I have a holiday gift for you – a mind versus body poem. When symptoms are unrelenting it is easy to feel at odds with your body. It becomes a Mind Versus Body War. My poem was inspired by this understandable dichotomy between the “you” of the body and the “I”of the mind.
Just as you twitch and flutter out of control
So I too am lost and restless
Just as you freeze without warning
So I too am stuck in a lifeless glob of concrete
Just as you talk in a silent whisper
So I too think thoughts that are timid
Just as you soak my shirt with sweat and wet
So I too am drenched with the tears of trauma
Just as you wear a mask on your face
So I too mask my full power
Just as you swallow food with gargles and coughs
So I too find my sorrow and grief hard to swallow
Just as you endure pain that never forgives
So I too endure the relentless pain of heartache and regret
Just as you flop and flutter from one step to the next
So I too rattle thoughts through my rusty hamster wheel
Just as you are tormented by confusion and forgetfulness
So I too puzzle over what step to take next
Just as you collapse to the ground without a heads up
So I too give up and give out with my head down
Just as you are numb to the pleasures of life
So I too reject its deliciousness
There is you see only one solution
One road to recovery
One path to health
For you and for me
We must become one you and I
For I am just like you.
© Robert Rodgers
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
P.S. For a little holiday entertainment read my most recent short story, The Old Geezer: www.robertrodgers.com
Positive energy is my power over Parkinson’s disease. Some times I want to give up, but when the tremor tries to take over I get the fight back in me.
A Doctor told me to give up my motor cycle. What did I do? I went out n bought a bigger one. Riding my Harley forces my mind to work harder. The tremor slows and my balance improves.
Think positive. I can do this. I have been fighting this for over 13 yrs. I can not stop as long as there is hope.
What follows is an email I received from Linda, a reader of the Parkinsons Recovery newsletter where I post my current thinking about a key to recovery that is helpful for healing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In my most recent newsletter, I suggested it was helpful to simply forget about the fact you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. As you will read below. Linda found that suggestion helpful.
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Thank you so much for sharing this information with others. It will be very helpful, I am sure. In my case, and at this time in my life, and with the kind of PD condition that I have, what you are saying is what I believe to be true as well.
Just forgetting about this condition, not giving it power, being as positive, and getting on with my life works for me. And (touch wood) I am going into my 13th year, diagnosed in 1998 (some symptoms before that) of having symptoms of PD. I do realize that every PD case is different, and that my case may be quite simple compared to that of others. I can only report from where I am in this condition.
When I travel from BC to visit family and friends in Ontario, they ask me how I am doing with Parkinson’s. I just say I really do not give it much thought. And other than my most noticeable symptom, a tremor being obvious at times, some folks do not even ask.
A new couple who moved into my building six months ago, said that they heard that I had PD and if it were true? Here again I could have built a real sympathetic case around this situation, because they looked so sad when they asked me. However, I said, yes, I do have symptoms of PD but I am OK. Putting a positive spin on my response helps me and also gives PD less power.
I just returned from my yearly visit to my neurologist at U of BC. He says that I am doing very well. He said to keep on doing whatever it is that I am doing, and did not prescribe any more drugs nor increase my dosages.
I take Axilect, the drug touted as “one that slows the progression of PD “. I also take 100 mg of Sinemet 5x a day, a surprisingly low dosage. So meds at this time are “helping” for sure.
My goal for the future, although a big one, is to heal myself of this condition. I have a good feeling about being successful in attaining this goal. I plan to follow the procedure or recipe of those who have been successful in doing so.
Until then, I will continue to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, stay involved in life, keep a positive attitude and push faithfully forward to the day when I will experience complete recovery.
Thank you for passing on your very important message, about the Power and Results of being Positive, to your readers.
Several weeks ago I sent out an invitation to persons who receive my free newsletter to do an exercise I have found personally powerful. The invitation was to jump ahead one year to January, 2013 and reflect back on everything you are grateful for. In other words, you set in motion the ability to manifest your dreams for 2012.
