A positive frame of mind is critically important for managing the symptoms of, and recovering from, a neurological condition. I do three things every day that help me stay upbeat!
In a recent blog, I wrote about the role of laughter in my protocol to recover my health. Laughing triggers the release of endorphins and other feel good neurotransmitters. This, in turn, helps to alkaline the body, heal the gut, strengthen the immune system and dissolve inflammation, conditions necessary to return the body to homeostasis. In my experience, songs that elevate can have the same affect.
I recently read, Hello Canada, a biography on iconic Toronto Maple Leafs hockey broadcaster, Foster Hewitt. It was written by Scott Young, former newspaper sports columnist and father of rocker Neil Young. Hewitt broadcast Leaf games for over 30 years, beginning on radio in the 1930s, before moving to television in the ’50s. He became synonymous with the Leafs and was known all over the world, particularly after calling the play by play during the infamous Canada – Russia series in 1972.
I would like to expand on a blog I wrote recently about returning the body to homeostasis. In that blog, I mentioned that the key to achieving homeostasis was putting the body in a state of calm by putting the mind and emotions in a state of calm. In other words, create inner calm, by eliminating mental, emotional, physical and dietary stress!
Homeostasis is the innate tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment, even when faced with external changes. In other words, it wants to be in a normal state. For example, the body always wants to be at a temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When body temperature rises above 98.6, it sweats in order to cool down. When it falls below 98.6, the body shivers in order to generate heat. The human body truly is a miracle!
No discussion about the steps I’ve taken in order to begin recovering from Parkinson’s would be complete without a review of what I’ve learned during the process. In a blog I wrote a few months ago, I listed seven valuable things I had learned up to that point that have been instrumental in the beginning of my recovery. The list has grown since then.
I have come to the conclusion that healing a ‘disease’ is really a matter of detoxification. Having said that, I must admit that I’m no expert in detoxification. At least not as it relates to dietary detoxification, so this is going to be more of a lay perspective on the subject. While I’ve had no formal training in detoxification, I can tell you that it is an important part of healing and I’m in the middle of detoxifying right now. No matter what condition you are trying to heal, be it physical, mental or emotional, the first step involves detoxification.
I initially started writing this post because I wanted a better understanding of the role inflammation plays, particularly as it relates to anger, in the development of Parkinson’s. But the deeper I got into the research the better I began to understand the roles and relationships between anger, stress and poor diet, and inflammation, the immune system, alkalinity and the lymphatic system. I’ve discussed these issues in other posts and with this post, I’d like bring them all together.
Let’s begin by discussing inflammation.
- Eat healthy foods
- Heal all physical traumas to the body
- Let go of emotional pain
- Eliminate chronic day-to-day stress