Homeostasis is item #4 of the 18 things you need to know about living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
Although this post is mainly about returning the body to homeostasis, I’m also going to touch on raising our vibrational frequency and weaning off medication, because they are intrinsincly linked.
Most people who are experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and who are on one or more PD medications probably have one hope in mind, and that is for the medical community to find a cure.
This focus for the medical community may be appropriate but it is not appropriate for those of us who are living with the symptoms. We have no control over this whatsoever! What do have control over are the things we can do to raise our vibrational frquency and return our bodies to homeostasis, so that we can get off medication and and recover our health.
One of the most frequent questions I am asked, is how to get off medication. Be it PD meds, anxiety meds or both, there is a genuine desire to be medication free, and thus, free of side-effects and the inevitable loss of efficacy of the medication … it is well-known that over time PD meds lose their efficacy, eventually becoming completely ineffective, the outcome of which is quite grim. Moreover, for the vast majority of people experiencing the symptoms of PD, and who believe recovery is possible, recovery will involve coming off medication at some point, and this too quite frankly can be a daunting prospect. It is akin to a drug addict going through withdrawal.
Although I have developed a good understanding and protocol for recovering my health by returning my body to homeostasis, until recently, I could only theorize on how to get off medication. I now have a chance to share my learnings because I’m on Sinemet [for PD] and I have been on Zoloft [for anxiety].
Getting off meds is tricky business and needs to be done slowly and under the supervision of a neurologist or doctor, and ideally, after your body has returned homeostasis. Done too quickly or too soon, it can trigger a strong reaction. This is because the medication has taken over a function the body normally performs naturally, so when the medication is taken away, there is a void, which could trigger more severe symptoms and side-effects, including anxiety and panic attacks.
And how will you know when your body has returned homeostasis? When it starts producing dopamine on its own!
Before we discuss homeostasis in greater detail, let’s review some of the basics of Parkinson’s, the body and energy.
PD is considered a progressive, degenerative neurological disorder caused by a lack of the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Dopamine is produced by neurons in the substantia nigra area of the brain. The substantia nigra is located in the mid-brain at the top of the spinal column. Dopamine is our movement neurotransmitter. It regulates the muscles involved in movement.
A common health condition that occurs in conjunction with PD, is anxiety. Anxiety occurs when our mind is in a state of stress and fear, mostly due to negative thoughts relating to the future, resulting in the suppresion of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, which is largely produced in the gut [80%]. Serotonin is our happiness neurotransmitter.
Homeostasis means, “a natural, constant environment.” It is the body’s natural state of optimal health, and the body’s natural inclination is to be in homeostasis. For example, the body’s normal temperature is 37°C [98.6°F]. If the temperature falls below 37, the body naturally shivers. If it rises above 37°C, it sweats. Similarly, if our blood-sugar level is high, like after a meal, the brain will send a signal to the pancreas which will release a hormone [insulin] that causes the sugar to be stored in the liver. If our blood-sugar is low, the liver will metabolize the sugar or we will crave sweets.
A body that is out of homeostasis has poor gut health, a weakened immune system, a clogged up lymphatic system, inflammation and is acidic [it has a pH imbalance]. A body that is chronically out of homeostasis will in all likelihood develop a health condition.
Raising our vibrational frequency is something else we need to understand in order to enhance our recovery efforts. Everything in this universe is made up of bundles of atoms. Atoms are the smallest bits of matter. They consist of electrons, protons and neutrons. In other words, they are little bundles of energy. You, then, and everything in this universe, it could be said, are nothing more than a bundle of energy.
All energies vibrate at a certain frequency and different energies vibrate at different frequencies. Love, for example is at the highest end of the vibrational energy field, while fear is at the bottom. If you are experiencing a disease, it indicates that you are vibrating at the lower end of the scale. You are vibrating closer to fear. It has been said that disease cannot exist in a vibrational energy of love.
