Friday, October 31, 2008

Signs of Parkinson's Disease

Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:34 am Post subject: Signs of Parkinson's Disease

There are the following signs that you may develop the Parkinson's Disease. 1. unexplained stiffness in arms, legs, feet or hands 2. tremors in arms, legs, feet or hands 3. Muscle or joints freeze 4. Difficulty walking and balance 5 Stoop posture 6. soft speech,slur speech 7. small handwriting' 8. Insomina, anxieties, depression,constipation for the past few years 9. Mask face without smile 10. Drooling Saliva Consult movement disorder specialist for checkup.
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Parkinson's Disease
Unlike many other neurodegenerative diseases, there is effective symptomatic therapy for Parkinson's disease that can provide most patients with several years of satisfactory quality of life and response to treatment. Key points in PD therapy include:
No therapy has yet been shown to slow or reverse the disease, although clinical trials of several candidates have shown intriguing results.
Levodopa continues to be the most effective treatment for motor symptoms, and all patients eventually require it.
Long-term complications of dopaminergic therapy are a concern that drives decision-making early in the treatment program.
Non-motor symptoms, especially depression and anxiety, are important targets of therapy.
Surgical treatment has become a mainstay of late-stage management, although not all patients can afford it or are appropriate candidates.
Cell transplant therapies are still experimental.
Non-pharmacological treatments remain an important part of a comprehensive treatment program.

Dr. OkunJoined: 19 Jan 2007Posts: 251Location: University of Florida
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:33 pm Post subject:

Thanks for the post. Joe Jankovic also stresses unexplained shoulder pain._________________Michael S. Okun, M.D.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yoga an exercise for Parkinson Patient?

I have exercises in the gym i.e body pump, body combat, spinning, cardio, box and kick execises I consider Yoga has most benefits for parkinson’s patient.
Yoga is a mind, mood and soul exercises. It orginating from India two thousand ago and western technically scientific and modified them into physical exercise that promote mind,mood and spirit.
Parkinson’s disease is a movement and non movement disorder’s kindly consider learning Yoga as a tool to combat the diseases. It teaches you on how to relief your muscle stiffness, rigidity and stretching as well as twisting your hip bones and seat bone either standing and seating to uplifting your stoop postures.
Yoga strenthen your muscle and increase mobility in joints
It also aids patients in relaxation and have a disability and are struggling with managing your body or symptoms yoga could be a very good choice.
It also teaches you relaxation techniques on how to cool down and relief your anxieties, depression, insomina , and temper which are most helpful for parkinson’s patient and provide strength to handle other troubles that beset you.. It is also a discipline improve your emotional and spiritual health as well.
Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular means of relieving pain and increasing comfort for people with many different types of disabilities. Many patients practice adaptive yoga, which takes into consideration a patients wants and concerns as well as their limitations. Those with multiple sclerosis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, post-surgical conditions, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, arthritis, or simply a very sedentary lifestyle have been helped by doing yoga.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Check Lists of Parkinson's Disease

There are the following signs that you may develop the Parkinson's Disease. 1. unexplained stiffness in arms, legs, feet or hands2. tremors in arms, legs, feet or hands3. Muscle or joints freeze 4. Difficulty walking and balance5 Stoop posture 6. soft speech7. small handwriting'8. Insomina, anxieties, depression for the past few years9. Mask face. Consult movement disorder specialist for checkup.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:43 am Post subject: urination

Dear Drs, What can be done when parkinsons has reached the point of being unable to urinate?
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Dr. OkunJoined: 19 Jan 2007Posts: 251Location: University of Florida
Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:46 am Post subject:

This is not a typical or common feature of PD. A urology consult is very important in these cases. If the subject is a man think hard about prostate issues._________________Michael S. Okun, M.D.

Characteristic in parkinson's disease

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:46 pm Post subject: Parkinson's Patients: Mercy Killing or Senseless Suicide?

I think some patients choose to suffering Mercy Killing or Senseless Suicide as He/She has no trust and believe on the doctors and prefer what he/she is? My friend who has parkinson's disease though he is wealthy but he does not believe and trust doctor he prefers to stay what he is. As the result he is in the late stage three Parkinson's disease. He pleads mercy killing. He believes he has other diseases rather the parkinson's. I feel sorry for his decision. This is his choice to plead mercy killing/Senselesss suicide rather the treatment.

