Benefits of Using Humor to Manage Parkinson’s Disease

The following is an announcement of a seminar that certainly sounds interesting. I am actually working this month on developing a jokes app which will encourage laughter each and every day – the natural way to make dopamine.
My name is Shiry and I am the community manager at GeneFo – a free medical community platform. I found your blog after hearing so many positive reviews
On Sept 27th we will be holding a free online lecture titled :The Medical Benefits of using Humor to Manage Parkinson’s Disease”. Our speaker will be Ms Yvonne deSousa, a chronic patient, humorist and author. I thought your community would find this session interesting and wanted to invite you to share the information.
I am attaching a link to register, the facebook post and also a link to an article in Parkinson’s News Today which featured this session.
I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

CoQ10 for Parkinson’s

Has your doctor recommended that you take Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 for Parkinson’s) along with your regular medications? Many doctors do. CoQ10 has been found deficient in persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Some health care professionals I have interviewed report some  medications can deplete CoQ10 in the body.

CoQ10 is no doubt a key anti-aging nutrient. It prevents free radical damage to the DNA in the mitochondria. It is also usually recommended for persons with heart issues. A 10 year longitudinal study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure reported that taking  CoQ10 improved the survival for patients who confront the constant threat of heart failure.

So it is important to start taking a CoQ10 supplement. But which which brand? There are so many choices on the market today.

I have hesitated to offer a recommendation for Coq10 until I discovered recently the research behind a Co-Q10 product produced by Pharma Nord of Denmark. First, let me explain why so many of the CoQ10 choices eat up your pocket book but offer no benefit whatsoever.

Most Coenzyme Q10 products sold today have negligible absorption rates. We are talking 1% at best. Why is this so? The melting point of CoQ10 is 10 degrees above body temperature. Most of the supplements you buy – even those in oil, have crystallized.

Pharma Nord has developed the most studied brand of CoQ10 globally. Their proprietary heat treatment process greatly facilitates absorption. More than 75 studies have now been published that document its superior absorption when compared to other brands.

The price is also reasonable. You can order the Pharma Nord Co-Q10 directly on their website. Their professional staff generously set up a 20% discount for members of my audience. You can claim this discount only if you ship to a USA destination. Enter the coupon code “PRQ10WEB“ to claim a 20% discount (not case sensitive). The 20% discount will soon be available to those of you will live in countries other than the US.

Check out the research for yourself. It is extensive and impressive.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Biophoton Therapy

I believe that 20 years from now, people will look back on 2017 as an age of ancient medicine. Why might this be so? After all, for several hundred years, medicine has focused on suppressing symptoms using medicines and surgeries.

Fast forward 20 years (or even a few years). Light (and sound) will be the therapies of the future. Many researchers and inventors have focused their energies on both.

To this end, I have been diligently searching for new biophoton (or light) therapies that might just offer relief from tremors and other Parkinson’s symptoms. Finally – I was not going to give up the search – I discovered a new invention by an inventor in Toronto. It is only one year old. There are no studies using Parkinson’s patients (or any others for that matter).  But get this. I have heard from one person using it for only several weeks that it reduced his tremors.

This is my introduction to an interview that I will host on the radio show with the inventor next month. My intuition tells me this may be a way to suppress symptoms without incurring the side effects of the medicines.

I am excited about this one and suspect you will be too.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Jump Start Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease 

Jump Start Recovery Course

 Are you ready to steer your recovery program on the direct route to recovery? Check out my Fall 2017 Jump Start to Recovery course which kicks off Tuesday, October 3rd 2017 and continues for eight consecutive weeks.

The focus of the 2017 fall course is to help each participant identify the cause of their symptoms and craft a positive plan of action to address these causes. I will also teach very effective skills that you can use to reduce anxiety, release trauma and get stress under control starting now

For information about the fall Jump Start to Recovery course and the opportunity to claim the early bird $100 discount tuition, visit:
P.S.: Early bird discount of $100 expires September 22nd.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.

News Fast

News Fast
News Fast

One easy way to reduce stress is to get serious about a news fast.  Am I talking here about getting a little taste of what is up in the world every day? No! The idea here is to go cold turkey on watching, listening or even reading the news.

I have Rita’s permission to post her email to me today. Rita reflects on her own experience with getting serious about her own news fast.  Most news does not reduce anxiety. It fuels anxiety.  If you are serious about finding ways to reduce whatever symptoms of Parkinson’s disease you might currently be experiencing, I recommend  you consider giving a news fast a trial run.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Regarding last week’s mindfulness challenge to take a news fast, I decided to do that.  Our ministers in Self-Realization Fellowship, our church, have reminded us from time to time to read and listen to much less news.  So after reading your challenge, I realized that I was actually ready to do this.

