Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – A Journey of Love #8 … I can sing again!

singingLet me state for the record, right up front, when it comes to singing, I’m no Freddy Mercury! Somebody did tell me one time that I sing like Bob Dylan, but not as good as Bob! I’m pretty sure that wasn’t meant to be a compliment!

There, that out of the way, I am thrilled to report that I can sing again! I realized recently when I decided to belt out Hasn’t Hit Me Yet by Blue Rodeo that my voice was back, pretty much 100%. And the only thing I can attribute it to, is chiropractic!

One of my favorite pasttimes up until 2013, was playing the guitar and jamming with friends. By 2013, my symptoms had progressed to the point where I had to give it up. I lacked the dexterity to fret the strings and the coordination to strum.

I have played very little since.

Whether playing by myself or jamming, I also enjoyed singing, but along the way, I also lost my voice. I couldn’t carry a tune or sing in key!

But since resuming chiropractic treatments in January, which includes the release of tension in my neck muscles, my voice has returned.  Perhaps this release of tension has freed up my vocal chords. Whatever the reason, I am excited and grateful for it!

If you have had a similar experience, please share!

Wishing you many blessings!

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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 – A Journey of Love #4 … I Love Chiropractic!

activatorA few weeks ago I noticed that even though I was now taking PD medication, I was experiencing worse trembling. Then I went for a chiropractic treatment … the first one since October … and I noticed an immediate improvement. The next day I went for another treatment and experienced further improvement. It reminded me of the importance of bodywork for minimizing certain symptoms, particularly trembling!

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #111 … A declaration of acceptance, trust and faith!

acceptanceIn 1983, I joined a market research company. A few months into the job, I did a presentation to a client accompanied by my account senior and group manager. It wasn’t my first presentation. Every time I looked up during the presentation, my manager was feverishly writing notes, which I took to mean he didn’t like what he was seeing and I started to become unglued. It got so bad that at one point, the Eastern regional sales manager asked me to explain the numbers on a chart, and my response was, “I don’t know, that’s just the way they came out of the computer.” The moment I uttered the words, I knew I had blown it and the presentation went downhill from there. By the end of it, I was a total mess! Afterwards, neither my account senior or manager said anything, but on the way out of the building I declared to myself that I would never let that happen again. And for the next 23 years, I didn’t!

I recently made a similar declaration as it relates to my experience with the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Let me explain.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #109 … I’m feeling better today!

homerI’m happy to tell you that I woke up this morning feeling better than I have felt in a long time. Actually, I noticed I was much feeling better after my Bowen appointment yesterday.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #102 …The Power of Hallelujah!

homerHallelujah, essentially means to rejoice, to joyously celebrate God [the universal-energetic-intelligence]. It means to celebrate life!

For me, hallelujah is a tool I use on a daily basis to manage this neurological condition I’m experiencing. I use it in two ways. First, I yell hallelujah in order to neutralize the fight or flight state that I find myself in each day. Second, I use it to help me accomplish physical tasks I’m struggling with, like getting out of a chair.

What I find interesting is that I can stay in the fight or flight state for hours at a time at varying levels of intensity where as the joyful feeling I get from yelling hallelujah only lasts a few minutes. Neuroscientist and standup comedian, Dean Burnett, provides an explanation for this phenomenon. In his book, The Idiot Brain, he explains that the hormones released by the body during the fight or flight response, such as adrenaline and cortisol, will stay in the body for up to an hour [in my case, more like a day], where as, the neurotransmitters released during a moment of joy, last only a few minutes.

I guess the preservation of life is more important to the body than happiness. Makes sense!

So I find myself yelling, HALLELUJAH, a lot! I also find looking up, raising my eyebrows and smiling, to be effective, as well.

I’m sure the neighbours are questioning my sanity [they’re sure not questioning my insanity] but nonetheless, I am staying the course!

Oh, by the way, I also yell, WOOHOO, a lot. If it works for Homer Simpson, that’s good enough for me!

Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #97 … Stilling the body!

sunlightTrembling isn’t the most troublesome symptom I experience. That distinction goes to loss of balance and freezing, with an honourable mention to constipation. I attribute the minimal trembling I experience to the bodywork I am doing, namely, four chiropractic treatments a month. [A few years ago when I started doing Body Stress Relief therapy, the trembling I was experiencing was reduced by about 75%]

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #95 … The joy and benefits of chopping wood!

wood chopWe use a woodstove to heat our home during the winter. It’s the most pleasant form of heat [somebody once described it to me as like, walking into your house and receiving a big, warm hug] and also, the most cost-effective.

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Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #90 … Managing difficulty swallowing!

foodDifficulty swallowing can be one of the most challenging [if not terrifying] aspects of this condition we call Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it was the increasing difficulty I was having swallowing that contributed to the panic attacks I experienced in 2014. I was under the mistaken assumption I would eventually require feeding tubes. The neurologist I was seeing at the time assured me that this was not the case.

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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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