Functional Medicine Approach to Neurodegenerative Diseases (NDDs) from Parkinson’s Disease, to Alzheimer disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Functional approach to neurodegenerative Conditions

Neurodegenerative disease (NDDs) is an umbrella term for a range of conditions which primarily affect the neurons in the human brain.

Neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system which includes the brain and spinal cord. Neurons normally don’t reproduce or replace themselves, so when they become damaged or die they cannot be replaced by the body. Examples of neurodegenerative diseases include Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disease.

Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable and debilitating conditions that result in progressive degeneration and / or death of nerve cells. This causes problems with movement (called ataxias), or mental functioning (called dementias).

General Functional Medicine Approach to NDDs (MS, ALS, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s disease) 

Genetically Modified Foods (AKA GMOs), and specific pro-inflammatory foods were shown to be contributing factors to numerous autoimmune conditions, in addition to NDDs. For the past decade I’ve observed that many of my patients presenting with such conditions, typically react to wheat, dairy, eggs and corn.

Gluten, found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, is a major cause and contributor to the neurodegenerative process, as well as numerous autoimmune diseases. Most doctors dismiss gluten as a problem. Traditional diagnostic testing has focused on blood antibody tests and or intestinal biopsies. Unfortunately, traditional tests for gluten sensitivity are often incorrect. There tends to be a lot of false negatives. Therefore, I just have patients eliminate gluten from their diet.

General Guide: I typically recommend an anti-inflammatory diet, diet that is nutrition dense, low caloric, rich in low glycemic fruits and vegetables, without any processed foods i.e. no saturated fats, sugar, or unwanted chemicals, I also ask the patient to eliminate their severe food reactions from their diet, this is followed by balancing their hormones, support detoxification pathways, improve their gut function (absorption, elimination, and natural flora), and correct any other structural or physiological imbalances that we can find.

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About the author: Dr. Mordy Levy


Dr. Mordy Levy is possibly the only Canadian doctor to have graduated from three first professional doctorates in separate and distinct health care professions: Chiropractic Medicine (DC)-1997, Allopathic Medicine (MD)-2006, Naturopathic Medicine (ND)-2011, graduated Summa Cum Laude, from the prestigious National University of Health Sciences (Chicago, IL) and was the valedictorian of his graduating class.

Dr Levy's first undergraduate degree (BSc) was in Biology and Psychology from York University, graduated with Honours, and his second undergraduate degree (BMSc) was in Human Biology and Biomedical sciences from National University of Health Sciences (Chicago, IL)

Dr. Levy is a registered member in good standing with three distinct health professions in Ontario, namely the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, in addition to the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

Dr. Levy is board certified in Functional Medicine and is a professional member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, the Canadian Society of Orthomolecular Medicine, American College of Nutrition, in addition to the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Ontario Chiropractic Association and the Ontario Homeopathic Association.

Always an avid lifelong learner, Dr. Levy completed numerous postgraduate certifications in Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Medical Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicine, in addition to Prolotherapy regenerative medicine. His clinical interests are in Neurological, Autoimmune, Hormonal and Gastrointestinal Dysfunctions.
On a personal noted: Dr. Levy enjoys spending time with his three boys, practicing TaeKwonDo and reviewing research articles.