Category Archives: Parkinson’s Basics

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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Laura’s Pharmacology Degree

I’ve been researching Parkinson’s drugs lately because soon I will have my regular 6-month check in with my neurologist.  My symptoms are still pretty mild, but have been increasing and I’m wondering whether I’m at the point where I need … Continue reading

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When Good Proteins Go Bad

I have read enough about Parkinson’s to know that it’s  got something to do with a bad boy protein called Alpha-Synuclein but I have not researched this area with enough, um, intellectual rigor.  So, time for questions and answers about … Continue reading

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Anniversary

With a shock, I realize it’s been five years since the word “Parkinson’s” entered my life. Nearly everyone else who has Parkinson’s tells a tale of gradually becoming aware that something was wrong — “I didn’t know where my feet were … Continue reading

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Discipline

A usual feature of Parkinson’s conferences is The Inspirational Speaker.  I have to admit that I find these speakers….um, inspiring.  The latest speaker I encountered (at an APDA seminar) was Stephen Bergenholtz , just ending his time on the board … Continue reading

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Parkinsons and Melanomas

Why do I have a  photo of my late father in this blog?  I have a photo of my handsome, Irish father mostly because Father’s Day is coming up.   But we also share the same Irish face: pale white skin, … Continue reading

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