What follows is an email from Alan who has given permission to post here on the Parkinsons Recovery blog.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
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A student went to his teacher/guru, having become quite sick.
“I see you have made yourself ill, said the teacher, but tomorrow you will feel better.”
Gladdened, the student went home and regained health. He returned to thank the teacher, who said,
“I see you have made yourself well. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?”
A wave of fear went through the student at the prospect of becoming ill again. He did become ill again and could hardly drag himself back to the teacher. Of course, the teacher said,
“You have again made yourself again indisposed.”
The student, exhausted, asked the teacher what was going on.
“Really, it has been your thoughts that have alternatively made you feel weak and strong. You have seen how your health has exactly followed your subconscious expectations. Thought is a force, even as electricity or gravity.”
He then went on to explain that the mind is a spark of divine consciousness and that a thought, if believed intensely, would come to pass. pp.133-4.
I could certainly use some work on the intensity of thought, but doing the exercise that Robert suggested has helped change my thinking. I listened to his broadcast many times to be sure I understood it. Then, I took some planned time and made my list of improvements as if looking back on them from 2013.
The next day, I found that I had planted those “subconscious expectations” mentioned above. For the past few weeks, that phrase “subconscious expectations” has been coming to mind. I wondered how I could set them up to be relieved of the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Without realizing it, this was the answer. Writing things out commits yourself to what you are writing. The next day. I kept thinking that change is possible and started acting as if it was happening.
The support for acting out change comes from within!! It is cool to see thought go to work for you. Everything will correspond. Of course, there is a battle between what is and what I can change. The nice thing is that the writing strongly plants new seeds in the mind of healthy thoughts because it is one of your actions–and it is free!
List of gratitude:
- I restore full use of my left hand with flexibility and contractions are released.
- My steady balance is restored.
- I have excellent bladder control.
- I regain and surpass the muscle mass that I have lost in the past few years.
- I turn over spontaneously in bed while sleeping.
- I live in a manner that improves my health, day by day.
- As my symptoms disappear, my medications are reduced down to nothing.
- Complete feeling returned to the left side of my body and face.
- I advance in my career, personal growth, and wealth.
- I easily chew and swallow all foods and liquids. Choking has ceased. I swallow saliva spontaneously.
- I complete all tasks, intellectual and physical, easily with normal speed.
- I walk efficiently with a normal gait and maintain a completely upright posture.
- I lift and carry heavy items with ease.
- I give positive encouragement to others.
It is necessary to have something in your mind besides devastation. I stayed positive and had faith in my first year and a half. I seemed to have spiritual healings but not so much physical ones. I was trying to defeat the “medical model”: it will progress.
That is all I knew and believed (from the Internet), and I did get worse in that time. I found Parkinsons Recovery at this time of year in 2008-9. I soon committed myself to recovery, starting with vitamins. I’ve had to fight progression, and it has been challenging. What is truly better this year is my eye viewing the scenery, close or far.
I am spontaneous at noticing things. My eyes flit about instead of stare, and I turn and notice things. Example: I heard some women laugh after a man spoke at the grocery checkout. I turned 180 degrees to see what that was. A tall man had just joked with three women who were facing him. I was surprised at my quick, turn around response. I have become more socially spontaneous, too.
Now, I hope to get into bodybuilding again. Two years ago, I couldn’t find any thoughts to desire it at all, and it had been a passion of mine. Listening to the music of Johann Strauss has freed me up to start thinking about mobility again. I can picture the ballroom dancers seen on youtube when I hear or think of this music. Prior to this, I couldn’t picture any motion at all.
Now, I need to expand my visualization to other activity. I used a study where one group exercised, one group imagined exercising, and another group did nothing. The second group improved, though not as much as the first. The third group made no improvement. This study told me that the mind will affect the body in regard to motion.
My biggest crisis this year was whether to go down in defeat or not. Howard Schifke said, if you fight Parkinson’s, it will fight you back. After that, I could see you can fight the whole thing–it may be fierce, but its fierceness does not have to beat you into a hole.
When you set up one therapy or practice you open up other possibilities of healing. I am excited with the effects already of making this list of gratitude for recovery in 2012.
Does coq10 in large doses really slow down Parkinson’s?
The framing of your question is fascinating. There is an implicit assumption behind the framing of your question that Parkinson’s disease is a race in a download direction. I fully realize that many people hold the belief that Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease – meaning
that anyone who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease is destined to deteriorate over time, with no hope of recovery.
The mission of Parkinsons Recovery is to provide compelling evidence from across the globe that the assumption Parkinson’s is “degenerative” is misguided and wrong. In support of this mission, I have been interviewing people for the past several years who have successfully reversed their own Parkinson’s symptoms. Stories of former guests on my radio show are featured contributors in the book just released, Pioneers of Recovery. We are documenting more and more cases of recovery every week now.
There are many treatments and modalities of one form or another that help reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Some supplements will help depending on the factors that are causing the symptoms. After all, a supplement is simply food for the body. You can feed your body with the nutrients it needs by eating healthy, live food or you can acquire the nutrition you need through supplements.
There is a controversy in the research studies concerning the use of CoQ10 to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s. I am about to launch a thorough analysis of the research evidence. At the outset, I suspect the difference in study outcomes (some studies report positive effects and others do not) is due to the type of Co-Q10 that is used.
Some people with Parkinson’s shop around for the lowest cost CoQ10 available. The cost differences are extreme. A search for the lowest cost is a terribly flawed strategy. You might as well be throwing your money into a bottomless well if you purchase and take a low cost form of Co-Q10. There are only a few forms of this particular supplement that will pass through the blood brain barrier.
For recommendations, I suggest you listen to my radio show with guest Laurie Mischley, ND who has extensive experience treating people with Parkinson’s and has specific recommendations about the brands of Co-Q10 that she has discovered have been helpful to her patients. I aired two shows with Dr. Mischley in June, 2010.
I write to you on behalf of my mum, Carol, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s just 3 years ago. She has asked that I carry out her correspondence since she feels she becomes anxious when working at the computer (may be a symptom of her Parkinson’s?). At the time of diagnosis she was led to believe life was all down hill from there on and felt very scared, vulnerable and of course depressed. She is reluctant to start on dopamine medication as is the type of person who looks toward trying more natural therapies where possible.
It was only by accident that while browsing the internet one evening she stumbled accross your web site (we’re from England, UK) and the rest is history. From listening to your weekly programmes, she has grown in confidence. The incredibly useful information and advice you give is made all the more inspiring by your optimistic and encouraging style.
She has also been inspired by two guests in particular on your programmes – John Coleman and Sharry Edwards. She followed advice regarding the potentially irritating affects of wheat and since giving up wheat/gluten 6 weeks ago she has noticed she has started to regain her sence of smell. Only this morning she remarked how she was able to smell the roses in her garden for the first time in years!
After listening to your most recent programme on voice anlysis, my mum has decided to take the wonderful oportunity to download the Parkinsons Voice profiling software programs for free to process her own voice profile.
Once again, a big thank you for all your hard work and encouragement – it is very much appreciated – please keep it up!
Rachel and Carol.
You can access my explanation of voice profiling below in the most recent radio show that was aired this week. Since airing the show, I have heard from one individual who has taken the voice profiling classes offered by Sound Health. She reports the classes are very challenging and demanding – much like earning an advanced degree. She also reports it has been a fascinating journey of discovery.
The show below previews an offer from Sound Health that expires June 15th. Be sure to listen now if you are drawn to learn more about voice profiling.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
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I just took time out to listen to Howard Shifke’s’ interview again.I am re-inspired to keep going. I don’t know if I’m getting better or not, but I don’t worry as much about a bad day or “what Parkinson’s is going to do to me.” I have been working on my thinking that I will get better since the last time that I listened to this interview. I got his point that expecting to get better is the way to get better, but it often takes a million reminders a day and starting over as many times. Yet, I think today, how nice to think it can get better. That was just the vaguest hope since taking recovery seriously in Jan. 09, a year and a half since diagnosis.
You have been incredibly on point with regard to healing and recovery, although I am not one hundred percent sure how it is I recovered. I know that you have recently expressed the direction I went. I think the study of neurophysiology and quantum mechanics as it applies to neurology forced me to go back and re-learn the mathematics necessary to visualize quantum theory. Furthermore when I would go walking I would of course contemplate these principles. This is a little difficult to explain but it was like a light came on. This event was not sudden but involved significant time with daily study and contemplation although that is not what I intended.
In those days the talk of any sort of psychic change or shift in consciousness would have been met with laughter, however those concepts are steadily becoming more talked about especially from evolved teachers like yourself. Although not advised I quit taking all of my PD meds which included a lot of sentimet and mirapex. It was difficult for a few days and I was still shaky.
I applied a lot of other things that I had learned including detox, no refined foods, organic fruits and veg’s and a great deal of exercise. Then the symptoms dissipated completely.
Robert I think if there is an effective way to release our minds from the conditioned way of perceiving information or reality as we have learned it is much easier to experience more constructive thoughts. Our new found way of experiencing life is where healing and recovery reside because there is this all important element of belief that plays a vital role.
I read the book of Dr J. Coleman [Stop Parkin and Start Livin] as well as many other books & it is encouraging to know we can recover. I understood that 90% of the work is to nurture healthy beliefs, to find & release known & unknown negative images – bottom line to change the mind. It is a daily routine to maintain the focus on wellness & recovery while we are feeling symptomatic. I must confess it is a tough journey but it is worth it. I choose this path & GOD is helping.
I don’t like the way the drugs make me feel & my plan is to reduce the doses when I am ready. I started to take regularly FAVA BEANS as part of my diet, also taking 3 serving of fish/week pm. I cannot describe my way any further because we are told there is no specific programme, everything must be individualized.
at last my question for Dr. Rodgers – What is the best way to trigger a placebo EFFECT & maintain it to reach the recovery.
Thank you for your work
I agree totally that the key is a transformation of our negative thoughts. I believe this transformation was so critical to recovery that I recently published my book, Five Steps to Recovery, and recorded meditations that go along with the book that say absolutely nothing about therapies that can help and everything about the five critical steps that are necessary to transform thought forms.
The placebo effect is simply a way of installing the belief that you are going to get better. You have already triggered a placebo for yourself by virtue of your acknowledgment that thoughts are the difference that makes the difference to recovery.
The formidable challenge turns on the second part of your question: How do you maintain the belief that recovery is possible, especially when symptoms can flare at any moment. It is easy to switch a positive
outlook into a negative one in a matter of seconds.
The key is to acknowledge that maintaining the belief that recovery is happening is a moment to moment process. We all can choose in any given moment to criticize, judge and be negative about our situation or to instill thoughts that embrace hope, new possibilities, new visions and new life for ourselves and our family.
We have over 60,000 thoughts a day. An interesting twist for most of us is that 90% of those thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday, the day before and a year ago. We trash ourselves with negative thoughts day in and day out.
Simply put, we humans are really not very creative when it comes to the thoughts that we express to ourselves. Perhaps we have an affinity for being redundant. Perhaps we get negative pleasure in beating up on ourselves.
A practice that works is to recognize the hamster wheel of negative thinking when it starts to turn – to acknowledge the power of negative thought forms when they rear their ugly head – and to release, remove, detach and eject and shield those thoughts from pestering us again. The challenge is to hop off of the hamster wheel and hop onto a vehicle that takes us on a road we do want to travel, the Road to Recovery.
Maintaining the beliefs that will make us well depends on a steady focus and unwavering intention. Day by day negativity is released, allowing new possibilities to become manifest. This is not an easy process. It takes time and focus. But, it is doable.
At Parkinsons Recovery we devote time and attention to helping people who attend our Jump Start to Wellness programs with just this type of transformation. It makes the difference between coming back into balance and nurturing the spirit of our souls or sustaining a state of disharmony that nurtures the symptoms of discomfort and disease.
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