My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 1 … I Can Smell Again!

Six years ago, in 2006, the index finger of my left suddenly started to tremble. It happened one night while I was teaching karate…which still puzzles me to this day because I love teaching karate! Over the next few months the trembling progressed to my hand and arm, but still only occurred at karate. Then eventually my arm and hand began trembling outside of karate as well.

Two and a half years later, I was diagnosed with Parkinsons (PD), a progressive, degenerative condition of the central nervous system that is thought to be the result of a deficiency of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, which is produced in the brain.  PD typically occurs in people over the age of 50.  The type I have is where trembling occurs when the muscles are inactive. The dopamine deficiency is thought to be the result of genetics, heavy metal toxins, dietary deficiencies and/or trauma to the body, but it seems medical science is uncertain about the exact cause.

Actually, my health issues (headaches, food sensitivities and brain fog) started way back when I was in university at a time when I was drinking excessively, eating poorly and in a state of extreme stress. It was also not long after two severe head injuries and several very traumatic experiences.

In any event, ten years ago, in 2002, four years prior to the initial trembling, I realized that I had lost my sense of taste and smell. This realization came to me one spring day when I was doing my annual post-winter doggy-doo clean up in the back yard. I couldn’t smell the doggy-doo. It occurred to me then that I couldn’t taste things either, but the loss of taste and smell had happened so gradually that I hadn’t noticed the change.

At the clinic where I was diagnosed, I was told that the only way to treat the condition and minimize the trembling was through medication. I was also told that exercise and meditation had proven effective in slowing its progress.

I informed the specialist at the clinic that I am opposed to using medications of any sort, so that wasn’t an option. On the other hand, I am a martial arts instructor and my weekly exercise routine far exceeded anything the clinic had to offer, so that was good news.

I believe that the root cause of all physical disease is unresolved emotional pain…I learned this years ago…and I informed the specialist that that is what I wanted to focus on. I told him that I intended to heal the condition. He reluctantly agreed to my approach, but asked me to come back to the clinic every six months so he could monitor my progress.

So, over the next two years I exercised, meditated and healed emotional woundings connected to the trembling. But the trembling steadily progressed to the point where two years ago, my left arm and hand were trembling constantly and my right wrist had started trembling as well. Clearly, something was missing.

At that time, I was referred to a Body Stress Relief (BSR) therapist in Newmarket, Ontario. BSR, developed by two South African chiropractors, essentially uses a process of pressure points along the spine to relieve muscle tension in the back thereby allowing nerve impulses to flow more freely.

Over the next few months, through bi-weekly BSR treatments, the trembling in my arms diminished by about two-thirds, which was quite significant, and that’s basically where it has stayed over the next year and a half.

Then last fall I read two books that renewed my belief that I could overcome PD naturally. The first was called, A Scientific Approach to Integrative Medicine, by Leonard Wisneski & Lucy Anderson, and the second was The Healing Codes, by Alex Lloyd and Ben Johnson. Through these books I learned three important points.

First, I learned that all of our internal systems are interconnected. The central nervous system, endocrine system, immune system and digestive system all operate interactively and all produce the same or complimentary neurotransmitters and hormones. Therefore, if one system is in a state of disease, the rest are affected.

Second, I learned that the body’s state of health is entirely controlled by the immune system. If the immune system is functioning properly, the body doesn’t get sick.

Third, I learned that approximately 80% of the immune is situated in the gastrointestinal tract, and therefore, it is compromised by an unhealthy diet. And so, I decided that if I want to heal myself, I needed to purify my diet.

This information also helped me understand why emotional healing and BSR hadn’t healed the trembling. Clearly, in order for me to have become unwell in the first place, my immune system had to have broken down…likely back in university when I first started developing health issues…and therefore, part of the recovery process had to involve restoring the immune system. But this wasn’t going to happen without purifying my diet.

My diet was already very good, but based on what I had learned from these two books, I completely eliminated alcohol, sugar, wheat, dairy, corn and processed foods. I also added coconut oil, cloves, garlic, tumeric, cinnamon, beets, avocado and cashews to my diet. I also found out that Vit D deficiency is thought to play a role in many diseases, including PD, so I started taking a Vit D3 supplement…8,000 mg per day.

