Huntington's Disease

Huntington's Disease: Overview

Alternative Names: Huntington's chorea

Huntington's disease (formerly Huntington's chorea) is a rare, inherited illness named after American neurologist George Huntington.  It is often mistakenly labeled as "schizophrenia" because of its progression of mental decline.  A chorea is a nervous disorder marked by involuntary movements of the body and face and lack of coordination of the limbs.  Even when involuntary movements appear, they may be mistaken for drug side-effects.

Incidence; Contributing Risk Factors

Huntington's disease usually appears in midlife.

Having a family history of Huntington's disease is a significant risk factor.

Signs and Symptoms

Early symptoms can include irritability, eccentricity and psychosis.  Further signs include paranoia, obstinacy , indifference, euphoria, and violence.  The disorder results in complete mental deterioration.

Treatment and Prevention

Dr. Abram Hoffer claims to have successfully treated two cases with a nutritional regime.

Risk factors for Huntington's Disease:

Symptoms - Food - Beverages

Counter-indicators
(High) green tea consumption may decrease risk of Huntingtons Disease (High) green tea consumption

As with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, a chemical found in green tea helps to break down amyloids, which play a key role in the development of brain diseases such as Huntington's disease.

Huntington's Disease could instead be:

Mental

Schizophrenia is very occasionally misdiagnosed as Huntingtons Disease Schizophrenia

Commonly labeled as "schizophrenia" because of its progression of mental decline.

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Weak or unproven link: is very occasionally misdiagnosed as
Weak or unproven link:
is very occasionally misdiagnosed as
Weakly counter-indicative: may decrease risk of
Weakly counter-indicative:
may decrease risk of