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Solutions for Parkinson’s Symptoms

On Parkinsons Recovery Radio today. Fred Phillips offered his insights into how he gets immediate relief from a variety of his Parkinson’s symptoms.  His solutions for Parkinson’s symptoms are novel and profound. Do you ever have difficulty when walking with:

  • Freezing?
  • Standing up?
  • Shuffling?
  • Slowness?
  • Leg Cramps?

If so, I strongly recommend that You listen to my interview with Fred today. Click the arrow below to hear the replay. Fred has discovered some powerful, yet simple solutions to these
symptoms that have helped him enormously.

One of now over 70 pioneers of recovery I have hosted on Parkinsons Recovery radio, Fred also previews his 10 step protocol for recovery.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease




Why Recovery from Parkinson’s Stumbles

I am proud to celebrate the dozens of therapies that are helping more and more people reverse the symptoms associated with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. There are so many great options out there that did not exist five years ago.

If so many great options exist, why do not more people celebrate a reduction and reversal of their Parkinson’s symptoms? Why does recovery from Parkinson’s stumble for so many? My answer: People are gripped by a stranglehold of fear that their symptoms are destined to get worse. The process is “vicious” because symptoms are in your face day in and day out.

Take tremors for example. Tremors can calm down from time to time when stress is under control but they usually reappear.  The reaction to this seemingly never ending cycle is all too familiar.

  1. This tremor is driving me crazy. It is high time for it to disappear.
  2. The next day comes. The tremor persists.
  3. After many days, weeks and months you conclude you are “stuck” with this awful, nasty symptom for life.
  4. After all, this is what seemingly knowledgeable people have told you. Perhaps it is true after all.

What is the problem with this all too familiar pattern? It winds up supporting and sustaining the tremor. I suggest a very different reaction which can break this vicious cycle rather than sustain it.

Instead of viewing the tremor as the “bad guy” in your life, accept the tremor (or other symptoms) as the “good guy.”  Instead of wishing the tremor to vanish, wish it to flourish. Set an intention to allow your body to shake, rattle and roll if that is what your body needs to do in the moment.

Now, I suspect this recommendation must sound crazy to you. A tremor is your body’s way of getting your attention. It is the body’s natural method of releasing trauma and stress. When you suppress a tremor, the energy of trauma gets stuck in your body and sticks to your cells like glue.

When you view a tremor (or other symptoms) as the “bad guy” you  are giving your body a nasty message that it is broken.  But, it not broken now and never has been. Your body is working perfectly. It is just telling you something you do not want to hear or accept.

Treat a tremor (and other symptoms) as a natural healing response which is nudging you to set in motion new lifestyle habits.

  • Instead of resisting, why not make the changes?
  • Embrace new habits that you know in your mind, heart and soul are necessary to heal.

The best way to reverse the vicious cycle that leads to feeling worse is to acknowledge symptoms as the “good guys.” In so doing, you honor and acknowledge the body’s sacred ability to heal. Treat your body as broken and worthless and it will respond accordingly just as you do when treated with disrespect.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Parkinsons Recovery

Road to Recovery

Michael’s Journey on the Road to Recovery

Michael sent me this update on his journey down the road to recovery and gave me permission to post it here along with his email. ”

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease


I haven’t written in a long time, so I’m going to jump right in.michael day

Crucial context

It is my experience and my belief from research that the human body-mind is innately curative. As long as there is ample energy (prana, chi) present,
and as long as the body-mind is effectively nurtured and supported in natural, compassionate, and non invasive ways; homeostasis is achieved/reclaimed if… that is ultimately what is meant to occur.

At this point, I can no longer see Parkinson’s strictly as a disease.

For a certain percentage of the global population, the body-mind reaches a critical mass of chronic illness and for these people their breakdown manifests what we call the symptoms of Parkinson’s. What confounds the medical community is that these symptoms display slightly or greatly differently in each person. This is because the critical mass of chronic illness
is never going to be the same in each person.
Unless drugs or surgery are chosen as a response to the symptoms of Parkinson’s…those of us who are dealing with this situation are basically on our own.


Five years of rigorous research has revealed a number of natural treatments
that a (usually) small number of people had used to successfully eliminate the symptoms of Parkinson’s. After much due diligence…I felt intuitionally led to try a number of these approaches. So far, each of my attempts to eliminate the symptoms of Parkinson’s have failed. Why…?
I suspect now that the critical mass of chronic illness in my body was too different from the critical mass of chronic illness in the bodies of those who had achieved success and/or…the scope of the particular treatments I was led to choose was not broad or deep enough to respond to enough of my particular array of imbalances to make a difference.
Some of the blogs created by people who have cleared the symptoms of Parkinson’s by natural means often have a statement at the end of their blog entries: DON’T EVER STOP RESEARCHING AND EXPERIMENTING! As long as I am able…I won’t!


After reflecting on all the approaches I have tried, a few things became clear.
Each time I decided on an approach, usually after much reading, meditating and prayer, emailing, phone, Skype video interviews, etc… the chosen direction always seemed comprehensive at that time. However, each time I failed, the experience always taught me where my vision had actually been shortsighted. Being careful at these times… to not fall into disappointment, impatience, depression, or self pity…what I learned from each failure
was always what partly led me to the next possibility which was always revealed to be more comprehensive.


Where I am now


 1. I have just started with a new team: A recently retired neurologist who is also an Ayurvedic physician. A medical doctor who is also an Ayurvedic physician and homeopath and runs an Ayurvedic hospital in India.
I am in an 8 month program utilizing diet, cutting edge nutraceuticals,
very strong herbs, and homeopathics. Both practitioners have much experience with clearing the symptoms of Parkinson’s. The program will concentrate a lot on the brain/gut connection.


One of the only real longings I have at this point is to return to India.
I would like to live at an Ayurvedic medical hospital/community for 6 months to a year so that I could undergo 5,000 year old profound restorative treatments. I have been to India twice and it has always felt like my true home and also a place of great healing on many levels for me.


2. After 10 months of saving, we can finally purchase a cutting edge machine that produces concentrated molecular hydrogen. Molecular hydrogen produces a hormone called ghrelin in the gut. Clinical trials have shown that increasing ghrelin in the gut has induced remarkable sustainable recovery in many people dealing with the symptoms of Parkinson’s.


3. Twice a day, I directly treat my brain by pulsing very strong electromagnets.


4. Radiance Healing

Radiance Healing flows into the mind, body and soul on a fundamental level, providing positive effects in all these areas. This energy pours divine light to the soul and gradually dissolves accumulated negative qualities. Over the course of receiving the energy for one year, the energy permeates into one’s system profoundly on the body, mind and soul levels.


Healing Effects

Fatigue & Stress Reduction; Improvement of Migraine, Shoulder & Back Pains, Anxiety, Irritability, and High Blood Pressure; Relief from Climacteric Distress; Recovery from Pre & Post Delivery; Recovery from Surgery; Over All Health Improvement & Health Maintenance; Disease Prevention; Relief Allergic Rhinitis & Other Allergic Symptoms; Improving Various Chronic Symptoms; Boost Vitality & Spirit of People with Chronic Fatigue; Raising the Spiritual Conscious Mind.

Currently Researching 



Current Physical Condition 

It’s been 2 years now since I have been able to leave the condo and take a walk. Thank god 20 minutes on the Chi Machine provides cell aspiration equal to a 1.5 mile brisk walk. I am currently unable to eat, shower, or use the toilet without assistance. Sleeping more than 30-45 minutes at a stretch is rare due to tremor. I have hardly been able to talk for the last 2 years.


Typing is almost impossible…this email took a week to complete.


I feel strong…quiet…still totally in love with existence…I feel an ever deepening faith in the infinite mystery of Life. I feel deeply grateful to have been given this life…I am deeply committed to recovering completely if that is meant to be…I spend most nights surrendering totally to the shaking that never stops…the relentlessness of the tremor is beautifully shattering the ego and is taking me me deeper and deeper into the heart…While this journey often scared me shitless last year,I no longer feel fearful of wherever this process is taking me.”


Michael Day

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.”


