For those of you who are working hard through this first week of my 30-day November to Remember Challenge 2015, good for you! For those of you who are not working hard through this first week of my 30-day November to Remember Challenge 2015, there is still time! For those of you who read my challenge and started thinking about doing the scaled-down version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® instead of actually doing it, are you aware that four days have passed you by? What are you waiting for? Make this your November to Remember and start your recovery from Parkinson’s!
Today, I want to give all of you a pep talk to inspire you to take action in your recovery. Since some of you are new to this blog and may have missed earlier posts, my pep talk is from my August 12, 2011 blog post entitled, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and faith, attitude, action, progress.” Here it is:
“I was on a coaching call a couple of days ago and was questioned about how Qigong works, basically, what is it really doing because sometimes it is hard to know if it is doing anything at all. After a deep discussion about Qigong in general, followed by a discussion of Qigong in the Recipe for Recovery, it made sense to the person, and she suggested I write about because she felt it would be meaningful for all of you. Ultimately, it comes down to faith, attitude, and action to make progress…I will begin, as I did with her on Wednesday, and start with action.
Action. In my Recipe for Recovery, there are Qigong exercises that require us to take action to fight our Parkinson’s. These are not general Qigong exercises that one would learn taking an introductory Qigong class. These are medical Qigong exercises designed to heal the liver and kidneys and help them function better. Since I view one of the causes of Parkinson’s as: “Kidney and Liver Wind Deficiency, which is caused by overwork and insufficient rest which unbalances the body’s natural rhythm,” I researched medical Qigong to focus my initial action to rectify these deficiencies.
Qigong in general. Our hearts pump our blood through our bodies. Our lymph system needs our assistance to move it throughout our bodies to build up immunity and cleanse toxins. Enter Qigong. Qigong is known as a soft exercise in that it does not require a whole lot of physical exertion, but it still still builds up internal energy because we are moving our bodies slowly and stimulating our lymph system.
Medical Qigong for Liver and Kidneys in the Recipe for Recovery. The slow Qigong movements are focused on these specific organs. However, there are additional benefits. The liver is paired with the gallbladder as an organ system. The kidneys are paired with the bladder as an organ system. And, the lungs (it is not possible to do these Qigong exercises without breathing in a whole lot more oxygen than just sitting around) are paired with the large intestine as an organ system.
So, by doing these Qigong exercises, we are working on healing our liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, lungs and large intestine. It is why many people have reported back to me that within days of beginning the Recipe for Recovery, they notice an increase in energy, their bowel movements have become regular and easy, their sense of smell has returned, that although they still feel pain their shoulders and knees are looser, they can turn their head and look back when backing up their car…these are small signs of progress, but they are signs of progress nonetheless.
Here is how I envision the Qigong is working: I am going back to my Titanic analogy, but taking it to the next level. Here is what I have said on this point in the past: “You did not get Parkinson’s the day you got diagnosed, and it is not going to go away the day after the diagnosis. The captain of the Titanic only saw the tip of the iceberg, if that, but an ice mountain had been growing for a long time beneath the surface. When Parkinson’s finally breaks to the surface, there are a mountain of layers below that need to be dealt with to beat the disease.”
Now, envision the mountain of ice below the surface that sunk the Titanic. Further, envision that you are placed deep into the center of this mountain of ice and you have a tiny hammer and chisel. Your goal is that each day you will chip away at the ice in a symmetrical manner. To an onlooker at the surface, they cannot even see you are in there chipping away. To an onlooker at the surface, the iceberg looks just as solid as it did the very first time they saw it.
Every day you are chipping away more and more, and every day the onlooker at the surface sees no progress. On one particular day, somebody who knows you are in there tells the onlooker, “Hey, there is a person in the middle of that iceberg with a small hammer and chisel chipping away.” The onlooker shakes their head and tells the person, “If that is so, they are crazy and they are wasting their time. I have been looking at this iceberg every day and I see absolutely no change at all.”
