People Who Reversed Their Parkinson’s Symptoms

John O’Dwyer has a fascinating program planned for Sunday. He will:

  • Discuss people who have actually recovered from all Parkinson’s symptoms and who are not on medication, even if they once were
  • Review of Recovery From Parkinson’s by Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock.

Join him Sunday!

Title: Sunday Connections with Host John O’Dwyer
Date & Time: Sunday, October 12th at 2:00pm Pacific

Attend by Phone:
Guest pin code: 200414#
Primary dial in number: (425) 440-5100
Secondary dial in number: (323) 476-3997

Attend by Web:

If you are unable to attend live, click on the same link above to hear the recording of John’s program.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Questions About Parkinson’s Disease

I offered my thoughts on a variety of questions about Parkinson’s Disease during the Parkinsons Recovery Sunday Connections program last Sunday. The
program was recorded. To hear my responses to these questions and others click on the link below:

  • I have been very focused on heavy metal and liver detox/diet is 60 – 70 percent raw food – lots of greens. I feel my gait has improved but my left hand/arm tremor is getting worse. I take only LDN. Any thoughts?
  • How can I reduce and/or stop a hand tremor? Also, stop the tremor temporarily for several hours for a particular activity like ballroom dancing
  • I am thinking if introducing CBD’s in my regimen to address symptoms. Could you elaborate on the mechanism and use of CBD’s.
  • What is the best remedy for face muscle stiffness?
  • My husband has PD and is taking the low dose naltrexone (found out on your program and doing well with it. Also taking caridopa and pramipexole 3X day. He now has a poblem with drooling which is a really hard thing to face and deal with. Suggestions?
  • I will do anything possible to reverse my PD Please help
  • What do you know related to the use of Wellbutrin to optimize dopamine and the use of CBD ‘s to neutralize symptoms?

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

A Proven Method to Reduce Stress

What does it really take to reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
Some treatment options suppress symptoms. It is comforting to know that
such options exist, but symptoms will always return. What can you do for yourself
to heal the underlying cause so that Parkinson’s symptoms can be reversed?

A key factor that causes Parkinson’s symptoms to flare up is stress.
The better question to ask is not how to reverse symptoms, but how to reduce stress.
OK. So what can you do today to reduce stress in your life? It is one thing to want less stress. It is quite another to make it happen.

I have concluded that a good answer to this question is mindfulness. This term is thrown around a lot these days as it has become trendy to become mindful. The intent of mindfulness is simple: Live in the present moment rather than projecting into the future or agonizing about the past. Learning how to live in the present moment takes a practice and patience.

This is why I have created the Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness Series:
Nine volumes of exercises that offer the opportunity to become more and more
mindful with each passing week.

  1. Mindfulness reduces stress.
  2. Reductions in stress reverse symptoms.

If you are sick and tired of chasing after treatment options that
treat symptoms but offer no long lasting result, give mindfulness
a trial run. It is something you get to do yourself. No prescriptions are required or necessary.No medical professionals need be involved.

Check out the brand new Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness series.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery


Ayurveda for Parkinsons Disease

Listen to the recording of a most amazing program on Ayurveda for Parkinsons disease offered by Sunday Connections host Judith Lynne. Judith’s special guest is Julie Abbruzzese, Lic. Acup., yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner, who  talked about her experience of working with clients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Julie says,
“Regardless of the triggering incident or factors there are ways to minimize the progression of the “disease”, and ways to alleviate some of the difficult side-effects of western treatment. I AM NOT ADVISING ANYONE TO GO OFF THEIR MEDICATIONS, I AM ONLY RECOMMENDING CERTAIN LIFESTYLE INCLUSIONS THAT TRADITIONAL EASTERN SYSTEMS HAVE USED FOR UP TO 1000 YEARS.” 
Julie discusses the pathology and presentations of Parkinson’s and addresses the ways that Ayurveda for Parkinsons disease as well as Oriental Medicine can help meet the conditions of Parkinson’s. She also provides a list of nourishing, strengthening foods along with a typical daily routine that includes daily breathing exercises, 15-60 minutes of easy walking, yoga, swimming, anything that gets you to move, and warm oil massage of feet/scalp. To hear the program visit:
Also in honor of the International Day of Peace and the Autumnal Equinox, Judith Lynne  leads a special meditation for Peace. This will be an opportunity to deepen our spiritual practices with a form of mindfulness meditation, which is known to lower pulse rate and blood pressure, reduce stress, focus the mind, slow breath rate, increase oxygenation to the cells of the body.Julie Abbruzzese is a Licensed Acupuncturist and teaches yoga on Cape Cod near Boston, Mass. She is a practitioner of both Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture, both with and without needles. Her consciousness work is with Matrix Energetics and Access Consciousness. Her ayurvedic studies were at Kripalu and her yoga is in the tradition of Iyengar.
Judith Lynne is a spiritual journey coach, meditation teacher, sound healer living in Portland, OR. Her work and contact information can be found at
Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery

Causes of Parkinson’s

When you step away from any diagnosis such as Parkinson’s  disease you are in a position to acknowledge there are likely to be many systems which are compromised. The causes of Parkinson’s as evidence in neurological challenges are multi-faceted. This is why symptoms manifest so differently in people.

Pouring more dopamine in your body may provide a temporary relief from your symptoms. Great.  If that is all you expect or want, fine. But, why not dig a little deeper and ask the question:

What are some of the the potential causes of my symptoms?

My research over the past decade as reported in part in Pioneers of Recovery reveals that there are many potential causes.

Causes of Parkinson’s

  •  Perhaps you have an infection from a tetanus inoculation.
  • Perhaps your liver is clogged with toxins.
  • Perhaps your gall bladder is bloated.
  • Perhaps the healthy flora in your intestines is absent.
  • Perhaps your appendix is infected.
  • Perhaps your tonsils are filled with bacteria.
  • Perhaps your organs are infested with Candida.
  • Perhaps you have a bacterial infection (like Lyme).
  • Perhaps you have manganese in the delicate tissues cells of your brain.
  • Perhaps you have mercury in your kidneys.
  • Perhaps your muscles (not your bones) have too many calcium deposits.

Of course, the above list is a cursory preview of dozens of possible causes. When you
acknowledge that there exist many potential causes, it is easy to understand why talk
of a “cure” for Parkinson’s symptoms is silly. Any “cure” depends on the cause.
Once you know the cause or causes of your symptoms, you can engage a set of therapies
that can potentially help your body heal.

How can infusing your body with more dopamine help your body release manganese in your brain or infection in your liver or bacterial in your tonsils? It obviously cannot.

 Most people have a good idea of some of the primary causes of their symptoms.  Again, ask yourself this simple question:

What is causing my symptoms?

Become your own doctor. Act on your own hunches whether they come from a PhD (like myself) or anyone else for that matter. Celebrate the result when you focus your attention on addressing a specific reason for the symptoms rather than suppressing them with medications.

Robert Rodgers, PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Forget About It

Forget About It

I have a recommendation for you to consider this labor day holiday that you may well
think is outrageous. I admit it. It is outrageous. But I predict if you follow my recommendation, you will be surprised and pleased with the result.

My suggestion – which costs nothing by the way – is to forget about the fact you have been
diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. My labor day holiday recommendation obviously needs an explanation which I will offer by way of explaining why some people recover from cancer and others do not.

Cancer Survivors

People who are more likely to recover from cancer have one trait in common. They forget about it. They focus their energy on making the changes in their life that are necessary to help their body heal.  They spend their time eating nutritious food, exercising every day and living their life to the fullest. They embrace their passions, especially those they have neglected.

People who do not recover from cancer focus their energy on the cancer itself.

  • They focus their thoughts and attention to where the cancer  is said to be located in their body.
  • They consider over and over again the methods that must be used to kill the cancer.
  • They spend their time in hospitals and clinics receiving invasive treatments.
  • They become intimately acquainted with the technical terminology used by medical doctors. In just a few weeks they sound like doctors.

When I just used the word “cancer” – did you feel a tinge of fear crawl up your spine? Did you perhaps think  to yourself …

Oh my! Having Parkinson’s is enough for anyone. Is it possible I have cancer too?

Just reading about cancer is traumatic for people. Guess what?  We all have
cancer cells in our body. Cancer cells are everywhere – in our toes and in our head, No one is exempt.  Most people give their cancer cells get far too much attention. It is this intense
attention and fear that feeds and nourishes the cancer to grow rapidly and thrive. It gives them energy to grow and thrive.

Who Recovers from Parkinson’s Disease?

Permit me now to apply the same ideas about cancer to Parkinson’s. Didn’t you go
into fear just like everyone else when you were told you had “Parkinson’s disease”?
I say :

Forget about it.

