No discussion about the steps I’ve taken in order to begin recovering from Parkinson’s would be complete without a review of what I’ve learned during the process. In a blog I wrote a few months ago, I listed seven valuable things I had learned up to that point that have been instrumental in the beginning of my recovery. The list has grown since then.
The original list included the following. I learned about:
- the role of back tension in the development of chronic health issues
- the interactive relationships between all the systems of the body, including the Central Nervous System, Endocrine System, Digestive System and Immune System
- the role of the immune system and that 80% of the IS (Immunoglobulin A) is in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract
- leaky gut and that it involves the destruction of both healthy gut flora and the mucosal lining of the GI tract
- the role of the lymphatic system in removing metabolic wastes from our cells and keeping the body healthy
- the role of inflammation in the development of disease and the role the IS plays in eliminating inflammation
- how to restore health by detoxing the body … restoring gut health, strengthening the IS, alkalining the body, eliminating inflammation and unclogging the lymph system
Since posting this blog, my journey with Parkinson’s has brought me three more critically essential lessons. First, is the role of fear in the development of Parkinson’s. In fact, in many ways, Parkinson’s is fear. Since coming face to face with fear, my focus has changed from recovering from Parkinson’s to releasing fear, because it more than anything else, I believe, is at the root of the condition. Fear, that is, chronic fear, causes the body to be in a constant state of fight or flight, which puts the body in a constant state of stress. This constant state of stress leads to an overabundance of the stress hormones, adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine, which in turn causes the part of the brain that produces dopamine, serotonin and other calming neurotransmitters to shut down, thus leading to the development of the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
The second important learning has to do with muscle memory. I still don’t fully understand it, but I do know that certain exercises or activities, such as playing baseball, can be performed as if the body didn’t have Parkinson’s. This awareness has been helping me overcome immobility, a very debilitating symptom. In researching muscle memory I also learned about the creation of neuro-athways in the brain, such as what happens when you learn to ride a bicycle, which has helped me create specific exercises to stimulate and retrain my brain.
Thirdly, I’ve discovered that healing a chronic health condition is much like walking a labyrinth. [A labyrinth is a single circular path that winds its way back and forth in a specific pattern towards the center. There is one way in and out.] There is no straight line from beginning to end. Rather it is a circular journey with lots of twists and turns and changes of direction that sometimes lead you very close to your goal and sometimes take you away from it. When I first discovered that I had Parkinson’s I thought I could heal myself simply by healing the root emotional cause of the condition. I soon discovered that it would not be that simple and that I had to address other issues like gut health, the immune system, the lymphatic system and removing inflammation. Again, at this point I thought I had all the information I needed to heal myself, but then I learned about the role of fear. Another hurdle to overcome. Several times over the years, I thought I was close to healing myself only to discover a new challenge, taking me in a new direction. Understanding labyrinths has been immensely important in understanding the journey I’m on.
I believe that every experience has a purpose and part of that purpose is to teach us something, perhaps so we can assist others, and always so we can find our spiritual center. We all live in oneness as part of the flow of life and everything we learn affects the whole. I believe that I and others [because I’m not the only who has learned this stuff] were meant to discover a different, more natural, way of recovering our health in order to show everyone that it’s possible, and more importantly, to show everyone that we don’t have to get sick in the first place. It is indeed possible for humankind to live in wellness.