[Webinar Recording] Medical Myths and Parkinson’s

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One of the blessings and curses of the time we live in is that anyone can hit publish and push their ideas, products, treatments, and advice out to anyone with an internet connection. Sifting through this information and evaluating it is no easy task; however, our host for this webinar, Dr. Benzi Kluger, knows how to do exactly that. In this session, we talked to Dr. Kluger about many of the myths you may have read regarding Parkinson’s, the proliferation of medical bullsh*t (BS) that’s growing by the minute, and important clues to look out for when it’s time to evaluate the merits of a Parkinson’s article, product, treatment, or cure.

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Show Notes

  • Medical BS is when someone claiming to care about your health sells you a product that helps themselves in some way, often monetarily, without truly respecting your well-being
  • Medical BS will always exist, so the goal is to become equipped with the tools and knowledge to better detect Medical BS when you see it
  • Some of the key clues that something may be medical BS are:
    • Unbelievable hype: If words like miraculous, never before seen, or game-changing are used
    • The information provided is tied to selling a product (this is frequently seen with supplements)
    • All the information is coming from a single source
    • Unreliable experts: When someone refers to themselves as a “medical expert” or has the wrong credentials for what they’re promoting (for example, a dermatologist who promotes nutritional supplements)
    • Unproven products: “If it’s good for everything, it’s likely good for nothing”
    • Anecdotal evidence only
  • We live in a society where we’re increasingly asked to trust experts, so it’s good to push back and get a second opinion. A good professional should never discourage you from getting a second opinion. If they do, be suspicious.
  • The research on cannabis is minimal, and the majority is anecdotal evidence only

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about the speaker

Benzi Kluger, MD, MS, FAAN

Dr. Benzi Kluger is a Professor of Neurology and Medicine and the Director of the Palliative Care Research Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center (New York). He is an internationally recognized leader in the emerging field of neuropalliative care and the founding President of the International Neuropalliative Care Society (www.inpcs.org), an organization dedicated to improving models of care for persons living with neurologic illness and their families. Dr. Kluger’s research focuses on improving models of care for persons living with Parkinson’s and other neurologic illnesses and on improving our understanding and treatment of non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s, including fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. His research covers many diverse approaches ranging from sophisticated neuroimaging to clinical palliative care and acupuncture trials. He is working on several writing projects (www.benzikluger.com) related to empowering people living with serious illnesses to better advocate for themselves and avoid potentially dangerous and expensive medical BS.

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