Jacob Sagy has Parkinson’s Disease – a debilitating neural disorder that causes uncontrollable muscle tremors.
Since being diagnosed 20 years ago, he’s taken drugs that increase his body’s dopamine levels to control the tremors.
But Sagy has recently noticed an additional, positive side effect from taking his Parkinson’s medication: It’s boosted his artistic ability – a talent he previously never knew he had.
Sagy isn’t the only one, either.
Professor Rivka Inzelberg, a neurologist at Tel Aviv University’s Neuroscience Center, has found that her other patients are also demonstrating newfound creative ability through paintings and sculptures: “Most of these patients had no artistic skills before and it occurred when they were treated with medication. So it seems that this is in the background of the disease… the medication causes the appearance of creativity.”
And for Sagy, not only has the medication helped his Parkinson’s, his artistic ability is real, too. His sculptures are featured in art galleries, sparking a new career at 75 years old.