Fighting Parkinson’s, and my 30-day challenge

As we head into the last two months of the year, this is a time filled with the additional stress of the holidays, balancing family, work, friends and extended-family during the holidays. Stress exacerbates Parkinson’s. Fear and worry exacerbate Parkinson’s. Wouldn’t you rather head into the holiday season with less stress, less fear, less worry, and physically feeling a little better? Wouldn’t that make you and your family and friends actually see that you are on your path to recovery?

My 30-day challenge to you: Embrace the Recipe for Recovery for 30 days and make this your November to Remember!

There are some parameters to go over for my challenge, and here they are:

1. The body. At a minimum, perform Medical Qigong for Liver, Clearing Liver Wind Qigong, Standing and Balance Qigong, Brain Vibration Chanting (these are numbers in Mandarin Chinese in a sequences to stimulate vibration activity in the brain), and Jin Shin Jyutsu Jumper Cabling. There are videos of each of these in the Recipe for Recovery).

2. The mind. a). At a minimum, stop doing research on Parkinson’s remedies and “cures.” This will start to reduce being in Adrenaline Mode, and it will send a message to your Parkinson’s that says, “I am committed to the Recipe for Recovery. I believe in the Recipe and I believe in myself.” (Last week, I asked somebody this: “If you start looking for your next date at your own wedding reception, what is the likelihood of having a successful marriage?”). Commit to the Recipe for 30 days, and during the 30 days, stop looking for something different. Use your extra time reading a book, watching TV or a movie, talking to friends…get back into living life; I am certain if a new miracle cure turns up during the 30 days, somebody you know will tell you about it. b). Getting rid of fear. When fear arose, here is one of the things I did: When one is in adrenaline mode, the heart is “turned forward” or is “facing forward” as if to be prepared to resist the threat of an attacker. This is a subconscious fear-induced position, and the heart needs to be “repositioned” inward toward the middle. To work this through, I placed my right hand over my heart and as I slowly moved it toward the middle of my breastplate I said, “Tune out the fear in my heart radio.” I continued this hand movement and meditation until my body relaxed and told me to stop. This helps open your dopamine faucet.

3. The soul. a). At a minimum, for 5 minutes, one time per day, sit in a quiet spot, close your eyes, and count your breath from 1 to 10 and start over counting 1-10 and start over again, etc. b). When fear continues to arise, practice giving it away to your Higher Power. Here is what I did.

Not only is this the November to Remember, but it also is No Excuses November!

1. Objection to doing the Recipe, “I do not want to go on a vegetarian diet.” My response, “Don’t.” However, during the 30 days, see if you can add a little more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet, and see if you can reduce a little your fried foods and sweets.
2. Objection to doing the Recipe, “I cannot do the Qigong exercises because, a. I do not understand them, b. I am physically unable, c. Both a. and b.” My response, “I will help you.” (See my “My Commitment to All of You” below in this post).
3. Objection to doing the Recipe, “It takes too much time.” My response, “Aren’t you worth the time it takes to recover from a disease from which the professionals say there is no recovery. Plus, for those of you doing daily Parkinson’s research, once you stop doing daily Parkinson’s research, you will find yourself with extra time to do the Recipe and many other things.”
4. Objection to doing the Recipe, “I am currently taking medications and I do not want to reduce them.” My response, “Don’t.” I feel that you will benefit greatly from doing the Recipe for Recovery even if you are currently taking medications. I do not believe that you can reach full recovery while on medications, but doing the Recipe and cleansing your liver will help your body process your medications better and help you function better, and maybe some time in the future you will decide that reduction makes sense to achieve your recovery.

My Commitment to All of You

Some people have expressed to me that they feel I was successful in my full recovery because of my confidence in what I was doing and my commitment to doing it, the “it” being the Recipe for Recovery. I am just as confident in all of you, and just as committed to all of you being successful, so I make this offer:

If you feel that you are unable to do any of the things outlined in my 30-day challenge above, let me know, and I will provide you with a 30-minute conference in person, by phone or by Skype at no charge. Send me an email at and I will coordinate the conference with you.

I will help you understand the Recipe better, and I will modify the Qigong exercises so you can receive the same benefit as those people who can do them just as they appear in the Recipe.

If you are in the Tampa area, I will meet with you or have a call or a Skype. If you are outside the Tampa area, but in the United States or Canada, we may have a call or Skype. If you are outside the United States, we may have a Skype.

I am committed to all of you. I am committed to assisting you to accept my 30-day challenge, and I am confident in you being able to do the Recipe. Also, I am confident that the Recipe will work for you, and at the end of the 30 days you will see enough positive results in your recovery that you will know you are on your path to recovery and you will know the Recipe is right for you.

I am committed to you and your recovery from Parkinson’s. Why not commit yourself for 30 days to the Recipe for Recovery, and commit yourself to getting on your path toward recovery from Parkinson’s. Why not make this your November to Remember! Aren’t you worth it?

All my best,



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25 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and my 30-day challenge

  1. Thomas Cutchin says:

    Right On!!

  2. Teri Rye says:

    I accept your challenge, Howard! I look forward to making November, one to remember! Now who is willing to join me? Let’s do this! Let’s show the world that there is hope for those of us with Parkinsons!

  3. Anne Davison says:

    You read my mind! I’m in!

  4. Ainsley says:

    Thanks Howard for your challenge. I’m in!
    Here in New Zealand we are first to see the light. It is already 1 November,
    so ‘game on’.
    Let’s hear from all of you others!
    Best regards

  5. Christine says:

    I am going to do this.My thoughts are with you all as we heal ourselves!
    Thanks Howard

  6. Nancy Thomas says:

    Count me in, too !

  7. Howard says:

    Thanks all! This is very exciting. Who’s next?


  8. Helen Gill says:

    Thank you so much Howard for your ongoing commitment to our recovery. Would I be able to buy a copy of a DVD with the chanting ad qigong exercises on it please? Have a great day. Regards Helen

  9. Helen Gill says:

    Yeah to everyone I am in for November too!

  10. meredith says:

    Count me in!

  11. kumar says:

    count me in too~!

  12. Howard says:

    Excellent! We are on our way to our November to Remember. Who’s next?

  13. I’ve been eagerly catching up on blog postings after being away for a week. I’m definitely in…. for as long as it takes to recover. I look forward to the daily Qigong exercises – it’s a thrill for me to notice energy movement in my body. I feel very blessed to have found you, Howard. And I feel inspired, too, by the commitment and tender sharing of the group…congratulations to Barry, Marie, Teri, Leo, Helen, Meredith, Kumar, Nancy, Christine, Ainsley, Anne & Thomas – we’re stronger together, don’t you think?

    Gratitude and love to all


  14. Howard says:

    Welcome back, Penny, and thank you for your kind words. Okay, who’s next?


  15. Leontina says:

    Eu urmez HOWARD.Vreau sa va spun ca am stat 12 zile fara pastile,dar ieri mi s-au blocat muschii si a trebuit sa iau o jumatate de pastila.Eu cred ca cei care sintem pe pastile trebuie sa avem un program de reducere individual functie de severitatea a patra zi de cand nu iau pastile nu mai pot face exercitiile.Acum pentru aceasta provocare [30 zile] m=am gandit ca o zi iau pastile si una nu ca sa pot face exercitiile.Teri tu mai iei pastile acum?Succes la toti de aici suntem curajosi si avem puterea de a ne vindeca. Zambiti va rog Leo

  16. Howard says:

    Leo’s translation:

    I follow Howard. I want to tell you that I spent 12 days without pills, but yesterday my muscles were locked and had to take half a pill. I think those who are on pills must have an individual reduction program depending on the severity of symptoms. The fourth day since I do not take pills can do exercises. Now for the challenge [30 days] exercises. Teri are you taking pills now? Good luck to everyone here. We are brave and have the power to heal. Smile please, Leo

    Leo, I am happy you are joining the challenge for 30 days. Do not feel badly about having to take your half of a pill. As you continue doing the Qigong and meditations and prayers, I feel you will heal your body and your mind and your soul and find yourself not needing the half of a pill. The fact that you reduced from so many pills down to none, and then have had to take only one half of a pill shows that you are persevering and you do have the power to heal yourself!

    Okay, who’s next to accept the 30-day challenge?


  17. Teri Rye says:

    It’s great to hear that you are joining us in the challenge! I am currently not taking any pills. But the decision to take or not to take pills is a very individual one. You have come a long way in giving up your pills. Don’t feel bad when you take one. There are days when I am tempted to take a pill, because I know that it would relieve my stiffness and allow me to write easier when I’m at work. In fact, today I had a very difficult situation with a new client who was unaware of my PD. I could barely take notes and was quite embarrassed. It’s times like these that I could take a pill, but I am determined to stick with the recipe and give it a chance. Keep the faith, Leo! WE CAN DO THIS!

  18. Leontina says:

    sa va ajute Dumnezeu pe toti sa va vindecati.Teri ,eu cred ca m-am adresat gresit in rugaciunea mea de dopamina si adrenalina,sunt diferente la traducere,si a plecat de la mine adrenalina iar dopamina nu a revenit si de aceea m-am blocat,dar sa stii ca functioneaza predarea fricii si teama la o forta superioara fiindca nu ma mai tem de nimic dupa ce am spus de 100 de ori rugaciunea de predare.Eram in fotoliu blocata nu puteam misca nimic si eram singura am spus calm rugaciunea m-am relaxat apoi am putut sa ma ridic,e destept Howard.Ma rog pentru voi toti . cu mult drag Leo.

  19. Howard says:

    Leo’s translation:

    God help you all to heal. Teri, I think I addressed my prayer wrong with dopamine and adrenaline, are differences in translation, and I went from adrenaline, and the dopamine did not return and so I got stuck, but I’m not afraid because I know that the teaching works and I give fear to a higher power because I’m not afraid of anything after I said 100 times prayer of surrender. I was stuck on the couch and I could not move anything, and I said calmly the prayer. I relaxed and then I got up, Howard’s smart. I pray for you all. Much love. Leo.

  20. Teri Rye says:

    You inspire me to work harder at recovery! Thank you for your story! When I get stuck, I will remember what you did! You are right, this teaching works! Sometimes I think the hardest part is getting myself out of the way in order to let it work. I hope someday we can meet, Leo, and celebrate our recovery!
    Blessings to all!
    PS: Howard, thank you for the speedy translation. I woke up this morning and checked this site with my phone. I saw that Leo had posted, but could not translate. I wanted so much to see what she had posted! Thanks again for being so diligent with this blog.

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  23. nita says:

    ur ways r inspiring.
    i want to share a recipe called tamarind sauce for all parkinson patients.
    tamarind 250 gms,salt ,turmeric pwd 1/4 tsp, olive oil 1tsp (optional), ginger powder 1/4 tsp,jaggery 20 gms or little more to taste.
    soak tamarind in hot water overnight. 2. take out pulp. 3. heat little olive oil, splatter jeera, add turmeric pwd , add tamarind pulp & boil it , add all other ingredients. boil it. it is ready.
    you can eat it with bread , curd or with banana .
    it is helpful for parkinson.
    rest well.
    keep guiding.


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