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What are You Thankful for This Thanksgiving?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday? I am collecting an amazing set of responses in a survey which takes just 2 minutes to complete. Click the link below to participate.

http://app.getresponse.com/survey.html?survey_id=9362

I will read each and every response on this week’s Parkinsons Recovery Radio Show one they have been collated. Add your first name only to your response.

It only takes two minutes. Give others the gift of giving thanks along with you! Click the link below to complete the Parkinsons Recovery Thanksgiving Day Survey.

http://app.getresponse.com/survey.html?survey_id=9362

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
www.parkinsonsdisease.me

Implications of the Lunar Eclipse for Parkinson’s

On the 25th day of May we will all experience a lunar eclipse. When combined with some of the most ferocious solar flares of the decade, we will all be exposed to a heavy dose of dramatic geomagnetic shifts on the earth. This blast of energy creates conditions that invite us all to cast off any and all feelings and thoughts that are not in our best and highest good.

What unwanted thoughts, beliefs and feelings do you need to cast off this month? Obviously we all have our own issues and our own private lists. Permit me to take the liberty of making one suggestion of a feeling that you might consider adding to your own personal “cast off” list” the shame of currently experiencing Parkinson’s symptoms. Everyone is ashamed to be ill no matter what the diagnosis of the symptoms. In the case of Parkinson’s, shame seems to run especially deep and thick.

Many people who have been told they have Parkinson’s disease do not even tell their family for years and even decades (if ever). They embrace a belief which is untrue that the diagnosis means that they are destined to feel worse and worse over time. They are convinced that their friends and family will distance themselves when they discover that they have this dreaded condition which carries the label of Parkinson’s. Because they never say anything they have no opportunity to realize this belief is not valid.

I know that shame runs deep for a variety of reasons. Here are a few:

  • Conversations with hundreds of persons with Parkinson’s symptoms over the past six years  have revealed the depth of the shame that people experience.
  • When people order one of my books by phone they often tell me that they are ordering the book for a family member or a friend. Sometimes no doubt this is true. Sometimes no doubt they are ordering the book for themselves but are too ashamed to admit it even to me, a total stranger.
  • Sunday Connections is an opportunity for people who happen to have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (and their family and friends) to find get answers to their questions when they need them. The idea which motivated me to subsidize Sunday Connections is to provide a system of ongoing support to the Parkinson’s community, a place where options can be explored with other persons who have succeeded in reversing their own symptoms. Yet, few people call in during the live event. Most prefer to listen to the recording. There is such shame associated with even talking with another person even if they too have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

As we approach the lunar eclipse this week why not set the intention to cast off any and all shame that you might be currently be holding consciously or unconsciously. Often the shame is unconscious.

Why hold onto the shame? A vast majority of the population have neurological challenges. It is really nothing to be ashamed about.

More and more people are identifying the cause of neurological challenges that they happen to be currently experiencing. Once the factors that are causing the symptoms have been identified, solutions can be explored that will help reversing whatever symptoms you may currently experience.

Shame places you in a position of subservience to a concept that has no basis in reality. It is not true that people who happen to have been diagnosed with Parkinsons disease are destined to deteriorate. It is far more likely that they have been misdiagnosed.

People are succeeding in reversing neurological symptoms. Preview the remarkable
presentations that were given at the Santa Fe Summit in February by people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease who are – for all practical purposes – symptom free today. You can listen to my radio show with each of the presenters during a show aired over the past several years for free or order DVDs of their presentations at the Summit.

www.summit.parkinsonsrecovery.com

Holding shame in you heart, mind and body is not in your (or anyone’s) best and highest good. Cast the weight of shame off your shoulders today. That is the intention I have set for myself.


Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkins0ns Disease
www.parkinsonsdisease.me

Road to Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease

Over the past six years of researching Parkinson’s disease, I have concluded that there are many, many routes down the road to recovery. I do get many questions from people asking what is the most important step they should explore to recover.  The good news is that there are many options that are helping people reverse their symptoms. The bad news is that there are so many choices, is can be a daunting task to choose ones to pursue.

I thought when I began my research I would discover a simple solution. That anticipation has been transformed into something much more exciting – the preview of many options that are making a difference.

This insight inspired me to sponsor Parkinsons Recovery Summits which preview some of the options that are making a huge difference in the lives of persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The 2011  Summit was in Vancouver, the 2012 Summit in Cincinnati and the 2013 Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Because many people cannot travel long distances to the Summit, we video taped the Santa Fe presentations which can now be ordered through April for a 25% discount (coupon code is 2013options). Information about the videos and the presentations is available on the Summit Website: http://www.summit.parkinsonsrecovery.com.

I received an inspiring email from Anne who has given me permission to include her correspondence here.  She will be a guest on the radio show when her second book has been officially released.  Her story beautifully captures the observation that everyone’s journey down the road to recovery is unique

Hello Robert and how are you?

