- Many posts concern the attempts of science to replace the dopamine – a key neurotransmitter – that the disease destroys, thereby compromising the brain’s ability to direct the body’s actions.
- Many posts concern new drugs being developed to target just-identified biomarkers of PD, like a specific type of protein or plaque.
- Many posts pass along (I learned early in my blog experience NOT to recommend anything) information about over-the-counter (OTC) products that have worked for me… like the serotonin booster 5-HTP, which has been a great help in treating (or keeping at bay) common non-motor symptoms of PD, like depression, insomnia, and constipation.
- Many posts concern information about botanical products that have been proven to support health generally and to reduce the risk of certain diseases. A prime example is curcumin, the active ingredient in the Indian curry spice turmeric. It has been used medicinally for millennia and subjected to rigorous testing. Based on the science, I’m a believer.
- Some posts concern the importance of exercise in mitigating PD’s symptoms. There are many different kinds of exercise that reportedly bring great benefits -- like dancing, singing, boxing, and tai chi. If it involves movement, it’s probably been shown to be helpful.
- A few posts have covered the latest news about invasive surgical procedures, like deep brain stimulation (DBS). This surgery is considered a “last resort” for people with advanced PD who no longer are benefiting from standard therapies.
That was really different from what we expected, seeing patients' reactions and hearing their thoughts, how much support and interest they had. A lot of them wanted to be involved in the process, they wanted to sign up for clinical trials, they wanted to know if they could get it, they wanted to know whatever they could do to help us.
I was expecting them [the volunteer PWPs] to be a little more apprehensive, but all of them were willing to try on the headset even in the early stages. One of the patients said that before the early trials, he slept maybe one hour a night. After he said he slept five nights in a row through the night.
I think this kind of research is very valuable in terms of providing more flexibility for the patient. I know many don't like surgery and don't like the side effects of the medication. This may be very valuable in terms of reducing the amount of medication or prolonging the time before surgery.