Journey with Parkinson’s: Adding a New Journey

"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." Carol Burnett "It needs to be said and heard: it's OK to be who you are." Hailee Steinfeld  Adding a New Journey: In the preceding blog post, I spent a considerable amount of time writing about the quality of life, self-management of our …

Brief Report: Low-Dose Niacin Improves Motor Function in Parkinson’s

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Albert Einstein "Be a voice not an echo." Albert Einstein Abstract: The VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, reported the results of a six-month single-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized study using Parkinson's patients with early- and late-stage disease. They asked the question of whether …

Science Sunday: Ashwagandha and Parkinson’s

"Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day absorb all your interest, energy and enthusiasm. The best preparation for tomorrow is to live today superbly well." William Osler "It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person …

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 …

Science Tuesday: Sublingual Carbidopa/Levodopa

"The human brain doesn't come with an instruction manual." Bill Engvall "The great events of the world take place in the brain." Oscar Wilde Levodopa: Levodopa markedly improves motor symptoms for the majority of people with Parkinson’s. The pharmacological effectiveness of levodopa is quite good; however, it has less efficiency in controlling the non-motor symptoms. …

Apathy and Parkinson’s

"Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable." John Stott "I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference." Jack Kerouac Definition: Apathy (ap·a·thy, /ˈapəTHē/) lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. Occurrence of Apathy in Parkinson's: The presence of apathy in Parkinson's is between 17% to 70%, the wide range is partly due …

Botulinum Toxin for Treatment of Dystonia, Sialorrhea (Drooling), and Tremor in Parkinson’s

"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections." Gerard Way "Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for." Immanuel Kant Introduction:  I have a new friend with Parkinson's. He has always been very active and genuinely enjoys playing golf. However, he …

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 …

Journey With Parkinson’s: (Part 2) A Different Side of Life

"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream." Khalil Gibran "Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back." Harvey Mackay Introduction: I am a scientist, trained as …

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