Category Archives: Book Review

Navigating Parkinson’s with this great book!

I was recently gifted a book from the Sechelt Parkinson’s group called “Navigating Life with Parkinson’s disease”. Not only does this book do a great job of breaking down the basics of Parkinson’s, including motor symptoms. dopamine, lewy bodies and non-motor symptoms like sleep, depression, bowel/bladder issues; BUT it also addresses how to life and manage in your day-to-day life…. Read more »

“No Saints Around Here” and A GIVEAWAY! (now closed)

Last week I received the loveliest package. A book (that is the way to my heart!… oh, and chocolate… and wine.) – Susan Toth has written a beautifully honest memoir about her last 18-months as a caregiver for her husband James, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Her brief essays express the day-to-day joys of caring, overwhelming sensations and everything… Read more »

New Parkinson’s books for long weekend reading!

Hi everyone and thanks for joining me on my new space! Please bear with me as I get things organized and up-and-running (with some great help, of course, by Kelly Sullivan of Black Clover!). I received a nice shipment the other day of some new Parkinson-related textbooks to feed my inner geek… I’m looking forward to spending the long Easter… Read more »

parkinson bloggers: an update

I thought i’d share an update of what i’ve been reading… blogger addition. some in this list are new, some have been mentioned HERE (parkinson blogger gals) or HERE (more parkinson blogs) but all are wonderful PERSONAL blogs about experiences living with PD. … what have you… Read more »

full of fiction for ya!

So I have a lot of people ask what fiction I’ve been reading lately (… I have a bit of a reputation), so i’ve compiled a list of all the other books (aka fiction, fluff and fun) that I’ve taken to the beach with me this summer! Since finishing my PhD, i’ve made an effort to always have a book… Read more »

life in the balance : summer reads

Dr Thomas Graboys was a cardiologist at Harvard Medical and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, celebrated for his rapport with patients. At age 49 he began with battle with Parkinson’s disease and progressive Lewy Body Dementia. This book chronicles his diagnosis, retirement and day-to-day physical, mental and emotional struggles. His story gives a voice, not only to persons diagnosed, but to… Read more »

The great work of your life : summer reads

Stephen Cope is the director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living (and who I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to at the NPF/Kripalu Parkinson’s yoga retreat in June!). His book The Great Work of Your Life is a guide to help you on your own life’s journey to find and embrace your true calling, or dharma (click on… Read more »

Whole, Rethinking nutrition : summer reads

Dr. Campbell, in the follow up to his book, The China Study, discusses the implications of a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet to research, social policy and healthcare. The China Study was a cross-sectional ecological design that found that higher consumption of animal products in different regions of China was correlated to greater the incidence of and mortality from cancer, heart disease,… Read more »

enlightenment for idiots : summer reads

In Enlightenment for Idiots, by Anne Cushman, at the command of her editor, Amanda heads to India to write a guidebook on Enlightenment. To her enlightenment is defined as; “As I understand it, enlightenment is a state of blissful awareness that’s not dependent on any external circumstances… It’s the understanding that you’re not separate from anything else in the universe; the… Read more »

prions & other misfolded proteins : summer reads

A prion is thought of as a protein molecule with no genetic material that can infect, multiply and kill. Prions are caused by misfolded ‘normal’ proteins and were “discovered” by Stanley Prusiner (who won a nobel prize). I recently read Fatal Flaw by Jay Ingram (of Daily Planet and Quirks & Quacks), “the rough and tumble story of prions, filled… Read more »