by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© August 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.





About 6.2 million people around the world suffer from ParkinsonŐs disease.  It is a debilitating and usually fatal illness that involves degeneration of the nervous system.  It usually occurs in people over the age of 60, and is somewhat more common in men than in women. 




Early symptoms include a tremor or shaking of the hand that becomes progressively worse.  Also common is a particular difficulty walking where the person must take small steps to keep balanced.

Also, the body may become more stiff or rigid, especially the facial expression that begins to look like a mask because there are reduced facial expressions.  There can also be problems with coordination, speech and other activities.  Constipation is also often present.

Later symptoms include depression, anxiety, sleep problems and dementia.




According to medical science, the cause for ParkinsonŐs disease is not known.  However, hair analysis research indicates that the causes are chronic manganese or lead toxicity.  Other nutrient deficiencies and constipation also play a role.




            According to an interesting recent study, ParkinsonŐs disease is linked to elevated manganese in the brain.  Manganese is an essential trace element.  However, it must be in a bioavailable form. 

Other compounds of manganese, such as oxide forms (MnO6), are very toxic and common in the environment.  We call this form of manganese an amigo. For details, read The Amigos - Manganese, Iron and Aluminum. 


Sources of toxic manganese.  Manganese is added to our gasoline today, ever since lead was removed in the 1970s.  Therefore, there is a significant chance that millions worldwide are exposed to higher levels of manganese.  Manganese miners, welders and some metal workers are also exposed to manganese in their workplace.

Excessive levels of manganese are also common in some well water, especially some drinking water supplies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  This is reflected on hair analysis charts of those who bath or drink the water.  One town, Spenser, Massachusetts, was sued by those harmed by the town water supply.  So manganese toxicity is far more widespread than one might imagine.


Journal report.  An important medical article concerning ParkinsonŐs disease appeared in the Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine in 2006.  This is a well-known journal.  Here are some of the major points in the article:


1. ParkinsonŐs bears striking resemblance to a disease of manganese miners called Ňmanganese madnessÓ.  This affects some 450,000 welders and others in America and around the world who are exposed to manganese in various ways. 


2. Doctors were able to ŇcureÓ one woman of ParkinsonŐs disease by administering just one dose of the drug para-aminosalicylic acid or PAS.  This drug can remove some manganese from the body.  It is an older tuberculosis drug that is used rarely because of its many adverse effects or side effects. 

Adverse effects of this drug include anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and rarely anemia because the drug interferes with B12 absorption.  Allergic reactions to the drug are also common and include chills, fever, skin rashes and other general symptoms of malaise.  The drug must be stopped in these cases.

The womanŐs symptoms of trouble walking and writing and a mask-like appearance with poor coordination disappeared with one dose of PAS and she has remained well for 17 years since 1987.  This is quite unheard of for ParkinsonŐs disease.  In at least 80 other cases, the same thing has occurred.


3. It appears that manganese may be a specific toxin for the basal ganglia, the part of the brain affected in ParkinsonŐs disease.  It appears that, at least in early cases, the manganese toxicity does not kill the cells outright, but merely disables them.  Thus, if the manganese can be removed, healing can occur.




We have helped a few people with early ParkinsonŐs disease.  Often, they have a manganese imbalance on their first or on a later hair mineral test as manganese is eliminated from their bodies.


Types of manganese imbalances on a hair test.  Identifying manganese imbalance is often not easyÓ

1. One may initially have no imbalance with manganese.  A year or more of a corrective program may be needed before excessive manganese begins to be eliminated from the body through the hair so that we observe its presence.  This is common.

2. One may have what is called a poor eliminator pattern involving manganese.  This is a hair tissue manganese level less than about 0.02 mg%.  It means one has difficulty eliminating excess and toxic forms of manganese from the body.  To understand this pattern better, please read The Poor Eliminator Pattern on this website.

3. Manganese may be elevated.

4. Iron or aluminum may be either elevated or show poor eliminator patterns.  This is also associated with manganese imbalance.  For more information about the connection between iron, manganese and aluminum, read the article on this website entitled Manganese, Iron and Aluminum.




Removing toxic manganese from the body is not easy.  However, a development program will do this.  We find that most people eliminate some during their development program. 

Removal often requires up to 10 years or more on a program because it is often not one of the first minerals to be eliminated.

In addition, we find that constipation, lack of rest and other imbalances must be corrected in ParkinsonŐs cases, as in all cases of ailments of a chronic nature, for the best results.




            Dr. Paul E. Eck spoke about the role of lead in some cases of ParkinsonŐs disease.  He had an interesting case of a man who fueled jet aircraft for many years.  The man was exposed to leaded fuel fumes over many years. 

            On a development program, lead began to be eliminated in large quantity.  At one point, if the patient took a bath, when the water was let out of the tub, it left a ring of lead on the tub wall that could be scraped off with oneŐs fingernail.

            Thus it appears that ParkinsonŐs disease, like certain other illnesses such as ADHD and many others, may have more than a single cause.




            Recently, we reviewed a hair mineral test of a 72-year-old woman with ParkinsonŐs disease.  Her test revealed a hair manganese level of 0.013 mg%, which is a poor eliminator pattern.  Interestingly, a hair test 10 years ago had revealed a very high hair manganese level.  She had not followed a development program between the time of these tests.

She also had a poor eliminator pattern for iron of 0.8 mg%.  She also had an elevated aluminum level (0.59 mg%).  Iron and aluminum imbalances often accompany manganese imbalance.  All are highly inflammatory and highly toxic compounds of these minerals.

She also had an unusual mineral pattern we call Ôhell bentŐ.  It is a very fast oxidation rate with a sodium/potassium ratio greater than 10.

Her hair test also revealed elevated mercury (0.055 mg%) and elevated nickel (0.039 mg%).  For the mineral values we use, go to Mineral Ideals.






Including daily lamp sauna therapy with a nutritional balancing program greatly enhances the effectiveness of the program and appears to be very safe, cost-effective and a comfortable therapy.  The sauna greatly enhances the circulation and warms the body a few degrees.  In most cases, this enhances enzymatic activity, decongests the internal organs and greatly improves oxygenation and hydration of the body.

In addition, near infrared rays penetrate into the organs and even the skull to further enhance the healing effects of the sauna.  Infrared has many other benefits that are described in the book, Sauna Therapy.

Once the sauna is set up, the operating cost is minimal if the sauna is powered by three or four reddish heat lamps, the only type we recommend.  Lamp saunas can be built for under $400.00 or purchased for as little as $700.00.  We offer free plans to build a sauna on this website, and a list of those who sell near infrared lamp saunas, as well.

Far infrared saunas or traditional saunas are not as effective as the lamps. 

Children under age 5 should not go in saunas, however, because their sweating mechanisms are not fully developed.




In addition to a standard development program, at times ParkinsonŐs patients experience anxiety that can be quite severe.  If this occurs, adding lecithin, up to 8 tablespoons of granules or 8 1200 mg capsules daily may be helpful.

Lecithin, which contains inositol and choline, is calming because choline is the precursor for acetylcholine, a calming neurotransmitter.  Lecithin seems have other beneficial effects, as well.

This can be more effective than adding more calcium, magnesium or zinc for these clients.  For details, read Lecithin.





ŇTuberculosis drug PAS may cure ParkinsonsŐs-like illnessÓ, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, June 7, 2006, 15-37.



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