Step One: How to Decide What to Put In Your Body

 

 Step One Simple Explanation

  1. Visit a farmers market or other reliable source of organic vegetables and fruits.
  2. Purchase the vegetable and fruits that “call out to you” to be eaten.
  3. Apply one and only rule: More colors are better.
  4. Let your own inner judgment and guidance steer you for the best decisions.
  5. Once you are home, either make a smoothie each day with what you have purchased using a mixer that combines all ingredients, cook the veggies in a crock pot or make a soup.
  6. Repeat the above 5 steps after 3 or 4 days.
  7. Continue the process throughout the following 7 weeks of Giant Leap for Recovery (and beyond as you recognize and acknowledge how much better you feel).

 

Step Thirteen: Embrace Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

If you are determined to reverse your symptoms you can spend a ton of money on therapies or … you can become more mindful. The difference? Mindfulness is free and always very effective.
Mindfulness helps people live more fulfilling lives, reduces stress and as a result,  quiets symptoms.
“Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of what’s happening in the present moment. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly doing or experiencing in your body and mind, you’re being mindful.” Bob Stahl PhD

The idea behind a  successful mindfulness practice is to become totally and completely how-to-become-more-mindfulpresent to each and every moment – to live in the present moment – not in the past or the future. Stress exerts an unrelenting pressure on our bodies when we slip into the past with our thoughts or skip into the future with our worries. If we fixate on rehashing past experiences that were traumatic or hurtful or unpleasant – we will insure that our body continues to release an onslaught of stress hormones. If we worry about what the future holds in store for us, we fixate on events that rarely ever happen.

When thoughts are centered in the past or future, the body is suspended in a continual state of stress. Cells are flushed with blasts of adrenaline throughout the day. This leaves little energy for the body to manufacture dopamine. Symptoms flourish under such conditions. They thrive on stress that is fueled by worry, fear, regret, guilt and anger.

Click on the link below to download the first in a series of 8 booklets that introduce mindfulness challenges.

Exercises_for_Noticing

For other information and resources about mindfulness visit:

Mindfulness

Step Fourteen: Embrace Your Passions

Make Recovery Happen Now

We have all finally arrived at the final step of recovery – Step Fourteen. Your journey down the road to recovery has been successfully launched. Healing is a lifetime process for everyone.

Interested in connecting with others who are also journeying down the road to recovery?  Subscribe to become a Parkinsons Recovery member. The cost is minimal – only $10 a month. We connect with one another on the last Monday of each month. Many other support resources for recovery are updated daily on the 12 Parkinsons Recovery member websites. To learn more visit:

https://www.parkinsonsrecovery.com/parkinsons-recovery-membership

As you reflect back on the steps covered in Giant Leap for Recovery ask yourself …

Did the steps cover therapies that are focused on …

  • Suppressing tremors?
  • Improving gait?
  • Enhancing ease of mobility?
  • Preventing falls?
  • Or … ?

Of course the answer to all of these questions is no.

Sufficient to say, we discussed some of these topics as they came up in discussions or questions, but the steps do not focus the illness. They focus on how to maintain wellness.

Of course I have addressed and discussed how to quiet symptoms in my books, radio shows, blog and newsletters. These are the type of questions I am asked. So, I answer them. The methods I have identified are undoubtedly very useful and appreciated by many people across the globe.

But, they are all temporary. Medicines only last several hours for most. Surgeries often have to be repeated. Supplements have to be taken every day. What is wrong with finding therapies that help you feel better temporarily?

Obviously – nothing.  But in the end, what really makes a difference for a successful recovery program to sustain itself in the long run? The answer has to do with a shift in focus.

Focus on the illness and you “feed” the illness. This depletes your energy and life force.

Focus on health and wellness, and you “feed” health and wellness. This focus energizes and supports your life force. This focus is what helps your body heal from the inside out – little by little, day in and day out.

Long term success does not depend on finding ways to suppress symptoms but rather on supporting your body’s own intrinsic ability to heal itself.

  • The natural state of the body is to be in balance and healthy.
  • The unnatural state is to be out of balance and ill.

