Tag Archives: protein

How exercise improves brain health

Last week I mentioned some specific exercises targeted to PD symptoms (see HERE and HERE)… today I want to share WHY exercise is so important for brain health. New Research out of the Dana-Faber Cancer institute and Harvard Medical School (Spiegelman & Greenberg, Cell Metabolism 2013) shows that endurance exercise, such as distance running or cycling, releases a protein (FNDC5)… 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 »

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 »

slowing Parkinson’s progression: a research update

alpha-synuclein is a protein encoded by the SNCA gene. Although we are still not certain of what it does, we do know it makes up Lewy Bodies, clusters of proteins that are a pathological hallmark of Parkinson’s disease and other dementias (lewy body dementias). It is thought that in Parkinson’s disease, the variability in alpha-synuclein gene produces either too much alpha-synuclein protein… Read more »

Paleo for Parkinson’s?

So, Darc and I decided to do a cleanse for the month of March. Spring is a great time to detox… your body and your living space (we moved apartments, so we also did some major spring cleaning of our ‘stuff’!). We decided to follow Tim Ferris’ 4-hour body Slow Carb Diet … basically cutting out everything but protein and… Read more »

from research to real life – curcumin attacks proteins related to Parkinson’s disease

Curcumin is a natural compound in the Indian spice, Turmeric, part of the ginger family. The main idea: In Parkinson’s disease, abnormal clumping of the protein alpha-synuclein occurs. New research shows curcumin may bind to the alpha-synuclein proteins and prevent the abnormal folding and clumping that may be the first steps to Parkinson’s disease. – Research: Curcumin prevents aggregation in α-synuclein… Read more »

from research to real life – calcium may advance Parkinson’s disease

I’m starting a new regular post… from research to real life. There’s so much information out there, it’s hard to keep track of it all! I will present new (and exciting!) research in both a scientific and news media format, so the ideas come across in whatever way you choose to get your information! I thought this was an interesting article… Read more »