Fighting Parkinson’s, and half-way into the 30-day challenge 2012

Congratulations! It is November 15th, and you are half-way into my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day challenge 2012 to do the scaled-down version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™. If you are feeling good, you are making progress…good for you. If you are feeling poorly, you are making progress…good for you. For those of you who are new to the blog, over time, those who have been here longer will tell you, “No matter what you tell Howard, if you are doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™, then he will tell you that you are making progress.” Truth of the matter is, if you are doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™, you are making progress!

Here is an explanation of what is going on if your started the challenge and are feeling poorly:

In the past, I have written about how cleansing Parkinson’s toxins from the body is like scraping algae from the walls of the pool — a lot of toxic material is floating around and making you feel poorly prior to it being flushed from the body. What has not been discussed in the past is how this process zaps the body’s energy leading to fatigue. This is an important point to understand in order to fight the fatigue and fight the fear that you are getting worse…you may be feeling a little worse, but you are getting better.

Here is an excerpt from “Fighting Parkinson’s, and cleaning the pool:”

“Recently, I have gotten feedback from a couple of people who I am coaching with the recipe for recovery, and their chief complaint is that in the last week or so the Qigong has gotten harder to do, not easier, particularly the Medical Qigong for the Liver. They are feeling worse, not better. They are questioning whether they are on the right path.

Here is my response to them:

I firmly believe that Parkinson’s pollutes our bodies and that is why I am so focused on the liver…getting the toxins cleaned out. It is a double edged sword — first you have to break up the toxins, which causes them to release into your system, and then you flush them out, primarily with respiration, perspiration and urine, not primarily from bowels, so make certain you are drinking enough water. Quite frankly, this is one of the hardest parts because when you are succeeding in breaking down the toxins, you feel the worst of it because of how much toxicity is floating around in your system. This is where many people want to quit because they feel so poorly. This is where you have to be strong and have faith that what you are doing is correct. I know, this is contrary to everything we learn in life. Here, the better you are doing at breaking up toxins, the worse you feel, but then you get better. It is why I did not feel better for nearly the entire time I had Parkinson’s, and then when I started feeling better, 2 weeks later, I was better.

I know it is hard to believe that the better you are doing the worse you will feel for a while, but think about this: suppose a pool looks like it is filled with sparkling water, but the walls are completely covered in algae. If you scrape every wall from top to bottom, what will the sparkling water look like? Completely polluted, right? But aren’t you making progress in cleaning the pool? Don’t you need to get all the algae off of the walls to clean the pool? This is the point I am making in my paragraph above. If somebody saw the pool and did not notice the algae covering the walls, they would think it was a perfectly clean, sparkling-water pool. After you scrape the algae and before it is flushed out, the same person would look at the pool and wonder how it suddenly became so polluted. And such is the case with you. You have worked hard and were starting to feel a little better. However, this hard work released many toxins into your body, and this will make you feel “worse” or “more polluted” until you can release the toxins from your body.”

Thinking about the pool, when the water looks clear and the algae is stuck to the walls of the pool, how hard are the pool pump and pool filter working? Hardly at all — there is nothing toxic or polluted in the water, so they are on low and using very little energy. Once you scrape every wall in the pool and the water is completely cloudy with toxins and pollutants, how hard are the pool pump and pool filter working? Very hard, and overtime! They are turned up to their maximum power and do not relax until the pool is clear again.

Let’s apply this to your Parkinson’s body. When you first start doing the Qigong, particularly Medical Qigong for Liver, initially many people report an energy boost, bowel function improvement, and return of sense of smell. This is because you are cleaning toxins already floating around in your body, so you get an initial positive impact. However, as you work harder at the Qigong in the Recipe for Recovery, you start to get into the deeper parts of the toxicity in your body (like scraping the algae off of the walls in the pool), and you put a load of new toxins into the mainstream of your body. Much like the pool pump and pool filter, your body then must devote a large amount of energy to getting the toxins cleansed from your body.

Since your Parkinson’s brain already is low on energy, and since you have been so successful in pulling these toxins out into the mainstream of your body, you suffer slower movement and sometimes fatigue, and the Qigong becomes a bit harder to do — your body is prioritizing the use of its energy, and priority number one is not your tremors or rigidity or slowness…priority number one is eliminating the toxins from your body. This results in your symptoms appearing worse. However, you are not getting worse. It is just a shifting of energy to a higher priority. There is nothing to be afraid of. You are getting better, and continuing the Qigong assists your body in cleansing the toxins more effectively.

As I have mentioned before, when we fight Parkinson’s, it fights us back. When we are diligent with the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™ and we have been feeling like we are making progress, it is a blow to our faith to suddenly feel like we are physically going backwards. Parkinson’s tests our faith. Parkinson’s tests our resolve. Parkinson’s tests us to the core of our being. And we fight back. We start at the core of our being and chip away at Parkinson’s day after day after day until we recover. We have to be strong and we cannot lose faith in ourselves.

“I have the power to heal myself.” And I did.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” Marie did. Pratima did. And you are.
“Together we have the power to heal the world.” Yes we do. And we are.

Focus on what you are doing in the moment with the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™, and have faith in yourself and your recovery.

You are worth it!

All my best,



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6 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and half-way into the 30-day challenge 2012

  1. Regina Schutte says:

    Dear Howard,
    Although today is a particularly bad day for Andy we just keep going, heading towards that moment of being healed. The following ‘Symptoms of inner peace’ will speed up that process…. Here it comes:

    Watch for signs of Peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to it and it seems likely that we could find our society experiencing it in epidemic proportions. Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:
    1. Tendency to think and act spontaneously, rather than from fear.
    2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
    3. Loss of interest in judging other people.
    4. Loss of interest in judging self.
    5. Loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
    6. Loss of interest in conflict.
    7. Loss of ability to worry (a serious symptom).
    8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
    9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and with nature.
    10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes and from the heart.
    11. Increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
    12. Increasing susceptibility to Love extended by others, as well as the uncontrollable
    urge to extend it.

    If you have all or even most of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition may be too far advanced to turn back.
    If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting several of these symptoms, remain exposed at your own risk. The condition of Inner Peace is likely to be well into its infectious stage.

    We wish you all Happy Healing
    Andy and Regina

    • Howard says:

      Hi Andy and Regina,

      Thank you very much for posting the Symptoms of Inner Peace. When you read this to me last Friday, I was overwhelmed by how accurately this captures the mental and spiritual aspects of the Parkinson’s recovery.

      I am sorry this is a bad day for Andy, but today will pass and tomorrow will be better. I am so happy that Andy knows a bad day or two here or there does not mean he is getting worse — it is merely a reflection of the body going through an adjustment of healing, and that each day he continues to get better.

      With gratitude and love,

    • Dear Andy and Regina

      I have uncontrollable attraction to your “Symptoms of Inner Peace” list…. so much so that I’m copying it to post near my computer…Do you have any advice for me or is it likely I’m hopelessly addicted?

  2. Jackie says:

    Thank you all for the timely encouragement! Yes, the Medical Qigong for Liver is indeed becoming harder to do, and in keeping with the aquarium analogy, I believe my internal plecostomus (algae eating catfish) is working overtime to catch up.

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