Man finds ?miracle cure? on Internet
By DAWN COHEN
THE INTERNET may have saved Peter English from Parkinson's disease.
Nearly a year ago, the retired pharmacist realised something was wrong when he feared walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
"I was lurching all over the place," Mr English said. "I worried I wouldn't manage it."
A Lismore doctor diagnosed Parkinson's disease ? the same neurological illness suffered by actor Michael J Fox, former US President Harry Truman and former Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung. Mr English's illness was confirmed by two neurologists.
The 74-year-old had hoped to spend his retirement travelling, but now he couldn't negotiate his daily stroll along Shelly Beach.
Using his scientific background, the Ballina resident researched his plight.
He discovered while no one knew what caused it, the illness was linked to a drop in the neurotransmitter dopamine.
A chance trawl of the Internet revealed a CD disc which claimed to play subliminal sounds that altered the production of hormones, improving health and inducing calm. The system, called Holosync, claimed to induce electrical impulses in the brain associated with deep sleep and meditation.
"The auditory nerves are used to trigger the production of hormones like DHEA, and also dopamine," Mr English said.
The discs were not specifically for Parkinson's disease, but after four months of listening to the CDs each night, Mr English noticed he was managing his daily walk with ease.
"I went back to the doctor in August and he said I did not have it any more," he said.
"I don't claim to be cured, but I am in remission."
How does he feel? "Chuffed, I want to help others now."
Miriam Dixon, chief executive officer for Parkinson's NSW Inc, said she had not heard of the CD treatment.
"I am not a doctor, but as far as I know no cure has been proven to work," she said. "We are hopeful there will be a breakthrough one day."