Linda Ronstadt, the one-time "First Lady of Rock", is no longer able to sing due to Parkinson's disease.
The 67-year-old, who sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is widely regarded as the most successful female rock singer of the 1970s, said she was diagnosed eight months ago and “can’t sing a note”.
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try,” she said.
Linda Ronstadt, c1980
In an interview with AARP Magazine, the rock and country singer said she began to show symptoms eight years ago, but initially dismissed it as something to do with an unspecified tick-borne illness she has. When her hands then began to tremble, she said she thought the shaking was due to a recent shoulder operation.
“I couldn’t sing and I couldn’t figure out why,” she told the magazine. “I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist.”
When she was finally diagnosed, she said she was “completely shocked”.
“I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years,” she added.
She now uses poles to walk on uneven ground a wheelchair when travelling, according to the magazine.
During her career, Ronstadt, who was born in Arizona, won 11 Grammy Awards as well as two Country Music Awards and an Emmy. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the 1981 musical The Pirates of Penzance. …
Sad, but preventable. My Italian grandmother could sing into her 90’s. To avoid Parkinson’s disease and many others: trust yourself and not government regulatory agencies that have time and time again failed us by protecting corporate profits over human lives.
Here’s Linda Ronstadt singing a Pepsi commercial: “Pepsi Pours It On”
Did she drink it as well as sing about it? Linda was once super hot. Did Linda Ronstadt use products with artificial sweeteners believing they were safe and that they would help her keep her weight down?
Remember when Michael J Fox was doing (Diet) Pepsi commercials?
Throughout the 1980’s, Michael did commercials for Pepsico, and he promoted Diet Pepsi cola exclusively in the latter years of his contract. It is believed that he became an ardent consumer of Diet Pepsi throughout this period (even off-set).
The mainstream medical establishment apparently does not know the cause of Parkinson’s disease, but it has been linked with heavy metal exposure and excitotoxins. N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain are responsible for the excitotoxicity associated with Parkinson’s disease. Aspartate is one of the main components that is released when aspartame is metabolized, and it directly effects the NMDA receptors. Regular intake of aspartame damages those receptors, and can eventually lead to Parkinson’s disease.
It is known that Parkinson’s disease occurs whenever the dopamine-related nerve cells inside the brain are decimated. With dramatically decreased dopamine, the nerve cells in the effected part of the brain cannot properly transmit messages. In studies, aspartame has been shown to decrease dopamine levels in the brain to induce the unmistakable neurological decline that is seen in Parkinson’s patients. A troubling study in Norway verified aspartame as an excitotoxin and as a neurotoxin that is particularly dangerous to children. Yet none of this is ever mentioned by either the Michael J. Fox Foundation, nor any mainstream media outlets, for which the topic of aspartame is avoided.
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