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Meet Emily!

Tuesday October 18, 2016

Emily has been a part of the NWPF staff for a little over a year now, including her time working at the Parkinson’s Resource Center before it joined NWPF back in April. As the Community Resource Coordinator for NWPF she is in charge of providing the proper resources to help people with Parkinson’s and their families through specific programs or education.

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Rhonda Foulds, Outrunning Parkinson's Disease

Monday October 10, 2016

Superman. Hercules. Rhonda Foulds. Three beings with preternatural strength. But only one of them is real. Real enough to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, back in 1999, at the age of 35. Why does an athlete with Parkinson’s Disease rate a mention with two legendary titans? Superman leaps tall buildings, Hercules dispatched the Hydra, and every day Rhonda Foulds trains for the 10 or so marathons she runs every year.

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Book Review: The Perapatetic Pursuit of Parkinson Disease

Tuesday October 04, 2016

It is always good to hear about Parkinson’s from the people who know it best — the men and women who have the disease. The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinson Disease gives us a welcome window into the lives and thoughts of a wide variety such people.

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Staff Stories - Melanie

Monday September 19, 2016

Meet Melanie, the Program Leadership Intern!

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Snake Oil, the Cure for Parkinson's.

Monday September 12, 2016

Ask a Snake Oil Salesman!

Did you know that Snake Oil will cure Parkinson’s Disease? It’s absolutely guaranteed! I see some of you furrowing your brows and looking at me all squinty-like, as if you don’t believe me. Oh ye of little faith! In spite of my hurt feelings, I will nevertheless be glad, eager even, to correct your sad paucity of vision, your cynical lack of faith.

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Book Review: Nan Little

Tuesday September 06, 2016

Nan Little’s name will be familiar to many as the driving force behind the local Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. She has been a frequent speaker at support groups and conferences. She has a doctorate in anthropology and is well-versed in Parkinson’s. Her book is honest, brave, and not for the faint-hearted.

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Life's a Lot Better with NWPF

Monday August 29, 2016

A conversation with A.C. Woolnough, member of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, a PDF Research Advocate and an assistant state director for Parkinson’s Action Network in Idaho.

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Tipping Points

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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