The cause of PD according to the medical community is largely unknown, although chemical toxicity and genetics are thought to be factors. In my experience, PD is largely the result of being in a chronic state of stress and fear. Other factors that contributed to my body being out of homeostasis and eventually developing PD include, poor diet, chemical toxicity [particularly from mercury tooth fillings and excessive consumption of aspartame and MSG], excessive alcohol consumption, unresolved emotional traumas and head injuries [I had two severe concussions as a teenager and severe whiplash from a 1990 car crash].
Being in a state of chronic stress and fear causes our body to be out of homeostasis and our vibrational energy frequency to be low. When our mind is in a state of fear, our body is in a state of fight-flight-freeze. In this state, the adrenal glands are continuously producing adrenalin and cortisol, while our body stops producing dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins [the feel-good neurotransmitters and hormones]. So, quite possibly, it’s not that the neurons that produce dopamine are being mysteriously killed off. Rather, it is that they shut down from inactivity [in part, because our body is no longer in homeostasis and our vibrational frequency has dropped]. The fact that the majority of people experiencing Parkinson’s also experience anxiety, is evidence of this.
Although the medical community believes recovery is not possible, I believe, under the right conditions, we can raise our vibrational frequency and return our body to homeostasis, so that the neurons in the substantia nigra can be stimulated to begin producing dopamine again. The same holds true for the production of serotonin. This assertion is echoed by Bianca Molle, Howard Shifke, John Coleman and David Thompson who have fully recovered from the symptoms of PD. It is also echoed by Norman Doidge, psychiatrist, professor at the University of Toronto and author of The Brain’s Way of Healing, Dr. Joe Dispenza, chiropractor, neuroscientist and author of You Are the Placebo, and Bruce Lipton, biologist and author of, The Biology of Belief. All three claim that the brain is neuroplastic, with the ability to rewire and heal itself.
What, then, do we need to do to get out of the chronic fight/flight/freeze state, rewire our brains, retrain our bodies to produce dopamine and seratonin naturally, restore homeostasis, raise our vibrational frequency, get off medication and recover our health?
The first thing we need to do, is understand that there are certain things keeping us in the fight/fight state and thus, holding us back from achieving this goal. They include:
- The belief that our condition is incurable
- Fear of the future … our long-term prognosis as our health continues to worsen is not pleasant
- Fear/stress relating to the side-effects of the medication and the fear of what might happen if we try to get off medication
- Unresolved emotional trauma and detrimental beliefs
- Unresolved physical trauma
In order to recover, we need to flip each of these issues around. We need to change our beliefs, address our fears and resolve our emotional and physical traumas. We need a makeover which I will cover in an upcoming post!
The key to recovery from disease is returning the body to homeostasis! This means healing the gut [according to Hippocrates, the source of all disease], alkalining the body, strengthening the immune system, ridding the body of inflammation and unclogging the lymphatic system. This in turn means eliminating mental, emotional, physical, dietary and spiritual [energetic] stress.
Our gastrointestinsal system [the gut] is responsible for the digestion of food. It primarily consists of the stomach and intestines. Here, food particles are broken down by enzymes, acids and bacteria in order to be ingested into the blood.
The gut is home to 80% of the immune system, immunogloulin A, which is found in the mucosal lining.
Gut health is compromised by dietary, mental and emotional stress as well as physical trauma and disease, which erode the mucosal lining and destroy the microbiome.
The immune system [IS] protects your body from harmful substances, germs and cell changes that could make you ill. It identifies and defends the body from foreign proteins, viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and other pathogens.
As stated above, 80% of the IS is in the mucosal lining of the gut. The balance, which includes white blood cells and immunoglobulin E is found in the lymph and endocrine glands. Immune system health is compromised when gut health is compromised and when it is overused due to chronic stress.
The lymph system is the body’s sewer system and it makes up approximately 80% of the body’s fluids [the balance is blood]. It cleans the cells of wastes from cell metabolism. It contains the white blood cells. The lymph system begins to falter when it becomes clogged up due to poor diet.
The body’s pH level is also essential to homeostasis. The pH scale measures the level of acidity-alkalinity of various substances on a level of 0 to 14. Below 7 is considered acidic, above 7 is alkaline. Water has a pH of 7. It is neutral. The human body is approximately 80% water and it’s natural homeostatic pH is between 7.0 and 7.4, slightly alkaline.
The body becomes acidic due to poor diet and chronic stress.
Inflammation is the final element of the homeostasis puzzle. It plays a significant role in the development of disease. In fact, it appears to be a precursor to many diseases, including Parkinson’s.
Inflammation actually occurs as a result of the body’s natural response to foreign substances. When the immune system (IS) detects something that’s not supposed to be in the body, it responds by sending white blood cells (WBC) to the area. The WBC attack the intruder and escort it out of the body via the lymph system. In the process, the area around the substance becomes reddened, swollen, hot and or painful. It becomes inflamed.
The problem arises when inflammation persists (when it becomes chronic) either because there is too much foreign substance for the WBCs to contain or when the lymph system becomes too clogged up to remove the WBCs and their unwanted guests.
And so, poor gut health, a weakened immune system, a clogged up lymphatic system, an acidic body and chronic inflammation, are the result of chronic mental, emotional, physical, dietary, bacterial, viral and spiritual [energetic] stress. They knock our body out of homeostasis and keep us vibrating at a low vibrational frequency, thus keeping us in a state of poor health. It prevents our brain from producing dopamine naturally, thus making it extremely difficult to get off medication.
This understanding, plus trial and more trial is what guided me to developing a multi-step recovery protocol.
Rather than pinning our hopes on the medical community discovering a miracle cure while we continue to follow the traditional protocol of prescription medication, we can opt for the road less travelled by taking charge of our situation and recognizing that we have the wherewithal and tools to master our own destiny! We can focus our attention and energy on the things we can control, the things that will raise our vibrational frequency and return our bodies to homeostasis.
There are many things we can do to return our body to homeostasis and raise our vibrational frequency. More detailed explanations of these activities will be provided in the series of posts that follow over the upcoming weeks and in the meantime, please feel free to refer to my Recovery Protocol. We can:
- eat healthy foods
- practice Qigong, yoga and Tai chi
- spend time in nature … hug a tree
- express love unconditionally
- participate in joyful activities
- do breathing exercises
- take up a hobby
- learn something new [like a new language or a musical instrument]
- develop a spiritual practice
- do bodywork [chiropractic]
- take CBD oil
- take vitamins and supplements
- change our beliefs
- create goals [dream big]
- find meaning in the PD experience
- let go of the past [forgive]
- practice acceptance
- practice loving compassion
- develop positive body language and posture
- change our attitude towards our condition [rather than view it as a disease to fight, see it as a teacher]
- find inspiration
- live with enthusiasm
- live in gratitude
I cannot guarantee you that putting into practice each and every one of the items I have listed above will assure you of recovery, but I can say with a certain level of confidence that they will improve your day-to-day experience and will in all likelihood delay the progression of the condition.
Remember this, our most powerful medicine is our mind! Our thoughts and beliefs shape our reality! They shape our experience! If our thoughts and beliefs are positive, our experience will be positive! We can literally use our mind to change the neural structure of our brain, raise our vibrational frequency and return our bodies to homeostasis in order to get off medication and recover our health!
And also know this, we may not have control over the uncertainty of the future, but we certainly have control over the certainty of what we can do in the present moment! If we focus our attention on what we can do right now, today, in this moment, we significantly improve our chances for a brighter future!
If after reading this post, you still don’t believe it is possible to achieve homeostasis, get off medication and recover, I urge you to watch the documentary, “Heal,” on Netflix. 🙂
Have a spectacular day!