Parkinson’s disease is a devastating condition affecting millions of patients in the USA and worldwide. It is a chronic degenerative condition associated with progressive damage to a particular group of neurons eventually leading to a profound loss of function and ultimate demise of the patient. There is no known cure.
While it was researched from various angles, we do not have a concrete theory of pathogenesis, and cannot yet trace the exact pathophysiologic steps leading to neuronal damage and loss. In this presentation, we will explore microbial associations with the increased risk of the disease, including gut microbiome, latent viral infections, and exposure to microbe-released toxins.
We will also explore other environmental exposures and metabolic abnormalities. Review of immune system activity and its potential role in pathophysiology of these conditions will be offered. We will also look into available laboratory testing that might aid in selecting an adjunctive treatment, and potential empirical treatments that might improve quality of life of the patients.
Dr. Medeya Tsnobiladze is a trained biochemist and biophysicist with a Master's degree from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. She acquired her ND degree from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. Immediately after graduation, she proceeded to teach Naturopathic and Physician Assistant students for 12 years. She maintained part-time practice and in 2021 decided to fully dedicate her time to serving patients of Fairfield county. She specializes in neurologic, autoimmune, and infectious conditions.
*Certified by the WANP for 1 Category 1 continuing education credit for Washington NDs*
(Originally presented October 16, 2021)