When Grilled Cheese Attacks: Gooey Goodness or Gruesome Grub?

When Grilled Cheese Attacks: Gooey Goodness or Gruesome Grub?

Comfort food crisis in Canada: (Satire alert) How many lives must be cut short by grilled cheese related deaths before the government takes action? In Quebec, apparently, the answer is 2. Act now to ensure a fair trial! Save the grilled cheese! Save the croque monsieur sans jambon! Save the cheese toasty! ...
Can You Name 38 Vegetables in One Minute!? (Semantic Fluency)

Can You Name 38 Vegetables in One Minute!? (Semantic Fluency)

[Editor's Note: A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but the majority of thoughts are expendable ... brief neuronal impulses that fire, flash, flicker and fade. For some reason, the thoughts preserved in this article did not meet that final fatal fate. We dedicate these thoughts (and introductory alliteration) which should have been lost, to honor more deserving thoughts that should have been remembered.] Semantic fluency. Some fancy pants researcher from King's College in London is trying to "brain shame" us ... all because we can't name 38 vegetables in one minute. Madness, I say. Apparently, some researchers consider ...
Parkinson's Humor at the Supermarket Checkout

Parkinson’s Humor at the Supermarket Checkout

If you're easily offended or overly sensitive about either your Parkinson's symptoms, or those of a loved one, then I can safely predict that you will find the following video offensive. But watch it anyway, and try your best not to laugh for the next 90 seconds. It is unfortunate that Parkinson's Disease takes away our abilities to perform some tasks, and makes us feel more self-conscious in social situations, but don't let take away your sense of humor. What's funny about this piece is not the tremors, it is the facial expression of the customers and the awkward situation ...
Carbidopa/Laughadopa: One Pill to Rule Them All

Carbidopa/Laughadopa: One Pill to Rule Them All

Someone once told me that laughter was the best medicine. I think it was the claims reviewer at my health insurance provider. Thanks to carbidopa/laughadopa therapy, I can repurpose so many of my Parkinson's symptoms to treat other symptoms, that the worse my PD gets, the better I feel. ‘Off’ time can be repurposed as meditation time. Loss of smell/taste can be useful, if not absolutely essential, in eating healthier. Soft voices give an excuse to shift attention and become better listeners. Periods of freezing can be research/self-analysis of how fear holds us back in other areas of life ...
WPC2019 Anecdote: Parkinson's Disease and the Nagging Spouse

WPC2019 Anecdote: Parkinson’s Disease and the Nagging Spouse

My wife went to one session at the World Parkinson Congress 2019 without me.  It is my fault. I suggested it. I had another time commitment, so I suggested that she use the time to go to a panel discussion about living well with Parkinson's. I wasn't there, so I don't know exactly what was said, or the context in which it was said. I only know what she told me she heard. Her takeaway from this session was that one of the panelists said that one of their keys to living well with Parkinson's was that it was very helpful ...
WPC2019 Video: Who Needs an Alarm?

WPC2019 Video: Who Needs an Alarm?

I'm still scratching my head over the World Parkinson 2019 video competition. This video is better than most, but it did not even make the final 12 that people were allowed to vote on. Are organizations like WPC afraid that humor will offend? (By all accounts, this is pretty safe/tame humor.) ...
What will they think of next: Jet lag stops Huntington's Disease in fruit flies

What will they think of next: Jet lag stops Huntington’s Disease in fruit flies

What will scientists think of next? And why am I not surprised that they waited until the day after April Fool's Day to release this study. The Daily Mail reports that "A jet lag 'brain switch' that controls the body clock may hold the key to a cure for Alzheimer's disease, according to new research." And you've got to love the headline: "Could jet lag make your brain more resilient? Scientists stunned to find fruit flies with constantly changing schedules were LESS likely to get Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's" Study leader Professor Ravi Allada, a circadian rhythms expert at Northwestern ...
Things we hate: buttons, shoelaces and squishy water bottles!

Things we hate: buttons, shoelaces and squishy water bottles!

In financial news, button industry stocks were down sharply after the Michael J. Fox Foundation announced a boycott of all clothing with buttons, as part of new initiative to tell the world to stop making products that people with Parkinson's loathe and detest. Anticipating further boycotts, portfolio managers are telling investors to divest of shoelace stocks, and to invest heavily in protest buttons and velcro. A foundation spokesperson issued a warning of future activism: "Squishy water bottles...those ones that are impossible to open without spilling water all over yourself...which makes it look like you wet yourself...you're next! People with Parkinson's are ...
Comedy Writer Paul Mayhew-Archer looks at the funny side of life with PD

Comedy Writer Paul Mayhew-Archer looks at the funny side of life with PD

Paul Mayhew-Archer is a UK comedy writer best known for his work on "The Vicar of Dibley" and "Mrs Brown's Boys". Since his diagnosis with Parkinson's Disease in 2011, he's been looking at the funny side of life with Parkinson's, performing stand-up comedy, and touring the UK in his one man show, "Incurable Optimist". For details on this tour, see his website: http://mayhew-archer.com Here are a few of his observations on Parkinson's: The funny side of life with Parkinson's diseaseComedy Writer Paul Mayhew-Archer refuses to let Parkinson's disease stop him seeing the funny side of life. ❤️ Posted by BBC ...
Blame it on the Parkinson's

Blame it on the Parkinson’s

"Don't blame it on the whiskey, Don't blame it on the rum. Don't blame it on the gin & tonic, Johnnie Walker or the JägerBomb. Don't blame it on the cigarettes, 'cause I ain't had none. If you want to blame somebody, blame it on the Parkinson's... Check out Mitch Faile's funny (and oh so true) Parkinson's awareness video, and support the Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation: ...
Here's your Parkinson's Medication...

Here’s your Parkinson’s Medication…

Source: http://uberhumor.com/parkinsons-disease (Laughter is the best medicine, other than exercise.) ...