Amino Acid Protocol for Parkinson's
Amino Acid Track (AKA Hinz Protocol)
The Amino Acid Protocol, also known as the Hinz protocol, uses a natural form of L-dopa which can drastically improve Parkinson’s symptoms and balances blood levels of amino acids with other neurotransmitters. Giving too much L-Dopa, whether it’s with pharmaceutical drugs like Sinemet or even a natural form will cause an imbalance of neurotransmitters and can cause symptoms like nausea and depression. You must carefully balance neurotransmitters with other amino acids like 5-HTP. You should not attempt this protocol on your own without medical supervision. It is a very specific process that requires skilled professional help and is available at our Parkinson’s Center.
The Hinz protocol is not for everyone. The whole process of the protocol is to find the correct dose of all supplements that eliminate Parkinson’s symptoms without causing any negative effects. The most common complaint during this process is symptoms of nausea or appetite loss. This is caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters and is resolved once the correct doses of amino acids are found. This process can take several months or a year (although for some it can be much quicker) and anyone trying to embark on this protocol must know that you likely will feel uncomfortable before you find the correct dose and the process of finding the dose can be tedious and frustrating for the patient.
Once the correct dose is found, most people report feeling better than they have in years! Hundreds of patients have had success with this protocol. Most patients stay on the same dose for years and feel like they don’t even have Parkinson’s at all. However, I do not want to sugar coat this. As much as I want this outcome for everyone, the HINZ protocol is NOT for everyone. It requires diligence, patience, and a lot of guidance from a practitioner that specializes in this protocol. Many patients end up quitting after a few months of beginning the protocol because they get frustrated and don’t want to continue. I do not want this to happen to you, which is the reason I feel it important to be very honest about the difficulties with the process.
This program is superior to pharmaceutical drugs because it eliminates the side effects and long-term negative consequences of the drugs, while still proving effective in symptom relief.
The conventional model to treat Parkinson’s uses Sinemet which is a combination of L-Dopa and a decarboxylase inhibitor. L-Dopa is given orally and can easily cross the blood-brain barrier to increase levels of dopamine in the brain. However, when you give a large amount of L-Dopa much of it gets converted to dopamine in the periphery and causes serious nausea and vomiting. This side effect prevents the therapeutic dose of L-Dopa to be achieved centrally in the brain. The decarboxylase inhibitor solves the problem of nausea and vomiting by preventing L-Dopa conversion to dopamine in the peripheral nervous system and since it does not cross the blood-brain barrier it does not affect the conversion of L-Dopa to dopamine in the brain. So it allows large amounts of L-Dopa to cross the blood-brain barrier into the brain without the effect of nausea and vomiting. However, there is one big problem with this.
The decarboxylase inhibitor irreversible binds to B6. B6 is NECESSARY for the conversion of L-Dopa to dopamine. When B6 levels get too low, this vitamin also gets really low in the brain. Without B6, L-Dopa cannot convert to dopamine in the brain no matter how much L-Dopa is given. Now, this is a big big problem, because Parkinson’s patients need B6 and they need dopamine.
This amino acid therapy uses L-dopa and 5HTP, the precursors to dopamine and serotonin, in a specific dose that is necessary to restore function and prevent nausea that usually limits the amount of L-dopa that can be given. When you also give someone 5HTP with L-Dopa, the symptoms of nausea and vomiting are prevented.There is a natural form of L-dopa, Mucuna, used to provide necessary dopamine. It also uses L-tyrosine which is the precursor to thyroid and L-Dopa. The goal of this process is to determine the exact amount of supplementation of 5-HTP, L-dopa, and L-tyrosine required by your body to eliminate the relative nutritional deficiency and restore proper function.
As you begin the Hinz protocol, we will use regular patient visits to monitor your progress. These visits consist of patient symptom analysis, nutritional supplement dosage changes, and laboratory testing to determine the specific levels of amino acid precursors that are essential to each patient on an individual basis. MTO, monoamine transporter optimization, is the laboratory test performed on urine samples to arrive at the dose of amino acids that will bring your neurotransmitters to the proper level. It measures serotonin and dopamine output against the known amount of amino acids you are taking. Adjustments to the dosing are made based on the results of the MTO.
It is different for each unique individual. Some may get the desired results after a few weeks, while some may take several months. On average, I would say that it takes roughly 4-6 months to achieve symptom relief.
It is necessary to check in with your doctor on at least a weekly basis until you find the correct dosages of the supplements. The first appointment is always in person. Afterwards, the majority of appointment can be phone consults, usually done on Mondays. You must connect with your doctor at least once/week but if more support is needed, can schedule more often.
There may be a need for some urine or blood lab work while you are working with your doctor. These costs are not included in the program.
his also depends on the unique individual. Some require smaller amounts of supplements while others require much more. It is not unusual to need to take 30-50 pills/day. There is powder form of supplements if taking pills is too much. The cost of the supplements is not included in the program.
If symptoms return after they have been in control it typically means one of two things. More likely then not, it is due to an incorrect dosage. It inevitably happens that an incorrect dose is calculated or a pill is missed. Missing a small amount can cause symptoms to return. The best way to manage dosages is to keep a schedule and a log. Another reason that symptoms may come back is that the body can somewhat heal and no longer require the number of supplements given. The solution in this situation is to slowly reduce the number of supplements until symptom relief occurs.
Yes, there can be side effects of this protocol until the point you find the correct dose. The most common side effect of the supplements in nausea, which is caused by an imbalance of amino acids. Nausea is corrected by balancing the amino acids. You will also likely experience a worsening of your Parkinson’s symptoms before they get better.
Yes. You likely will need to be on these supplements for the foreseeable future. Unless you decide to go back on conventional medications, you will need to be on these supplements every month.
In order to be a part of the amino acid protocol (track), you will have to become a patient in one of the initial comprehensive programs. You will then join the amino acid track which has a monthly fee. There are two amino acid tracks: the awesome and super awesome track. Once you have achieved optimal success on the amino acid track, you will be completed with that track and will no longer pay the monthly fee.
Please contact the clinic for specifics on pricing.