So …

What is the bottom line to recovery?

What is the secret to making it happen?

Most people hold near and dear to their heart the beliefs that recovery has to  …

  • Take years to unfold
  • Requires medications and supplements
  • Happens for only a select few
  • Involves expensive therapies
  • Happens only when you find the right therapist, health care practitioner or doctor who has the “secret” answer to recovery
  • Calls for outside interventions of one form or another

I too once believed all of this was true, but not now. I hold a much different belief that recovery is possible for

  • Anyone
  • Anywhere
  • Anytime

Anytime Means Now
Anytime means you notice improvements in how you are feeling every day

Why do I embrace this seemingly outrageous belief?

Many people who experience symptoms of Parkinson’s have told me about unexpected blocks of time (a few minutes, hours, days) when their symptoms disappeared completely.

You have heard people in this class report the same experiences!

Such reports surprisingly involve situations which cannot be explained by taking (or not taking) medications or supplements or turning on or off a DBS battery connection

Is this a familiar circumstance for you? Have you celebrated the quieting of symptoms unexpectedly?

If it has ever happened once for you, why I ask you cannot this happen for you all the time?

What usually happens in such situations?  The secret to recovery is …

  • Embrace Your Soul’s Longing
  • Devote your energy, time and money doing what you have always loved to do since you were a child.
  • Follow your “bliss”

And this my friends is Step Fourteen in a nutshell.

Meditation on Finding Your Pathway to Recovery

What gave you the most joy when you were a child?

How did you love to spend your days?

Recall a happy memory when you were a child.  What were you doing that day? Were you with other people when you were the most happy or were you alone?

What did you do in secret because you were afraid you would get in trouble?

As a child did you love to …

  • Cook
  • Sew
  • Do crafts and art work
  • Play sports
  • Help other people
  • Invent
  • Create
  • Experiment
  • Ask questions
  • Find answers
  • Perform well on tests
  • Give your parents grief
  • Play with you friends
  • Make up new games to play

Do what you are supposed to be doing with your life and symptoms become inconsequential.

 

Reduce Anxiety Using the Icy Cold Water Treatment

Icy Water Treatment

Two nervous systems keep us alive: the sympathetic and parasympathetic.

The parasympathetic nervous system controls all of the functions of the body (pulse, breathing, distribution of water, etc.) without our even knowing.

We activate the sympathetic nervous system when we need to be in full control (when, for example, confronting a bear when hiking in the forest or managing 20 people).

When you are anxious or have anxiety attacks, your sympathetic nervous system is running full steam ahead and the parasympathetic has been shut down for all practical purposes. The sympathetic system is in control with anxiety and is so dominant that you rarely have the mental brakes that are needed to disengage it. The fuel of anxiety is adrenaline and cortisol and other hormones.

A balance of hormones is needed for the body to generate dopamine and the other “chill out” hormones. Of the two nervous systems, the sympathetic will always overpower and overwhelm the parasympathetic which is the henpecked companion. When it comes to symptoms of Parkinson’s, the sympathetic nervous system is the bad guy and the parasympathetic is the good guy

Anxiety has to be calmed to disengage the full throttle of the sympathetic nervous system and re-activate the dormant parasympathetic nervous system (though of course is still continues to regulate our primary life functions).

How in the world do you get the attention of the sympathetic nervous system to slow down and rest? You do not do this by persuasion or “hope”. It seems so very complicated, eh?

Not really! You do it instantly with the icy water treatment. After all, if you want to turn someone off, don’t you give them the Icy Water Treatment?

Here is how to set it up so that it is available when needed.

1. Find a bowl large enough for your two hands to fit inside. 

2. Grab an Ice Cube Tray or collect water from the fridge

3. Fill the bowl half way up or so with water. 

4. Put some ice cubes in the water (or keep the bowl in the fridge).

5. When feeling anxious, immerse your two hands into the icy cold water for 10-15 seconds (or longer if you can tolerate it). 

It is as easy as that!

Keep the bowl of cold water handy and readily available at home when you need it. Why not just put it in the fridge? You can use this as many times a day as needed.

