Going after a tremor problem in this logical way always finds the cause of tremor

whether its a simple short attack or a situation of long standing tremor with head shaking and drooling. If your situation is extra difficult, you will at least improve it and stop its progression. This includes Parkinson’s cases.

In cases of Parkinson’s disease I often find the bacterium Clostridium tetani, well known for causing stiffness. It hides under tooth fillings, too.

Remember, there is a consolation for doing all this work. When you find the culprit, you not only will be stopping the tremor, you will be improving a lot of other conditions along the way. Conditions like hesitant speech, shuffling walk, getting up stiffly and slowly from a chair. These are extra dividends for your loved one. And you have learned which things to avoid for yourself too.

One more thing, don’t take no for an answer.

If the problem is a drug, don’t accept “No, it can’t be changed.” Everything can be changed. Go to higher levels of authority. Doctors are very understanding and sympathetic with your intent. If the problem is leaking house gas, don’t accept “We can’t find a leak,” implying there is none. Go to a building contractor or the Health Department. Their equipment is better. If you get nowhere, change to electric utilities. If the problem is auto exhaust, don’t accept “But we have to use the kitchen door to the garage, because it’s cold outside.” Conveniences vs. tremor is no contest. Everyone benefits by excluding auto fumes from the house. Lock the door and cover it with plastic. By the time you have identified the culprits (probably 20 hours of work) surely you have won the right to make changes.

often others are not impressed. Even when the tremor lessens and the elderly person plainly states they feel better, family members may disregard your recommendations. Get tough! It’s your loved one. You have something at stake too. Be sympathetic with negative responses. But very firm. Make their choices clear:

• Either the inside door to the garage gets sealed off or the cars and lawn mower get parked outside and anything containing gasoline or solvents gets put in a detached shed.

• Either the girls use their hair dryers in their bedrooms with the door closed or you’ll get them all new ones that don’t contain asbestos.

• Either the clothes dryer gets a new belt or it is taped se­curely shut and the laundry is dried on the line or taken to a Laundromat.

• Either the plumbing gets changed (to plastic) or each faucet in the house gets a filter. (If your plumbing is corrod­ing, not even filters are a good idea—you would have to change them every week!)

Weakness

should not be taken for granted in the elderly. Especially if they themselves complain about it. It isn’t normal for them. Sometimes they will describe “spells” of weakness. This is an important clue. Check the pulse immediately. Count for 30 beats at least. Are there missing beats? There should not be! Missing two beats in a row certainly can produce a weak or “sinking” spell. The brain and body need every pulse of blood sent out right on time.

Check into caffeine use first. Take it all away. Caffeine speeds up the heart; then the overworked heart has to “take time out” for itself by missing a beat. Don’t switch to decafs because this introduces solvents and new problems. If no other natural beverages appeal, serve hot water with cream and cinnamon. After stopping caffeine use ask: Is the pulse too slow or too fast? The pulse should be between 60 and 80 beats per minute.

If it is lower than 60, a medicine may be at fault. Ask the clinical doctor about it immediately. A slow pulse could cer­tainly bring about weakness. A young athlete may have a slow pulse legitimately, due to having a very strong efficient heart, but your elderly person does not fit this category. The cause must be found.

If the pulse is quite high, over 100 perhaps, this will wear the heart out much sooner than necessary. Ask why it is beating so fast? A probable answer is that it is so weak that it has to beat faster to keep up with its job of circulating the blood. What is making the heart so weak?

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