What a bunch of crap.
If you take this drug you can not only stop taking all your other PD drugs but, you will also be able to walk 1/2 a mile.
I feel like I have been listening to a snake oil salesman. I find it hard to believe that you went from being DX with PD to finding your magic bullet cure all in what 18 months! Then you try and convince others to follow your led. Take this new drug for PD and you to can stop all your other drugs. I get tremors so bad at times my glass of milk turns to butter but I'd rather have butter then to take drug advice from someone on an open forum. I can't believe at 73 years old you would be as irresponsible as I believe you to be. People with PD (especially those newly DX) are looking for help and answers when they come to this web site the last thing they need is to find and read this thread and start questioning there Doctor before they even get thier meds adjusted.
I think it's time to let this thread die. Just my opinion.
A "bunch of crap"? Either you haven't read the associated studies on the matter or you're simply not able to process the info described therein. And, I think bear-bile salesman might be more accurate than "snake oil salesman" - except that, after a couple hours of reading through the postings here, I don't get the impression 'MrFritz' is doing anything but simply reporting - from his personal experience - about the perceived benefits of a compound that's been extracted from the gall bladders of unsuspecting Asian bears for centuries. Since then in fact, synthesized version/s of T/UDCA have emerged as increasingly promising treatments for various maladies including, most importantly, neurodegenerative diseases such as ours:
PubMed abstract (Aug2015) excerpts: "The bile acids tauroursodeoxycholic acid(TUDCA) and ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) have been recently shown to be neuroprotective in other protein misfolding disease models, including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and also in humans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis... Treatment targets have included inhibition of protein accumulation,clearance of toxic aggregates, and prevention of downstream neurodegeneration. No one target may be sufficient; rather, compounds which have a multimodal mechanism, acting on different targets, would be ideal. TUDCA and UDCA are bile acids that may fulfill this dual role.. Importantly, these are natural compounds which are orally bioavailable, permeable to the blood-brain barrier, and U.S.Food and Drug Administration-approved for use in humans" http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/25972546
PubMed abstract (May2014) excerpt/s: "There is a growing body of research on the mechanism(s) of TUDCA and its potential therapeutic effect on a wide variety of non-liver diseases. Both UDCA and TUDCA are potent inhibitors of apoptosis, in part by interfering with the upstream mitochondrial pathway of cell death, inhibiting oxygen-radical production, reducing endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and stabilizing the unfolded protein response (UPR). Several studies have demonstrated that TUDCA serves as an anti-apoptotic [restorative/neurogenetic] agent for a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease... A growing number of pre-clinical and clinical studies underscore the potential benefit of this simple, naturally occurring bile acid, which has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 3000 years." http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/24891994
None of the PubMed reports, and none of what I've read from 'MrFritz' impresses me as someone selling "snake oil". I personally find the information shared rather interesting and well-intended (and if I didn't I'd just move on to the next forum). The only "selling" I detect here is that of an overly pedantic "doctor" with FAR too much time on her hands, a pathetic 'clinger' who basically agrees with/or echos everything the doctor(?) says, and a few low-info, drive-by shooters - all trying to sell themselves as intellectuals. Otherwise, I enjoy the thread.