Ask yourself this: “If every day I am inside that iceberg chipping away and watching the hole inside get larger and larger, aren’t I making progress?” And, ask yourself this: “If every day I am inside that iceberg chipping away and watching the hole inside get larger and larger, does it really matter what the iceberg looks like on the surface in determining whether I am making progress?” How about this: “When I chip away at this iceberg in a symmetrical manner and I finally reach the outer edges, won’t the entire iceberg go away and won’t it happen quickly?”
There it is in a nutshell (or iceberg), how the Recipe for Recovery works. After nine months of doing the recipe and seeing very little improvement of my symptoms, I started seeing a lot of improvement and two weeks later I had no symptoms. The causes were removed and the disease went away. This is also known as full recovery.
The Qigong in the Recipe amounts to us taking action. The Qigong in the Recipe amounts to us chipping away at the iceberg from the inside out. To an onlooker, we look like we are accomplishing nothing, that we are crazy and wasting our time. Yes, our symptoms are an annoyance and an inconvenience, but I was not focused on relieving my symptoms. Instead, I was focused on ridding myself of Parkinson’s, and then the symptoms would go away. Actually experiencing the symptoms is what gave me the insight to understand what needed to be accomplished to beat this disease. I saw the enemy, I was able to endure what it had to deliver, I learned what I needed to learn to defeat it, and I took action. Every day we do something to defeat this disease we are making progress.
That is Qigong for the Liver and Kidneys…even though we may not feel our organs healing from deep inside, they are. How do I know this? Faith, and success. I recovered. It is why I named today’s post “Fighting Parkinson’s, and faith, attitude, action, progress.”
Faith. At the beginning, we have to have faith in our own recovery and faith in the process we are using to lead us down the path to recovery.
Attitude. We have to keep a good attitude that no matter how we feel, we are making progress because we have faith that we are on the correct path.
Action. I have said many times that faith without action is meaningless for Parkinson’s recovery. Action proves faith! Action says, “I so firmly believe that I will recover that I am willing to do Qigong exercises every day even if I cannot actually feel them healing me from deep within and even if I do not get immediate relief of my symptoms.” Some people think this kind of faith is crazy. I feel that this kind of faith leads to recovery. Did you ever stop to think that the same people who call this kind of faith crazy actually have no faith at all in recovery — they still feel that one cannot recover from Parkinson’s. We are proving them wrong.
Progress. Every day you wake up in the morning you are making progress in the path of life. Every day you do something in furtherance of fighting your Parkinson’s you are making progress on the path of Parkinson’s recovery. With strong faith, a great attitude, and proper action, you come to the realization that every day you employ this formula, you are making progress.
And, one day you may wake up making progress in the path of life and realize that you have successfully completed the path of Parkinson’s recovery. It will be overwhelming.
So, what are you doing in the moment, NOW? Why not grab onto some strong faith and a great attitude, and start taking some proper action, NOW! Aren’t you worth it?” Yes, you are worth it!
Don’t you want to finish your Parkinson’s journey before you finish your life’s journey? I thought so! So, here’s what you need to do: Accept my 30-day challenge and make this your November to Remember for your Parkinson’s recovery!!!
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!
AND, I AM WORTH IT!!!”
Yes you are. Each and every one of you is WORTH IT!!!
All my best,
MORE INSPIRATION FOR YOU
Below you will find the comments of your fellow travelers posted on my previous blog post. Thank you to all of them for sharing their journeys with all of us:
Karen in Ireland says:
November 1, 2015 at 7:59 am
Let’s Go guys! Let’s ROCK!
Big Love to all Warriors old and New!
November 1, 2015 at 8:54 am
For those of you who are sceptical let me assure you that Howard is the real deal.
He seems to always be there when I need help. Nobody can be that caring and not
Five years ago tomorrow I was diagnosed and the neurologist started me out on
2 tablets, 3 times daily of levocarbidopa 100/25 and azilect 1 mg. I don’t know where
I would be today if I had of stuck to that regiment.
