Parkinson’s News for the week of November 11, 2016
A weekly roundup of Parkinson-related news stories you may have missed, or might want to read again. Plus delicious whole-food recipes to boost the brain and nervous system.
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More and more research news demonstrates a gut-brain connection and the importance of the microbiome – a vast colony of beneficial microbes inhabiting the gut. I believe this illustrates the importance of foods that support the health of the gut and microbiome, including probiotics. If you cannot tolerate dairy, you might search for one of the non-dairy yogurts, or water kefir. (NOTE: Those using Azilect may need to avoid fermented foods.)
For the first time, scientists have shown that probiotics — beneficial live bacteria and yeasts taken as dietary supplements — can improve cognitive function in humans.
Ms. Reno lived an inspirational life, and continued to pursue a challenging career, after diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease.
Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general, died Monday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. She was 78 years old, and her remarkable life ― including a career that continued for years after her initial diagnosis ― reveals just how productive and purposeful life can be with the neurological condition.
This is not all bad news. Selenium is an important trace mineral, and luckily it isn’t hard to get enough daily. A single Brazil nut contains the recommended daily allowance for selenium.
Low selenium intake may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in people carrying a particular genetic mutation, according to a study on environmental and genetic interactions and their impact on Parkinson’s disease (PD) development.
This is good news. The concept of seeking patient input and preference to guide study design is relatively new. It could make a positive difference in the production of therapies and medical devices.
Last month, a collaboration to determine the benefit and risk tradeoffs Parkinson’s patients are willing to make for a potential new therapy was formed. Led by the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), collaborators include RTI Health Solutions, FDA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).
Mr. Fox is living proof that while doctors can accurately diagnose, they don’t always accurately predict how we will respond to a disease.
Michael J. Fox is opening up about how Parkinson’s disease has affected his life, revealing in a new interview that doctors told him at the time of his diagnosis that he only had 10 years left to work.
As you probably know, I admire the Mediterranean eating plan for its use of foods that benefit the health of both body and brain. This recipe uses canned tomatoes, and is one of the times it’s actually good to use canned food — heat improves many of the benefits of tomatoes. I would personally cook the chicken in some olive oil, which has proven health benefits, along with the chopped olives added for flavor and texture.
Chicken pieces are simmered with bell pepper, onion, and tomato with a little oregano and chopped green olives for extra flavor.
Cook a pot of brown rice, and some ground beef. Set out five empty containers. Divide the rice, beef, some canned beans and corn, and chopped tomatoes among the containers. Presto! You have five days’ worth of meals all ready to go. Note: a reader pointed out that cooked rice should not be refrigerated more than one day. To be safe, divide the rice into five portions, place in freezer containers or bags, and store in freezer until needed. If you can’t find taco seasoning, here’s a recipe that makes plenty:
Makes 21 teaspoons, the equivalent of three packages of purchased taco seasoning. Seven teaspoons equals one packet of taco seasoning.
6 teaspoons chili powder
5 teaspoons paprika
4 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons onion powder
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
Mix spices together. Use seven teaspoons for one packet of seasoning.
Meal prep for the entire week with these healthy Mexican bowls. This saves you money, time, calories – you honestly can’t beat that!