Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #9 … Weaning off Zoloft [Sertraline HCl]

qigong3I recently weaned off Zoloft [sertraline HCl]. I started taking it in December along with Sinemet due to the severe anxiety and loss of balance and mobility I had been experiencing. Prior to that, I had experienced the symptoms of PD medication-free for 17 years.

I am grateful to say that this combination of medications [Sinemet and Zoloft] restored my balance and mobility to the point where I could function again, and eliminated the anxiety. I am also grateful to tell you that the weaning-off process went really well, with no major complications.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #6 … How to get off meds and return the body to homeostasis!

miracleOne 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.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #115 … My Journey has Taken a Abrupt Turn!

love2It 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.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #113 …The quality of our thoughts… I move with ease!

loonIn a recent conversation, Mari and I agreed that the state of our bodies is largely a reflection of the quality of our thoughts. Yes, nutrition plays a role, as does chemical toxicity, exercise, stretching, relaxation and correcting physical trauma, but more than anything else, it’s our thoughts that determine whether our bodies are going to be in a stressed [fight or flight] state or a relaxed state, and thus, in good health or not.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #89 … Book review: Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery!

shifkeI recently read Howard Shifke’s, Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery. Shifke, as you may know, is an American lawyer who fully recovered from Parkinson’s in 2010 after being diagnosed in 2009.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #86 … Book review: The Root of All Healing!

hopkinsI just finished reading The Root of All Healing by Misa Hopkins and it is an excellent read for anyone experiencing a chronic health condition. The book could be particularly helpful for those who have no experience with natural health practices.

Ms. Hopkins, an American, overcame MS using the strategies she discusses in the book, so she has credibility. Her attitude and approach is very much in alignment with mine, so I found it very reassuring.

Her recovery protocol includes meditation, spending time in nature, creative expression, laughter, singing, acceptance, asking questions, belief in our inner power and self-compassion. In fact, she says true healing begins with self-compassion.

Her number one recommendation for people experiencing Parkinson’s is spending time in nature. She says the natural energies in nature balance our circadian rhythms which in turn, balances neurotransmitter and hormone production in our bodies.

Like me, Hopkins believes our health conditions have purpose. They are our life work, she says.

You won’t go wrong reading this book! It is available on Amazon.

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #82 … My daily recovery protocol!

This past November, Mari urged me to get more dedicated to my daily recovery protocol. It’s a regimine I created three years ago before I retired from teaching martial arts and moved to Manitoulin Island. At the time, it consisted of 15 physical activities that were intended to support my recovery protocol; activities such as walking, doing push-ups and practising Qigong. I created an Excel spreadsheet to track my progress each day, putting a check mark beside each activity I completed.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #38 … Minimizing Anxiety!

tranquilityLet me begin by saying, even though I’m writing a post about anxiety, I thankfully, do not experience a lot of it. The situations that cause me to experience anxiety include speaking in front of a crowd, packing for a trip or being late for something. These situations are infrequent.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #10 … Recovery through Reinvention – More from Dr Joe Dispenza!

singing in the rainIn my last post, I talked about four common factors amongst people who have recovered from a variety of health conditions, according to Dr. Joe Dispenza.

Dispenza goes on to say  that the single most important factor in the recovery of one’s health is to reinvent your personality. He claims that specific personality traits led to the development of disease and that good health cannot be restored as long as the same personality traits exist.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #4 … Focus on activities to achieve homeostasis!

hockeyIt 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!

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