Parkinson’s: Don’t Look Back

"Now, be brave and don't look back. Don't look back." Shmi Skywalker "Don't look back, you can never look back." Don Henley Introduction: In the mid-1970s, Boston erupted into our radios with their thunderous rock-sound of music. The well-known story of the MIT-educated genius-engineer, Tom Scholz. He did everything in the basement of his house, recorded and …

Mindfulness Meditation for Parkinson’s

"Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves." Nhat Hanh "Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." Carl Jung Introduction: This post is one of my repeating themes. This one is on mindfulness meditation. Why would someone keep repeating a topic? Well, why do I do it? For the following reasons. First, I …

Living With Parkinson’s

"If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed." David Viscott "Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." Helen Keller Introduction: Having gone through a major change in strategy to treat my Parkinson's (see "Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper"), I have returned …

Journey with Parkinson’s: Tribute to the Greatest Generation

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes." William James "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." Elmer Davis Introduction: The Greatest Generation was a book written in 1998 by journalist …

2021 World Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month: Recap from 2015-2021

“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.” Thomas Merton “I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” Louise Hay Introduction: We celebrate Parkinson's Awareness month in April since it is the birth month of James Parkinson. He first reported/described the disorder, and from which, years later, his name was …

Parkinson’s Motivation

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." Michael Jordan "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Edmund Hillary Précis: Six years ago today, on March 9, 2015, I started the Journey with Parkinson's blog with a post entitled "I'm Still Here: Life with Parkinson's." This also signifies that …

Happy New Year from Journey with Parkinson’s

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt Happy New Year! My simple advice as we forge into 2021 is to forget 2020. Move forward, stay positive, be proactive, and always live with hope. Do …

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 …