When you leave home, bring a small wash rag with you.  Why? You will obviously not have ready access to your bowl of icy cold water. When you need to calm down anxiety that begins to sizzle inside, just wet the wash rag in cold water (available in any bathroom) and wipe your face with it.

That will reduce your anxiety level too.

Robert

 

Step Ten: Fasting

The Big Picture

Research shows that the people who live longer, healthier lives eat less. Why is this?

Partly, they fast at least 12-18 hours a day. Fasting encourages the liver to make ketones (approximately 150 grams a day).

Ketones are a “natural” brain food. It requires less energy for the body to produce.

The brain also functions on glucose. The body converts carbs and proteins into sugar/glucose which the brain uses to function.  There is a marvelous way to understand what happens when we eat carbs, proteins and fat using an analogy to the materials that can be used to build a fire (kindling, wood and charcoal).

  1. Carbs are like burning kindling – they burn up quickly.
  2. Protein is like burning sticks and small logs – they take longer to burn.
  3. Fat is like burning charcoal – ketones derived from the fat burn much longer than kindling or logs.

There is an on/off switch at play here. Either the body is using sugar to fuel the brain (from the carbs and proteins) or it is extracting ketones from stores of fat. When sugar is the primary fuel, the body is working on overtime and not getting paid for it! When ketones are the primary fuel, demands on the body are significantly less (which is why life is extended). In short –

  • Ketones are easy for the body to process
  • Sugar is not.

This is why eating sweets (that have raw sugar) is not a smart idea for persons with neurological challenges.

The Simple Way for Your Body to Make Ketones is  … Fasting.

Fasting is one sure fire way to encourage your body to produce ketones. The easiest way to fast is to eat the last meal of the day in the early evening and then do not eat anything for 12-14 hours until the following morning.

This is why the paleo diet stipulates you eat only 2 meals a day, not three.  This allows for the opportunity for your body to manufacture ketones naturally. This reduces the strain and effort that must be exerted by the body to keep your brain functioning at peak capacity.

  • Ketones are energy efficient.
  • Glucose is energy inefficient.

Step Nine Summary:

Fast for 12-14 hours at least every other day if not every day.

Step Eight: Stop Watching the News


Step Eight

Do not watch the news this week. Why? Seeing the images and hearing the stories re-traumatizes you.

Why might this little step reduce stress?

Answer: Much of the news is plastered with scenes and stories of mayhem, torture, murder and negativity. You not only learn about what horrible events have happened.

  1. You see them.
  2. You hear them.
  3. You are assaulted with world- wide suffering.
  4. You take on the suffering and pain (unconsciously) and there is nothing you can do about it. There is nothing to be gained and everything to lose.

The stimuli from the news alone sustains ongoing stress.

Taking Step Eight seriously does not mean you become uninformed! The idea here is to reduce ongoing stress.

Recall – the most important secret to recovery is to be in control of your recovery. When you watch the news on TV – guess what …

  • You are not in control.
  • You are being manipulated by subliminal messages.

Check out the research. Do a search on subliminal messages in the media. Broadcasters use a tried and true technology called NLP to manipulate your reactions to what they are communicating.

OK – you are now thinking …

BUT … I have always watched the news every night. It is my habit and routine.

I say to you – change the habit.

Instead – during the time you waste watching the news – listen to one of my 240 interviews on Parkinsons Recovery Radio. Replays are free to access.

This is a divine way to get marvelous suggestions from the experts – people who have a solid idea of what helps facilitate recovery.

The choice is thus between:

  1. Watch the nightly news. Get stressed and depressed
  2. Listen to interviews on Parkinsons Recovery Radio. Get inspired, energized and motivated to take the actions needed to help your body heal.

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/parkinsons-recovery

OR – Instead of watching the news, listen to some of the fascinating interviews on National Public Radio like Fresh Air:

https://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/archive

Step Four: Write a Restorative Statement

Negative thoughts drag us down into the depths of the sewer. Once we have wriggled our way in we see no sunshine and no exit.

