Meditation, Yoga, and Exercise in Parkinson’s

“There are moments of frustration in life. You must build good relations to support you in these moments. You must also learn to courage yourself and decide to stay determined in life.”  Lailah Gifty Akita Introduction: Parkinson's is a central nervous system disorder that usually presents with neurodegenerative and movement issues.  In managing Parkinson's, we should work …

Isradipine: Shutting the Door on Calcium Channels to Slow the Progression of Parkinson’s

"The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof." Barbara Kingsolver Doors Opening and Closing, an Analogy for Calcium Channels:  Carrie Newcomer sings …

Imagine Yourself Then, Imagine Yourself Now With Parkinson’s

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Winston S. Churchill Imagine yourself then, imagine yourself now. What are the differences? I …

Physicians in the Constellation of Care

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  Edward Everett Hale “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb Constellation of Care: In …

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

"The cures we want aren’t going to fall from the sky. We have to get ladders and climb up and get them." Michael J. Fox Can you and I make a difference during Parkinson's Awareness Month (designated for April)? This blog posting is simply to serve as a brief overview of Parkinson's, a description of …

Dopamine: A Symbol of Hope

"As I ate breakfast one morning, I overheard two oncologists conversing. One complained bitterly, 'You know, Bob, I just don't understand it, We used the same schedule and the same dosage, and the same entry criteria. Yet I got a 22 percent response rate and you got a 74 percent. That's unheard of for metastatic …

Parkinson mPower iPhone Application: Tracking Symptoms in Real Time

"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith." Steve Jobs Parkinson mPower iPhone App: Do you think a smartphone app that measures several symptoms in Parkinson's would be helpful (personally)? Do you want to be part of an international study to monitor symptoms/progression of Parkinson's? Are you willing to give feedback/suggestions …

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 …

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 …

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