Category Archives: Parkinson’s Basics

Roll Over, Beethoven

“That’s a classic,” my neurologist said.  He was not referring to any compositions by Beethoven or the Chuck Berry classic, “Roll Over, Beethoven”.    Alas, my doctor was commenting on my latest weird Parkinson’s symptom, difficulty rolling over in bed.  … Continue reading

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“Lord of All I Survey”

Back in April, I wrote a post pleading for a universal Parkinson’s survey to help both research and clinical care.  Wouldn’t it be great if researchers didn’t have to reinvent the wheel  and create a new survey on demographics and … Continue reading

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Seven Elements…Oh Bother

In my Facebook peregrinations, I stumbled upon “Seven Elements of a Highly Effective Parkinson’s Exercise Program“, presented by a (inevitably) perky physical therapist named Dr. Sarah King.  She runs a physical therapy business (Invigorate Physical Therapy and Wellness) in Austin, … Continue reading

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo

“Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo”  –Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, indeed.  This is what is going through my head right now.  I am imagining my  own  personal fairy godmother, who would have a cooler  outfit than the dowdy number that Disney … Continue reading

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Downhill Journey

When the plane touched down in Seattle this past Tuesday, I instantly felt a wave of relief.  I was returning from the second of two downhill ski trips this season, and the relief was that I hadn’t broken anything – … Continue reading

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It takes a village to cure Parkinson’s

Let’s do a little brain test.   Before reading anything else in this post, look carefully at the above photo.  What do you notice about it?  What appears odd or unusual?  When and where was it taken?  Does it look familiar? … Continue reading

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Which dementia do you prefer?

Tasteless joke of the day: An old man was asked, “At your ripe age, what you prefer to get – Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?” The wise one answered, “Definitely Parkinson’s. Better to spill half an ounce of Crown Royal whiskey, than to forget where you keep … Continue reading

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Feldenkrais – Fulfilling or Fooey?

Jane Brody, veteran health journalist for the New York Times, is hardly a fluttering reporter swooning over the latest health fad.  But she waxed poetic in describing her body after a couple Feldenkrais sessions:  “I felt like I was walking … Continue reading

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Stem Cells – The hope and the hype

What “miracle drugs” were in the 20th century, stem cells are the equivalent for the 21st century — the penicillin, the polio vaccine that will solve all our health issues. Hmm….sounds too good to be true.   Exhibit A in the … Continue reading

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“All Right Now”

“All Right Now” is the de facto fight song of my alma mater, Stanford University.  It’s also the title of the Class Panel that we grizzled old alumni held during our class reunion.  The theme was that life had thrown … Continue reading

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