Restorative statements open up a window that allows sunshine to enter and a stairway to exit from the bubbling sewer of our negative thoughts.

Adopting someone else’s affirmations offers little value. What lifts you out of the sewer gutter is a clear statement of intention that restores your life force – not someone else’s. The restorative statement becomes yours and yours alone. It will speak to you in ways you never imagined.

How to Write a Restorative Statement

The process is actually simple. You have now written (or recorded) in Step 2 a list of thoughts that are clearly not in your best and highest good. Retrieve this list now. It will be the source of information needed to craft a restorative statement.

  1. Mark a line down the middle of a clean sheet of paper.
  2. Title the left column – “Negative Words from My List”
  3. Title the right column – “antonyms” (or a word which is the opposite of what is listed in the first column).

You can find suggestions for opposites by visiting:
http://www.antonymswords.com/

Some Examples (life draining versus life giving): 

apathy versus passion
anxiety versus peace
weakness versus wholeness
failure versus success
empty versus creative
Sad versus joyful
unstable versus balance
freezing versus fiery
And so forth and so on.

You will begin to identify repetitions and patterns in the statements.

Some power phrases that can be used in restorative statements:

Owning my power
Knowing my truth
Allowing myself to be loved
Loving myself

Now – construct your personalized restorative statement using the following template:

“I thank [the universe or God or the divine – whatever term calls out to you] for (insert your first name here e.g. Robert’s) knowing and experiencing …

Make the statement short – only 2 to 4 sentences.

An example is below. This example  offers a snapshot of what a final restorative statement looks like. It is simple. Brief. Short. Best of all it will support, sustain and energize your recovery when you read it out loud every day.

“I thank the universe for Robert’s knowing and experiencing his divine ability to embrace life to the fullest. His body is in perfect working order with all systems in balance. He always speaks his truth, fully receives the love of others and is nurtured by  exciting, joyful and fascinating encounters with a community of remarkable people.”.

Step Nine: Detox the Natural Way

Your may have been asking:

Do I have toxins in my body?

The answer is yes.

How do you know? You are not a medical doctor. You have not run any diagnostic tests.

The answer is: I know because everyone in a body
has toxins.

Do I Really Need to Detox?

The answer is yes. Everyone needs to adopt a detox protocol they embrace for the rest of their life. But you are currently experiencing symptoms research indicates may be caused by an overload of toxins. It is particularly important for you to find ways to detox all toxins whether they take the form of bad bacteria, heavy metals or …

But there are so many methods out there to detox. I have done searches.
Which one do I use?

Yes indeed. The options overwhelm everyone. Some detoxes are designed to specifically address certain toxins. It can be a true nightmare
to determine the best to use now.

Do I have to pay for medical diagnostics and help?

This can certainly be a smart move, but there is always the cost to be paid of money, energy and added stress.

Well – so what do you suggest here?

I suggest a natural detox you can do every day which requires the purchase of baking soda, epsum salts, availability of a bath tub, and soaking your body in warm bath water for 15 minutes.

No prescriptions are needed.
No doctor visits required.

Instructions:

Plan on doing bath detoxes in the evening. You will likely feel
exhausted afterward. (Note: this is a subtle clue that this
natural detox method really is not only simple but highly effective.)

1. fill your bath tub with warm water.
2. Drink a class of water.
3. Put 1/3 cup of baking soda in the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Put 1/3 cup of epsom salts.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Soak for about 15 minutes (and why not do the
stress release meditation when you soak).
6. Drink another class of water.

Done.

Do this natural detox every day this week. Make it part of
your lifestyle habit.

Step Seven: Stop Eating All Dairy Products

Step Seven Class Notes

Warning:

Some of you are not going to like hearing about Step Seven. I have only one question for you to meditate on:

How serious are you about reversing whatever symptoms you may currently be experiencing?

If on a scale of 10 (where 1 is not really serious and 10 is profoundly serious) you score yourself a 10 – I urge you to take the Step 7 seriously.

What does it take to make Step 7 happen?

Do I have to purchase anything?

Heavens no!

None of the Giant Leap for Recovery steps involves buying any products or doing any expensive therapies.

