Today is day 3 of my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day challenge to do the abbreviated version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™. If you have been doing the abbreviated version and you are feeling pretty good, I am happy for you. If you have been doing the abbreviated version and you are feeling lousy, kind of feeling like maybe this is not as good an idea as it initially sounded, I offer to you my September 30, 2009 entry in my personal Daily Parkinson’s Journal as a way to let you know that we are the same, and that it will get better.
“09/30/09. Got up at 4. This is my worst day so far. Hard to get off the bed and whole body is tight and aching. Hard to get dressed. Hard to get downstairs. I follow the same routine every morning — out of bed, get dressed, go downstairs, use bathroom and put on contacts, go the kitchen and turn on espresso machine. I look at the clock as the machine takes 10 minutes to warm up. Every day the clock shows 4:04 or 4:05. Today it showed 4:08. I am hopeful that the slowdown is a result of the Qigong performed yesterday. I have found that releasing toxins always makes me worse before I get better. I can only hope this will be the same.”
Do not give up on yourself. If you are feeling lousy, then you have been successful in your first couple of days of doing the scaled-down Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™. You are stirring up toxins and they are floating around in your system. It takes a lot of energy to get them out.
This may not seem like much of a pep talk as the title of this post states: “You feel lousy, I did too!” However, what I am trying to convey here is that you are heading down a glorious path toward recovery and there will be bumps in the road. It is actually those bumps in the road that put us in the position of looking deep inside ourselves, of doing a gut check, of pulling out the stops, of fighting the fear, and then saying, “I have the power to heal myself!.” And saying, “I have the power to heal myself, and I have the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™ to show me the way.” And saying, “I have the power to heal myself, and not only do I have the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™ to show me the way, but I am taking action by accepting the 30-day challenge, making a person commitment to myself and my recovery, and doing the scaled-down version of the Recipe.” And saying, “I am doing all of this because I know I AM WORTH IT!”
Yes you are…
YOU ARE WORTH IT!
All my best,
I would like to enthusiastically encourage anyone who is feeling discouraged, to please keep at it! I just read Penny’s amazing story from a previous entry— isn’t it exciting? (Penny, you must be on Cloud 9!) In the hope of inspiring someone out there, I’d like to add my story to Penny’s.
Howard’s message was introduced to me for the first time at the Parkinson’s Summit in late June. I didn’t even go to his presentation b/c I didn’t believe it was true– I thought he must be some sort of a “snake oil salesman” (sorry, Howard!) After other participants praised him to the skies I decided to visit his website, was convinced, and got started right away.
During the month of July I concentrated on getting off the kappikkacchu supplements, eliminating meat from my diet, and learning all the exercises and affirmations. By September I was regaining my sense of smell, which I didn’t even realize I had lost! I smelled a ripe cantaloupe on the kitchen counter from across the room, something that hadn’t happened in years! I work with two-year-olds, and I started to notice when their diapers needed changing! 🙂
During Oct. I noticed that the rough patch of skin next to my left eyebrow was completely gone, and the rough patch on my left knee was disappearing. I also found out that I can hula-hoop again! When I went out of state to visit my elderly Dad last week after a couple of months, he said I looked fantastic and healthy, much better than I had in July!
Finally, yesterday I had a massage, my first since beginning the recipe. The massage therapist said that my left side felt flexible and loose, and that if she hadn’t known from before she would never guess I have PD!
This really works! One wonderful aspect of this, to me, is the knowledge that there is plenty of healing energy available to everyone out there– no limitations. It is like the sunshine. If you want to soak up some nice Vitamin D, you have to leave your familiar, safe house and go outside! It is the same with the Recipe– the energy is there, waiting for you. Just go outside and start soaking it in!
Congratulations to everyone taking the November challenge. Please post your results so we can all rejoice with you!
How wonderful, Anne, to read your inspiring story …. I believe it is important to share our experiences in order to support awareness about this remarkable opportunity to recover from PD…. as we share in this way, we inspire others to take up the Recipe for Recovery too. Together as a group, our voices and our stories can change the PD world.
I am Pratima’s daughter and I don’t have Parkinsons Disease but I do have another illness. I believe in the recipe for recovery so I have accepted the November challenge. My recipe is modified to suit my needs but it still remains basically the same. I believe like my mother and sister Bhavna believed. I am hoping to encourage all the people who are hesitating or unsure. It is still not to late to take up the challenge. Don’t do it because we say it do it because you need to. Good Luck all. Hugs and love and God Bless.
I started pieces of the recipe while withdrawing from Sinemet, and took the challenge last year to celebrate my first month Rx-free. After I moved into the full recipe , I did go through a period of real fatigue, but figured my body just needed the energy for recovery more than for other activities. A couple weeks later my energy levels were better than they’d been, my sense of smell was back and my balance was normal. People started telling me I looked younger, and I realized I’d lost that lopsided look. About this point I was thrilled with my progress but felt like I was missing something and began coaching. Howard is helping me make true sense of the mental, emotional work in a way I wasnt getting by reading and thinking. I know I still am a work in progress, but a much happier one!
I hope that anyone thinking of trying the recipe will just do it. I know you will be amazed at the results, at the feeling of sweet energy moving in you, whether you do it all “right” or not (believe me, I didn’t). Please, please, just do it
I bumped into your site because a dear friend of mine is diagnosed with PD. We are planning to start your recipe. Could it be harmfull for me to do the exercises as well? I’m not having PD but I would like to support my friend and do the exercises with him (via Skype) to encourage him to keep on having discipline.
Am I reading that you were doing your morning exercises at 4 o’clock in the morning? Is it really necessary to do this this early in the morning??? This must be very hard to do!?
What are the best times to do the exercises in the morning/evening?
Thank you so much for making this website and giving hope to be completely cured from the incurable!!!
You are welcome. I am so happy you bumped into my site! Welcome aboard. You are a very good friend to be doing the Recipe with your friend via Skype. No, it cannot be harmful to you to do the exercises. My wife did many of the Qigong exercises with me in the evening. It helped her health and probably will help yours as well.
Yes, I got up at 4am and was doing the Recipe by 4:30am. No, it is not necessary for anybody to do it that early. It should be done at a time comfortable to the person in the morning, afternoon, and/or evening.
Please feel free to visit the site often. Also, you will find some grand inspiration by reading the comments posted at the end of the last few blog posts.
Thank you Howard for your quick response! All the effort you put in explaining everything and your extensive support to keep people motivated to heal themselves really touches me and encourages me to support my friend! Thank you so, so much!!!! You deserve many, many blessings!!!