Fighting Parkinson’s, and half-way into the 30-day challenge 2013

Congratulations! It is November 15th, and you are half-way into my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day challenge 2013 to do the scaled-down version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery&#0174. 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&#0174, 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&#0174, you are making progress!

When you are doing the Recipe, you are strengthening your liver to clean your blood better. The toxins enter your body and then are flushed out. However, when the toxins enter your body, you feel more tremors, more stiffness, more fatigue, and in general, it is hard to look at your situation and accept that you are making progress. Click here for a detailed explanation on how and why you are making progress.

Now, here is a little extra inspiration for your journey. Recently, I sent this post to a person, and I thought it is appropriate for where all of your are in this November challenge. From Fighting Parkinson’s, and the wisdom of Glenda:

“There is a woman I am coaching, and she ends all of her emails with this quote: “You always had the power”…. Glenda the Good Witch. The first time I saw this at the end of one of her emails, I knew she had crossed the threshold of knowing that she had the power to heal herself. Let’s take a trip to Oz together so we can explore the wisdom of Glenda the Good Witch.

When the story begins, Dorothy is in a state of confusion…things are different about her, and she cannot quite put her finger on it…suddenly she wakes up in Oz. Note: I am going to take a little poetic license here and refer to Oz as Parkinson’sville with Dorothy having Parkinson’s. Okay, back to the story. Dorothy wakes up and everything looks different, feels different, and she has a sense she is not quite herself. Lucky for her, there are a bunch of people to tell her what to do. They tell her to get on a path and follow the path to the end, and there will be a wizard, a specialist of sorts, who will make her feel better.

Dorothy is pleased that these people are so gracious as to offer her this advice. She asks how many of them have been on this path. They answer none. She asks how do they know this wizard will be able to help her. They say, they’ve heard he is a wonderful wiz if ever a wiz there was, so certainly he will be able to help her. She then asks if this path leads to Recoveryville. They tell her there is no such thing as Recoveryville. So, Dorothy, feeling uncertain in her own decisions, takes their advice and gets on the path.

On the path, she meets a scarecrow with no brain, a reminder that her Parkinson’s brain is not thinking clearly. Further along on the path, she meets a tin man without a heart, a reminder that she is having a hard time feeling happiness and joy and gratitude and compassion. Still further along the path, she meets a lion with no courage, a reminder that she has been lacking the courage to make decisions for herself and is just following what others are telling her.

They eventually get to Oz. They eventually meet the wizard. The wizard informs Dorothy there is no such place as Recoveryville, but life can at least be a bit more pleasant as she stays in Parkinson’sville for the rest of her life. He gives the scarecrow a diploma. Dorothy asks, will this diploma clear up my muddled thinking. The wizard says, of course not, but if you stare at it every now and again, if will make you feel a bit better about your situation. The wizard gives the tin man a clock that ticks and places it where his heart is missing. Dorothy asks if this ticking will help her re-establish feelings of happiness and joy and gratitude and compassion. The wizard says, of course not, but if you listen to it every now and again, if will make you feel a bit better about your situation.

The wizard gives the lion a medal. Dorothy asks if this medal will give her the courage to get on the path to Recoveryville. The wizard says, of course not, there is no such place as Recoveryville, but if you stare at the medal every now and again, if will make you feel a bit better about your situation. Finally, the wizard tells Dorothy he can take her home if she gets in his hot air balloon and flies with him through some tornadoes. Fortunately, Toto (you didn’t think I was going to leave Toto out of the story, did you?) jumps out of the hot air balloon basket, Dorothy chases him, and before she can get back in, the winds take the wizard and the hot air balloon, and off they go without Dorothy.

Dorothy, now more confused and distraught than ever, feeling completely hopeless and with little faith, begins to feel she will never get out of Parkinson’sville, that she will never get home. Then Glenda arrives, and Dorothy implores her, “Can you please get me home.” Glenda informs Dorothy that Recoveryville is real, and that she can guide Dorothy there, but the most important thing Dorothy needs to know is “You always had the power.”

Glenda further informs Dorothy that when she finds her way home, she will learn she is in Recoveryville…they are one and the same. With this boost of confidence and hope and faith, Dorothy finally understands, “Yes, I always had the power!” Dorothy starts doing the Recipe for Recovery, and she gets on her path toward Recoveryville with the firm conviction that she will not get off the path until she reaches full recovery.

How about you? Learn from the wisdom of Glenda the Good Witch…’you always had the power.'”

You are half-way into this year’s November challenge, and if you have taken the challenge seriously, you have stayed off of the internet “looking” for an easier cure. There is no easier cure. This is it, and you are doing it. The first “it” being the Recipe, and the second “it” being you curing yourself from Parkinson’s.

The “experts” say there is no cure for Parkinson’s. If you want to be cured from Parkinson’s, then following the “experts” yellow brick road will not get you cured from Parkinson’s. If you want to be cured from Parkinson’s, then you need to realize that the Recipe is here for the doing, and you need to be the doer…Parkinson’s is curable, and you are your own cure!

Make the commitment to cure yourself from Parkinson’s!

Okay, everybody, put big smiles on your faces and chant together so the whole world can hear:

“Parkinson’s is curable.
I am my own Parkinson’s cure.
I am halting, slowing, and reversing the progression of my Parkinson’s.
I am extraordinary.
I am recovery.
I am doing great!


All my best,


ps For those of you who missed it, here is what our friend Joe had to say about his recent neurologist’s visit when he walked in the door with confidence:

Joe says:
November 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Congratulations Marie! Thanks for your support Marie!
I felt that I should let everyone know how things are going with me. Today I went to see my neurologist. When she walked into the room, she asked me how I was doing, and I told her great with a big smile (per Howard’s suggestion). She looked a little surprised, but after she did all of her tests she said that I am doing great. I was a little nervous, but I did great on all the tests that she did on me. She was especially encouraged by how well I am walking. I hope and pray that I will be symptom free by my next visit to her office in six months.
I thank everyone for the community that we are.


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8 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and half-way into the 30-day challenge 2013


    I really enjoyed your story of ” the Wizard of Oz” , it is so true and i smiled all through it while shaking my head in a YES. I know that only I can effect the cure in me and with the help of “The Recipe” I am doing it – day by day- week by week. Friends and people I barely know are saying – what are you doing , you look so great. I adopt Howard’s gentle knowing smile and say ” thank you for caring/asking/telling me”. I woke up one hour ago in quite severe pain – it is just about getting better – almost entirely gone now. So stay with the Recipe only, calm your busy mind, trust and join us on this Healing journey, Love, Marilyn

  2. judy says:

    I love what Marilyn says, “…calm your busy mind…”.
    I just want to tell my mind to shut-up!
    Even on so-called “good” days, there is my mind,
    trying to bring me down. Thanx, Howard for your
    invaluable support.

  3. Mayarita says:

    What a lovely story! And well done congratulations Joe!
    Here’s to encourage others beginning this journey.
    I began the challenge in May and though a bit on and off at first am gradually adding more bits of the recipe and now dedicate an hour a day on average 4 times a week. I am alone bringing up my small child so it’s quite difficult to find time .
    Despite this I find even on this minimal routine it makes a huge difference to how I feel.
    My mind is generally much calmer and when it gets out of control I have the tools to calm it. I ferl so much more positive and in control of myself and in relation to othets. More able to stand strong and stand up for myself inside.
    All this despite physical symptoms of rigidnesd shake and unresponsiveness on my left hand side.
    But I know that if I am starting to get to the root cause which is inside of myself I am getting better. I can feel it.
    Gradually I am building up the strength to get up early on those days i have no time to fit in an hour.
    If i can do it so can you!

    My mind is becoming gradually calmer, and when it starts jabbering away I find I can nearly calm it. My physical symptoms are perhaps the same perhaps a little worse at the moment; all the left hand side of my body rigid and unresponsive. But I feel so much bwtter

  4. Mayarita says:

    Sorry the last post has repititions and mistakes! Writing from a mobile is tricky!
    Love and courage to all and thanks to Howard.

  5. Helen Gill says:

    I am on an uphill climb and nearly to the top and seeing the view. The climb down will be even easier, for with every day I am growing in self worth, love, and a stronger body. Thank you Howard for your continual support, and to everyone’s posts. Cheers to us all. Helen

  6. Sally says:

    I am so grateful to be able come to this website and find comfort and hope.
    Thank you, Howard.

  7. Dana Hodgkins says:

    Here we are at the mid-point and I have come to realize that my favorite part…. the most meaningful and heartfelt part of Howard’s new recipe for me is the Gratitude List! I find myself more and more recognizing things for which I am grateful all throughout the day. Thank you!

    I am grateful for the grateful list….it’s so wonderful. I am also grateful for all of the encouraging comments from everyone. We can be grateful for each other!

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