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Digestible Tips: Your Gut and Parkinson’s

How’s this for a dinnertime conversation starter… did you know that what happens in your gut can have an impact on your brain health? Some experts even call the gut “the second brain” because of its huge community of microbes and large nerve network that links the gut to brain disease, like Parkinson’s.

Join our panel of experts who cover the latest research on this link between gut and brain health. And tune in as they discuss common symptoms of Parkinson’s — constipation, nausea and bloating — and what you can do to manage and treat them.

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For more information on gut health and Parkinson’s, check out our “Ask the MD” video and guest blog here. And don’t forget the diet’s role in managing gut issues, too. Download our free diet guide here for helpful tips on building a healthy and balanced plate while living with Parkinson's.


  • Host: Rachel Dolhun, MD, DipABLM, MJFF senior vice president, medical communications.  
  • Dr. Wael El-Nachef, MD, PhD, gastroenterologist and researcher; founder of the Parkinson’s Disease Gastrointestinal Clinic in Pasadena, California.
  • Sebastian Krys, Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer; member of The Michael J. Fox Foundation Patient Council; diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s in 2019 at the age of 48.

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