Parkinson’s disease and L-dopa
L-dopa is the main drug used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
This is how Oliver Sacks described L-dopa in 1982:
“For the first time, then, the patient on L-DOPA enjoys a perfection of being, an ease of movement and feeling and thought, a harmony of relation within and without.
Then his happy state – his world – starts to crack, slip, break down, and crumble; he lapses from his happy state, and moves toward perversion and decay.”
The main problem with L-dopa is that it can hurt you more than it can help.
In the next chapter you will learn about the method we use in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease