Dr Maria Shapoval

Naturopathic Doctor

Parkinson's disease

Video: Parkinson’s Disease and Gut Microflora

I hope you enjoy this video on Parkinson’s disease and the role that gut bacteria may play in the development of this condition. A word of caution, the research behind this information is based on the recent animal studies. In this case, the animals were genetically engineered to have too much alpha-synuclein. This is the … Continued

Bacteria of Digestive Tract May Promote Development of Parkinson’s disease

Bacteria of the digestive tract influence the development of Parkinson’s disease Parkinson’s disease affects nearly 2% of the population over age 65. It is becoming a growing concern as more and more baby boomers advance in age. The condition is characterized by slowing of movement, difficulty walking, gait abnormalities, muscle rigidity and tremor, difficulty of … Continued

Ketogenic Diet for Parkinson’s Disease

Ketogenic diet may improve motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease. According to a small uncontrolled study (n=7) and a several animal studies the ketogenic diet has potential to improve mitochondrial function, which is implicated in Parkinson’s disease. What is Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet was developed in the early 1920’s and demonstrated remarkable effect … Continued

Detoxification Program for the Mind

7-Day Detoxification Program The 7-Day Detoxification Program will flush out toxic thoughts, heavy feelings and clear the mind.  Walking through the sunlight streets of Toronto on this warm spring day I can’t help but notice the discrepancy between my thoughts and the beauty around me. Work drama, the latest radio news, tomorrow’s to do lists, next … Continued

Red Wine for Brain Health

Drinking alcohol, specifically red wine, has an unexpected effect on cognitive function. I should clarify that I mean drinking alcohol in moderation. High amounts of alcohol have a very expected effect of impairing reasoning, judgement, emotional stability and motor function. It is also frequently followed by the expected and unpleasant hangover effect. While red wine, … Continued

Bright Light improves Sleep Problems and Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) can present with non-motor symptoms that include constipation, loss smell, orthostatic hypotension, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and in particular – sleep abnormalities. Insomnia is fairly common in general population and especially in the elderly. However there are some unique features associated with PD sleep changes. Sleep Abnormalities in PD Frequent awakening Fragmented sleep … Continued

Fiber as Brain Food

Guest what – the traditional belief that healthy bowels mean a healthy and vibrant mind – is in fact true! The same fiber, which helps promote regular bowel movement, is also great for the brain. We know that fiber has significant impact on the immune system, gastrointestinal cells, cardiovascular health and with new research we now … Continued

Coffee and Parkinson’s Disease

Drinking high amounts of coffee (≥3 cups per day) may protect against the risk of development of Parkinson’s disease as well as Alzheimer’s disease, however the impact on the condition itself has yet to be determined 1. Quercetine In vitro experiments (conducted in test tubes not real people) demonstrated coffee’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects when nerve … Continued

Therapeutic Readings (Part 1)

  The right book can open the door to not only learning, but also to healing! The kind of book that stays with you for days and months later, one that you are drawn to rereading and of course – that inspires and brings about a significant change. For me – these are the biographies. … Continued

Healthy Treats & Healthy Habits

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s new book “Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives” I have embarked on a quest. I am going to form a few healthy habits and identify the natural rewards that I could pair them with. In “Better than Before”, Gretchen explores the many different aspects of habit formation. What … Continued

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