The Holiday Season is over! With the New Year, it’s time to get back to healthy eating!
Proper nutrition for people with Parkinson’s disease is a recurring theme here at The Theracycle Blog. Thus we’re glad to post a very informative write up on concerns and recommendations for Parkinson’s nutrition, courtesy of the California Parkinson’s Group (www.calparkinsons.org), whose mission is to “foster support and collaboration among friends and families with young onset Parkinson’s Disease through dialogue, education and involvement in the medical research community.”
Be sure to visit the CPG for a collection of useful PD materials and to participate in their forums: www.calparkinsons.org
Don't forget to eat your prunes!
Your mother always told you to “EAT YOUR PRUNES!” Read on to learn why and other helpful insights in “Significance of Nutrition in Parkinson’s” from our friends at the CPG.
One of our favorite resources for events, programs and general information for the Parkinson’s community is the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Here’s a timely post from their National Young Onset Center written by Marshall “Dopadoc” Davidson— a New Jersey-based M.D. who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease back in 2005, when he was 44.
Beyond this article, Marshall runs a blog called “Dopadoc’s Parkinson’s Journal” http://www.dopadoc.com and is worth a follow on Twitter: @dopadoc.
Here’s Marshall Davidson’s “New Years and Holiday Recommendations for Parkinson’s Sufferers”
In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, Theracycle would like to single out someone who stands out as an extraordinary caregiver:
Lianna Marie of Bellingham, WA, whose mother Val was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 1991. Since then, beyond providing extraordinary care for her mother, Lianna has become an extraordinary force of nature, driven to help families through their Parkinson’s journeys.
Among Lianna’s contributions:
Author and publisher of a valuable eBook: “Everything You Really Need to Know About Parkinson’s Disease” For $27 this book and the related bonus content that comes with a purchase, Lianna answers a huge number of common questions about life with PD, as well as tips, advice, stories, and words of encouragement and inspiration
Host and Moderator of the Parkinsons Disease Forum A vibrant online community, where people with Parkinson’s and those who care about them can connect online get help, advice, friendship and support.
Blogger and Editor of theAllAboutParkinsons.com Blog Beyond providing a platform for the Parkinsons Disease Forum, Lianna’s AllAboutParkinson.com blog serves up a steady stream of news and information, resource links and articles about PD. This is definitely one to add to your blog list, and we’ll be adding it soon to the Theracycle bloglist of best Parkinson’s blogs!
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than than 65 million people (29% of the U.S. population), provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.
Theracycle is an ardent supporter of “National Family Caregivers Month,” and we hope you’ll join us in supporting the mission of the NFCA to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who give so much of themselves to provide for the health and well-being of a beloved family member.
Here’s another post from our friend and Guest Blogger Marc Sherman, who regularly chronicles what he calls his “journey and struggle through the life changes attributed to the onset of Parkinson’s Disease.” in his “But This is the Hand That I Shoot With” blog.
“Parkinson’s isn’t my life. I have Parkinson’s. Why does it have to have to be my life?
By Marc Sherman
The quote comes from the movie, “Love and Other Drugs.” The movie was both fluff and at times true to life. The quote “Parkinson’s isn’t my life. I have Parkinson’s. Why does it have to be my life?” stuck with me, and made me wonder, is it my life? If so, is it possible for it not to be my life?
Marc Sherman is a 54 year old attorney who lives in Forrest Hills, NY. He describes himself as I “someone who loved childhood, and in a sense, never really left it.”
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006 (an event that Marc says “should have caused me to leave childhood and become an adult,” Marc Sherman puts his legal expertise to work for The People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council of the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Marc is also the host of the Living with PD blog where he discusses his experiences living with Parkinson’s, often through witty parodies…
Forget the Mayo Brothers… Marc turned instead to The Marx Brothers for their diagostic and clinical expertise in treating his Parkinson’s disease, as you’ll read in his latest post:
If you or someone you care about has Parkinson’s disease, you’ll be interested in reading a free new eBook on a successful new therapy that is helping people with PD substantially reduce their symptoms.
Whether you’re a caregiver, family member, or patient — the process of keeping organized in the midst of any kind of medical ordeal is challenging to say the least. Whether someone’s just been diagnosed with an illness, is in the midst of treatment, or has an ongoing ‘adventure’ living with a chronic condition– it’s difficult, but essential to “keep it together” to effective in our own care, keep track over time, and feel in control.
While our blog rarely recommends products for purchase, here’s a helpful “tool” I can recommend personally…