I discovered on my own, somewhat by accident, over twenty years before I started developing the symptoms of PD, that I had an intolerance to sugar. This intolerance seems to have worsened since going on levodopa/carbidopa this past December.
Perhaps the most unpleasant aspect of my neurological experience has been constipation. Three years ago, it wasn’t an issue, but then it suddenly crept up on me. Until I got it under control, I had some difficult days… or should I say, difficult movements!
I received an email a few days ago from Juan José in Guatemala. He described how a tea blend had helped neutralize the symptoms he was experiencing. When asked, he graciously agreed to share his story!
Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical! These are the immortal words of legendary New York Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra! While Yogi’s math was a little off, his sentiment was right on! And the same holds true for those of us recovering from a chronic health condition. Our mental attitude is paramount! More to the point, what we believe is the key our recovery!
Recovering from this neurological condition [parkinson’s]] is mostly about restoring body chemistry. It’s about ‘convincing’ the neurotransmitters that are produced in our brains [mostly dopamine and serotonin] and the hormones that are produced in our endocrine system [mostly adrenaline and cortisol] to return to normal levels. We want more dopamine and serotonin and less adrenaline and cortisol. Which the body wants as well by the way. It wants to be in homeostasis.
Contrary to the language used on most parkinson’s disease websites, I do not consider myself to be battling parkinson’s. Nor do I think of myself as suffering from a disease. What you fight, fights back! When you believe you are suffering from something, you put yourself in victimhood! I’m not fighting with anything and I’m certainly not suffering!
I have written many posts on what I believe are the essential ingredients for my recovery! For instance, a healthy diet is extremely important, as is exercise, bodywork and a good attitude. So too, is eliminating stress! Stress of any sort works against my healing efforts. In fact, it causes the condition to worsen. In this regard, my most important challenge is to ensure that every single thought in my mind helps me to feel tranquil, joyful, loving, abundant and blissful!
I’m thrilled to tell you that I’m getting my power back! What I mean by this, is that when I’m throwing karate kicks and strikes I’m able to do so at almost full power. I have lots of snap. This is a huge [and I mean huge] improvement from where I was in April when I was experiencing enormous stress! At that time, I had virtually no power at all.
Check out the inspiring story of Kelli McGowan, who overcame early onset, frontal lobe dementia. Her success illustrates the importance of a healthy high fat diet, eliminating stress, transforming fear into self love and practicing qigong, the essentials of overcoming any neurological condition.
Have an awesomely inspiring day!