Unshackling Chains of Fear

This is an edited interview with Fred Phillips on Parkinsons Recovery Radio who discusses unshackling the chains of fear that aired in 2017.

Fred Phillips is an author and former martial arts instructor. He was diagnosed withunshackling chains of fear Parkinson’s disease in 2008. Fred discusses his journey with this challenging health condition, his philosophy and approach to recovery and his ten step recovery protocol.

Fred blogs about his experience at fredphillips.wordpress.com. He lives on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada.

Fred discusses his answers to the following questions that all pertain to unshackling chains of fear:

1. How long you have you been experiencing symptoms?

2. What is your philosophy and approach?

3. Why did you choose to recover naturally?

4. What symptoms do you experience?

5. What is your recovery protocol?

6. What has been your greatest challenge?

7. What advice would you offer others experiencing a health challenge?

Robert Rodgers. PhD
Founder of Parkinsons Recovery in 2004
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

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Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder 2004
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Origin of Parkinson’s

It is now well known that there are a multitude of factors that contribute to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The important questions turns on what is the origin of Parkinson’s disease?

You have likely not heard my answer to this question. At the core resides the real issue at play: The natural life cycle that sustains life is inactive. Instead of flopping back and forth from being expansive and contractive, the state of expansion is s a permanent setting in our energetic “thermostat.”  We are on the go constantly without stopping to smell the flowers or enjoy the sweat morsels of the natural world.

We do not function like the ocean waves and tides which shift in and out continuously. Theorigin of Parkinson's waves flow in and out continuously. Tides gradually shift the waters closer to shore, then more distant from shores.

The root cause of symptoms rarely originates where logic would dictate. Do tremors and other Parkinson’s symptoms originate in the brain? Certainly most people and medical professionals hold this belief. That is why doctors prescribe medications that infuse the body with l-dopa. It is assumed cells in the mid brain are not producing enough dopamine. 

Recent research demonstrates that tremors and other neurological challenges do not necessarily reside in the brain itself. Their origin is the digestive system.

Although this research is relatively recent, a causal inspection of meridians that are the pathways of energy keeping us alive clearly show many connections between the stomach, small intestine and gall bladder to the brain. Problems with the digestive system will clearly have a direct impact on brain function. 

Step back and consider the life cycle of the digestive system. It expands when we eat.  It contracts after food has been digested. Our digestive system does not function continuously.

Our personal life style needs to be in sync the natural course of expanding and contracting. 

The root cause of Parkinson’s symptoms is that the life cycle needed to sustain health has been truncated. The expansion phase is permanently set with little flexibility. The need is to assert control over everything and everybody without allowing the ebb and flow of life to exist. When we cannot chill out and relax, the primary functions of the body wear out just as gears in a motor eventually grind down. 

What is the bottom line? First, get serious about healing your digestive system. Second, get into the flow of life. Enjoy expansions. Welcome contractions. 

Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder 2004
Parkinsons Recovery
https://www.parkinsonsrecovery.com  

Magnesium: The Missing Link to Total Health

My guest is Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD ND (a medical doctor and a naturopath doctor) who has devoted 50+ years applying the science of medicine and the gifts of nature to help people feel better, find more energy and take control of their personal health. The focus of her presentation today is on magnesium.

Promoting a positive message of health, vitality, and well-being, Magnesium – The Missing Link to Total Health (Revised)® provides evidence-based scientific research on magnesium’s role in human health. Website: https://drcarolyndean.com/

Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder 2004
Parkinsons Recovery

How to Tame Tremors

A decade of hosting 250 guests on Parkinsons Recovery Radio has made it possible to document a  variety of natural treatments to tame tremors that have proven successful. They fall into a various categories including herbs, certain foods, essential oil tinctures, ketone esters, light and sound therapies, energy medicine and many home made remedies.

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Why Did I Develop The New Tame Tremors Course?

It is surprisingly helpful to embrace natural methods that tame tremors. Unchecked they sustain unrelenting stress. When we are unable to reduce the intensity of stress, tremors always get worse. The cycle is endless unless checked. The vicious cycle is familiar to everyone.

        1. Tremors cause reoccurring stress.
        2. Stress inflames the tremors.
        3. Taming tremors helps reverse this vicious cycle.

The challenge for members of my global Parkinsons Recovery audience is that natural treatments for tremors are scattered all over the place, buried in my many thousands of blog posts and replays from 10 years of my many Parkinsons Recovery radio show interviews.

My new online course rolls out dozens of natural therapies that have been successful for persons to tame their tremors. It organizes, explains and updates the most successful strategies, therapies and treatments that have been reported by persons who themselves experience tremors.

Some of the methods have just emerged over the past decade. Some have been practiced for centuries. We do not have yet a great deal of evidence on their effectiveness, but early reports are very encouraging. I want everyone to know about these new developments.

Traumas Cause Anxieties. Anxieties Inflame Tremors.
Anxiety has a profound impact on making tremors so much worse. One of the most successful strategies that tame tremors is to shut down anxiety.

Shaking Tames Tremors.
Vibration offers relief from symptoms associated with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

Breathing The Right Way Tames Tremors.
If your cells have a deficiency of oxygen, doesn’t it make good sense they will shake, rattle and roll to get your attention?

Emotional Reactions Aggravate Tremors.
Emotional Reactions happen when our reaction to a situation is “over the top.” An intense and fiery emotional response is not justified by the circumstances.

