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About MarcB

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  • Birthday 03/09/1946

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    St. Paul, MN
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    Family, friends, & our dog Margaret, who is also family.

    Monitoring PD forums, doing research, reading, political junkie, exercising, -- just trying to stay healthy.

    My PD likely caused by Agent Orange from a year in the jungle as an infantry grunt in Vietnam from 10/66 to 10/67.

    Diagnosed 7/2011. I take no PD drugs.

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  1. What are the concerns with Melatonin? Will continual use cause one's body to stop making it?
  2. Thank you, thank you for such a well written and thorough description.
  3. Anyone taking Nilotinib? Compare notes?
  4. We all like to believe our neurologist knows best, yet competent neurologists disagree on this important issue, so asserting a position based on what your/one neurologists says is not the best way to make your decision. One should do enough research to be confident they have found, read and understand the newest data or, it's easier and more reliable to look at what is the consensus of the PD organizations and university/research centers. It's like, you can always find scientists who deny climate change, so what matters is, what is the consensus? Over the years, I've seen 3 neurologists at the Minneapolis VA all of whom are also professors at the U of MN and they disagree with each other on this central issue. I'm 71, was diagnosed 6 years ago, and took the path until very recently of holding off on L-Dopa meds, which I now regret. I'm satisfied the recent data and the consensus is you are better off to start sooner than later.
  5. Thank you, thank you.
  6. Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough reply.
  7. This, the most common answer, " When assessing whether someone should start medication at the onset of diagnoses or the onset of symptom severity, it is completely up to the patient." is very frustrating because at the time of diagnosis, pwp know zero. "Your guess is as good as mine." It's like asking a six year old if they want deep brain stimulation -- or, for that matter, if they think they should take sinemet. This non answer can only mean the studies have not brought the jury in on this, the central question, otherwise, how does it happen that the PD healthcare community takes opposite or no position on this issue?
  8. I'm taking 60 mg twice daily of Nilotinib and would like to add Rasagiline and Ropinirole.
  9. I've researching it all day and have now soured on it.
  10. I just read all the replies from Bazillion's post 4 mos ago. Not encouraging. "As promised K........ and I have been doing some research around Atremorine and Ramon Cacabelos. In short, we are not convinced by either of them! Beans and in particular Vicia faba (Broad beans) do contain dopamine precursors (like levodopa). However the precise amount of levodopa in each bean/plant is hard to control and therefore this type of natural supplements can be unreliable. There is an official response from Parkinson's UK about AtreMorine. Kirsty and I are in complete agreement with it. Please see below: “AtreMorine is a supplement made from broad beans (Vicia faba). Broad beans can provide a natural source of levodopa, the chemical building-block that your body converts into dopamine and the 'active ingredient' found in some conventional Parkinson's medications. Natural sources of levodopa, such as AtreMorine work in the same way as Parkinson’s medications, which work to replace dopamine and help ease symptoms. However unlike with Parkinson’s medications which are of known doses, it’s hard to control the amount of levodopa you receive with natural sources. We would encourage anyone with Parkinson’s who is thinking about trying supplements to speak to their specialist or Parkinson’s nurse. We also urge people to be cautious when buying supplements over the internet and be aware that they are not subjected to the same careful safety testing and monitoring as approved medical treatments” We also did our own digging. What we found made us question both Atremorine and Ramon Cacabelos' "science". This is what we found (don't worry, we won't be offended if you do not read it all ) Ramon Cacabelos He did study Medicine in the University of Oviedo (Spain) and did his PhD in the University of Osaka (Japan). He has had several academic positions in the past but all quite short. At the moment he is not working in any University (so not really a professor). You can have a look at his professional profile hereón-cacabelos-garc%C3%ADa-3236b3121 He has been president of EuroEspes, a private research centre, for more than 10 years. What research outputs or what the centre does are not clear. Which scientists or doctors work on that centre is not clear either... Cacabelos was in the Spanish news about a possible cure for Alzheimer’s in 2012. But this has not progressed any further (I have some links in Spanish if you want to read?) Buying Atremorine K....... and I are not convinced by the reviews on the Atremorine website
  11. Thank you for this link. I've read all this and I have two questions; 1) why isn't this being shouted from the roof tops, i.e., it's unheard of on the PD forums I've checked - except Bazillion raised on this forum 4 mos ago. I can only find user feedback on AtreMorine's link to their Facebook site -- which they control. 2) Since excess L-Dopa/dopamine causes dyskinesia, might this stuff cause severe dyskinesia? I'm furiously doing research, am highly suspicious, but willing to try 1 bottle.
  12. I was thinking of getting one bottle, and if it worked as the feedback indicates, taking it for (a day or two before) social events out. Looks like if you buy 4 bottles, it's $62 per, plus I think there is a 20% discount for 1st time purchase which would cover shipping. If we could find two others to go in on a 4 bottle purchase, would you be interested?
  13. Here's another good link passed to me from MrFritz
  14. I just learned about AtreMorine, which surprises me since I do a lot health/PD research. If anyone is taking this or has researched it, please share. I’m tempted to try one bottle. Yesterday, I followed AtreMorine’s testimonial link to Facebook, went to every person’s own Facebook page to insure they were real people, sent each a private message asking if they still feel as strongly about it. I’ve heard back from two who both raved about it. Note the scatter charts and graphs in the "scitcentral" link.
  15. Ms. Garren, You'll LUV this.