Category Archives: Treatment

Curing Parkinson’s with Pixie Dust

I wrote a post back in 2013 that quoted the average cost of drug development: $1.2 billion over 15 years.  Four years later, it’s probably more than that, but the point is still the same: it would appear to cost way  too … Continue reading

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I have to confess that my speech therapist concluding that my voice was getting soft due to Parkinson’s just scared the beejeezus out of me.  Why?  I love to talk  and tell tales.  But even more, I love to sing. … Continue reading

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Can you hear me now?

In the last year or so, my Beloved has suffered from “husband deafness”.    Even when I am talking in a perfectly well-modulated conversational tone, he complains that he can’t hear me.  I urged my husband to get a hearing … Continue reading

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I Love to Laugh

You’ve probably been reading about “fake news” and our new “post-factual environment”.  So you can imagine how dubious I was when I scanned through my Facebook and saw one of those “sponsored pages” (i.e., an ad).  The page was from … Continue reading

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Fetal Stem Cell Tissue — How does it impact Parkinson’s research?

You may have read recently about an anti-abortion group secretly videotaping Planned Parenthood personnel as they discussed sale of fetal tissue (from abortions) to be used for research.   I thought, whew, at least this doesn’t impact Parkinson’s research, now that … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookies and Levodopa

What do chocolate chip cookies and levodopa have in common? A.  At the right time and amount, they can be a great treat! B.  However, you can have too much of a good thing. C.  They should be included among … Continue reading

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Shall we dance?

Don’t you love those old 1930s movies where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are in some fabulous Art Deco nightclub, Ginger wearing some incredible satiny, feathery dress, the band strikes up, and…..magic!   Fred and Ginger spend the next 15 … Continue reading

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Hey Dude, Score me some weed

I am startled to read on the front page of today’s New York Times that marijuana can be used for Parkinson’s disease.  But not so fast, bongo boy….only in New York, which moved last week to legalize medical marijuana for a … Continue reading

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I wish I’d paid more attention in 10th grade biology

I started writing this blog as a way of learning more about Parkinson’s.    I get various email subscriptions which are constantly reporting new breakthroughs in PD….or at least they sound like breakthroughs.  Understanding the research is very thick going … Continue reading

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Laura’s Future?

One scary thing about Parkinson’s can be not knowing what your future will look like.  Everyone’s symptoms progress differently, but I was able to get a taste of how symptoms progressed for one person, Anne Sostrom, after a visit to … Continue reading

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