Family Entanglements Sabotage Efforts to Tame Tremors.
Family Entanglements occur when we take on the suffering, pain and disease of another family member out of love.

Energy Psychology.
Energy psychology is a novel approach embraced by some psychologists who use muscle testing to identify and clear reasons for conditions like tremors.

Essential Oils.
Essential oils have a soothing effect on the body’s neurological system which helps tame tremors.

Herbal Remedies.
Certain herbal remedies can tame tremors. You have likely never even heard about some of them.

Home Remedies for Tremors
Macrobiotic Guru Warren Kramer offers highly effective (and little known) home remedies that tame tremors

For more information and to register visit:
https://www.parkinsonsrecovery.org/tame-tremors
 

Fava Beans.
Aunt Bean has developed an inventive way to formulate a tincture from fava bean plants which tames her tremors.

Ketone Ester Tames Tremors.
Ketone esters have been available commercially only since 2019. They are a natural source of energy for the brain which can tame tremors

Photobiomodulation (Light Therapy).
Research reports promising possibilities for photobiomodulation as a therapy that offers relief from neurological conditions

Power of the Mind.
You have everything you need to tame tremors and always have: Actualizing the endless power of your mind.

Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is an ancient practice of soulful meditation that brings the body back to a place of centeredness and balance and as a result tames tremors.

Feldenkrais Therapy for Tremors.
Small movements help the body remember how to experience calmness without tremors.

Vibration Therapy
Vibration Therapy shows promise as a therapy for Parkinson’s symptoms including tremors

NADH
Consuming a NADH supplement or eating foods rich in NADH may tame tremors.

Yoga Tames Tremors
Yoga Helps Reverse Symptoms of Parkinson’s Including Tremors

For more information and to register visit:
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P.S. The course will not address prescriptions medications which fall into the domain of medical doctors, so any issues or questions about medications will need to be addressed with your doctor.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
https://www.parkinsonsdisease.me
Olympia, Washington USA
877-526-4646
robert@parkinsonsrecovery.com

 

How to Manifest Rock Solid Walking

In this video I preview a marvelous suggestion for how to manifest rock solid walking.

Here is the clip of my interview with John Pepper.

This suggestion to manifest centered and balanced walking is one among – get this – 144 other therapies, techniques and approaches to manifest rock solid walking covered in my Rock Solid Walking online course. The ideas and techniques are drawn from 275 interviews I have hosted on Parkinsons Recovery Radio over the past two decades. Visit the link below for more information about the course:

https://www.blog.parkinsonsrecovery.com/rock-solid-walking/

https://www.blog.parkinsonsrecovery.com/rock-solid-walking/John Pepper, author of Reverse Parkinsons Disease, is a Parkinson’s Patient with six decades of experience. What has helped John manifest recovery is:

  • Taking Conscious Control of all movements
  • Doing Energetic Exercise
  • Managing Stress
  • Adopting a Positive Attitude

Below is the study which reports on the benefits of conscious control of movements to manifest Rock Solid Walking.

Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2007 Mar-Apr;21(2):123-6. Duration of Parkinson disease is associated with an increased propensity for “reinvestment”. R S W Masters, H S Pall, K M A MacMahon, F F Eves

Abstract

Background: As a consequence of difficulties in movement initiation and execution, people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are typically encouraged to consciously monitor and control the mechanics of their actions. This is described as ‘reinvestment’ and has been shown to help mediate effective motor output.

Objective: To examine the propensity for reinvestment in a sample of people with PD.

Methods: A volunteer sample of 55 people with PD was asked to complete a previously validated measure, the Reinvestment Scale. A sub-sample (and age matched controls) was asked to complete a recently developed, movement specific, version of the Scale. Data was collected on Mini Mental State Examination and the Hoehn & Yahr Scale. Participant demographics, including age of onset and duration of disease, were also collated.

Results: Multiple regression analyses showed that duration of disease was associated with reinvestment score on both the Reinvestment Scale and the Movement Specific Reinvestment Scale.

Conclusions: Participants appeared to become more aware of the mechanics of their actions over time. Possible explanations for this finding are discussed with reference to rehabilitation.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder 2004
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Rock Solid Walking

Are you interested in rock solid walking? Are you sometimes anxious because of a fear you might …

  • Freeze
  • Trip
  • Stumble
  • Fall

When these fears rear their ugly head the possibility of falling, freezing, stumbling and tripping becomes even more likely. Ugh! Many practical solutions to mobility challenges do exist. I have documented what people with Parkinson’s report helps their walking to become rock solid.

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Rock Solid Walking Online Course

Selected for inclusion in this comprehensive online course are the most useful tips, strategies, therapies and suggestions I have documented during the past decade and a half. Many are taken from the wisdom of guests on Parkinsons Recovery Radio.

I want everyone to know about the many proven techniques, therapies and strategies that offer the promise of reducing the troubling consequence of falling, freezing and tripping. It is high time to stop worries about having to make visits to hospital emergency rooms because of broken bones, sprains or muscle tears.

The strategies, suggestions and tips for walking have been taken from the wisdom of two primary sources: individuals with Parkinson’s symptoms and knowledgeable health care professionals. Radio show guests reveal how they have succeeded in improving their own gait, walking pace and overall stability.

Physical therapists and other health care professions who work with persons with Parkinson’s symptoms  offer practical suggestions that they use with their patients. .

 

Ease of mobility is derailed when there is a disconnection between the mind and the body. This course covers how to restore this connection.

The Fundamentals
Discover tried and true strategies that make it possible for walking to be balanced, centered, stable and safe every time.

Feet
Feet need to be flexible and malleable for walking to be rock solid. Locations of rigidity in the bottom of your feet give important clues about why mobility is compromised.

Vision
Sometimes a limitation or obstruction of peripheral vision accounts for mobility challenges. Other times it is a question of where you look when walking.

Grounding
A reason for falling, tripping and freezing is a lack of grounding. The human energy field that supports the physical body is top heavy. Discover ways to balance and center the energy field.

Exercises
Simple exercises are discussed that address specific problems with mobility including poor posture, rigidity, freezing and shuffling.

Mindful Walking
Studies report that becoming mindful promotes walking that is rock solid. Become totally aware of the “now” experience rather than regretting the past or worrying about the future.

How to Kick Start Mobility
Practical Suggestions for How to Kick Start Mobility Challenges

Sound Therapy
Research shows that listening to music that has well defined beats and rhythms facilitates a steady and reliable pace of walking.

Light Therapy
Light can have an immediate effect on effortless mobility. For some people, wearing glasses that allow a specific color to dominate vision shifts walking from being awkward to effortless.

The online Rock Solid Walking course is accessible using any phone or computer.

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Spinal Decompression
Problems with mobility can be caused by compression in the spine which can be corrected with a series of chiropractic adjustments.

Break Down Each Movement into its Component Parts
Any movement can be broken down into its component parts which make up the whole. Focus on the parts – not the movement taken as a whole. .

Solution for Tick Tock Walking
Re-train your body to remember how to walk with evenly paced, evenly distanced strides.

Stochastic Resonance Therapy
A new invention from Germany adds a critical feature to vibration therapy by delivering the frequency of the vibrations randomly.

Chakra Healing
Watch a demonstration of a brief chakra healing using the voice to emit sounds that open up the energy flow through chakras.

Solution for Rigidity
Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and one of the best therapies that offer relief from rigidity and stiffness..

Underlying Cause of Gait Difficulties
What really lies as the foundation of mobility challenges? Answer: Trauma locks up the muscles and freezes flexibility

Dance Your Way to Success
The Tango – among other dances – helps maintain balance and centeredness. It is also fun and energizing.

Issues with Walkers
Are you considering using a walker to prevent falls? Select one that supports good posture rather than destroying it.

Access Memories to Facilitate Rock Solid Walking
When struggling with large or small movements, recall an activity of the past that involved doing a similar movement effortlessly.

Yoga
Consistent practice of yoga helps make rock solid walking a reality

One Vitamin that Helps Maintain Balance and Prevent Falls
You may need to take more than you realize to get the benefit expected!

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Robert Rodgers PhD

Founder
Parkinsons Recovery
https://www.parkinsonsrecovery.com
Host of Parkinsons Recovery Radio
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Dehydration and Parkinson’s

The Link between Dehydration and Parkinson’s

Is there a link between dehydration and Parkinson’s symptoms? The answer is clearly yes. Staying well hydrated is crucial for individuals who experience Parkinson’s symptoms.

Dehydration is the excessive loss of body fluids. While it may seem unrelated to Parkinson’s disease at first glance, emerging research suggests otherwise. Dehydration can exacerbate symptoms and potentially accelerate the progression of Parkinson’s in several ways:

  1. Medication Effectiveness: Many individuals with Parkinson’s rely on medication, such as levodopa, to manage their symptoms. However, dehydration can hinder the absorption and effectiveness of these medications, leading to fluctuations in symptom control.
  2. Increased Rigidity and Stiffness: Dehydration can cause muscles to tighten and become more rigid, exacerbating the already-present stiffness and rigidity experienced by individuals with Parkinson’s. This can further impair mobility and increase the risk of falls.
  3. Cognitive Function: Dehydration has been linked to cognitive impairment and mood changes, which are already prevalent non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Proper hydration is essential for maintaining optimal cognitive function and overall well-being.
  4. Risk of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Individuals with Parkinson’s are at an increased risk of developing UTIs due to urinary retention and other urinary tract issues. Dehydration can further predispose them to UTIs, leading to additional complications and discomfort.
  5. Impact on Gastrointestinal Function: Dehydration can disrupt normal gastrointestinal function which causes constipation,  a frequently experienced symptom in Parkinson’s disease. Proper hydration is crucial for maintaining healthy digestion and bowel movements.

Managing Dehydration

It is clearly important  for individuals who experience symptoms of Parkinson’s to make hydration a top priority. Some options for staying adequately hydrated:

  1. Drink Plenty of Water: Aim to consume at least eight glasses of water per day, or more if you’re physically active or in hot weather.
  2. Monitor Fluid Intake: Keep track of your fluid intake throughout the day to ensure you’re meeting your hydration needs.
  3. Avoid Excessive Caffeine and Alcohol: Beverages like coffee, tea, and alcohol can contribute to dehydration, so consume them in moderation.
  4. Eat Water-Rich Foods: Incorporate hydrating foods into your diet, such as fruits (e.g., watermelon, oranges) and vegetables (e.g., cucumbers, tomatoes).
  5. Set Hydration Reminders: Use alarms or smartphone apps to remind yourself to drink water regularly, especially if you tend to forget.
  6. Take the Aquas, a formulation designed to hydrate the body developed by researchers in Australia. Find more information at: https://www.aquas.us 

Bottom Line

While dehydration may seem like a minor concern compared to the myriad of challenges confronted by persons who experience Parkinson’s symptoms, its impact on the inability of the body to excrete toxins should inform decisions on recovery therapies. Taking proactive steps to stay hydrated, individuals with PD get the opportunity to potentially celebrate symptom relief and improve their quality of life. Stay hydrated to stay healthy!

