One of the most frequent questions I am asked, is how to get off medication. Be it PD meds, anxiety meds or both, there is a genuine desire to be medication free, and thus, free of side-effects and the inevitable loss of efficacy of the medication … it is well-known that over time PD meds lose their efficacy, eventually becoming completely ineffective, the outcome of which is quite grim. Moreover, for the vast majority of people experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and who believe recovery is possible, recovery will involve coming off medication at some point, and this too quite frankly can be a disconcerting prospect. It is akin to a drug addict going through withdrawal.
It has now been more than two months since I began taking PD and anxiety medications. Presently, for PD symptoms, I am taking 600 mg of levodopa and 150 mg of carbidopa per day. I take two levodopa-carbidopa tablets three times per day. For anxiety symptoms, I am taking 50 mg of Sertraline HCL per day [1 capsule at bedtime].
I should also mention that I am taking 40 mg of CBD oil [medical marjuana] each day [20 mg twice per day in between the PD meds]. I am also doing a lot more Qigong every day and I strongly believe that this is helping [particularly the lift chi pour chi down routine].
Different Drum is a song written by Mike Nesmith of The Monkeys in 1965 and made popular by The Stone Ponies in 1967, featuring an up-and-coming singer named Linda Ronstadt. Ms. Ronstadt, as you may know, was diagnosed with PD a few years ago.
Marching to a different drum is an expression usually referring to someone who sees the world in a different way, who is unconventional, a nonconformist. It seems that believing it is possible to recover from Parkinson’s disease makes a person a nonconformist. It makes them a marcher to a different drum!
The medical community unanimously believes that it is not possible to recover from Parkinson’s, as do the majority of people who have been diagnosed with the condition. It is the reason, I believe, why so many people diagnosed with PD, experience anxiety.
I know of at least five people who have fully recovered from the symptoms of PD, so it is definitely possible to recover.
The key to recovery, is threefold: belief, the right protocol for you and love!
Believe you can recover, develop and implement the right protocol for you [check out my protocol] and immerse yourself in love … loving kindness, loving compassion, loving generosity, loving acceptance, loving trust, loving forgiveness, loving gratitude and loving enthusiasm.
March to a different drum, be a rebel and feel the exhilaration!
I have so much for which to be thankful! I have an amazing partner, three wonderful children, five fantastic brothers and their families, plus a long list of very kind and generous friends!
I am blessed in so many ways!
It has been two months since my last post on my journey experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Since that post, my journey has taken an abrupt turn!
When I was diagnosed with PD in 2008, I made the decision at that time to deal with it naturally. The neurologist who diagnosed me explained that the only way to treat PD was with medication. I said, no thank you. I felt confident that I could overcome the condition by healing the emotional root cause … the same way I had overcome food sensitivities and migraine headaches.
If you have been following my blog, you will likely know my belief is this neurological condition we’re experiencing, in fact any challenge we are facing, is meant to guide us to an understanding of our true nature and purpose! It has spiritual meaning!
It is meant for us to learn that we are more than just physical beings here to amass and consume. We are not just the physical bodies we inhabit, nor are we our thoughts and beliefs, or the emotions we feel. We are actually spiritual beings having a human experience, living in oneness with the universal-energetic-intelligence [God]. We are the conscious observers of our body, thoughts, feelings and experiences. This is Eckhart Tolle’s primary message!
But how do we live spiritually given the daily challenges we face? How do we live spiritually when we are in a state of anxiety, trembling, shuffle walking, trying to maintain our balance, struggling to perform simple tasks like tying up our shoes or getting out of a chair, or experiencing constipation? It’s not easy!
To begin, I remind myself every day that what I am experiencing has purpose. Not only is it meant to guide us to spiritual awakening, it is also meant to guide us away from fear, to divine love! To reinforce this, each day I recite my spiritual version of the 23rd Psalm as well as my divine love mantra [see below].
Next, I do my best to live in the present moment. This is another one of Eckhart’s key messages. It is okay to reflect on the past, but we don’t live in it. Similarly, it is okay to plan for the future, but we don’t live in it. We only ever live in the present moment. It’s all there is. I do my best to place my attention on whatever I am doing. I also focus on my breath or simply look around and observe.
Whenever the present moment is unpleasant I do my best to accept the circumstances and remind myself that it is only temporary. It will pass!
I spend time in nature! I love the serenity and I can sense the healing energy! There is nothing quite like the joy of walking through the forest or sitting by the lake!
