What now? I felt I needed to take every measure I could to reduce chronic stress. I always been a good sleeper yet there was a background of anxiety. Of course, this is a Catch-22 because the disease itself is threatening. I felt I needed to redefine my purpose and goals. Part of the Catch-22 … Continue reading Did Sustained Stress contribute to the onset of my PD?
Gut connection I found a summary on the BBC news on health by James Gallagher titled Parkinson’s Disease may start in the gut. I then found a research programme run by Consultants Sylvia and John Dobbs at the Maudsley/Kings Hospital titled ‘gut microbiome drivers and mediators in the aetiology and pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease and … Continue reading Nutrition and the Microbiome: The Leaky Gut?
I was treated with triple therapy antibiotics and eradicated the Helicobacter bug. I was still very stiff particular around the shoulders in the morning and was so weak at times that I could not get out of the bath or comfortably rise up from a chair. After six weeks or so after the antibiotics I … Continue reading Further Down the Trail for Self-Management Plus a Good Medication
As I explored the research I found that the gut bacteria Helicobacter Pylori was associated with Parkinson’s disease and wondered whether my gut bacteria had been affected by the contaminated water? Investigation I was medical adviser to the centre for nutrition and lifestyle management (CNELM) and was still lecturing for CNELM in Wokingham. I asked … Continue reading Exploring the Research
Why I got Parkinson’s Disease: The Search for Clues Eight years ago I was living in a beautiful house in Gloucestershire close to countryside with wonderful walks. We had a spring well to supply the house with water. Six months before I moved bullocks got in from a neighbouring field and trampled their usual shitty … Continue reading Life Remembered Backwards
I saw this Parkinson’s support ‘post’ yesterday. “I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after the past couple of years of stiffness and unsteadiness. I am off sick from work and numb with worry about my future. Only 47 with four teenage children. Hoping someone will tell me what to expect?” I too was numb, fearful … Continue reading Facing a Diagnosis
Now that I am out of active medical practice for me this is the time to stand back and offer my reflective experience after a long life in medicine supported with medical stories. My aim is to highlight what seemed important in the practice of personalised medicine within general practice and other medical settings. Holly … Continue reading The Time is Now
Lessons Learned: Go on learning from life In my first 75 years I’ve often been perplexed. How did I get into this predicament and what and where is the way out? I have then tried to make sense of my actions, feelings, thoughts and body signals. When qualified as a doctor patients’ have consulted me … Continue reading What Shapes My Values?