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Tuesday August 16, 2016

14 years into diagnosis, the falls still come as a surprise. One minute I’m upright and sailing along, the next the asphalt is rushing up at me. The alarms sound, the adrenaline spikes, the needles jump into the red, we’re going down! Shields up! SHIELDS UP!!!... But there are no shields. 180 pounds of vulnerable flesh and bone crashes to the earth. Damage control, report! Minor bruises, a worried wife, battered dignity, and foreboding about the future.

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Book Review: Natural Therapies for Parkinson's Disease

Monday August 08, 2016

In Natural Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease, Dr. Mischley calls for the integration of the conventional approach to Parkinson’s — involving carbidopa-levadopa, agonists, and other pharmaceuticals — with the naturopathic approach — involving nutrition and vitamin supplements. She is convinced that if neurologists and naturopaths work together, then patients need not assume that Parkinson’s is always progressive or that it can never be slowed, halted, or even reversed.

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Dare to Attend a Support Group

Monday August 01, 2016

You are in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. You cope well with symptoms, and when your trusty meds are well adjusted, so are you. Most people, in the course of casual contact, can’t even tell you are undergoing a slow motion brain injury. Why should you clutter your busy schedule with a support group meeting?

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Ten for David

Monday July 25, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Peter G. Beidler gave the opening remarks at a seminar on treatment options for Parkinson’s disease at a PD University seminar at Skyline in central Seattle. We asked him if we could publish his remarks in the Parkinson’s Post.

Content Warning: Death with Dignity

[This] is a realistic scenario that many who have Parkinson's or who love someone with Parkinson's will want to read. Some may find it depressing to learn in so much honest detail about what this disease can do to people, and to the families of people, with the disease.

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Time After Time: Kim Farmer's Story

Thursday July 14, 2016

Kim Farmer didn’t have the time. That’s the only thing he knew for certain when the director of advertising sales for Microsoft’s Bing division fired off an email as the 2015 calendar year wound to a close. With a busy work schedule, a family that included two young children and all the other demands of life, Farmer had pretty much everything she wanted … except for time.

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The Glass is Half-Full

Thursday June 30, 2016

Ron Hanken will be the family focal point when he participates in his third Team Parkinson’s Walk Seattle on July 30. The event, scheduled to be held at Seattle’s Magnuson Park, is a rare moment for Hanken to move out of the audience and onto the stage.

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Book Review: Reverse Parkinson's Disease

Monday June 20, 2016

John Pepper is one of us. Maybe. Diagnosed in 1992, he had had almost twenty years of experience with Parkinson’s by the time he published Reverse Parkinson’s Disease in 2011. He speaks, then, with a certain authority when he describes the success of his treatment program. That program has three branches, one physical (exercise, diet), one mental (attitude, stress management), one chemical (he recommends an MAO-B inhibitor). It is difficult to argue with the first two of those. The third one is problematical.

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Contentment

Monday June 13, 2016

In December of 2015 I took a leave of absence from my nursing career that has turned into my taking a permanent leave due to my Parkinson's. Most of us have had dreams of what it might be like to take early retirement, hit the beach and live the high life. Well, my reality is not quite that. Don't get me wrong. It's not that it's been so bad, it's just that it's not been that great.

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Parkinson's and Free Will

Monday June 06, 2016

If anything should drive you into the arms of philosophy, it would be Parkinson’s Disease. Once you are diagnosed, all sorts of philosophical problems are in your face. Plus, you have lots of new time to ponder them. Like between steps as you shuffle from the refrigerator to the sink. Questions like the classics “Why are humans (and I might add, all but the simplest life forms) born to suffer and die?” or “ What is the purpose of life?” certainly come up in bold relief. But one that PD brings into especially sharp focus is “Does anyone have free will?”

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A positive attitude is everything

Tuesday May 31, 2016

A conversation with Jacquie Ewell, carepartner of Ed Ewell, Founder of the former Parkinson's Resource Center of Spokane.

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