Fighting Parkinson’s, and my 30-day challenge 2016

Welcome to the sixth annual 30-day November to Remember Challenge. The 30-day challenge is coming to you in two parts: 1. to those of you already doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®; and 2. to those of you new to the blog and to those who have been inspired about recovery, but who are still thinking about whether or not to do the Recipe. The last five years have turned out really well for those who decided to accept the challenge and either re-commit to doing the Recipe or begin an abbreviated version of the Recipe. So, here are some thoughts, followed by this year’s challenge.

As we head into the last two months of the year, this is a time filled with the additional stress of the holidays, balancing family, work, friends and extended-family during the holidays. Stress exacerbates Parkinson’s. Fear and worry exacerbate Parkinson’s. Wouldn’t you rather head into the holiday season with less stress, less fear, less worry, and physically feeling a little better? Wouldn’t that make you and your family and friends actually see that you are on your path to recovery?

Okay, then…let’s do this!!! Two days away! Here we come November 1st!

For those of you already doing the Recipe, this is a time to re-commit yourself to doing the Recipe, the physical exercises, the mind calming, and the soul healing. Also, I welcome your comments at the end this post as a way to encourage and inspire those who are new to the blog or undecided in accepting the 30-day challenge 2016.

For those who are new to the blog or who are inspired but have not yet started doing the Recipe, it is my challenge to you to make a personal commitment to yourself to do the scaled-down version of the Recipe® for the month of November to get on your path toward recovery. I am posting the challenge today so you can have a couple of days to get ready. It costs nothing. There is no sign up sheet. There is no catch. There is nothing to lose. There is much to gain.

My 30-day challenge to all of you: Embrace the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® for 30 days and make this your November to Remember!

There are some parameters to go over for my 30-day challenge 2016, and here they are:

1. The body.

For those of you already doing the Recipe, at a minimum, recommit yourself to doing the physical part of the Recipe you already are doing. If you are not doing the entirety of the physical exercises every day, then challenge yourself to do more than what you currently are doing and do it more often than you currently are doing. Practice deep breathing; click here for instructions. Practice drinking enough water; click here for instructions.

For those who are new to the blog or who are inspired but have not yet started doing the Recipe, at a minimum, perform Medical Qigong for Liver, Clearing Liver Wind Qigong, Standing and Balance Qigong, Brain Vibration Chanting (these are numbers in Mandarin Chinese in a sequences to stimulate vibration activity in the brain). There are videos of each of these in the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Also, add the Neck Exercises and the Medical Qigong Sound for Kidney Health (there are not videos of these). Also, two things to do for your body that seem natural, but many struggle with: Practice deep breathing; click here for instructions. Practice drinking enough water; click here for instructions.

2. The mind.

For those of you already doing the Recipe, and for those who are new to the blog or who are inspired but have not yet started doing the Recipe, a). at a minimum, stop doing research on Parkinson’s remedies and “cures.” This will start to reduce being in Adrenaline mode; click here for more information about Adrenaline mode. Also, this will send a message to your Parkinson’s that says, “I am committed to the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, I believe in the Recipe and I believe in myself.” Commit to the Recipe for 30 days, and during the 30 days, stop looking for something different. If you are looking for something different, then you are not committed to what you are doing. Use your extra time reading a book, watching TV or a movie, talking to friends…getting back into living life; I am certain if a new miracle cure turns up during the 30 days, somebody you know will tell you about it. b). Getting rid of fear. Click here for a refresher on faith over fear. c). Stop thinking about your Parkinson’s. Instead, think about living your life, truly living your life and doing the things that you can do and want to do. You may do things a little slower, and you may not be able to do things as long, but you still can do the things in life you want to do. Click here for a refresher on having a “can do” attitude toward your cure instead of a “can’t do” attitude toward your life and your Parkinson’s. d). Calming your mind. At a minimum, for 5 minutes (10 minutes minimum for those already doing the Recipe), one time per day, sit in a quiet spot, close your eyes, and count your breaths from 1 to 10 (out breath first, then in breath, count that as 1 breath) and start over counting 1-10 and start over again, etc.

3. The soul.

For those of you already doing the Recipe, and for those who are new to the blog or who are inspired but have not yet started doing the Recipe, a). Practice acceptance. When something occurs, instead of visiting it with a negative emotion, just look at it and say, “Okay, I accept what just happened.” And then deal with it without the negative emotions. Stress is caused by the mind’s refusal to accept reality. Accept what is occurring, create a solution, and reduce your stress. Click here for more on stress reduction through acceptance. b). Compassion. Practice compassion every chance you get…compassion for others and for yourself. Practically everybody, including you, is suffering at some level, physically, mentally, and/or spiritually. Practice compassion and unburden some of their load, and unburden some of yours. c). Gratitude. Click here for a refresher on practicing gratitude. Make a Gratitude notebook. Every day write down 10 things for which you are grateful. If 10 things do not come to mind, think of something bad that did not occur, and be grateful that it did not occur. If you run out of new things, you may repeat things you have written on previous days. At the end of the month, you will have between 10 and 300 things for which you are grateful. The closer you are to 300, the more your heart will have opened, and the more your natural dopamine will be flowing. Additionally, for those of you already doing the Recipe, think back to a happy or joyful event in life, get a clear picture of it, and then give gratitude for having had that joyful event take place in your life; something in your brain captures the event, finds it inside you, and releases dopamine as if you were experiencing the joyful event in the present moment. Click here for more information on performing past life experience gratitude.

Not only is this the November to Remember 2016, but it also is No Excuses November 2016!

1. Objection to doing the Recipe, “I do not want to go on a vegetarian diet.” My response, “Don’t.” However, during the 30 days, see if you can add a little more fruits, vegetables, greens, and whole grains into your diet, and see if you can reduce a little your fried foods, dairy, and refined-sugar sweets. This will reduce your symptoms — look at number 2 in the Recipe of the causes that bring the symptoms to the surface: “2. Phlegm-Fire Agitating Wind, which is caused by dietary considerations such as consumption of too much greasy, fried or sweet foods.” In simplest terms, these foods cause phlegm and mucus to accumulate inside the body raising the internal temperature, and this cause tremors to increase (agitating
wind; wind makes things shake).
2. Objection to doing the Recipe, “I cannot do the Qigong exercises because, a. I do not understand them, b. I am physically unable, c. Both a. and b.” My response, “I will help you.” (See my “My Commitment to All of You” below in this post).
3. Objection to doing the Recipe, “I cannot do the Qigong perfectly, so I know it is not worth my time because if I cannot do it perfectly, I know I cannot recover.” My response: “The only “perfect” Qigong is the one your body is allowing you to do in the moment you are doing it, and it is good enough.” Click here for more information on why your best is good enough.
4. Objection to doing the Recipe, “It takes too much time.” My response, “You are worth the time it takes to cure yourself from a disease from which the professionals say there is no cure. Plus, for those of you doing daily Parkinson’s research, once you stop doing daily Parkinson’s research (Part 2a of the challenge), you will find yourself with extra time to do the Recipe and many other wonderful things.”
5. Objection to doing the Recipe, “I am currently taking medications and I do not want to reduce them.” My response, “Don’t.” I feel that you will benefit greatly from doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® even if you are currently taking medications. I do not believe that you can reach full recovery while on medications, but doing the Recipe and cleansing your liver will help your body process your medications better and help you function better, and maybe some time in the future you will decide that reduction makes sense to achieve your recovery. Click here for more on medications.

My Commitment to All of You

People have expressed to me that they feel I was successful in curing myself because of my confidence in what I was doing and my commitment to doing it, the “it” being the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. I am just as confident in all of you, and just as committed to all of you being successful, so I make this offer:

If you feel that you do not understand how to do any of the things outlined in my 30-day challenge above, let me know, and I will provide you with a 30-minute conference in person, by phone, by Skype, or by FaceTime at no charge. Send me an email at and I will coordinate the conference with you.

If you are in the Portland area, I will meet with you or have a call or a Skype or a FaceTime. If you are outside the Portland area, but in the United States or Canada, we may have a call, a Skype, or a FaceTime. If you are outside the United States, we may have a Skype or a FaceTime.

I am committed to all of you. I am committed to assisting you to accept my 30-day challenge, and I am confident in you being able to do the Recipe. Also, I am confident that the Recipe will work for you, and at the end of the 30 days you will see enough positive results in your recovery that you will know you are on your path to recovery and you will know the full Recipe is right for you.

