The following is a list of books, web sites and videos that have been invaluable to me on my journey to recover from the symptoms of a neurotransmitter imbalance [Parkinson’s Disease]:
I hope by now after reading this series of blogs I’ve posted on ‘My Recovery from Parkinson’s,’ you realize that it’s possible to recover from this supposedly incurable disease. As I said in an earlier post, the notion that PD is incurable is the misguided belief of western allopathic medicine because a pill hasn’t been found to cure it. As evidenced by Bianca Molle, John Coleman, Howard Shifke and others however, it is definitely possible to fully recover. It’s just not going to happen with a pill … nor will any disease ever be cured in this manner!
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.
All my life I have been a goal setter. As a kid growing up I had two very ambitious goals. I wanted to be an NHL hockey player and I wanted to be a veterinarian. While I didn’t realize either one of these goals I did manage to accomplish a secondary goal which was to earn a university degree. I also had plenty of wonderful hockey experiences including playing in the All-Ontario Jr. C semi-final series in 1973 and being invited to play for the University of Guelph intercollegiate team in 1975.
Perhaps, the most challenging part of my journey recovering from Parkinson’s has been dealing with my thoughts. Quite often I find myself in the midst of a seemingly random negative thought pattern. Just a few months ago I was admittedly very mired in negative thoughts, dwelling on the progression of the ever worsening symptoms I was experiencing. It got to the point where I started having panic attacks. Thankfully, I put that behind me, although I still continue to experience negative thoughts.
The primary goal of anyone experiencing Parkinson’s is getting relief from the symptoms. Be it the trembling, tension, clenching, loss of balance, anxiety, constipation or any other symptom, we want relief, however temporary it may be! It’s why people take medication … not to slow or cure the disease, to get relief from the symptoms.
In this series on ‘Recovering from Parkinson’s Disease‘ I’ve written about the protocols that I attribute to the beginnings of my recovery and I’m convinced that you too can recover from Parkinson’s following these protocols. You may have to modify them a bit based on your condition and situation, but I’m confident that they will help you.
I have talked about prayer a lot in these posts because I believe it has played a significant role in the beginnings of my recovery. I have used prayer to address my physical symptoms, release anger and fear and keep my spirits soaring.
Growing up in the tiny hamlet of Bala, Ontario, Canada, our parents sent my brothers and me to church every Sunday [they never joined us … hmmm!], first to Sunday school and then to regular church. I don’t recall being particularly enthralled with the experience, but we did learn about God. We were told that God was an all powerful being who lived outside of us, up in heaven, and that this God would judge us, condemn us and persecute us if we sinned. Again, I don’t recall what I thought of this notion, but I do know that it didn’t inspire me to behave.
Early in 1993, I was midway through my karate training on my way to earning a black belt. As much as I loved the training, my body was a mess. Every one of my joints was in pain and a back injury I sustained in 1986 doing yard work had flared up on me. I had reached the point where I had to do something or I was going to have to put my training on hold.