My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 184 … Calming the Mind [Important Information]!

calmnessI had been planning to post a blog about calming the mind for some time, but for various reasons, kept putting it off. Today, the reason for my “procrastination” became very apparent when I received an e-mail with links to two blogs written by Howard Shifke [the American lawyer who fully recovered from parkinson’s] about this very subject.

I’m in complete agreement with Howard as it relates to the cause of this neurological condition we are experiencing [parkinson’s] and that is stress and fear. I’m also in agreement that “parkinson’s” is an electrical issue not a chemical issue. That is to say, the body’s inability to produce dopamine is not because of the death of neurons [brain cells] in the substantia nigra portion of the brain. Rather, it is because the body is in a chronic state of fight or flight, and therefore, in a chronic state of producing adrenaline. As a result, it has shut down the production of dopamine and serotonin [the feel good neurotransmitters].

Howard credits his correction of the adrenaline/dopamine ratio in his body with his sudden recovery and he offers some simple techniques for neutralizing the detrimental affects of the stress and fear we are feeling in order to restore this balance.

I urge you to read Howard’s posts [post 1 … post 2] and practice the techniques that helped him recover his health.

Have an awesomely calm day!

PS … My thoughts on procrastination! I think procrastination is just your intuition’s way of telling you that what you think you need to do is not all an important! 🙂


10 comments on “My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 184 … Calming the Mind [Important Information]!

  1. Thank you so very much for introducing me to Howard Shifke. He affirms what you yourself have said about the role of anger, anxiety, frustration and fear have to play in PD. Thank you also for being an inspiration to believe we can recover! I am grateful to have you as a friend to walk with in this journey

    • Hi Denise. Body stress relief helped to reduce the trembling I was experiencing by about 75% and it really hasn’t gotten any worse. I don’t know if there are any BSR ppractitioners in the U.S., but if you are not able to find one, see if you can find an Osteopath. Best wishes! Fred

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