This article will be shorter than it should be. I am not a medical doctor nor am I a neurobiologist. I am a daughter (and, to give myself a little credibility for literature review, a PhD Microbiologist currently practicing structural biology) who loves her dad. I want to make sure information that is generally ignored in medical practice is at least being discussed here. I have only added single references for some of my statements and, as a scientist, recognize that this would not cut it in peer review. However, if you like to read peer-reviewed literature, then you are welcome to use these articles as a jumping off point (or email me for more literature as I have quite a collection at this point.) I want to focus on, what I think, was the major contributor to Dad’s PD, whether genetically predisposed or not−extended proton pump inhibitor use. I will also mention a potential biological reason for Dad’s susceptibility to PD−increased MAO activity. And, finally, a good indicator of future neurological disease that Dad experienced, but society, in general, passes over because it is so common−sleep disturbance.
Beginning about 8-10 years ago, Dad seemed tired and maybe a little drunk in the evenings. This wasn’t a big deal to Mom and I because dad did drink in the evenings. He didn’t drink much and it was never an amount of alcohol that concerned a doctor (yes, Dad told his doctors EVERYTHING). Dad had also gained some weight and was taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Dad ate mostly whole foods, cooked at home 95% of the time (he and mom are damn good cooks), ran, traveled, and lived a relatively active life.
How many vegan bloggers have a post with this exact or a similar title? I am guessing most of them do. I’ll keep this short and leave it up to you to post comments/questions.
Damn. Who knew I would run out of words? Continue reading
A few of my friends on Instagram were interested in the chocolate pie that I made for Friendsgiving. I followed one of my favorite online Vegan Queen’s recipes. While the texture was incredible, it was a pretty rich chocolate taste–and I love dark, dairy-free chocolate. So, I have posted how I made the Oh She Glows Recipe this time around and have added some suggestions as to how I’ll make it next time.
PS Strawberries aren’t in season, which is what the original recipe calls for as a topping; however, an amazing pastry chef at Friendsgiving had made a cranberry, cherry, ginger jam for one of her cakes and it went perfectly with the chocolate pie. I do believe that fruitiness was what my pie was missing. Continue reading
I’ve never really loved bacon (gasp!), but it’s this sexy food thing that people seem to dig. So, I decided to cure some tempeh and add it to these things I do love–brussel sprouts and cauliflower–for Friendsgiving… Continue reading