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    • For all veteran PWP, I recently underwent a VA hearing for service connection for PD due to environmental exposures.   Although there are some presumptive service connection conditions established, such as Vietnam, Camp Lejeune, and TBI, that leaves many veterans out.  Using, 38 CFR 3.303(d), whereas any disease or diagnosis post service can be considered Service Connected, if it is supported by way of, a medical nexus statement or opinion.  In lay terms as per NPF, and others the human body due to the natural aging process will experience a natural loss of dopamine producing neurons. And if we where to live long enough, everyone would eventually develop PD. This would be considered the natural progression of Parkinson's Disease. As set forth in the law above the condition either has to be caused by or aggravated beyond the natural progression of the disease. So any development of PD even at the age of the sixth decade of life, would be considered an aggravated beyond natural progression, meaning with proof of any environmental exposures while in service, known to specifically target dopamine producing neurons, the VA cannot rebut or deny service connection. The VA would have to establish beyond all reasonable doubt that not one single dopamine producing neuron was lost prematurely due to environmental exposures while in service.  TCE and or PCE are ingredients often found in cleaning and/or decreasing products, such as Brakleen 05089. These chemicals are the ones associated with the Camp Lejeune presumptive service connection.  These same chemicals are also identified by GW research as known solvents used in GW service, specifically in IOM Vol. 2. As well as being attributed to the causation, or associated with the neurobehavioral effects of GW service, many of which are also known as the "cardinal symptoms" of PD.  The National Academy of Sciences, recently determined that the neurobehavoral effects described by NRC, IOM, and others can be PD, being that the NAS is the parent entity of the others, this is very significant.  The VA website list TCE and or PCE as the solvents many veterans were exposed to in service.  But any neurotoxin specifically targeting the dopamine producing neurons will suffice. I would also like to disclose that I am very aware of the effects of the injuries sustained in connection with military service, and in no way mean to discredit those. But at the same time understand that the injuries sustained by way of the toxic chemical molecules while in service are as equally devastating to the human body, as those bombs and bullets are as well.
    • Super, You should get a second opinion. Just my two cents. Georgetown has a really good Movement Disorder Clinic. Dave
    • Hi, J. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  I was away from the site to catch up with the news. I wonder if anyone knows a way that you could download to a site on line through which the sound could be adjusted?  Bob, do you by any chance know of anything like this that could help?
    • Linda and MusicMan -- I have tried recording my playing but have only my camera's video function, and it makes the tone of the piano sound like a tinny toy piano.  My Schimmel piano is really beautiful in sound, but I don't know how to record it well.   J 
    • I'm enjoying your mellifluous voice, Bob. Thanks for sharing these songs with us. Dianne
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