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    • #20312
      Mary Beth Skylis

      Whenever I’m navigating tough moments in my life, I throw myself into research. I learn everything I can about my enemies or the obstacles I’m facing. When it comes to Parkinson’s disease, I like to approach it in a similar manner. I want to know everything there is to know about the illness. And I’m always looking for good sources. Do you have any book recommendations? What about movies or podcasts?

    • #20476
      Charles Schiller

      Get “Every Victory Counts” from the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s. It’s the best!

    • #20478
      Jack edmonston

      The New Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Book” by PD Expert at the Mayo Clinic seems to have a different take on what causes many PD symptoms. I have been reading about insomnia and night sweats and he seems to think very differently than my docs at Mass General Hospital about both cuase and treatmnent.

    • #20492

      Good evening all.

      Regarding PD books.

      If there is a book out there that is available to us consumers about Parkinsonism, Parkinson’s Disease, MSA, Lewy Body Dementia, or Parkinson’s Disease with Dementia that I have not read it is only because I don’t know about it.

      This list may indeed be a clue that at not quite three years years in, I have skipped the honeymoon period and am now trying to figure out what the heck PD road I have taken!  I clearly missed the road signs when I made some of the turns on my journey.  I am currently enjoying a few good hours today as I write this.  Nevertheless, when asked, I continue to say I am feeling marvelous.  Quite the thing, this PD isn’t it?).

      In my opinion, the most thoroughly comprehensive, yet easy to read, books about Parkinsonism or Lewy Body Dementia are by J. Eric Ahlskog, M.D. Ph.D., who is a clinician at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  They so remind me of what I found to be the two best science explanation books I read when I was younger, General Chemistry by Linus Pauling from about 1970 and Understanding Physics by Isaac Azimov from about 1980.  Both books were amazingly comprehensive, but were written to be read and understood by anyone with a basic education.  Dr. Ahlskog’s books are the same.

      I think Dr. Ahlskog’s books may have had several editions and may have had different titles and I just can’t find them right now on my Kindle reading device.  But I am sure anyone can find them by a search of the author’s name.  He is an old guy, in his 70s I think, but still sees patients the last I heard.

      Best wishes to all on this PD journey.

      And a most Happy Easter to all.

      Robert C.

      PS.  Pardon any typos.  Part of my current PD issues are that it took me a very long time to type the above and to then edit it for the dozens of typos and syntax.




    • #20504
      James Carberry

      One title by Dr. Ahlskog is The New Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Book, subtitle Partnering with Your Doctor to Get the Most from Your Medications, 2nd Edition, 2015, Oxford University Press.  I bought it in hard copy from Amazon, and agree with Robert C.’s endorsement.


      Jim C.

    • #20503
      Ellen Roth

      Thanks, Robert! I’m curious as to what books covering MSA you’ve read…

    • #20508
      Daniel Best

      I’ll add to the chorus of recommendations for Dr. Ahlskog’s book.  I’m impressed by the breadth of the medications he discusses in the book.

    • #20510

      I just got this book out of the library today. It’s called “How to Be Sick” by” Toni Bernhard. The subtitle is “A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers. My dad is reading “How to Wake Up; A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow” also by the same author. He said it’s one of the best things he’s read in a long time.

    • #20511
      Marla Wise

      “Every Victory Counts” was so very informative for me and I often refer to it as new questions arise.  I am curious about Dr. Ahlskog and put a hold on his  book from our library. Am anxious to read it!  Thanks for sharing!

    • #20559
      Jeffrey Davis

      Reflections on a Simple Twist of Fate: Literature, Art, and Parkinson’s Disease is a different and extraordinary self published book by Dean Scaros, a PD patient himself.  It explores the multitude of emotional and psychological responses of humanity to PD through the eyes of world literature and art. This book is scholarly yet easy to read. It is thoughtful, insightful  and quite uplifting.  The book consists of about 25 short chapters each of which can be read in any order. The reader will choose based on the chapter title that draws at the moment. It was actually created to be read in a doctors waiting room. Available on Amazon.

    • #20580

      ‘What Doesn’t Kill Us’ by Scott Carney.

    • #20609

      I recommend “Ending Parkinson’s Disease” by Dorsey, Sherer, Okun and Bloem.

    • #20613

      I also recommend ENDING PARKINSONS DISEASE —

      clear overview of research on pesticides and toxins and how they trigger genes.

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