Parkinson Disease

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) announces today a collaboration with Smart Patients, an online support site for patients and caregivers, to create a new Parkinson’s disease (PD) community where people impacted by PD can join the community for free to share, interact, and learn from each other in a safe, supportive environment. This network extends APDA’s resources to help those affected by PD no matter where they are located to live life to the fullest and connect to others who have extensive experience with the disease.

We are thrilled with our partnership with Smart Patients to launch this community. This network is designed for people with PD, care partners, and family members,” explains Robin Kornhaber, APDA Vice President of Programs and Patient Services. “This innovative opportunity will further a dialogue to nurture the PD community, provide socialization, education, and critical access to information – and will allow us to expand our reach across the country.”

Smart Patients believes that patients and caregivers are the most underutilized resource in medicine. By partnering with Smart Patients, APDA is empowering people with Parkinson’s to improve care for themselves and others.

We are proud to work with the APDA to connect people with Parkinson’s with one another. Community can provide peace of mind through social and emotional support, not to mention those practical tips patients and families learn through direct experience,” said Roni Zeiger, MD, CEO of Smart Patients.

The PD community is invited to visit the site through the following two links:  or Individuals can join the community by sharing their email address and setting up a free personal account. Once the account is confirmed participants will have access to information, resources, and be able to participate in community conversations on topics of interest.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder affecting more than one million people in the United States. Approximately 60,000 people are newly diagnosed each year. Onset commonly occurs after the age of 60, however up to ten percent will receive a diagnosis before the age of 50. Parkinson’s is characterized by motor problems including slowness of movement, rigidity, and tremor with balance and gait problems sometimes occurring later in the course of illness. Some people may also experience a decrease in facial expression, low voice volume, small handwriting, and difficulty with fine motor movements. A number of non-motor symptoms are associated with Parkinson’s, including fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance. It is important to understand that symptoms vary from person to person.

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About the American Parkinson Disease Association:
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease (PD) and works tirelessly to assist the more than 1 million Americans with PD  live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, neurological disorder. Founded in 1961, APDA has raised and invested more than $170 million to provide outstanding patient services and educational programs, elevate public awareness about the disease, and support research designed to unlock the mysteries of PD and ultimately put an end to this disease. To join us in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and to learn more about the support APDA provides nationally through our network of Chapters and Information & Referral (I&R) Centers, as well as our national Research Program and Centers for Advanced Research, please visit us at

About Smart Patients:
Smart Patients is an online community where patients and their families affected by a variety of illnesses learn from each other about treatments, challenges, and how it all fits into the context of their experience. While providing patients with safe and high quality peer support, we help the healthcare system learn from patients in order to serve them bette


First General Surgeon Commissioned Under Navy’s New Medical Initiative



By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Latrice Jackson, Navy Recruiting District St. Louis Public Affairs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NNS) — The first General Surgeon to be commissioned under Navy Recruiting Command’s new Medical Officer Top 5 initiative was officially sworn into the Navy Reserve Aug. 18.

Dr. John Wieland, a general surgeon from Bloomington, Illinois, took the oath of office in front of his family at the Illinois Capitol Building, becoming one of the first physicians to answer the Navy’s call for reserve doctors in select medical specialties.

“As a practicing general surgeon for almost 25 years, I believe I can make a contribution to the health care of the men and women in the Navy who deserve the highest quality of care available,” said Wieland.

The Medical Officer Top 5 program was established in February to help fill the shortage of specific medical specialties in the Navy’s Reserve Medical Corps. Letters were sent out to medical professionals across the country looking for orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, anesthesiologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and perioperative nurses.

“The whole idea of the shortage of surgeons in my specialty really caught my attention and that was really the appeal of the [request] actually, that there was a need,” said Wieland.

Chief Hospital Corpsman Ariel Ampier, officer recruiter, Navy Recruiting District St. Louis, said the Navy needs more physicians like Wieland to serve.

“We’re hurting badly and these physicians they’re the ones that are going to come out and deploy and support the warfighter,” said Ampier a native of Danbury, Connecticut.

A special medical VIP team was also established as part of the initiative to provide enhanced service and guidance for qualified physicians and nurses throughout the entire application process.

“The Navy has created this program that makes it very painless to follow through on that desire to serve and I can’t tell you how many people have thanked me for doing this and I haven’t really done anything yet,” said Wieland. “There’s a tremendous gratitude within the Navy and even in my day-to-day work.”

Wieland added that joining the Reserve not only fulfilled his desire to give back, but gives him an opportunity to honor his father who served in the Dental Corps from 1953-1955.

“I could tell it meant a great deal to him to serve his country,” said Wieland. “To this day, at age 87 he lights up when he recounts his experiences in the Navy.”

Wieland said the entire process has been a humbling experience and he is glad he followed through with his decision to join the military.