Because of Howard and this blog I have been drug free for approx.3 years (can’t
remember exact date)
I still have bad days along with the good but I am still going to work on the
recipe until Recovery. I have the power to heal myself, I have the power
November 4, 2015 at 5:05 pm
I just talked to Howard he such a nice person I met him personally in 2012
Susana L says:
November 1, 2015 at 9:14 am
Dear Kind Friends,
I have been doing the full recipe for 16 months every day.I do it with love and the knowledge that I am healing myself, loving myself, and curing myself. I do not take any medication. I feel better every single day. Howard is a glistening gem who has so generously offered all of us a way to heal ourselves. You have the power to heal yourself and you can do it. Take the challenge and give yourself a chance to love yourself and heal yourself. Without this healing recipe I do not know where I would be today. I know that I am getting well every single day. View the recipe as you taking action to care for yourself and heal yourself imbibing your own soul and your mind and your body love elixir. The recipe is radiant and it works! We’re all here to support you in your journeys. With lots of love , Susana
November 1, 2015 at 10:50 am
I don’t know why anyone would not want to at least try the recipe. It’s not like we have options: do western medicine, get worse: do nothing, get worse: do the Recipe, get better!
I am skeptical/cynical by nature. When i found the Recipe i immediately began looking for the hidden agenda, or someone wanting my money for something. There is no hidden agenda. The Recipe is totally free! Howard is the real deal. I’ve had the pleasure and honor of meeting him and his lovely wife at a workshop. They are a God-send. Howard is a kind, gentle soul: giving, always available, I’ve communicated with him many times, e-mail and phone!
The Recipe is for real. Nothing to lose by giving it a try. Howard is always there, encouraging, strengthening, loving.
Doing the Recipe put excitement and hope back into my life. Can’t thank Howard enough. And, Sally.
Deb Car says:
November 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm
Thank you Howard!
For Your belief! for your Recovery and for the community you have gathered to support. When I was diagnosed 6 months ago I knew that I could and would fight this and now I know I can recover. These symptoms are just a sign of an imbalance. My body mind spirit need attention which I am now giving with the brighter light since finding you and your community.
caterina geuer says:
November 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm
I found myself looking forward to your annual November Challenge Howard–I commit myself to do the Recipe every day this month. Lots of love to you and Sally and your family–lots of love to everyone else who is dedicated to healing from Parkinsons. Feeling full of gratitude and energy!
Pat in Florida says:
November 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm
So many wonderful endorsements and personal testimonies that explain why the Recipe for Recovery is the best option for fighting Parkinson’s. Here’s what I’d like to add.
Each person is more than a body. The Recipe addresses each dimension – physical, mental, and spiritual. There is healing needed in each level. Typically Western medicine tends to address only the physical, and without success beyond temporary symptomatic relief. In doing so, the PD person is disheartened by the message that there is no cure and there is no rational reason to hope.
But here there is a succinct plan that teaches people how to heal each dimension. It’s a daunting task, but Howard’s plan patiently works with each of us, as individuals, to renew our minds and open our hearts to embrace mighty truths about ourselves. In doing so we are trained to abandon negative/fearful thoughts and replace them with love, compassion, forgiveness, faith and confidence. This CAN be done! This HAS been done!
I was diagnosed 10 years ago, accepted Parkinson’s medication approximately six years ago, started doing the Recipe about three years ago and gradually eliminated traditional Parkinson’s medications – I think it’s been at least two years. (I don’t journal so I’m not sure of the exact time frame.) Although it hasn’t been easy, I do not regret the path I’ve taken. I believe the path will end in freedom and a new way of living!
And that is worth the work it takes, the discipline it takes and the time it takes.
I encourage you to accept the November to Remember challenge! It’s a great way to get started. And here you will receive acceptance and love.
November 1, 2015 at 10:25 pm
wonderful message Pat
Cynthia (from England) says:
November 2, 2015 at 2:23 am
How true Pat, thank you for your encouraging comment x
Tery Brun says:
November 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm
Hi all together
First, dear Howard, thank you so much for your effort and work, it’s terrifically!!!
