Happy Thanksgiving from Journey with Parkinson’s

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." Meister Eckhart "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." John F. Kennedy It is an understatement to say that 2020 has been a challenging year.It has been …

Treating Parkinson’s with Carbidopa/Levodopa

"If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou "Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay." Maya Angelou Précis: This blog post's primary goal is to present an overview of Carbidopa/Levodopa (originally named Sinemet) for treating Parkinson's. A secondary objective was …

Brief Report: DIY COVID-19 Disinfectant Wipes, Spray and Gel

*DIY = Do-It-Yourself “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent Van Gogh “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt Introduction: A novel coronavirus, originally named 2019-nCoV, began circulating around the world in late 2019. It was later renamed to severe …

Journey With Parkinson’s: (Part 2) A Different Side of Life

"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream." Khalil Gibran "Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back." Harvey Mackay Introduction: I am a scientist, trained as …

Journey with Parkinson’s: (Part 1) Another Side of Life

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." J. R. R. Tolkien "We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery." H. G. Wells Introduction:  Parkinson's changes us in many ways: …

Basal Ganglia, Nigrostriatal Pathway and Parkinson’s

"Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible." William Sloane Coffin "Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone, you'll never walk alone." Oscar Hammerstein II Introduction: I have been trying to learn more about brain physiology and the inner workings as it relates to …

In the Time of COVID-19

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope." Thomas Merton "Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one's journey is easy. It's …

Life with Parkinson’s in the Time of COVID-19: April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

"The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have." Vince Lombardi “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” Thomas Edison Précis: A different world exists today than it did just a few weeks ago, all driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus seemingly favors the elderly who …

Cytokines Linked to Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s

"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Lao Tzu "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." Lao Tzu Introduction: There are many ways that Parkinson’s begins. …

A Parkinson’s Diagnosis: You Still Control Your Life

"Your life is a work of art that you will work on the rest of your life." Richard Blanco "Today is the first day of the rest of your life, and if you screw that up, you can start again tomorrow." Ingrid Weir A Not So Typical "Anniversary" Blog Post:Six years ago this week, I …