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


More Support as You Journey Down the Road to Recovery

Finally. A project I thought would take three weeks wound up taking six months. I have finally finished and released the 2013 edition of Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease which includes all of the new information I have discovered over the past two years. I was actually overwhelmed by the richness and depth of the information I had generated from my radio show interviews and other reseach about Parkinson’s disease.

Learn all about the 2013 edition and order either a desktop copy or have the printed version shipped by visiting:

My goal in writing the book was to provide information that will help anyone with Parkinsons get sustained relief from their symptoms. There are so many excellent options to consider, the only frustration people have is deciding which ones to pursue first.

Please do not think you have to purchase the book to get the information. All the information I have collected is freely available on my websites and can be accessed by listening to my radio shows over the past four years. People ask me to organize the information so that it is more easily accessible. I released today the 2013 update of Road to Recovery which was originally published in 2011.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery



Most Amazing Journey on the Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

My radio show guest this week is Anne Atkin from Victoria, Australia. Anne offers painting workshops throughout Victoria to persons with Parkinson’s where she discusses everything that really counts when it comes to reversing the symptoms of Parkinson’s.  Below is a brief email from Anne that gives your a sneak preview at the incredible story she will be telling on the radio show this Wednesday.

To get a snapshot preview of Anne’s ground breaking book, Living and Laughing with Parkinsons, visit her website at:

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Pioneers of Recovery

You know Robert, when I look back about 4 years ago to how I was doing PWP, I can’t believe how much both the group and myself have developed.
I have found it all to have been a most amazing journey and one that I would not have missed for the world. I have changed so much as a person and developed skills that I never thought I would have.

I have attached some of my Parkinson’s cartoons which I hope you will find amusing. The are from my book ‘Living and laughing with Parkinson’s’




Parkinsons Recovery Book Special

I just received a special offer from my publisher: a 25% discount on orders of any of my books. As the author I personally cannot take advantage of this great deal – but you can if you are interested in having a paperback version of one or all of my books.

The 25% discount is good until December 14, 2011. The websites listed below provide the links to the publisher’s page that lists my books.

Here is how to get the discount. First, visit any of the book websites below and click on a link to order a paperback book. Once you are on the publisher page ( click to order the book.  After designating your preferred shipping method look for a field to enter a coupon code. The coupon  code to enter is: BUYMYBOOK305. Update the shopping cart and the 25% discount will be applied. You have to order directly from the publisher, not through Amazon.

Here are the relevant websites that have links to the paperback books:

Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Pioneers of Recovery

Five Steps to Recovery

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery


Special Discount on Parkinsons Recovery Books

The publisher of my books just announced a few minutes ago a marvelous discount on book orders of 20%.  Visit the publisher’s page at Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease where you will also see listings for Pioneers of Recovery and Five Steps to Recovery. There is a coupon field on the page after you set your preferred shipping method. Enter the coupon code veterans305 and update your order. The 20% discount will then be applied.

I just took advantage of this offer and confirmed it works. It is in honor of veterans day and is extended until November 11th. The offer is available to everyone – veterans and non-veterans alike.

For further information visit: to read all about Pioneers of Recovery to read all about Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease to read all about Five Steps to Recovery

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

Hope and Support for Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

A few months ago I have ordered and read your book Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease. It gave me a lot of hope, support and very valuable information.

It was important for me to see that some people managed to recover! I am much more relaxed now, not in a panic any more.

I have a diagnose since August 2010. I took Azilect until December 2010, but afterwards I have stopped taking it. I’m exercising yoga, meditation. I’m walking every day. Tuina massage also helps. I have changed  food, reduced stress factors, etc. And I’m taking Dr Paneri’s medicine for a month now.

Great news: I am already noticing some improvements!

I hope you know, how important your help is! Thank you.

I wish you all the best.

Kind regards,



Thanks so much for letting us all know about your recovery progress and giving me permission to post your update. I am hearing more and more stories of recovery every week now. I just released a new book this week [Pioneers of Recovery 2012] that reports 11 stories of recovery as told on my radio show.  These are exciting times to be alive.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Pioneers of Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease