Seven years ago, I began doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Of course, back then it did not have a name…it was just what I was doing. At the same time, I began keeping a hand-written Parkinson’s Daily Journal. It is time to share my journal with all of you. Here is my October 20, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.
“10/20/09. Up at 4. Slow and stiff, so what’s new. I am constipated today. It is strange to be 48 years old and the highlight of my day potentially could be that I am not constipated…how sad is that.
Stairs have been very hard today — my legs are very tight and hurt a lot. I feel unsteady when I walk. I definitely need to get that figured out asap!”
Okay, this is kind of depressing. But, it was my life and I got better. I have had many conversations with people over the years centered around constipation. My view is simply this: If you are not emptying your bowels with regularity, your body as a survival organism is expending an enormous amount of energy trying to get your bowels to move. When this occurs, there is little energy left to hold the symptoms in check. The result is “stairs have been very hard today,” and “my legs are very tight and hurt a lot,” and “I feel unsteady when I walk.”
Most people when faced with “stairs have been very hard today,” and “my legs are very tight and hurt a lot,” and “I feel unsteady when I walk” think they are getting worse in their Parkinson’s. If that was the case, then I would not be cured of Parkinson’s. What “stairs have been very hard today,” and “my legs are very tight and hurt a lot,” and “I feel unsteady when I walk” meant was that my body had a higher priority for my energy — get the bowels moving. That’s it.
Here are a few reminders about how to help your bowels be more regular:
Click here for drinking more water.
Click here for drinking more water, part 2.
Click here for a discussion of a vegetarian diet.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
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