Originally Posted by Bob Dawson.. tango group improved on all measures of balance, falls, and gait..."
Why is this important? I am repeating again and again?
The question arises again and again – (it is touched on in the MJFox interview, for example); what possible usefulness can there be to involve the patients in the process, other than as statistics and whiners bemoaning their fate? What role can the patients play other than chat about their aches and pains on internet forums that scientists and doctors and policy-makers never read?
The year is 2007. Ollie Westheimer of the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group, together with the Mark Morris Dancers, are dancing up a storm with People With Parkinson’s. So is Kate Kelsall in Colorado. In fact, a dance craze has started up in society in general and among Parkies, even more so. In the year 2007, you could easily find Parkies who were dancing, all around the world, just by asking Parkies.
The year is 2007. Here is the latest science news about Parkies dancing:
“… Many mental illnesses
are now known to undermine the ability to dance
or perform rhythmically – schizophrenia and Parkinson’s, to name just two
– and so the sort of rhythmic dancing and music making that have characterized most music across the ages serves as a warranty of physical and mental fitness,
perhaps even a warranty of reliability and conscientiousness…
- page 253 of “This is Your Brain on Music” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, neurologist at McGill University, published by Penguin, September 2007 - Scientific American Book Club Selection; L.A. Times Book Award Nominee; New York Times Best-seller for 5 weeks
And that’s from the science book of the year.
Parkies can’t dance.
Of course, no Parkies were involved in finding this out.
What could the patients possibly contribute to the world of the scientific method?
Other than post on a forum, as I am doing now, just repeating for 2013 what I already said in 2007.
Six years have gone by. To find out what Parkies already knew. That's the traditional speed of Parkinson's research - a genteel parlour game of Trivial Pursuit... But what do the mentally ill know about what they live.. they are unreliable, schizophrenia and Parkinson's to name two...
And back down the rabbit hole we go; just ask Alice, when she is two feet tall.