Thought for Thursday: With A Little Help From My Friends

"If you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." Muhammad Ali "A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world." Leo Buscaglia Importance of Friends: Although one cannot deny the disorder's existence, we do not live totally through the lens of Parkinson's. Although we rely on our intuition …

Persistent Exercise and Physical Therapy Improve Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s

"Beginners are many; finishers are few." Stephen Covey "Nothing comes from doing nothing." William Shakespeare Introduction: By now, you know exercise is medicine for many disorders, including Parkinson's. But how is our health improved for those with Parkinson's, and what does that mean? The studies described here are either review articles that summarize the evidence …

Friday’s Reflection: Those Brief Times Without Motor Symptoms from Parkinson’s

"There's a brief moment when you first wake up, where you have no memories. A blissful blank slate, a happy emptiness." Candace Bushnell "Celebrate our brief moment in the sun" Lawrence M. Krauss Introduction: There have been moments in the past when I felt "normal" without my motor symptoms being present. Have you had such a …

Word for Wednesday: Gratitude

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie "Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other." Randy Pausch Gratitude: Since beginning this blog in 2015, I have mentioned gratitude numerous times and written about gratitude several …

The Significance of a Birthday: Journey with Parkinson’s

"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed." Arthur Schopenhauer "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain Introduction: For 26 years, I taught undergraduate Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill entitled "Biology of Blood Diseases." We …

Views of the Brain: Journey with Parkinson’s

"The great events of the world take place in the brain." Oscar Wilde "The brain is wider than the sky." Emily Dickinson Views of the Brain:  The usual photos and depictions of the brain typically show it to be smooth. However, in contrast, the reality of the brain is that it has a very different look. …

Science Sunday: Cinnamon’s Neuroprotective Potential in Parkinson’s

"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition." Thomas A. Edison "Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food." Hippocrates Introduction: Besides being used in foods as a spice, cinnamon has been used for many …

Role of Palmitoylethanolamide to Control Neuroinflammation and Potential Therapy for Parkinson’s

"Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward." Dieter F. Uchtdorf "My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling bad or having trouble off the field, the only thing …

Meditation and the Effect on Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms by Guest Blogger Twylla Johnson

Note from Frank: Ms. Johnson contacted me and asked if I would be willing to post her blog article dealing with meditation. I did a preview and read the blog post and found it to be a relevant topic.  My contributions included posting the cover picture and formatting/assembling the MS Word file into the WordPress …

A Forgetful Friday: Journey With Parkinson’s

"Memory only becomes interesting through its struggle with forgetfulness." Adrian Forty "As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two." Norman Wisdom Précis: A short story about being forgetful. Taking our daily requirement of essential drugs is vital to our everyday function with Parkinson's. …

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