Shake, Rattle & Stroll

April 30, 2018

This past Saturday we watched from our Simply Nourished windows as Geri Berding and 100+ others participated in the "Shake, Rattle & Stroll" event here in Clear Lake. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's, Berding retired following the 2015-16 school year because she felt she could no longer keep up with the physical and emotional demands of her job. In an interview with the Globe Gazette Berding commented, “I’m so thankful I made the decision when I did...I know I couldn’t keep up, and it wouldn’t be fair to the kids.” Instead, she has dedicated her time to raising awareness and money for Parkinson’s research. Our BE WELLness team was honored to be invited as a resource for the event. Shea was able to share how complimentary care options can significantly improve quality of life for those with a chronic dis-ease diagnosis like Parkinson's.


 Photo Credit: Globe Gazette

Other than genetic predisposition, scientists have pinpointed several of the toxins that increase risk of this dis-ease state. One culprit is pesticides. A 2006 study published in the Annals of Neurology looked at more than 143,000 men and women (all of whom started out symptom-free and who completed extensive lifestyle questionnaires from 1992 through 2001). Researchers found that those individuals regularly exposed to pesticides had a 70 percent higher incidence of Parkinson’s. Additionally, animal studies reveal that the pesticides destroy the dopamine-producing neurons. Other triggers now emerging include long-term exposure to industrial chemicals and heavy metals. Researchers believe these toxins may damage mitochondria (the energy-producing part of cells). Once damaged, the mitochondria produce unstable molecules (free radicals) that react with the rest of the cell. This domino effect destroys neurons in the brain, hindering dopamine production. Although preventative care is ideal, there is certainly hope for individuals who have already been diagnosed with Parkinson's or a similar dis-ease state. Below we've included the information we shared this weekend, hoping it will reach someone who is looking for complimentary care options.


Slowing Parkinson’s with Complementary Care


1. Limit your exposure to toxins

  • Choose organic (Simply Nourished is an organic, specialty and local food market in Clear Lake)

  • Drink purified water (Reverse Osmosis)

  • Live in an area with low pollution levels/avoid exposure to chemicals


2. Support and strengthen your liver (the body’s main organ for detoxification)


3. Eat an antioxidant rich diet rich in fiber (to facilitate adequate waste elimination)


4. Consider supplementation and green tea

  • Glutathione: The brain cells of Parkinson’s patients are often deficient in this brain-protective antioxidant

  • Coenzyme-Q10: This antioxidant improves mitochondrial functioning, which helps protect the dopamine-production cells

  • Green Tea: New research found that naturally occurring chemicals in green tea actually protect dopamine neurons affected by Parkinson’s


5. Movement and massage therapy

  • Exercise helps protect the nervous system by promoting neuron growth, increasing the ability to process information, and fine-tuning motor skills

  • The aim is to calm and balance the nerves while countering fatigue. Anything that calms the nervous system helps


6. Cut back on inflammatory foods*

  • Limit or avoid dairy products

  • Avoid refined or processed meats and grains

  • Limit carbohydrates 


7. Reduce stress

  • Meditation

  • Deep breathing

  • Practicing mindfulness



* Parkinson’s disease is characterized by failure of the mitochondria to make energy, and this occurs in a very specific part of the brain. In 2005 researchers decided to explore the possibility of improving mitochondrial function by placing patients on the ketogenic diet.



Their results were phenomenal. Another great resource for a diet supportive of chronic disease states is the Wahls Protocol. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She teaches internal medicine and does clinical research.


To learn more, contact the BE WELLness team at or 641-529-0143.

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