Therefore Illiteracy by him towards the diseases are the main cause of parkinson's scenario.

Denial. Helplessness. Anger. Withdrawal from social circles. These are all forms of coping with Parkinson's Disease that may manifest themselves on diagnoses. It's not uncommon for patient's to begin avoiding doctor's appointments, or refusing to take their medication. All in the very human hope that the diagnosis is somehow not true. Ultimately it is important to confront the diagnosis as timely treatment and making changes to one's lifestyle can make a huge difference in living with Parkinson's Disease

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Apathy is a characteristic of Parkinson disease. Apathetic behavior is not something the patient can voluntarily control, and it is not laziness or the patient trying to be difficult — it is a symptom of Parkinson disease.”
Apathy : indifference, unconcern, lifelessness, uninterested, dullness, listless, uninquisitiveness, lack of emotions or feeling,etc

Dr. FernandezJoined: 20 Jan 2007Posts: 90
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:48 pm Post subject:

I am sorry to hear this, as PD, although not curable, can be treated. A lot of our patients live very meaningful lives. Each person has a right to his or her own beliefs, but I just hope that this decision is not a result of ignorance or lack of education/information. He should at least see a Movement Disorders specialist, even just once before he makes his decision. I wish I can do more. My thoughts are with your family. Yours,_________________Hubert H. Fernandez
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Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:38 pm Post subject: suicide

My meds were "off". Statue-like in my garage; I watched all of the neighbor ladies drive by in their golf carts. In the nick of time; my sinemet started kicking in. I grabbed my crutches and hobbled to my golf cart. I drove to the starter shack and schleppe up to the starter's window.. The starter didn't say the words. They were in his eyes. I responded with, "In 15 minutes; my meds will kick in and I'll have a hole in one. You just watch!" Big Mouth!! Several people watched as I landed my tee shot 12 inches from the cup. I hollered, "Better living through chemistry and my Gator docs!" My point is this...we can still achieve wonderful accomplishments. Get past your stubborn refusal to learn how to live better, despite PD. Now my bucket list does not include climbing Mount Everest. It never did. But, still, I would love a hole in one. Many wonderful people and achievements have come to me since PD. More will come. Suicide only hurts the people who love you the most. You wouldn't be there to feel their pain. More than one member of my family has gone the suicide route; so I know whereof I speak. GROW UP!! Suicide is for self-centered cowards. Sure; it takes courage to face this disease. But, we are not alone. We have a dedicated team in our corner. You know several of them...Drs. Fernandez, Foote, Hauser, Mandel, Nieves, Okun, Rodriguez and Skidmore. These bright young medical sleuths put in 80+ hours in clinic, teaching and research a week....then volunteer stuff like "ATD" and "". They learn from us; we from them. Every coping strategy we implement is a small win. Every new med that buys another few hours of "on" time is another win. We will win the biggest jackpot of alll when a cure is foound..during our lifetime! We just need to keep living so we're still here when a cure is found. It will be found. Betcha!!!! And, I'm not on mirapex or requip! I know that few Parkies, actually, do commit suicide. Our docs will elaborate on that...please. Ths is no dress rehearsal, Judy
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Dr. FernandezJoined: 20 Jan 2007Posts: 90
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:12 am Post subject:

Thank you, Judy, as always! Your words can sometimes be tought to swallow, but they are real and they hit us right in the core. Yes, I believe in fighting and living life to the fullest. I believe in hope and I believe in contributing to that hope. Like you, and millions of others with PD, giving up is not in my vocabulary! Passive suicide due to ignorance is one thing, and active suicide as part of depression is another. I really believe knowledge is power. And I do hope that there will be less and less people in this world who are "giving up" simply because they do not know any better. They do not know that there are medications and strategies to make their lives better and more manageable. They do not know that PD is not a deadly disease that goes for the jugular in months. It is a slow process that can stick with you for years or even decades and ignoring it just makes your life more miserable. Depression however is common in PD. It occurs in up to 50% of PD patients. And suicidal thoughts can be part of it. In fact we featured this as our article of the month at the Movement Disorders Society Web Site ( The good news is that this can be treated. Our medications work! So, passive suicide from ignorance can be treated with education and active suicide from depression can be treated with medication and therapy. More power to you all! Take care,_________________Hubert H. Fernandez

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pneumonia causes most death in Parkinson's?

