I started weaning off Sinemet almost 6 weeks ago and I’ve decided to put the weaning off process on hold for the time being. I’m doing this for two reasons. First, the last two dosage reductions have been very challenging with days of more intense symptoms and moments of anxiety and panic. Second, I have a couple of long trips coming up in the next month and a half and these tend to be rather stressful, as I have experienced, making weaning off that much more difficult.
Last week, Mari and I took a trip to Toronto, so she could pick up her new car [a Ford Ecosport] and we could do a little shopping and visit my children.
It is a six-hour drive and normally, leading up to it, I would be experiencing some trepidation and anxiety because I don’t respond favourably to these long trips. However, on this occasion, I was actually feeling quite excited, for two reasons. First, since going on medication and implementing a more rigourous daily regimen with more emphasis on CBD oil, breathing, meditation and Qigong, I have been feeling much better and wanted to see how the drive would affect me. Second, my middle daughter is with-child and scheduled to give birth on July 2, and I am preparing to drive down to visit my new grandchild in the event Mari is up north working.
As a follow-up to my previous post about weaning off medication, I would like to thank my friend Jeff for bringing to my attention, compounding!
Compounding is the process of customizing medications based on each person’s individual needs. Compounding is how medications used to be created before big pharma got involved and began mass-production.
In this case, compounding is deemed to be a better approach to weaning off PD medications than simply reducing the number of pills we take, as it is less likely to cause side-effects or adverse reactions.
According to Robert Rodgers, author of, The Road to Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease, we would be well advised to wean off medication under the direction of a compounding pharmacist because they have more experience than doctors. They are trained in this sort of thing, whereas doctors are not. They also have more knowledge of each medication.
For more information, please check out the comment Jeff left in the “Comments” section of my post on “my experience with medication” or check out Robert Rodgers response to an inquiry about coming off Sinemet.
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].
I recently returned from a trip to southern Ontario where I attended my daughter’s wedding and spent time visiting friends. As much as I enjoyed the trip [which I will blog about shortly] it was very stressful and set me back a bit. I am happy to be back home enjoying tranquility here on Manitoulin Island … if a windy day can be considered tranquil!
I have told you in previous posts about David Thompson, Bianca Molle, Howard Shifke and John Coleman, all of whom have completely recovered from Parkinson’s Disease. I have also written about John Pepper, the South African who has used a conscious walking program to completely neutralize his symptoms. Thanks to blog reader, Jimmy, I would like to share with you another success story, Colin Potter, who has used a combination of a ketogenic [high fat] diet, supplementation, detoxification and exercise to get off medication and completely neutralize the symptoms he was experiencing. He claims that he hasn’t fully recovered, but he no longer experiences any symptoms. His interview is well worth watching.
The moment I found out I had Parkinson’s I made the decision to heal it naturally. Initially, I thought I could heal myself simply by addressing the underlying emotional root cause. Why not, I healed migraine headaches that were afflicting me at a rate of three to four times a week. I have since learned that this is not enough. Fixing the physical body is also an important part of the process with Parkinson’s.
I just watched an Oprah Winfrey interview with Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter Elvis Presley and former wife of Michael Jackson. Lisa Marie thought it was ironic and didn’t understand how it was that her extremely famous father and extremely famous husband could have died from the same thing…over use of prescription drugs. Nor could she understand the significance of her connection with these men.
Elvis had 14 different prescription medications in his body when he died. MJ’s autopsy revealed evidence of at least 7 different medications.
I can’t help but think both of these extremely talented, charismatic and personable men died for the same reason…to help guide mankind back to a better way of living.
We have become a society that reaches for a pill bottle at the first sign of trouble. Got a cold, take a pill. Got an ache, take a pill. Can’t sleep, take a pill.
I recently asked two police officers from different police forces what the most pressing problem is in the province of Ontario and they both said, Oxycotin, a prescription pain medication, which has now become a lethal street drug.
Is this really the way we’re meant to live?
I sincerely believe that rather than taking pills it would serve us far better to understand three things: first, the role of the immune system and the importance of a healthy diet in maintaining the immune system’s health and proper pH level in the body, so we don’t get sick in the first place. Second, the role of unresolved emotional pain as the underlying root cause of sickness and disease. Third, the importance of self image…feeling good about yourself…in reducing stress and developing and maintaining healthy thoughts and eating habits.
Taking medications simply neutralizes symptoms and makes the people who own and run drug companies rich. They’re not a long-term solution to healing.
But, you ask, what about the famous philosopher and mathematician, Descartes, and all the other people who died from pneumonia and other diseases, whose lives could have been saved’ using medications. Again, I bring your attention to the importance of having a healthy immune system and proper pH balance.
Elvis and MJ, like all humans, were capable of logic and common sense and they were surrounded by people who were capable of logic and common sense and yet they allowed their health and lives to be ruined by prescription medication. On a higher spiritual plane, there must have been a reason for this.
I hope and pray that it’s not going to take a few more Elvises and Micheals for us to figure it out? Perhaps this explains Lisa Marie’s connection to these two men. To use her fame to bring awareness to these ideas.
Have a thoughtful day!