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Prognosis for Early Onset Parkinson’s

Nearly a year ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 27.  While it definitely came as a shock to me, I haven’t let it define the person that I am.  My father was diagnosed with PD when he was 51 (which is still considered young) and I sadly watched Parkinson’s completely take over his life.  The smallest things such as walking and even talking have become difficult for him.  

I was wondering, because I am diagnosed at such a young age, will I become as symptomatic as my father by my 40’s?



My answer may come as somewhat of a surprise to you. Your future state of health and wellness is primarily a function of what you think will happen. More specifically, do you think in your heart, mind and soul that you will suffer the same fate as your father? If you do, then you will.

If on the other hand, you hold the belief that your body can heal itself and that the symptoms your currently experience are an indication that something is out of balance in your body, then you will search for answers and find them.

You want to know what happens to people in your same circumstance. The outcomes split into those who believe their fate is sealed – they get gradually worse – and those who know healing is possible – they get better. At the foundation of all healing are our thought forms.

The pessimistic thoughts have low frequencies which impede healing. The optimistic thoughts have high frequencies which facilitate healing. In the end, the engine that  drives what happens to you lies in your moment to moment thoughts about what is possible to manifest. I have written about the impact of thoughts on healing for Parkinson’s in Five Steps to Recovery.

If you are interested in exploring options that can potentially facilitate a reversal of symptoms and to flood the cells of your body with an energy of optimism, attend the Parkinsons Recovery Summit this June! It is the happening of the decade for anyone who has set a course to recover.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
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Toe Curling and Early Diagnosis of Parkinson’s

On my radio show today I interview 83 year young Lee Bender who confronted a debilitating problem with curled toes in his right foot.  Lee discovered a solution to his problem from a most unexpected source which he talks about during my interview with him today.

You are probably expecting me to tell you the solution which took 15 minutes.  Part of me wants to cave, but I won’t. It is worth taking 45 minutes to listen to the entire show.  I am on live at 11:00 am pacific time today (March 4th). You can always listen to the show later by downloading the recording. Click on the radio program link at the top of the blog (on the ride side panel) or visit by clicking the link below:

I sent out an e mail announcement to my list about the radio show today and in response received a fascinating e-mail  from Brad who speculates that toe curling is a reliable predictor (and early sign) of Parkinson’s.

I just discovered that “toe curling” or “kinesigenic foot distonia” is a “hallmark” of early-onset Parkinson’s, often appearing long before tremors or other obvious symptoms.  Distonia is different from regular cramps.  I had this symptom for two or three years before diagnosis (at age 52).

What is really unbelievable is that (western) doctors, even neurologists, either can’t or won’t tell you this.  They either ignore or misdiagnose this unique symptom.  You have to display at least three classic PD symptoms to get a diagnosis of PD.  By then you know something is wrong and from a western medicine perspective it makes no difference when you receive diagnosis and treatment (since there is no hope for improvement anyway).

What effect might  three years of detox and/or lifestyle changes and alternative therapies in early intervention have on the later progression (or remission) of PD?  Ten to fifteen percent of these PD related distonias resolve spontaneously (for unknown reasons).  Of course, PD never resolves (by definition).  If it does, it is declared a misdiagnosis or “psychogenic” (you never really had PD).  This does not really help discover early indicators of PD.  Any strange or unusal sensations in the body should be taken seriously as a sign that something is out of balance.


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Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
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