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Still seeking the key to Parkinson’s treatment

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The other weekend, I was talking with a friend about Parkinson’s Disease.  One of our synagogue members is succumbing; during the discussion, my friend  mentioned that his mom also suffered from the ailment.  And, when I told him so did my grandfather, he mentioned how he was surprised that L-Dopa was the experimental treatment his mom tried- and that the doctor who was involved was at St. Barnabas in New York.  To which I replied, he meant Dr. Bill Cooper- which blew him away.  Because that was the name he was trying to draw up in his memory.  It was pretty clear that we must have crossed paths some 47 years ago.

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Reading Wrongs?

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I have always been blessed with a rapid reading speed.  And, way back when, I even tried to take an Evelyn Woods speed reading class.  You know, back then, they guaranteed your money back if they didn’t improve your speed. Which meant- the three times I tried to take the course- that they kicked me out after 15 minutes.  They had no desire to provide me any “free pointers”.

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Diet For Life

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What do we do when we just can’t lose weight?

No, don’t tell me we’re not trying hard enough. Some folks have fallen into the black hole of (no) weight loss- metabolic syndrome. I know that sounds like gobbledygook- and to some degree it is. Because it is not an illness per se, but a combination of risk factors that mean the subject is not losing weight, can succumb to heart disease, and/or diabetes.

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