There are almost 2/3 of Parkinson's patients at the age above 46 years old died on Pneumonia as they find difficulty of breathing and swallowing. They are at the late stage of Parkinson's.
My mother died on Pneumonia aspiration disease. It may be genetic or environmental factors yet to be confirmed. I may be one of the victim.

Blood Clot and Caspirin/Plavix

I had a T.I.A ( blood clot) recently my doctor prescribed me Casprin for prevention another blood clot again and the chances is high (75%). The casprin/Plavix is to thinning your blood clot. I have to take daily.

You have to stop taking casprin/plavix for a week before you go for surgery to prevention interior bleeding. Caspirin/plavix is not suitable for those have gastric ulcer or other condition that causes bleeding.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Prostate and bladder issues with Parkinson's

Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:15 pm Post subject: prostate and bladder issues with parkinsons

what are the problems caused by parkinsons or the drugs?

Dr. OkunJoined: 19 Jan 2007Posts: 251Location: University of Florida
Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:02 am Post subject:

In general you need to be careful and not be too quick to attribute everything to PD, or to drugs, or to other comorbidities. It may also be a combination that leads to problems. I am happy to address specific question. For example urinary incontinence often may be a result of primary urological difficulties, but can be made worse by PD and the drugs. The drugs to treat incontinence systems may cause confusion in PD patients. That is just one example. Feel free to write more._________________Michael S. Okun, M.D.
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Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:48 am Post subject: Vesicare and Azilect

My Movement specialist sent me to a urologist for urinary frequency and urgency. He said he was "training" or familiarizing the urologist with PD. During my visit the urologist gave me samples of Vesicare and said I should research any drug interactions...which I would have thought would be his responsibility. After Googling both drugs--I cannot find any interactions but I did find a site where some of the Vesicare users (N=418) reported alraming side effects which included 83 hospitalizations and 8 deaths. Several reported it "caused Parkinsons"--could that mean tremors? Very confusing. I am concerned I missed something. My question---do you know of Vesicare interactions with PD symtoms, Azilect or Neupro? Thank you--I am glad you are available as a resource to PD "patients."
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Dr. OkunJoined: 19 Jan 2007Posts: 251Location: University of Florida
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:51 pm Post subject:

The main issue with Vesicare is that it is in a class of drugs that have to be used with caution in PD (anticholinergics can lead to confusion, visual blurring, cognitive issues, etc.). There are few drug-drug interactions but we are careful in PD with this drug._________________Michael S. Okun, M.D.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Parkinson's Blogs worth mentioning part 3

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:10 am Post subject:

Nowaday people go the blog to find out information than consulted a doctor. As the higher costs of medical consultation and save times there is an increasing of making the blog to find reliable medical information. There are different of blogs and serve different kind, needs and purposes for the users. Doctors do not provide such informations as what the blogs do. It is the products of advance media technologies
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Dr. OkunJoined: 19 Jan 2007Posts: 251Location: University of Florida
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:35 pm Post subject:

Blogs often have both correct and incorrect as you proceed to look at PD blogs be sure to ask whether the information is correct when you visit your docs and health care professionals._________________Michael S. Okun, M.D.

Forum:Oral Health:Saliva,swallowing,dentures

Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:13 am Post subject: Parkinson's Oral Health: Saliva,swallowing, and dentures

Dear Doctor Recently I have problems with my excess saliva and my lower and upper dentures could slipping and sliding even I paste on. I do not have drooling. Controversy I find comfortable without putting my dentures as I could easy swallow my excess saliva. Though I have drooling. Questions: Is it the dentures increasing my excess saliva? Is it the excess saliva caused by slow swallowing ? Why I do not have drooling when I put on the dentures? Kindly advise TEKIMHOE
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Dr. OkunJoined: 19 Jan 2007Posts: 251Location: University of Florida
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:48 pm Post subject:

I am not sure the relationship with the dentures, but in PD decreased swallowing could lead to pooling of saliva. Many docs will adjust PD medications, and occassionally use atropine drops in the mouth or anticholinergics (could be side effects). Botulinum toxin has been used successfully for saliva issues in PD._________________Michael S. Okun, M.D.
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Oral Health Parkinson's : Saliva,Swallowing and Dentures

As Pd is a complicated disease, dental health is often overlook by both neurologists and people with parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s symptoms — such as tremor, rigidity and abnormal posture — may make a dentist’s examination more difficult. Additionally, people with PD who have been on medications like levodopa for several years may begin to develop dyskinesias, which can affect the jaw (where they are called oro-buccal dyskinesias) as well as teeth grinding — both of which may create problems during dental exams and at home.
People with PD may also experience dry mouth, which can contribute to or worsen already-existing chewing difficulties or denture discomfort

I have problems with my upper and lower dentures as they are increasing the saliva in my mouth.

