Category Archives: Natural Remedies Parkinsons treatment

How Do You Triage People?

Question:

How do you triage people?

We accept anyone into our program who is eager to find ways to heal themselves. The only issue for us turns on whether a person wants us to “fix them” or whether they want to figure out ways they can heal themselves.

If someone wants to be fixed, we are not the answer and always refer them out. Our approach takes a commitment from the person and a willingness to allow the time it takes for the body to heal. 

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

 © 2008 Parkinsons Recovery

How does John Coleman, ND, Fit into your Work?

Question: 

How does John Coleman ND fit into your work here in the United States?

Response:

John Coleman is a naturopathic doctor from Australia who himself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1995. Using a unique combination of natural approaches, John fully recovered in three and a half years. He now helps other people find relief from their symptoms. 

We collaborate closely with John Coleman. Zero Point Healers was doing work with Parkinson’s in Washington state beginning in 2004.  John had been working with Parkinson’s clients for 10 years. John came to Washington state to do a clinic on Parkinson’s which we attended. At the clinic, John talked about everything we were talking about here in the Washington state to help people find relief from the symptoms of Parkinson’s. 

So, I concluded – we must have gotten it all right. We must have figured out the answer. After all, how could the two of us working independently on opposite sides of the globe have come up with the same set of ideas? It is highly implausible unless the ideas themselves are intrinsically correct.

John’s has had a profound influence on my own work here in the United States. He currently offers a top flight 12 step Parkinsons Recovery Program for anyone interested in finding ways to get relief from the symptoms of Parkinson’s. 

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D. 
Parkinsons Recovery

 © 2008 Parkinsons Recovery

What Success Have You Had with Parkinson’s?

Question: 

What success have you had with Parkinson’s disease?

 Response:

We believe the causes of Parkinson’s are multi-faceted and
that the underlying cause for one person may differ from
another. Specifically, the underlying and primary cause for
one person may be heavy metals, another pathogens, and
still another trauma. Some people are unlucky enough to
have issues with all three.

Our research thus far has evaluated only the effects of 
energy healing that included craniosacral therapy on the 
symptoms of persons with Parkinson’s who chose not to
take medications. Findings of our study showed that 75%
of the symptoms for the 10 persons in the study either
stayed the same or improved.

We concluded that energy work clearly helps, but
that the body also needs additional support like good
nutrition and detoxing to come back into balance.
The study led us to adopt a more holistic approach. 

Some of our initial study volunteers are doing quite
well indeed. I hope to have interviews with them soon.
We are gathering stories from people across the country
and elsewhere who are feeling better and finding
relief from their symptoms so others can get a sense
of what other people are doing for themselves to feel better.
It gives hope to many people when they realize that others
with Parkinsons are finding relief from their symptoms.
Some people have fully recovered.  

Clearly, there is no cure nor is there any magic formula
that people can use to heal. But it is also clear that many
people have found ways to feel better and get relief from
their symptoms. We are documenting these stories.

I also believe that everything we try must be carefully
documented, so in our initial study I used many research
instruments to track what was happening. Our subsequent
studies will be just as rigorous. We are planning to use 
outside evaluators for the First 100 Study.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery  

 © 2008 Parkinsons Recovery

Can I Stop Taking Sinemet if I Decide to Pursue Natural Therapies?

Question:

Dr. Rodgers: I was interested in your suggestion that Parkinson’s is not caused by a lack of dopamine but due to adrenaline, toxic and stress problems.  Does this mean that I could stop taking Sinemet?

Response:

First let me emphasize I am not a medical doctor. You will need to consult with your medical doctor about any changes in your medications or doses.   

There can be serious consequences if you stop taking your medications abruptly. The addictive properties to some medications for Parkinson’s make it particularly difficult – and even dangerous – to stop taking them cold turkey.   

I have heard sad reports from people who tried to go off of their medications cold turkey. These reports say that people have found themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to go back on their medications at an even higher dose – sometimes twice as high – when compared to the dose they were taking the day they tried to quit.  

The decision to wean yourself off of your medications is a serious one. Be sure to consult with your doctor if you consider doing something like this. Some people are able to successfully reduce the dose they take. In these cases the reduction is gradual and, again, conducted only with the close supervision of their doctor.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

 © 2008 Parkinsons Recovery

Story of a Miracle Recovery from Parkinson’s

Question 

My husband, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
seven years ago, and who was drug free for the first five
of those years, has improved dramatically over the past
two months as follows: 

major, noticeable and sustained
   increase in energy (sexual, emotional, physical, mental, etc.): 
handwriting is easier; 
balance improved; 
less need for sleep and recovery/rest;
abatement of muscle soreness;
urge to return to direct, upright posture and then, arms swing naturally;
return of facial expression, moving faster and smoother;
the list goes on. 

He presently takes 5 25/100 Sinemet per day, which he
has been taking for almost two years.  He also is on a wide
range of supplements, which he has been on from the beginning
and finally, I have been giving him weekly energy treatments
which are loosely based on yin tui na but which amount to
an intuitive, hands on kind of relaxation session.
 
We are simply unable to explain his seeming recovery
and are happy to live with it as a miracle.  However, we
wanted to advise you of the remarkable turn-around
he is undergoing and seek any input you may have. 

Response

Your story of recovery is an inspiration to everyone with
Parkinson’s who are on the road to recovery. Thank you
so much for sending it. I hope others with stories similar
to yours will be encouraged to send their own personal 
experiences with recovery.

Your husband’s recovery program has consisted of a two pronged
approach: nutrition and energy work. He gives his body the
nourishment it needs to rejuvenate damaged neural pathways and
balance out the intricate array or hormones in his body.

Why did it take so long for the supplements to take effect?
It is often the case that the digestive system is compromised
in the early stages of recovery.  The food needed by the
body to repair cells is not being adequately assimilated or
processed. It takes time for blockages and barriers in the
digestive system to clear.  

Some of the best evidence of recovery comes from John
Coleman, ND. It took him nearly four years to recover from
the symptoms of Parkinson’s. As a naturopath John has helped 
other clients fully recover, but their recovery too has taken
2-4 years. It simply takes time for the digestive system and
the body time to come “back on line.”  

You have also been giving him subtle energy treatments.
I believe this is also a significant reason for his remarkable
improvement. 

My colleagues and I did a six month study to evaluate the
effects of energy healing on the symptoms of 10 persons
who have Parkinson’s in Portland, Oregon. We tracked
their symptoms using standard research instruments
and videos. 

Findings showed that 75% of the symptoms either improved
or stayed the same. Videos of before the treatments and after
also showed remarkable improvements.

Energy work helps to release stress and trauma which we
believe is a factor that causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Energy work also helps the body balance out the complicated
mix of hormones that are continuously circulating throughout
the body.   

Your experience with the recovery of your husband matches
our own experience perfectly.  The weekly energy sessions and
the nutritional supplements are both clearly two important reasons for
the miracle of his recovery. 

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D. 
Parkinsons Recovery  

 © 2008 Parkinsons Recovery

The Upside and Downside of the Mucuna Bean

Question: What are your thoughts about using the Mucuna bean to
                    treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s? 

Answer:  

There is an upside and a downside to taking Mucuna bean 
to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s. 

The Upside 

Macuna bean (or Mucuna Puriens) is derived from a plant
that grows
in tropical climates. The Mucuna herb has been used
for generations in India and other eastern countries 
to treat
Parkinson’s with varying success. Mucuna is by no means
a new revelation.  

People use Mucuna in part because it does not
have the side effects of prescription medications. 
Several volunteers from the Portland Parkinsons Energy
Project who do not take prescribed medications
for Parkinson’s have been pleased with the results they
get from taking 
Mucuna.  Other people have been able
to reduce the dose of their prescribed medications or
even wean themselves off medications altogether. 

Research on the effectiveness on Mucuna is encouraging.
I will be summarizing these discoveries in upcoming
Parkinsons Recovery newsletters

No changes in the dosage of prescription
medications should of course be made without
consulting with your doctor first. Even though it
is not a prescription medication, it is also just
as important to consult with your doctor before
taking any natural herb supplement like Mucuna.   

The Downside 
 
It is clear from talking with other health professionals that
Mucuna is not a cure nor does it provide relief 
for everyone. After all, if Mucuna were a panacea 
everyone with Parkinson’s would be taking it and no one
today would be suffering from its symptoms.

Many people think of Parkinson’s simplistically as
deficiency of dopamine. In fact, the “disease” is 
described by most health care providers as such. 
The truth of the matter is that 
reasons for
the symptoms of Parkinson’s are far, far more
complicated than this. 

Symptoms of Parkinson’s are aggravated by an imbalance
of over
39 different neurotransmitters. When you take 
Mucuna (or any dopamine supplement for that matter)
you are making a decision to
focus on only a tiny fraction
of the problem. 

The body is making fine adjustments to the production
and distribution of hormones continuously, second by
second, minute by minute. 
Consider the maze of
complicated adjustments your body makes to produce 
and distribute the other 38 neurotransmitters when you take
any dopamine lookalike.

Ingesting a single synthetic hormone once a day creates an instant
imbalance. The body is challenged with the task of re-balancing
all the other 38 hormones that must be continuously manufactured 
and
distributed to the tissues. 
The “adjustment” that comes from taking a dopamine
supplement 
is crude. M
ucuna is taken once or twice a
day. The body produces and distributes hormones
continuously each and every second of the day. 
Do the math. The difference is mind-boggling. 
If the choice is between the body and Mucuna I
am 
betting on the body any day of the week.
A second challenge you will encounter if you decide to
take Mucuna – and keep in mind this
may be a good
choice for you – is that you are giving your body the
signal it does not
need to produce dopamine
on its own.  
Think like your body and you will understand
the long term consequences of what happens when
you take a dopamine producing supplement like Mucuna. 

Here is the decision sequence: 
Your body is busy
with the work of adjusting and
balancing hormones
which, after all, is one of its important jobs. Mucuna mysteriously
appears in the digestive system.
There is suddenly and
unexpectedly an 
external intrusion into the body. The
body begins to ponder:
  

“Who is in charge here?”   

A critical function of the body is suddenly and unexpectedly 
being handled by 
someone else. The mind then says to itself:

      “If someone else is doing my job, why should I bother?”

Isn’t this just what you do when someone else begins doing
a job you thought was your responsibility?  

reason that cells in the substantia nigra die is because
dopamine is being supplied by an external source. 
Cells 
that produce dopamine are no
longer needed. You either
use it or lose it. In this case you lose it.
The body eventually
surrenders 
responsibility for producing dopamine.  
John Coleman ND points out that most of the Macuna bean
that is packaged and sold in the marketplace is not actually 
“natural.” It is 
processed. The Mucuna pill capsules
are manufactured and refined, purified and converted to 
powder. 
John Coleman has also observed in his clinic that 
Macuna can induce the “same adverse effects as synthetic
levodopa if consumed in large quantities over a long period.

Coleman has a different recommendation for his clients.
He suggests  you hydrate your body by taking a
natural homeopathic remedy. The body has an easier
time producing and balancing hormones when the cells
are adequately hydrated.   

Mucuna  may provide welcome relief in the short term.
But if it is used as a lifetime remedy your body’s 
incredibly intricate 
system for monitoring
hormones will be short circuited. Sensitivity of
the monitoring system is degraded and the system
itself is eventually disabled.

Your body gradually gives up its charge at birth to maintain
health and wellness. You eventually begin to feel lousy.
Your health 
deteriorates.

Why not give your body a chance to do its work whenever
possible? Wait. Be patient. Acknowledge to yourself
that you will not necessarily feel good every day. Accept
the reality that some days you will likely feel lousy.
  Helping
the body re-remember how to balance hormones is not an
easy task but the rewards are worth it.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery