If you have been living under a rock, you might not know that April is Parkinson’s awareness month. This means I should make you aware of something related to Parkinson’s disease. So I could throw out standard definitions or statistics that you might have already heard. But I prefer the other option, which is shocking you! Prepare to have your mind blown. You might want to gather some paper towels…..it could be messy.
There is a concept called the “80% threshold” in Parkinson’s disease. This means that once approximately 80% of the brain’s dopamine producing cells no longer function, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease begin to appear. How can this be?
If we view our brain as NASA runs its space shuttle, there is a fail-safe in place for all of our bodily functions. The human body is designed with ways to sustain impairment, and injuries. We can unconsciously compensate for our body’s shortcomings. Many Parkies (Person with Parkinson’s) after diagnosis, will be able to look back and see the signs of the disease years before even knowing they had it. They would say, “I just slept on my arm wrong” or “I must have injured my leg.”
What does this all mean? Got your paper towels ready?…….This means that there are thousands of people who are pre-symptomatic of Parkinson’s disease. They have begun to lose their Dopamine producing cells in their brain and now their bodies will begin to show symptoms of the disease. POW! Mind Blown!
Happy Parkinson’s Awareness Month……Don’t forget to share this information!