Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #57 … 18 Things You Need to Know About Living with the Symptoms of PD — Remap the Neuroplastic Brain!

neuroplasticityThis post is the sixth of the 18 things you need to know about living with the symptoms of PD.

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 stimulating existing neurons that have fallen into disuse and by creating new neurons, synapses and neural pathways in the brain. If you still believe that it’s not possible to recover from the symptoms of PD and if you haven’t read these books, I urge you to read them. The chapter on John Pepper in The Brain’s Way of Healing is particularly interesting. He has been able to completely neutralize his symptoms through conscious walking.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Stories of Inspiration #8 … Sergio Gets a Bike!

bikeSergio opened the door to the shed and peered inside. It was a warm, early spring day. A fine day for a bike ride. And there it was, hanging as he had left it last fall before the first snowflakes pierced the November sky, marking an early start to winter.

Even after all these years, Sergio loved to ride his bike and he so looked forward to his first ride of the spring, before the grass began its annual renewal and before the trees started budding. Heck, even before the snow was fully melted!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #54 … 18 Things You Need to Know About Living with the Symptoms of PD — What to Focus on!

recovery2This is the third in the series of 18 things we need to know in order to live with successfully … and hopefully, overcome … the symptoms of PD.

There is a notion in society today that says we can abuse ourselves with poor diets, excessive alcohol consumption. drug use, lack of exercise, workaholism, overexposure to stress and emotional trauma, and then when we experience a health crisis, we simply turn the responsibilty for our health over to our doctor, take a pill to mask the symptoms and do nothing to address the underlying cause of the health condition.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #52 … 18 Things You Need to Know About Living with the Symptoms of PD — Recovery is Possible!

victoryThe medical community’s unbending assertion is that PD is incurable, and regretfully, countless people have adopted the same belief … which is understandable [it’s why so many people experience anxiety and depression]! Afterall, medical science has not … after over 200 years of trying … discovered a cure or developed a protocol that will lead to a cure. However, this does not mean it is not possible to recover from the symptoms of PD!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #51 … 18 Things You Need to Know About Living with the Symptoms of PD!

elationI would like to share with you what I think you need to know in order to live effectively, and if all goes well, overcome the symptoms of PD and restore your health. In determining an appropriate title for this post, I was hesitant to include the number, 18. It’s not a round number, like 10, and it’s big number. I was concerned that it might be overwhelming. But the reality is, PD is a complex condition requiring a comprehensive protocol. You can’t simply treat it with a pill.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #50 … Stimulate the Body and the Mind!

empowermentAs a person experiencing the symptoms of PD, I have learned through direct experience that it is extremely important to continually stimulate the body and the mind upon waking and throughout the day!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #48 … Coping with the Medication ‘on-off’ Cycle!

roller coasterI’m happy to be back blogging after a short hiatus during which my attention was mainly focused on writing my latest book [The Kid] which I am very excited about and which is still a ways from completion.

Living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s, there is never a dull moment, although, quite frankly, I wouldn’t mind a little mundane, same-old, same-old … as opposed to the constant flow of challenges that seem to come my way. Lately, these challenges have had much to do with the medication I’m taking. As Homer Simpson might say, “stupid medication!”

I started taking medication [Sinemet] in December 2018, this after experiencing the symptoms of PD for sixteen years, medication free. For the first ten months … taking five tablets a day [2 at 9 AM, 1.5 at 3 PM and 1.5 at 10 PM] … I did not experience an ‘on-off’ cycle. Then abruptly, in the first week of November last year, I suddenly started experiencing it.

I suspect the change was triggered by a very stressful week at the end of October during which I was in a constant state of worry and anxiety.

At first, the change was barely noticeable … but it was noticeable. Gradually, over time it became more noticeable and more intense, particularly during the wearing-off period. During this period, I quite often felt extremely jittery … and still do.

I take my morning dosage at 9 AM. It kicks in around 9:30 AM and lasts until between noon and 1 PM. I take my afternoon dosage at 3 PM, which kicks in around 3:30 PM and lasts until 5 PM to 6 PM. My nighttime dosage which I take at 10 PM, usually kicks in after I go to bed at 11 PM and wears off sometime during the night.

During the off times, my symptoms are considerably worse, particularly balance, freezing and stiff gate. At times I can be very unsteady on my feet. I also have much greater difficulty focusing. I can literally re-watch a movie and half of it is new to me.

In order to deal with the situation, I considered three options:

Option #1, take Sinemet more frequently [four or five times a day] at the same or an increased daily dosage. The downside of this, is that it leaves me more prone to side-effects, particularly dyskinesia, and it makes me more dependent on the meds, at a time when I’m trying to reduce my dependency [my goal is still to get off meds altogether]. It would also make eating a challenge as it is best to take the meds at least a half an hour before eating and an hour and a half after eating, particularly if the meal contains protein.

Option #2, start taking a ‘bridge’ medication [a separate medication taken during the ‘off’ periods]. The downside of this is pretty much the same as the downside of Option 1. It increases my risk of experiencing side-effects while making me more dependent on medication.

Option #3, deal with the ‘off’ periods, naturally [by meditating, exercising, practicing qigong, spending time in the forest and taking CBD oil].

I have been opposed to taking medication since receiving my diagnosis in 2008 and even though I am currently taking Sinemet, my goal is still to get off medication entirely and recover my health using a natural protocol, so Options 1 and 2 are not really viable options.

This leaves me with Option 3 … the natural approach! Of the three options, this is certainly the one I prefer, but quite frankly, at this point, I cannot say with certainty that it helps with my ‘off’ time symptoms. It seems to, but in order to quantify it, I would have to do nothing for several days, then implement my protocol for several days and see if there is a difference. What I can tell you at this point is that when I am meditating, when I’m practicing qigong, when I’m in the forest and when I’m doing certain vigorous exercises, I feel better during ‘off’ times, but the feeling only lasts while I’m doing it … which is better than nothing. It’s quite possible that doing these natural protocols is keeping things from getting worse, but again, at this point I’m not certain and not sure if I can quantify it.

For now, I’m going to focus on the bigger picture, which is to stay positive and upbeat, while doing everything I can to eliminate the fear, worry and anxiety, and dissolve the detrimental beliefs that are keeping me stuck in this health condition … which means diligently completing the elements of my daily regimen, remaining optimistic and accepting the situation. I will also cherish, appreciate and take advantage of the period of time, twice daily, when the medication is ‘on.’

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #36 … Why I Believe it is Possible to Recover!

recovery2There are still countless people who believe PD is incurable, and on the surface, this is understandable! Medical science has not … after over 200 years of trying … discovered a cure or developed a protocol that will lead to a cure.

However, this does not mean PD is incurable! If it is incurable then why are we spending so much money trying to develop a cure?

Medical community lack of  success aside, I and many others unwaveringly believe it is possible for us to recover our health … for two reasons.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #27 … Improving Balance!

balanceLoss of balance continues to be one of the three biggest challenges I face [along with anxiety and freezing]. In the past few months I have placed much more emphasis on balance exercises and it is paying off.

Loss of balance occurs when the mind and body are in a chronic state of stress and fear for an extended period of time. This ongoing fight or flight state results in the continual overproduction of stress hormones and neurotransmitters, particularly adrenaline and cortisol, and the corresponding underproduction [or non-production] of the tranquility-inducing, feel-good, muscle-control neurotransmitters, especially dopamine and serotonin.

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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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