Canada, Conferences, and Connections
In June of 2017, my wife Jodi and I attended the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Vancouver, Canada (highly recommended for your next vacation spot).
We were surrounded by 4,300 people from 89 different countries who all shared 1 passion: helping those with movement disorders. Every year the top researchers, doctors, therapists, etc. come in from around the world to meet about the latest updates in research, new breakthroughs and what is on the horizon.
Leaving these conferences always leaves us so inspired and gives us so much hope, but reminds us how much more research needs to be done. One of the biggest discussions in research right now lies in the connection between Parkinson’s and the intestines. Researchers are looking into whether Parkinson’s may be originating in the gut as bacteria that travels up a nerve to the brain, causing the system to fail. While all of this is currently just speculation, it teaches an important lesson – take care of your machine.
While we all know a good diet is a huge proponent to our health, it can prevent a lot of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, etc. Doctors and researchers are currently promoting a Mediterranean style diet with colorful meals, a variety of vegetables, fish and olive oils compared to the Eastern European diet which is not recommended.
There were three different components to the conference; plenaries, skills workshops and lectures. The most impactful skills workshop related to eye testing. The eyes are the window to the brain, and by studying them, there is so much to be told about an individual.
It’s safe to say the conference was a huge success. Many contacts were made and we met people different disciplines that were impressed and amazed at the innovative therapy provided at Florida Movement Therapy Centers. FLMTC is setting a road map for the way therapy should be delivered around the world and aims to provide only the best for its patients.
– Ed Gray, Director of Therapy