PROFESSOR SIMON LEWIS | NEUROLOGIST | COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENTIST | PARKINSON’S DISEASE SPECIALIST
On today’s Show, we talk with Dr Simon Lewis who is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Fellow and a Consultant Neurologist and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sydney. He is the Clinical Director of the Forefront Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic his research interest target diagnosis, treatment and improving the quality of life in neurodegenerative diseases. A genuinely humble and amazing person.
I often say now I don’t have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make. Michael J. Fox
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MICHAEL J. FOX TALKS ABOUT DEALING WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE FOR 25 YEARS
He was diagnosed with the degenerative disorder of the nervous system that renders sufferers increasingly more-shaky back in 1991. But Michael J. Fox hasn’t allowed Parkinson’s Disease to stop him – despite a doctor who told him he had ’10 years of work left’ back when he was just 29.
The 55-year-old talked about how he personally copes with the progressive illness in a cover interview withHaute Living‘s November/December issue.
Michael J. Fox told Haute Living magazine that he hasn’t allowed Parkinson’s Disease to stop him – despite a doctor telling him he had ’10 years of work left’ when he was 29. Michael revealed he was working on Doc Hollywood when he found out about his diagnosis in 1991. The father-of-four waited seven years to divulge the news to fans and admits that during that time he was in denial.
But when he did come clean, Michael said: ‘I realised it was a real awakening to me because I had been kind of keeping this secret. I was supposed to be pretty much disabled by now. I’m far from it.’
As well as his highly successful film and TV career, he devotes a lot of time to his Michael J. Fox Foundation, which he set up in 2000. It has donated $650 million for research in the last 16 years, with 89 cents of every dollar going to the goal of eliminating Parkinson’s. It’s ‘in business to go out of business,’ Michael said.
Meanwhile, he has discovered a new medication that works really well for his constant tremor: meditation.
‘The only way I don’t move, in even the subtlest ways, is when I’m sleeping,’ Michael said, adding that brain activity calms right down to the point where he’s not moving.
‘I’m the same way when I do meditation. If I do it sincerely, then my brain slows down enough that my body gets still.’