I am now into my sixth month of Bowen therapy and since my last update, I am continuing to experience increasingly intense symptoms for a week to 10 days between sessions. Last week, the symptoms I experience, including loss of balance, trembling, slowness of movement, stiff gate and mental fog were particularly debilitating. I am also continuing to experience intense emotional purging, particularly anger.
What is Parkinson’s disease, really? The medical community, the Michael J Fox foundation and the various Parkinson’s societies would have us believe that it is an incurable, progressive, degenerative condition, resulting from the magical die-off of dopamine producing cells in the substantia nigra portion of the brain. They would have us believe that there is no known cause, although they speculate it could be genetic, hereditary or the result of overexposure to chemicals. They would also have us believe that there is no known cure and that the best way to treat the condition [in fact, the only way] is with medication.
This past November, Mari urged me to get more dedicated to my daily recovery protocol. It’s a regimine I created three years ago before I retired from teaching martial arts and moved to Manitoulin Island. At the time, it consisted of 15 physical activities that were intended to support my recovery protocol; activities such as walking, doing push-ups and practising Qigong. I created an Excel spreadsheet to track my progress each day, putting a check mark beside each activity I completed.
I am pleased to provide you with a link to my updated recovery protocol. It’s the book I would have written had I been so inclined! It is based pretty much entirely on my experience. I am posting it now even though I haven’t yet fully recovered because it is helping me manage and minimize my symptoms without using medication and because I truly believe it can help people!
Remapping the brain! It’s what the book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, by Norman Doidge, is all about. Dr. Joe Dispenza discusses it at length in his book, You are the Placebo. Both authors take the position that any neurological condition can be overcome by creating new synapses and neural pathways in the brain.
I have written many posts on what I believe are the essential ingredients for my recovery! For instance, a healthy diet is extremely important, as is exercise, bodywork and a good attitude. So too, is eliminating stress! Stress of any sort works against my healing efforts. In fact, it causes the condition to worsen. In this regard, my most important challenge is to ensure that every single thought in my mind helps me to feel tranquil, joyful, loving, abundant and blissful!
I’m thrilled to tell you that I’m getting my power back! What I mean by this, is that when I’m throwing karate kicks and strikes I’m able to do so at almost full power. I have lots of snap. This is a huge [and I mean huge] improvement from where I was in April when I was experiencing enormous stress! At that time, I had virtually no power at all.
As of May 1, I have retired from teaching martial arts and I have left Keswick, Ontario and moved six hours away to Ice Lake on Manitoulin Island.
It appears that I’m being presented with the opportunity to dissolve fear in a big way, perhaps once and for all. A number of situations are going on in my life presently that are bringing me face to face with fear, not the least of which, is that I’m retiring from teaching martial arts and moving to Manitoulin Island at the end of April in order to focus on recovering my health. As a result, I’ve been experiencing incredibly intense symptoms, particularly loss of balance and trembling.
Experiencing a neurological condition has undoubtedly been the greatest challenge of my life. It tests me every single day! It has also been the greatest learning experience of my life! It has taught me a great deal about my body and about life itself! And so, based on what I have learned, I offer you the five essentials of what I believe to be the key to why I have fared relatively well given how long I have been experiencing this condition [at least 13 years] and why I believe I will recover.