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Does nutrition drive you nuts??

Have you gone to five different websites that have five different messages about one single vitamin / herb / berry / food? Could you figure out what was hype and what you could trust? Almost every day I get questions from people with PD who have had this same experience. They are frustrated, disappointed, and don’t know where to turn next.

Nutrition is vitally important for those with PD, and the Internet is flooded with misinformation. I have worked with people who have PD, published a research study on nutrition and PD, and have written and spoken on the topic.  I want to provide realistic, valid, practical information that you can use on a day-to-day basis in your life. Information you don’t always receive from doctors or other health professionals. Information you can trust.

But you don’t know who I am. Why should you care about anything I say? If I were you, I’d ask “Who are you?  What do you know about Parkinson’s? What makes you an expert in nutrition for PD?”

So, for those who want to know my background, read on. Then, join me on my blog pages for tips, topics, recipes, and more. Let’s fight PD together!

Kathrynne Holden MS, RD (retired)

Curriculum vitae

President, Five Star Living, Inc.
Registered Dietitian (retired)
Parkinson’s disease nutrition specialist
Nutrition research
Author
Consultant

https://www.facebook.com/Parkinsons.Chew.On.This/

PUBLISHED WORKS:

Parkinson’s Disease and Complementary Therapies: Recent Findings. Nutrition in Complementary Care.V6 No 2; 2003.

Parkinson’s Disease and Homocysteine: Nutritional Implications. Dietitians in General Clinical Practice, Clinical Connection Newsletter, Spring 2003

Unintentional Weight Loss and Its Management in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Nutrition In Clinical Care. V 4 No 3; 2001.

Reducing Fracture Risk in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Nutrition and the M.D. V 27 No 4; April 2001.

Parkinson’s Disease and the Vegetarian Diet. Issues in Vegetarian Dietetics. V IX No 4, 2000.

Parkinson’s disease: unique barriers to nutrient repletion. Horizons. Center for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Assessment. V 1 No 8, 2000.

Overcoming nutritional obstacles in Parkinson’s disease. Up to Date Dietitians, Vol 2, 1999; Vancouver BC, Canada.

How to overcome barriers to good nutrition for clients with Parkinson’s disease. Gerontological Nutritionists Newsletter, Spring 1998.

BOOKS AND MANUALS:

Therapy of Parkinson’s Disease, 3rd Edition. Rajesh Pahwa, MD; Kelly Lyons, PhD, William Koller, MD; contributing editor.

Parkinson’s disease: Guidelines for Medical Nutrition Therapy; with Nutrition Risk Assessment Tools.

Eat well, stay well with Parkinson’s disease. Nutrition handbook for patients and caregivers – published in U.S.A. and Australia.

Parkinson’s and Constipation CD with workbook. For patients and caregivers.

Parkinson’s Disease: Nutrition Matters. 1st and 2nd eds. National Parkinson Foundation.

PUBLISHED ARTICLES:

Parkinson’s, B6, B12, and Folate – What’s the Connection? Parkinson Report. National Parkinson Foundation. April 2002

Fava beans, levodopa, and Parkinson’s. National Parkinson Foundation website.

Food and Nutrition Issues in Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson Report. National Parkinson Foundation, Winter 2000.

Controlling Acid Reflux in Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson Quarterly, V 6 No. 3, 1999. American Parkinson Disease Association.

RESEARCH:

“Parkinson’s Disease: Comparison of Nutrition Risk Factors in Inpatients and Outpatients.” Harris M, Hoffman N, Kalonick M, Holden K. Poster Presentation, Food and Nutrition Convention and Exhibition; American Dietetic Association, 2002.

“Malnutrition in Parkinson patients upon admission to an acute-care setting” (unpublished) 2001. Harris M, Hoffman N, Kalonick M, Holden K.

“Risk for malnutrition and bone fracture in Parkinson’s disease.” Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 1999; Vol.18:3.

“Efficacy of newsletter use to improve nutrition, diet and health in older adults” Unpublished study – 1994 Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO.

CONTRIBUTOR:

“New Hope for Parkinson’s” monthly newsletter published by Medtronics, Inc.

