A positive frame of mind is critically important for managing the symptoms of, and recovering from, a neurological condition. I do three things every day that help me stay upbeat!
I recently read, Hello Canada, a biography on iconic Toronto Maple Leafs hockey broadcaster, Foster Hewitt. It was written by Scott Young, former newspaper sports columnist and father of rocker Neil Young. Hewitt broadcast Leaf games for over 30 years, beginning on radio in the 1930s, before moving to television in the ’50s. He became synonymous with the Leafs and was known all over the world, particularly after calling the play by play during the infamous Canada – Russia series in 1972.
Homeostasis is the innate tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment, even when faced with external changes. In other words, it wants to be in a normal state. For example, the body always wants to be at a temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When body temperature rises above 98.6, it sweats in order to cool down. When it falls below 98.6, the body shivers in order to generate heat. The human body truly is a miracle!
I sincerely hope Robin Williams didn’t take his own life, in whole or in part, because he was under the false belief that he had been diagnosed with an incurable disease. It was reported last Thursday that Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, announced that in addition to experiencing depression and anxiety, he was also in the early stages of Parkinson’s.
In his book. Lucky Man, Michael J Fox says he considers himself (surprisingly enough) a lucky man. This seemingly absurd claim (if you have experienced the challenges of living with Parkinson’s, you’ll likely agree that this is a rather odd thing to say) is based on the positive changes Fox has experienced in his life and the way in which it has become more meaningful, particularly in creating and overseeing the Micheal J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. It has also thrust him into the role of lobbyist for increased government funding, and in addition to connecting with many people living with the condition all over the world, he has become the defacto Parkinson’s spokesperson.
I initially started writing this post because I wanted a better understanding of the role inflammation plays, particularly as it relates to anger, in the development of Parkinson’s. But the deeper I got into the research the better I began to understand the roles and relationships between anger, stress and poor diet, and inflammation, the immune system, alkalinity and the lymphatic system. I’ve discussed these issues in other posts and with this post, I’d like bring them all together.
Let’s begin by discussing inflammation.