 

Parkinsons New Treatments

Latest developments in Parkinsons New Treatments

Managing Parkinson’s has primarily revolved around using medications to suppress symptoms temporarily. Recent years have witnessed remarkable strides in understanding the disease’s mechanisms and developing ground breaking approaches to treatments. Some of the Parkinsons new treatments and approaches are listed below.

  1. Gene Therapy: Genetic factors play a significant role in Parkinson’s disease. Gene therapy aims to modify dysfunctional genes or introduce healthy ones to halt or slow down the progression of the disease. Recent studies have shown promising results in preclinical trials, raising hopes for effective gene-based treatments in the future.
  2. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Innovations: A surgical procedure involving the implantation of electrodes in the brain, DBS  is designed to regulate abnormal neural activity in the brain. Advances in DBS technology, such as closed-loop systems that adapt stimulation in real-time based on the patient’s brain activity, promise more precise and personalized treatment approaches.
  3. Focused Ultrasound:Focused ultrasound (FUS) is a non-invasive therapy that uses sound waves to target specific areas of the brain.
  4. Neuroprotective Strategies: While current treatments focus on suppressing symptoms, there is growing interest in therapies that support the body to heal from the inside out. A variety of supplements, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents are now being used to facilitate the healing process.
  5. Stem Cell Therapy: Stem cell therapy holds immense potential for regenerating damaged brain tissue in Parkinson’s patients. By replenishing the lost dopamine-producing cells, stem cell transplants restore motor function and alleviate symptoms. The cost involved for many of them is high and effects are unfortunately usually not sustained over the long run.
  6. Digital Health Solutions: The integration of digital health technologies is revolutionizing Parkinson’s care. Wearable devices equipped with sensors monitor movement patterns and medication responses in real-time, enabling more personalized treatment adjustments. Smartphone apps and telemedicine platforms also facilitate remote monitoring and timely interventions, enhancing patient outcomes and convenience.
  7. Lifestyle Interventions: Beyond medical treatments, lifestyle modifications play a crucial role in managing Parkinson’s disease. Exercise, in particular, has been shown to improve mobility, balance, and overall well-being in PD patients. Emerging research suggests that specific forms of exercise, such as high-intensity interval training and dance therapy,  have neuroprotective effects.
  8. Combination Therapies: Recognizing the complex nature of Parkinson’s, researchers are exploring combination therapies that target multiple aspects of the disease simultaneously. By combining drugs with different mechanisms of action or pairing medications with non-pharmacological interventions, such as physical therapy or cognitive training, synergistic effects can be achieved, leading to better symptom control and enhanced quality of life.

The above listing summarizes what is being done now. What about the future? The practice of medicine is being revolutionized with the delivery of sound and light devices which help bring the body back into balance. I offer a preview of these new disoveries in my free online course. To register, click the link below, enter your email, create a password and presto – you are in.

Future of Medicine

Summary: Parkinsons New Treatments

The landscape of Parkinson’s disease treatment is evolving rapidly, driven by groundbreaking discoveries and innovative approaches which use a variety of therapies and approaches. The future holds promise for improved outcomes and a bright outlook for individuals currently living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s as well as their families. As we continue to push the boundaries of science and innovation, researchers are discovering how to support the body’s ability to heal from the inside out.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder 2004
Parkinsons Recovery
Healing from the Inside Out

Can Parkinsons Be Cured?

Can Parkinsons Be Cured?

No doubt you will encounter many fund raising campaigns that support the cause to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Can Parkinsons be cured? Will a cure ever be discovered?

I will offer my answer to this question which may surprise you, but first let’s consider what is being intended.  No one would ever make a comparison of the body to concrete. Do you want your body to be cured just like concrete is cured? I think not.

Nor have I ever heard anyone compare the body to bacon. Do we really want our body to be cured just like we cure bacon? I think not.

Of course, if the goal is to raise money it makes sense to pitch the cause in terms of a cure. After all, don’t we all want a simple fix that will reverse all neurological symptoms? Well yes, of course we do.

The answer to the question – can Parkinsons be cured – is one you will not want to hear. The answer is no. It will never be “cured” this year, ten years from now or one hundred years from now. Besides, hello? Who wants their body to be “cured” like concrete or bacon anyway?

Why do I make this bold statement? There are a multitude of factors that cause symptoms associated with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. Most people experience a combination of causes which trigger their symptoms. Toxins are a primary culprit as is stress, trauma and infections.

It is possible to remove toxins from the body with proven chelation techniques, but this is a remedy for toxins that are embedded at the cellular level. It is not a “cure” for Parkinson’s. It is possible to release trauma that is embedded at the cellular level, but this would be a resolution for trauma that contributes to symptoms.

This is a roundabout way of explaining the “disease” called Parkinson’s is what we researchers call a garbage can diagnosis. It includes a wide variety of causes.

Identifying yourself with a label like Parkinson’s disease results in embracing a belief no relief is possible and that the condition is – hold on to your seat here – progressive. If you have the diagnosis, you are 100% destined to get worse. Really I say?

Conclusion

There will never be a cure for Parkinson’s disease but believe me when I say you would never want that. You certainly do not want your body to harden up like concrete or cured like bacon. When the cause or combination of causes are identified and appropriate treatments embraced to address them, a successful journey down the road to recovery is possible, not tomorrow when a “cure” is found, but  now.

