Originally Posted by Conductor71
I have been turning that very same question around myself ever since he clued us in. I imagine the rate of Parkinson's near the Continental Divide is fairly low.
I thought hypoxia would be a negative for us. I was confused and still am by people using hyperbaric chambers to treat PD. I had read that the YO basketball player Brian Grant is treated in one a weekly basis. Those simulate the air pressure inside a submarine. How does this all tie together?
It may be premature to try to tie it together, but I will try. (BTW, I think this has a lot to do with our shared problems.)
Our bodies tightly control the pH of our system. We seem to be designed to function best with a slightly alkaline value but certain things push that into acidic territory. Among those things are low oxygen levels (hypoxia) such as one encounters when breathing shallowly. This is called respiratory acidosis. Another is metabolic acidosis which can arise from a number of causes such as kidney problems or glucose issues. Regardless of type, acidosis is not good, especially with PD.
An acidic environment in the brain causes glial swelling and neuronal death, for starters.
But in the body as a whole it becomes more a problem of electrolytes. The lungs and kidneys are the way our bodies regulate our electrolytes. When we found ourselves so weak, we were in an acidic state and barely breathing. CO2 built up and the situation worsened. Our kidneys entered the picture and urine output sky rocketted to get us back to a balance point.
So where from here? There are a couple of tools for the white rat. One is deep vigorous breathing - what the Yogis call "Breath of Fire". I started experimenting with it yesterday afternoon. Among the changes I noted was that I slept through the night without a bladder break. Very unusual for me.
The second tool is baking soda, but be cautious. Overdoing it can cause you to overshoot on the correction. I took a half-tsp this morning and seem to be doing better than usual on less medication.