Many things in life are decided for us. What we believe is possible in our recovery from Parkinson’s is a choice, and each and every one of us has the freedom to choose what we want to believe, what we want to accept, and what we want to reject. In my last four posts, I have dissected Parkinson’s Disease, and I have dissected the Recipe for Recovery, explaining why each part of the Recipe is there and how it helps us recover from Parkinson’s. In part 4 of 4, I explain how to re-open the dopamine passageways and allow your dopamine to flow throughout your body. The medical profession says that the dopamine is depleted and the basil ganglia are dead, and your natural dopamine does not exist and therefore cannot flow. You have the freedom to choose who to believe.
The medical profession’s view is Parkinson’s is a progressively degenerative disease for which there is no cure, and since they say they do not know the cause, they provide you medications to help you manage the disease while you progressively degenerate for the rest of your life.
The alternative medicine’s view is Parkinson’s is a progressively degenerative disease for which there is no cure, and since they say they do not know the cause, they provide you supplements or formulas or other alternatives to help you manage the disease while you progressively degenerate for the rest of your life.
Although the manner of treatment is different, the view of both of these lines of thinking is identical — you cannot recover and they do not know the cause– the best they can offer is to help you manage the disease for the rest of your life. I offer you a different view, a view that identifies the causes, explains the reasons for the symptoms, and provides a Recipe for Recovery for eradicating the causes and recovering from the disease. You have the freedom to choose who to believe.
My view is contained in these 200+ blog posts and most recently outlined in great detail in Fighting Parkinson’s, and dissecting the disease, parts 1 through 4. If you read the comments regularly posted in this blog, and you click and read the testimonials on the testimonials page, you will see that I fully recovered, Marie fully recovered, Pratima fully recovered, and many, many others are recovering. You have the freedom to choose who to believe.
In part 4 of 4, posted last week, I explain that the dopamine is not depleted and is not dead, and we can open the “dopamine faucet” and it can flow. In comments posted at the end of the dissecting the disease part 4 of 4 post, here is what Penny and Marie had to say about this point from their own personal experience:
“Penny Wassman says:
August 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm
Dear, dear Howard….. how serendipitous this message is! I’m really celebrating this morning! For the first time in years, I literally leaped out of bed this morning….. and my walking is so much better! Something weird and wonderful happened last night (or given your post today, perhaps not so weird as I’ve been doing a lot of soul work recently)…. I’m enlivened, hopeful, trusting…. willing to persist with the recipe as I have been doing for a year now until every PD symptom has left me. Thank you for your wonderful guidance, coaching, support and wisdom!”
August 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm
Dear Howard, WOW!! Having been away for awhile, I just read parts 1-4 of this remarkable discourse. The clarity and simplicity are wonderful, and a real gift to those who are following the Recipe for Recovery or are considering it.
Of course I recognized my old Parkinson’s self in a lot of what you said, especially in Part 3 about the layering of anger when things did not go your way. When my good fortune led me to your posts for the first time, it was shocking to me to take an honest look at myself and recognize how angry, critical, and even bitter I had become, even though I did a pretty good job of hiding it, definitely from other people, and also from myself. Looking back, I think my ego was attached to Parkinson’s partly because I had been doing so much caring for other people who were sick and/or dying… driving myself, exhausting myself…that I was saying “What about me? Look, I am sick too!” The disease gave me an excuse for putting myself first. How sad that I had let myself get to the point where I needed an excuse.
And how great not to be there now!
How great to have taken the time, given myself the precious gift of committing myself to the Recipe for Recovery. And to have recovered fully. How grateful I am, Howard, that you shared this with me, and go on inspiring others to heal.
Since I am cured, I also do not do the Recipe for Recovery anymore, though I did it fully and faithfully during recovery. I still get angry at times, but since I don’t have the stored load of toxicity in my body, it suffices to just acknowledge the feeling and ask my liver to let it go. Cultivating my dopamine stores, which I learned here, feels so good and helps me stay balanced in every part of my life. Likewise, I still do Qigong and meditation, both of which which I was introduced to through the Recipe for Recovery; they are part of enhancing my life.
I have moved past the disease, left it behind. I will never move past my gratitude, a treasure I hold in my heart.
Thank you, Howard, for your generosity to me and everyone else who benefits from this Website. The story of your opening your heart to other people and their suffering and really taking an interest in them is so beautiful.
You are a remarkable person!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I love you so much!! Marie”
You have the freedom to choose who to believe.
Look inside yourselves and open your hearts to the possibilities of your own recovery.
You have the freedom to choose who to believe.
Believe in yourselves! You are worth it!!!
All my best,
I am Pratima’s daughter. My mom recovered from Parkinson’s and is drug free. Thanks to Bhai (Howard). His recipe for recovery has not only helped mom but has given me strength and encouragement to face the health challenges I am facing( I do not have PD). He is so right we do have the freedom to choose. I chose to believe that I have the power to heal myself and do what ever it takes and make whatever changes I need to make to help myself. Keeping a positive mental attitude and letting go of the anger and past baggage is just the beginning. I can relate to Marie. Its time to start listening to our bodies and do what it wants so it can in turn do what it needs to do. This for me is/was the toughest, since I have always put my body and its needs at the bottom of my priority list. It is a learning process. All it takes is a leap of faith and believe that you can do it. You are worth it. I know I am.
Good luck to you all with lots of love.
Thanks for your honesty, transparency and continue encouragement.