Swallowing Problems and Parkinson’s: Inevitable or Avoidable?

Several weeks ago, Ed Steger, President of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD), joined my weekly Parkinson’s LOUD Crowd class I host on ZOOM. I asked members to serve as a focus group for Ed who was interested in learning more about...

Aspiration the Boogieman of Dysphagia: What You Should Know

From time to time, a patient comes to me for treatment of their dysphagia (swallowing problem), but they have undergone a video-swallow study elsewhere. The disadvantage to me in those circumstances, is that I do not have access to the actual video to review. A...

Aspirating When drinking? Don’t be a Bird Brain

Most birds drink some water every day, but they don’t drink the way we humans do. Their anatomy is obviously quite different from ours, and that includes not having cheeks and lips. With a few exceptions, birds lack the ability to suction liquid into their throats,...