Reflection on Friday- Dopamine

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” Thích Nhất Hạnh “Keep swinging.” Hank Aaron Dopamine is Important: Dopamine has the chemical structure of 3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine and is a member of the catecholamine and phenethylamine families. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, which means it delivers a message in the central nervous system. The enzyme L-DOPA decarboxylase removes carbon dioxide …

Parkinson’s and Axial Mobility (Part 1, Cervical Spine)

"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being" Plato "If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health." Hippocrates Introduction: The function of our spine and all the bones and muscles, and associated …

Word for Wednesday: Life

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” Louise Hay “Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live.” Paulo Coelho “Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” Frank A. Clark “Stop existing in …

Parkinson’s: Don’t Give Up

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up." Jim Valvano "Never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill Introduction: A recurring theme here and just about anywhere you read about living with Parkinson's is the call to keep trying, never to give up. Why? I think because the physical aspect of Parkinson's can be devastating. Furthermore, the …

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 …

Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper

"The key to change is to let go of fear." Rosanne Cash "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom Introduction: Seven years ago, when diagnosed with Parkinson's, I began taking Ropinirole, a dopamine agonist. And in the last month, I decided to stop taking Ropinirole …

Parkinson’s: Battles Are Won Within

“The greatest battle you ever have to win is the battle within yourself.” Eli Soriano “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself, the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us, that’s where it’s at.” Jesse Owens” Introduction: There are many human diseases, a lot of disorders that rob …

10 Things For A Better Life With Parkinson’s

"Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it." C. S. Lewis "Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Live Each Day: Every day, you accomplish something, and it makes you feel alive; you are alive. Every day you try to do something …