Though Saliva is extremely important for washing bacteria (germs) and food particles away from your teeth and gum areas and also for providing the minerals necessary to keep the surfaces of your teeth hard.

As the result my dentures are slipping and sliding and my paste on the dentures could not last. I could not enjoy food even a bite. Though I do not have drooling.

In the other hand I find comfortable without dentures though I have drooling.

I have tried to swallow my saliva to mininize it in order that the paste on the dentures could last.

I consider to implant.I hope it could not cause
me problems again

In the meantime my dentist is finding way to make a pair of dentures mininize the saliva. I was told that the dentist be specialized making the dentures for Parkinson's patients.

My dental Ceramist is studying the causes and a new pair of dentures are available by this week.

This is the most annoying symptom of Parkinson's disease

Kindly advise


Parkinson’s oral health: excess saliva, swallowing and dentures

What is your most annoying PD symptoms?

What is your most annoying pd symptom? Tips on easing it?

Mercy Killing or Senseless Suicide by Doctor

teokimhoeJoined: 03 Mar 2007Posts: 113Location: Malaysia
Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:03 am Post subject: Mercy Killing or Senseless Suicide taken by Doctor?

I do not agree that Mercy killing or Senseless Suicide be taken by doctors. Doctors are not the Judges to decide whom should live or die? They are trained to save, treat patients. They do not have a licence to kill, even a terminal disease not be cured and cause death. Besides there are voluntary organizations that give physical, or spiritual support to encourage them to stay meaningful._________________to help the PD patients aware the diseases and encourage to set up support groups to educate the patients and their immediate families

wheelersceJoined: 02 Mar 2007Posts: 554Location: MI
Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:24 am Post subject:

Teokimhoe, I agree with you. But "Assisted Suicide" will continue to be a topic of discussion among desperate people, including some of us with PD. The following links might be of interest to you and others. Sue W.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A designer for Parkinson's disease?

dry mouth

Facial expressionless with Parkinson.s

Am I in Late stages of Parkinson's Disease?

Your comments at your profile are all so very much "on target" for the fact that Parkinson's symptoms can be changed for the better by use of many natural and nutritional methods and activities.I would encourage you to also consider the newest research on the role/methods to enhance glutathione levels thru natural means resulting in an increase in the "master antioxidant" we make within our own bodies everyday! It is only available through Max International with a composition patent being on Dr. Robert Keller's work. There are only 3 products being offered by this company - all for superb health care in the critical areas of prevention of breakdown of God's design intended to have us experience optimal health. My husband and I have witnessed the ability to "recover" from many of the devastating aspects of Parkinson's, even after 17 years of following the pharmaceutical routes, as advocated by NPF and other medical organizations within the United States. Thank you for your post and the picture of your beautiful family. The very best to you personally as you find the most effective and worthwhile REAL answers to medical challenges!Marie and Judd (cmsf)

In dispute on workout? Everyday or a day break?

how to relief your stoop posture

Guides for New parkinson's ought to believe

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Honeymoon period

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:20 pm Post subject: "Honeymoon Period"

Dear Doctors: I have just finished reading the Taryn Simpson Treatments article "Complications of Long-Term Levedopa Therapy" which is very good. I have a question though which hopefully you will be able to answer for me. I have been symptomatic for 5 years and diagnosed for two and a half years. I have not been prescribed Sinemet however. Instead, I have been taking Requip for the last 2 and a half years (switched to the XL form a few months ago) with Azilect having been added a year ago. Am I having my honeymoon period now with Requip and then will not have it when I eventually begin Sinemet? Or am I in sort of a holding pattern and will have a 1 to 5 year "honeymoon period" when I finally go on Sinemet? Or do I get a "honeymoon period" period with each med? That would be cool if one would get two! Excuse me if this sounds like a bit of a goofey question.........I am just trying to figure out how all this works. Thank you so much for all you do for the PD community and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.
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Dr. FernandezJoined: 20 Jan 2007Posts: 90
Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:12 pm Post subject:

