This post is the sixth of the 18 things you need to know about living with the symptoms of PD.
Remapping the brain! It’s what the book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, by Norman Doidge, is all about. Dr. Joe Dispenza discusses it at length in his book, You are the Placebo. Both authors take the position that any neurological condition can be overcome by stimulating existing neurons that have fallen into disuse and by creating new neurons, synapses and neural pathways in the brain. If you still believe that it’s not possible to recover from the symptoms of PD and if you haven’t read these books, I urge you to read them. The chapter on John Pepper in The Brain’s Way of Healing is particularly interesting. He has been able to completely neutralize his symptoms through conscious walking.
Sergio opened the door to the shed and peered inside. It was a warm, early spring day. A fine day for a bike ride. And there it was, hanging as he had left it last fall before the first snowflakes pierced the November sky, marking an early start to winter.
Even after all these years, Sergio loved to ride his bike and he so looked forward to his first ride of the spring, before the grass began its annual renewal and before the trees started budding. Heck, even before the snow was fully melted!
The medical community’s unbending assertion is that PD is incurable, and regretfully, countless people have adopted the same belief … which is understandable [it’s why so many people experience anxiety and depression]! Afterall, medical science has not … after over 200 years of trying … discovered a cure or developed a protocol that will lead to a cure. However, this does not mean it is not possible to recover from the symptoms of PD!
I would like to share with you what I think you need to know in order to live effectively, and if all goes well, overcome the symptoms of PD and restore your health. In determining an appropriate title for this post, I was hesitant to include the number, 18. It’s not a round number, like 10, and it’s big number. I was concerned that it might be overwhelming. But the reality is, PD is a complex condition requiring a comprehensive protocol. You can’t simply treat it with a pill.
Quite often you will hear people say that they are suffering from Parkinson’s … but are we really suffering? Quite often, our perception of suffering is just that, a perception.
For example, a person experiencing loss of balance as one of the symptoms of PD might describe themselves as suffering, but a person experiencing loss of balance due to consuming a few too many drinks at a party might consider themselves to be having a blast.
It was a year ago that I found myself hospitalized, scared, deep in a prolonged state of panic and unable to move my legs. Seven days after being admitted, I walked out of the hospital, went home and shoveled snow! What led to this dramatic change, was quite simply, medication! There was also a change in outlook, but it came later!
After several consultations with a doctor at the hospital, I agreed to give levodopa and sertraline a try [this after seventeen years of being medication free]! It worked!
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, admittedly, was hesitant to write this post. I didn’t want to be seen as a negative Nellie. Nor did I want to rain on anybody’s parade or dash anybody’s hopes. But I also think it’s important not to give people false hope.