MODERATOR, INTERNET FORUM 2001 – 2016 “Ask About Nutrition” National Parkinson Foundation online forum Archived

RADIO TALK SHOW, 2002: “Travels With Parkinson s” guest speaker, alternate Wednesdays.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

SEMINARS, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:

-Portland Dietitians, Portland OR May 22 2002

-So.Texas Geriatric Education Center, San Antonio TX July 2001

-London Dietitians, London, Ontario, Canada, June 2001

-Western Michigan Dietetics Association, Grand Rapids, MI June, 2001

-Massachusetts Dietetic Association, Randolph MA, May 2001

-California Gerontological Nutritionists Dietetic Practice Group, April 2001

-Greater Cincinnati Dietetics Association, Cincinnati OH, April 2001

-Texas Dietetic Association Annual Convention, Houston TX, April 2001

-Struthers Parkinson Center. Feb. 27, 2001

-California Gerontological Nutritionists Dietetic Practice Group, November 11, 2000

-American Dietetic Association Annual Food and Nutrition Convention and Exhibition, October 18, 2000

-Florida Dietetic Association, Boca Raton, Florida July 18, 2000

-Edmonton dietitians, Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) April 13, 2000

-Nutrition and Food Service Management Seminar, Austin TX, March 28, 2000

-Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins CO, Sep. 29, 1999

-Concord Hospital, Sydney Australia, Aug. 25, 1999

-Kingston Centre, Melbourne, Australia, Aug. 20, 1999

INVITED SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS:

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman Memorial APDA Synposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 18, 2003
“Parkinson’s and Nutrition: The Tried, The True, and The Cutting Edge”

Parkinson Association of the Sacramento Valley, Sacramento, California, September 13, 2003
“Parkinson’s and Nutrition: The Tried, The True, and The Cutting Edge”

Hawaii Parkinson Association Symposium, April 19, 2003
“Parkinson’s and Nutrition: The Tried, The True, and The Cutting Edge”

“Designing Environments of Care” Lee Memorial Health System. Fort Myers, FL June 1, 2002
“Nutrition – What You Can Do About Parkinson’s.”

Parkinson Resources of Oregon:
– Nutrition: What You Can Do About Parkinson’s. Portland, May 22, 2002
– Nutrition Workshop for Families. Portland, May 23, 2002
– Nutrition Workshop for Families. Salem, May 23, 2002

Parkinson’s Symposium, Tallahassee Memorial Parkinson Center, Tallahassee, Florida, April 2002.
“Nutrition – What You Can Do About Parkinson’s.”

Parkinson’s Conference 2001, Parkinson Society Canada, London Ontario, Canada, June 2001
“Nutrition – What You Can Do About Parkinson’s”

Parkinson Summer Forum, Grand Traverse Area Parkinson Support Group, Traverse City, MI, June 2001
“Nutrition – What You Can Do About Parkinson’s”

Parkinson Seminar, Winter Park Civic Center, Winter Park FL, April 2001
“Nutrition – What You Can Do About Parkinson’s”

Parkinson’s Disease Patient/Family Workshop, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Beverly Hills CA Nov. 11, 2000
“Nutrition – What You Can Do About Parkinson’s”

Radio Interview, WALE and KFNX, live on Internet. October 1, 2000. Host: Leonard Casavant. “Nutrition–What You Can Do About Parkinson’s.”

Struthers Parkinson’s Center, Minneapolis, MN – September 16, 2000
“Nutrition – What You Can Do About Parkinson’s”

Ohio Medical College, Toledo Ohio – July 15, 2000
“Nutrition — What You Can Do About Parkinson’s”

Hawaii Parkinson Association Annual Symposium, Kuakini Medical Center, Oahu – April 29, 2000
“Nutrition — What You Can Do About Parkinson’s”

Anne Wylie Lecture, Edmonton, Alberta Canada – April 13, 2000
“Nutrition — What You Can Do About Parkinson’s”

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona – February 19, 2000
“Nutrition — What You Can Do About Parkinson’s”

Fifth Multi Disciplinary Conference on Parkinson’s Disease – Parkinson’s New South Wales, Sydney, Australia – Aug. 22, 1999
“Preventing nutrition-related diseases in Parkinson patients”