The truth is that each person is different. There will be some where the honeymoon period seems to last forever, and some where in only lasted a few years. In general, for younger patients, starting on requip and azilect would delay the need for levodopa, but once levodopa is started, they would have progressed the same way that they would have should they have started with it from the beginning. Meaning, for people who would have developed motor fluctuations after 5 years of levodopa, they would probably develope it after 5 years of levodopa use, whether it is started initially or later. When we compared requip versus levodopa in early PD. Those who were on levodopa scored better than those on requip (suggesting that levodopa is the superior drug) but they also developed motor fluctuations sooner. However, once they were placed on levodopa, the rate of developing fluctuations was the same as the rate of those who got levodopa from the begining. The problem is we don't in each individual case what the rate it. The honeymoon period is so variable. To me, it is not worth worrying too much about something that may or may not happen. Yours,_________________Hubert H. Fernandez

Monday, October 6, 2008


Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:36 am Post subject: seroquel

Dear Drs. I have been having a great deal of insomnia, and my neurologist has recommended Seroquel to be taken at bedtime. My meds at present are Requip xl 8mg, Sinemet 25/100 4 times daily. After reading the side effects of the Seroquel, it really frightens me to use it. What do you recommend for insomnia for a parkinsons patient? ?
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Dr. FernandezJoined: 20 Jan 2007Posts: 90
Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:49 pm Post subject:

Seroquel, in my experience, is generally safe. It has good sedating qualities, so is a good drug of insomnia. But I use it more for patients with hallucinations and delusions or behavioral problems. If you only need a medication to help you sleep, there are other meds that you can also mention to your doctor: trazodone, melatonin, clonazepam, lunesta, etc, etc. Yours,_________________Hubert H. Fernandez

Complications of Long-Term Levodopa Therapy

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Facial expressionless with Parkinson.s

Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:47 am Post subject: Facial expressionless with Parkinson's

Facial expressionless with Parkinson's

Some people have difficulty with voice and speech as don't talk loud enough. They have had shortness of breath as they have difficulty monitoring how loud they are speaking. This is one of the main symptoms of Parkinson's diseases. Therefore people with Parkinson's develop facial expressionless..I am one of the unfortunate patient with facial expressionless that look disinterested or unhappy even though this not truly how I feel. There are way to help you with increase your muscle around the mouth. Exercise with tongue in your mouth to massage your muscle around the mouth. Blowing air deeply into your balloon to increase your muscle around mouth TEOKIMHOE

Because the facial muscles also become rigid, people with Parkinson's disease may look expressionless, as though their face is a mask.
As the disease progresses, the mouth may hang open, and the patient may drool or choke because the muscle stiffness progresses to the throat and makes swallowing difficult. Other symptoms include abdominal cramps, rapid speech with little expression in the voice, problems with sleeping, the inability to control the flow of urine (incontinence), and constipation
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Dr. FernandezJoined: 20 Jan 2007Posts: 90
Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:35 pm Post subject:


An early parkinson's patient

Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:29 am Post subject: An early parkinson's patient?

Early parkinson's patient fully aware that the early stage of PD patient does not accept that he has symptoms of PD even have been diagnosed by doctors.. He treats it as an aging process as the result the patient end up with Parkinson's progression. Besides Parkinson's has symptoms with other related diseases and some doctors wrongly diagnosed as an age aging process. I am one of the sufferer's. It takes me four years to be treated as Parkinson's patient. I am fortunate that my PD is slow I do daily exercises far ahead for changes of my body.movement. The late Parkinson's treatment aggravates the sickness further and could not to be normal and enjoy good quality life. Therefore a good start to tackling health issues is to understand the diseases themselves. As an early PD patient I experience emotional disorders - anxiety,depression, apathy, uncertainties and stress. Do you experience the above?