Within three weeks of implementing this new diet, I started to smell things…garlic, coffee (which I don’t drink), etc, and I began tasting things as well. Now how awesome is that?

And so, while I continue to experience trembling, I believe I’m on the right track and I plan to post periodic blogs to report on my progress. I figure it’s going to take nine months to a year for the trembling to be affected, but who knows. If you want to read my full story, click here.

If anyone is aware of anything else people have had success with in overcoming PD naturally, I’d love to hear from you!

In the meantime, have an awesomely calm day!

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7 comments on “My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 1 … I Can Smell Again!

  1. Wow, that is awesome! I have an inherited immune system disorder- Psoriasis. It ‘seems’ really tough to eat healthy these days, with processed food being everywhere, but it just takes some willpower to take on the better choices. I haven’t noticed amazing improvement in my disorder, but by replacing dairy milk with soy and almond milk, and reducing sugar, gluten and carbs for more protein and natural fats, I keep it at bay for the most part.
    Other things that really help (which I should take more often) are organic teas, berries, herbs, and probiotics like in yogurt or Acidophilus.

    • Thank you Joe! I think all physical illness begins with a combination of an unhealthy gut and unresolved emotional pain. So it’s imperative to heal both. That’s awesome that you’re focusing on your diet. It’s the only way to heal the gut. I would suggest eliminating sugar altogether (replace with honey) and adding fermented foods (like sauerkraut and kefir) and alkalining foods, like lemons and spinach.

      I hope this helps.
      Cheers,
      Fred.

  2. Hi Fred, thank you for sharing. I have early onset Parkinson’s. Am now 61, was diagnosed 14 years ago. I was depressed and in denial for the first two years and for the first 6-7 years just continued to eat and drink like I had been all my life. Now I am playing tennis 2-3 times a week. I swim almost every day as well as walk a mile every couple of days. I feel my exercise regime has really improved my health, strength, overall state of mind, and symptoms. Stress and anxiety are my worst enemies. I too feel very happy and well around water. When we go to the lake, or ocean or river, I feel very good and take less medication. When I am tired my symptoms are at the worst. I live in the desert so it is easy to get dehydrated which also exacerbates my symptoms which are shaking, left leg stiff with left foot dragging a bit, a feeling of trepidation at times makes me uneasy. I deal with that with stretching and a “Chi machine” which calms my nerves. You mentioned alkalining foods. What are your thoughts on alkaline water? I do have a sweet tooth for chocolate but do try to keep it in control (3-4 chocolate raisins) 3 times a week make me happy. I think my diet is pretty good, Mostly vegetarian with chicken and fish maybe once a week. LOts of fresh fruit and vegetables. I know I could always do better. Thanks again for your blog. I sill stay tuned.

    Pam

    • Hi Pam,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Exercise, hydration. rest, sunshine, oxygen and a healthy diet are critical for good health, especially when you’re experiencing something like Parkinson’s. I think natural spring water is best, and when mixed with juice from freshly squeezed, ripe lemons really helps to alkaline the body. I saw a youtube video yesterday where they talked about dopamine being the possible cause of premature nerve cell death. Apparently, dopamine is highly toxic and when something gets out of alignment, may cause dopamine to actually destroy the cells that produce it. Strange, but if this is the case, a healthy gut and alkaline body are absolutely essential.

      Cheers,
      Fred

  3. Hi dear sir, I read your blog.

    I sincerely believe there a 2 things that can help you to fight your parkinson.

    1) Water fasting to cleanse body and mind. ( 3 weeks min)
    2) Qigong in particular you can practise these 3.

    The main issue is to deal with
    1) negative emotions
    2)detox and cleansing the body through long water fast min 3 weeks to 30 days.
    3) Venue, living in a place with clean air, water and sunshine.
    Hope this helps.

    There are a few incidents and testimonials documented in qigong practitioner.
    So I hope it will give you hope.

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