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Optimal Health with Parkinson's Disease

A Guide to Integreating Lifestyle, Alternative, and Conventional Medicine


Monique Giroux

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For many with Parkinson's disease, adding complementary, alternative, and lifestyle therapies to a care plan can result in symptom relief and a higher quality of life without compromising conventional treatment. Written by a board-certified neurologist and expert in mind-body medicine, Optimal Health with Parkinson's Disease provides a thorough and up-to-date guide to a variety of therapies so that you and your health care team can make informed decisions to help you achieve optimal health.

  • Learn the benefits of a holistic approach
  • Find effective, low risk therapies for symptom relief such as tremor, muscle rigidity, depression, constipation, and insomnia
  • Understand the pros and cons of popular diet and exercise approaches
  • Determine which integrative therapies are best for you
  • Personalize your treatment plan to help meet your goals

Dr. Giroux shares her experience and insights after many years of listening to the challenges faced day-to-day by her patients with neurological disorders. She combines her conventional medical training with mindfulness practice and integrative medical philosophy to provide a unique healing approach that empowers patients for optimal living. This excellent guide fully explains the value of this integrative approach, even when one is dealing with complex, chronic disease. I recommend it as a must-have for anyone living with Parkinson's disease.

Andrew Weil, MD, author of Healthy Aging And 8 Weeks to Health

Navigating Parkinson's diagnosis, progression, and care is challenging. Dr. Monique Giroux provides a roadmap not only of the therapeutic options - medicinal and complementary - but also of the perspective that patients and their loved ones can use to live their best life with Parkinson's disease.

Todd Sherer, CEO, The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

If you or someone you love has Parkinson's disease, this book will become an essential resource. Dr. Giroux uses her vast clinical experience and encouraging philosophy to guide you to evidence-based integrative approaches that can help you thrive.

Victoria Maizes MD, Executive Director, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Family Medicine, and Public Health

Product Details

  • Publication Date November 11, 2015
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303854

About The Author(s)

Monique Giroux MD

Monique L. Giroux, MD, is co-founder of the Movement and Neuroperformance Center of Colorado and medical director of movement disorders and deep brain stimulation at Swedish Hospital, in Englewood, Colorado. She is board certified in neurology and trained in integrative medicine.

Table of Contents



How to Personalize Your Care

Part I: General Overview

1. Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

How Does PD Progress?

What Causes PD?

2. Treating Parkinson’s Disease

Medical Therapies

Surgical Therapies

The Role of Integrative Medicine and Different Models of Care

Integrative Therapies

3. Scientific Evidence for a Holistic and Integrative Approach

Placebo Effect and Its Importance to Integrative Medicine

Stress, Health, and Illness

Cellular Healing

Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity

Practical Considerations

Part II: General Health and Lifestyle Medicine

4. Healthy Aging

Cardiac Health

Stroke Prevention

Dementia and Cognitive Health

Balance and Walking

GI Health

Skin, Bone, and Dental Health

5. Lifestyle Medicine

Weight Management

Tobacco and Alcohol Use



Stress Management



Passion and Creativity

Part III: Integrative Therapies

6. Biological Therapies

Vitamins and Minerals


Anti-Inflammatory Agents


Immuno- and Neuromodulators

Neurochemicals and Amino Acids


7. Body Therapy

Chiropractic Manipulation

Craniosacral Therapy

Feldenkrais Method® and Alexander Technique®


Music Therapy

Tai Chi and Qigong

Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga

8. Mind-Body



Guided Imagery


Meditation and Mindfulness

9. Energy and Sensory Medicine



Healing or Therapeutic Touch

Light Therapy

Magnet Therapy


Whole Body Vibration Therapy

10. Community, Spirituality, Expressive, and Experiential Healing

Animal Therapy and Service Dogs

Journaling and Gratitude

Music and Art Therapy

Nature or Ecotherapy

Spiritual Healing and Prayer

Support and Support Groups


11. Whole System Approaches

Ayurvedic Medicine


Traditional Chinese Medicine

Part IV: Symptom Relief

12. Therapies for Motor Symptoms

Bradykinesia and Rigidity



Walking, Balance, and Freezing of Gait

13. Therapies for Non-Motor Symptoms



Cognitive Decline



Fatigue and Sedation


Orthostatic Hypotension (Dizziness)


Restless Legs Syndrome

Sleep Problems

Urinary Problems

Part V: Personalize Your Care

Organizing, Creating, and Sustaining Your Plan

Assembling Your Integrative Team

General Health Tools

Lifestyle Tools