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sutherngrl
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Family member in his 30's diagnosed with Parkinson's. He had the diagnosis confirmed with a scan showing low levels of dopamine.

Can anyone tell me if Lyme can cause low levels of dopamine?

They are trying to figure out if they should accept that diagnosis since the test was so conclusive. They are desperately trying to find him help.

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I don't know for sure and don't know if the docs even know, but I would think that since lyme depletes us of so many things (and attacks our endocrine system), perhaps in some people (genetically) it depletes their dopamine as well.

Diet truly does affect what or when our genes will trigger something. Your relative can take mucuna bean powder to boost dopamine levels.

I wouldn't accept the diagnosis at all. I would get him or her to a lyme doc fast.

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Parkinson's can be Lyme - I'd say go ahead and get him tested for Lyme. If he tests positive, he can treat for Lyme. If negative, I'd still suggest a consultation with an experienced Lyme-treating physician.
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sutherngrl
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I wish they would go on to a LLMD. I'm trying my best to push that. But it is so hard when doctors convince patients that Lyme doesn't do that to you. And if I push it too much I end up sounding like a lunatic to them.
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A friend contacted me a couple years ago, she had Parkinson's - I suggested she test for Lyme, and she was positive! Confused the heck out of the Parkinson's group, as in just what illness did they all have?! She is treating now and I think doing better.
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Yeah, I think parkinsons is lyme anyway (JMO).

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Get him to an LLMD right away. I hope you can convince him. Thirty years old is WAY too young to be having Parkinson's.

I agree that MANY things can cause depletion of dopamine.

My father had "Parkinson's" ... he died 7 yrs before my Lyme diagnosis. Had we known about Lyme, he might have lived a lot longer!!!!

I think he and my mother both had Lyme. We just didn't know it.

Also make sure he balances his minerals. It may help.

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http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/391-why-michael-j-fox-will-never-find-a-cure.html

and don't forget that Michael J. Fox had a known case of Lyme disease

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"It is known that Parkinson's disease occurs whenever the dopamine-related nerve cells inside the brain are decimated. With dramatically decreased dopamine, the nerve cells in the effected part of the brain cannot properly transmit messages. In studies, aspartame has been shown to decrease dopamine levels in the brain to induce the unmistakable neurological decline that is seen in Parkinson's patients."

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I wish I could find an article related to Lyme and dopamine. I'm still looking.

My suggestion was for them to go to a LLMD and see what he says. I'm hoping they will.

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Wow, that's interesting about aspartame Lymetoo. Probably why it's bad for lyme patients as well.

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Keep searching, suthern!! All of my Lyme/Parkinson's links are on my old computer. I'm not sure I can access them.

You might try searching on Lymenet under my member number "743"

All Parkinson's shows up as low dopamine. Any case of Parkinson's could have a connection with LYME and needs to be explored.

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Thanks Lymetoo!
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Here's a site that explains how lyme can affect dopamine and imitate Parkinson's:

http://www.ei-resource.org/illness-information/related-conditions/lyme-disease/

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Just like ms and als...why cant ppl see a trial tx...even without pos test is worth it cuz a herx means you have lyme and the tx wont hurt you but those diseases and their meds will kill you

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It is known that Parkinson's disease occurs whenever the dopamine-related nerve cells inside the brain are decimated. With dramatically decreased dopamine, the nerve cells in the effected part of the brain cannot properly transmit messages. In studies, aspartame has been shown to decrease dopamine levels in the brain to induce the unmistakable neurological decline that is seen in Parkinson's patients. A troubling study from the Norwegian University of Science, verified aspartame as an excitotoxin, and as a neurotoxin that is particularly dangerous to children. None of this is ever mentioned by either the Michael J. Fox Foundation, nor any mainstream media outlets, who avoid the topic of aspartame.
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