The Dopamine Chronicles

An almost daily cartoon about Parkinson's

The Rats in a Hot Tub Drinking Wine Coolers Test…

I was privileged to hear Don Weller, a West Coast Illustrator, speak in the early ’80’s. He had decided that the rat race, grindstone way of doing design was not for him. So he shut down at 4:30 on Friday and hits the beach with Chacha his wife. A client called at 4:20.

“Don, we need you to do an illustration for our magazine” Don says “We are going to the beach!” the Client says “It’s black and white”, “Still can’t do man, we are headed out!” “Don, it’s a picture of rats in a hottub drinking wine coolers…” “OH, I can DO that!”

Stress is the great symptom maker for a lot of PD’ers. So I have decided to prune back on the number of jobs I am taking on (looking for LOW stress.) I will be applying the “Rats in Hot Tub Drinking Wine Coolers” test to any and all potential jobs. If the project isn’t THAT cool to do, I won’t do it…


Written by martyworld

September 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

I got a redbull total zero and I know what to do with it!

One of the buggers about having PD is that it wakes you up after only 3 or 4 hours of sleep… (I was a graphic vampire anyhow before this…) SOOO, what ends up happening is that you get a case of EDS (Extreme Daytime Sleepiness). Got to stay awake so I got a zero cal Red Bull to chug while I wait on a building to be delivered (Most of my students know what I’m like when I’m amped up!)


Written by martyworld

September 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

Posted in Parkinson's

A Chorus Line…

A chorus line of meds meet me every morning, Sinemet, Artane, Azilect, L-Carnitine, B-12…



Written by martyworld

August 26, 2014 at 5:43 am

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The Dopamine Chronicles – the video game

OK this just a start. Kinda’ so so for now. . . It’s an “angry neuron” an enemy…



Written by martyworld

August 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

The Addictive Brain

They are using a supercomputer to tell them that there’s a connection between addictive behavior and PD. SHOOT I could’ve told them that! Explains my preference for tobacco and caffeine (which I consume in copious amounts in my youth… wait a minute I STILL mainline caffeine!)


Written by martyworld

August 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

Killer Sandwiches from Planet Gluten

Hey it seems that there is a ripple in the force that is saying that GLUTEN may be the cause of Parkinson’s. Link Now it may be working on the placebo effect alone. You feel like it’s working but it’s only temporary. PLEASE DO SOME INVESTIGATION ON YOUR OWN ON THIS ONE. There’s much more to the story that calls it into question for me.

I’m not saying that it isn’t worth TRYING for 3 months. But I already have been down this “tunnel of love” with gluten and my oldest son (just look up “gluten and autism” on!)


Written by martyworld

August 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Posted in Parkinson's

The Placebo Effect

One of the downsides to having PD is that PD’rs are 30% more susceptible to the “Placebo Effect.” We respond to fake drugs and therapies like they actually work! It can even apply to therapies such as DBS and other treatments. We THINK we’re getting better but it’s all in our minds! Tricky, ain’t it?


Written by martyworld

August 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

Posted in Parkinson's


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