Fighting Parkinson’s, and Pratima is symptom free from Stage 4 Parkinson’s


On Friday, May 18, 2012, a comment was posted by Bhavna regarding her mother Pratima: “my mom has lots of trust in you and your recipe and thats why she has recovered. thanks howard.” There had been internet problems that week and I knew Pratima was to have taken her last medication about six days earlier. Previously, I had mentioned to Bhavna that I would be doing a post about her mom being medication free (like the one I did about Teri) once we knew she was off of them and could stay off of them and still be okay.

I sent this note: “I know you have been having email troubles. I just saw your lovely post and I was wondering how is your mom. I figured I would get an update from you about her being off of the tabs (tablets) and then I can do a post about her. Is she completely off of the tabs? Is she experiencing much of the symptoms of PD? Whatever you can let me know would be wonderful.”

And Bhavna replied: “yes i had internet probs and missed you. of course mom is off the tab and is absolutely all right. In fact today is the 6th day and i told my brother i am waiting to see if the symptoms are there and he said there won’t be any. well howard there aren’t any. you can go about doing a post for her.” (Please note: Pratima, Bhavna, and their families have given me permission to share these email excerpts, and other information with you as well as information from Pratima’s medical records in an effort to help and inspire as many people as possible). CONGRATULATIONS PRATIMA! You are symptom free from Parkinson’s!!!

Pratima had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and was prescribed Syndopa (Sinemet) Plus 4 times per day, Pacitane twice a day and Syndopa CR at night, plus an anti-depressant that she did not take. By June of 2011, she was in an advanced stage of Parkinson’s, which is reflected in her medical records, and some of her symptoms were marked bradykinesia, difficulty turning in bed, could not get out of bed by herself, in a wheelchair, limited walking and only with a walker, extreme tremors and rigidity, and loss of speech.

On August 12, 2011, I received this brief email, “dear howard, my mom has parkinson stage 4. after reading your personal experience i am trying to help her out and i feel i am succeeding. thank you so much. bhavna india.” I contacted Bhavna, and shortly thereafter began coaching Bhavna in how to assist Pratima with the Recipe for Recovery. Pratima initially was incapable of performing the Qigong, so it took the love of a daughter to move her mother through the motions. They inspired me.

As some of you may know, readily available internet, like many of us take for granted, is not common in India. And, in many areas, enough connectivity and bandwidth for a Skype is a near impossibility. Such was the case, so except for one wonderful Skype, the entire coaching took place through email communications, nearly 300 emails over the last nine months. Along the way, Bhavna enlisted the assistance of her husband, her dad and her brother, so it was a true family effort to assist Pratima in her recovery.

By the end of August of 2011, Pratima started getting up from her bed and from a chair if it was against a wall for support, and in the first week of October of 2011, I received this, “my mom has started taking steps all by herself with the help of a stick. she is still scared about falling down but she is improving.” During Pratima’s continuing improvement in October, we communicated about beginning her medication reduction.

I explained my methodology, and we outlined our plan of attack. Over the 6 and ½ months that followed, Pratima slowly and safely reduced all of her medications down to none on May 13, 2012. Congratulations Pratima, Bhavna and your families for working so hard for Pratima’s recovery.

After beginning the Recipe for Recovery and coaching, Bhavna and Pratima periodically posted comments to various blog posts. Here is what they have posted over Pratima’s recovery period:

Bhavna says:
December 20, 2011 at 5:14 am
dear howard,
i want to share something remarkable you did with my mom too.
her ankle swelling has gone completely with jin shin jyutsu

Bhavna says:
December 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm
all i can say is you are a god sent gift for my mom. thank you so much for being there whenever we need you.

Bhavna says:
January 1, 2012 at 5:04 am
dear howard
after going through all these blogs which i read to her daily, there seems to be an overnight change in my mom as if she has accepted the challenge. she is walking straight, smiling and more energetic.
penny’s reply will also make a lot of difference.
warmest wishes to all and a very nice new year filled with love joy happiness and recovery

Bhavna says:
January 11, 2012 at 10:47 am
dear marie and howard,
congratulations, thanks for sharing everything. i am very hopeful about my mom and i feel she will be on this blog soon with the news that she too has recovered fully. she has full faith in howard and his receipe for recovery.
we all are lucky to have howard. thanks a lot for being there always.

Bhavna says:
January 25, 2012 at 2:29 am
dear howard,
thank you so much. my mom loves to hear your blogs again and again. i have posted all the important message on the wall and every week i keep changing it a little and it has made a lot of difference. first thing in the morning she reads them all and gets inspired.
wish you all a speedy recovery too.

Bhavna says:
February 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm
dear howard,
reading your mails gives me more courage and i am more determined then before to look after my mom the way you say it. my mom too hangs on to every word you write and follows it religiously. but being humans sometimes we loose patience. so i totally agree we have to have faith through the bad, and not too much excitement through the good, all the while knowing we are healing.
thanks once again .

Bhavna says:
February 22, 2012 at 5:25 am
dear howard,
i find this the best mail till now. actually i had missed out reading your two previous mails to mom but this one covered it all. this mail has so much power attached to it. i have got two more message to attach to the wall now. message of being happy. and message of surrendering one’s ego.
thanks once again.

pratima says:
March 17, 2012 at 8:05 am
yes i am worth it thank you howard.

pratima says:
April 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm
keep up the good work ,Howard. we are all with you. We re doing our best and will continue to improve and inspire you and others who are healing or helping others heal. Of course, feedback from your blogs were and still are a big help to me.

pratima says:
April 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm
very true howard we are facing the exact things you write . i wonder how you come to know where we are stuck when we need those extra boost what we want to read because when we read you blogs its gives us extra energy.
that’s why i always call u a genius
love you howard.

pratima says:
April 13, 2012 at 11:56 am
okay, and yes i am worth it

Your Daughters & Family in US. says:
April 18, 2012 at 1:20 am
Mummy, We All LOVE YOU!! We are so proud of you for the strength you have shown in fighting Parkinson’s. The Best thing that happened to you is “Howard”! We cannot thank him enough for sharing his experiences, and constantly guiding you through the process and of course to Pappa, our Dear sister, her husband and our brother for always being there and keeping their faith and patience. You are our greatest strength so Yes it’s OKAY!
Love & Regards,
Your Loving Family!

pratima says:
April 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm
very encouraging very well framed i am sure all are going to recoveryville as soon as possible . i cant wait, not after reading such a fabulous blog.
i am worth it. i am going to WIN

pratima says:
April 20, 2012 at 4:08 am
hi, i can see everyone’s smile so i am happy too and smiling. Laurie you have the biggest smile.

bhavna says:
May 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm
just trust howard as your guide and see the results.

bhavna says:
May 18, 2012 at 7:44 am
my mom has lots of trust in you and your recipe and thats why she has recovered. thanks howard.

Pratima in August of 2011 on the regular Parkinson’s path – Stage 4, Advanced Parkinson’s, many medications, no hope. Familiar story of too many Parkinson’s sufferers.
Pratima deciding to take a different path on August 12, 2011 — Enter her daughter Bhavna with the Recipe for Recovery and a willingness to assist her mom do the work until her mom could do it herself, enter lots of hope.
Pratima’s results in May of 2012 – No medications. No Stage 4 Parkinson’s. No Parkinson’s at all – Pratima is symptom free. How inspiring is that!

As you can see, if you believe in yourself and are willing to do the work, the Recipe for Recovery can work for you. And, you don’t have to just take my word for it. Pratima has joined me and Marie in symptom free Parkinson’s recovery, proving that the Recipe for Recovery works. Who’s next? And next? And next?

“I have the power to heal myself.” And I did.
“Marie had the power to heal herself.” And she did.
“Pratima had the power to heal herself.” And she did.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” And you are.
“Together we have the power to heal the world.” And we will!

As Pratima wrote in April of 2012, “i am worth it. i am going to WIN.” She was correct!

For the rest of you…You are worth it. You are going to WIN!

All my best,



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28 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and Pratima is symptom free from Stage 4 Parkinson’s

  1. nancy thomas says:

    Pratima, I am so happy for you and your family. You all are an inspiration to us, and a true testament to what perseverance, faith and love can accomplish.

  2. Sally Carlson says:

    What a beautiful story!
    Thank you Howard,for offering us the hope that you do.
    Your support is so comforting.
    As I continue the recipe I feel the deep reconnection to my body, mind and spirit.
    You have supplied me with a plan, no a recipe!

  3. Dear Pratima, Dear Howard

    Tears of joy are streaming down my face as I read your story …. you both and Marie too are such wonderful inspiration for me. I am so very happy you have recovered, Pratima. Congratulations!!

  4. Christine says:

    Tears of Joy in my eyes too!I am so pleased for you and so proud of you!I simply dont have enough words……
    So who is next?

  5. Jeff says:

    Pratima, I am very grateful for the healing and recovery of you and your family!

  6. bethany p says:

    Pratima – I wish I could give you a big hug! I am so happy for you and your whole family! What a wonderful thing to read this morning! My husband read me the blog outloud and we agreed Howard, Marie and now Pratima – you are changing and healing the world. What a wonderous thing you have created and shared, Howard.
    You all fuel my faith in my own and everyone’s ability to heal.

  7. mary says:

    My heart is full by reading Pratima’s recovery and the love in action of her supportive family. It is a testament to Howard’s recipe and of Pratima’s hard work that this Stage 4 PD sufferer suffers no more. Congratulations Pratima! And thank you for allowing Howard to share details of your journey….your experience will surely help inspire others.

  8. Linda says:

    I love the new word that Pratima has coined – “recoveryville”. What a wonderful place! I could just imagine Bhavna helping her mother do Qigong, so much love and joy in this post. Thank you, Howard, for sharing this news and for continuing to be a guide to so many, including those of us who do not have Parkinson’s.

  9. bhavna says:

    dear firends.
    i am thrilled. thank you all for being so kind and generous .
    this proves that nothing is impossible if you have faith and determination. and when you have a guide and mentor like howard you are bound to succeed.
    mom sends her hugs and love to all.
    thanks again

  10. Teri says:

    Such exciting news! Congratulations, Pratima! Thank You and Howard and Marie for inspiring the rest of us to continue the Recipe until we recover! You put a smile on my face!

  11. Hena Gandhi says:

    A BIG THANK YOU to Howard!! You are a God Send Gift! It is like you yourself went through Parkinson’s for a reason, so that you could understand each stage of pain that one goes through and through your strong willpower and alternate therapies you were able to heal yourself only to help other recover, WOW!! Thank you so much for taking the time to guide my sister at every stage and give the mental strength to our mother. The power of positive WORDS can work wonders! Thank you for taking the time to write this blog and sharing what our mom went through so that somebody else can be touched by it. Pretty soon mom will join with you too to help somebody else because the chain has to go on.

    With Love and Regards,
    Your Family from U.S.

  12. Gita says:

    Dear Pratima and family,
    What a wonderful inspiration you are to all of us! I am so very happy for you. I’m looking forward to joining everyone in recoveryville! Thank you Howard and everyone. Love you all,

  13. Bhavesh says:

    Hi Howard,
    Awesome blog on my mom and equally wonderful replies. Yes my mom beat Parkinsons and it definitely was no walk in the park. She still has a long way to go as she has other problems but if she beat this they will be easy to beat and we wont let her give up on a complete recovery even if we have to find more Howards for her(lol). The path was not easy with her ups and downs and with my sister leading the way we soon found that the best way to the recovery was fooling around- literally. We joked our way through half of it making sure she had a good dose of laughs everyday, sometimes at her expense but usually at our own. The best part was discovering her funny side which we had not seen earlier. Yes, there were frustrating times and probably lots of painful ones for her but together we got through them. My sister doing most of the work and me giving her a break once a month for the few days I could visit. Howard was a Godsend and she would still have been an experimental guinea pig for the Neuro if not for all the help we got from him. So once again Howard- A big thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And all the rest of you fighting Parkinsons do remember the best way to recovery is to see the funny side of things no matter how bad they look. It worked for us and will work for you. Those of you who laugh at adversity will find it running FROM you. Keep the patience and best wishes and tons of love to all from me.

  14. Bev says:

    I am new to this blog, but have been reading it for about a month. I feel so blessed to have found Howard – like all of you! And, I have gained much hope and encouragement from your posts!! I am so inspired and encouraged by your recovery, Pratima! Congratulations! Your perseverance paid off! Add my car to the Recoveryville train!!

