Can you smell Parkinson's?Well no, you can't smell it, but poor olfaction was found to be a predictor of Parkinson's disease, both short and immediate term. This is found to be especially true in white men.
"Of 2,462 study participants, 42 were found to have PD during an average of 9.8 years of follow-up, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at Michigan State University, East Lansing, and his coauthors wrote. Of those cases, 26 (62%) were associated with a poor Brief Smell Identification Test (BSIT) score of 0-8 out of 12 (hazard ratio, 5.1; 95% confidence interval, 2.1-11.9), supporting other studies that indicate that olfactory impairment is one of the early symptoms of PD."
Parkinson's requires dopamine transporter or DAT imaging for a definitive diagnosis. Loss of smell might be the first clinical sign of a disease years before it becomes more degenerative. If loss of smell is documented and imaging is reflexively ordered then treatments can be used earlier before there is severe pathological changes in the brain. Early diagnosis equals better prognosis.
Treatment begins in the gut. We remove all gluten, most grains and dairy out of the diet. Processed carbohydrates aggravate SIBO and don't allow leaky gut mucosa to heal properly. High-protein foods block the absorption of the main Parkinson's medications - Levadopa or L-dopa which affects their efficacy. You are also tested for Herpes 6 and elevated heavy metals with an eye on mercury. The golden triangle in Parkinson's is poor gut function, high viral loads, previous exposure to pesticides and elevated mercury.
Because of poor gut function I strongly recommend I.V. therapies. Ozone chelation and I.V. glutathione both improve function while we are healing the gut with L-glutamine, fish oils, NAC, turmeric, probiotics, gelatin, phosphatidyl choline and resveratrol.