Some people suspect that the underlying motivation to offer my Giant Leap course at such a small tuition is to sell your something.

That is not what this course is about. It is all about helping you heal.  Healing from the inside out entails taking full charge of your recovery program.

Step Seven involves NOT DOING something you may have been doing your entire life.

Stop Eating All Dairy Products

I know some of you are probably thinking – this is stupid. These steps are stupid.

I love eating dairy.

Hey. So do I!

Why do I ask you to take this step seriously?

The research on what predicts Parkinson’s symptoms is unequivocal. Abstracts of recent studies are included at the bottom of this class handout.

Research shows people who eat dairy products are significantly more like to experience symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The studies use huge samples and are all well designed.

 Are you serious about healing?

Take this step seriously.                                    

My personal experience with dairy

  1. At a young age

Serious ear aches due to allergic reaction to dairy.

  1. And now.

Muscle testing recently reveals I should stop eating all cheese. Duh. I knew this but was in denial. 

  • I have interviewed a number of people who stopped eating dairy and experienced a welcome relief of symptoms.
  • It usually takes time to experience results.

Abstracts of recent studies are included in the class notes which you will receive as an attachment to the next email from me. This will give you confirmation that my suggestion has merit. 

What about butter?

Why not muscle test this one?

You may be thinking …

I have tried to stop eating dairy. I feel so empty and unsatisfied. 

Yes – this is precisely the feeling you will have …

For 4-6 weeks. Why does it lift?

Listen to my interview with

Warren Kramer:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/parkinsons-recovery/2017/10/25/the-macrobiotic-approach-to-health-and-wellness

Our body craves (and becomes “addicted”) to the food we eat. When we start eating fresh, live food – we will no longer crave dairy products.

Go cold turkey on eating dairy for 2 weeks. Then – pleasure yourself with gulping down the dairy products you have always loved to eat:  

  • Ice cream.
  • Cheese .

And see if you feel worse. That should be an additional motivation to get serious about Step 7. 

Abstracts of Two Recent Studies

Eur J Epidemiol. 2014 Sep;29(9):613-9. doi: 10.1007/s10654-014-9921-4. Epub 2014 Jun 4.

Dairy foods intake and risk of Parkinson’s disease: a dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies.

Jiang W1Ju CJiang HZhang D.

Dairy foods have been linked to Parkinson’s disease (PD), and a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies on dairy foods intake and PD risk was conducted. Eligible studies were identified in a literature search of EMBASE and PubMed up to April 2014. Seven results from prospective studies were included, including 1,083 PD cases among 304,193 subjects. The combined risk of PD for highest vs. lowest level of dairy foods intake was 1.40 (1.20-1.63) overall, 1.66 (1.29-2.14) for men and 1.15 (0.85-1.56) for women. For highest vs. lowest level, the PD risk was 1.45 (1.23-1.73) for milk, 1.26 (0.99-1.60) for cheese, 0.95 (0.76-1.20) for yogurt and 0.76 (0.51-1.13) for butter. The linear dose-response relationship showed that PD risk increased by 17% [1.17 (1.06-1.30)] for every 200 g/day increment in milk intake (Pfor non-linearity = 0.22), and 13% [1.13 (0.91-1.40)] for every 10 g/day increment in cheese intake (Pfor non-linearity = 0.39). The absolute risk differences were estimated to be 2-4 PD cases per 100,000 person-years for every 200 g/day increment in milk intake, and 1-3 PD cases per 100,000 person-years for every 10 g/day increment in cheese intake. Dairy foods (milk, cheese) might be positively associated with increased risk of PD, especially for men.

 

Neurology. 2017 Jul 4;89(1):46-52. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004057. Epub 2017 Jun 8.

Intake of dairy foods and risk of Parkinson disease.

Hughes KC1Gao X2Kim IY2Wang M2Weisskopf MG2Schwarzschild MA2Ascherio A2.

Author information

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To prospectively examine the association between commonly consumed dairy products and the risk of Parkinson disease (PD) in women and men.

