Fighting Parkinson’s, and bringing your life back into balance

As we head into the end of the year and the joyous holiday season, I want to provide you with more tools for repairing your Parkinson’s, which I see as a symptom of a life out of balance…physically, mentally, and spiritual. Today, I am re-posting my explanation from last year as this is a good springboard to propel you into a strong finish of 2013 and prepare you for being your own cure from Parkinson’s. The subsequent posts until the end of the year will provide additional tools to enhance the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® as it leads you on your journey to your cure…of your Parkinson’s, and in your life.

“From Fighting Parkinson’s, and tremors, three years ago:

‘Three years ago today, I got my final wake up call, my body’s final notification to make me sit up and take notice that there was something dreadfully wrong with me…tremors. As I pointed out recently, for the previous 7 or 8 months, I had received polite, and not-so-polite, notifications that my physical body was falling into disrepair. I chose to ignore these. Tremors got my attention. I have discussed that the symptoms are not the problem, but instead, they are the messages that there is a problem, so we have to look behind them as to why we have them. This morning I realized that Parkinson’s is a symptom…a message that says, “your life is out of balance.”

Parkinson’s…the symptom reflecting a life out of balance. Physically, you are off balance. You move slowly and cautiously, often looking down instead of forward. What does that do? It puts your body in a posture that makes it virtually impossible to walk balanced. Your neck is bent, your spine is bent, the fluid in your semicircular canals is moved, and your visual frame of reference (important for balance) is your legs or the floor, and you acquire what is often referred to as a Parkinson’s gait. Mentally, you then become off balance because you are afraid of falling or freezing, and you are afraid of the future with Parkinson’s. This is right where Parkinson’s wants you…not living in the moment, but instead living in the past (getting Parkinson’s) and being fearful of the future (life with long-term Parkinson’s). Spiritually, you give up hope that you ever will get better. At that point Parkinson’s is winning.

Essentially, when you stare at your legs and feel unbalanced, you are looking at the past. When you feel unbalanced, you fear the future. How can you move forward in life in a balanced manner if you are staring backwards and it makes you fearful of where you are going? Faith.

Faith in yourself that you are the cure to Parkinson’s, and that you can see your recovery through to the end. Yes, that carries a lot of responsibility, but you have help. You have the Recipe for Recovery. The Recipe for Recovery is your road map to bring your soul, mind, and body back into balance.

Over time in my recovery, I came to see Parkinson’s as a grand opportunity to fix the things in my life that had gone out of balance. The Recipe provided me with the physical tools to re-balance my body, the mental tools to calm my mind and re-balance my emotions, and the spiritual tools to re-balance my soul and find again the essence of who I am.

Am I grateful for having had Parkinson’s? Yes. Through that bump in the road in a life already out of balance, Parkinson’s stood as a bump at a fork in the road leaving me two choices: 1. Fix the imbalances in my life and it would go away; and 2. Do not fix the imbalances in my life and it would stay with me forever. I chose the road less traveled, I had no plan B, and every day I did the Recipe for Recovery to find balance in my life. And every day that I awoke with Parkinson’s still there, it was a reminder I still had more work to do.

However, in the end, when I awoke on June 12, 2010 with no Parkinson’s, I knew it was not coming back — I had re-balanced my soul, mind, and body, and I no longer needed the message or symptoms known as Parkinson’s as a reminder that I had more work to do.

I was finished with that part of my life, and I am grateful for that as well.'”

Parkinson’s is a symptom of your life out of balance…soul, mind, and body. Bring your life back into balance and you no longer will need the Parkinson’s reminder.

You can do this. I know you can.

You are worth it!

All my best,


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8 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and bringing your life back into balance

  1. Waseema says:

    Howard. You such a beacon of inspiration. I love your explanation of what parkinsons is and the choices it presents. I too choose to recover and am working on it using your recipe.
    Thanks and best wishes

  2. judy says:

    Thanx, Howard, for those hope-imparting, life-giving, awe-inspiring words.
    And, thank-you for being you.

  3. Maria Lidia Lastra says:

    Is there a way to do the Recipe once a day? Or is the spread out part necesary to heal?
    I am very slow and it takes all my time to do the exercises. I am a house wife. I found you searching for cures for P on google. At first I thought it was not true, but a month later I went into it again and read some of the newsletters and there was something there that I could not put it into words but felt right at home in my heart. It was August of this year I started the Recipe, as I had send for the booklet earlier. I did the exercises as you show in the videos, for three months, it was hard, not the exercises, but the discipline of taking the time, and it came a time I skip a shift and that was the begining
    of the end of exercisess. I take pills but I am going to tell the doctor to help me to quit them, as they really place a heavy burden on the physical body. Lately I become so slow it is disheartening. I know I can heal myself even as I am easily influence by those around me who do not believe in such a “miraculous” cure. I read the newsletter all the time and they uplift my spirits, thank you for writing them.

    • Howard says:

      Hi Maria Lidia,

      Do it how it fits in your schedule and you will be doing great. Welcome to our recovery community. We are happy you are here!


  4. Jane says:

    You are so limpidly lucid, Howard. It creates and sustains deep faith in the wisdom of our body/heart/mind. It makes one grateful for the opportunity parkinsons presents! Wonderful! Thank you.

  5. Melanie says:

    You make it sound so logical. When I struggle with symptoms daily I constantly remind myself of this logic! That it is a matter of time and that attitude and faith is everything and that I obviously have more work to do to bring my body back into balance. I am trying very hard to live life the best that I can until such time that I notice activities getting easier to do…….That will be the day I will rejoyce. Until then I will give constant thanks to God for the things I can do and for leading me to you and I will continue to do the recipe every day with faith in recovery and will hang on every word of your blog! Heartfelt thanks to you Howard and to everyone who comments on the blog. They are all so inspiring! It is comforting to know I am not alone! There is something very therapeutic in knowing that someone understands!
    Love to all, Melanie

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