Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #11 … Breathing and body language!

victorySince January, I have been undertaking my recovery protocol and daily regimen with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. I have also been focusing heavily on meditation and qigong, and I have added breathing and body language exercises.

I learned two breathing exercises that are primarily meant to raise our vibrational frequency and stimulate the production of serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine to help overcome anxiety.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #10 … Trip to Toronto!

fordLast week, Mari and I took a trip to Toronto, so she could pick up her new car [a Ford Ecosport] and we could do a little shopping and visit my children.

It is a six-hour drive and normally, leading up to it, I would be experiencing some trepidation and anxiety because I don’t respond favourably to these long trips. However, on this occasion, I was actually feeling quite excited, for two reasons. First, since going on medication and implementing a more rigourous daily regimen with more emphasis on CBD oil, breathing, meditation and Qigong, I have been feeling much better and wanted to see how the drive would affect me. Second, my middle daughter is with-child and scheduled to give birth on July 2, and I am preparing to drive down to visit my new grandchild in the event Mari is up north working.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #9 … Weaning off Zoloft [Sertraline HCl]

qigong3I recently weaned off Zoloft [sertraline HCl]. I started taking it in December along with Sinemet due to the severe anxiety and loss of balance and mobility I had been experiencing. Prior to that, I had experienced the symptoms of PD medication-free for 17 years.

I am grateful to say that this combination of medications [Sinemet and Zoloft] restored my balance and mobility to the point where I could function again, and eliminated the anxiety. I am also grateful to tell you that the weaning-off process went really well, with no major complications.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #8 … I can sing again!

singingLet me state for the record, right up front, when it comes to singing, I’m no Freddy Mercury! Somebody did tell me one time that I sing like Bob Dylan, but not as good as Bob! I’m pretty sure that wasn’t meant to be a compliment!

There, that out of the way, I am thrilled to report that I can sing again! I realized recently when I decided to belt out Hasn’t Hit Me Yet by Blue Rodeo that my voice was back, pretty much 100%. And the only thing I can attribute it to, is chiropractic!

One of my favorite pasttimes up until 2013, was playing the guitar and jamming with friends. By 2013, my symptoms had progressed to the point where I had to give it up. I lacked the dexterity to fret the strings and the coordination to strum.

I have played very little since.

Whether playing by myself or jamming, I also enjoyed singing, but along the way, I also lost my voice. I couldn’t carry a tune or sing in key!

But since resuming chiropractic treatments in January, which includes the release of tension in my neck muscles, my voice has returned.  Perhaps this release of tension has freed up my vocal chords. Whatever the reason, I am excited and grateful for it!

If you have had a similar experience, please share!

Wishing you many blessings!

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #7 … How to get off meds … compounding pharmacist!

medicationAs a follow-up to my previous post about weaning off medication, I would like to thank my friend Jeff for bringing to my attention, compounding!

Compounding is the process of customizing medications based on each person’s individual needs. Compounding is how medications used to be created before big pharma got involved and began mass-production.

In this case, compounding is deemed to be a better approach to weaning off PD medications than simply reducing the number of pills we take, as it is less likely to cause side-effects or adverse reactions.

According to Robert Rodgers, author of, The Road to Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease, we would be well advised to wean off medication under the direction of a compounding pharmacist because they have more experience than doctors. They are trained in this sort of thing, whereas doctors are not. They also have more knowledge of each medication.

For more information, please check out the comment Jeff left in the “Comments” section of my post on “my experience with medication” or check out Robert Rodgers response to an inquiry about coming off Sinemet.

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #6 … How to get off meds and return the body to homeostasis!

miracleOne 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 Parkinson’s disease, and who believe recovery is possible, recovery will involve coming off medication at some point, and this too quite frankly can be a disconcerting prospect. It is akin to a drug addict going through withdrawal.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #5 … My progress with medication!

self loveIt has now been more than two months since I began taking PD and anxiety medications. Presently, for PD symptoms, I am taking 600 mg of levodopa and 150 mg of carbidopa per day. I take two levodopa-carbidopa tablets three times per day. For anxiety symptoms, I am taking 50 mg of Sertraline HCL per day [1 capsule at bedtime].

I should also mention that I am taking 40 mg of CBD oil [medical marjuana] each day [20 mg twice per day in between the PD meds]. I am also doing a lot more Qigong every day and I strongly believe that this is helping [particularly the lift chi pour chi down routine].

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #4 … I Love Chiropractic!

activatorA few weeks ago I noticed that even though I was now taking PD medication, I was experiencing worse trembling. Then I went for a chiropractic treatment … the first one since October … and I noticed an immediate improvement. The next day I went for another treatment and experienced further improvement. It reminded me of the importance of bodywork for minimizing certain symptoms, particularly trembling!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #3 … Different Drum!

different drumDifferent Drum is a song written by Mike Nesmith of The Monkeys in 1965 and made popular by The Stone Ponies in 1967, featuring an up-and-coming singer named Linda Ronstadt. Ms. Ronstadt, as you may know, was diagnosed with PD a few years ago.

Marching to a different drum is an expression usually referring to someone who sees the world in a different way, who is unconventional, a nonconformist. It seems that believing it is possible to recover from Parkinson’s disease makes a person a nonconformist. It makes them a marcher to a different drum!

The medical community unanimously believes that it is not possible to recover from Parkinson’s, as do the majority of people who have been diagnosed with the condition. It is the reason, I believe, why so many people diagnosed with PD, experience anxiety.

I know of at least five people who have fully recovered from the symptoms of PD, so it is definitely possible to recover.

The key to recovery, is threefold: belief, the right protocol for you and love!

Believe you can recover, develop and implement the right protocol for you [check out my protocol] and immerse yourself in love … loving kindness, loving compassion, loving generosity, loving acceptance, loving trust, loving forgiveness, loving gratitude and loving enthusiasm.

March to a different drum, be a rebel and feel the exhilaration!

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #2 … Rick Hansen!

rick hansenRick Hansen is a Canadian athlete, speaker and philanthropist.  He is founder the Rick Hansen Foundation and is dedicated to assisting people with disabilities. He is also a paraplegic, having lost the use of his legs in an automobile accident at age 15. He is best known for his, “Man-in-Motion World Tour,” in the 1980s, when he spent 26 months wheelchairing through 34 countries to raise awareness for people with disabilities.

For me, Rick Hansen is a great inspiration and role model. He is a tremendous example of my belief that anything is possible, including recovering from what is supposedly an incurable health condition! I love watching this video of him on the Rick Mercer Report. It makes me cry every time!

Wishing you an inspiring day!