I don’t listen to the radio except for classical music 20 minutes per day while I ride the stationary bike and we don’t even have our TV connected to watch it.  My news addiction is to the newspapers which I have been reading for over 60 years.  We subscribe to the San Diego Tribune and LA Times.  My routine is to sit down to breakfast every morning with the sudoku and then to read the newspapers at each meal.  Russ and I both did this every meal.  What a deep ingrained habit!

I cancelled both papers yesterday.  I realized that there is no way I can escape knowing what is happening in the world so I don’t have to worry.  Sudokus I can print or work online for free.

It already feels great – a lightness and sense of escape from a daily subconscious burden of getting the papers read before the end of the day.  Hardly anything in the papers is anything that is important for me to know.  It’s a relief not to have them coming anymore, even to picking them up in the driveway and recycling them all.

So I am grateful for your challenge; I was ready and it was the final prod I needed to give up the daily barrage of news.  Plus we will save $70 per month.  Thank you for all the mindfulness e-mails; they are all beneficial whether I can actually implement them or not at the moment.



Trouble Sleeping?

Have Trouble Sleeping at Night?

Many people who experience symptoms of Parkinson’s disease do have trouble sleeping.  You should be able to gain helpful insights into a potential reason for this problem depending on when you cannot get to sleep at night.  Organs in the body are more active at specific times during the day and night according to the tried and true Chinese Medicine Clock.

Here is an example of how you can use the Chinese Time Clock when you have difficult sleeping. It helps you determine what may be causing the problem. Do you often have a difficult time getting to  sleep between 1 am and 3 am?  If you do, the potential cause is a liver imbalance or a persistent stagnation in energy flowing through the liver.

If this is a pattern of yours, acupuncturists recommend that you can cleanse your liver at the start of each day by drinking a cup of warm water that contains the juice of a half lemon squeezed into it.  Exercise during the day is important. In addition, you can also try taking 1-2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar throughout the day.

These are all natural remedies acupuncturists recommend for liver cleanses which, with a little luck, may also facilitate sounder sleep during that 1-3 am hour.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery form Parkinsons Disease

Can Parkinson’s Disease Be Reversed?

The 70 interviews with true pioneers of recovery have aired over the past 8 years on Parkinson’s Recovery Radio. There are now 10 pages of shows. Each page lists 20 interviews or programs. Be sure and scroll back to locate some of the interviews with pioneers.

Parkinsons Recovery Radio

Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder of Parkinsons Recovery
Author of Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Sweating Out Parkinson’s Disease

What follows is an email from Chris Hagerseth who is on a mission to spread the news Parkinson’s is reversible.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Here at Sweating Out Parkinson’s Disease, Inc., we’re are on a mission to Uganda to provide holistic medical care to Persons with Parkinson’s disease (PwP). The 40,000 PwPs in Uganda receive no care at all. There is but one doctor for every 12,000 people. Illiteracy and poverty make their situation virtually hopeless.

But we have a unique intervention: a holistic approach to Parkinson’s that involves psychological adjustment, exercise, and yoga.

Our goal is to raise $36,000 over six weeks. To make this a success, our campaign needs a loyal group of “true believers” who can email the campaign to 100 of their friends or colleagues on launch day. In exchange, you’ll get a free T shirt and the deep satisfaction knowing you are part of a movement that will radically change the lives of thousands of people. Click on the link below for more information about this exciting project. 

Uganda Project


Insomnia? Can’t Get to Sleep Until After Midnight?

Is Insomnia a Big Issue for You?

Do you have difficulty getting to sleep until after midnight?  Healing will be obstructed if you have insomnia and are unable to get a good  nights sleep every night.  Many people with Parkinson’s symptoms report they seldom can get to sleep until after midnight or later.  What might be the cause of this?

The Chinese Medicine clock gives us a fascinating clue as to the cause.  Gall bladder energy is strongest from 11 pm until 1 am.  If you have restrictions in your muscles and cramping throughout your body during the day and evening, gall bladder issues are likely to be the cause.  Why would the gall bladder be an issue for people with Parkinson’s symptoms?

The gall bladder is profoundly impacted by stress. Clearly, when stress has flared, symptoms will typically always worsen. Reduce stress. Your gall bladder will thank you. You will also find it easier to get to sleep at night. Easier said than done, right?

Acupuncturists offer a recommendation that may well help you out when you are having difficulty with stress during the day and getting to sleep at night. Massage the sides of your head where the gall bladder channel runs. More specifically, rub immediately above and behind the ears, followed up by squeezing the tops of your shoulders.

While acupuncture itself is not one of the top therapies that people find to be useful for calming their Parkinson’s symptoms, it is an excellent therapy for insomnia and depression, both of which can be significant impediments to recovery for persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

I frequent a community acupuncture clinic which offers treatments at a very affordable price. Such clinics are now popping up in many cities and countries. There is no longer a reason to let finances be a barrier to getting acupuncture treatments. It is well worth taking the time to explore this therapeutic option if you have difficulty sleeping at night.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease