Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Ataxia can develop over time or come on suddenly. It embraces various neurological symptoms such as lack of muscle control or coordination of voluntary movements, difficulties with speech, eating, writing, swallowing, eye movement, etc.
Persistent ataxia usually results from damage to the part of the brain, known as cerebellum, which controls muscle movement and coordination. Cerebellum consists of two ping-pong ball-sized tissues found at the base of the brain near the brainstem. The right side of the cerebellum controls coordination on the right side of your body; the left side of your cerebellum controls coordination on the left.
Many conditions can cause ataxia, including numerous autoimmune diseases (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, sarcoidosis, celiac disease, etc.), tumour, stroke, chronic high blood glucose levels, cerebral palsy, brain degeneration caused by Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other less common conditions. Ataxia can be also an uncommon complication of various viral infections and brain inflammation.
Unhealthy diet high in bad pro-inflammatory fats, sugar and other refined products, leading to very common today nutritional deficiencies and lack of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, especially magnesium, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin B12 (and other B vitamins) is one of the key causes of brain damage.
Other causes may include the following: Leaky blood-brain barrier (caused by chronic stress), alcohol abuse and regular use of other popular stimulants, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, high levels of toxins (including heavy metals), dental fillings containing mercury, solvent poisoning (paint thinners, etc.), and certain medications, including popular statins, barbiturates (such as phenobarbital), sedatives (such as benzodiazepines), or chemotherapy drugs can cause or contribute to the brain damage and ataxia.
Some individuals develop so called sporadic ataxia, which cause is still unclear.
Some types of ataxia can be hereditary caused by inheriting a defective gene which makes abnormal proteins that hinder the function of nerve cells, predominantly in the cerebellum and spinal cord, cause them to degenerate.
Various specific genetic defects may cause different types of ataxia including spinocerebellar, episodic, Friedreich’s, Ataxia-telangiectasia, congenital cerebellar ataxia, and Wilson’s disease (accumulation of copper in the brain, livers and other organs).
In some cases, treating the underlying cause may resolve the symptoms of ataxia. For instance, it can be achieved by stopping (or changing) medication or treating viral infection that caused it.
In certain cases, however, although it is true that complete recovery may be a very difficult or even impossible to achieve, yet there are many remedies and approaches that can be very beneficial, may reduce symptoms, and slow down or sometimes even stop the progression of ataxia.
The good news is that even the brain damage can be sometimes reversed as a result of proper treatment. The best example can be the scientifically proven recovery from Alzheimer’s disease (a form of brain damage) after regular long-term (one year) intake of turmeric:
Fortunately, apart from humble turmeric, there are other numerous vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, herbs, super foods and natural remedies that help to detoxify the brain, improve blood circulation and oxygenation of this organ, improve its function and in some cases of ataxia may even help reverse the damage.
If the cause of ataxia is known to you, select it from the following list and click on it as it will direct you to the detailed description:
- ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE >
- MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS) >
- AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES >
- MUSCLE WEAKNESS & PAIN >
- MYASTHENIA GRAVIS >
- CONCUSSION & CTE (CHRONIC TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY) >
- AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS), LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE, MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE >
- MENINGITIS >
- ALCOHOL ABUSE >
In case you don’t know the underlying cause of your ataxia, please continue reading the rest of this article.
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