The Experiment – Minding my Mitochondria

A week ago, I was told that they can not adjust my deep brain stimulator any further and that my medication has reached it’s limit, and there is only one more thing that could possibly help and thats to do the Duodopa pump, Which I will find out about near the end of September. But my aunt informed me about this book written by Dr Terry Wahls – Minding your Mitochondrion, Which helped her put her MS into remission and a friend of my aunt’s son has put his MS into remission using her advice and diet from this book. I am not sure if it helps Parkinson’s but I have nothing to loose and if anything I will be thinner. So I thought I would do my own research, I have ordered the book and by Friday I shall make a start, I will keep an weekly update through my blog, if any improvements, how I feel, and do this over a period of a year. If it works and it only slows down Parkinson’s, Then its a winner for me. My experiment begins.


On Wednesday the 16th the book arrived, and everything was put aside so to be able to make the start on Friday 17th September, why Friday and not Monday, I believe Monday never comes, when you plan to eat an healthy life style.


Understanding the book

Lucky for me, it has large print and not too complicated to read, I have made notes of the book so we all get a basic understanding of what Mitochondria is. And why it is important. 


Minding My Mitochondria

Contributing factors such as 

  • Environment
  • Viral
  • Immune Dysregulation
  • Genetic  Predisposition


These are all linked to MS, but we know some of these are linked to Parkinson’s.

Potential Risk Factors ( Parkinson’s)

Age.  About one percent of people over age 60 have Parkinson’s disease, compared with just 0.001 percent of people 45 or younger.

Gender.  Parkinson’s is more common in men than in women.  It is not known whether this is due to genetic factors, hormones or differences in behavior.

Head Injury.  Traumatic brain injury — injury that results in amnesia or loss of consciousness — has been associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s years after the injury.  Laboratory studies suggest that such injury may provoke inflammation in the brain, which could lead to the development of PD.

Area of Residence.  There are differences in the geographic distribution of PD.  These could be due to differences in environmental factors.

Occupation.  Certain occupational categories or job titles have been associated with a higher incidence of PD, but results have been inconsistent.

Pesticide Exposure.  Of all the chemical exposures that have been linked to Parkinson’s, pesticides have been reported the most consistently.  Recent research has shown higher rates of Parkinson’s among people who were exposed to pesticides over a long period of time as part of their work.  Investigating other types of pesticide exposure, such as home use, is more challenging.

Exposure to Metals.  Occupational exposures to various metals have been suggested to be related to the development of PD. 

Solvents and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).  Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a solvent used in many industries and is the most common organic contaminant in groundwater.  Occupational exposure to TCE was found to be associated with Parkinson’s among workers whose factory jobs resulted in long-term (eight to 33 years) exposure to the solvent. 

Genetic Predisposition.  Often, a person’s genetic makeup will help to determine the effect of an environmental exposure.  For example, agricultural workers exposed to pesticides were at an increased risk of PD only if they also had inherited a reduced ability to metabolize toxicants.  In another study, head injury was associated with a higher risk of Parkinson’s only in people with one form of a particular gene; in people without this particular gene variant, head injury was not associated with a higher risk of PD.  Increasingly, epidemiologists and geneticists are working together to identify combinations of genes and environmental exposures that are related to PD. 


We know the positive effect of good nutrition, physical therapy and exercise how this helps us. All living things including our bodies break down in time, our bodies have little workers inside our cells called mitochondria and if they don’t get the nutrients, minerals, and fatty acid, they can’t repair our DNA blue print.If they don’t build correctly our bodies begin to break down. Due to bad eating habits we become vulnerable to chronic diseases. 


We should be eating vegetables and fruit on a daily basis:

Three cups green vegetables

Three cups bright vegetables or fruit

Three cups vegetables of your own choice

We need fatty acids:

Cold water fish

Grass fed meat


Only you can provide your body with the building blocks that it needs.


Thats a brief summary, for further details, I recommend getting a copy of the book, Minding My Mitochondria by Terry L Walhs 

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