Parkinson’s Puzzle

Parkinson’s is truly a puzzling disorder.If ten of us had the flu, we would all have similar, if not identical, symptoms. Ten of us with Parkinson’s, likely all would have different symptoms expressed. Every person with Parkinson's will experience symptoms differently. Parkinson’s is truly a disabling disorder. Yet, there are many strategies for managing our …

Exercise and Parkinson’s

Parkinson's affects your ability to move.  Exercise keeps muscles strong, improves flexibility and mobility, especially in Parkinson's. Exercise will not stop the progression of Parkinson's but it may help slow it down; however, it improves balance, reverses stiffening of joints, improves mobility, and definitely exercise bolsters your spirits. Exercise has been an almost daily part …

PDGF in Parkinson’s Brain May be Like Adding ‘STP’ (Oil Treatment) to Your Automobile

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou Grow factors are substances (proteins) that help regulate cell division and promote …

Cholesterol in Parkinson’s: Do Statins Alter the Yin and Yang Balance in the Brain?

“You cannot separate passion from pathology any more than you can separate a person's spirit from his body.” Richard Selzer What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a lipid (that is, a fat) that exists naturally in all parts of the body, including the brain. Your body needs cholesterol to function properly. You probably already know that if …

Educating the Educator About Parkinson’s

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi As a scientist and medical educator,  I read a lot for work (papers, reviews, chapters, books). There are 100's of books and 1000's of papers written about Parkinson's Disease (PD or Parkinson's), so where did I begin …

I’m Still Here: Life with Parkinson’s

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”  Maya Angelou A year ago this week I got the good/bad news from my Neurologist.  The 'good' news was that we can deal/treat/manage my current symptoms.  The 'bad' news was that I had Parkinson's …