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John Coleman ND Discusses His Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease

Many people are curious about the process of recovery and the time it takes to find sustained relief from symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. John Coleman ND discusses the ups and downs of his own recovery from Parkinson’s disease.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Jump Start to Recovery 


When Should I Start Taking Parkinsons Medications?

Naturopath John Coleman. ND, from Australia answers the question asked by a member of my audience: “When Should I Start Taking Parkinson’s Medications?” Many people agonize over this issue. John provides his own perspective in offering his answer to this question.

Author of the book Stop Parkin’ and Start Livin’, John Coleman was one of the first individuals to recover from symptoms of Parkinson’s disease he personally experienced in the mid 1990’s. Given his personal journey down the road to recovery, John offers rich insights into many questions about the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease


Jump Start to Recovery Fall Course

Jump Start to Recovery Fall Course

I had intended to offer my Jump Start to Recovery course only once in 2016. Then, something miraculous happened. Reports of recovery from current students have been so encouraging that I decided to offer a second course this fall. The focused content of the course is clearly helping people find the right path to travel down the right road to recovery.

Just to be clear, the Jump Start to Recovery course is not about offering a pre-packaged “solution” for recovery.  No such static “solution” will ever address the needs of every person who currently experiences Parkinson’s symptoms. My focus and intent with the course is to provide the framework, resources, options and skills so that each participant can discover the perfect path to find sustained relief from their symptoms.

Advantages of Jump Start to Recovery

  • No need to travel to attend the course
  • Connect with me and other students using your telephone (or computer).
  • Computer access is not required
  • Access to the course materials and live sessions from any country
  • All eight sessions are recorded for later access
  • Enrollment includes free, lifetime access to the Online Course

For more information and to claim your seat visit:

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Whole Brain Power

Most people choose to suppress the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease with medications or supplements. And why not? If you can begin to feel “normal”, you can begin leading a “normal” life.

Whole Brain Power
Michael Lavery, Author of Whole Brain Power

There is another way. Just ask Michael Lavery, author of Whole Brain Power: The Fountain of Youth for the Mind and Body.  Michael has invented fascinating and innovative ways to increase and enhance the integrity and functionality of your brain. You read my last sentence correctly.

  • You can get a lot smarter!
  • Your memory and recall can improve significantly!
  • Your handwriting can improve!
  • Your can become more focused!
  • You can lift depression! 
  • You can reclaim your life force!

All of this is possible, Michael explains, when you start a program to “exercise” your brain in ways you never before even imagined. I like his approach because it puts you in the driver’s seat of your recovery and puts medicines or supplements in the back seat.

Joining Michael in my interview with him is Len Fox who discusses his own experience with taking Michael’s Whole Brain Power program seriously.

To keep your program focused, Michael Lavery has also published a Whole Brain Power: Workbook & Progress Journal

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Story of Recovery: Manfred Poggel

Hooray I say. We can all celebrate still another story of recovery from Parkinson’s disease. Manfred Poggel is German, but his story is now available in a Kindle English ebook: Parkinson’s disease- How I was Healed Without Chemicals

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Poggel shares his experiences with using over 30 different therapies. Moreover, he describes his very personal way to recovery through approaches like de-acidification, meditation, acupuncture, homeopathy and many more. His main concern is to show ways of early detection and prevention.

An edited version of his kindle ebook’s description follows:

“From 2002 onwards, his Parkinson’s disease became so severe that by 2003 he was no longer able to work. The dreaded diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease was officially confirmed in 2004…He began his search for effective healing at the end of 2006. After phasing out the use of chemical medications, various connections between causes and effects became clear.”

“He recorded and checked all of the tips he was given and evaluated them for himself. It was a difficult process. It was not easy to choose the therapies that were right for him. Nevertheless, he dared to try them because he always, always had the feeling that he was being guided and that he would become healthy again.

“In autumn 2010, he was finally able to stop using his natural therapies. Today he can say that he is healed. He has overcome not only Parkinson’s disease but also all other illnesses from earlier in his life. Over these years he learnt to change his lifestyle and diet.”

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Last Chance to Kick Start Your Recovery from Parkinson’s

Have You Heard?

For the one and only time in 2016, I am teaching the Jump Start to Recovery course to help participants develop and implement a successful program of recovery from Parkinson’s. Content of the course is organized around two key questions:

  1. What causes the Parkinson’s symptoms that you currently experience?
  2. What in the world can you do right now to reverse these symptoms?

I am excited to announce that the course launches in 3 days.

Only 1 seat remains!

Claim the last seat before the registration opportunity closes. Click on the link below for information and enrollment.

Enter the coupon code “control” on the shopping cart to claim a 20% discount off the already low course tuition. The Jump Start course this year includes a bounty of support resources, books, videos and online lectures in addition to the eight sessions with me personally.

Does your gut instinct tell you to join us? If the answer is yes, why wait? The opportunity to kick start your recovery is now.
Robert Rodgers PhD
Olympia Washington
Parkinsons Recovery


Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery

P. S.: One of the most fascinating parts of the course is to discover what other participants are doing to reverse their own symptoms.


Stress and Trauma

I just want you to know that I had previously started to recover from Parkinson’s because of the work I have been doing about letting go of the stress and trauma in my body by using Louise L Hay method. I’m following her book” You Can Heal Your Body“.

I have noticed quite a significant reduction in my symptoms already. They’re not completely gone but they are reducing and I am definitely on the road to recovery. I am sure your program will help even more. I just know that I will be symptom-free! I have no doubt about it.

So thank you for your jump start to Recovery program.

My vision that I hold in my thoughts are having you interview me on your radio show and I am sharing on how I  recovered from Parkinsons.. And the other vision I have is me telling my neurologist I no longer have Parkinson’s and him giving me a score of 0 on the Parkinson’s scale.



Q&A with Robert Rodgers – Founder of Parkinsons Recovery

Submit your questions right now. I will provide a response this Sunday when I host Sunday Connections. Visit the event page to submit your question now:

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Title: Recent Research Discoveries about Parkinson’s
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Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Road to Recovery Success

I received the email below which certainly made my day. Reports like this encourage me to continue my research into the various causes of Parkinson’s symptoms and the therapies that help to reverse them.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease


I have read all your books. They are really great. I have had Parkinson’s for five years now and those books have been my crutch. I don’t take any medication and have done it all alternatively. I have used a lot of your ideas and your books are very motivational. I have reversed a lot of my Parkinson’s symptoms. But there is still a few more to do. I don’t listen to your radio show as the time zone is very different. I’m really honored to be in touch with you. Your books are a lifeline to me.

I also wanted to add that your books gave me hope when NONE was around, the only hope friends and family believed in was the medication!!! I just wanted to let you know the great contribution you have made to our/my world. Your books really helped me when I was right right down . I had family and friends but in reality I was alone but I kept rereading your books and taking   small steps. I just kept trying until finally I felt I was on the road to recovery and that’s where I am now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will recover from Parkinson’s, It’ just finding what needs tweaking for me/you being the car mechanic

Thank you again.

A Truly Remarkable Story of Recovery

I have a fascinating story of recovery for you to hear on Parkinsons Recovery radio. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago, Don McCammon developed his own compound to treat his symptoms. The major ingredient in this compound is a natural sugar called Mannitol which already has widespread use commercially in products like candies for diabetics.

Don did his own research and discovered preliminary research using fire flies and mice that Mannitol reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s  disease significantly. He decided to conduct his own study using a sample of one – himself!

Results were remarkable to say the least as he describes in the radio show today. Don has been symptom free for 2 1/2 years aside from a slight hand tremor. The interview is well worth taking 45 minutes out of your day to hear.

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease

Listen to the Recording of Quest Sel Kerans on Parkinsons Recovery Radio

Author of
Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease

leading the dance

Trust me on this. Take the time to listen to this program. It will be well worth your time!

Sel Kerans discusses his new book, Leading the Dance: Living well with Parkinson’s Disease, and his own journey on the road to recovery in an open, conversational expose of a five year journey with Parkinson’s disease and the experiences that have inspired the writing of a book that may be helpful, motivational and encouraging for others, especially those newly diagnosed with the condition.

His book has been dedicated to the late Robin Williams and is about overcoming adversity, staying positive and content; focusing on healing, recovery and living well. Leading the dance with an unwelcome stranger called Parkinson’s disease. Sel discusses:

  • What hurdles have you faced?
  • How have you overcome them?
  • Would you consider yourself recovered from Parkinson’s disease?
  • Do you believe it’s possible to recover completely from the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
  • You mention in your book some reluctance with medication – what’s been your approach to taking medication over the five years?
  • What resources have been useful for you in learning about alternative approaches to managing the symptoms?

Sel Kerans on Parkinsons Recovery Radio

Robert Rodgers PhD

Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Parkinsons Recovery

Recovery from Parkinson’s

What does it really take for recovery from Parkinson’s to happen for you? There is no doubt but that the treatment of Parkinson;s symptoms helps many people. The limitation of this approach of course is that there is no end to the treatment. It must continue day in and day out.

An alternative approach is to set the intention to find the cause of the symptoms. Once the cause or causes have been identified they can be treated and healed. I discuss the four foundations of this approach in the Sunday Connections program. To listen, visit:

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Angela’s Recovery Summary: Week 12

Dear Ones,

This is our last week in Florida.  On Friday, April 13, we return to our home in White Rock BC where major reconstruction works will resume repairing the damage from the water leak that occurred in January.  We have been in Florida for nearly 3 months, quite possibly the longest time I have been in one place for most of the past 20 years.

In some ways it has been the most difficult week yet, garnering two hearty thumbs-up from Howard during our weekly Skype.  I have Mr. Parkinson’s attention and he is fighting back.  Meanwhile, I have a couple of interesting observations.  I bought a beach ball to help me with the Standing Qigong exercise (the instructions say to hold your arms out in front as if holding a large ball, so I thought that using an actual ball may make the exercise more doable – it works).  While carrying the beach ball in front of me from the store to the car, I noticed that I could walk much more easily.  Without the ball, my right leg tends not to step forward but rather only catches up with my left leg.  When holding the ball out in front with both hands, my right and left legs both move normally – quite a novel feeling since I haven’t been able to walk properly for over a year.  I have also discovered that I can walk even better and faster when I bounce the ball in front of me.  So now when I go for my daily walk I carry my beach ball with me!  Late news: I have just found that holding a tennis ball is also effective in correcting my gait.  I think it is more socially acceptable to carry a tennis ball with me than a large beach ball – unless of course I am at the beach.

A second observation this week has to do with the movement of my right fingers.  When I first saw a neurologist in February 2007, and was instructed to wiggle my right fingers as if I was “air typing”, I couldn’t move them.  This was a major piece of evidence in the preliminary diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.  As you can imagine, this has significantly impaired my ability to use a keyboard and to write.  Last Friday, I mentioned this to my chiro chi practitioner Lynn Migdal, and demonstrated the inability to move my fingers.  She adjusted my C-5 vertebra.  Since then, I have been able to move my fingers.  After 5 years, it is quite a novel feeling to have conscious control over my right fingers once again.

Being on Howard’s “Recipe for Recovery” has certainly tested my PD symptoms.  To an impartial outside observer, my symptoms (mostly the tremours) may appear to be worse than when I began the Recipe.  Yet in my mind – and heart, and soul – I feel I am making progress.  I do not need or want medications that hide my symptoms yet do nothing to prevent the progression of PD (for those already on PD meds, Howard’s Recipe has enabled many to cut way back on their use as their movement improves).  Mentally, I am firing on all cylinders.  Physically, I am somewhat impaired but I’m still able to get around and even find time for the occasional tennis game.  Spiritually, I am reawakening.  I feel great!

I have resolved to continue with the Recipe for as long as it takes.  Howard has completely recovered from PD by following it, as has Marie.  That’s two more people completely healed than are said to be possible according to conventional Western medicine.  I would rather live in hope of a complete recovery than resign myself to having an incurable, progressive disease.  So many people (me included) upon receiving the diagnosis of PD are dismayed that there is no hope offered whatsoever for healing.  Hopelessness defeats.  Hope heals.  Many people diagnosed with cancer report that hope has helped them recover against great odds.  I believe it can be the same for people diagnosed with PD or other so-called incurable neurological disorders.  One in a million is still better than impossible.  It is a fight worth fighting.

I love the unlovable,
I accept the unacceptable,
I dream the undreamable,
I accomplish the impossible.
I am limitless.

All my love,


I Ignore My Parkinson’s Disease

I wrote a plea in my newsletter for help in changing the false belief that Parkinson’s Disease is “degenerative.”  What follows is one of the many responses I received. Brad gave me permission to post the statement that follows. Be prepared to be inspired.

Robert Rodgers,Ph.D.
Pioneers of Recovery

Why is it we “fight” cancer, but we must “accept” Parkinson’s Disease? I never accepted anything, that is why I continue to work, exercise, live normally, etc. Mostly I ignore my Parkinsons Disease.  I skip my drugs whenever possible.  I am too busy to be bothered with degeneration.  

It has not made me very popular with the medical establishment.  Parkinsons Disease is exceedingly psychogically and emotionallly sensitive.  When our mind is preoccupied with growth, involvement, concentration (“recovery” mode), our symptoms abate.  When we are upset, angry, anxious (“degeneration” mode) our symptoms are exacerbated.  

As most athletes and artists know, in order to accomplish something, we must first “visualize” the possibility.  If we do not believe something is possible, it will never be so.  If we believe, anything is possible.  

When my symptoms caused me to lose my ability to bicycle ride at a high level of performance, I fought back and reversed those symptoms.  Last fall, my girlfriend and I rode six or seven difficult “century” rides (100 miles in one day), including one back to back days for the first time.  

I still have Parkinson’s Disease, but I can do anything I choose to do by simply deciding to let nothing stand in my way.


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.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Resources for Recovery from Parkinsons in France and Great Britain

Dear Robert,

I have been given your address, after being diagnosed with early Parkinson’s Syndrome, by a friend after discussing my general state of health with him. After exhaustive tests and the most frightening stay in hospital, a number of health issued raised their ugly heads.

I am just coming to my 56th birthday in June, to be told I had a liver virus, gall stones, depression (I have suffered with this after a nervous breakdown in 1994, but have been taught to control the effects through non-medicinal methods). I am in constant lower back pain and my specialist finally dropped the bomb shell that she believed I had the early symptoms of Parkinson’s.

I have been on a ‘light’ cocktail of drugs which have helped, but I do find it difficult to write now and hold a glass – it can suddenly fall from my hand for no reason. Walking is difficult, and I have had to give up driving, move into a friends apartment after falling and being unable to contact anyone for two days.

After going through your excellent site and information, I am writing to ask if you have :

  • Any knowledge of someone I can contact in France as this is where I live (or the UK)
  • Can I receive information you have on your site here

And finally, I want to be able to not be classed as disabled (which is what the French Health Service currently have me registered). It was hard work learning how to deal with my depression, but I learnt, I’m sure I can do it with the tools you have in your arsenal ! I am not a religious person, but I do believe in the power of the mind and the importance of a balanced spirit. If I could get to Bali, I know who and where I could go to get this positive / negative energy balance.

Thank you for your time,

Best regards



Sounds like it is indeed a good time to get serious about considering other options! You have certainly come to the right place to get information about options that are helping people reverse symptoms that are similar to yours.

You ask about resources that might be available to you in France or the UK. There just happens to be one wonderful resource which has helped me personally and has helped many other people who currently experience the symptoms of Parkinson’s: Simon King. Simon, located in the United Kingdom, is a chiropractor who has has discovered the debilitating role that metal and crowns in our teeth can play on our neurological  system.

Why not first listen to my radio show interview with Simon King to evaluate whether you might want to make an appointment with him. His show aired April 9, 2009. To listen, visit:

Be sure to keep scrolling back since the most recent shows are listed first. Of course, all shows are free to download and listen. Simon’s website is:

You ask about other resources. My answer here is really quite simple. Start listening to some of the other Parkinsons Recovery Radio shows! There is a wealth of information in each show that I have aired. Read posts here on the Parkinsons Recovery blog too. If you have ever had any doubt about the prospects for recovery, those doubts will soon dissolve after you have listened to a few of the radio shows and had a chance to realize the wealth of information on the blog. Recovery is happening for more and more people.

Finally, if you want to get serious about identifying options, one incredible resource Parkinsons Recovery is making available in 2012: the Parkinsons Recovery Summit which will convene in Cincinnati, Ohio June 22 and June 23. I fully realize this is a long trip for you and would mean you must cross the ocean. I can assure you, however, that the trip would be well worth the effort.  You will encounter an incredible diversity of resources that are transforming many lives.

For more information about the Summit, visit:

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Painting for Parkinsons

My guest on the radio show this week was Anne Atkin who has made remarkable discoveries for herself about what helps her get sustained relief from her symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Her radio show interview is remarkable in every respect and I strongly encourage everyone to listen. 

Anne was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, Living and Laughing with Parkinsons which I have now devoured. I did not stop reading and laughing until I landed on the final page.

Her book is a thorough and comprehensive review of the symptoms that are associated with Parkinsons and the frustrations that they present. Anne has drawn provocative and very funny cartoons that complement each explanation of a symptom and that embody the many challenges she personally encountered. You can purchase her book (which Anne sends to people to any country in the world) on her website:

Living and Laughing with Parkinsons is a beautifully written and illustrated book  that reveals the work of an incredibly creative woman. Anne points out in the book that the creativity of many people with Parkinson’s soars and blossoms.  Her work soundly confirms this hypothesis. When you see her book you will understand why,

In addition to sending me her book, Anne forwarded a letter she wrote in response to a question about what she has been doing to get relief from her symptoms, Anne gave me permission to post the letter which follow. May this not however be a substitute for listening to her interview which is full of golden treasures for anyone who currently experiences the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Pioneers of Recovery  

I am very careful about how I describe what is happening to me. Recovery is a word that is too strong; I like to think that I have reached an equilibrium and a state of balance with Parkinson’s. I feel that I am always improving some aspect of myself. If you think you have recovered, then you may allow bad habits to come back whereas to keep in balance you have to keep working at it. It all becomes second nature.

Yes, it is true that I no longer use a cane and that has happened because my quad muscles are much stronger and that helps balance. Also, my overall balance has improved because I spend time just practising standing on one leg then the other.

I don’t do hours of exercise because I would be bored silly. I exercise no more than 10 minutes at a time but at frequent intervals. This way I don’t get tired or bored. I do all my own housework, which is also exercise! I love gardening and I will talk about gardening more.

I don’t do anything that is complicated or difficult. Nor do you have to do everything exactly the way I do it. After a while you will find your own pathway and it will feel right and comfortable.

So I use a combination of:

•    creativity
•    socialization- being with people from all walks of life is the way to go. Don’t isolate yourself.
•    humor – develop a sense of humor as laughter is so good for our bodies
•    exercise – and you don’t have to join a gym. There is a great book on exercise for us and it is called ‘Delay the Disease.’ It is by Jackie Russell and David Zid.
•    Mindfulness
•    Wellness   These three are handled beautifully on the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation website
•    Visualization
•    Positive thinking
•    Not giving in to negative thoughts

In everything I do I have a little catch-cry –

‘You’ll never, never know if you don’t have a go.’

You can retrain your brain through thinking positively. It is very important if you have depression.

Whoops! I forgot about gardening. Gardening is an activity that is both creative and exercise. You get the best of both worlds. I love gardening and spend at least an hour a day in mine.

My book ‘Living and laughing with Parkinson’s’ is just at the very beginning of my journey and it is my second book which is being published later this year which will do a lot of talking about the dot points above.

I hope I have given you some ideas but I must impress on you that  you can find you own path to wellness and mindfulness. There is more than one pathway because Parkinson’s is such a mixture of symptoms. We are all different and therefore our pathways are going to be all different too.

I also started this journey about 4 years ago and the further along the pathway I went, the more easily I found it to take control of some symptoms. For example, anxiety attacks are now no problem because when I feel one starting, I just visualize myself drawing, or sniffing my roses or I see myself bathed in sunlight with, sitting on a hill and watching the clouds.



I do believe that the complexity of Parkinson’s means that there is a complexity of different ways you can tackle the condition. I concentrated on the motor skills because I like being physically independent. Plus, retraining the brain is vitally important. I hope people see that if a late middle-aged mum from Australia can help herself then it is something within the reach of most.

But the key word is Persistence.


Anne Atkin