For more news from Navy Recruiting District St. Louis, visit

Hope4Cancer Institute

A cancer diagnosis can be outright scary for any patient, but is it always necessary to treat the cancer right away? That is the question many doctors and patients will have when it comes to prostate cancer. According to new research about prostate cancer diagnoses and treatment plans, there may be some room to heed on the side of caution.

According to new findings, the survivor rate for low-risk prostate cancer is the same whether you get surgery, radiation, or simply don’t do anything at all. This might be because prostate cancer consists of much slower-growing tumors, which means that aggressive treatment might not be the best option for patients looking to maintain a certain quality of life.

We know that conventional treatments for prostate cancer do have major side effects that a patient will need to consider. For example, surgery could lead to incontinence and impotence.  Chemotherapy has its own wide range of side effects that could potentially leave the patient more sick than he would be if he just left it alone or tried an alternative cancer treatment. The latest findings indicate that doctors will need to put more thought into the appropriate cancer treatment to ensure the patient maintains the best quality of life without risking the prostate cancer spreading.

The Hope4Cancer® Institute has reviewed various prostate cancer treatments and maintains the best course of action could be alternative cancer treatments that don’t have the same side effects as conventional medications.

According to the Hope4Cancer® Institute:

  • Radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy therapies leave the body ravished and more at risk for other illnesses because the immune system is at risk.
  • There are non-invasive, non-toxic alternative cancer treatments that may be a better option for less aggressive cancers like prostate cancer.

The team at the Hope4Cancer® Institute is available to speak about alternative cancer treatments to retain patient quality of life and target cancer cells. To speak to a Hope4Cancer patient advisor about our cancer treatment protocols and approach, please call 1-888-544-5993 or +1-619-669-6511, or contact us at


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First Botany Scar Cream & Epidermal Repairing Cream

If you are on the hunt for something that will decrease scars and discoloring on your skin then First Botany Scar Cream & Epidermal Repairing Cream is just what you need.

This comes in a jar with a top that you have to press down to get it to dispense the cream and just one push is plenty. The scar cream isn’t greasy or sticky – it rubs in well and to me it doesn’t have much of a smell.



I have a condition called Polymorphic Light Eruption. It is an itchy rash caused by sun exposure in people who have developed a sensitivity to sunlight. It appears as red, tiny bumps or slightly raised patches of skin. Along with all of this comes little tiny scars all over my arms.


Since I have staring using this produce the spots aren’t near as noticable as they used to be so I would recommend this to anyone with scars wanting to get rid of them.

** I received this product free or at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.**

Woolzies pure essential oil peppermint

Peppermint is one of my favorite scents so when I had the opportunity to get Woolzies pure essential oil peppermint  at a discount I jumped on it!

Peppermint can be used for a wide variety of things such as: headache relief, anti-inflammatory,  anti-parasitic, antibacterial, digestive stimulant, stuffy nosses, and as a pain releaver.  It can also be used to keep ants at bay as well. I can also be used as a rodent deterant as well.


I have suffered from Chronic Migraines for years and I also have Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and several other health issues and peppermint really helps calm me and helps with the pain. I put peppermint on my temples and the back of my neck when I have a migraine or headache and it really helps.  I also put it on any of my other aches and pains and it helps with those as well.

It does well putting it in a oil diffuser and letting the fragrance fill up your room/house. It makes a house smell really good!

I would recommend this to anyone that has pain and wants a natural remedy or anyone that needs to get rid or rodents or ants.

** I received this at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.**



Woolzies Best 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil

Woolzies Best 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil is the perfect essential oil for anyone that needs help with sleep. I put a few drop in my essential oil diffuser and once I get comfortable it doesn’t take me long to drift off to sleep. I have had chronic insomnia for years and have taken sleeping medications and none of them have helped. This really helps.  After reading some of the reviews on this product it looks like I am going to have to get some of Woolzies Wool Balls for my laundry.


This comes in a 1 ml bottle and has a top that allows you to measure drops out rather than with a dropper. I would recommend this to anyone that is wanting a reliable lavender essential oil that will help you sleep at night.

** I received the Woolzies Best quality, great value 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil at a discount in exchange for my honest, fair and unbiased review **

Ozeri 4×3 Razor Pedometer/Fitness Tracker

I had the opportunity to review Ozeri 4x3razor Pocket 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker with Bosch Tri-Axis Technology so I jumped at the chance.  I have been wanting one of these for a long time.  This particular item accurately record steps, distance, calories consumed, fat burned and exercise time.  The Pedometer is only 0.5 cm thick and weighs just half an ounce.  It includes a detachable lanyard and belt clip for super convenience.  Since getting this I have realized just how much or how little I exercise during the day!


I would recommend this pedometer/tracker to anyone that is wanting a good quality item that is reliable, accurate, and easy to set up.  It is extremely portable as you can wear it on your belt, around your neck or in your pocket.

**I received this item free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.**