METHODS:

Analyses were based on data from 2 large prospective cohort studies, the Nurses’ Health Study (n = 80,736) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (n = 48,610), with a total of 26 and 24 years of follow-up, respectively. Both US-based studies were conducted via mailed biennial questionnaires. Dietary intake was assessed with food frequency questionnaires administered repeatedly over the follow-up period. Incident cases of PD (n = 1,036) were identified via questionnaires and subsequently confirmed by reviewing medical records. We also conducted a meta-analysis to combine our study with 3 previously published prospective studies on total milk intake and PD risk and 1 study on total dairy intake and PD risk.

RESULTS:

While total dairy intake was not significantly associated with PD risk in our cohorts, intake of low-fat dairy foods was associated with PD risk. The pooled, multivariable-adjusted hazard ratio (HR) comparing people who consumed at least 3 servings of low-fat dairy per day to those who consumed none was 1.34 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.01-1.79, p trend = 0.04). This association appeared to be driven by an increased risk of PD associated with skim and low-fat milk (HR 1.39, 95% CI 1.12-1.73, p trend <0.01). Results were similar in women and men (p for heterogeneity >0.05). In the meta-analysis, the pooled relative risk comparing extreme categories of total milk intake was 1.56 (95% CI 1.30-1.88), and the association between total dairy and PD became significant (HR 1.27, 95% CI 1.04-1.55).

CONCLUSIONS:

Frequent consumption of dairy products appears to be associated with a modest increased risk of PD in women and men.

 

 

Jump Start to Recovery Class Five April 2018

Were Your Goals for the Course Met?

If yes – Hooray!

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My realization after a decade of research focused on Parkinson’s …

There are many methods to suppress symptoms, but none persist over the long run.

The secret to long term success is to monitor your degree of excitation moment to moment. When anxiety, worry and stress are brought under control in the moment, symptoms will dissolve like an ice cream cone in the summer time.

When you discover ways to sooth your nervous system, bring back “on line” your parasympathetic nervous system and calm down your sympathetic nervous system as you push it to the back seat, your body is finally in a position to heal. In other words, the secret to recovery lies with your awareness of your body moment to moment.

Healing from the inside out is really not complicated.  It is only a matter of self-awareness and taking charge over your own recovery rather than letting others dictate what will “fix” you.

Medicine of the Future

I predict prescription medicines and surgeries  play a minor role. Rather, doctors will be practicing medicine using light and sound therapies. Be open to experimenting with these new and emerging therapies.

What is the Big Deal about Toxins?

Answer: It is the chief reason why many people do not succeed in reversing their symptoms

Some stories to hammer my point:

  • Installation of new $10,000 luxury carpet
  • Use of toxic hair dye for 20 years
  • Mold in the home as a cause of symptoms
  • Short circuiting in bedroom electrical wiring
  • Bed positioned above metal piping or near an electrical control panel
  • Purchase of hybrid car
  • Use of toothpaste (even if “natural”)
  • Mercury contamination in brown rice
  • Toxins in drinking water
  • Natural ingredients in packaged food (MSG)
  • Genetically modified food
  • Farm raised fish

Homework Assignment

Get serious about eliminating exposure to toxins. Take a few minutes every day to conduct a survey of toxins in your household and toxic substances you put on or in your body. Throw out anything that is not totally and completely natural.

Check your:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Soaps
  • Cleaning agents
  • Shampoos
  • All unused toxic products stored away in cabinets
  • !

Once you find the toxins – get rid of them!

What is Really Wrong with Me?

Everyone wants to know what is causing the symptoms they experience. I do! Clearly, there are primary factors that are at play that need to be acknowledged and healed.

Here is what most people do not realize:::

There are typically a surprising number of issues that the body is dealing with every moment of our existence. A myriad of issues are usually at place involving heavy metals, infections, viruses, parasites, lack of sleep – you name it.

The Bottom Line:

The body usually deals with a surprisingly large number of problems which change from year to year.

The Answer:

Adopt a healthy lifestyle so your body has all the support it needs to heal.

