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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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Book Review - Lucky Man: A Memoir

Monday May 23, 2016

There is much to admire in Michael J. Fox. He had the gumption to rise from poverty to the pinnacle of his profession. He found the good in a bad diagnosis. He refused to let a miserable disease make him miserable. He escaped the escape into alcoholism. He admitted his shortcomings and laughed — and makes us laugh — at his stumbles.

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Alexithymia, the Parkinson’s Get Out of Jail Free Card

Monday May 16, 2016

Parkinson’s disease, ever the over-achiever, brings with it a host of symptoms. You’d think that gait disorder, freezing, tremor, micrographia, dyskinesia, depression, dystonia, hallucinations, apathy, drooling, loss of ability to talk, REM sleep disturbance and constipation, just to name a few, would be enough. But the list just keeps growing. The latest addition: alexithymia.

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We Make Them Together: Major Decisions in Caregiving

Monday May 09, 2016

7 years ago my husband of 53 years was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. We made some major decisions along this path that have assisted us in coping with this progressive disease. I was asked to share them.

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Boxing is cool

Friday April 29, 2016

Boxing is cool. Not just because you can hit the heavy bag, but because we're expected to respect and follow the discipline. And wearing wraps on your hands makes me feel totally [hardcore]!

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Safety with Style: House Renovations you can hold on to

Monday April 25, 2016

Instead of simply dictating what to install and where, I tried to give the contractor a sense of some of the challenges of PD. I figured that if he understood the movement disorder better, he’d be able to come up with suggestions.

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Book review: On My Own

Friday April 15, 2016

Content Warning: Personal account of Voluntary Stop Eating and Drinking (VSED) and losing a spouse to Parkinson's

[This] is a realistic book 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. It is not always a pretty story, but it is a lovely one.

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