In the Time of COVID-19

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope." Thomas Merton "Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one's journey is easy. It's …

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 …

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. …

Importance of Magnesium in the Brain and Magnesium Threonate is Neuroprotective in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s

"The world may be broken, but hope is not crazy." John Green "Our eternal message of hope is that dawn will come." Martin Luther King, Jr. Introduction:  Epidemiological studies show that magnesium deficiency is associated with a Parkinson's like syndrome called Parkinson-Dementia Syndrome (PDC). PDC patients have progressive cognitive decline, parkinsonian, and the loss of the …

Playing Golf in the Presence of Parkinson’s and Some Motivational Quotes for Exercise

"But in the end it's still a game of golf, and if at the end of the day you can't shake hands with your opponents and still be friends, then you've missed the point." Payne Stewart "You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about." Bobby Jones Introduction: It is winter …

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade Parkinson’s

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been" Rainer Maria Rilke A New Year: Happy New Year everyone. I begin with a thank-you to all of the readers of this blog; …

Part 3: Journey to Parkinson’s and Polysomnography (Sleep Study)

"Sleep is like the unicorn - it is rumored to exist, but I doubt I will see any" Dr. Seuss "Sleep is the most blessed and blessing of all natural graces." Aldous Huxley Introduction: Along the way to the diagnosis of Parkinson's, you may have to undergo several different kinds of examinations. These tests will …

Parkinson’s: Reflective Gratitude of Life

"We don't need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful." Carlos Castaneda "Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth." Horace Introduction: The title of this blog post says it all. At the age of 66 years old, I stand before you thinking I need to be more thankful. Really? …

Staying Hopeful With Parkinson’s

"Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” George Iles  "Learn from yesterday, Live for today and Hope for tomorrow.”   Albert Einstein Introduction: The Cambridge dictionary defines hope as “the feeling that something desired can be had or will happen." Hope is a key word in your life with Parkinson’s. A heart that …

Go FAR and Be ADEPT With Exercises For Parkinson’s

"You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good." Jerry West "Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." Arnold Palmer Précis: By now, everyone knows the importance of exercise. However, in my opinion, you cannot hear it enough. Exercise is Medicine, especially …