ONLINE: Food, Water, & Supplements: Does Nutrition Play a Role in PD Symptoms or Progression?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:00pm ET
Laurie K. Mischley, ND PhD MPH

Bastyr University Research Institute and Seattle Integrative Medicine


Dr. Laurie Mischley studied naturopathic medicine (ND) at Bastyr University and epidemiology (MPH) and nutritional sciences (PhD) at the University of Washington. Her work is focused on identifying the nutritional requirements unique to individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. She has published on coenzyme Q10, lithium, and glutathione deficiency in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). As a clinical researcher, she has worked with the FDA, NIH, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation to administer intranasal glutathione, (in)GSH, to individuals with PD and attempting to determine whether (in)GSH boosts brain glutathione and improves health. Dr. Mischley maintains a clinical practice at Seattle Integrative Medicine focused on nutrition and neurological health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to describe the foods associated with risk of developing PD and rate of PD progression. 
  2. Be able to discriminate popular diets, why they should be considered, and when they should be avoided.
  3. Choose the sources of nutrition beyond food, such as sunlight and supplements as a source of vitamin D. 


This talk will describe the diets that are associated with increased/ decreased risk of developing PD and emerging evidence that nutrition plays a role after diagnosis. The potential risks/ benefits of popular diets (ketogenic, low-carb, Mediterranean, Wahl’s, etc.) will be reviewed and obstacles to eating (loss of smell, lack of appetite, constipation, etc.) will addressed and convenient, cost-effective, healthy dietary suggestions will be provided. Calorie restriction, intermittent fasting, and the role of dietary supplements will be discussed. 

Event Date

Event Location

United States



Contact Name:

Parkinson's Foundation

Contact Phone

1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636)

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