There is a special kind of movement disorder called “essential tremors,” which is also called “family tremors” because it often runs in families. Essential tremors are not caused by disease; rather, they arise without any other signs or symptoms. Essential tremors do not progress into anything more severe nor are they related to any other condition. They exist as a fundamental defect in the part of the brain that controls motion.
It’s in the genes
The fact that essential tremors occur in higher concentrations among family members may say something about genetics. People related to each other share many genetic characteristics, including some of the same vulnerabilities. In many cases, these weaknesses only emerge under specific stresses. So, two people with identical genetics – identical twins – may not have the same likelihood for essential tremors unless they experience the same stresses.
It is very important to understand that genes do not “code” for disease; they only code for function. When a gene builds a brain cell it lays out the proteins following a specific DNA blueprint. These proteins are usually constructed perfectly! There may be tens of thousands of perfect protein chains before a single mistake creeps into the construction process. In families, these genetic mistakes often occur in the same place.
Imagine we are going to build a skyscraper 75 stories tall. The builders must follow the blueprint exactly in order for the building to stand and be useful. Even a small design weakness or construction mistake can affect the performance of the entire building when it is under stress. If you know about the design errors or the construction mistakes, you can often compensate for it and the building will have a longer life.
The average person in North America lives about 75 years. To construct a life of purpose for those years it would be helpful to know about design weaknesses or construction mistakes. Armed with this knowledge, we can compensate for genetic weaknesses and build a life that does not put too much stress on these disadvantaged areas.
With essential tremors, it’s a group of proteins that were not assembled perfectly in the part of our brain that controls motion. We can avoid putting stress on this area by reducing toxins and ingesting more nutrients that specifically affect this region of the brain.
We must avoid these “stresses” to the motor control area of the brain to help reduce essential tremors:
- Caffeine: the chief toxin for the brain’s motor area
- Alcohol: a brain-specific poison
- Lead: typically found in lead-based paint and other products
- Pesticides: those commonly used on our lawns and gardens
- Nicotine: from cigarettes and “smokeless” tobacco.
We can insulate our brains against stress as well. For instance, improving the quality and quantity of sleep can help improve tremors. And brain-specific antioxidants can help us compensate for family weaknesses:
- The antioxidant glutathione is probably the most protective of all nutrients for the brain. Glutathione does not survive the digestion process in a usable form. However, you can create massive amounts of glutathione with Vitamin C. Determine how much Vitamin C you can take each day by doing a Vitamin C flush.
- DHA, found in Omega-3 supplements, also acts to protect your brain.
If essential tremors run in your family or if you notice that you are beginning to get the shakes, eliminate the neurotoxins you can control and increase your brain-specific antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Test Yourself for Essential Tremor
Draw a concentric spiral (A). To test your progress, repeat this test every month. Choose the same day of the week and the same time of the day. Try to make sure that all variables – like caffeine or alcohol consumption – are eliminated when you take the test. People with essential tremors typically have difficulty with this task (B).
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.