Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #36 … Why I Believe it is Possible to Recover!

recovery2There are still countless people who believe PD is incurable, and on the surface, this is understandable! Medical science has not … after over 200 years of trying … discovered a cure or developed a protocol that will lead to a cure.

However, this does not mean PD is incurable! If it is incurable then why are we spending so much money trying to develop a cure?

Medical community lack of  success aside, I and many others unwaveringly believe it is possible for us to recover our health … for two reasons.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #35 … Joyful contentment is the key to Recovery!

contentmentFor those of us experiencing the symptoms of PD, joyful contentment is the key, above all else, to returning the body to homeostasis and restoring good health.

Chronic worry, as I have written extensively, is the primary factor in the development and progression of the symptoms of PD, and so, conversely, joyful contentment is at the heart of recovery.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #34 … Thank you!

thank youBefore we get too deep into 2020, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for taking the time to read the blogs I posted in 2019. It gives me enormous satisfaction knowing that these posts are being read and that people are finding them helpful! It is a fascinating journey we are on and it is comforting to know that we are not alone!

In that vein, thank you as well for your messages and questions! I am honored by your encouragement and trust!

I would also like to thank you for reading the books I’ve written. When I say the books I’ve written, I must clarify that these books were not written by me, but rather, through me. And this goes back to the very beginning. In the winter of 2006, I woke up one morning with an idea for a book in my head. I have no idea where this inspiration came from because I wasn’t a writer at the time, nor was I thinking about writing a book. The book was going to be about a high school teacher who is in the midst of a spiritual awakening when he encounters a group of students who want to know more about the true meaning of life than what they are being taught in school. So he takes them on a journey of spiritual awakening. I called the book, The History Teacher, because I have said many times, if I had to do it all over again, I would’ve been a high school history teacher. Shortly after I started writing the first book, I started developing the first recognizable signs of Parkinson’s disease. Two years later I was officially diagnosed with PD. My high school history teacher had Parkinson’s.

Thank you so much and I wish everyone an awesome 2020!

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #33 … Worry, a clever joke or divine guidance?

happy-new-yearSomewhere out there resides a very clever intelligence! Why do I say this? Because it seems this mysterious diabolical being has crafted an experience whereby a person stuck in a chronic state of worry, partly due to their nature and partly due to their life experience, could [would] develop a neurological condition in which worry [anxiety] is not only the most troublesome symptom, but that it also contributes to the development and progression of many other debilitating symptoms, aka, Parkinson’s.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #32 … Medication Update – Meds on and off!

sinemetI started taking meds [Sinemet] in December of 2018. This after being meds free for seventeen years. I started out taking six tablets [600 mg] per day and in April was able to cut this back to five tablets, which is the amount I am taking presently.

I take 2 tablets at 9 am, 1.5 tabs at 3 pm and 1.5 tabs at 10 pm.

In November of 2019, quite suddenly, I started noticing a significant difference between when the medication is on, when it’s working, and when it’s off, when it’s no longer working. Prior to that, I really couldn’t tell the difference. More recently, I have noticed a significant difference when the meds first wear off. I experience much more pronounced trembling, brain fog and unsteadiness on my feet. This tends to lessen after a while. As a whole though, even during off times, there is a noticeable improvement in the symptoms I experience compared with a year ago.

Typically, it takes about a half hour for the meds to take effect and they last for approximately three hours.

This is all new to me of course, taking medication, on and off times and the changes in symptoms, but what I plan to do is really focus on the regimen I have created to see if things like meditation, qigong, breathing exercises, spending time in nature, exercising and laughter, make a difference on the off-time symptoms I experience, particularly during the time when the meds first wear off. Rather than spending my time fretting about my situation, I plan to learn what I can from this ‘on-time, off-time’ experience.

In the meantime, I would love to hear from anyone who would like to share their medication experience.

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #31 … What I learned from my crisis!

victoryIt was a year ago that I found myself hospitalized, scared, deep in a prolonged state of panic and unable to move my legs. Seven days after being admitted, I walked out of the hospital, went home and shoveled snow! What led to this dramatic change, was quite simply, medication! There was also a change in outlook, but it came later!

After several consultations with a doctor at the hospital, I agreed to give levodopa and sertraline a try [this after seventeen years of being medication free]! It worked!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #30 … Minimize Anxiety and Other Symptoms by Changing Your State of Mind!

homerWhenever I find myself dwelling on the symptoms I am experiencing and wanting them to go away … which happens more often than I care to admit … I remind myself to take a different approach.  I remind myself … compassionately … to place my mind in the state I want to be in … joyful, excited, enthusiastic, contented!

Fake it til you make it, as they say!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #29 … Minimizing Freezing!

reliefAs I mentioned in a recent post, freezing is one of the three most challenging symptoms for me. It occurs frequently when I’m off meds, particularly when I’m feeling anxious … in a fight or flight state. It can be particularly exhilarating when freezing and loss of balance occur simultaneously! When the medication I’m taking [Sinemet] is fully on I experience very little freezing.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #28 … Always look on the bright side of life!

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I’ve always tried to maintain a sense of humor in regards to dealing with this pesky health condition we call Parkinson’s … or to acronym it … PD! [The military would likely refer to it as Papa Delta!] It can certainly be a challenge … maintaining a sense of humor that is, not, remembering the military alphabet! In any event, thought you might be able to relate to this fictional conversation!!!

“Hi Bobbo, how are you doing?”
“Good, Andy, how bout you?”
“Great! How did you make out with the doctor?”
“Not so good.”
“NsG? What happened? What did he tell you?”
“Said I have Parkinson’s.”
“PD!”
“Yep!”
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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #27 … Improving Balance!

balanceLoss of balance continues to be one of the three biggest challenges I face [along with anxiety and freezing]. In the past few months I have placed much more emphasis on balance exercises and it is paying off.

Loss of balance occurs when the mind and body are in a chronic state of stress and fear for an extended period of time. This ongoing fight or flight state results in the continual overproduction of stress hormones and neurotransmitters, particularly adrenaline and cortisol, and the corresponding underproduction [or non-production] of the tranquility-inducing, feel-good, muscle-control neurotransmitters, especially dopamine and serotonin.

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