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Milk and Parkinson's Disease - New Evidence

"With Parkinson's, it's like you're in the middle of the street and you're stuck there in cement shoes and you know a bus is coming at you, but you don't know when. You think you can hear it rumbling, but you have a lot of time to think. And so you just don't live that moment of the bus hitting you until it happens. There's all kinds of room in that space." - Michael J. Fox

There are hundreds of millions of different proteins in nature, and only one hormone that is identical between any two species. That powerful growth hormone is insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-I. By drinking cow's milk, one delivers IGF-I in a bioactive form to the body's cells.

The July, 2011 issue of the Archives of Neurology contains a study which reveals a new marker for previously undiagnosed Parkinson's Disease (PD), insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1.

Researchers measured blood serum IGF-1 levels in 15 patients with newly diagnosed untreated PD and 139 healthy elderly individuals an fund:

"The IGF-1 level was higher in patients with PD compared with healthy participants..."

The scientists concluded: "Serum IGF-1 monitoring may be valuable in the diagnosis of PD and for the identification of individuals with a putatively increased risk for PD."

The Notmilk letter previously reported a link between dairy consumption and Parkinson's Disease, on April 7, 2006 citing these two scientific links from peer-reviewed journals:

"These results suggest that lactotransferrin may participate actively in the mechanism of neuronal degeneration in Parkinson's disease."

Acta Neuropathology, 1996;91(6):566-72.

"According to these findings, disruption in the expression of these proteins in the brain is probably one of the important causes of the altered brain iron metabolism in age-related neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's Disease..."

Brain Research Review, 1998 Aug;27(3):257-67.

Robert Cohen

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