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I am no expert by any means of the word, but I don’t believe you need to be in order to help others. My goal is to simply share knowledge & Information. I want other people with Parkinson’s to know they are not alone, that there are things they can do to improve their situation and live a improved version of their life with pd and help them be informed about their Parkinson’s so that they can advocate for their own care and lead more empowered lives.In helping others, I am helping myself. This podcast is me moving outside of my comfort zone and challenging myself to expand my own horizons. Now you might ask why I would want to do that. How can I expect to help others to change and evolve if I am not willing to myself?
19 Episodes



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"Whoever changes one life, changes the whole world;”  -Michele AmitraniChristine Jeyachandran is definitely changing this world for those living with Parkinson’s. Christine is the author of the Handstand for Parkinson’s Blog, and the creator of the Documentary of the same name as well as the only WPC Ambassador in South America!In this episode, I had the chance to talk with Christine and hear how exercise has changed her life for the better and how she is using her talents as a filmmaker and rising gymnast to inspire and encourage other people with Parkinson’s to exercise.  We also discuss what it is like living with Parkinson’s in a country like Peru, a country where there are few resources for PWP and there is very little public understanding of the condition and how Christine is working to change that for the better!Support the show (
In this episode, I had the best chat with my hygienist Brett Kirby RDH, about maintaining good oral health with Parkinson's.  If you deal with dry/burning mouth, have questions about Oil Pulling, mercury fillings, or root canals or if you want to know which tools and products will make it easier for you to maintain good dental hygiene the make sure to listen!LINKS:Biotene products for dry mouth, Xlyliemelts lozenges, Prevident 5000, Flossers.Sonicare electric toothbrushes.And don't forget to check out Christine Jeya's “The Amazing Benefits of Exercise in combating Parkinson’s Disease”. People with Parkinson’s from around the globe unite to share their stories of how exercise changed their life!Support the show (
In the final installment, Doug tells us how he came to be involved with the Davis Phinney Foundation and one of the very first Canadian Ambassadors.  Doug also shares his words of advice for other fitness professionals who work with PWP, and for loved ones and caregivers too!I am also really excited to be a part of Parkinson’s Secrets to Living Successfully project.  It's a two-part series where 13 people from around the world share the unique stories of their struggles with Parkinson's and how exercise has positively impacted their lives. Christine Jeyachandran initiated this video project because she knows what it is like to struggle but wants everyone to know that it will make a difference, for the better.Fluid Fitness is located in Parksville British Columbia.“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”– Pauline R. KezerMusic Credit: Family Montage by Biz Baz Studio.Support the show (
In part two of my interview with Doug, he shares observations he has made as a REMO HealthRHYTHMS® facilitator on the effect that drum therapy has on people with Parkinson's especially on mood, improving gait & other motor symptoms and even enhanced immune function! We also tackle the 6 million-dollar question which is "does exercise slow the progression of the disease?" Support the show (
In this 3 part series, I chat with Doug Pickard who owns Fluid Fitness in Parksville BC where he trains clients and specializes in working with people with Parkinson's.  He is a Rock Steady Boxing Coach, A certified PWR! Moves Instructor, he is also the facilitator of the local Parkinson’s support group and recently has expanded his practice to include aspects of music therapy through sing-along sessions and drum circles. He is also one of the first 2 Canadian Ambassadors for the Davis Phinney Foundation.Support the show (
Here is the 3rd installment of the ABC's of PD! In this episode, I explain what retropulsion is! Follow me on twitter at @parkinsonsroadpodcast, find me on Facebook at The Parkinson's Road Podcast page and now on my YouTube channel Podcasts Pushups & Parkinson's.  It will take me a day to get the videos uploaded on YouTube as I am still learning, but I will also post them to the Facebook page!Support the show (
EDIT** I SAY THE WRONG TIME FOR THE UK IN THE PODCAST !  IT IS A 5PM!!With everything that is going on in the world - social distancing, isolation, uncertainty for the future we need to come together and keep the loneliness at bay.  Join me on my Facebook Page at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST and 5 pm in the UK.  I hope to you will join me!Support the show (
As you all know I am on a team that will be playing in the Cure Parkinson's Cup tournament on April 19, 2020, in Worcester England at Sixway Stadium. In this episode, I chat with my teammate and fellow admin Tracy White who shares her story and her advice to those with PD and those without.Only 38 days til kick-off.To sponsor our team please visit: find out more about the tournament click here.Support the show (
Have you noticed an increase in craving sugary treats? I know I sure have and many people with Parkinson's do too! What might be the cause? Can I do anything about it? Tune in and find out!Support the show (
Installment 2 of the ABC's of PD.  Did you know that Parkinson's has a distinctive walk? It is called the Parkinsonian gait, and one of the potential characteristics of this is festination.  This episode explains what festination or festinating gait means. Here is a great video demonstrating what festination looks like:** disclaimer ** I have no affiliation with any Parkinson's specific exercise program I only mention PD Warrior as a point of reference.  ** I say posterior chain in the podcast but know that working your posterior chain will also strengthen the anterior muscles including your quadriceps, hip flexors, and abdominals.**Support the show (
Happy New Year! I am back at it.  I don't know about you but I have to take medication to manage my symptoms enough so that I can function, and with medications come side effects.  One class of medications used in the management of Parkinson's Disease has some pretty complex and potentially upsetting side effects, Dopamine Agonists. They act like dopamine in the brain and can cause patients to behave differently than they normally would. Not everyone will develop these side effects, for many of us they are a very beneficial treatment option.   But I believe that by understanding the risks of taking these medications empowers us as patients and empowered patients have better outcomes! Support the show (
Merry Christmas from me to you! 2019 has been an amazing year and 2020 looks even better! New topics, a new format - INTERVIEWS and I even have a little adventure planned.  Make sure you subscribe so you won't miss an episode.While I have some interesting topics planned if there is a topic you want to hear about on the show, please visit my Facebook page The Parkinson's Road Podcast and leave me a comment or email me at you next year!Musical Credit to E's Jammy Jams "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".Support the show (
Words have power.  They have the power to hurt and the power to heal. The words we speak to ourselves have the power to shape our reality.  What are the words that you speak to yourself? Especially during times where you are frustrated or disappointed in yourself. Are they words of kindness or criticism? What reality do your words create for you?This episode is about self-compassion and how treating yourself with kindness can actually help you achieve your goals!For more information of Self-Compassion  and Support the show (
Episode 5 - Teaser