There is no reason to hope for a cure when actions can be taken today that offer welcome relief from symptoms. A successful approach to recovery is to set the intention to heal from the inside out. Check out my online course which offers the opportunity to do just that.

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Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

 

Shut Down Anxiety

Practical ways to shut down anxiety are covered in my three month online shut down anxiety course. The techniques introduced are all tried and tested ways to quiet the rattle of anxiety which fuels chronic symptoms.

Click this link for more information: Shut Down Anxiety. When registering enter the coupon code GIFT to claim a 50% tuition discount.

An Overview of Ways to Shut Down Anxiety

Anxiety is a formidable opponent, often lurking in the shadows of our minds, ready to pounce when we least expect it. It can manifest as racing thoughts, a pounding heart, or a knot in the stomach. While it’s a natural response to stress, prolonged anxiety can be debilitating, affecting our overall well-being and quality of life. Fortunately, there are strategies and techniques that can help you shut down anxiety and reclaim your peace of mind.

  1. Identify Triggers: Understanding what triggers your anxiety is the first step in managing it. It could be certain situations, people, or even thoughts. Keep a journal to track your anxiety triggers and patterns. Once you identify them, you can develop strategies to cope with or avoid them.
  2. Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness involves being present in the moment without judgment. By focusing on the here and now, you can interrupt anxious thoughts and bring yourself back to a state of calm. Try mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply paying attention to your surroundings.
  3. Challenge Negative Thoughts: Anxiety often stems from irrational or exaggerated thoughts. Challenge these thoughts by asking yourself if they are based on facts or assumptions. Replace negative thoughts with more realistic and positive ones. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques can be particularly helpful in this regard.
  4. Engage in Relaxation Techniques: Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine to reduce anxiety levels. This could include progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, or aromatherapy. Find what works best for you and make it a regular practice.
  5. Exercise Regularly: Physical activity is not only good for your body but also your mind. Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural stress relievers. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Whether it’s walking, jogging, yoga, or dancing, find an activity you enjoy and stick with it.
  6. Establish a Healthy Lifestyle: A balanced diet, adequate sleep, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine can all contribute to better mental health. Eating nutritious foods, getting enough rest, and minimizing stimulants can help regulate your mood and energy levels, reducing the likelihood of anxiety episodes.
  7. Seek Support: Don’t hesitate to reach out for support from friends, family, or a mental health professional. Talking about your feelings with someone you trust can provide perspective and comfort. Therapy or counseling can also teach you coping skills and provide a safe space to explore the root causes of your anxiety.
  8. Set Boundaries: Learn to say no to things that cause you unnecessary stress or overwhelm. Prioritize your own well-being and establish boundaries to protect your mental health. It’s okay to decline invitations, delegate tasks, or take breaks when needed.
  9. Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself, especially during times of heightened anxiety. Treat yourself with the same compassion and understanding that you would offer to a friend facing similar challenges. Remember that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes, and that you’re doing the best you can.
  10. Stay Present: Instead of worrying about the future or ruminating over the past, focus on the present moment. Engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment, whether it’s spending time with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, or enjoying nature. By staying present, you can prevent anxiety from hijacking your thoughts and emotions.

Shutting down anxiety is not a one-time event but rather an ongoing process. It requires patience, persistence, and self-awareness. By incorporating these strategies into your life and prioritizing your mental health, you can diminish the grip of anxiety and embrace a sense of peace and calm. Remember, you’re stronger than you think, and you have the power to overcome anxiety and thrive.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder 2004
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

 

Recovery from Chronic Illness

You will be inspired by listening to my interview this week with Alice Holstein who discusses her remarkable recovery from chronic illness.

Alice A. Holstein, Ed.D was diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder at the age of 51, which interrupted her career and produced some 12 years of intense suffering with many manic episodes, many hospitalizations, thousands of dollars spent and overall, a bleak prognosis of recovery.  She lives now, as an elder, with a full if careful life of extraordinary wellness despite still being on medication. She has a dramatic story to share about how she developed a revolutionary understanding of mental health recovery which she believes can be at least partially related to recovery with Parkinsons.

In her presentation she will explain this potential correlation by first enumerating the comparisons, such as that she too was given a bleak prognosis and told that heavy medication was required. She also understands that Parkinson’s can often produce depression in those who suffer. Her thoughts can help people specifically deal with that diagnosis. Alice believes that illness in general should be treated as a whole person approach—holistically, to include mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and social aspects. The medical profession does not proceed in this fashion. She accidentally discovered this more complete framework and has developed specific understandings that may be helpful to those dealing with Parkinsons. She also believes that recovery is partly a matter of developing one’s higher consciousness.

Her ideas and words will likely challenge, inspire and encourage the listeners on this broadcast to continue and add to the kinds of things they already are doing to improve their conditions vs. degenerate. Her example serves as a beacon of hope to living a healthier life regardless of one’s diagnosis, going beyond present practices to achieve stronger wellness and increased satisfaction. There are no panaceas, however. The climb and the journey can be a difficult one. Having vision and encouragement, however are critical to success. Intention is everything. You must want to be healthier and work at it over time.

Her website is www.aliceholstein.net    (link provided by her website developer) Her books are shown on the slide for this show. Note that BEYOND TURMOIL was written under her married name, Alice Mack.

