Early Parkinsonism

Below is an email I have permission to post from Larry who is having a quite fascinating journey on his own journey down the road to recovery.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Hello, Robert.

In September 2014 a neurologist concluded that I exhibited symptoms of early Parkinsonism, which I understand could well be the initial stages of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This followed a brain scan that discounted other explanations: tumour, aneurism, stroke. The diagnosis explained symptoms of slowly-increasing severity that I first became aware of some two years (?) earlier.

Those symptoms (mainly evident in my left hand) are declining finger dexterity – speed, strength, and proprioception, the effects of which are difficulty touch typing, tying laces, fastening buttons, using cutlery, etcetera and ad nauseam.

The neurologist concluded this no-hope-diagnosis with the cheerful thought that because I was at the time 74, I would likely die of some other ailment before the PD symptoms became debilitating, and should they worsen, there was always the promise relief by drugs.

Now, one year later, he has decided that because my symptoms have not worsened in the slightest that I don’t have PD after all! In fact, I am remarkably fit for my age. (I played ice hockey last winter and tennis this summer.) As for my “symptoms”, well, he has no explanation.”


Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery

Below is an email from Janet that I received permission to post. She would love to hear  about experiences from others who are not on medication who are also on the road to recovery.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Parkinsons Recovery

“I was diagnosed with PD 8 years ago, just after my 44th birthday, and have been on the road to recovery ever since.  I’ve taken various approaches over these years including various supplements, stress reduction, acupuncture and various bodywork, Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, positive attitude, forgiveness, visualization, curiosity, meditation, read many books on healing, trained in (as well as received) Reiki, reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy, shiatsu and shiatsu shin tai.  I attended your Summit in Santa Fe.  I currently receive Shiatsu Shin Tai or therapeutic massage every week.  I still exercise daily—bicycling, yoga,  qigong and walking.  I’m 2 months into  a candida overgrowth diet and just learned I have fibrin monomers in my blood (thick blood) so have added nattokinase enzyme.  I still believe I will recover during this lifetime and believe there is purpose to what I’m experiencing.

I have never taken PD meds and continue to intuit that I should not start.  I’ve done very well, although there has been progression of symptoms since May.  I still walk and function without aids—except for family members helping with some  fine motor household tasks I can no  longer do without great effort.  I currently do not have the energy, strength, and coordination to practice as a body worker but continue bookkeeping at home for our family businesses.

I would like to know if there are others diagnosed but not taking meds.  I can’t find any through Patients Like Me site or other searches.  I’m curious how others are managing without meds.  I’ve read and heard various recovery stories, but think most, if not all, recover within two years of diagnosis.  I’m curious  what you have found  in your research.”


Holistic Health Tips for Parkinson’s

Holistic Health

Jean Oswald, Holistic Nurse, Aromatherapist and Life Coach will discuss the following “pieces to the puzzle” of recovery from Parkinson’s disease on the Parkinsons Recovery Radio Show tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10 AM pacific.

  • Discovering the Path of Healing – how body, mind and spirit work together
  • Making changes about food, supplements and toxic chemical use at home
  • Setting priorities for recovery
  • Getting restful sleep
  • Addressing depression
  • Limiting stress
  • Using essential oils safely
  • Identifying the best essential oils for symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
  • Appreciating the value of coaching for recovery

Holistice Health TIps for Parkinson’s by Jean Oswald on Parkinsons Recovery Radio

Click on the link above to listen to the live show or the recording of the show.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease


Request for Help Weaning off Medications

I was diagnosed 8 years ago with Parkinsons. I have been on levodopa/carbidopa for 5 yrs plus ropinirole for about 1 year….I have come across an hypothesis as to the root of the disease….being connected to gut function and flora.
I have been trying to get off the above drugs but freezing is a common occurrence and because I am only 43 with a lot of family and professional responsibilities. I am having to take drug vacations instead of weaning over time since the weaning seems impossible because my body reacts in an all or none fashion leaving me little options on how to wean….these medication side effects cause me great anxiety…worry…and despair.
I would love an opportunity to speak directly to someone who has successfully weaned off these drugs….pharmacists and doctors in my community are just surmising, as they have no real experience doing so…..
Thank you and to anyone who can help me, as this is the most difficult experience of my life….
With Kindness,

The Real Meaning of Tremors

David Berceli PhD (a recent guest on my radio show) believes that tremors are the body’s way of releasing trauma. According to him they are not a pathological condition but a condition of healing. I suspect his thinking on this matter is strange to many of you.
Not to some researchers. A prototype pen is under development that vibrates when a person writes with it. When the prototype pen is used by persons with Parkinson’s who have handwriting difficulties their handwriting becomes legible. In other words, induced shaking of the hands really does have therapeutic effects.
One of the frustrations listeners have had with my show with Dr. Berceli is that there seemed to be no good way to learn how to do his TRE method unless you attend one of the TRE workshops. Listeners have emailed me and asked how involuntary shaking
is induced.
I learned from him after the show aired that he has developed a comprehensive online course that explains in detail how to induce the involuntary shaking to release trauma using his method. He emailed me a link you can use to learn more about his course with a discount to boot if you want to get started today with using his method of involuntary shaking to release trauma and reduce stress.
I really like the idea of an online course (which I did not know existed until after the show aired). The course is one way you can get started right now. You do not have to wait for his new DVD to be released.
Olympia Washington


Best Therapies for Parkinson’s Cost Little to Nothing

Many people I talk with these days believe that the only way to reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is to spend a lot of money year after year. I have always held the opposite belief. As I see it – the best therapies for Parkinson’s cost little to nothing.

Need some evidence to support my belief? Listen to my radio show interview today with the internationally famous Dr. David Berceli who discusses how a little shaking now than then can do a world of good for people with Parkinson’s disease.



There are so many fascinating ideas for how you can reverse symptoms of Parkinson’s disease using natural methods and therapies. In fact, there are so many good ideas out there these days that making a choice of which ones to pursue can be daunting to say the least.

Of All Herbs – Cinnamon?

I have an idea for you to consider (among the many possibilities) that attracted my interest. Researchers found success using ground up Ceylon cinnamon in rat studies. I know. I know. It does sound a little silly that a spice like cinnamon might make a difference and humans as research subjects are a far cry from mice. I also know that it will take many years for research studies with humans to be run, if ever.

Why should cinnamon of all spices help reverse Parkinson’s symptoms in mice? Researchers at Rush University report that “It is known that some important proteins like Parkin and DJ-1 decrease in the brain of PD patients.” The Rush study researchers
report that ground cinnamon metabolizes into a substance known as sodium benzoate, which helps stop the loss of Parkin and DJ-1 proteins, protect neurons, normalize neurotransmitter levels, and improve motor functions in mice with Parkinson’s
symptoms. That is a pretty impressive list, even for mice, Eh?

Why not step aside from the details of the academic research and simply ask yourself – do you like cinnamon? Have you always liked cinnamon? If so, why not make it a point to add a little extra Ceylon cinnamon to spice up your food? Who knows. Maybe your body
will thank you profusely.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery
Free Jump Start to Recovery Crash Course


Is there any help/advice anywhere on how to get to sleep?  During the day I mostly only notice right hand and arm shaking but at night every twitch/jerk/shake shows up in both hands and my lower legs and feet.  Not being able to quieten my body means I just can’t fall asleep for hours and hours.  Have tried 5HTP, magnesium etc etc.  Don’t want to go down the sleeping pill route but I’m beginning to dread going to bed!
I use White Willow Bark rather than painkillers but that doesn’t seem very effective.
I guess there are others out there with this  problem so any info or help would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanksAnita