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May 2008

What is shaking palsy caused by?

The Shaking Palsy

Parkinson’s first surfaced in 1817 when James Parkinson, a British physician, published a paper on what he called “the shaking palsy.” Almost 200 years later it has become an epidemic where over 1,000,000 Americans lie with Parkinson’s, making it the second most common neurodegenerative disorder (Alzheimer’s ranks first). What is even more alarming is that …

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The Balancing Act

So often patients will try to increase their serotonin levels by taking only 5-HTP which is converted to serotonin. Increasing serotonin levels in the brain often will help with stabilizing mood swings such as depression and anxiety and insomnia. The problem with this approach is that when only 5-HTP is used it depletes the neurotransmitter …

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