Why I got Parkinson’s Disease: The Search for Clues
Eight years ago I was living in a beautiful house in Gloucestershire close to countryside with wonderful walks. We had a spring well to supply the house with water. Six months before I moved bullocks got in from a neighbouring field and trampled their usual shitty way over the source of the spring water. Life carried on as normal.
Coming to sell the house I had the water checked and it was filled with E. coli bugs at unsafe levels. We must have been drinking the water for at least three months. I installed an ultraviolet steriliser and we cleared and sterilised the header tanks and the whole system with chlorine. But I didn’t check my own micro biome – i.e. gut parasites and bacteria – and nor did any others living in the house.
As I work backwards I remembered that this was also the time I developed the type 2 REM sleep disorder which leads on to Parkinson’s disease in about 50% of people – men more than women. In my vivid dreams I was pursued by demons or Indians and on several occasions I shouted out unexpectedly in the night – often with a vivid swearword! This was more uncomfortable for my partner sharing a double bed with me as I was blissfully unaware! They say that dreams are the right road to the unconscious but sadly I cannot remember exactly what my dreams were about.
At the time I was also extremely stressed with family pressures. Did this set the scene for my diagnosis? When you remember your life backwards do you discover clues that may have lead to your illness?