  • Eat live food
  • Breathe
  • Drink lots of water
  • Exercise
  • Embrace your soul’s longing
  • Have fun
  • Laugh a lot
  • Love yourself

Release Stress Instantly

  1. Drink a small glass of water.
  2. Rinse your face with cold water or place your hands in a bowl of icy cold water.
  3. Shake your entire body for 30 seconds. (Lecture 56)
  4. For seven breaths – Breathe in to the count of 4 – hold for a count of four, then breathe out to the count of 6. (Lecture 61 on Breath work)
  5. Unwind tight or restricted tissues and muscles (Lecture 57)

Do not make a big deal of doing this. Just do it when you feel anxious and stressed. The only reason it will not help is if you do not do it.

hat is the bottom line to recovery?

What is the secret to making it happen?

Most people hold near and dear to their heart the beliefs that recovery has to  …

  • Take years to unfold
  • Requires medications and supplements
  • Happens for only a select few
  • Involves expensive therapies
  • Happens only when you find the right therapist, health care practitioner or doctor who has the “secret” answer to recovery
  • Calls for outside interventions of one form or another

I too once believed all of this was true, but not now. I hold a much different belief that recovery is possible for

  • Anyone
  • Anywhere
  • Anytime

Anytime Means Now
Anytime means you notice improvements in how are feeling every day

 Why do I embrace this seemingly outrageous belief?

Many people who experience symptoms of Parkinson’s have told me about unexpected blocks of time (a few minutes, hours, days) when their symptoms disappeared completely.

Further, such reports surprisingly involve situations which cannot be explained by taking (or not taking) medications or supplements or turning on or off a DBS battery connection

 Is this a familiar circumstance for you? Have you celebrated the quieting of symptoms unexpectedly?

 If it has ever happened once for you, why I ask you cannot this happen for you all the time?

What usually happens in such situations?

Our own thoughts are our own undoing. The “thinking” process usually goes something like:

  • Wow – I feel great. I feel normal. Don’t know why but who cares?
  • Wait – this is not supposed to happen.
  • I have Parkinson’s disease. I am supposed to get worse, not better.
  • It feels a bit strange to feel so good.
  • I do not deserve to feel so damn good.

When any minor evidence of a symptom resurfaces – the thought is: Oh right. There it is again. I know I will never be rid of this. I might as well get used to it.

  • Fear sizzles throughout the cells of the body

Almost all success stories involve people who have found ways to acknowledge when …

  • Fear rears its ugly head
  • Anxiety soars
  • Stress sizzles
  • Worries rattle over and over in our mind

And

Once recognized, any and all unwanted feelings are quieted and calmed, allowing the physical body to return to a state of balance and harmony.

The answer lies entirely within your ability to recognize and release stress and anxiety in the moment.  In other words, you can make it happen for yourself now. This put you…

In full control over your recovery

What are the triggers in your life? What sets you off? Is it certain:

  • Smells?
  • People?
  • Strangers who look like certain people?
  • Noises?
  • Colors?
  • Shapes?
  • Words other people use?
  • Memories?
  • Touching of one type or another?
  • Invasive actions by others?
  • People who want to control you?
  • Thoughts about the future?
  • Frets about the past?

You may never intellectually understand why any of the above “sets you off” and inflames fear and/or anxiety. It just always does!

I believe the answer is not to try and sort through the reasons why (something like the smell of a certain perfume sets you off or …) but to recognize the moment you get upset and immediately …

Change the Channel

When you are watching a movie that is upsetting you – what do you do?

  1. You immediately stop watching the bad movie.
  2. Then you change the channel to something that is pleasing to your soul.

Dissolve the stress in the moment. When stress is dissolved, symptoms are transformed like an ice cream cone melting in the hot summer sun.

 Set the intention to make it so with each and every moment of your life from henceforth.

 This is why I am sending you a mindfulness challenge each and every week for an entire year. Research soundly shows that mindfulness has a direct impact on reducing symptoms. It is a clever way to switch the channel of negative thinking which stops the progress of recovery in its tracks.

 The best gift to yourself of becoming aware of your feelings each and every moment and responding to them in the moment is that the therapy is entirely free!

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