My second book is out by the end of next month. It’s title is ‘Still Laughing.’ It is slightly longer that the first one and deals with what it has been like now that I am no longer considered to be newly diagnosed. In fact, it will be 8 years in August plus another 5 on top where I was misdiagnosed.

I volunteered for the Australian Parkinson’s registry 4 years  ago and was given a very thorough physical and cognitive overhaul. Last month (March). I was recalled for another overhaul and my results were even better. My postural balance is now considered to be normal. My cognitive scores had improved – one test is where you look at a list of 10 words and then say them. Four years ago I scored 6 and then 30 mins later, the score was still 6. This time I scored 9 and 30 mins later it was 10!

I still take medication but it has not been increased for 3 years. The non-motor symptoms are the ones that are not all that responsive – sleep disorder, gastric reflux, excessive sweating, bowel and bladder problems are still there but I can live with them. Being able to walk and move well and actually remember myself doing that is just the best feeling.

I can stand on one foot and put a sock on the other without over-balancing. My score overall was 98/100. Last time it was below 85. I am even getting muscle tone back.

I do not attend a gymnasium. I use my everyday life as exercise i.e. the housework and gardening are part of my exercise program. I still have my beautiful bed of roses where I take time to bury myself in the perfume.

I am a very positive person and I do it automatically. Same with all my movements. I was told that using the frontal cortex was effective but movements would never become spontaneous and that you would have to plan each part of a movement. Not true. I can do 2 things at once and most times I don’t even think about what I am going to do. Many times I have stopped and realised that I have been on automatic pilot and wasn’t aware of doing so.

I don’t put myself down. I never say that I am stupid or dumb. If I make a mistake I just think of it as a learning experience and will do it better next time. I made the decision to present to the world a smiling face. And when I am asked how I am, I always answer ‘I feel fine’ and you know what? I am!

Cheers

Anne

Videos of the Parkinsons Recovery Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Finally! It has been two months of hard work and runaway expenses but I am excited to announce that we have finally done it. Videos of nineteen (19) presentations at the 2013 Parkinsons Recovery Summit in Santa Fe are available as of today! You have the option of ordering DVDs (which will be shipped to your home address) or online videos which you can view immediately on your computer. Orders are now being taken from the following website:

http://www.summit.parkinsonsrecovery.com

Order any of the videos (or the set of all 19 videos) and claim a 25% discount if you order by the end of the month. When landing on the shopping cart to finalize your purchase, enter the coupon code 2013options and you will be immediately credited with a 25% discount. The discount will be available only until the end of April which is one short week away so be sure and order now if you are one of the many individuals who have requested the videos.

You can also order by phone 360-866-9297. If we do not answer the phone when you call simply leave a phone number and I will return your call.

Thanks for your support of the work of Parkinsons Recovery.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery
http://www.parkinsonsrecovery.com

Parkinsons Recovery Summit

The third Parkinsons Recovery Summit will convene in Santa Fe, New Mexico February 21-24. The kick off reception is on the evening of Thursday, February 21st. I am awed and honored by the incredible people who will be presenting options at the Parkinsons Recovery Summit that are helping more and more people reverse their Parkinson’s symptoms. I could have never predicted that the lineup in Santa Fe would be all of the researchers and people who have figured out what it takes to heal.

Because there are so many amazing people who will be presenting at the Summit, it is easy to become very overwhelmed with information. This is why I am hosting guests on the Parkinsons Recovery Radio show who will be presenting workshops or offering therapies or treatments of one type or another. I recently hosted:

  1. Johan Boswinkel who discusses using his new invention, biophton therapy using the Chiren, for persons with Parkinson’s symptoms. 
  2. Kristin Harper who discussed Nutritional Balancing.
  3. Jaclyn Gisburne who previewed her work using beta reset neurofeedback for persons with Parkinsons symptoms.
  4. John O’Dwyer who previewed his work using the Emotion Code for persons with Parkinson’s symptoms

Next week I will host Sharry Edwards live who will discuss her research findings using BioAcoustics for persons with Parkinson’s.  If you want to get a live assessment, call in during the show Wednesday. The show airs at 3:00 pm Pacific Time January 30th. The radio show page is:

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

Information about the 2013 Parkinsons Recovery summit is at:

http://www.summit.parkinsonsrecovery.com

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
http://www.parkinsonsdisease.me

Meditation and the Brain

Dear Robert,

The reason for my letter this morning is the topic of meditation and the brain. From Sarah McLean’s book Soul-Centered, I learned that it changes the brain. She cites a journal named Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Jan. 2011. After just 8 weeks of meditation, 27 minutes a day, they could see beneficial changes in the brains of a group of meditators, and the changes remained after the meditation period. Among those changes was a ‘taming’ of the amygdala, which would mean less anxiety. (And I think those changes are possible even if we have our usual daily upsets, which we could deal with  mindfully.) The people who partook of the experiment were most likely healthy. I guess the best way to find out if it’s helpful for us with PD, is to start a practice. I find it hard to get started, though. It’s somehow easier to do something, like exercise, than to sit down and do nothing. I need reassurance.

