Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #22 … Medication Update & Side-effect!

sinemetIt has now been almost nine months since I started taking medication. I started in December, 2018, after experiencing the symptoms of PD medication-free for almost 17 years. I was pretty much forced into this decision after worrying myself into a state of extreme anxiety and immobility and a hospital stay.

Initially, I was put on a combination of Sinemet [6 tablets a day … 100 mg levodopa and 25 mg of carbidopa per tab] and Zoloft [50 mg per day]. Within a week, I regained my mobility and was back home shoveling snow. It was a dramatic change!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #19 … I can swim again!

sunlightOne of my three main motivations for recovering my health … other than to live healthy again, walk normally and all that stuff … is to swim! Several years ago, before I moved to Manitoulin Island, I realized that I was losing my ability to swim and by the time I got here in 2016, I had completely lost it.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #13 …The exhilaration of cycling!

bikeYesterday I got my mountain bike out of winter storage, inflated the tires, and went for a ride! It was exhilarating! No doubt, my brain was in dopamine and serotonin producing mode!

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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 – Recovery Inspiration #113 …The quality of our thoughts… I move with ease!

loonIn a recent conversation, Mari and I agreed that the state of our bodies is largely a reflection of the quality of our thoughts. Yes, nutrition plays a role, as does chemical toxicity, exercise, stretching, relaxation and correcting physical trauma, but more than anything else, it’s our thoughts that determine whether our bodies are going to be in a stressed [fight or flight] state or a relaxed state, and thus, in good health or not.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #101 … Bowen Therapy update and I can still ride my bike!

bikeI 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.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #95 … The joy and benefits of chopping wood!

wood chopWe use a woodstove to heat our home during the winter. It’s the most pleasant form of heat [somebody once described it to me as like, walking into your house and receiving a big, warm hug] and also, the most cost-effective.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #82 … My daily recovery protocol!

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.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #72 … The benefits of shoveling snow!

shoveling snowCall me crazy, but I quite enjoy shoveling snow! I love the fresh air, the exercise and I even enjoy the snow; white and fluffy as it is! Of course, if I had my choice, I’d be lounging about on a beach somewhere in the South Pacific! Unfortunately, that is not an option at the moment, so best to make the most of our Canadian winters!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #59 … Why I sleep well!

sleepTouchwood, but I feel very fortunate that I sleep well! Most nights I sleep straight through, 7 to 8 hours!

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