Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #23 … Overcoming Anxiety … Counting to Ten!

countingAs part of my Recovery Protocol and daily regimen, which are intended to return my body too homeostasis, I am learning to count to 10 in various languages. I am also learning a new language … Estonian [Mari is Estonian, so I have ample motivation].

My primary objective in undertaking this endeavor is to neutralize and dissolve anxiety, which is my biggest challenge these days!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #22 … Medication Update & Side-effect!

sinemetIt has now been almost nine months since I started taking medication. I started in December, 2018, after experiencing the symptoms of PD medication-free for almost 17 years. I was pretty much forced into this decision after worrying myself into a state of extreme anxiety and immobility and a hospital stay.

Initially, I was put on a combination of Sinemet [6 tablets a day … 100 mg levodopa and 25 mg of carbidopa per tab] and Zoloft [50 mg per day]. Within a week, I regained my mobility and was back home shoveling snow. It was a dramatic change!

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Are Canadians really that polite???

hockeyI am writing to tell you that I take great offense in regards to the characterization of Canadians as being extraordinarily modest and polite! It’s a well known stereotype avidly promoted on American talk shows, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert being a fine example! Last year during one of his monologues, Colbert talked about the Canadian government changing some of the wording to the national anthem … because there weren’t enough apologies!

Yes, it seems to be a common held belief that Canadians are extraordinarily nice people! But I ask you, have you been to a hockey arena in Canada … any day of the week?

When it comes to hockey, Canadians are … well … we’re a little nuts!

During the second world War, if they had put an arena over Europe and sent in a bunch of Canadians with hockey sticks, that war would’ve been over in a matter of hours! Same thing with the Alamo! If they had put a hockey rink over it and manned it with a bunch of hockey moms from Medicine Hat, as legendary hockey star, Tiger Williams once said, those other fellas would’ve been done like dinner!

The Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge during the first world War after repeated attempts by British and French forces to take the ridge is another fine example of Canadian tenacity! As I understand it, the soldier leading the charge, was wielding a Sherwood!

Yes, we can be polite, and yes, we are careful about stating our opinion, particularly on matters that don’t pertain to us, but show us a picture of a hockey arena, put a hockey stick in our hands or let us listen to a recording of Foster Hewitt, and our eyes roll back in our heads and we become maniacal!

So the next time someone speaks eloquently of how polite Canadians are, suggest to them that they visit a hockey arena any Saturday morning between October and April, and remind them to take their protective headgear … and their protective cup! We’re not above kicking somebody in the stones!

And if that is insufficient evidence, have them watch replays of Mark Messier’s elbow during the 1987 Canada Cup championship game between Canada and Russia!

Oh, and if I have offended anyone with my take on Canadian disposition, please accept my sincere apologies 🙂

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #21 … The quality of our thoughts!

happinessThe quality of our experience is largely determined by the quality of our thoughts! This is particularly true for anyone experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Generally speaking, if we have positive thoughts, we will have positive experiences.

But where do our thoughts come from? Where do they originate and what determines their quality?

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My fourth book, The History Teacher: Adventure in Estonia, has been published

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I’m pleased to announce that my fourth book, The History Teacher: Adventure in Estonia, has been published. This is actually the third book in The History Teacher trilogy.

In this third and final instalment of The History Teacher series, John Stevens, the history teacher, takes a trip to Estonia where he is drawn into an extraordinary adventure of hope and intrigue! Intent on changing the course of human history, an international group of do-gooders gathers in this tiny Eastern European country to map out a strategy for change! First, though, they must overcome the power structures and attitudes meant to maintain the global status quo. All too often, people ask what we as individuals can do to contribute to meaningful change, feeling too uninformed and powerless to take direct action! The History Teacher, Adventure in Estonia provides simple guidance on how spiritual consciousness and divine love can overcome this dilemma! It transends country, cultural, racial, religious and gender borders to remind us that we are all in this together, sharing a common source and purpose. The story also examines one of the great challenges of human evolution, the steadfast and sometimes violent resistance to change. Similar to the first two editions of this trilogy, the protagonist receives guidance on his journey through dreams, angel visits and synchronistic encounters, amidst a delightfully informative blend of spirituality, history and rock n’ roll.

Printed copies are available on the FriesenPress website as well as Amazon. ebook versions are available on the publisher’s web site as well as Amazon and iTunes.

All four of my books are exclusively available on Amazon and the publisher’s website, FriesenPress. E-books are also available on iTunes.

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #20 … I can play golf again!

golfAnd the hits just keep on coming!

I have recently discovered that I can swim again and sing again! And now I’ve discovered that I can play golf again, although I say this somewhat tongue-in-cheek because I have been able to play golf all along, just not very well.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #19 … I can swim again!

sunlightOne of my three main motivations for recovering my health … other than to live healthy again, walk normally and all that stuff … is to swim! Several years ago, before I moved to Manitoulin Island, I realized that I was losing my ability to swim and by the time I got here in 2016, I had completely lost it.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #18 … Letting Go of Regret!

self compassionThe other day I found myself unwittingly pondering some experiences from my past of which I am not particularly proud. An announcement concerning the upcoming reunion of a hockey team I used to play for triggered the unpleasant trip down memory lane.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #17 … Meditation!

meditationI would like to share with you my meditation experience and approach! Having said this, I would like you to know that I am no expert in meditation, nor am I a superior meditator.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #16 … Worry!

tranquilityWorry! In my experience, it is the most challenging issue we face in living with, managing and overcoming the symptoms of PD … and many other conditions, I suspect!

Apathy and depression are also conditions faced by many and it’s quite possible, if not probable, that worry plays a role here, as well.

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