Drain the entire experience of being told you have this “disease” town the toilet. I predict you will be much happier.

  1. You will have more enthusiasm.
  2. You will have more time to focus attention on taking the positive steps needed to reverse your symptoms.
  3. You will enjoy spending more time with your family. You will regenerate your love of life.

Let the doctors and researchers agonize over a diagnosis. Let them worry which treatments to recommend for “Parkinson’s Disease.” That happens to be the work that they have chosen. Acknowledge that it is the job of medical doctors and researchers to sort through these issues. You are not being paid a handsome salary to think these thoughts. They are.

Centering your moment to moment thoughts on a diagnosis of Parkinson’s that your doctor has declared need not dominate or ruin your life. Any diagnosis – yours included – is simply the opinion of one person anyway.  There is no definitive way to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. My research shows there is a very good chance you do not have
what is labeled as classic “Parkinson’s disease. You have something else. Why get
depressed over a disease state you may have never have had anyway?

When you forget about it, you no longer have to think about whether a “cure” will be
found in your lifetime. Right? It does not matter a flip. You have forgotten about it. Let the doctors and researchers worry about finding a cure. Again, that is what they are being paid to do.

Again, you are not being paid to think about a cure – so why bother? It
just clutters up your mind with thoughts that you can do nothing about.

I believe when you forget about it, you have the opportunity to become more mindful of all the signals your body is sending to you moment to moment. Symptoms no longer have an overarching label of a “disease.” They are simply discrete messages that your body sends to you moment to moment. The point of the messages you are being given is that a change is required of some type for your symptoms to resolve. Instead of trying to silence the symptoms with drugs, why not listen to them? Allow your body is talk to you.

  • Perhaps you simply need to drink more water.
  • Perhaps you simply need to breathe more deeply.
  • Perhaps you need to stop using a cell phone.
  • Perhaps you need to stop eating sugar.
  • Perhaps you need more exercise.
  • Perhaps …

If you insist on attaching yourself to the proposition you have Parkinson’s
disease, you are much more likely to wait around for a “cure” than realize that in the moment, all you may need to do to feel better is to drink water, breath more deeply and exercise.

Focusing on a disease – Parkinson’s in this case – generates negative thoughts.
It activates and sustains depression. Focusing on your passions opens endless possibilities of exploration and experimentation.

  • Want to live a happier life despite whatever symptoms you currently experience?
  • Want to reverse depression?
  • Want to have more energy to live your life to the fullest?

Certainly there are many ways to accomplish these goals. One of the smartest and might I add cheapest ways is to simply just forget you have Parkinson’s disease. Let your doctor worry about a cure. Get on with the business of healing and pursuing your passions.
I predict your labor day holiday (if you live in the west) will be delicious if you do.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinsons Recovery

Fava Beans Tincture Secret Recipe Revealed

I posted an update from Aunt Bean today on the Parkinsons Recovery Fava Beans website. Aunt Bean is a self-designated Parkinson’s researcher who is dedicated to finding natural approaches to reverse her own Parkinson’s symptoms. Her specialty is identifying foods that provide relief from symptoms…

Fava Beans Tincture

One of Aunt Beans most exciting discoveries is her fava bean tincture which she makes for herself and friends. I think she should receive the Parkinsons Researcher of the year award for this discovery alone – and she has many.Whenever Aunt Bean experiences the beginning stages of her own Parkinson’s symptoms, she places a drop or two of her tincture and presto.
Her symptoms dissolve. It is really quite remarkable. Her fava bean tincture is natural. It has no side effects.

Aunt Bean does not manufacture or sell the tincture. She does post her secret recipes on the Parkinsons Recovery Fava Bean website. Discover how she makes her tincture. Read all of her secrets revealed.

Do You Have a Systematic Recovery Program?


Do You have a systematic recovery program? 

Is a Recovery Program Realistic?

Our experience in working with persons who have Parkinson’s has convinced us that there is no standard protocol that is the panacea. Of course, there is no “cure.” Factors that cause the
condition are multi-faceted so it depends.

We do know from a thorough review of the research that the symptoms can be caused by heavy metals, pesticides, chemical toxins, pathogens, trauma and stress. A variety of natural therapies are available to address each of these threats to the healthy function of the body.  We encourage each individual to investigate the therapies that are available
depending on their own individual needs and preferences and the primary factors that are causing their symptoms. 

