6th… From Out-Thinking… neck and shoulders


Cranial Nerve 11 – “supplies specific muscles which tilt and rotate the head, and the trapezius muscle, which works the scapula, including for shoulder elevation and movement of the arm away from the body.”

“Neck and shoulder problems are extremely common  in PD. For example, “frozen shoulder” is a very common initial mis-diagnosis, as was the case for myself. The head and shoulder movements mentioned above are particularly difficult for PwP to access.”

……………………………..This article gave me new insight. Eight years ago I had been experiencing shoulder pain. After turning 65, and qualifying for insurance, I mentioned the discomfort with trying to lift my arm. The physician suspected rotatory cuff and sent me to physical therapy. I went, but didn’t see any benefit. Then, after moving to Florida, at age 68, I visited with a chiropractor who, using pressure points while rotating my arm, showed me how I could get pain relief. Although the fix was only temporary, it was appreciated.

Funny thing is… after receiving my diagnosis for Parkinson’s and experimenting with the keto diet and trying hemp oil from the health food store…both my TMJ and my shoulder pain went away… as well as the sores at the corners of my mouth (presumably a side effect of my drooling). I switched up my diet after loosing too much weight on the keto diet… and previously had quit using the hemp oil. The sores at the corners of my mouth have returned, but so far, neither the TMJ nor the shoulder pain. I count my blessings.


After I read that “evidence has been accumulating showing that a ketogenic diet might have a therapeutic role in different neurological conditions. And that “Experimental models have shown that a restriction in glucose intake bolsters resistance of the cells located in the substantia nigra against neurotoxic effects of MPTP and prevents the progression of symptoms associated with PD

(In case you wondered, as I did… what is mpdp?) “Although many toxins and neurological insults that damage the basal ganglia and/or the substantia nigra result in neurological disorders which include parkinsonian features (see below), one toxin, 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), appears to target relatively specifically those neurons that are involved in Parkinson’s disease.”

I asked my primary care doctor how he felt about my trying the Keto Diet.

He gave me the go ahead, to try it. I was concerned that it might make me loose weight. I was at 116 lbs. He didn’t think it would affect me that way.

I went into Ketosis Aug 24th… where I remained for eight months. I’d lost 9 pounds. I decided to not follow the diet so closely, and began adding some potatoes and bread, etc.. following the mantra, moderation in all things.

On May 11th, I no longer tested to be in ketosis. I consider it prudent to avoid white sugar & white flour and to eat at least 50% raw fruits & vegetables. And for gut health, I’ll continue to eat more fermented foods.

My results from following the Keto diet are inconclusive. Perhaps it slowed progression… but it definitely isn’t a cure all…. for me.