEAN AND PROTECT SKIN NAILS AND TEETH.  Since it has natural abrasive qualities, and kills parasites, DE is used in nany toothpastes, skin exfoliators, polish and skin scrubs. Just like other beneficial days – like Mennonite clay – it dries out harmful toxins and leaves behind cleaned, smoothed skin with little to side effects. It also seems to have anti-aging effects by helping with the absorption of calcium in forming strong bones, nails and teeth”.

As we should now have seen, detoxification should be a regular feature of every – day life. We “detoxify” the car engine when we clean the plugs and change the engine oil, but many of us do not think of budgeting for the detoxification of our bodies. We take the body for granted and, when it breaks down, begin to search for quick fixes or the magic bullet. Some patients even ask their doctors if they would need to continue with their food supplement once they get well. For such people, I have a ready answer: how long ago was the fuel tank of your car engine replaced, and when did the car have the engine oil changed?  Do we not put petrol in the car tank throughout its life span? And do we not change the engine oil regularly? We cannot talk about all the detox aids in a series this short. We haven’t talked about Marian Dina A, B and J. We haven’t spoken about chlorophyll, about aloe Vera and the likes of them. Surely, we will re-open the subject some other day.