Once Upon A Pill

Medications of Parkinson’s Disease
Once Upon A Pill:
Patient Experiences With Dopamine-enhancing Drugs and Supplements

by Janice Walton-Hadlock. 2003

Medications of Parkinson’s Disease or Once Upon a Pill: Patient Experiences with Dopamine-enhancing Drugs and Supplements; Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock, DAOM; published 2003; 639 pages.

This book is an in-depth look at Parkinson’s disease medications and the brain chemistry of Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s patients using L-dopa, dopamine agonists, MAO inhibitors and other alternative dopamine- enhancing drugs and supplements were closely studied as they participated in a four-year research project sponsored by the non-profit Parkinson’s Recovery Project. The unexpected findings of this project have led to an entirely new hypothesis of how these poorly-understood drugs actually work.

Unlike the dominant paradigm’s understanding of these drugs, which holds that these drugs and their traumatic side effects are somewhat unpredictable, our new hypotheses provide a way of unraveling the “unpredictable” nature of these drugs. This new understanding has enabled us to make accurate predictions about how dosing and rate of dose changes effect people with Parkinson’s.

Our patients were able to discover safe methods for slowly increasing and decreasing drug doses to control the benefits and adverse effects of the medications.

This book also provides case studies that demonstrate the life-threatening dangers that arose when people recovered from Parkinson’s disease while still under the influence of antiparkinson’s drugs.

These tragedies led to the Parkinson’s Recovery Project’s conclusion that people who have ever used antiparkinson’s medications for more than three weeks might not be suitable subjects for recovery from Parkinson’s. The Parkinson’s Treatment Team will not work with people who have ever taken dopamine-enhancing antiparkinson’s medications for more than three weeks. This book gives the details on decisions.

Even so, people who are currently using antiparkinson’s medication and are, therefore, not good candidates for our program, may learn in this book methods for changing their doses so that they experience fewer adverse side effects.

Many people who are not using antiparkinson’s medications have found this book very helpful in understanding the chemistry of Parkinson’s disease and how ongoing western medicine brain research supports Asian medical theory.

This book is over 600 pages long; therefore, we have broken it into small units for ease of downloading. Please note: as a condition of downloading this book, we require that you download the Cover pages section that contains the disclaimer which is a critical part of the book and which must be included in any printing of this book. Anyone who avails himself of this free offering must comply with this requirement.

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