Received this through the NOVA circuit yesterday. Those of you filing for AO presumptives on Parkinson’s Disease for yourselves or your loved ones should have Johnny Vet examined for Lewy bodies. These nasty little blobs of protein deposits develop and lodge in the nerve cells of your brain and cause you to have Alzheimer-like dementia and far more. The classic hallmark identified is usually the onset of vivid hallucinations. Put this on the to-do list on the next physical if you have been diagnosed with PD.
Agents Orange, Blue, Green, Pink, White and Purple were a gift to warfare that we are now coming to realize has lasting consequences. Parkinson’s was added to the burgeoning list in 2010. With the sure knowledge that Lewy bodies will be co-travelers, filing for future claims should include this automatically. It may take a while for VA to add it to the list but when they do, the earliest filing for it establishes the effective date of your claim.