PD Workshop – Denver, CO – Aug. 14, 1999 – Nutrition and Parkinson’s
Jeanne Taylor Parkinson’s Support Group of Colorado Springs – Symposium – Co. Springs, CO – Aug. 7, 1999

Parkinson Ed. Program of W. Michigan – Seminar, Grand Rapids MI – June 28, 1999: “Parkinson’s and the gastrointestinal tract”

Syracuse Chapter of Nat.Parkinson Found – Symposium, Syracuse NY – May 15, 1999: “Parkinson’s and the gastrointestinal tract”

Parkinson’s Association of Greater Kansas City – Annual symposium – April 26, 1999: “Parkinson’s and the gastrointestinal tract”

APDA Support Group of Green Valley – Symposium, Tucson, AZ – Feb. 5, 1999:
“Eat well, stay well with Parkinson’s disease”

Lee Memorial Health System Parkinson Clinic – Symposium, Fort Myers, FL – Jan. 28 1999: “Preventing Osteoporosis in Parkinson’s disease”

NW Parkinson’s Foundation – Symposium, Seattle – Oct. 17 1998
“Eat well, stay well with Parkinson’s disease”

Klamath Falls Support Group – Klamath Falls Oregon – Oct. 13, 1998
“Eat well, stay well with Parkinson’s disease”

British Columbia Parkinson’s Disease Assn. – Seminar, Vancouver, BC Canada – Oct. 3, 1998
“Eat well, stay well with Parkinson’s disease”

Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson’s Centre – Seminar, Victoria, BC Canada – Oct. 5, 1998
“Eat well, stay well with Parkinson’s disease”

Greater Kansas City Parkinson’s Support Group – Seminar, Kansas City, KS – Sept. 21, 1998
“Eat well, stay well with Parkinson’s disease”

Radio Interview, station KKFI – Kansas City, KS Sept. 98
“Need for nutrition therapy in Parkinson’s disease.”

British Geriatrics Society – The Science & Practice of Multidisciplinary Care in Parkinson’s disease & Parkinsonism – Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park, London – Poster presentation, June 1998
“Risk for malnutrition and bone fracture in Parkinson’s disease”

National Parkinson Foundation 4th Annual Education and Rehabilitation Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada – May 1998
“Helping people with Parkinson’s meet nutrition needs”

Parkinson Association of the Rockies – Denver, Colorado – Symposium, February 1998
“Nutrition and Parkinson’s disease”

Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society – Seminar, Dallas, Texas – November 1997
“Nutrition and Parkinson’s disease”

Fourth Australian Multidisciplinary Conference on Parkinson’s Disease, Symposium, Perth, Australia 9/97
“Risk for malnutrition and bone fracture in Parkinson’s disease”

Sydney Gerontological dietitians – Concord Hospital, Sydney, Australia – September 1997
“Risk for malnutrition and bone fracture in Parkinson’s disease”

Dietitians Association – Western Australia, Perth Chapter – Perth WA – September 1997
“Risk for malnutrition and bone fracture in Parkinson’s disease”

Curtin University dietetics students – Perth WA – September 1997
“Nutrition and the older adult”

Parkinson’s disease support group, Fort Collins, CO – July 1996
Protein redistribution for better levodopa absorption

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Clinical Dietitian, North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, Colorado
Transitional Care Unit (Medicare Floor), Progressive Care Unit, Psychcare, Family Recovery Center–primary responsibility

Surgical Unit, Pediatrics, Women’s Care, Oncology, Cardiac Unit, Telemetry–secondary responsibility

Cancer radiation therapy–weekly counseling

Designed and taught nutrition class for “Youth Horizons,” a rehabilitation program for teenage substance abusers

Designed screening tool for nutrition problems, eating disorders and malnutrition for Psychcare (adults and teenagers with mental disorders); also taught nutrition class

Designed and taught nutrition class for Family Recovery Center (adult substance abusers)

EDUCATION

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado: Master of Science, Human Nutrition

Awarded grant to fund thesis study: a nutrition newsletter for older adults

Awarded two-year Colorado Graduate Fellowship

Awarded placement in AP4 internship program

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado: Bachelor of Science

Major: Human nutrition and dietetics

GPA: 3.83 — Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Colorado Scholar’s Award, three semesters

Golden Key Honor Society; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society