Again, I can assure you that it’s really worth doing the Recipe, as today my dear Werni
could speak again as in old days, faster and with a wonderful voice I was used to in earlier days!!! We are so happy!!! Till now sometimes we couldn’t understand him well when he was talking and too very slowly and with a weak voice. Yeahhhh, it works, I recommend the Recipe best and dear Howard is a wonderful person with power, love and kindness we never experienced with neurologists. Give it a try and you will be surprised!! Our gratitude to Howard and his lovely Sally is enormous!! Thanks Howard!!
Love and courage to all,
Tery and Werni
November 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm
Thank you Howard and everyone this is exciting we are all together in this November challenge. I look forward to the improvement day by day. I so appreciate all your comments and of course Howard’s guiding direction and truth and love. Yeeha!! Love Helen
Waseema from Birmingham UK says:
November 1, 2015 at 6:31 pm
Hi fellow warriors,
I’m committed to doing the recipe for as long as it takes. I was diagnosed over four years ago and have not taken any medication at all. I have to thank Howard for his inspiring blog which supported me to persevere with a drug free approach. I sometimes struggle to be regular but have always felt the benefit when I do persist. Keep going everyone…. we know it works!
Christine (UK) says:
November 2, 2015 at 4:38 am
I am new to posting on the site but have been following the Recipe for a year and have found the advice from Howard and all my fellow warriors so helpful and inspiring. I have occasionally missed days and rarely done the evening exercises so “I’m in on the November challenge” and commit to FULLY doing the recipe every day. I wanted to share with you a free meditation tape that I have recently found on line and which helps me to relax and feel calm. The web address is soundcloud.com/hay-house-uk/brian-weiss-a-meditation-to
November 2, 2015 at 2:46 pm
Thank you to Howard and to each of you who have had the courage to share of yourselves by leaving such beautiful messages. They are so uplifting. They are helping me along on this journey. I am grateful.
As I start this November Challenge with all of you, I am reminded of a little saying I once read.
If you just want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone!
But if you want to Walk Far, Walk Together!
Together, with love, we will help each other over the finish line.
Parkinson’s is curable and I am my own Parkinson’s cure!
Love and Blessings
November 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm
Thank you, Far Walking Fellow Warriors,
I well up at the compassionate words and empowering outpouring of this community’s testimonies.
Thank you for inspiring me to “walk the talk” together with you.
Each one of us knows “it don’t come easy…”
Brain chanting a tad stronger…
I can do this ‘I’m possibility’!
corazon salvador says:
November 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm
I am grateful first to GOD and to Howard that he was used mightily to give us hope in this
fight of Parkinson
November 3, 2015 at 8:45 am
A big hello to every one of you. Howard is the Guru and so he is the doorway to the ultimate recovery. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and his wonderful wife Sally couple of months ago. I write this from the bottom of my heart that he is actually a Godly figure. He is wrapped in the skin of Howard for him to help, guide and encourage each one of us in this path of recovery.
I am doing the full recipe for seven and a half months to be exact every single day and two times a day, I am drug free for the past 3 years. Howard’s recipe has given new meaning and hope to my life. I need to work on some public fears and attachment for which Howard is helping me. I hope to overcome this monster Parkinson’s some day.
Thank you Howard from the deepest corner of my heart.
November 3, 2015 at 2:22 pm
Thank you for much needed encouragement. Still drug free, been doing recipe as much as able about 2 years. Discouraged by worsening symptoms but feel like I am uncovering myself and understanding the nature of the illness which feels like the key.
Anita in England says:
November 4, 2015 at 5:14 am
Thank you, Howard, for your advice to us as to how to turn things round when we’re struggling to do the exercises and meditation: “utilize that LOVE and ACCEPTANCE of yourself to motivate you to do the things that will keep you on the path to your recovery…the exercises and the meditation. Instead of doing them even though you hate them, do them because you love you! ” I’m finding this incredibly helpful – it’s becoming clearer in my mind and my heart that I am, indeed, doing this because I love me! And thank you, Mary, for prompting this message from Howard.
Thank you, all of you, for your encouraging and inspiring messages. I’ve had contact with doctors over the last few days, which tends to make me feel unwell, so it’s a very good time to have taken up the challenge to do the full recipe, which is definitely helping me to achieve a better balance.
Love and best wishes to you all.