Living Well With Parkinson’s

"Live well, learn plenty, laugh often, love much." Ralph Waldo Emerson "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." Friedrich Nietzsche **Introduction: Recently, I wrote a blog post entitled "A Checklist for Supporting Someone with Parkinson’s" (to read it click here). Briefly, I had been meeting people who had friends with …

The 2019 World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan

"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence." Abigail Adams "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." Christian D. Larson Introduction to the 5th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Kyoto, Japan from June 4-7, …

The Practical Matter of Carrying Medication for Treating Parkinson’s

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life." Golda Meir "Start where you are, use what you have." Arthur Ashe Introduction: Within 24 hours of arriving in Kyoto, Japan for the World Parkinson Congress (June 2019), I was asked by several people, "How did I …

The Uncertainty of Parkinson’s

"In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain." Pliny the Elder "Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty." Jacob Bronowski Précis: There are many motor and non-symptoms in Parkinson's, which gives us our own individual expression pattern of this chronic neurodegenerative disease. A common thread we share is linked …

Prescription for Parkinson’s: Exercise is Medicine

"Exercise: you don't have time not to" George A. Sheehan "It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor." Marcus Tullius Cicero A Mantra for Prescription for Parkinson's: Exercise is Medicine“With Parkinson’s, we need Dopamine.From Exercise, we make ‘Hope-amine.’If this is true, choose exercises you enjoy.Try to maximize your daily …

Brief Report: Hair Loss Linked to Dopamine Agonists

"It is foolish to pluck out one's hair for sorrow, as if grief could be assuaged by baldness." Marcus Tullius Cicero "Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man - there's your diamond in the rough." Larry David Introduction: When you play golf, they frequently pair you up …

Human Gut Microbes Identified That Process Levodopa

"Symbiosis is a much higher reflection of intelligent life." Frederick Lenz "Why do we do basic research? To learn about ourselves." Walter Gilbert Overview: Reading the article entitled "Discovery and inhibition of an interspecies gut bacterial pathway for Levodopa metabolism" from V. Maini Rekdal et al., Science 364, eaau6323 (2019) (DOI: 10.1126/science.aau6323- open access) made …