Here are the questions Alice answers:

What do you think are the major comparison’s between dealing with Parkinsons and dealing with mental illness? Why can this framework be a potentially helpful recovery correlation?

What is the essence of your dramatic recovery story and how you gained your expertise?

What are some of the specific things you did to get well?

Why is the brain so important in healing?

*Note: Alice’s website at www.aliceholstein has an article, “Heal Yourself and You Heal the Culture” which is pertinent. Go to the “site map” and look for this title. See also another title, “Things Helpers and Helpees Can Do.”

What part did going back to work at age 65 have to do with your recovery?

What role might volunteering or otherwise minimal work contribute to recovery?

What part did participating in a Spiritual Companioning Preparation program (3 years) contribute?

What do you mean by “The Hero’s Journey” and why it may be important to wellness?

What do you mean by saying that a Parkinson diagnosis and mental illness are whole person illnesses?

What do you mean by saying that suffering can be a purifying experience?

How did you manage to survive while living periodically on the streets in your 60s?

How do you maintain your wellness?

How much do you estimate your illness cost?

What was the hardest aspect of your illness that you dealt with?

What is the largest gift you’ve received from surviving and thriving?

What are your 2 books about mental illness and will they help me deal with Parkinsons? What about the 1992 book, written under my married name, Mack? Does it possibly relate as well?

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Parkinsons Recovery
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Cause of Parkinson’s Disease

What is the cause of Parkinson’s disease symptoms? Are toxins an issue? Many people I have interviewed report their doctor concluded toxins were not an issue for them after doing FDA approved tests. If you have concluded toxins are not an issue for you, please listen to this interview clip.

Dr. Joe Hickey, MD, discusses the approach he uses in his practice to treat symptoms of Parkinsons disease. Many standard medical tests do not detect the presence of toxins embedded in the tissues and organs of the body. He explains in this clip of my interview with him in 2011 the correct way to assess the presence of toxins and how to eliminate them.

It may come as a surprise to discover that toxins are primarily lodged in the bones.

Research summarized below report environmental toxins are triggers for development of Parkinson’s Disease.  Examples of toxins as the cause of Parkinson’s are well documented such as lead, copper,.aluminum, manganese, Carbon Monoxide poisoning, Carbon DiSulfide from the Rayon Industry and MPTP.

Toxins and Parkinson’s Disease

Environmental factors have garnered increasing attention for their potential contribution to symptoms of Parkinson’s.  Among these factors, exposure to certain toxins has emerged as a primary area of investigation. Various industrial chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, and pollutants have been implicated in increasing the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Pesticides: One group of toxins that has drawn considerable scrutiny in relation to Parkinson’s is pesticides. Studies have shown that individuals exposed to certain pesticides, such as paraquat and rotenone, have an elevated risk of developing PD. These chemicals are known to interfere with cellular mechanisms involved in dopamine regulation and neuronal function, potentially contributing to neuro-degeneration.

Heavy Metals:  Lead and manganese have also been implicated in the pathogenesis of PD. Chronic exposure to these metals, often through occupational settings or environmental pollution, can lead to the accumulation of toxic levels in the brain. This accumulation may trigger oxidative stress, inflammation, and mitochondrial dysfunction, all of which are implicated in the neurodegenerative processes.

Air Pollution: Evidence shows a link between exposure to air pollutants and an increased risk of Parkinson’s. Particulate matter, ozone, and other air pollutants can penetrate the blood-brain barrier, eliciting neuro inflammatory responses and oxidative stress, both of which contribute to neuronal damage.

Below is an abstract of the study Dr. Hickey referenced during my interview with him.

Neurotoxicology. 1993 Summer-Fall;14(2-3):225-36. Lead in bone: storage site, exposure source, and target organ. E K SilbergeldJ SaukM SomermanA ToddF McNeillB FowlerA FontaineJ van Buren

Abstract

The primary site of lead storage is in bone but relatively little attention has focused on this physiological compartment. Recent advances in measurement technology now permit the direct in vivo quantitative measurement of lead in bone, and this measure has great use in clinical and epidemiologic studies.

Lead in bone is not a physiological sink, but can be mobilized back into the circulation in response to normal or pathological changes in mineral metabolism. Bone lead may be a significant source of target organ exposure under certain conditions, such as pregnancy, kidney disease, and menopause. Finally, the accumulation of lead in bone cells may have toxic consequences for bone status, and some of the mechanisms by which lead could affect bone mineral metabolism may also play a role in other target organ effects of lead.

Shut Down Anxiety Day In and Day Out

Everyone who experiences the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is well aware that anxiety fuels their symptoms. When stress is brought under control and you shut down anxiety, symptoms become far less problematic.

Everyone also knows that medicines and supplements have the potential to suppress symptoms in the short run. Unfortunately, they offer little promise of long lasting effectiveness. What in the world can deliver on this promise? Are there any natural solutions out there?

My answer is yes. A wide variety of very effective methods to shut down anxiety exist. They are previewed one by one in the Parkinsons Recovery online Shut Down Anxiety course. Classes are rolled out over a three month period. Click the link below to register.

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Shut Down Anxiety introduces methods, strategies and techniques that have been shown to quiet down and calm anxiety. They turn down the volume of the overactive flight-fight sympathetic nervous system that inflames neurological difficulties. I did not invent these techniques. They have been extracted and simplified from an extensive body of contributions by experienced practitioners and researchers..

There is no doubt that using these techniques provides relief from anxiety. Every little bit of help counts for something.