Also, throughout the month of November, I will be posting information to assist you in successfully completing this 30-day challenge. Please check back regularly to this blog, or if you wish to receive an email notification of the blog posting updates, please fill out the “Subscribe to receive blog update notifications” form.

I am committed to you and your recovery from Parkinson’s.

Why not accept the abbreviated Recipe challenge, get on your path toward recovery, and commit yourself for 30 days to the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®!

Parkinson’s is curable! Be your own cure!

Why not make this your November to Remember!


All my best,


Click here for my Parkinson’s Daily Journal post, part 33.


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11 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and my 30-day challenge 2016

  1. Melanie S says:

    Thank you Howard. I am in. I will do my best (armed with all this useful revision) and that is good enough.
    We are worth putting ourselves first. I recommend this to all newcomers.

  2. Beth in CA says:

    Thank you Howard – I am re-comitting myself to doing all aspects of the recipe, including all the revisions for the 2016 November challenge. I encourage newcomers to the challenge. Beth

  3. Dr. Karen Zilverberg says:

    Thanks, Howard,

    Don says that he is recommitting himself to do the full recipe and 30-day challenge 2016.

    I heartily encourage newcomers to do this recipe. I see many nice improvements in my husband, Don. Some are subtle and some are more obvious. I see speech and balance improvements. I also see an increase in his ability to do things around the house and he lasts longer before he needs to rest. Don’s face and eyes look more animated and alive. Also, he is talking more like he did when he was well. It is worth the effort.

    Don says that he feels more stable walking through the grass.

    Karen and Don

  4. Kjell Nilsson says:

    Thank you Howard
    I am on for the challenge and recommend this recipe for everyone
    Much love ❤️

  5. Cap says:

    I am doing most at least once per day however still struggling to do all the Recipe steps, but hereby commit to doing more. Thanks Howard for re-inspiring us all to do more and to do better to realize our dreams of conquering PD.

  6. Dave M says:

    Howard, thanks for the recipe and I will commit to it. I’ve been doing the exercises for about three months and have noticed changes.

  7. Ingrid Townsend says:

    First, thank you for being so giving and loving to perfect strangers. I chanced upon your blog and it has meant so much to me; I’ve looked at it almost every day and am trying to follow the recipe. It’s not easy for me and I as of now cannot do all the exercises the way you describe, but I won’t give up. My concern is that I am taking Sinemet and right now don’t have the courage to go off of it. I am going off the anti depr. Remeron (Mirtazapine) and am down to a quarter of a pill… doing it slowly and hope to be off altogether by mid Dec. I recently read somewhere that once you are on Sinemet it is almost impossible to get better, that the Sinemet has a negative effect on the braincells and that it is downhill to the end and quitting won’t change the damage it already has done. Scary. What do you think? I have had PD for nine years that I know of and am doing rather well in general; I excercise every day and eat mostly vegetarian. Taking your advice, I also talk to my brain cells and ask for the dopamine to flow… etc. Somehow all the things you say make so much sense to me- not all too long ago childhood leukemia was considered incurable and now the affected children have a 60 to 80 percent chance of a cure…
    Do I have a chance having taken and still taking Sinemet?
    Again, thank you for being such an inspiration and encouraging all the rest of us!

  8. Ingrid says:

    Thank you ,Howard, for your detailed and caring response; I feel better already ☺️. And thank you , Natasha, for your love and support….I feel so lucky…. Ingrid

  9. Christiane from Germany says:

    Hi everybody, it’s been more than fifty days ago that I started doing the Recipe on a daily basis. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in September 2011 and ever since then I’ve been doing everything to get better: Yoga, Qigong, Meditation, Detoxification, got my teeth completely done, Acupuncture, homeopathy, Chiropractic, raw vegan diet, colon cleansing, parasite treatment etc. etc.
    All these steps were important and helped me to get better, but ever since I’m doing the Recipe and got in touch with you, Howard, I feel something has changed. Deep inside there is a really strong certainty that this is going to work and that healing is just a matter of time.
    I’m so grateful that you crossed my way, thank you!!

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