1. Orientation

What Does Diagnosis Mean?

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Too often, people are told at diagnosis that this is an irreversible and progressive disease and that they should prepare themselves for inevitable degeneration. They aren't told about the profound variability seen in PD, for instance, that some people are thriving 20 years after diagnosis! They aren't told that the amount and type of exercise you do will shape the rate this disease progresses. They aren't told to avoid fried foods and dairy, or to increase fruits and fish. Patients are often prescribed medications without fully understanding the goals and risks of those medications.

In this course, I'll summarize the information that I think every newly diagnosed patent should be told at diagnosis. We'll talk about how to think about this diagnosis, how to talk to your family, when to tell your community, when and how to start medications. There is nothing radical here-- just the information most neurologists don't have the time to go over in clinic.

I'll do my best to convince you that this disease is tremendously modifiable and that the decisions you make each day will influence the shape you find yourself in a decade or two from now. Welcome!

"Great lesson! This lesson for sure should be a must do for patients, care givers and the medical community."

"As I listen to all these videos, the thing screaming in my mind is that EVERYONE with PD needs to watch these as well as all providers that deal with PD in any manner. So much good information."

"Thank you so much for making this accessible and easily digested!'

"This video spoke to me. Thank you so much."

"Wonderful introductory sessions. Thanks Laurie. Feel privileged to be part of this knowledge gathering."

Your Instructor

Laurie K Mischley, ND PhD MPH
Laurie K Mischley, ND PhD MPH

Dr. Mischley has spent the past two decades studying the unique nutritional requirements of people with Parkinsonism and working to find better ways to measure, monitor, predict, and prevent PD. Her academic training is in naturopathic medicine (ND), nutrition (PhD), and epidemiology (MPH). She built the Parkinson Symptom Tracking App (www.pd-symptoms.com), has trained dogs to detect the scent of parkinsonism in ear wax (ParK-9.com), is lead investigator of the MVP-Study.com, and is founder of the Parkinson Center for Pragmatic Research (CPR). She created Parkinson-School.com in 2020 as a way to empower patients, accelerate education and catalyze some long overdue conversations.

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