Episode 5 - Teaser


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Yes I did a podcast about pooping...or not pooping!  Pooping, having a food baby, going number two...however you call it, it is a normal healthy and IMPORTANT bodily function.  I think we underestimate how important it really is until we can't poop. And so many suffer in silence because, let's face it, it is SUPER embarrassing to talk about ESPECIALLY with your Dr.  If I can talk about it on the internet, you can talk to your Dr.!!   Everybody Poops by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence ( Artist: the show (
Episode 3 - Bad Days

Episode 3 - Bad Days


Bad days...we all have them but Parkinson's likes to take bad days to a whole different level of awful! Together we will discuss what a bad day looks like, some tips on how to approach a bad day & what we can do to make sure they don't set us back too far. Thank you for tuning in xxSupport the show (
I debated if I should tell this story as it is a painful memory for not only myself but many others.  I learned a lot from this experience, it has made me a little wiser and a little more jaded but in the end things worked out better than I could have hoped for.  If you want to connect with me on Facebook or to join Parkinson's Road read more of Dean's insightful works am completely new to this whole podcasting thing so if you have a suggestion how I could make this better please tell me!Thank you for being on this journey with me.Support the show (
Episode 1 - My Why

Episode 1 - My Why


Thank you for joining me here on the Parkinson's Road Podcast.  This episode is a brief introduction into the reason why I am doing this podcast in the first place.  Support the show (
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