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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Parkinson's Disease treatment and Mind Body Integration

Tai Chi has been found to help those suffering from myofascial pain disorders such as fibromyalgia and age related health problems such as osteoarthritis. The New England Journal of Medicine has just published an article indicating that Tai Chi is effective in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease. This study has found that Tai Chi is more effective in the treatment of Parkinson's disease than resistance training (weight lifting) and more effective than stretching.The benefits were seen in three areas.

  •  Posture and postural stability
  •  Length of stride
  •  Reach

This makes sense because Parkinson's is a disease effecting the areas of the brain that control movement rather than strength.

Tai Chi is a form of exercise that integrates brain and body. The movements are purposeful, they require focus, are well thought out and carefully performed. This is the key to it's effectiveness.

I have no affiliation with family physician Dr. Paul Lam, but in my opinion, his videos are a valuable resource.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Aging Brains and Berries

Berry Update! New research indicates that berries improve communication between brain cells and prevent "age related degeneration."

Often when I read an MRI report of the brain in an older individual, a common finding is shrinkage of the brain, this is "age related neurodegeneration." In other words, the brain shrinks as it ages due to gradual progressive nerve cell death. We now have evidence that eating berries helps prevent this from happening.

In summary, eating berries daily will improve your memory, improve stability of brain cells and slow down the aging process to fight dementia and cognitive decline. 

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