Monday, September 9, 2013

My Father, My Brother, and Me: PBS show about PD

PBS personality, Dave Iverson, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2004. Both his father and brother were given the same diagnosis, years earlier. had it, too. 

In 2009, PBS TV did a Frontline documentary about the state of affairs in PD, called My Father, My Brother, and Me. Dave Iverson was the host of the show. Here's a snippet of the transcript of it, then links to read the whole exchange, and a link to watch the entire documentary online. 

My Father, My Brother, and Me

Dave Iverson

Dave Iverson and Michael Schwarz

EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR: Reach all the way down to the floor without moving your feet--

ANNOUNCER: Living with Parkinson's disease, a story FRONTLINE correspondent Dave Iverson and his family know firsthand.

ADELAIDE: I hadn't thought it would happen. But it has happened.

NARRATOR: Parkinson's affects a million Americans

TOM SHEARER: I have a mindset that I am going to-not going to let this blankety Parkinson's get me down.

NARRATOR: And it's been front and center in the debate over embryonic stem cell science.

Pres. GEORGE W. BUSH: This bill would support the taking of innocent human life, so I vetoed.

MICHAEL J. FOX, Actor: You know, when you're talking about the potential to heal and cure so many, and it not going forward, it pissed me off and I wanted to do something.

NARRATOR: Now the politics have changed, but the quest for a cure continues.

MATTHEW FARRER, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville: How close are we? We're a lot closer than we were 10 years ago, a lot closer.

NARRATOR: Tonight on FRONTLINE, correspondent Dave Iverson tracks the pursuit of Parkinson's and his own family journey.

DAVE IVERSON, FRONTLINE: [voice-over] It isn't dramatic. It's a disease of inches. A hand starts to shake, a step becomes a shuffle, life in gradual slow motion. Parkinson's arrives without fanfare. You're jogging at the gym one day, and you notice that one arm isn't swinging the same as the other. In time, other signs accumulate. A leg starts to tingle. A finger trembles. None of it seems like a big deal, so you keep living your life.

Use this link to read the transcript: 

Use this link to watch the video of the show:

1 comment:

  1. Bob, this reinforces my lay theory , and that is that Borrelia/co infections are "generational", passed along in families over decades and centuries, and so on. ...and are NOT NEW at all, as we are lead to believe, They have been around and have been "passed down", for ages. I lost a friend in AU, HIS family , the male members passed down the line their MND, or Motor Neuron Disease, to which he succumbed. When I suggested he look into Borrelia..."no, ticks are not a problem in Australia". Genetic testing should include bacterial testing as well (maybe tests do rule out bacteria)...I have good indicators Borrelia has been in my family tree, forever. Old as the hills and earth, the lowly tick. Across the board lowered human immune function in our modern times, subject to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, herb/pesticides, plastics, metals exposure, radiation,air/water pollution, hormones in foods, vaccination, even geo-engineered weather (lack of full spectrum sunlight)and more; could all these things knocked down the human natural immune function causing bacterial illnesses to rise and flourish, show themselves so well and win, over the body healthy? We co-dwell with the tiny bacteria, microbes.


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