NWPF

Wellness CenterJuly 2010

Dear Wellness Member,

Our diets change from the heavy comfort food of winter to the light, fresh and refreshing foods of summer. Our choices of fresh and local produce increase with the abundance of fruits and vegetables available to us this time of year.

This month’s series is dedicated to Food as Medicine. 

I believe there is so much that we are yet to learn as to the health benefits and disease fighting potential of many vitamins and supplements. What is clear is that vitamins and supplements are just one of many steps to take for health and the fact that nothing takes the place of a well balanced diet. We have added two new features to help with your dietary needs.

  1. Take a look at your diet and take the steps for change by completing this Nutrition Survey.
  2. Recipe Book. Find recipes that are good for you and your PD. Share your own recipes.

In this series we will  also take a look at food as medicine for Parkinson’s.  

  • Mediterranean diet. A lifestyle choice? Review the many health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
  • Protein and levodopa. This article reviews some common misconceptions and offers practical advice about medicines and mealtime.
  • Beans as a source of dopamine. Learn what you need to know to be a safe consumer of these products. Fava beans and Mucuna Pruriens.
  • Antioxidants. What are they, why are they good for us, and how do I get more?
  • Top Foods for PD.  Learn about the top foods for PD and why they're good for you. Help this list grow by submitting your own top food and why. This month's highlighted food- Chocolate!

I am excited to see that the Wellness community is growing in numbers and participation. Keep this community by submitting your stories, experieinces or comments. You will find multiple opportunities to share your experieinces withothers throught out this site. Turn to Stories of Inspiration and be prepared to be inspired by others.

Join us next month as we review Parkinson’s Medications and the latest research designed to bring new treatments to the Parkinson’s community.

Healthy Eating, 

Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

PD Community Blog

Recent Posts Take a Hint from PD
Taking the Park out of Parkinson's
Medicine and Cognition
Northera and Dizziness
Re-Prioritizing Hopes
Dairy & Gut Health in PD
See More
Nature's Moments
One Step At A time
Antioxidant Diet
Common Medicines Common Side Effects
Parkinson's Posture
Parkinson’s Disease & Supplemental Security Income
Parkinson’s Paradoxes
Coming Out of the Caregiving Closet
Parkinson’s Disease Nutrition: Why is it Relevant?
The Importance of Care before Cure: NWPF’s Past, Present & Future
Impulsive behaviors and activities: What is the cause?
Top medicines that worsen Parkinson’s disease or cause secondary parkinsonism
Is leg pain a symptom of Parkinson's?
Look beyond Parkinson’s when symptoms change quickly
Stem cells-what are they and how are they made?
Acting out your dreams- a sleep problem in Parkinson's disease
Are there recommendations for the best type of mattress for Parkinson's?
How can service dogs help Parkinson's?
Is your environment a high risk PD zone?
Is natural dopamine better than Sinemet?
Is marijuana helpful for Parkinson’s?
What is atypical parkinsonism and how does it differ from PD?
Does glutathione help Parkinson’s disease
What do I need to know about vitamins?
When do I need to see a physical therapist?
Can you give any additional information about Othello Syndrome in the context of PD?
What causes hallucinations?
How can I alert medical providers that I have DBS in an emergency? Can mammogram be done?
Top Ten Tips for Parkinson’s Disease- Tell us yours
How do I best time doses of carbidopa/Ldopa?
Booth Gardner has touched the lives of so many
My mom has PD and almost every evening, any time between ...
How does Parkinson's affect cognition? What can be done about it?
Absorption of Sinemet requires optimal GI health. Is anyone working on a sublingual delivery of the medication?
Can ultrasound treat Parkinson’s tremor?
Most popular posts of 2012
What are you grateful for this holiday season?
How can I tell whether medications are wearing off or Parkinson’s disease is progressing?
Can a person with Parkinson’s give blood?
When is the right time to start Levodopa?
Can acupuncture help PD symptoms?
Support the Caregiver in your Life
Power of the mind to move treatment further
Top 10 Foods for Parkinson’s (and counting!)
How can I prevent dizziness?
What can you tell me about laser light therapy and Parkinson’s
What is music therapy?
Should I take Coenzyme Q10 for my Parkinson’s?
How do I treat my cough at night?
Parkinson’s fitness programs need to be tailored to the individual to get results
Carrying the Olympic Torch for Parkinson’s today
Coffee reduces risk of Parkinson’s. What about other foods?
Facts about depression
How can I find a good doctor who is knowledgeable about PD and is caring as well? My doctor does not always listen.
Help for constipation
Sex, Intimacy and Parkinson’s
Does DBS affect speech?
Walking and balance can significantly impact quality of life- but is treatable.
Depression is common with Parkinson’s
Ode to Parkinson’s- Poem from Member
Music Enhances Brain Activity
How does posture change with Parkinson’s?
What is important to you?
Are hallucinations caused by Parkinson’s?
Hot Off the Press – Neupro approved by FDA
How do I find a Parkinson’s physical therapist to keep me exercising?
Does Azilect slow disease progression?
Manage nausea from medicines
Is delaying medication harmful?
Advice for newly diagnosed
Is Parkinson’s Hereditary?
Medication Timing
Is gambling a side effect of medicine?
Medication Assistance
Does stress cause Parkinson’s?
When to see a physical therapist
FDA approves DATScan
Coconut Oil
Protein’s effect on medicine
Restless Leg Syndrome