Process of Recovery from Parkinson’s Symptoms


I interviewed Tom House today on the radio show.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about five years ago. Tom has a unique perspective on the “process” of recovery. Note that I used the word “process” not “outcome”. Tom explains that when athletes focus on the “outcome” they want – i.e., winning the game – their performance sinks and they are more likely to lose.

The outcome is not what matters, but the process. Of course people diagnosed with Parkinson’s want to see all symptoms dissolve. To make that happen however, the focus needs to be on the present moment activities and behaviors that in the end make that outcome possible.

This is why mindfulness programs are so successful for people with Parkinson’s.  They focus on process rather than outcomes.

My Interview with Former Major League Pitcher Tom House

P.S. Have you heard? I  just released the 2017 update to Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery
https://www.parkinsonsrecovery.com

 

 

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Tao Reports a Remarkable Journey on the Appalachian Trail

Tao (his trail name) hiked the Appalachian trail last year with considerable difficulty. Many of his Parkinson’s symptoms became much worse. I suppose some people would conclude that should be the last extended hike he should take. Not Tao.

I received a call from him today. He is doing another long hike down the Appalachian trail this summer. This year, unlike last, he has had no difficulties. Get this. Tao was able to hike a total of 100 miles in three days. He emailed me an inspiring picture taken of him on a scenic route on the trail.

Yep — that is him! Tao will be a guest on Parkinsons Recovery Radio when he completes his hike with a comprehensive report on the steps he took to reverse his Parkinson’s symptoms.  Once the show airs soon, he will join the 66 other individuals I have interviewed who discuss their recovery.  A summary of these reports is included in the 2017 update to Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery
https://www.parkinsonsrecovery.com

Dr. O’hhiras’s Probiotics

After spending the last four months updating Road to Recovery from
Parkinsons Disease
I am awed by the variety of therapies that are helping more and more people reverse Parkinson’s symptoms. There are so many choices. Which ones are the most important?

I have drawn the conclusion that healing the gut should be a priority
for everyone. The cause of many Parkinson’s symptoms originate there.

I was most impressed by my interview with Natural Pharmacist Ross Pelton who introduced the importance of taking probiotics to maintain a healthy gut. I started taking the probiotics he recommended – Dr. Ohhiras’s professional formula – and continue to be pleased personally with the results. It is not a quick fix, but healing the gut cuts to the core of what needs to happen for genuine healing to happen.

From my interview with Ross, my personal experience and feedback from those of you who are taking these probiotics, I concluded taking probiotics is a critical step to recovery.

Click the link belowfor more information…

Parkinsons Recovery Memberships

Parkinsons Recovery Memberships offer members ongoing support for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The design of the 12 member websites is inspired by my decade long research into what helps people find sustained relief from their symptoms using natural methods.  Watch the brief video below for a preview of member resources.  Cost of membership is only $10 per month.

For further information about Parkinsons Recovery memberships and to subscribe, visit:
https://www.parkinsonsrecovery.com/parkinsons-recovery-membership

2017 Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease Update

I have generated a massive body of resources that have helped thousands of people enjoy relief from the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease over the past decade. The frustration for many has been that the information is scattered all over the place, to be found in one of 220 radio show interviews – or on one of the hundreds of posts on the Parkinsons Recovery blog – or in one of the many teleseminars I have sponsored over the years.

I solved this frustration this week by releasing the 2017 update and revision of my book, Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease which includes hundreds of links to websites, videos and other resources. The information in the book is supplemented by 220 hours of radio show interviews I have hosted that are all readily accessible. 

The 376 page update and revision identifies and explains the many ways to reverse Parkinson’s symptoms using natural methods and therapies.  It is now available in three formats: a paperback book, a download to your computer (or phone) and a Kindle. A full description of the contents is posted at: http://www.parkinsonsdisease.me .  Links for each option are posted below.

 Click This Link To Order the 2017 Download to Your Computer or Phone

Click on the book cover below to order the Paperback    

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Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery
https://www.parkinsonsrecovery.com

Use This Fantastic Technique to Improve Balance

Have Issues with Balance and Mobility?

Here Is A Simple And Effective Strategy

 Watch this 2 minute YouTube video posted by Steve who has Parkinson’s symptoms for a tip that:
  • Is simple to do
  • Can be done right now
  • Requires no practice
  • Involves no training program
  • Is free.

This is by far the best idea I have heard about in a long time that helps improve balance and enhances mobility. I suspect it is effective because it opens up energetic meridians throughout the body that have led to poor posture and drained your energy.

Robert Rodgers PhD
877-526-4646
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Olympia, Washington

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
www.parkinsonsrecovery.com

The Secret to Healing Parkinson’s

My research over the past decade has identified dozens of therapies that help people reverse the symptoms associated with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Therapies that
show resounding success for some people fizzle for others.

The surprise discovery is that many therapies help. Great.  OK. What do these therapies all have in common?

My answer may surprise you. Therapies that help people heal from neurological difficulties offer ways to settle and calm the sympathetic nervous system. This opens the opportunity
for the parasympathetic nervous system to function as designed.

We all exert control over our sympathetic nervous system. When we confront a hungry bear on the wilderness trail while hiking, we activate an instant rush of adrenaline to address the challenge.  Our response may be to fight, freeze or flight.

When the sympathetic nervous system is constantly churning and, for some with Parkinson’s symptoms, churning its gears on overdrive, the parasympathetic nervous system becomes overwhelmed. Both are necessary for the body function and survive.

The challenge for people with Parkinson’s symptoms is that the sympathetic nervous system is almost always dominating the parasympathetic  nervous system. In other words, the good guy here (the parasympathetic nervous system) is smothered by the bad guy (the sympathetic nervous system).

How does this play out moment to moment? People who experience Parkinson’s symptoms often have spurts of anxiety, panic attacks or are continuously stressed out with unfounded worries, unrealistic fears or negative thinking that scares the heck out of them. The churning of anxiety pumps out the hormones like adrenaline that stirs excitation throughout the body – so much so that the nervous
system is overstimulated.

Over the long haul deep ruts are carved in the neural pathways which eventually causes the myelin sheaths that cover and protect them to thin. The protective insulation is compromised. A type of “shorting out” occurs just as an electrical circuit short circuits when the insulation covering on the raw wires is exposed.

What then do all of the therapies that help people reverse their symptoms have in common? One therapy or another helps calm down the sympathetic nervous system so that it is not continuously running on overdrive. A body that is continuously running at a furious pace never has an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate. The resting state (the parasympathetic state which is automatic and effortless) gets a little tender loving support
when the sympathetic nervous system is quieted.

The bottom line is this. If you find yourself being nervous and anxious most of the day and night your body will never get the opportunity to rejuvenate and heal itself. Best to let off the steam of the sympathetic nervous system by embracing a therapy that helps reduce its intensity.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

 

Tip for Swallowing Safely

Hey Robert,
After having done lots of CPR through the years and also taking hand fulls of supplements on and off through the years, I wanted to mention that what may make it easier to swallow pills is simply the anatomical alignment of your head and neck and spine.  For me if I tilt my head up even slightly it makes swallowing pills nearly impossible.  If I look ahead and even move the eyes slightly downward there is no resistance whatsoever (like offering breath for a small child or infant in CPR ~ if the head is tilted back at all it usually blocks the airway so we use a more neutral position most effectively).
Tao