Last summer, after retiring from teaching karate, I decided to take up golf again. It has been challenging! Not only am I that much older, I have some physical challenges to manage… loss of balance, trembling, freezing and loss of dexterity [particularly on the left side]. I have also lost a lot of strength, so I don’t hit the ball nearly as far as I used to. On the flipside, I tend to hit the ball much straighter!
I have told you in previous posts about David Thompson, Bianca Molle, Howard Shifke and John Coleman, all of whom have completely recovered from Parkinson’s Disease. I have also written about John Pepper, the South African who has used a conscious walking program to completely neutralize his symptoms. Thanks to blog reader, Jimmy, I would like to share with you another success story, Colin Potter, who has used a combination of a ketogenic [high fat] diet, supplementation, detoxification and exercise to get off medication and completely neutralize the symptoms he was experiencing. He claims that he hasn’t fully recovered, but he no longer experiences any symptoms. His interview is well worth watching.
A few years ago I discovered that I could overcome shuffle-walking by counting my steps. I had to count continuously, but as long as I did, my walking improved. I also figured out that when I found myself shuffle-walking, if I stopped, reset my stride, relaxed my hands and told myself to take a big step, I could walk normally; even if only for a few strides. I still do this!
I have long held that view that I’m not suffering from parkinson’s disease. Rather, I am experiencing a health condition characterized by certain symptoms. What is more, I don’t believe that I have to cure the condition. Instead, in order to recover my health I need to return my body to homeostasis.
I took up martial arts in 1989 after being inspired by a motivational speaker at a company conference. In 1996, after receiving my black belt, I opened my own karate club along with two partners. In 2007, I started teaching on my own. Martial arts has been a big part of my life for the past 28 years. and now that I am retired, I still practice every day.
As I sit here watching snow falling on this tranquil Sunday afternoon [we’ve received over seven feet so far this winter] I am reminded of the trepidation I was feeling last fall about spending my first winter on Manitoulin Island. The source of my uneasiness… among other things, tending to a 150 yard long driveway, mostly by myself [Mari is away two weeks every month] on an island known for lots of snow! Turns out my concerns were mostly unfounded.
I love practicing qigong! Is an essential component of my recovery program. It was the primary component of Bianca Molle’s recovery strategy and an important element of Howard Shifke’s and David Thompson’s recovery protocols.
It occurred to me a few years ago that my goal isn’t to cure myself of Parkinson’s Disease. This is too daunting an endeavor; one better left to the medical folks. Rather, my goal is to recover my health by returning my body to homeostasis!
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!
I recently received an email from a blog reader and friend who I have been corresponding with for the past year. He has been having a very difficult time, particularly because, until recently, he did not know what he was dealing with. He has now been diagnosed with dystonia, but he continues to struggle.