I’ll add this to my list of patient communities. This is an important project – we need to build, somewhere, a publicly available community list that patients everywhere around the world can access. Some sites on my community page are starting, but we have a long way to go.
Here’s an example of why – a true story from tonight’s email.
Tonight a friend emailed me, grumbling about the utterly useless responses a relative had received, trying to find out the latest thinking about the beneficial effects of bicycling for Parkinson’s patients. He’d even contacted one of the biggest-name hospital/clinics in the world, intentionally doing the e-patient “best practice” of seeking the best authority, and had only gotten links to useless news clips:
This is really interesting (snarl). My brother has what I would call early PD. A bad and recalcitrant tremor is his main problem. He is a lifelong athlete – marathons and triathlons. He is HIGHLY self educated in the research on PD. His question is: is the ‘forced’ aspect of the bike pedaling a critical factor in achieving the result? The reason is that 90 rpm is not ‘forced’ for him – it’s easy. But faster than 90 rpm and he bounces off the seat.He has not been able to get an answer even from researchers. There may not be one yet, but here is Cleveland Clinic’s disappointing response – send him 2 news videos with utterly superficial treatment of the subject!!Blew my mind. We have a long way to go, Dave.———- Forwarded message ———-
Subject: Biking PD study
I asked the Cleveland Clinic if the pedaling had to be “forced” to have benefits. I got a canned response to look at these two videos. I did not find the answer after viewing them–did I miss something? Looks like immediate results that remain for days/weeks. Wadda ya think?