Parkinson’s disease and L-dopa

Chapter 4

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.

„It is suggested that the damaging side-effects of L-DOPA’s use stem not directly from the drug but from its oxidation products which include dopachrome and other chrome indoles which are hallucinogenic, toxic to neurons and have been seen to hasten death in Parkinsonism patients [Graham 1978, Graham et al. 1978].”

In the next chapter you will learn about the method we use in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Our method