Monthly Archives: February 2011

Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Meets in DC

Next Monday, hundreds of the United States’ most dynamic and involved advocates for the rights and issues affecting people with Parkinson’s Disease will convene in our Nation’s capital. The goal is to be heard and represented but mostly to be understood that we, as a collective force need better funding and services.

Neurological disorders are rising as is the aging population. Even more importantly, younger and younger people are receiving neurological related diagnoses that one might find in an older patient. Whether the cause is our growing toxic world and/or a genetic component that gets triggered or some cocktail of switches, a desperate portion of our population seeks a solution to a real problem that plagues them everyday, all-day.

In less than a century our country replaced vacuum tubes for Silica chips, went from the horse-drawn carriage to the space shuttle, put a man on the moon, and mapped the human genome. Where is the push to eradicate or even slow neurological illnesses? Great strides have been made in other diseases. New therapies and drugs, while slow to come, only slow or mask symptoms. It is time for a push and a unification of voices to be heard in DC and across the nation that more must be done.

The PAN advocates are coming to DC to speak for the countless victims, both directly and indirectly, touched or shaken by Parkinson’s Disease. They are speaking for those who are unable to speak for themselves.

To learn more about PAN and to view an online webcast of our symposium, go to www.parkinsonsaction.org.

Picture Of The Week-Perspective

Tone and Texture

There is a distinct and simple beauty that surrounds us all. Even in the largest of urban jungles contain pockets to appreciate and behold. Don’t lose sight of the world around you. Keep your eyes open for subtle beauty as well as the obvious.

For me, as I capture more of the wonders Nature and the world around me, I find a greater calm and peace as well as an incredible love for the wonders of Earth!

New Development On Fruits!

A new release on the benefits of fruits and flavonoids is out and medical researchers are touting the potential benefits. As a long-term vegetarian and proponent of fruits and berries, it comes as no surprise. I am happy to see this news though. I truly believe that the lower you eat on the food chain, the healthier you’ll be. Here is the link to the new report on fruit.



Banyan Tree Photo

Banyon Tree

The Banyan tree is a majestic and inspiring tree made up of numerous individual offshoots to form a sturdy and healthy trunk. I am in awe of these trees and inspired by their sheer beauty! Enjoy!

An Open Mind May Lead To Healing

Parkinson’s Disease is a designer disease without any glamour or style. Unique to each owner is a brew all of its’ own. Put a room full people with this illness all together and you’ll see an array of symptoms of varying combinations but you probably won’t encounter any two exactly alike.

Parkinson’s Disease, for all the research, press, and money that has gone into this disease, frankly, has not come that far. There are medicines to stabilize patients for only so long, risky and invasive brain surgeries that may temporarily delay or reduce some symptoms, and some therapies that assist sufferers in retaining their voice and mobility, but the breakthrough that was promised 20 plus years ago when I was diagnosed has yet to come.

If each one of has such a unique case, maybe that means each of us has a unique combination of triggers that set the course for this development. If that is the case and we set the parameters either genetically and/or emotionally, it just may be within our reach to find our own cure.

As radical as it may sound, I whole-heartedly believe that our bodies, given the right information and regimens, an openness to self-discovery, and a willingness to change just may lead our bodies to healing themselves. Combined with Western medicine and Eastern therapies,  a proper balance of physical and mental conditioning can, does, and will reverse or at least improve the damage of illness.

My long journey with Parkinson’s has led me down some dead-ends but I have seen successes. In my hunt for healing and therapeutic answers to improving my condition, I have seen Reiki (see posting 28) make the largest impact on this disease. Amazingly, the scientific community shies away from testing this therapy so it is conveniently discounted and dismissed.

As a Reiki practitioner and Reiki Master (in a 1 year training program), it is my belief and hope that anyone reading this posting strongly consider that an open-mind and a willingness to help yourself can lead you to the answers and assistance that you seek.

This is my journey and I wish you well on yours!

Picture of the Week – Ice’s Beauty

The Beauty Of Ice

Ice has a sheen and majesty like no other. Cold, yet strong and mesmerizing, ice dazzles. Enjoy this photo from a few winters ago.

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