  • Whole body detoxes are critical.
  • Strengthening the immune system is a must.
  • Reducing inflammation is important.
  • Nutrition is essential.
  • Adjusting the hormonal thermostat is important.
  • Exercising the body and the mind makes a huge difference.
  • Laughter every day helps.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery


Parkinsons Recovery Resources

Several years ago I received numerous requests from people with Parkinson’s interested in having an organized summary of Parkinsons Recovery resources I have generated over the past decade. I initially resisted this idea. It takes quite a bit of time and effort to write, edit and publish books.  Besides, all of the information is readily available on the websites maintained by Parkinsons Recovery.

Several people pointed out that the information is scattered all over the place:  radio shows from five years ago, blog posts written over the course of 10 years. To get some of the information you need, you have to listen to a series of one hour radio shows.

I was ultimately convinced by supporters and readers of my work and proceeded to write books which summarized the insights and information I had been documenting on my many websites. The premier book is Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease, with other companion books including Pioneers of Recovery, Five Steps to Recovery and Seven Secrets to Healing.  I have also released many books about specific therapies that help people find relief from their symptoms. They are listed on my Amazon author page.

How to Claim Parkinsons Recovery Resources

Many of my books are now available in public libraries, but not all libraries.  If you would like to read any of my books and it is not available on the shelves of your public library, you can always submit an interlibrary loan request through your local library. Interlibrary loan requests are free to submit in most libraries. Your library should be able to obtain the book from another library that has it. If your local library receives enough interlibrary requests for a book, the staff will add it to their permanent collection. This makes the book readily available to everyone  your community.

Help others by helping yourself. Claim the Parkinsons Recovery books you want to read from your public library.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery


Secrets to Healing: Recovery is Always Moving Toward You

Are Answers are “Out There” Somewhere?

Many people who experience symptoms of Parkinsons Disease engage an aggressive search for ways to reverse them.  Secrets to healing are somewhere “out there” in the universe. The belief is that most of the good answers are difficult to find. The journey for the right answers is much like a treasure hunt for a treasure that is buried in a secret vault – a Fort Knox of sorts that locks up all the answers for reversing Parkinson’s symptoms.

Sometimes the journey involves finding one solution after another. When one
solution fails to produce desired results, a new solution or therapy is pursued.
Some people chase after dozens of therapies. Results are often disappointing time and time again. The search for answers “out there” is exhausting!

Research can and does make a difference. Being better informed can and does make a difference to recovery. That is why I maintain the massive body of resources on options for recovery on the many Parkinsons Recovery websites I subsidize.

But, there is a downside to a search “out there” somewhere for answers. It activates a continuous infusion of adrenaline. Adrenaline rushes are stimulating. They energize the body into action. The downside to adrenaline rushes is that the body has no energy or resources to produce dopamine. What is needed to reverse symptoms is to maintain a delicate balance of dopamine and adrenaline.

Recovery is Always Moving Toward You

There is a companion approach to a search for answers that offers the promise of marvelous results.  Think about recovery as an opportunity that is always moving toward you. It is not something you have to discover by searching long and hard in places far away.

One of the seven secrets to healing a chronic illness like Parkinson’s disease is to
listen to the messages your body is always trying to communicate to you.  The body has a memory of the perfect state of wellness and health. Disease is not the body’s natural state. Health is.  the body is always striving to reverse any disease process that causes neurological symptoms.

Your body is giving you important information every day. Perhaps your intuition tells you to stop dying your hair or stop using a particular shampoo or stop using laundry detergent that is toxic. Perhaps you always tend to discount the instincts about recovery that you get  every day. When you begin to trust these instincts you may marvel at how much better you begin to feel.

  • Finding natural ways to die your hair is not a solution that is “out there.” It is right here!
  • Finding a natural shampoo without toxins is not a mysterious solution that is “out there” somewhere. It is right here!
  • Changing your laundry detergent is not a task that can be performed only by a rocket scientist.

You can do it – right now.

The reality is that recovery is staring you in the face every day. Your job is simple. Pay attention. Act on any and all intuitions that you get when you listen to your body.

The body has all the resources it needs to maintain the delicate balance of adrenaline and dopamine. You usually have to make some life style changes to give the body the support it needs. When the body has the resources it needs to maintain balance, symptoms will melt like an ice cream cone on a hot summer day.

The answers have been staring you in the face all along. They are not “out there.” They have always been moving toward you.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Seven Secrets to Healing