Freaked out by Parkinson’s and the effect on this type A personality. The reality is setting in, but I’m in for the long haul.

bad-newsThat hot afternoon I immediately head for the computer to dig through Google to see what I can find out on my own. Of course the doctor spent a whole 15 minutes explaining what would happen over the course of the disease.  But I’ll just do my own research.  It’s easy (sure, wrong, you bet)  I’m sure all of us spent a lot of time crawling around the dark corners of the net.

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Bottom line, don’t believe everything you read until you research and validate:

  • Parkinson’s symptoms reversed in monkeys by groundbreaking new treatment. (independent.uk) scientists in Japan managed to improve the condition of monkeys given an artificially induced version of the disease.
  • Because of an attack on stem cell research at least one regenerative medicine company to seek friendlier treatment south of the border
  • Dubious overseas clinic takes money for treatments they promise to cure Parkinson’s.
  • A company in Spain is pioneering a new kind of treatment which can destroy the tiny piece of brain tissue causing Parkinson’s type tremor.
  • Try a treatment in which holes are drilled in the skull and cells from aborted foetuses are implanted does not really cure the disease
  • A 2016 study by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan found a possible way to stop the progression of Parkinson’s. Researchers have created caffeine base chemical compounds to fight the disease.

Hopefully this will give you an idea of what I’m talking about. There is a lot of excellent data on the Internet and I usually rely on our government based research facilities such as the National Institutes of Health.

Also, we have some outstanding organizations and associations that deal with Parkinson’s and the latest research. I spend quite a bit of time reading the various forums that are available and you can get routine questions answered professionally.

Learn to rely on creditable associations in your local area that offer ongoing seminars on a monthly basis. Being a little skeptical will help you dig through the mountains of data that’s available on the subject.

In closing, just use common sense and you’ll do fine in your search for information. Also meet other people in support groups to help you stay motivated and positive.  Also, as you search Google and Twitter, someone is usually trying to sell you something!!!

Caveat Emptor