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The Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease Every Patient and Caregiver Should Know About Paperback and Kindle Versions Available at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/10-Breakthrough-Therapies-Parkinsons-Disease/dp/0692497412/ref=sr_1_40?ie=UTF8&qid=1441071806&sr=8-40&keywords=parkinson%27s+disease Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha said, “every challenge you encounter in life is a fork in the road. You have the choice to choose which way to go: backward, forward, breakdown or breakthrough.” Since the publication of Parkinson’s Treatment 10 Secrets to a Happier Life with Parkinson’s Disease, the most common question we have received from patients is what are and what will be the next breakthrough therapies for Parkinson’s disease. A breakthrough is defined as a sudden increase in knowledge, improvement in technique, or fundamental advancement in understanding. Often breakthroughs occur when a formidable obstacle is penetrated. Breakthroughs are heralded as major achievements and they pave the road to meaningful progress in any disease. I have spent my entire professional career focused on Parkinson’s and related diseases. I have been blessed to spend much of my time taking care of patients, and I have evolved to understand the critical need for all those suffering to have access to information on breakthrough therapies. The point that I emphasize with my patients is that breakthrough ideas and therapies in Parkinson’s disease stretch far beyond a single drug or stem cell. There is, in fact, a broader and more exciting picture and portfolio of breakthroughs spanning drug, cell, vaccine, device, genetics, care, and behavior. Patients and families with personal investments in Parkinson’s disease should be informed and updated about all of the potential breakthrough therapies. So, “what will be the next breakthrough therapy?” Because of the complexity of the disease, each person possesses a different combination of bothersome symptoms. This complexity means that the answer to the next breakthrough therapy will vary patient to patient, and it could be a breakthrough in care as well as possibly a new device or drug. We have at the National Parkinson Foundation been monitoring the breakthroughs in the field. We run the free international Ask the Doctor web-based forum, and the questions posted have helped us to keep an accurate pulse on the field. Additionally, our blog called “What’s Hot in Parkinson’s Disease” as well as guest columns as the associate editor for the New England Journal of Medicine’s Journal Watch have provided the material, insight and inspiration for a new book; 10 Breakthrough Therapies in Parkinson’s Disease. Collectively, these experiences have provided focus for the topics in this book and in some cases the actual physical material. Several chapters include topics I have covered before, and in these cases I have added and updated information. The current book is an effort to provide a comprehensive review of the most important breakthrough therapies for Parkinson’s disease. Interestingly, these topics overlap with the most asked questions by patients and caregivers. The unexpected runaway success of my first book, “Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life,” has provided hundreds of messages and an ocean of feedback from patients, families and researchers. The majority of comments I received on the first book were focused on the need to understand breakthrough therapies and approaches. My desire is that this book will fill a knowledge gap and will provide hope and valuable knowledge to those in the Parkinson’s disease community. Here are some of the topics that will be covered in the 10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease book released September 1, 2015: · Disease Modifying Drugs and Biomarkers · Coffee, Tea, Exercise, Interdisciplinary Teams and Caregivers · Extended Release/Novel Delivery Systems for Parkinson’s Disease Drug and When to Start Drug Therapy · Marijuana and Synthetic Cannabinoids · New Drugs for Hallucinations, Sleep, Constipation and Dizziness · Therapies While Hospitalized and Avoiding Hospitalization · Advancing Deep Brain Stimulation Technology, Earlier Intervention and Dopamine Pumps · Stem Cells and Stem Cell Tourism · Prions, Spreading Proteins, Vaccines and Growth Factors · The Drug Development Pipeline
On May 23rd I was fortunate enough to undergo a stem cell treatment with Dr. Todd Malan in Scottsdale Arizona. The best way to describe my experience is- A miracle has happened! When I heard about Dr. Malan’s approved study utilizing my bodies own fat derived stem cells I was excited but also skeptical. I had previously undergone 2 stem cell treatments with Dr. Raider in Tijuana in March 2010 and April 2011. Those treatments used cord blood stem cells. Unfortunately those treatments had no lasting benefits. Dr. Malan was the first doctor in the US to be involved in fat derived stem cell therapy studies for his plastic surgery patients. His experience gave me the confidence to try this new treatment despite no guarantees. I was one of the first patients enrolled in his new study in which my fat cells were harvested, the stem cells extracted, and then re-injected. The procedure itself was not painless but the pain was very brief and tolerable. I have kept a journal of my status before and following the procedure in an effort to assist in the efforts of the study and to understand the changes I was experiencing. In summary, this therapy has far exceeded my expectations. I am walking with minimal assistance, driving, speaking more clearly and functioning far better thanks to this treatment. I hope my experience will help assist others to find reputable doctors like Dr. Malan who are performing cutting edge research in an effort to assist patient with Parkinson’s. My wife and I thank Dr. Malan from the bottom of our hearts for restoring me. May 2013 (One week before treatment): Using walker and electric scooter. Often dizzy and off balance when taking small steps. Difficulty in speech and conversation. Difficulty reading and very forgetful. May 23rd, 2013: Underwent stem cell treatment at Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center in Scottsdale AZ with Dr. Todd Malan. The procedure lasted 2 hours. I was very tired and dehydrated after the procedure. May 24th: I arrived back home still very tired. Could not walk and spent the next 2 days mainly in bed. May 26th: A Miracle has occurred! I walked today without the use of canes, walkers, or electric cart and was able to attend church. May 27th: Walking and speech continue to improve. May 28th: Doing light chores around house without a cane. This has not been possible for years. June 6th: I was able to drive to the office and the grocery store. I have not done that for quite some time. I walked without my cane. My voice came back stronger, I was able to talk more clearly. June 8th: Margret took me grocery shopping without a cane. Arrived back home exhausted. Medicine taken: Levo 2 tablets in the morning Prostata tablets 2 in the morning Prostata tablets 2 in theafternoon Levo 2 tablets in the evening Weight 148 lbs June 9th – The increase in the number of tablets per day does not increase the benefits seen last week. Went back to smaller doses. Stayed home from Church. Medicine taken: Levo 2 tablet in the morning Prostata tablets 2 in the morning June 10 – Slept better last night, walking better today. Medicine taken: Levo 1 tablet in the morning Prostata tablets – 2 in the morning July 13th - The stem cells continue to improve. I have added Church attendance to my schedule, I’m going once a week, which I haven’t been able to do for a long time. I do this without using a cane. I also do my own laundry. I do get tired during the day, but I hope that I will get better. My voice is still week but improved. I am reading aloud which is helping a little. Among other symptoms were the inability to read. After one stem cell treatment at Dr Malans clinic my reading ability was restored almost 100%. Medicine taken during the last month: Levo for Parkinson, one tablet morning and one in the evening.