Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s - An Update

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s - An Update

Technology has developed at a rapid pace over the last few years, and now there are more options to be aware of when you’re considering Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s Disease.

The Parkinson’s Voice Project - An Interview with Samantha Elandary about Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

The Parkinson’s Voice Project - An Interview with Samantha Elandary about Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT interviews Samantha Elandary, a speech therapist and Founder / CEO of The Parkinson's Voice Project, about speech therapy for Parkinson's Disease. In her innovative program - SPEAK OUT! - Samantha is exploring a new type of voice therapy for Parkinson's that is empowering and effective.

The World Parkinson Congress - Bringing the PD Community Together (Interview with Eli Pollard)

The World Parkinson Congress - Bringing the PD Community Together (Interview with Eli Pollard)

The World Parkinson Congress, often referred to as the WPC, is one of the most unique and powerful Parkinson’s conferences in the world. Every three years the World Parkinson Congress draws world leaders in basic and clinical science, care, and advocacy from across the globe with the guidance of the program’s Executive Director, Elizabeth “Eli” Pollard.

Parkinson's Role Model Interview - Omotola Thomas on Hope, Faith, and Defying Limitations

Parkinson's Role Model Interview - Omotola Thomas on Hope, Faith, and Defying Limitations

Omotola Thomas has been told time after time that Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease and to curb her expectations of her future. She has consistently chosen to believe that she can defy the label that’s been placed upon her, and thus the perceived limitations that come with a Parkinson’s diagnosis. In this act of defiance, she founded ParkinStand.

Cycling and Parkinson's - Should You Consider this Spin on Exercise?

Cycling and Parkinson's - Should You Consider this Spin on Exercise?

Have you heard all the hype about cycling for your Parkinson's symptoms? Are you curious what the research says about cycling for Parkinson's or how to get started? 

In this post I’ll walk through a variety of options for you to explore the benefits of cycling for Parkinson's, no matter what stage of your Parkinson’s journey you’re in or your activity level.

Special Interview with Colin Potter from Fight-Parkinsons.org

 
Colin Potter Sarah King Parkinson's Interview
 

Are you looking for some options to treat your Parkinson's symptoms that go beyond simply taking more medication?

Are you skeptical that adding a regular exercise program, or switching up your diet can actually make a dent in your symptoms?

If so, I have a special treat for you today. 

Colin Potter, founder of Fight-Parkinsons.org, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's since 2011, after 3 years of progressive symptoms.

At age 61, his symptoms had progressed to a point where he was dragging his feet, not swinging his arm, his writing was small, and his rigidity was so intense it would take over 20 minutes just to get out of bed in the morning. 

As he worsened, he wondered:

"Is this it? Is Parkinson's going to be the end of me?"

Fortunately, he decided it wouldn't, and set out on a journey to find answers that the medical community couldn't give him.

What he found was how significantly our daily lifestyle and environment contributed to neurological system disruption. 

I've spoken with Colin before about how he began changing his nutrition, supplementation, exercise program, and focusing on toxin elimination to help him reverse a large portion of his symptoms.  

In this interview, I brought Colin back on for an interview to talk more about his journey and what specific steps he took to regain a feeling of freedom and empowerment in his life, despite his diagnosis. 

 

Press play above to watch. Closed captions available (Click on "CC" at the bottom right).

 

Here's an outline of what we covered (with time indicators so you can go directly to what you're interested in)

3:00 - Quick Disclaimer from Sarah (This is NOT medical advice!)

7:30 - Colin’s Background - self-employed problem-solver

10:00 - Colin’s initial symptoms (3 years before official diagnosis)

12:55 - When Colin started taking medication

14:14 - The gift Colin received that changed everything

15:50 - The #1 thing Colin learned initially that launched his journey (hint: it’s at the heart of most chronic diseases)

19:04 - Peek into Colin’s diet

21:30 - How long it took for him to start seeing results (and his transition off medication)

24:00 - Colin’s advice on where to start with nutrition, exercise, supplementation, and toxin elimination upgrades

25:55 - How Colin developed an optimistic mindset and how he stays motivated to keep fighting

28:00 - What Colin’s able to do now physically that he couldn’t do 4 years ago 

29:27 - The role of exercise in Colin’s recovery plan 

31:49 - Colin’s #1 Reading recommendation 

34:53 - Colin’s supplementation program - then and now

38: 55 - The physician who Colin sees primarily to help him guide his natural treatment program (and their plan of attack)

45:20 - A recent victory that Colin was very excited about! 

47:30 - Q&A: Steps that Colin recommends when just starting out on your journey

55:55 - Answer to the question "Do I have to go 100% for these efforts to be worth it?"

 1:00:10 - Constipation, Urinary Frequency, and Colon Hydrotherapy… oh my!

1:09:50 - The role of medication in a thriving Parkinson's recovery program

Resources We Mentioned


You can thrive, despite your diagnosis.

Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson's and want to start taking powerful steps to address your symptoms without taking more medication?

Snag a free copy of Sarah's "Parkinson’s Plan of Attack Foundations Checklist” below to start your journey today.

The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

Are you considering having Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for your Parkinson’s symptoms? Have you heard of DBS but still aren’t clear on exactly what it does, who it’s for, or when someone should consider it? You’re in the right place.

Today I want to share with you an interview I did with a friend and physical therapy colleague, Dr. Eric Rhoden, PT, DPT.

He shares my passion for Parkinson’s, is incredibly well versed in Deep Brain Stimulation, and took some time to answer the most common questions I hear from our online community about DBS.

Recapping Lessons Learned from DAY 1 of the 4th World Parkinson Congress

Recapping Lessons Learned from DAY 1 of the 4th World Parkinson Congress

Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT from Invigorate Physical Therapy and Wellness attended the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon and did a full recap at the end of each day. Today's topic: Building Your Healthcare Team to Serve YOU. Watch, listen, and learn!

7 Elements of a Highly Effective Parkinson's Exercise Program

7 Elements of a Highly Effective Parkinson's Exercise Program

"What's the best kind of exercise for Parkinson's?" My first answer? The kind of exercise you'll actually do. My best answer? ANY kind of exercise is beneficial for Parkinson's, so long as it has these 7 elements.

Re-thinking our Approach to Parkinson's Rehab (Video Interview with Sarah King, PT)

Re-thinking our Approach to Parkinson's Rehab (Video Interview with Sarah King, PT)

It's not very often that I get to sit down and chat, on camera, about my physical therapy practice. 

So, when Colin Potter from Fight-Parkinsons.org asked if we could sit down and talk about how Invigorate helps people with Parkinson's return to a life they love, I was all-in. 

My Video Interview with Colin Potter: "How I Reversed My Parkinson's Symptoms"

My Video Interview with Colin Potter: "How I Reversed My Parkinson's Symptoms"

Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT interviews Colin Potter about his experience being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and his hard fought battle to reverse his Parkinson's symptoms. He talks about the revelation he had to spur his new journey, what changes he's made to reverse his symptoms, and what his plans are for the future.

RECAP: Walk and Talk with Colin Potter from Fight-Parkinsons.org

RECAP: Walk and Talk with Colin Potter from Fight-Parkinsons.org

Colin Potter, founder of Fight-Parkinsons.org, came to Austin to further his research into the causes and natural alternatives to fighting Parkinson's Disease. He took time to lead a Walk and Talk to discuss his journey and how he's combating his symptoms in ways that go beyond the pill bottle.