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Linda Ronstadt Reveals Battle with Parkinson's Disease

Linda Ronstadt Reveals Battle with Parkinson's Disease

Linda Ronstadt has just opened up about her battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“I couldn’t sing and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling,” the 67-year-old singer told AARP.

She added, “Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.”

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try,” Linda said.

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12 Responses to “Linda Ronstadt Reveals Battle with Parkinson's Disease”

  1. 1
    gjlozano Says:

    sorry, i love her since 60′s

  2. 2
    Suzy Says:

    So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers for her. She seems like a strong & positive woman, so that’s on her side.

  3. 3
    Livin' the Life Says:

    How sad! My mother used to play her songs all the time on Saturday morning while we cleaned the house. It made everything seem fun.

  4. 4
    pretty Says:

    wow, I’ve always loved her and what a voice she incredibly sad.

  5. 5
    Brooke Says:


  6. 6
    yikes Says:

    Sad. Her voice is amazing.

  7. 7
    [marie] Says:

    I’m in my mid 20′s and I listened to her music. I loved her duets with Aaron Neville too. Sorry to hear this.

  8. 8
    Julia Schopick Says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Linda Ronstadt having Parkinson’s disease. I hope she finds something that halts its progression or, even better, reverses it.

    One of the treatments I researched for my book, HONEST MEDICINE, is Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), a very low dose, off-label use of a drug (naltrexone) that was approved in the mid-1980s for drug and alcohol addiction. Also in the mid-’80s, a very brilliant Harvard-educated neurologist/psychiatrist, Bernard Bihari, discovered that, in very, very low doses (approximately 1/10 of the dose approved by the FDA for safety), this drug (which he dubbed LOW dose naltrexone) worked to modulate (or “orchestrate,” to use his word) the immune system.
    The case histories included in my book are of people with multiple sclerosis, whose MS stopped progressing.

    My new (upcoming, in-progress) book will contain true (personal) stories of people with other diseases who were helped with this off-label drug. TWO of the contributors tell how LDN reversed their PARKINSON’S DISEASE, when none of the medications their doctors prescribed worked.

    I would be happy to provide Ms. Ronstadt (or any readers here) with more information. Please write to me at Julia at

    Thanks you very much.
    Julia Schopick (

  9. 9
    Sam Johnston Says:

    I have tried ldn for over a tear with no change in my PD. Keep the faith!!!!!!:

  10. 10
    55vineyard Says:

    @gjlozano: Me too, she was one of my favorite singers at the time.

  11. 11
    Sam Johnston Says:

    @Julia Schopick:

    Will you send me your info on ldn. I would love to share experiences with you .
    Thanks—-Sam Johnston

  12. 12

    My husband has 8 years that was dignosed with P.D. He is taking this medicine carvidopa levodopa , but He is not improving much, He exercises, and go to the therapy pool twice a week.
    Thank you Jose Velasco.

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