The Need for Vitamin D in PD: By Dr. De Leon

“Them bones…them bones..” Now that we just spent the last week or so traveling, spending time with family, and of course indulging in that delicious Thanksgiving meal is time to get back to basics especially as winter months approach where days are shorter with fewer hours of sunshine.  Are you getting enough Vitamin D in yourContinue reading “The Need for Vitamin D in PD: By Dr. De Leon”

Lack of Health Care Continuity is a Growing Crisis in America Especially for Those of Us with PD: By Dr. De Leon

“Broken trust is like melted chocolate. No matter how hard you try to freeze it  can never return to its original shape.”   Being a patient who is chronically ill has definitely made me more aware of one of the great problems we have in health care today- poor continuity of care. As we approachContinue reading “Lack of Health Care Continuity is a Growing Crisis in America Especially for Those of Us with PD: By Dr. De Leon”

One Size Does Not Fit All in PD: By Dr. De Leon

In the past, one of the biggest challenges non-neurologist or/and non-movement disorders physicians have faced in diagnosing PD has been the lack of uniformity in disease presentation. While variability in  response to treatment has been a challenge at times for those of us in the field of  Parkinson’s disease. Although, no two individuals are ever really alike in theContinue reading “One Size Does Not Fit All in PD: By Dr. De Leon”

Role of Technology in PD Management – Hot topic #2 at wpc2016-by Dr. De Leon

In the last 2 and a half months, I have spent an inordinate amount of time visiting doctors to get my situation resolved and return to baseline. What I have realized is that symptoms and state fluctuate so much within a couple of days that unless we get seen immediately at time of “feeling bad”Continue reading “Role of Technology in PD Management – Hot topic #2 at wpc2016-by Dr. De Leon”

Dealing with off Periods: HOT Topic @WPC 2016 -By Dr. De Leon

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”~ Pablo Picasso   One of the hot topics to be covered next week at world Parkinson’s congress 2016 at Portland Oregon is that of dealing with motor fluctuations. I am very sad that I won’t be able to meet so manyContinue reading “Dealing with off Periods: HOT Topic @WPC 2016 -By Dr. De Leon”

The Importance of Dopamine in Creative Expression: By Dr. De Leon

“We of the craft are all crazy. Some affected by gaiety others by melancholy but all are more or less touched.” ~Lord Byron As you all know, I have had some major health issues setbacks lately which have curtailed my involvement in various activities including my bi-monthly blog writings. Main reason for this has beenContinue reading “The Importance of Dopamine in Creative Expression: By Dr. De Leon”

Gastroparesis in PD – Symptoms & Treatment Options: By Dr. De Leon

This post has been long overdue. All of us who have PD have experienced horrible feeling of fullness and simultaneous hunger at least once during their disease process. I am currently experiencing a severe situation with my stomach and intestines not functioning well.  This is also the biggest culprit for which many of us sufferContinue reading “Gastroparesis in PD – Symptoms & Treatment Options: By Dr. De Leon”

Parkinson’s Disease: Impact on Family-by Dr. De Leon

“Friends LOVE through all kinds of weather, and families stick TOGETHER in all kinds of trouble.” ~Proverbs 17:17 A Midst increasing focus on women’s issues in PD, I and others are beginning to realize the burden of living with and having a chronic illness like Parkinson’s can exact on the family nucleus. Sometimes the burden canContinue reading “Parkinson’s Disease: Impact on Family-by Dr. De Leon”

The Power of The Mind in determining Our Response to Medications & Other Therapies : By Dr. De Leon

“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”   Aldous Huxley, Brave New World     Have you ever wondered why some people seem to always get better with any medication or treatment given; while others have the opposite effect no matter what the treatment therapy is? Well, you have heard of theContinue reading “The Power of The Mind in determining Our Response to Medications & Other Therapies : By Dr. De Leon”