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This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is about exploring Eastern holistic healing modalities as a complement to the pharmaceuticals relied upon by Western Medicine. Parkinson’s touches a global community, so we might as well use all the global tools to address our health and wellness. Sometimes it is a matter of having the courage to try something new. For me, last year, that was acupuncture. I am afraid of needles, but quite enjoyed the pain relief it provide and calming, centering sensation it provided. Practitioners of traditional Eastern medicine stress the importance of finding an energetic balance and energetic awareness. I have never had Reiki. Rebecca experienced it at World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto. We talk to the two Reiki masters who were in the “renewal room” and the impact that they observed Reiki had on people with Parkinson’s and care partners. We also chat with Karl and Angela Robb. Karl has had PD for thirty years. After discovering the benefits of Reiki, they both became Reiki masters and use it to manage life’s challenges. Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford  Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod Instagram: @parkinsonspod Thank you to the following people featured in this episode: Muniqui Muhammad and Lena Takahashi www.healinglandreiki.com Karl and Angela Robb www.KarlRobb.com and check out their book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease Book Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada. Here is a link to the Parkinson’s Canada Preventing Falls Guide.  Thanks also to our content and promotional partners The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us. World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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    The first three episodes of Season 4 of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s go deep inside the brain. It has been five years since the United Nations recognized one BILLION people or one in six person’s alive today on the planet suffers from a neurological disorder, from Alzheimer and Parkinson disease, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy to migraine, brain injuries and neuro-infections. Each year, nearly 7 million dying from neurological issues each year. Every two-and-half minutes, another person dies from Parkinson’s disease. What’s happening to us? The Brain is Under Siege. In the kickoff episode of Season 4, Howard Weiner MD, a Harvard professor and Co-Director of the Ann Romney Center at Brigham and Women’s hospital shares his theories. Weiner released a book in October 2021 called, “The Brain Under Siege; Solving the Mystery of Brain Disease, and How Scientists are Following the Clues to a Cure.”  He suggests the key to solving this diseases is to treat them like crime scenes. Learn along with Larry as Dr. Weiner details Alpha Synuclean, Microbiome, the Brain Gut Connection, and the importance of volunteering for research. He also explains how many of these brain issues have more in common that we first thought.   Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons   Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford  Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod Instagram: @parkinsonspod   Thank you to the following people and organizations featured in this episode: Dr. Howard Weiner, Harvard professor, Co-Director of The Ann Romney Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of “The Brain Under Siege.” Dr. Ray Dorsey, co-author “Ending Parkinson’s Disease.” Dr. Gregory Petsko – Ted Talk Dr. Silke Cresswell – Studies role of Gut Biome Ted Talks Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada.   Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign   Thanks also to our content and promotional partners The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.   PD Avengers –  We are building a global alliance to end Parkinson’s. Join us. World Parkinson Congress 2023 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2023 in Barcelona, Spain.   Credits Dila Velazquez – Story Producer Greg Schott – Sound Design See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    We missed a few weeks of the podcast and I wanted to explain why. Turns out I can’t still do it all. I’m having to prioritize more and  more on where I put my focus. This time, the podcast got short shrift. But, I figured if anyone would be understanding it’ll be my pod peeps. There are two more episodes of Season 3 of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s which will be released sometime this Summer. One on Paraquat and other toxic chemicals and one on DBS: Deep Brain Stimulation. After those episodes drop, Rebecca and I will be on a hiatus from the podcast until sometime in 2022. Breaking News. Big Announcement dropped on June 15 that the World Parkinson Congress 2022 in Barcelona is postponed one year to July 4-7. It will still be in Barcelona. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s features former NBA star Brian Grant who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2008. He spent 12 years battling for rebounds and putting points on the board playing professional basketball and the last 13 years battling Parkinson’s and putting points on the board as a PD advocate.   “You know, when I go onto court and go up against somebody who was a big name, I’d grit my teeth to try to be an animal out there,” Grant shared. But he admits, YOPD is a different beast than pro basketball, “You can do that at Parkinson's, but it's just going to sit there and say, keep gritting your teeth and when you get done gritting your teeth…  I'm going to have your cheekbone.” From denial and depression to acupuncture and advocacy, Brian Grant’s PD story is a unique but relatable journey for many suffering and living with the disease. His honesty and vulnerability are on display as he, like many of us, try to come to terms with a disease determined to do whatever it pleases, whenever it wants to.  You can find out more about the Brian Grant Foundation at BrianGrant.org. His book Rebound: Soaring in the NBA, Battling Parkinson’s, and Finding What Really Matters is available everywhere you buy books… Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford  Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod Instagram: @parkinsonspod Thank you to the following people featured in this episode:  Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada. Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign Thanks also to our content and promotional partners The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.   PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us. World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is all about care partners and caregivers advocating for themselves. We take our jobs very seriously and often put caring for ourselves last on our lists. Our lives and well-beings are affected on nearly every level by our Person with Parkinson’s condition, and we have our own needs, yet we still are often considered predominantly in relationship to them. How do we as care partners, caregivers and Partners in Parkinson’s advocate for equal consideration in and out of our relationships? How do we make sure we have what we need to take care of ourselves, not to mention the time and space to do it? How do we learn to consistently consider our own well-being first? Rebecca takes the lead this episode and talks to three wise and wonderful care partners. First, she speaks frankly about the challenges and lessons that Cherryl Choi and Sheryl Hague have learned as they navigate their life as care partners, mothers and humans. Then she speaks to Leslie Davidson, an award-winning writer and Person with Parkinson’s who also was a care partner and caregiver to her late husband Lincoln, who had Lewy Body Dementia. She tells us what she’s learned by being on both sides of the experience and the role her writing plays in her own advocacy. And, of course, Rebecca and Larry talk about how they move through these waters in their relationship. U-Turn Parkinson’s is Sheryl and Tim Hague’s wellness center in Winnipeg. Find out more about all that Cherryl and Jimmy Choi do at a TheFoxNinja.com. Writer Leslie Davidson’s website. Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons   Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford  Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod Instagram: @parkinsonspod Thank you to the following people featured in this episode:   Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada. Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign Thanks also to our content and promotional partners The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.   PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us. World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month! This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is about women with Parkinson’s who are diagnosed less often, less accurately and offered treatments that are less effective often because hormonal cycles play a role and it’s a rather unexplored area of the disease. We will hear from three women with Parkinson’s who also experienced pregnancy, giving birth and parenting with PD. All of their experiences were different, but certainly complicated by their Parkinson’s disease. And all three are now advocates for women like them. Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford  Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod Instagram: @parkinsonspod Thank you to the following people featured in this episode: Soania Mathur, MD - Sonia was a family physician and pregnant with her first child when she was diagnosed at 27. She is co-founder of PD Avengers, co-chair of The Michael J Fox Patient Council,  on the Board of Directors for the Davis Phinney Foundation, and the medical boards of the Brian Grant Foundation and Parkinson Canada. She and her two daughters have also written two Children’s books on Parkinson’s; My Grandpa’s Shaky Hand and Shaky Hands – A Kids Guide to Parkinson’s Disease. Caitlin Nagy – After denying and hiding her diagnosis for seven years, Caitlin, a 38-year-old mother, is sharing her story of Parkinson’s in Parkinson Canada’s April Awareness Campaign “Together: No Matter What.” Paola Celli - Paola was born in Ecuador and diagnosed at the age of 12. She was married and then moved to Texas where she gave birth to two children.   Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada. Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign    Thanks also to our content and promotional partners The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us. World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain. Credits Dila Velazquez – Story Producer Rob Johnson  – Sound Design   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    In this episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s, I am the host of a live event with four leading experts in the Parkinson’s world. Together they wrote a book called “Ending Parkinson’s Disease” and launched a red letter campaign to the White House. It’s been one year since the book was released and it has helped to inspired the movement PD Avengers, which I co-founded. What’s new in Parkinson’s? What have they learned? What’s standing in our way of success? Listen as Dr. Ray Dorsey, Dr. Bas Bloem, Dr. Michael Okun, and Dr. Todd Sherer sit down for one on one interviews with me and learn how, no matter where you are in the world, you can help make a difference.   Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford  Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod Instagram: @parkinsonspod Thank you to the following people featured in this episode: Dr. Todd Sherer, CEO Michael J Fox Foundation Dr. Michael Okun, Chair and professor of Neurology, University of Florida Dr. Bas Bloem, Prof. Bas Bloem is the medical director of the Department of Neurology at Radboud University Medical Center. Dr. Ray Dorsey, Prof. Department of Neurology , Director of Center for Health and Technology (SMD)     at the University of Rochester   Buy the Ending Parkinson’s Book or Join the Red Letter Campaign www.endingpd.org Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada. Here is a link to the Parkinson’s Canada Preventing Falls Guide.   Thanks also to our content and promotional partners The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us. World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain.   Credits Dila Velazquez – Story Producer Greg Schott – Sound Design   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Expanding Your Healing Tools: Integrative Medicine Part 2

    43:54

    This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is about exploring Eastern holistic healing modalities as a complement to the pharmaceuticals relied upon by Western Medicine. Parkinson’s touches a global community, so we might as well use all the global tools to address our health and wellness. Sometimes it is a matter of having the courage to try something new. For me, last year, that was acupuncture. I am afraid of needles, but quite enjoyed the pain relief it provide and calming, centering sensation it provided. Practitioners of traditional Eastern medicine stress the importance of finding an energetic balance and energetic awareness. I have never had Reiki. Rebecca experienced it at World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto. We talk to the two Reiki masters who were in the “renewal room” and the impact that they observed Reiki had on people with Parkinson’s and care partners. We also chat with Karl and Angela Robb. Karl has had PD for thirty years. After discovering the benefits of Reiki, they both became Reiki masters and use it to manage life’s challenges. Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford  Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod Instagram: @parkinsonspod Thank you to the following people featured in this episode: Muniqui Muhammad and Lena Takahashi www.healinglandreiki.com Karl and Angela Robb www.KarlRobb.com and check out their book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease Book Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada. Here is a link to the Parkinson’s Canada Preventing Falls Guide.  Thanks also to our content and promotional partners The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us. World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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