Fear is a big part of Parkinson’s. Fear of what we are told is the inevitable outcome of our lives. Fear of tremors and rigidity and slowness and pain…and what do they mean. From a Western Medicine perspective, an increase in tremors or rigidity or slowness or pain means your Parkinson’s is getting worse. From my perspective and the Recipe for Recovery holistically helping us heal ourselves perspective, temporary increases in tremors or rigidity or slowness or pain often are sign that healing is taking place inside, so we should rejoice instead of being fearful. Let’s dissect Parkinson’s together and get rid of our fear.
Most of us are old enough to remember the old phone lines. When you moved to a new location, particularly an apartment with many phone lines, when the service technician opened the main box, there were wires everywhere. Even though the wires all were inside the same box and fed into a main power source, the wires were color-coded and carried the signals separately so everybody would have their own distinct phone line. Why didn’t the electrical system get all crossed up and filled with short-outs and static? The color-coded protective sheaths on the outside of the wires. By having these outer protective covers, the live wires never touched each other even though all of the wires were crammed into a box with the outer protective sheaths touching. If the protective sheaths started to peel away, there would have been static and crossed lines and short-outs of calls.
Compare this to our nervous system. The brain is the command center. The nervous system flows throughout the body sending messages from the brain providing the electrical impulses for thinking, feeling, moving, etc. Imagine dopamine as the neuro-protective transmitters for normal movement; that is, the color-coded protective sheaths that keep the live wires from touching each other. Now, imagine that the nervous system is flowing through your body and is surrounded by muscles and tissues and organs. What would happen if the dopamine was not flowing from the brain correctly and was not fully acting as a neuro-protective transmitter…what if part of the nervous system’s live wires were exposed?
First, there are tremors. If the protective sheath is peeled away a bit, that is, the dopamine faucet is turned down low so all of the neuro-protection is not taking place, then the live wire is not flowing straight through the protective sheath to its intended destination…it starts to flow out of the sheath where there is no protection. This causes the flow of electricity to become shaky, literally and figuratively…this is called tremors. The electrical impulse does not go full throttle on its path because there is a break in the flow. Some reaches the end and some escapes through the missing neuro-protective section.
Second, there is rigidity. When the live wires hit muscles, muscles do what what do when they get shocked — they contract and squeeze down hard. This further impedes the flow of electricity, which causes the shock to become more intense, which causes the squeezing to become more intense, which causes the tremors and rigidity to become more intense.
Third, there is pain! When the muscles get shocked by the exposed wires in our electrical system and squeeze down hard, what are they squeezing? The nerve endings! And, these nerve endings somehow are able to get a message back to the brain that screams PAIN!
Fourth, there is slowness and fatigue. I would imagine that right about now you are worn out just reading about this mess going on inside, but it is important to cover this one last aspect of dissecting the disease, part 1…slowness and fatigue. Ask yourself this: If my electrical impulses are tremoring and shocking my muscles, which in turn cause my rigidity and my pain, doesn’t it make sense that moving this stiff, painful body would require me to move slowly and would require more energy than if I was not stiff? Of course it makes sense. And that is why there is fatigue.
There is a lot to digest here, but it is necessary to understand what is going on so you do not have to be afraid. Fear comes in two categories here: 1. Fear of the unknown…not understanding tremors, rigidity, the pain, the slowness and the fatigue; and 2. Fear of the prognosis…being told most of the the basal ganglia are dead and will not rejuvenate, so dopamine production has stopped, dopamine is depleted, that the disease is not reversible, and that there is not a darn thing you can do about it except follow the path of progressive degeneration for the rest of your life.
The dissection of the disease, part 1 above, should help alleviate number 1, “fear of the unknown.” A detailed explanation, dissecting the Recipe for Recover and why it works, parts 2-4, should help alleviate number 2, “fear of the prognosis.” My next three posts will continue this discussion.
Fighting Parkinson’s, and dissecting the disease, part 2 of 4 will cover how the Recipe for Recovery heals the body.
Fighting Parkinson’s, and dissecting the disease, part 3 of 4 will cover how the Recipe for Recovery calms the mind.
Fighting Parkinson’s, and dissecting the disease, part 4 of 4 will cover how the Recipe for Recovery helps us reconnect with the soul and open our dopamine faucet for full dopamine flow and finalization of full recovery.
In the meantime, throughout the day, and especially before you go to to sleep, silently repeat to yourself, “I have the power to heal myself.”
You do have the power to heal yourself, and you need to keep repeating it to yourself so you are saturated by it in your body and your mind and your soul.
You are worth it!
All my best,
Howard, I loved the analogy !!!! It all makes so much sense. I used to have tightening in my right arm all the time. That has gone. Don’t know where it went. I feel PD symptoms came in slowly and so they will leave slowly and thanks to another writing of yours I don’t blame the P right away after a not so good day. Thanks to your writings I now realize there are other factors. I just go with it now and continue the Recipe. I have less fear now. Thank you.
Dear Howard…. thank you once again for offering this information in such an easy and clear manner….it dispels ignorance (the source of many fears) and provides the knowledge I need to make decisions that support me in attacking PD…I am hugely touched by the generosity of your spirit in providing all the information you do on your website…I very much look forward to your upcoming posts.
fear is a belief. A belief can be accepted or dropped.The will says yes or no.
Ive been using the tools from Recovery inc.alot to supress any importance I have that my PD is getting worse.
Im also planning on getting the new physical therapy,LSVT now being offered.Thanks again Howard for your comments
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I hope and pray for some Relief. This looks like it could be sent from the Lord.
Anxious to learn more.