People with early Parkinson's disease report a higher than anticipated development or worsening of hallucinations, sleepiness, and swelling. Researchers have identified factors that make people more likely to develop these problems, according to a study published in the July 10, 2007, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. FernandezJoined: 20 Jan 2007Posts: 90
Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:34 pm Post subject:

It is not uncommon for PD patient to be initially misdiagnosed. A lot are diagnosed with essential tremor first. Others are diagnosed with anxiety or depression because of their tremors. Others are told "it is all in their head". Some are referred to a rhematologist first because they don't swing their arms, and others are even given steroid injections. Eventually, the symptoms progress and patients eventually see a neurologist. In general, if you are having significant symptoms of PD, it is best to have it treated with medications. Life will be much more liveable with it. Yours,_________________Hubert H. Fernandez
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Non motor or motor symptoms has great impact of Parkinson's patient?

the side effect of Levodopa Therapy

When you have PD you have only several months left to live?

What's talk about GOD?

What does faith in God have to do with Parkinson's? This is after all a Parkinson's forum.
Have you noticed that there are tons of different subjects in this forum? I don't personally read them all, I only read the ones that interest me and offer me information I need.
And I might read posts but I don't comment if I don't have something beneficial to add.
For me God and faith in Him are inseparable with Parkinson's. Some people take meds for certain symptoms, some exercise, eat certain foods, meditate or drink etc. I personally find the greatest medication is the lift of joy I get when I read the uplifting posts about God!
God is always a hot topic because faith means you don't believe other things. It sounds rude, but faith divided is just doubt. Faith demands you exclude things.
"Only one life: will soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last." C.T. Studd
I believe that is true! I hope that those who live around me see this in my life.
I have faith in gravity, it affects my choices in life. I also drink a vitamin drink RELIV has given me my energy back I drink it religiously even though I don't like the taste, I believe in it.
If you don't think certain meds work for you, you don't tell others that it can't work for them.
So what does God and faith in Him alone have to do with Parkinson's? Everything! So don't mess with my medication. There are many who don't read these posts because they aren't helped by it.... So please if you don't agree maybe you don't need to post!
Thank you so much! While I would suggest we start our own forum for this we would miss out o blessing other people who are joining.
Psalm 119: 89 Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. 91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. 92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. WHY SO MUCH TALK ABOUT GOD? Simply because you see we love Him, He works! This forum is about sharing what works!

Parkinson's does not mean no hope and no life?

John Maxwell famous quotes and application to PD
JM-"Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it."
Application:how we choose to react to PD is what will determine the quality of our life
--------------JM-"Once our minds are 'tattooed' with negative thinking, our chances for long-term success diminish"
Application:if we choose to think negatively and continuously doing so, PD has won, and we won't succeed in creatively adapting to continue doing what we love and are good at prior to PD------------------------
JM-"As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behaviour. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behaviour. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works."
Application:PD is a physical problem. It does not have to hold us back from being the person we want to become. Behavior is totally seperate from Parkinsons's and doesn't have to be negatively affected if we choose not to allow it so. Behavior is still under our control. We can become whatever person we chose to become. ------------
JM-"If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone."
Application:Conquering PD means breaking out of our comfort zone and being creative and adaptable... thus, PD can make us grow!-------------
JM-"A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position."
Application:PD can be beat from courage and inner passion overthrowing it... if we accomplish this mentally and emotionally we become leaders and examples to others regardless of the physical state we may be in...
------------JM-"Most people who want to get ahead do it backward. They think, 'I'll get a bigger job, then I'll learn how to be a leader.' But showing leadership skill is how you get the bigger job in the first place. Leadership isn't a position, it's a process."
Application:People think conquering PD means getting their symptoms under control, finding the right med mix, or even discovering a cure. This is backward thinking... first conquer your mental, emotional, and spiritual connections with positive power and you'll realize you've conquered and "cured" PD. You then become a leader. ------------
JM-"Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present."
Application: HOPE is the single best cure for PD... it is what makes us powerful!!------------
JM-"The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one."
Application:Courage is the next best thing to conquer PD... mistakes are inevitable by everyone... mistakes of falling, tremorring, stammering for words; all of these things just makes us more humble, approachable, and emphathetic to others.------------
JM-"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up."
Application:The best day is the day we no longer blame PD for everything we are experiencing... when we take control of our thinking and feelings, and admit we want/need to change them... because if you recall, 10% of what is happening to us molds our life, but 90% of what molds our life is our attitude towards what is happening...
(which brings us to the beginning of these quotes once again... ;) we might all do well to read them over again and make them a part of us.)

An Early parkinson's patient

6 Serious Medical Symptoms