If there’s one disease that’s made drug companies look ABSOLUTELY SILLY, it’s Parkinson’s.
Big Pharma has spent a FORTUNE developing Parkinson’s drugs… and they’re practically WORTHLESS.
In fact, practically EVERY major Parkinson’s breakthrough in recent years has involved a NON-DRUG or non-invasive therapy.
And now it looks like we’re on the cusp of another one.
Researchers are currently working on yet another exciting way to target the damaged brains and nervous systems of those with Parkinson’s.
It may sound a bit crazy at first… but if you’ve been diagnosed with this disease, it’ll be music to your ears.
Your brain cells are listening
Researchers at the Salk Institute in San Diego are working on a way to target JUST the brain cells that need a little help in Parkinson’s patients – and leave the rest of your gray matter alone.
And they’re using SOUND to do it.
We’ve already started using ultrasound to help manage chronic pain from arthritis or even cancer.
Now, animal studies show that ultrasonic waves can help stimulate just the right malfunctioning neurons by opening up certain molecular pathways.
Now, this technique has worked so far in worms and mice, not people – but their nerve circuits are strikingly similar to ours.
And that means that ultrasound may work just as well in US.
Scientists are working on how they can use sound to not only turn certain cells “on”… but also turn other ones “off.”
And that may be the key to taming a disease like Parkinson’s, which is marked by too much neurological activity.
Salk researchers call this emerging field “sonogenetics” because what actually makes the neurons sensitive to ultrasound is their genetics.
This isn’t the first time that scientists have targeted the genetic susceptibility of neurons. Previously, light therapy – or “optogenetics” – has shown therapeutic potential in the lab.
But when you’re targeting nerve cells with light, you need to implant something that will shine a laser directly on them.
That means surgically implanting something deep in your brain.
Low-frequency sound, however, can travel from the outside of your body to the cells it’s targeting. And it doesn’t scatter the way that light does inside your body.
It can also spare the rest of your body from the side effects of drugs or other invasive procedures.
The field of sonogenetics is so new that researchers haven’t yet developed the equipment to use it on humans.
But you can give ultrasound pain therapy a try at your chiropractic doctor’s office right now.
And stay tuned to eAlert for the latest developments in sound therapy for Parkinson’s.