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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Life with Parkinson’s in the Time of COVID-19: April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

"The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have." Vince Lombardi “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” Thomas Edison Précis: A different world exists today than it did just a few weeks ago, all driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus seemingly favors the elderly who …

The 2019 World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan

"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence." Abigail Adams "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." Christian D. Larson Introduction to the 5th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Kyoto, Japan from June 4-7, …

Human Gut Microbes Identified That Process Levodopa

"Symbiosis is a much higher reflection of intelligent life." Frederick Lenz "Why do we do basic research? To learn about ourselves." Walter Gilbert Overview: Reading the article entitled "Discovery and inhibition of an interspecies gut bacterial pathway for Levodopa metabolism" from V. Maini Rekdal et al., Science 364, eaau6323 (2019) (DOI: 10.1126/science.aau6323- open access) made …

2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month- 12 Rules of Life With Exercise

"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 "Patients should have rest, food, fresh air, and exercise - the quadrangle of health." William Osler Introduction: April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. I am convinced …

Whey Protein Supplements May Increase Glutathione in Parkinson’s

"Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing." Wernher von Braun "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality." Albert Einstein Overview: In 1989, Riederer and others demonstrated that …

Brief Report: Link Between Physical Activity and Health-related Quality of Life in Parkinson’s

"The body achieves what the mind believes." Jim Evans “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein Overview: Dr. Ehlen and associates work in the Department of Neurology, Charité-University Medicine, Berlin, Germany and Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht, Netherlands.  Their publication is open-access and is cited …

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