  15. Ainsley McLachlan says:

    Hi Howard
    What wonderful news to read this morning.
    Congratulations to Pratima and your loving family, to Howard and Marie and all those sharing their journeys.
    Now we are all on the Recoveryville train.

    Warm regards

  16. floramania says:

    Pratima! What great news! Congratulations! I also cried with happiness reading your story. It is so beautiful. Bhavna and Bhavesh, congratulations to you too, for helping your mother with your loving care and laughter to reach this joyful recovery . I am overflowing with happiness for all of you, and also for what your success means to this community. Another Recovery! YES!!!
    Pratima, besides what you have done for yourself with your faith in and your commitment to the Recipe for Recovery, you are providing such inspiration to those who are working towards their recovery. Thank you.
    We are all celebrating with you!
    With love, Marie

  17. Dipti says:

    Hello Howard
    I am speechless at the moment( usually not) because I truly have no words for your help and guidance through my moms recovery. To recover and then show the way to others how to recover is unique especially since you and mom are literally worlds apart. Goes to show how faith works. Howard you are a winner and now because of you so is my mom. Let me not forget my sister Bhavna had she not been proactive and been patient with mom we would not have been where we are today. So sis here’s to you …you are a winner and you are the best. I hope my moms story inspires others to be winners as well. I feel blessed to be part of this unique family with our newest members Howard and family. Love you all.

  18. Howard says:

    Hi Everybody,
    It is quite overwhelming to feel the love and joy and tears and emotions coming off the screen as we celebrate Pratima’s full recovery and everybody else’s continuing recovery. Thank you all! And, Dipti, my family and I are honored to be added as the newest members of your family…honored and privileged. Thank you.

  19. Florence says:

    Hi Howard,

    Congratulations to Bhavna for her unselfish love and respect for her mother, and to her mother for the courage to accept that love and work so hard to conquer her PD. Their success gives all of us courage to stay the course of becoming symptom free. Thanks to them for being wonderful roll models. My prayers are for their continued healing.


  20. Laurie Diaz says:

    Dear Bhavesh, Thanks for the insight on “the funny side of things”… I had been looking in my mirror Wed morning, crying, red slits for eyes. Where was my smile? Missing! Drowned! I was feeling veeeery discouraged.
    Suddenly I thought, “I would look funny to anybody else.” So I just stood there, watching the tears…”there must be a smile here some place.” Then there it was. A little one, tiny, brief, but enough to make me laugh.
    I took a walk to the local magazine shop. I walked like I didn’t have Parkinson’s. Smoothly, quickly, gliding, dodging around the chairs at the food stall tables with my little shopping trolley. Could this be the same person I had seen in the mirror?
    I think it was a glimpse of the new Laurie. I CAN get well. There’s more laughing on the way! Laurie

  21. REGIE MATHEW says:

    I am new to this blog.The story is touching and encouraging for people like me who suffer from parkinson. Hope and trust recovery is possible for us also with this contact.

  22. prabhakar says:

    Howard, Pratima and our family My tears are making me difficult to
    type. It is great encouragement to co sufferers like me, since i read
    the happening so late, i got the chance to read all responses. i m very
    positive that one day, and that day is not far off there will be story
    on me, on others As well. Howard u r going to be busy. Let me confess i m
    taking this as a challenge , my mission now on will be to fight the
    disease and WIN. COME WHAT MAY. Thanks for Pratima and Bhavna for
    inspiring all of us. I have
    no words to praise Howard. From bottom of my heart GOD blress u.

    • Howard says:

      You are welcome, Prabhakar.
      I am so happy that Pratima’s recovery has inspired you anew, and that you know your mission is to fight the disease and WIN! You are worth it and you can do it!

  23. Gerry Cook says:

    It is an inspiration when I hear of someone that has gotten off of the medication
    and is free of all Parkinson symptoms. I have tried cutting down on my medication
    and my tremor gets much worse so I am just keeping them and doing the Qigong
    and following the recipe from Howard.

    I do not understand how to examine my electrical impulses.

    • Howard says:

      Hi Gerry,
      It sounds like you are heading in the right direction with the Recipe. As far as examining electrical impulses, try raising and lowering one arm out to the side four times and then close your eyes and see if you can feel how the electricity in your body responds. It takes some practice, but if you are patient, you will learn what movements cause what reactions in your electricity and this helps defeat fear of not knowing why something is occurring.

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