1. Parkinson’s screening could give you a fighting chance

    How to spot Parkinson's early

    The biggest problem with Parkinson's disease isn't treating it.

    Despite what you may have heard, natural therapies can slow this disease down or even stop it cold.

    So the REAL challenge is diagnosing the disease early enough for treatment to make the biggest difference.

    Too often, Parkinson's isn't detected until the obvious symptoms like the telltale shakes have set in -- and while it's not too late to get help, it's certainly a whole lot harder to slow the disease at that point.

    But that's about to change in a big way, because the latest research spots what may be a quick and inexpensive test to detect the earliest signs of Parkinson's disease.

    British researchers have found that a simple eye exam -- using the very equipment your own eye doctor has in his clinic right now -- can spot this disease long before the actual symptoms turn up.

    As it turns out, Parkinson's doesn't always start with a tremor.

    Long before the first shakes appear, there are changes in the retina -- and in a new study on rats, researchers have found they can detect those changes using optical coherence tomography, which is rapidly becoming a standard eye test in many clinics.

    While the study was on rats, human clinical trials are getting under way and there's every reason to believe the test will be able to spot the same changes.

    This could make a real difference for you and your loved ones -- because finding this disease early gives you a better chance of slowing it down or even stopping it completely.

    And you don't need Parkinson's drugs to do the job.

    Many of those meds come with terrible risks because of how they alter the brain, with some of them leading to bizarre behavior and even addiction.

    Some folks hopped up on these meds have hopped on a plane to Vegas and gambled away everything they have!

    The researchers behind the new study claim they've found that an alternative medication -- the diabetes drug Avandia -- can treat the changes in the eye that mark the early stages of Parkinson's and possibly delay or stop the onset of the disease itself.

    The upside? No gambling risk.

    But there's a pretty huge downside -- because Avandia was blamed for an estimated 47,000 cases of heart attack, stroke, and even death in diabetics when it was in wide use.

    So, I'm not in any rush to give that drug to Parkinson's patients.

    Instead, I recommend working with a doctor who understands that there are several completely unrelated possible causes for Parkinson's or Parkinson's-like symptoms, including chronic infection with bacteria or funguses and/or exposure to metals.

    These underlying conditions can be treated by a holistic medical doctor, and if you're in Southern California, I can help.

    Contact my clinic for testing and treatment options you won't find anywhere else.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

  2. Dangers of fungal diseases

    A common cause of illness your doctor will ignore

    Imagine running out of gas and calling AAA for help -- but when it comes, they never even ask what you need. And instead of filling your tank, they change your tires and leave.

    Crazy, right?

    Now, I'm sure that's never happened on the side of a highway. AAA is better than that.

    But your doctor? He's another story (unless your doctor is me), because like that hypothetical mechanic who assumes a car stuck by the side of the road has a flat, too many doctors are so sure they know what's wrong they never check for anything else. Especially hidden fungus linked to fungal diseases.

    So you don't get better. You get worse. And if you do happen to get better, it's in spite of your doctor and not because of him.

    Now, the CDC has issued a bulletin urging patients and doctors alike to pay attention to a common cause of illness I've already been warning you about: fungal infections.

    These  fungal diseases and infections can cause or mimic dozens of diseases and conditions, including arthritis, Parkinson's, flu-like symptoms and prostate problems.

    But they often go unchecked, untested and untreated.

    Or, as the CDC puts it, "because the symptoms of different fungal diseases... are similar to other common illnesses, diagnosis and treatment are often delayed."

    I can tell you from firsthand experience that treatment isn't just "delayed."

    In too many cases, real treatment never arrives. I see patients all the time who come to me as a last resort after months or even years of failed care in the hands of a mainstream doctor.

    They often tell me their old doctor "tried everything" and that "nothing seems to work."

    And they're shocked when they realize that their old doctor didn't really "try everything" after all. In fact, he missed something very basic and, as the CDC bulletin proves, all too common.

    Fortunately, most fungal diseases and infections can be corrected safely, naturally and quickly -- but only if you have a doctor who knows what he's doing.

    That's why I recommend working with a holistic MD who has experience in diagnosing and treating fungal infections, especially if you're battling an illness where your doctor has "tried everything" and "nothing seems to work."

    And if you're in Southern California, I can help.

    Contact my office to make an appointment to see me at my clinic outside San Diego.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for telephone consultations. Call 855-DOC-MARK to learn more.

  3. Daily sugar intake may cause Alzheimer’s

    Sugar can damage the brain, leading to the type of damage linked to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, schizophrenia and more, according to a new study.
  4. Coffee drinkers live longer

    A new study shows that people who drink the most coffee live the longest -- but you have to drink a lot of coffee to get that benefit.

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