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Scary Truth About Parkinson’s Disease- Art Of Care

Scary Truth About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is one of the scariest diseases out there.  It affects your motor system and unfortunately neither its causes nor cures are known.  Typically, Parkinson’s affects individuals, mostly males, later in life; the risks of acquiring this disease increases with age.  Michael J. Fox brought light to this disease by speaking out on his experiences.  Art of Care, Inc. would like to share his experiences with this challenging disease with you.  The article below comes to us from CNN.com

When I went to Michael J. Fox’s neighborhood this morning, I had no idea what time we would start our interview. “He has to time his medications,” I was told. “When his medications kick in, he will be ready.” As far as I could tell, Fox’s medications kicked in right away, and for the next 90 minutes, we talked about everything.

Fox spoke about the hard shoes he has to wear first thing in the morning, because his feet and legs are so stiff. He humorously added that he just puts his toothbrush in his mouth, and lets the movement of his head do the rest of the work. As a neurosurgeon, it was fascinating to hear Michael describe his own brain surgery with such great clarity and his fears about doing it again. “Well, it is brain surgery…"  he said with flourish.

There is a lot we don’t know about Parkinson’s disease. For starters, no one is sure what causes it. One’s genetics likely loads the gun, and something in the environment pulls the trigger. But what? It might surprise you to know four people on the set of Fox’s first television series, "Leo and Me," developed early onset Parkinson’s disease. A statistical anomaly, or a clue? Michael, and his foundation’s scientists aren’t sure. Michael pauses when I ask him about it, he shrugs his shoulders and says, “I am not as concerned about a few people. I am focused on everyone who has the disease.”


To read more about Parkinson’s Disease, please visit http://www.parkinsons.org.


To read the rest of this article, please visit: http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/29/michael-j-fox-on-parkisons-and-life/

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