I have written about medications in the past. I have been delivering the same message since the first time I wrote about medications two and one-half years ago in Fighting Parkinson’s and medications. However, recent communications have made me feel that I need to clarify some things regarding medications.
To begin, as it is written on the Home page of this web site, “Whether you are fighting Parkinson’s without medications or fighting Parkinson’s with medications, everybody is welcome here!”
I have written in the past that for those on medications, please do not quit taking your medications cold turkey (all at once). I have expressed that nothing good would come from that. I have been asked to be clearer on what “nothing good” means. On two occasions when I have been contacted by somebody not doing the Recipe who wanted to discuss doing the Recipe, each of these people told me that on a prior occasion they quit taking Sinemet (Carbidopa/Levadopa) cold turkey and by the 5th day could no longer get out of a chair. Going back on their Sinemet got their movement back.
For those on medications, you need to be taking your medications to have the physical capability to do the Recipe. After doing the Recipe for a while, people have expressed that they get a message from their body regarding their level of healing, and then, and only then, do they see it as safe to make a minor adjustment in their medication routine. The minor adjustment once in place does not fluctuate until such time that they have healed enough that their body gives them another signal that another adjustment is possible. Medication reduction is serious business. It is a body notification of healing that allows for minor adjustments…it is not a decision of the mind, and it is a slow and long process for those who are doing it successfully.
Recently, it was reported to me that a person who was doing a medication reduction and having success made the mental decision to stop taking his final pill before his body told him it was ready. He had a bad reaction (body telling him it was not ready) and the doctors at the hospital put him back on his medications to get his movement back and temporarily-lost bodily functions functioning again.
So, again, let me be really clear about this: Medication reduction is serious business and requires listening to your body at each step of the way to make certain your body is readily accepting the changes you make. This is how the ones who have been successful in completely eliminating their medications became successful. I do not post “how to” reduce or eliminate medications, nor do I allow comments that include instructions on “how to” accomplish this. That remains the same message as well.
The twenty-seven people who I know have successfully eliminated medications have shown that it takes dedication, perseverance, daily doing of the Recipe (soul, mind, and body), amazing faith, a great attitude, and patience, patience, patience. Slow and safe requires patience. Slow and safe requires listening to your body. Slow and safe requires rejecting your mind trying to override your body when it comes to medication reduction.
And, there are those who do not wish to reduce/eliminate medications, and that is okay, too. Three people who have contacted me let me know that they are doing my Recipe for the purpose of not having to increase their medications as they have no desire to decrease them, only a desire to not have to increase them. So far, so good, according to all three — none has had to increase their medications thus far. This is quite wonderful for them.
Others in the middle of medication reductions have contacted me because they felt the messages from their bodies said to go back to the previous medication routine as the body was having an adverse reaction to the change. I consistently say to listen to your body and go back to where you feel comfortable and balanced.
The choice of what to do is a choice in the moment, and listening to your body is the correct choice. If an adjustment to the medication routine is not working well and you go back to how it was, this is not a failure at all — this is only one choice in a lifetime of choices, no choice too big or too small, just the one you are making in the moment. And if you are following your heart and listening to your body, then the choice you make is the correct one in the moment.
When I had Parkinson’s, I realized that I had been disrespectful to my body by ignoring months and months of physical notifications that something was really wrong with my physical being…pain, slowness, headaches, stiffness, fatigue, constipation, excessive urgent urination, loss of most of the use of my left arm, numbness in a portion of my face, hunched forward, shuffling…I let my mind talk me out of thinking anything was wrong.
Then tremors…raging 24×7 tremors. My body finally got my attention before it was too late. I never disrespected my body’s messages again. I gave my body gratitude for keeping me alive, and I promised my body that I would do everything it asked me to do as well as the promise that I would not ask my body to do anything it did not want to do.
You are Adrenaline-mind thinkers. Clearly, that was my downfall that opened the door for Parkinson’s to overtake me with symptoms. It is what will be your downfall on medication routine changes if you let your mind run the show instead of listening to your body.
We have a beautiful, loving community here, and I just want to make certain that everybody remembers that if we labor along like the tortoise, good things will happen. Whether you are taking medications or not, patience is the way to go…slow and steady…and safe.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,