Fighting Parkinson’s, and scientific study says that dopamine is not depleted

As you know, it is the position of Western Medicine that the substantia nigra, basal ganglia, in the brain are dying or already dead leading to a depletion of dopamine in the brain. They say they do not know the cause of this nor can they cure it, so they seek to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s with dopamine enhancement and dopamine replacement medications. A recent study entitled, “Myth about Parkinson’s disease debunked,” found that “Scanning the brain of a patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease reveals that in spite of dopamine cell death, there are no signs of a lack of dopamine — even at a comparatively late stage in the process.”

For those of you who have been following this blog for a while or have spent any time with the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, you know I always have taken the position that the dopamine is not depleted, only blocked, and that the dopamine faucet is turned down low.

In the introduction to the Recipe, I say:
“I do not believe that the dopamine is depleted or gone. I believe that the body has been working in adrenaline mode and dopamine has taken a back seat, essentially, it has mostly closed the faucet and is not flowing at full capacity. It is why I believe the medications cause Dyskinesia – the body is being given artificial dopamine replacements that are not able to fully assimilate into the system and thus cause uncontrollable movement as opposed to controlled movement.
By listening to my body, talking to my body and examining my electrical impulses, I was able to re-open the dopamine faucet. The result was full recovery with 100% pre-Parkinson’s controlled movement.”

In the Affirmations/Meditations/Prayers section of the Recipe, I say:
“The medical profession says that with Parkinson’s, dopamine is depleted in one’s brain and the basal ganglia controlling movement are 60-80% dead. Having lived in a Parkinson’s body and thought with a Parkinson’s mind, and held my firm faith with a Parkinson’s soul, I can tell you they are incorrect. It is why after nearly 200 years, they are no closer to a cure than when they started. Parkinson’s is an electrical problem and they are trying to fix it with chemicals. The dopamine is there, but the flow is interrupted. Adrenaline has taken over, which ultimately leads to dopamine taking a back seat. Just like anything else, after years of operating in adrenaline mode, the dopamine just turns off the faucet.”

Well, last week, our friend Laura in Canada sent me the article I reference above. Thank you Laura for sharing this wonderful news. It is from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

In the section of the article entitled “A thorn in the side” the author points out that not only was there no lack of dopamine, but that the theory of “lack of dopamine” has not been established:

A thorn in the side
Scanning the brain of a patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease reveals that in spite of dopamine cell death, there are no signs of a lack of dopamine — even at a comparatively late stage in the process.
‘The inability to establish a lack of dopamine until advanced cases of Parkinson’s disease has been a thorn in the side of researchers for many years. On the one hand, the symptoms indicate that the stop signal is over-activated, and patients are treated accordingly with a fair degree of success. On the other hand, data prove that they are not lacking dopamine,’ says Postdoc Jakob Kisbye Dreyer.”

Click here to read the entire article yourself.

A few things I would like to mention at this point.
1. This report comes as no surprise as I, and so many of you, are living proof that our dopamine is not depleted. However, it is very exciting that there is now is scientific proof that we have been correct all along.
2. If you are taking medications, please keep taking them. If you stop taking them cold turkey, nothing good will come from that. Click here to read more.
3. To enhance the hope and faith of people with Parkinson’s around the world, I ask that you please send a link to this blog post to everybody who you know and encourage them to send it to others. It is important that people who are filled with fear that their dopamine is depleted and their prognosis is hopeless see this blog post and article. The reason I ask that you send a link to this post instead of just the article is that if people read the article only, it gives them hope but it does not tell them what they can do to recover. If you provide a link to this post, then they will come to the blog and site, see the Recipe, see this wonderful community made up of all of you, and they will realize that a road map to their recovery and other travelers on the path to recovery already exist and have existed for years. Imagine how that will enhance their faith and hope.

“I have the power to heal myself.” And I did.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” Marie did. Pratima did. Betty did. And you are.
“Together we have the power to heal the world.” And we are. Please send a link to this post to everybody who you know and encourage them to read the post and send it to others.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,



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24 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and scientific study says that dopamine is not depleted

  1. Lex says:

    Thank you, Howard!

  2. Barbara says:


    Thank you so much for giving us this information.
    The truth is that you give us all the Hope that we need to get well!


  3. Penny Wassman says:

    Exciting info, Howard and important for people to know… thank you!

  4. Waseema says:

    Fantastic evidence to support us. You are proof that symptoms are reversible. The teachings of my faith tell me that “there is a cure for every illness except death”. I firmly believe that and you are a wonderful example of that.

  5. Nancy Thomas says:

    I’ve started sharing this with friends and family and it has sparked a huge dialog, especially from friends who previously thought my doing anything to recover was a pointless aberration

  6. John Gold says:

    Howard, I’m very grateful for the post. Such support for the energetic/vitalist/approach towards healing. Inspires me to delve deeper…to consciously embody the deeper forces that seek integration…to create my own DBS…to jump the gap…to illuminate.
    Thank you

  7. Sylvia says:

    Thank so much Howard.This post has really lifted my spirit and I look forward to the next!

  8. Cathy White says:

    I have been researching estrogen in relation to parkinsons. Have you any info on this relationship ?

  9. Timothy Chaloner says:

    Thank you Howard,
    For passing on this information.

  10. Joe says:

    Thanks Howard! I too am looking forward to your next post.

  11. Helen says:

    Great feedback. It is so inspiring to read this Howard. On and upward we go knowing everything is possible. Love Helen

  12. Christine says:

    Thanks so much for this info Howard and for the timely reminder about the medications.

  13. bhavna shah says:

    thanks howard

  14. Melanie says:

    Great confirmation to what you’ve been telling us all along! Wonderful motivator to stay on the path to recovery! Thanks Howard! Much love and gratitude! Melanie

  15. Karen In Ireland says:

    Hooray Hooray Hooray! I am sooooooo happy for all of us! 😉
    Keep the Love and Wisdom flowing Howard. God in motion as always!
    With Love and Gratitude!
    Karen x

  16. Marie says:

    Hello Howard!
    Well, it was only a matter of time before science would begin to catch up with you and reality, backing up what you already knew from your own experience.
    It is great that a study like this will help to spread hope of recovery.
    When I first read your postings, one of the things that made the most sense, offered real hope, and motivated me to follow the Rcipe was how you describe the dopamine/adrenaline balance. That really resonated. The idea that a part of my brain was not “dead” and therefore uncurable ,but just blocked and out of balance was such a revelation. A major key in opening the door to Recovery.
    I am so grateful to you, Howard, that I did not have to wait for science! By tremendous good fortune, I found you, and hope, and recovery.
    Thank you , thank you, thank you!!!!
    Always, Marie

  17. Kevin says:

    We here at P.D. Recovery are ahead of the curve. Thank you medical / scientific community for proving what we here already knew. It is an electrical problem. Thanks Howard.

  18. Barry T says:

    In 1919, Sir Arthur Eddington led expeditions to Brazil and to the island of Principe, aiming to observe solar eclipses and thereby test an experimental prediction of Einstein’s novel theory of General Relativity. A journalist asked Einstein what he would do if Eddington’s observations failed to match his theory. Einstein famously replied: “Then I would feel sorry for the good Lord. The theory is correct.”

    Thank you Howard for your prescient stance on the electrical basis of Parkinson’s. IMHO you have the stature of Einstein with the advantage of a whole lot of humility. Bless you!

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  23. Dr Varadharajan Venkatramani says:

    Great comments . Great hope for everyone. To breathe diaphragmatically, lie prone in crocodile posture with hands folded and forehead resting gently on the dorsum of your palms ( gently placed one on top of the other) with legs spread as much apart as possible. U have no choice but to breathe diaphragmatically. Check out lying supine by feeling out move of hand on abdomen. 5 mins should be adequate to establish this. Do 1st in morning and continue to breathe diaphragmatically whole day. Dr Venkat

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