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Identify Neurodegeneration Early

Identify Neurodegeneration Early

With: Dr. Greg Eckel

About the Episode

Learn the early warning signs of neurodegenerative diseases!

Join Dr. Greg Eckel as he takes a deep dive into neurodegeneration to explain how and why it happens, and what we can do to prevent neurological diseases often attributed to getting old. He also shares his personal experience with his wife’s rare, chronic neurodegenerative condition, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and how it sparked a passion in him to help others.

Listen now and take care of your brain!

What We Discuss

Neurodegeneration is widespread, and there are many ways in which it can manifest. If a treatment is working for people who are far into a pathology, logic says the same principles must also work to prevent it. This could then push the bounds on longevity when dealing with neurodegenerative diseases.

Unfortunately, there haven’t been many breakthroughs to prevent neurodegeneration. Neurodegenerative diseases can include Mad Cow disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and mild cognitive impairment, and all of them are considered on the rise.

Causes of Neurodegeneration

Toxins are a major causative agent, including the relationship between pesticides and heavy metals with Parkinson’s disease. Another bigger component is unresolved trauma— both the person’s individual trauma in their lifetime, and their family’s ancestral trauma from generations prior. Researchers see this often with Holocaust survivors’ families with high levels of anxiety and depression now, even a few generations later.

In 1974, Carbidopa/Levodopa came on the market to treat Parkinson’s Disease, and the strategy around using this medication hasn’t changed much since then. Because it treats a symptom, it could be life-changing for some people, but it doesn’t do anything to address the underlying cause.

Signs and Symptoms of Neurodegeneration

The first Cranial Nerve, your sense of smell, is a very telltale sign of Neurodegeneration. Any sudden loss of smell, as seen in Covid-19 and Parkinson’s patients is an early sign of neuroinflammation. The Brock Hypothesis states that Parkinson’s starts in the gut one to two decades before any central nervous system symptoms begin. So while there are many causes of constipation, it could also be an early warning sign of a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s.

Sleep issues and acting out dreams can be another early warning sign that something abnormal is going on in the brain, but all of these symptoms can have multiple causes. The important thing is to share them with your physician so they can get a full scope of what’s going on.

Battling Neurodegeneration

Getting these diagnoses is hard on people because there’s often no known cure. In fact, neurologists have one of the highest rates of suicide. They can diagnose very well but they don’t have many solutions available to help their patients, but we don’t have to go through it alone. Having a trusted source and guide along the path can be really helpful in those times of need.

This was one of Dr. Eckel’s realizations while seeing his wife’s rapid deterioration due to Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s Disease. It set him on a path of integrating holistic techniques into neurodegeneration treatment and prevention. We only have one body, and we often take it for granted, so bringing a broader understanding of existence into a clinical encounter can bring a new angle around the discussion around neurodegenerative diseases.

Learn all this and more about neurodegeneration in this episode!

Guest Bio

In practice since 2001, Dr. Gregory Eckel co-founded Nature Cures Clinic in Portland, Oregon, where he shares what he calls “Sarieah’s gifts” with the world. As a loving husband and clinician, he took a deep dive into medical research looking for cures to his wife’s Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare, chronic neurodegenerative condition with no known cure. While he didn’t find a solution for Sarieah, the information he discovered and now uses in his clinic is showing promise for thousands of people and their brain health.

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