Diet plays an important role in the treatment of this disease. To begin with, the patient should resort to a short juice fast for five days. In this regimen, he should take a glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice, diluted with water on 50:50 basis, every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fruits and vegetables which may be used for juicing are apple, pineapple, grapes, orange, tomato, carrot, cabbage and spinach. A warm water enema should be used daily to cleanse the bowels during the period of fasting.
After the short juice fast, the patient may adopt an all-fruit diet for further 5 days. During this period, he should take three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits, such as apple, pear, peach, papaya, grapes, orange and pineapple, at five-hourly intervals. Thereafter, he may gradually adopt a well-balanced lacto-vegetarian diet. The emphasis should be on raw seeds, nuts and grains, plenty of sprouts, raw milk, preferably goat’s milk, and raw fruits and vegetables. Green leafy vegetables and yellow turnips are especially beneficial. Sesame seeds and sesame seed butter can be taken with beneficial results. In general, a low-protein diet of raw, organically grown foods is best for the patient with Parkinson’s disease.
The patient should avoid tea, coffee, chocolate, salt, spices, condiments, pickles, flesh foods, white flour and white sugar and all processed, tinned, canned and frozen foods. The short juice fast followed by an all-fruit diet should IJP, repeated at monthly intervals till condition improves.
Use of Vitamin E in high doses is considered beneficial on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. There is preliminary evidence to suggest that massive doses of Vitamin E, say, 800 to 3,000 international units daily, may slow down the progress of the disease. Extensive studies about the efficacy of the Vitamin E therapy for Parkinson’s disease are, however, still being carried out.
Everything possible should be done to help the patient to maintain a cheerful mental outlook. He should remain as active as possible and lead a quiet life. Hot moist packs may be applied to the stiffened muscles which should also be gently massaged. The daily warm bath is useful. Fresh air and light exercise, especially walking, are essential to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.