The Brain Under Siege

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Published Nov 24, 2021, 5:00 AM

The first three episodes of Season 4 of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s go deep inside the brain. It has been five years since the United Nations recognized one BILLION people or one in six person’s alive today on the planet suffers from a neurological disorder, from Alzheimer and Parkinson disease, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy to migraine, brain injuries and neuro-infections. Each year, nearly 7 million dying from neurological issues each year. Every two-and-half minutes, another person dies from Parkinson’s disease.

What’s happening to us?

The Brain is Under Siege. In the kickoff episode of Season 4, Howard Weiner MD, a Harvard professor and Co-Director of the Ann Romney Center at Brigham and Women’s hospital shares his theories. Weiner released a book in October 2021 called, “The Brain Under Siege; Solving the Mystery of Brain Disease, and How Scientists are Following the Clues to a Cure.”  He suggests the key to solving this diseases is to treat them like crime scenes. Learn along with Larry as Dr. Weiner details Alpha Synuclean, Microbiome, the Brain Gut Connection, and the importance of volunteering for research. He also explains how many of these brain issues have more in common that we first thought.


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Thank you to the following people and organizations featured in this episode:

Dr. Howard Weiner, Harvard professor, Co-Director of The Ann Romney Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of “The Brain Under Siege.

Dr. Ray Dorsey, co-author “Ending Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Gregory Petsko – Ted Talk

Dr. Silke Cresswell – Studies role of Gut Biome

Ted Talks

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada.


Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign


Thanks also to our content and promotional partners

The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford

Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  

PD Avengers –  We are building a global alliance to end Parkinson’s. Join us.

World Parkinson Congress 2023 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2023 in Barcelona, Spain.



Dila Velazquez – Story Producer

Greg Schott – Sound Design

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