Category Archives: Parkinson’s Causes

Block and Tackle Alpha-Synuclein

Per an earlier post, alpha-synuclein is the bad-boy protein behind Parkinson’s.  Very simplistically speaking, when alpha-synuclein proteins stop doing their job efficiently, they clutter up your brain and keep it from producing dopamine.  This July, Michael J. Fox Foundation announced … 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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Do you like breathing? Want to continue?

Do you like breathing? Do you like drinking clean water? Then you should be concerned about Trump’s Executive Orders dismantling Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Action:  Here’s ACTIONS you can take: 1)  Submit your comment to the EPA opposing reversal of … Continue reading

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Make Me A Million!

Help me raise a million dollars for the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.  Every dollar you contribute up to a million will be matched – BUT ONLY  UNTIL NOVEMBER 29!    That’s only … Continue reading

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You Too Can Be a Neurologist!

Hey kids! It’s easy to be a neurologist – it’s not brain surgery! Just ask Sean Hannity of Fox News. He (and various other right-wing wackos with similar neurological credentials) have taken a few scraps and magically concluded that Hillary … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s “Breakthroughs”

“Have they figured out what causes Parkinson’s?”  I got asked that question yet again the other day.  The answer (as with most Parki questions) is “sort of”.  My inability to clearly explain this answer made me vow to bone up … Continue reading

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Eat Your Kale

What does  iron in your blood have to do with Parkinson’s?  This was the question in the back of my mind when I signed up for “Haptoglobin and iron study” via the Michael J. Fox Foundation research registry.  (Psst….Have you … Continue reading

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Parkinsonisms vs. Parkinson’s Disease

I have written before about the difficulty of diagnosing Parkinson’s disease.   There is no blood test where you can just measure the quantity of dopamine in your brain.  Instead, diagnosis is dependent on  family history and clinical exam.  And once … Continue reading

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Go Sequence, Young Woman

Once again, gold in California! My bright young niece is graduating from college this June, and my thoughts frequently turn to the question of where she will find her first job.  Back in the 19th century, author Horace Greeley opined … Continue reading

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