Puree Taste Test (How I Spent My Christmas Holiday)

My friend Samantha Wyatt at Pure-A Foods asked me to conduct a taste test of three different pureed diet product lines and write a blog about my findings. It has taken me several months longer than anticipated to do so, but my Puree in a Pinch experience piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know how […]

Puree in a Pinch!

It’s the holiday season, and the mealtime camaraderie of family and friends is a treasured tradition for many of us! People with swallowing disorders often consume restricted diets which interfere with full participation and enjoyment of the festivities. A family member’s “temporary oral stage dysphagia” due to a dental procedure two days before Christmas offered […]

Pretty, Palatable, and Pureed!

Sharing a meal with family and friends is one of life’s special pleasures! Unfortunately, people with Parkinson’s and other chronic disorders often develop swallowing problems (dysphagia) and find they have to consume a special diet to keep food from going down the wrong pipe! This is the phrase commonly used to describe the coughing and […]

Random Thoughts: McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program

Last weekend I attended the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) certification workshop. For readers who don’t know, MDTP is a systematic, exercise-based dysphagia treatment program. Patients improve swallow function by swallowing vs. more traditional treatments based on compensatory strategy and facilitative maneuver training. Certification is required, and I am bound by agreement not to divulge details […]

Internet Advice: Swallowing and Voice in PD

I know I’ve offered A Word of Caution already. At the risk of crossing a line into annoying, I’m going to say this just one more time: be careful with advice from people on the Internet! Some are qualified to give it; others could inadvertently cause you harm. Online advice regarding voice and swallowing disorders […]

On Parkinson’s and Swallowing

There’s been a lot of news lately regarding non-motor symptoms experienced by people with Parkinson’s Disease. I saw an article a while back that focused on it. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t think much of that article and can’t locate it now that I need it. The author managed to leave out just […]