I talk to the universal-energetic-intelligence. I carry on a conversation just like I would as if I was talking to you. I give thanks. I make observations. It is a great way to connect with the divine!
I live lovingly! I am kind, compassionate, generous, grateful and forgiving! My mantra is, we could change the world simply by being kind to one another!
I practice Qigong. Qigong is about cultivating chi [energy]. It is a very spiritual practice!
I pray as an expression of gratitude!
I yell hallelujah! As I discussed in my last post, this too is a great way to connect with the divine!
I believe in my heart living spiritually is a big, essential step towards recovering my health! At the very least, it helps me to manage my day-to-day challenges in a more loving manner!
23rd Psalm [spiritual version]:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Spirit makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters. Spirit restores my soul and leads me down a path of spiritual awakening for my highest good. Spirit helps me to feel good about myself. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of impermanence I shall fear no darkness, for thou art with me. Your love and compassion comfort me. You help me to understand, accept and let go of my past, and in the process, you help me to forgive. You also help me to live in the present moment. My life is filled with abundance. Surely peace love joy abundance and bliss will be with me all the rest of my days. And I will dwell in spiritual consciousness forever! Hallelujah!
Divine love mantra:
The universal-energetic-intelligence, which is pure love, wishes to expand itself. It wishes to expand love in the universe, through experience. Through my experience and the experience of every other entity in the universe. We are the vessels for the expression and expansion of love. And the best thing I can do to contribute to this expansion is to fully surrender to the will and wisdom of the universal-energetic-intelligence; live in love by being kind, compassionate, generous, forgiving and grateful; acknowledge my true essence which is divine love; and live in the present moment. And I can do this, because I live in spiritual consciousness and I choose to celebrate life. I choose to honour and enjoy the journey and embrace the adventure. I am so grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given to participate in the flow-of-life and contribute to the expansion of divine love! Hallelujah!
What is Parkinson’s disease, really? The medical community, the Michael J Fox foundation and the various Parkinson’s societies would have us believe that it is an incurable, progressive, degenerative condition, resulting from the magical die-off of dopamine producing cells in the substantia nigra portion of the brain. They would have us believe that there is no known cause, although they speculate it could be genetic, hereditary or the result of overexposure to chemicals. They would also have us believe that there is no known cure and that the best way to treat the condition [in fact, the only way] is with medication.
We may be living with this challenging health condition but that doesn’t mean life can’t be awesome!
Last night, just after sunset [which was spectacular!] a deer passed through our yard! Last week, while eating breakfast on the deck, a bald eagle flew overhead! Twice in the last few days, a hummingbird has hovered inches from my face!
My life is filled with the spectacular moments and I get to experience them every day!
I am blessed for many reasons! I live on a lake on Manitoulin Island! I have three amazing children! I have a wonderful partner! I get to play golf, chop firewood, spend time in nature and write!
It doesn’t mean I don’t have moments of frustration, because I do. It also doesn’t mean I don’t get angry, because I do. But these are just moments and they pass. And then I am blessed with the next spectacular moment!
And I am particularly blessed with the awareness of spiritual consciousness, my divine nature and my oneness with the universal-energetic-intelligence! I am blessed with love!
Yes, my life is awesome!
I would like to share with you, three spiritual observations that I recently posted on Facebook that have helped me immensely in living peacefully and optimistically with this challenging neurological condition … because it certainly has been challenging!
We are all wondrously connected by an unseen energy, so powerful, so full of love, it is to defy the human imagination! It is in every atom in our bodies and every atom in the universe! It is what we call God and it is pure divine love!
We cannot change the past! We can only accept it! We can however influence the future by what we do in the present moment! In filling the now with love, we create a beautiful tomorrow!
True empowerment comes from the awareness that as divine spiritual beings living in oneness with all that is, we are the architects of all the experiences that make up our life journey. We are only victims in belief, never in actuality!
I am excited to announce the rerelease of my first book, The History Teacher! I first published it in 2010 and decided to give it a makeover after the release of my second book, The History Teacher 2.0, which I published through a new self-assisted publisher, FriesenPress. Quite frankly, I wanted to clean it up a bit. It was my first effort, and grammatically, it needed some work. So it’s the same story, but a much smoother read! If you would like to check out the storyline, go to the Fred’s Books page.
Thank you so much for your support and for taking the time to read my books! Please know that I appreciate it enormously!
I am presently writing the third instalment of The History Teacher trilogy and hope to have it published by the end of this year. After that, I plan to begin writing, The Kid!