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 …

Allies Against Parkinson’s

"Resilience is not what happens to you. It’s how you react to, respond to, and recover from what happens to you." Jeffrey Gitomer "Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going." Yasmin Mogahed Introduction: Several years ago, someone gave me or …

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 …

Brief Report: Social Isolation and Loneliness are Risk Factors for Worsening Parkinson’s Symptoms

"A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships." Desmond Tutu "There is a difference between solitude and isolation. One is connected and one isn't. Solitude replenishes, isolation diminishes." Henry Cloud Précis: Humans need connection, contact, and social interactions to thrive and survive. We …

Basal Ganglia, Nigrostriatal Pathway and Parkinson’s

"Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible." William Sloane Coffin "Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone, you'll never walk alone." Oscar Hammerstein II Introduction: I have been trying to learn more about brain physiology and the inner workings as it relates to …

Cytokines Linked to Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s

"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Lao Tzu "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." Lao Tzu Introduction: There are many ways that Parkinson’s begins. …