Neuro Pasty (ell of a pasty)
Attended a conference about PD
And heard my best hope was Neuro pasty
Unable to believe how lucky could be.
Living in Cornwall the home of pasties
I would find a Neuro Pasty with search
Out my front door I set off with a lurch
Ran to the bakers got there and did pant
My heavy breathing caused baker to rant
Had never heard of this gastronomy
Steak and stilton his speciality
In the next was met with bemused smiles
No luck though with Barnecutts or Niles
Ran to the next to continue my quest
Never heard of it assistant professed
Bacon and leak or how about curry
Lamb and mint. Not now I have to hurry
Again and again I failed to find
This wonder pasty so I did rewind
An L of a pasty was what I heard
Yes neuroplasty a different word
Protect yourself join in some intense sport
Neuroprotection from fitness purports
My bakers sprint though so inadvertent
Served right purpose although by accident
At the recent Insight the online Parkinson’s conference one contributor made the point that over the years our bodies evolved to cope with different circumstances. One of the main ones was food shortages. He even suggested that creativity and imagination was linked to needing food with those qualities helping with ideas for hunting or new tools for farming. Maybe I am just a throwback.
Anyway his point was that we who are well fed regularly every day are rarely active enough to burn the fat in our bodies and without us doing that on a regular basis our body limits the variety of its energy sources. Fasting may cause us to use fat and that particular change of metabolism could be neuroprotective.
Sorry I was digressing I will get back to the concept of Neuroplasty which suggests the brain has a certain amount of flexibility and adaptability. In some circumstances it can be retrained. This concept provides a basis for Exercise as Medicine idea. Exercise and movement is one way of retraining the brain.
In effect the movements recalibrate the brain but to do this successfully the training programs use simultaneous cognitive exercises as well. As we run through our life it is rare for our bodies to do tasks in isolation so our training needs to reflect that.
The other important factor is intensity. There needs to be a tough regular challenging element to get the full neuroprotective benefits.
There is now agreement from all over the world that exercise can hold back the effects of Parkinson’s Disease and I would be a fool to ignore that so at the moment I am taking stock. I will update in my blog in the near future.
Thank you for reading