Stresses are not just about the daily ups and downs. I find that during a perfectly easy day, I can be made to tremor by just somebody looking at me in a certain way. Deeply embedded memories of a teacher looking for the right answer or your mother asking you where you’ve been could be the culprits. Nothing I can prepare for – it just happens out of the blue.

I also wanted to point to a seemingly good program, The Healing Journey. The person, who developed it, is a Canadian, Alastair Cunningham, OC, PhD, C Psych. Unfortunately for us, it is written for people with cancer. It is offered in many cancer support groups throughout Canada. It has withstood the test of time – 20 years or so. In the introduction, the author maintains that the program could be used by anyone with a  chronic illness. Part of the reason we get sick is a high allostatic load (stress) and a way to soften the impact of that is, among other things, to meditate. You can download the program without cost. If you as much as look at part one, I think you’d be excited. It might even help you not to have too many days of doubt you mentioned yesterday. Mind-Body ‘medicine’ works. I emailed dr. Cunningham some time ago, and his secretary was kind enough to reply. In a nutshell, she thinks the program would be beneficial for us with PD, but that it would need to be rewritten for our needs, and that would involve money. I might bring it up with our local support group. Meanwhile, I’d better get started meditating!

I enjoyed your show yesterday, as usual. I was a little unnerved by the Mirapex  and heart problems, as I haven’t heard about that before. Also, the Tetanus shot – what to do about it?

Best of luck with your new book. I will most definitely order a  copy.

Thanks for all you do,

Canadian Fan

 

Response

What a fantastic overview that explains the benefits of meditation and offers a rich resource for people to access for free. Yea!

I worked with author Nancy Welch to create an amazing book which explains how people can find a meditation practice that works for them. Through my collaboration with her and interviews with all the experts on meditation, I learned a great deal about its beneficial impact. Nancy wrote a book titled Medicine and Meditation which has a focus on meditation for persons with chronic illnesses.

As for what to do about lingering effects of tetanus inoculations … keep in mind this may not be an issue for you, though several independent resources have found it to be problematic for a surprisingly large proportion of persons – perhaps as high as 25% to 30%.  There are two options as I see it. The first requires that you work diligently to strengthen your immune system so that your body can address the issue naturally. The second is to use sound or light frequencies to invite the little critters to depart your body.

Three presenters at the Parkinsons Recovery Summit in Santa Fe in February will discuss cutting edge approaches that offer the promise of facilitating the removal of harmful bacteria naturally. Kristen Harper from Perfect Health Consulting Services will discuss how nutritional balancing can get the immune system back on track.   Sharry Edwards from Sound Health Options uses antidote sound frequencies to facilitate the removal of the harmful bacteria from the body. Lexie will discuss how low dose naltrexone has helped her and others with Parkinson’s symptoms. It also boosts the body’s natural defense system.

Of course there are many other approaches which can be also effective. Know that there are alternatives out there that are helping people reverse the neurological symptoms that they  currently experience that have been caused by a wide spectrum of factors.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery
www.parkinsonsrecovery.com

 

Language of Recovery Released Today

Hooray! I just released my new book Language of Recovery. The book offers specific guidance about the words that facilitate recovery and those that impede it. It is a companion to Five Steps to Recovery.

The paperback costs $14.94 and the download is $12.50.

I continue to be amazed at how we all have such crafty ways of sabotaging our best of intentions. I hope reading the book will be as helpful to you as writing has been to me.

http://www.languageofrecovery.us

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery
www.parkinsonsrecovery.com

 

What Do You Do When Heath Insurance Claims Have Been Denied? Claim

My guest on the Parkinsons Recovery Radio Show Wednesday, September 19th, is lawyer Glenn Kantor who provides extremely useful and helpful information about what action you should take when faced with a denial of a health insurance claims. This information is especially helpful for persons who prefer not to hire a lawyer.

Link to “Things You SHOULD  and SHOULD NOT Do When Appealing a Denial”:

http://www.kantorlaw.net/Cases_Resources/Resources/Appeal_Checklist_To_Dos.aspx

Team Parkinson Marathon in San Francisco

John Baumann and his wife Bernadette Baumann are my guests this week on the Parkinsons Recovery Radio Show. John sent me the email below about Bernadette’s decision to run in the Team Parkinson marathon in San Francisco to support Parkinson’s Research.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Pioneers of Recovery
http://www.pioneersofrecovery.com

As you know, I have been battling Parkinsons for over a decade and am winning the fight so far, but as I have always said,

“Parkinsons is a marathon, not a sprint.”

My End-Vision (Action Step Number 2 from my book, DECIDE SUCCESS) is to be the healthiest Person with Parkinsons in the annals of medical history.

My wife, Bernadette, has decided to run a half-marathon (not a sprint) in San Francisco on July 29 to raise money for Parkinsons.

Please consider supporting her with a donation. Here are the links to her website.

http://team-Parkinson.kintera.org/sf12/decidesuccess

John Baumann
http://www.theinspiringesquire.com