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Diet and disease

Treetop Foods was at Lancefield Farmers Market today, and we had a thought-provoking chat with a naturopath who stopped to buy some of our Nutcheese. I didn't get his name, but he told me he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 20 years ago, and although he still has the disease, he said he now has no symptoms. How?

Diet.

He told me dairy foods are highly inflammatory, and he has kept his symptoms at bay by eating the right foods and avoiding certain others.

According to Healthline, a medical newsletter out of the US, dairy products are among the foods to avoid, as 'Something in dairy products might negatively impact the oxidation levels in your brain, making symptoms more persistent'.

And the scientists at Frontiers in Neurology found:

Several prospective epidemiological studies on large cohorts have consistently reported an association between milk intake and a higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Pesticide contamination of milk and milk’s urate-lowering effects have been put forward as risk factors to explain epidemiological data.

So although a 'consistently reported association' and 'something that might negatively impact oxidation in your brain' don't sound like conclusive proof, it's worth keeping an eye on the latest research and if you think you may be at risk, adjusting what you eat and your outlook on health.


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