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 …

Reflection on Friday- Exercise is Medicine

“Neurons that fire together wire together. Mental states become neural traits. Day after day, your mind is building your brain. This is what scientists call experience-dependent neuroplasticity,” Rick Hanson “Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.” Santiago Ramón y Cajal The Brain and the Central Nervous System …

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 …

Reflection on Friday- Health Benefits to Vacation

"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking." Earl Wilson "A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." Robert Orben The Benefit of Vacation to Your Health: In many ways, this post is apparent and meaningless. We all know that relieving or …

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- Motion Monday- Exercise

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” William H. Cooper “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” Marcus Tullius Cicero "Find some exercises you like, make it a routine.Find others who like what you like, makes it more fun.Your life with Parkinson’s is …

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 …

Parkinson’s: Won’t Back Down

"The beginning is always today." Mary Wollstonecraft "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." Abraham Lincoln Introduction: Living with Parkinson's is a minute, hourly, and daily challenge. It takes patience, determination, persistence, and the ability to not back down from the challenge it presents. In one of Tom Petty's …

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 …