Preventing Parkinson's

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About The Book

PREVENTING PARKINSON’S: HOW TO CUT YOUR RISK BY STRENGTHENING YOUR MULTIPLE SHIELDS™ is the only book available that gives readers proactive lifestyle recommendations for optimizing health and lowering the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. With over 1,000 references, this extraordinary, groundbreaking work provides cutting-edge, evidence-based research. It is a comprehensive compilation that will benefit both lay people and medical professionals alike.

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Table Of Contents

The Scope of Parkinson’s Disease
Our multiple shields
Sleep and the Light-Dark Cycle
Stress management
Avoidance of toxins
Management of medical problems
Preventing head injuries
PD may begin before birth: information for moms-to-be
The synergy of healthy habits
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About the Author

Ben Weinstock, PT, DPT, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with 28 years of clinical experience. He specializes in treating patients with neurodegenerative diseases and complex medical conditions. He is a member of the Parkinson’s Action Network, and several scientific organizations including the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Weinstock is also the developer and teacher of the following innovative programs:

STANDUP (Screening To Assess Neurological Degeneration: Understanding, Prevention),™ a personalized risk analysis and prevention tool designed to minimize one’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, or other neurodegenerative conditions.

PEP (Parkinson’s Exercise Prescription),™ an advanced physical therapy approach for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, based on a patient’s neurovascular responses to exercise.

foreword by Judy Potashkin, PhD

Preventing Parkinson’s Disease is a bold concept. Parkinson’s Disease is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease, affecting 1-3% of the population over the age of 60. Parkinson’s Disease is chronic and incurable and its devastating toll on the health care system will continue to increase as the population ages.

Current management of Parkinson’s Disease is limited to ameliorating symptoms, with limited therapeutic benefits available for slowing disease progression. Patients often become frustrated and turn to unproven alternative therapies that have minimal or no benefit. Presently, there are several clinical trials in progress directed at identifying agents that may be beneficial in preventing or slowing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.

In concert with these studies is an ongoing search for sensitive, non-invasive, and accurate markers that may be used to identify individuals at risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. The expectation is that success from these endeavors will allow individuals who have a high risk for developing Parkinson’s to be identified earlier such that a therapeutic intervention may be given before there is irreversible damage to the brain. Results from these studies are highly anticipated, but may not yield results for several years.

Although the cause of Parkinson’s Disease is not known, it is clear that both genetic susceptibility and environmental factors play a role in disease development. The genes we inherit cannot be changed. The environment that we are exposed to before birth and continuing throughout our lives can influence how these genes are expressed and have a large impact on our health. The good news is that we can control many of these environmental factors to optimize our health.

With this in mind, health care providers and their patients would welcome information with regards to lifestyle changes that may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. Although there are numerous studies that have addressed lifestyle choices that are beneficial for Parkinson’s Disease patients, there is no single source that summarizes and explains them to the non-scientist.

In Preventing Parkinson’s: How To Cut Your Risk By Strengthening Your Multiple Shields™, Ben Weinstock, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, has solved this problem. He has written a comprehensive (yet easy to understand) guidebook. This source will help those who choose to follow on a path of optimal health. Dr. Weinstock thoroughly evaluates how the synergy of diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, avoidance of toxins, prevention of head injuries, and proper medical care can reduce one’s chance of developing Parkinson’s Disease.

Thorough citations from current medical literature are provided throughout for those who would like additional information. For the more casual reader, “Action Plans” are provided at the end of each chapter. These summarize the steps one can take immediately to reduce one’s risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease.