When I posted, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and feeling a new pain or more tremors” a few days ago, I did not anticipate that a Part 2 would be forthcoming. However, as a result of my email being flooded with feedback on this post, I am posting a Part 2 as a way to go a little more in-depth into this issue.
Besides emailing me that the previous post was right on point for what people were experiencing, some were looking for explanations to be able to make a little more sense out of what was occurring. One person did the Qigong and was feeling great and then a leg froze. Quite a few people were doing the Standing Qigong or the Brain Vibration Chanting and their tremors became worse.
We tend to get caught up in the symptom changes and we go on the “how are my symptoms doing compared to yesterday” roller coaster. This emotional roller coaster is not conducive to Parkinson’s recovery. Quite to the contrary, it blocks the way. Many times when we look at changes in our symptoms from day to day, if something “bad” or “unusual” has occurred, we stop or change what we were doing, and stopping or changing the Recipe for Recovery is just what our Parkinson’s wants us to do.
I will do my best to explain what is occurring in our healing to help you understanding that if you are doing the Recipe for Recovery, you are making PROGRESS no matter what those day-to-day symptom changes look like. For starters, I will go with the easy explanation: If you are doing the Recipe for Recovery, you are doing Qigong, chanting, eating healthier, calming your mind with meditation, and connecting better with your Higher Power — nothing detrimental here — it is all PROGRESS in your recovery, so do not let your Parkinson’s try to convince you otherwise. Stare down you Parkinson’s and tell it definitively, “I AM MAKING PROGRESS!”
Okay, now the harder stuff…why are you seeing temporary increase in pain or tremors or an occasional slowing or freezing in movement? Your body is healing, but your brain does not have enough energy to heal everything at once, so as your energy is focused on healing one area, the other areas may suffer a bit.
To the person who was doing great with the Qigong and was walking well, and then a leg froze, I explained, “The Parkinson’s brain has a limited amount of energy to send to the body. When we do the exercises, energy is generated, and the brain is sending the energy to the places in the body where it is needed the most. It is why we cannot become too concerned if a tremor or a pain or a stiffness occurs because we do not know why the energy is not going there…the mind and the body are sending it somewhere else where it is needed more. That is why my experience was “good or bad, nothing lasted more than a day or two.” It is why we cannot become afraid when something occurs that is unusual…we have to have faith through the bad, and not too much excitement through the good, all the while knowing we are healing.”
To the people who experienced increased tremors during Standing, I explained, “In doing the Qigong, not only are you increasing your body’s energy, but you are stirring up toxins, and the body needs to get the toxins out. Part of Standing is to let the body and the brain work in conjunction without your interference (you are not moving) to allow the energy flowing in the body to open up blockages and work in the most efficient way possible. When you are doing the Recipe, if you are experiencing more shaking initially, it is a result of progress…low brain energy equals weak neural impulses, resulting in weak tremors at the blockages…more brain energy created by you equals stronger neural impulses, resulting in more tremors at the blockages…so, please have excitement instead of fear and worry as I am certain fear and worry do not make your tremors go away and probably make them worse.”
Some people have reported experiencing calming of their tremors during Standing. That is physical proof of PROGRESS — your body has opened some of the energy blockages, and your energy is flowing more freely and relaxed.
If you look at the comments on Fighting Parkinson’s, and knowing your enemy you will see this:
“Laurie Diaz says:
January 12, 2012 at 4:40 am
Dear Howard, What a blessing we have, you cheering us on!!! When my faith falters … you believe for me … and it’s contagious. YEAH! SO what did I get tonight when doing the raising of the hands at the beginning of each rep of Medical Qigong for Liver? STEADY HANDS! This is after MONTHS of increasing shakyness. I showed Justo (my husband). “That’s very good,” he said. My hope is dancing. Laurie in NZ”
So, you do not have to take my word for it; Laurie has shared her actually experience, and it is wonderful that she had the confidence in the Recipe for Recovery and in herself to know that she was making progress even in the face of increasing shakiness when raising her hands to do the Medical Qigong for Liver. And, Marie commented as well,
January 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm
Yeah, Laurie! Yeah, steady hands! That is a wonderful moment when after proceeding on faith suddenly there is positive change. It is working! We believe it is working even before we get that proof, but that moment when the “progressive degenerative disease” reverses is truly a joyful one. Good for you!”
Finally, some people have commented to me that they experience increased tremors while doing Brain Vibration Chanting. I have explained that the chanting creates more energy in the brain and therefore more energy is hitting the blockages and you shake more. Clearly, creating more energy in a Parkinson’s low-energy brain is PROGRESS.
If you want to see PROGRESS in your recovery, look inside yourself. If you are doing the Recipe for Recovery, you are making PROGRESS in your recovery…you can feel it inside. Then, Parkinson’s gives you a little extra pain or stiffness to try to make you look outside yourself, and that is where fear and worry and doubt and anger and frustration appear.
So, every time your Parkinson’s wants you to look outside yourself, focus yourself within. Everything you need to recover is inside of you. Do the Recipe and cultivate your garden…you are making PROGRESS!
Aren’t you worth it?
All my best,
Please Note: On a previous post, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and it’s time to heal the world,” I explained what we are doing moving toward a clinical study of the Recipe for Recovery. I have received an outstanding response from people pledging to send their neurological records, and I already have received neurological records from people in 6 different countries. Yes, we do have the power to heal the world, and I am grateful for all of you.