The Dopamine Chronicles

An almost daily cartoon about Parkinson's

Cinnamon buns here I come!

Researchers in India have found that Cinnamon MAY reverse some of  the damage Parkinson’s does to the brain. Of course my inner glutton goes “Whoopee! Donut shop here I come!” Will do the caplet form instead I think…


Written by martyworld

July 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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The Dreaded Needle Biopsy

Men of a certain age! OK having  PD MIGHT predispose you to having prostate cancer (just ask comedian Billy Conolly about that!) So I go in for the yearly check of the old man gland and the nice, shiny new urologist finds a “nodule” on the surface of the prostate. Time for the dreaded needle biopsy! He will numb you up and take 12 shots at the little bugger with needles. Then you have to wait for the results a week or so… (I’m not stressed, REALLY I’M NOT STRESSED!) Here’s my fearful imagination of what it was going to be like (I wimped out totally and took a pain pill BEFORE hand.)


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June 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

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One more tractor…

YES it DOES work  (at least I think it works.) Focusing on just the art stuff, the symptoms fade away for a few hours… (and it’s good therapy!)


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June 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

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More “fine art” stuff

An anonymous tractor. For the while that I am drawing (about 3 hours on this one), Parkinson’s symptoms fade into the background. I  have heard of this phenomena. Michael J. Fox experiences it when he plays hockey, and there’s a Parkie in a home who has taken up painting and for those few hours he paints,  he’s symptom free. So how to “get it”:

1. I think it has to be something you LOVE

2. NO commercial art! You are just doing it to satisfy you.

3. You’ll know when you “get it”. Time stands still and you are not any particular age, just you and the “art” (or THING you’re into.)


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June 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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And now for something entirely different

These are some personal drawings I have been doing on the iPad with Adobe Ideas. They have no commercial purpose (or comical one at that.) When you have no one to please but yourself, it takes all the anxiety out of it. USUALLY the symptoms of PD slip into the background when you’re doing something like that.


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June 28, 2014 at 7:15 am

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Jaw tremors!

Another blog said with Parkinson’s you can expect something new every 6 months! So there I am, at the dentist, getting my teeth cleaned. The tech grabs my lower jaw and the darn thing starts trembling, doing the cha-cha in her hands. She says “Do you want to rest?” “No that’s OK, just go ahead, it’s a moving target now…” (coping strategy, CHEW GUM!)

It apparently is a symptom that pops up early at times in the disease…


Written by martyworld

June 21, 2014 at 8:49 am

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Giant hamster wheels hooked up to car batteries…

So here’s the idea, exercise for Parkies is GOOD! FORCED exercise is even better! The put rats in hamster wheels and hooked up a little shock machine to it zap the rodents when they slowed down, thus producing FORCED exercise… (the forced exercise resulted in improving symptoms) have to jury rig up something like this…


Written by martyworld

June 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

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