Author Archives: Dr. C

Meditation Helps Me Seek the Quiet Mind

The “pause between” is my new Parkinson’s self-management tool. I use it every day to help me switch from old ways of reacting to the “flicker effect” (dysregulated systems). It provides improved threshold management and mindful movements, which make life easier. The old ways are like a paved…

Implementing the ‘Pause Between’ in Parkinson’s Management

Armed with the tools of threshold management and mindful movements, I am ready to put the brakes on this accelerating Parkinson’s progression. Having tools and using them wisely are two different things. It’s the distinction between the design and delivery of my Parkinson’s self-management program. For me, the use…

The Emotional Flicker Effect Has Its Triggers and Precursors

One of the major goals I have for managing Parkinson’s disease is to decrease the frequency and intensity of the “ugly days.” Ugly days are episodic in my life but still require managing symptoms every day. If I can keep the worst of the symptoms at bay, I — and…

Brain Waves and Parkinson’s: A Possible Link to the ‘Flicker Effect’

While searching for a way to communicate telepathically, German psychiatrist Hans Berger invented the EEG machine to measure pulsating electrical brain activity in 1924. Professing my ignorance, I know more about telepathy as “advanced empathy” from my PhD thesis than I do about electroencephalography, or EEG. Seldom do I…

Stress Management for Living Better With PD

Someone once uttered the maxim, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” If we apply that notion to stress we could say, “Everybody talks about stress, but nobody seems to do anything about it.” This seems particularly true when Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients and their…

Learning to Pay Attention to the ‘Histamine Flicker’

I was surprised to discover a link between my chronic runny nose and Parkinson’s disease (PD) while I was doing research on the effect of over-the-counter antihistamines on PD medications. I have always thought that my chronic runny nose was because of allergies. I sneeze when I walk down the…

Who Threw the Monkey Wrench? Adjusting to the Unexpected

I don’t think a monkey should own a wrench. Monkey wrenches seem to be thrown from nowhere and land at the most unexpected and undesired moments. I’ve had several of these monkey wrenches land in my life recently, causing setbacks related to Parkinson’s disease (PD). Now, I’m back to more…

Thrashing and Gnashing: Managing Parkinson’s Bedtime Challenges

Over the years, I have visited with many neurologists across multiple states regarding my Parkinson’s disease (PD). In their clinical interviews, they ask if I’m thrashing in my sleep. Then, they ask Mrs. Dr. C. It seems that thrashing in one’s sleep an important diagnostic symptom for Parkinson’s. In a…

A Fresh Look at Parkinson’s Self-Management

The power of the human mind to reshape itself, adapt to even the most traumatic of events, is a gift given to me by the head injury patients from my past clinical experience. Their courage inspired me to find a scientific model to help me with my own Parkinson’s disease…

Managing the Flicker Effect: A Conversation With Neo

“Why are you standing on top of that chair?” Dr. C sees Neo precariously balanced on the chair under the kitchen ceiling light. Neo is the part of Dr. C’s brain that functions as his inner voice. “This lightbulb has been flickering. It’s so annoying! I’m trying to fix that.”…

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