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Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease: Dynamic Lifestyle Changes to Put You in the Driver’s Seat

Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease: Dynamic Lifestyle Changes to Put You in the Driver’s Seat by Anne Cutter Mikkelsen with Carolyn Stinson, 192 pp, $14.95, ISBN-13 978-0-9823219-3-5, New York, New York, DiaMedica, 2011. Parkinson disease (PD) is the second most common progressive neurodegenerative disorder, offering daily challenges for patients and caregivers. In spite of the challenges, it is still possible to live well with PD with a combination of positive attitude, focus on good health, healthy lifestyle with exercise and good nutrition, and an understanding that life can be lived well with some physical and mental constraints. Most importantly, the support and encouragement of family members makes a big difference in a patient's quality of life. The motivation for this book comes from Anne Cutter Mikkelsen's husband being diagnosed with PD and they wanting to make choices to ensure a better quality of life and sharing the experiences with others diagnosed with similar conditions. The book blends the passion that Mikkelsen has for helping others with PD and for good food. The book starts off by introducing basic information regarding PD, including history, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and looking at a future with advancing disease. Mention is made of the impact of life stressors and stress in general on PD symptoms along with healthy coping strategies, including exercise and good nutrition. There is a chapter dedicated to exercise and its possible role in neuroprotection. Mikkelsen continues her journey with anecdotes about compassion and the role it plays in the lives of patients, about being involved in the PD community, and about the role of a spouse as a caregiver. The second half of the book is dedicated to the fine art of nutrition and cooking and blending skills to change the culinary repertoire to accommodate the needs of a changing lifestyle for those with PD. Mikkelsen explores how to build a brain-healthy pantry and focus on foods that could contribute to overall wellness. The chapter dedicated to the brain-healthy pantry is reasonably detailed and informative. It is interesting to read about the merits of various foods, including fish (salmon), and the various recipes outlined are mouthwatering but healthy at the same time. I especially enjoyed the chapter on soup recipes, with a few favorites being butternut squash soup, spinach soup, brainy minestrone soup, asparagus soup, gazpacho, and lemon-lentil soup. Many of the recipes in the book incorporate the powerful ingredient turmeric with antioxidant properties. The recipes for salads, including fresh salad dressing recipes, are testimony to the creative thinking and culinary curiosity of the author. There are other chapters dedicated to whole grains, vegetables, breakfast ideas, and, last but not least, tempting desserts. One may get the impression initially that this is yet another cookbook, but after reviewing the book, I conclude that this is a journey based on looking at life with PD from a fresh perspective and combining expert culinary skills and nutritional information with determination and a positive attitude for living a good, balanced, and healthy lifestyle, even in the face of a degenerative progressive disorder. Mikkelsen's passion for her art and caring for her husband's disease is obvious in every chapter that integrates nutritional information, mouthwatering recipes, and great perspective to make the most of the challenges that life offers for those with PD. Prose ★★★ Illustrations ★★★★ Science ★★★ Usefulness ★★★★ Back to top Article Information Correspondence: Dr Chitnis, Department of Neurology, Clinical Center for Movement Disorders, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75390 (shilpa.chitnis@utsouthwestern.edu). Financial Disclosure: None reported. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Neurology American Medical Association

Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease: Dynamic Lifestyle Changes to Put You in the Driver’s Seat

Archives of Neurology , Volume 68 (8) – Aug 8, 2011

Take Charge of Parkinson’s Disease: Dynamic Lifestyle Changes to Put You in the Driver’s Seat

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by Anne Cutter Mikkelsen with Carolyn Stinson, 192 pp, $14.95, ISBN-13 978-0-9823219-3-5, New York, New York, DiaMedica, 2011. Parkinson disease (PD) is the second most common progressive neurodegenerative disorder, offering daily challenges for patients and caregivers. In spite of the challenges, it is still possible to live well with PD with a combination of positive attitude, focus on good health, healthy lifestyle with exercise and good nutrition, and an understanding that life can be...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 2011 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0003-9942
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1538-3687
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10.1001/archneurol.2011.159
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Abstract

by Anne Cutter Mikkelsen with Carolyn Stinson, 192 pp, $14.95, ISBN-13 978-0-9823219-3-5, New York, New York, DiaMedica, 2011. Parkinson disease (PD) is the second most common progressive neurodegenerative disorder, offering daily challenges for patients and caregivers. In spite of the challenges, it is still possible to live well with PD with a combination of positive attitude, focus on good health, healthy lifestyle with exercise and good nutrition, and an understanding that life can be lived well with some physical and mental constraints. Most importantly, the support and encouragement of family members makes a big difference in a patient's quality of life. The motivation for this book comes from Anne Cutter Mikkelsen's husband being diagnosed with PD and they wanting to make choices to ensure a better quality of life and sharing the experiences with others diagnosed with similar conditions. The book blends the passion that Mikkelsen has for helping others with PD and for good food. The book starts off by introducing basic information regarding PD, including history, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and looking at a future with advancing disease. Mention is made of the impact of life stressors and stress in general on PD symptoms along with healthy coping strategies, including exercise and good nutrition. There is a chapter dedicated to exercise and its possible role in neuroprotection. Mikkelsen continues her journey with anecdotes about compassion and the role it plays in the lives of patients, about being involved in the PD community, and about the role of a spouse as a caregiver. The second half of the book is dedicated to the fine art of nutrition and cooking and blending skills to change the culinary repertoire to accommodate the needs of a changing lifestyle for those with PD. Mikkelsen explores how to build a brain-healthy pantry and focus on foods that could contribute to overall wellness. The chapter dedicated to the brain-healthy pantry is reasonably detailed and informative. It is interesting to read about the merits of various foods, including fish (salmon), and the various recipes outlined are mouthwatering but healthy at the same time. I especially enjoyed the chapter on soup recipes, with a few favorites being butternut squash soup, spinach soup, brainy minestrone soup, asparagus soup, gazpacho, and lemon-lentil soup. Many of the recipes in the book incorporate the powerful ingredient turmeric with antioxidant properties. The recipes for salads, including fresh salad dressing recipes, are testimony to the creative thinking and culinary curiosity of the author. There are other chapters dedicated to whole grains, vegetables, breakfast ideas, and, last but not least, tempting desserts. One may get the impression initially that this is yet another cookbook, but after reviewing the book, I conclude that this is a journey based on looking at life with PD from a fresh perspective and combining expert culinary skills and nutritional information with determination and a positive attitude for living a good, balanced, and healthy lifestyle, even in the face of a degenerative progressive disorder. Mikkelsen's passion for her art and caring for her husband's disease is obvious in every chapter that integrates nutritional information, mouthwatering recipes, and great perspective to make the most of the challenges that life offers for those with PD. Prose ★★★ Illustrations ★★★★ Science ★★★ Usefulness ★★★★ Back to top Article Information Correspondence: Dr Chitnis, Department of Neurology, Clinical Center for Movement Disorders, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75390 (shilpa.chitnis@utsouthwestern.edu). Financial Disclosure: None reported.

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Archives of NeurologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 8, 2011

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