  • The content of my Shut Down Anxiety course introduces natural, self administered therapies and techniques that achieve relief that is long lasting rather than temporary.
  • It focuses on ways that cut to the core of shutting down what drives you crazy with relentless anxiety.
  • A bonus of the course is a download of my book Seven Secrets to Healing which covers the basics for how healing occurs from the inside out.

What sustains and inflames anxiety is unresolved trauma whether physical, mental or emotional. None of us can ever change or erase traumas of the past. Sometimes it is impossible to know why we are so anxious all the time.

Techniques and therapies will be covered in the course which bring to the surface the underlying sources of anxiety that are entirely unknown and release their grip on us. These  highly effective methods make it possible to release, remove and detach their debilitating impact. A welcome relief from symptoms follows.

Course participants can connect to the online course platform any time of the day or night using their phones or computers to get all of questions answered about any of the methods, ideas and techniques I will discuss.

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Painting with Parkinson’s

Never painted in your life? Why not challenge your neurological pathways with a new and pleasurable activity: painting for Parkinson’s

This clip of my interview with Nancy Tingey was recorded in 2012. Her website is: paintingwithparkinsons.org.au

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Living with Parkinson’s disease presents numerous challenges, from physical limitations to emotional hurdles. However, amidst these difficulties, individuals find solace, expression, and even liberation through various forms of art. One such avenue is painting—a medium that not only allows individuals to express themselves but also provides therapeutic benefits that can be particularly beneficial for those with Parkinson’s.

The Canvas of Challenges

Parlinson’s symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, and impaired balance can make daily activities, including tasks as seemingly simple as holding a paintbrush, challenging. Moreover, the emotional toll of living with a chronic illness adds another layer of complexity.

Painting as Therapy

Despite the obstacles, painting offers a sanctuary of creativity and self-expression. Art therapy has long been recognized for its ability to improve motor skills, reduce stress, and enhance emotional well-being. For individuals with Parkinson’s, painting can serve as a form of physical therapy, helping to maintain dexterity and coordination.

Embracing Imperfection

One of the most beautiful aspects of art is its capacity to transcend perfection. In the world of painting, imperfections are not flaws but rather unique expressions of the artist’s journey. This perspective can be especially empowering for individuals grappling with the changes that Parkinson’s brings to their bodies and abilities.

Finding Freedom in Creativity

Painting offers a sense of freedom—a space where individuals can transcend the confines of their condition and tap into their innermost thoughts and emotions. Whether it’s through bold strokes of color or subtle nuances of shading, each brushstroke becomes a testament to resilience and creativity.

Adaptive Techniques

Adapting painting techniques to accommodate the challenges of Parkinson’s is key to unlocking the full potential of artistic expression. Simple modifications such as using larger brushes or stabilizing devices can make a significant difference in the painting process, allowing individuals to focus more on their creativity and less on their limitations.

Community and Support

Engaging in painting with Parkinson’s doesn’t have to be a solitary pursuit. Joining painting classes or support groups tailored to individuals with movement disorders can foster a sense of community and belonging. Sharing experiences, techniques, and artworks with others who understand the unique challenges of Parkinson’s can be incredibly uplifting and inspiring.

Beyond the Canvas

The benefits of painting extend far beyond the finished artwork. The act of creating—immersing oneself in colors, textures, and forms—can be a meditative experience, offering moments of peace and tranquility amid the chaos of Parkinson’s symptoms. Moreover, the sense of accomplishment derived from completing a painting can boost confidence and self-esteem, counteracting feelings of helplessness and frustration.

Conclusion

Painting with Parkinson’s is not about overcoming limitations but rather embracing them as part of the artistic journey. It’s about finding beauty in imperfection, strength in vulnerability, and joy in the act of creation. Through painting, individuals with Parkinson’s can discover a newfound sense of purpose, empowerment, and self-expression—a testament to the transformative power of art in the face of adversity.

Research about Painting with Parkinsons

Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2022 May:216:107237. Increased creativity associated with dopamine agonist therapy: A case report and short review of the literature. Smathorn Thakolwiboon, Amputch Karukote, Parunyou Julayanont, Henrik Wilms

Abstract

Impulse control disorder (ICD) has been linked to dopamine agonist use in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Increased creativity is another cognitive side effect of dopaminergic therapy. While ICD is well recognized in the literature, enhanced creativity as a positive phenomenon is underreported because it does not negatively affect the patients’ quality of life.

Herein, we report a case of a 49-year-old man with Parkinson’s disease who developed enhanced creativity expressed by the acquisition of multiple, new artistic skills with ropinirole treatment. He spent a significant amount of time on painting, carving and axe restoration, selling these artistic products became a source of income. He also reports that these hobbies help him cope with physical limitations caused by Parkinson’s disease.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder 2004
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

The replay above  is with Peter Doyle, a practitioner of Chinese Scalp Acupuncture. His website is: https://www.qigardener.com

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Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

In the vast landscape of traditional acupuncture, there exists a fascinating and lesser-Chinese Scalp Acupunctureknown practice known as Chinese scalp acupuncture. While acupuncture itself is widely recognized and practiced worldwide, scalp acupuncture presents a unique approach to healing that targets specific areas of the scalp to address various ailments and promote overall wellness. In this blog, I will cover the origins, techniques, and potential benefits of Chinese scalp acupuncture.

Origins and Principles

Chinese scalp acupuncture, also referred to as “head acupuncture” or “cranial acupuncture,” has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine but gained prominence in the 20th century through the work of Dr. Jiao Shunfa, a renowned acupuncturist in China. Dr. Jiao developed a systematic approach to scalp acupuncture based on traditional principles combined with modern neurological principles.

Scalp acupuncture facilitates the flow of Qi (vital energy) through the various meridians in the body. By stimulating specific points on the scalp, acupuncturists regulate the flow of Qi and blood, restore balance, and promote the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

Techniques and Practices

Unlike traditional body acupuncture, which utilizes points along the body’s meridians, scalp acupuncture focuses primarily on the scalp, targeting specific zones that correspond to different areas and functions of the body. These zones are mapped out on the scalp, and practitioners insert fine needles into designated points with precision.

The selection of points and the depth of needle insertion can vary depending on the condition being treated and the individual’s constitution. Additionally, scalp acupuncture may be combined with other TCM modalities such as herbal medicine, cupping, or moxibustion to enhance its therapeutic effects.

Potential Benefits

Chinese scalp acupuncture offers a wide range of benefits for various physical, neurological, and emotional conditions. Some potential benefits include:

  1. Pain Management: Scalp acupuncture has been used to alleviate chronic pain conditions such as migraines, headaches, neck pain, and musculoskeletal disorders.
  2. Neurological Disorders: It may benefit individuals with neurological conditions like stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and neuropathy by improving nerve function and promoting neural regeneration.
  3. Mental Health: Scalp acupuncture is also utilized to address mental and emotional imbalances, including anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, and insomnia.
  4. Functional Disorders: Conditions such as digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, and respiratory ailments may also respond positively to scalp acupuncture by restoring the body’s natural regulatory mechanisms.

Conclusion

Chinese scalp acupuncture represents a unique and effective approach to healing that combines ancient wisdom with modern understanding. Many individuals have experienced significant relief and improvements in their health and well-being through this practice.

Front Neurol. 2023 Jun 2:14:1196446. Research methods and efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease: a scoping review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Bin Yu Shi-Qi Ma Hai-Peng Huang Zhen Zhong Shuo Yu Ke Hung Li-Ying Zhang Meng-Yuan Li Lin Yao 

Abstract

Introduction: Research on acupuncture for Parkinson’s Disease is growing rapidly. A scoping review examines emerging evidence and is important to guide policy and practice. The purpose of this scoping review was to examine the breadth and methodological quality of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and to map the quality of evidence of these studies to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for treatment of PD.

Methods: Seven literature databases were searched. Two researchers independently screened the literature and extracted relevant information (such as general characteristics, inclusion criteria, study results, and report quality).The inclusion criteria include publicly published systematic reviews/meta-analyses/systematic reviews of acupuncture treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

The research subjects are any patients who meet the diagnostic criteria for Parkinson’s disease, and intervention measures include acupuncture treatment including electro acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, or combination with other treatment methods. The outcome indicators are all types of results related to PD and the effective measurement tools used.

Results: A total of 23 systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses of studies were included. Most of the articles were published between 2019 and 2023 (47.8%). A total of 14 articles (60.9%) were evaluated and classified, and 89 (36.8.1%) of the 242 included articles were of medium and high quality.

Discussion: This study comprehensively evaluates the quality and research methods of incorporating SRs/MAs, and concludes that acupuncture treatment for Parkinson’s disease may be significant.

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What Causes Parkinsons?

Below I have posted a clip of my 2009 interview with Naturopath Daniel Newman ND who answers my question: what causes Parkinsons?

He offers the common sense observation that environmental toxins cause them. Nonetheless, the conventional treatment protocol focuses on putting new substances and medications into the body, not eliminating the toxins that have created the problem.

Do most medical professionals focus on detoxing their patients who experience Parkinson’s symptoms? You know that answer to this question!

Detoxing is typically not a benign process. If the detoxification process overwhelms the elimination organs (the liver, kidney, large intestine, skin) you can become very ill indeed. Some members of my global audience tell me they were rushed to intensive care at their local hospital because symptoms became so severe.

Before a detox program is undertaken, all the organs required for a successful detox regimen need to be supported and fully functional.

If your elimination organs are not equipped to process the excess of toxins a process of “re-distribution” takes place. A toxic substance residing in a harmless location (like for example your buttock) is mobilized into circulation. Where does it land?

The body does not deposit the circulating toxin in the heart or lungs. These organs are  critical to survival. No. The body wisely deposits the circulating toxin to the extremities – the hands, feet and guess what? The brain. What was originally a harmless toxin lodged in a harmless tissue becomes a toxin that does considerable harm.

Daniel Newman points like that a successful detox program is just like cooking a delicious soup. You need to right ingredients in the right amounts introduced at the right time. Slow cooking is preferred over microwave blasts!

Summary: Is detoxing important for a person experiencing Parkinsons symptoms? Of course! Do you want to get rid of the toxins quickly? Of course. Should you? Duh. No. Best to collaborate with a qualified health care practitioner skilled with successful detox protocols.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Founder 2004
Parkinsons Recovery
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Olympia Washington

Evidence on Recovery

A loudly pronounced belief is that Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition. People who espouse this belief never offer evidence for its veracity. I interviewed naturopath Daniel Newman, ND in 2009 who provided information about the recovery of his patients who experienced the neurological conditions associated with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s.

Note: Information about the potential for recovery was well known 15 years ago. People still believe it cannot be true!

Robert Rodgers PhD
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