Parkinson’s Disease

Swimming the Hudson River
Bruce

Swimming the Hudson River

Today, with the support of Parky 1, Parky 2 and Parky 3, I swam across the Hudson River from the city of Newburgh to the town of Beacon.  Newburgh and Beacon are not quite halfway up the Hudson River if you’re traveling from New York City to Albany, the state capital.  The river is a …

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What Position Do You Sleep In? It Matters!
Bruce

What Position Do You Sleep In? It Matters!

What position do you sleep in?  Apparently, it makes a difference. If you scroll to the bottom of this HuffPost article about sleep, you should see a video titled, “How the Position You Sleep In Affects Your Night.”  It reviews good and bad positions for sleeping.  The worst is probably sleeping on your stomach, because …

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Review: “How Not to Die from Parkinson’s Disease”
Bruce

Review: “How Not to Die from Parkinson’s Disease”

At the World Parkinson Congress last September, I walked in on the tail-end of an academic session that dealt with nutrition.  The speaker ended with a strong pitch that we all read – and follow – Dr. Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die, the first half of which contains a chapter titled “How Not …

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The Athletic Life: One Aspect
Bruce

The Athletic Life: One Aspect

Yesterday I entered the Grimaldo’s One Mile Swim Competition, held on the beach at Coney Island.  Things did not go as planned.  Let’s tell the story chronologically… The alarm clock rings at 4:30 a.m.  Parky 1, 2, and 3 are ready to go, and so are my goggles, towel and Parkinson’s pills.  The picture is …

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White Collar Workers at Higher Risk for Parkinson’s and ALS
Bruce

White Collar Workers at Higher Risk for Parkinson’s and ALS

A just-released report from the Center for Disease Control in the USA states that there is a higher chance of dying from Parkinson’s disease (as well as ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease) if you are in a higher socioeconomic status profession (such as “computer and mathematical; architecture and engineering; legal; and education, training, and library …

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Help Bruce Swim His Way to a Cure for Parkinson’s!
Bruce

Help Bruce Swim His Way to a Cure for Parkinson’s!

Summer’s here, and the time is right for dancing in the streets…and swimming long distance open water events to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research! Click here to donate! I am swimming in three events: – July 22: Grimaldo’s Mile (a one-mile race along the beach at Coney Island) – …

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Cure for Parkinson’s? Try Irish Dancing!
Bruce

Cure for Parkinson’s? Try Irish Dancing!

A friend alerted me to this article about an Italian doctor who enjoys playing Irish music and who noticed that a man with Parkinson’s seemed to lose his symptoms when he did Irish dancing. So the doctor, Daniele Volpe, conducted an experiment with 24 Parkies.  Half of them received conventional physical therapy for six months.  The …

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