Email from John Shea
Name: John Shea
Date: 2015-05-03 01:05
I bought your book and I know what you are talking about!
I am a 67 year old male that was finally diagnosed with Parkinsonâ€™s in 2014 but what is remarkable is that I lost my smell in summer of 1993 and at about the same time I had a bad case of vertigo. The vertigo and loss of smell I now believe is some how related to Parkinsonâ€™s.
I was a long time long distance runner and I religiosity ran 20 to 30 miles a week, year-in and year-out. I started having movement issues in 2008 after I stopped running due to bone and joint pain. I believe if I had never stopped running I may have avoided Parkinsonâ€™s. I have many of the same symptoms as you but no where as severe.
After my diagnosis I was started on Azilect and within a week or two I regained a significant amount of my smell back and much of my movement ability. I believe that my running either stopped or substantially slowed down my Parkinsonâ€™s.
Now after I ride my bike hard for an hour I find my remaining symptoms alleviated. I have also tried your speed walking and I have experienced a noticeable relief although it only lasts for several hours.
Thank you for writing your book.