My Parkinson’s Disease Questions

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Questions are a way of knowing.  Here are Parkinson’s disease questions currently on my mind:

1.  What am I doing right with my exercise routine, and what do I need to tweak?

2.  What am I doing right with my diet, and what do I need to tweak?

3.  What is “enriched environment” as it pertains to Parkinson’s disease, and how do I accomplish this thoroughly?

4. Besides diet, exercise and medication, what more should I do to keep the disease from progressing and/or in retreat?

5.  How much control do I really have over the disease’s progression?

6.  What’s the latest on fava beans, and what’s the best/easiest/most delicious way to prepare them?

7.  What are the latest research breakthroughs in preventing, halting, or curing Parkinson’s disease?

8.  What is the truth about whether someone with PD can slow the progression of the disease via exercise and other “enriched environment” initiatives?  My Web researches reveal conflicting opinions.

  • On the one hand, the Partners in Parkinson’s website says “There is no evidence that exercise affects the progression of Parkinson’s disease, but regular exercise or physical therapy may help people with Parkinson’s with their strength, mobility, flexibility and balance.”
  • On the other hand, the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation has an article that states, “The brain has the capacity for neurogenesis—the development of new neuronal cells—neuropsychologist Paul David Nussbaum said. Exercise, nutrition, socialization, mental stimulation and meditation are all thought to contribute to neurogenesis. That’s good news for people with Parkinson’s…. This is because having plentiful neuronal connections—a ‘brain reserve’—is thought to stave off the onset and progression of brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Nussbaum said.”

So:  Do I have some control over PD’s progression or not?

 

9.  How worthwhile are brain training programs like Lumosity – for the general public, and for people with PD?

10.  With all the recent news linking football and boxing to an increased risk for getting Parkinson’s, is anyone calling for a ban on these sports?

11.  What ever happened with stem cell research for Parkinson’s?  (For a partial answer, click here!)

12.  How do you convert skin cells into stem cells that replace or regenerate the brain’s neurons?

13.  Why are circadian rhythms “roughly” 24 hours and not “exactly”?

  1. Chris Tempe
    Reply

    Why are you thinking about fava beans? BTW nice site.

    1. bruce.ballard2010@gmail.com
      Reply

      Chris – See yesterday’s recipe + blog post on PD and Fava Beans.
      Sorry it took me so long to get to it.
      – Bruce

  2. Leigh S.
    Reply

    I know fava beans help produce dopamine in the brain. If you find any good recipes, please post or link.

    1. bruce.ballard2010@gmail.com
      Reply

      Leigh – Done. See yesterday’s recipe + blog post on PD and Fava Beans.
      Sorry it took me so long to get to it.
      – Bruce

  3. Kris
    Reply

    Do you take the skins off fava beans?

    1. bruce.ballard2010@gmail.com
      Reply

      Kris –
      See yesterday’s recipe + blog post on PD and Fava Beans.
      Sorry it took me so long to get to it.
      – Bruce

  4. bruce.ballard2010@gmail.com
    Reply

    Dear Chis, Leigh, and Kris – Thanks for writing in about fava beans. In a week from now my school starts its spring break, and I’ll investigate fava beans then. I’ll post a recipe, too. – Bruce

  5. Beverly
    Reply

    Re: Fava bean recipe – I definitely will try this and will shop for fava beans today!!

    Would you be offended if I eliminated the anchovies?? 🙂 My son loves them, but this is not an inherited trait!

    Happy Tuesday!

    1. bruce.ballard2010@gmail.com
      Reply

      Hi Beverly – Go ahead and adjust the recipe as you wish! Let me know if you come up with improvements! – Bruce

    2. bruce.ballard2010@gmail.com
      Reply

      Maybe you could substitute a high taste item for the anchovies – like minced spicy sausage, or minced kimchi, or… you decide!

      1. Beverly
        Reply

        Hi Bruce – Sorry to let you know that I still haven’t been able to try fava beans. A kitchen remodeling project has taken MUCH longer than expected and my pots and dishes are packed away in boxes in a deep, dark corner of a spare bedroom!

        1. bruce.ballard2010@gmail.com
          Reply

          No problem, Beverly! Hope you have a great kitchen when it’s finished!

      2. Beverly
        Reply

        Great suggestions!

  6. Derek Killin
    Reply

    Hi Bruce,
    Have you visited http://www.fight-parkinsons.org ? Colin Potter wrote this book about his fight against Parkinsons. I’m not saying his ideas work because I haven’t tried them yet and the supplements are expensive (£6.00 a day if my sums are right). If I can afford it, I’m going to give it a try .

    Regards,

    Derek

    1. bruce.ballard2010@gmail.com
      Reply

      Hi Derek – I’ll check it out. Thanks for the suggestion!

      My big thing is exercise and the other “enriched environment” stuff I do on this site. I wrote about this in one of my first posts:

      http://www.parkingsuns.com/2015/02/22/5th-post-enriched-environment/

      My biggest challenge is finding the time to do all I want.

      But I’ll definitely check out Colin Potter.

      Thanks for writing –

      Bruce

  7. Beverly
    Reply

    Have you read/heard anything about cannibidiol oil being helpful? An ARNP at my primary doctor’s office stated that it has been/may be helpful in reducing tremors. I started checking on line, but haven’t made it through all of the sites yet. It is available at some health food stores, according to the nurse.

    1. Bruce
      Reply

      Hi Beverly – I did hear about cannibidiol at the World Parkinson Congress, but I need to do more research. Thanks for the heads up! – Bruce

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