Parkinson 's Disease And Its Effect On The Nervous System Essay

1621 Words Oct 18th, 2016 7 Pages
Imagine a seed of an apple tree planted inside of ones’ brain- it starts off tiny until its growth encompasses the nerves of the entire body. The branches start to intertwine with the muscles and halt simple movements that one could once do. Their growth creates stiffness in the limbs while the trunk and the leaves soak up all of the dopamine in the brain. The apples are the lewy bodies (clumps in the brain). One never knew how this seed got planted or how it was attracted to their brain but it is there and the tree will never stop growing. Parkinson’s disease is that progressive and growing seed in the body- steadily affecting the nervous system that has no known cure or precise origin and can dramatically affect occupation. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological and chronic disease that affects movement, rigidity, balance, and muscle control (Parkinson’s Disease Foundation [PDF], 2016). Origins of the disease are unknown but evidence shows a combination of certain environmental and genetic factors increase the risk. Atchison and Dirette (2012) suggests that chromosomes 2P and 4P have shown linkages of PD along with dietary intake and exposure to environmental factors: drinking well water, farming, rural areas, and specific pesticides (p. 213). Dairy consumption in men showed a higher risk in developing PD as higher total blood cholesterol showed a decrease of risk in women (Atchison & Dirette, 2012, p. 213). Everyone whom gets diagnosed with the disease is unique…

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