Parkinson's Treatment English Edition: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life is available in over 20 language translations, so that all worldwide cultures can have access to the secrets that can help those living with Parkinson's disease.
Additionally the book addresses all of the new and emerging Parkinson's disease therapies (stem cells, gene therapy, optogenetics, etc.). The most humbling experience of my life has been the time I have spent with families, and with patients suffering from Parkinson's and chronic neurological diseases. I share the secrets from these experiences in this audiobook.
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Dr. Okun misses the point
This book summarizes in three hours what one already knew from browsing the Internet. When will Michael Fox and Dr. Okun realize that what we don’t need is an empathetic cheerleader offering us hope and a chance for a “meaningful life.” We, Parkinsen People, need to know how to button our shirt cuffs, tie our shoelaces and type this bloody comment. We are not “sufferer’s” that need a hope & a cure; just the practical advice to get through the day’s many challenges. When is the medical establishment going to realize that PD is a “coward” that comes, like a wolf in the night, trying to steal your self-esteem. If you just take pills, and take a Doctor’s advice; you will surely die like a bumbling fool. You have to fight back ie. ride a bike for equilibrium, play the piano for finger dexterity, change your diet and sing songs for voice therapy. If you let the wolf win, you will be one of Dr. Okun’s pathetic “sufferers” and die watching television in your quiet solitude. You need to spend an hour a day retraining your brain. My hour today was spent typing this comment. Mike’s, I love you both, but you’re missing the point. We want real, practical treatment.
The last three chapters
I'm 70, had PD for 7 years and am retired happily in Yotala, Bolivia
Critical Reading for Newly Diagnosed and Others
The audio version is like sitting in your living room listening to someone tell you a fascinating story … about elements that have now become your own life! It flows like a novel and you are anxious to hear the next installment. The print version is great to read afterwards, to be able to fully absorb the richness of the content. Everything in this book is important.
The rich use of metaphors were all memorable moments to me as they explained complex concepts in simple yet vivid terms that gave me that sense of, “Oh, yes, now I get it!” For example, in the chapter on deep brain stimulation (which was brilliant!), when discussing the precision of placing electrodes in the brain, that when moving just one millimeter into another region, the sound of the brain cells changed. The analogy was language changes when traveling from one country to another in Europe. The brain’s sound changes were instrumental in developing the brain maps that surgeons use today.
My favorite was Dr. Okun because his compassion and complete understanding of the patient perspective gave me the profound sense that he listened, understood and truly partnered with his patients on their Parkinson’s journey, the therapeutic journey as well as quality of life in all it’s dimensions.
There were many moments that moved me and they were the result of several things. The first was Dr. Okun’s very honest, direct approach presented in language understandable to the lay person. Second, his descriptions of the evolution of new therapies as his colleagues worked on new approaches gave one a sense of being “behind the scenes” and led to a greater understanding of how things come about in medicine. As a result, his coverage of what’s happening in Parkinson’s research offers information and insights not found in any other publication.
As a Parkinson’s patient myself, and as a support group leader of 3 recently diagnosed Parkinson’s support groups, this book meets a need no other book has. I will recommend it to every individual who is newly diagnosed, as well as to care partners, family members and others with PD. The message to the newly diagnosed that this is not the end of the journey, but the beginning of a new journey, is a powerful message they need to hear. Dr. Okun’s approach of realistic optimism offers hope that there is meaningful life and happiness despite, and in fact in some cases because of, PD. The book demystifies, dispels the myths, informs, updates and inspires. A great, enjoyable and informative listing experience.