Intestinal Health

Parkinson's and the Gut

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Individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and constipation are at increased risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD). The mis-folded proteins found in PD (alpha-synuclein) can be found in the colon and in salivary glands more than a decade before the onset of motor symptoms. Recently, researchers demonstrated that alpha-synuclein is produced by the body in response to intestinal inflammation! If so many researchers and companies are working to interfere with alpha-synuclein production, why not turn our attention to things that trigger intestinal inflammation?

The goal of this course will be to provide an overview of the role of the gut in PD. We'll discuss what is and is not known about nutrient absorption, infection, the intestinal microbiome, food allergies/ sensitivities, intestinal permeability (leaky gut), and healthy elimination.

Guest lecture: Samantha Evans, ND

"Wow!!! Thank you! What a breath of fresh air hearing from a non-parkie who understands this full circle."

"Once again, the lesson was very interesting!"

Your Instructor

Laurie K Mischley, ND PhD MPH
Laurie K Mischley, ND PhD MPH

Laurie Mischley studied naturopathic medicine (ND) at Bastyr University and epidemiology (MPH) and nutritional sciences (PhD) at the University of Washington. Her work is focused on identifying the nutritional requirements unique to individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. She has published on coenzyme Q10, lithium, and glutathione deficiency in Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

For the past decade, she has been lead investigator of the Modifiable Variables in Parkinsonism (MVP) Study (, a global observational study designed to describe the secret(s) to success in a real-world population.

She has maintained a clinical practice in Seattle for over two decades, caring for thousands of patients with Parkinsonism.

Course Curriculum

  Course 7 Slides
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  2021 Discussion
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  2022 Discussion on April 14th at 12 PM PT
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