Fighting Parkinson’s, and let’s keep playing this game

Last week, I posted, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and let’s play a game again.” If you have been playing the game, great. If you have been unable to maintain positive thinking, that is okay…just pick yourself back up and start your positive thinking today. Your first positive thought can be, “It is okay that I got consumed by negative thoughts, and today I am starting thinking positive thoughts again.”

Okay. Whether your glass is overflowing with abundant joy, or your glass is half full on its way to overflowing with abundant joy, or if there is one drop in the bottom of your glass on its way to overflowing with abundant joy…”OKAY!”. Today, you will receive lots of assistance and inspiration to keep playing this game. That is what I have to offer…KEEP PLAYING!

What? How can I ask you to keep being positive in your life and your recovery? Is this unheard of? Is this completely contrary to human nature? In response, I ask you a very simple question: “Weren’t you doing everything according to what was the customarily accepted and expected ‘human nature’ when you got Parkinson’s?” Thought so.

That being the case, it is unreasonable to expect that the accepted and expected negative thinking of “human nature” will help you get better. As all of you know, negative thinking, stress and anxiety makes your symptoms worse.

Why? Because you never leave your mind. It is that adrenaline-driven mind that jumped on the fear train and took you full throttle to Parkinsonsville. If you stay in that adrenaline-driven, negative thinking, fearful mind, you can get comfortable in Parkinsonsville because you will not be leaving.

However, there is another choice.

Jump on the heart-felt, dopamine-producing tortoise trolley to Recoveryville. This is a ride where you overcome fear and negative thoughts by seeing and experiencing the world through your heart. You were not doing this when you got Parkinson’s, and that is why it works. It brings you back into balance.

So, let’s keep playing this game. Here’s some help:

Make it an outrageously joyful Positive Thinking Only game for yourself. I will provide you some examples of what I mean, and you all are bright enough to run, or shuffle, with it from there:

1. Pain. If I had pain in an area where I previously felt nothing, instead of being angry about the pain or fearful of what it might mean (i.e. Parkinson’s getting worse — isn’t that what every change in your symptoms you do not like ultimately adds up to in your mind?), I would say something like, “This is great! Pain means that the electricity is flowing from my brain to the part of my body that hurts or I would not be experiencing pain. This must mean all that stuff in my brain that the doctors say is dead is not really dead.”

2. Stiffness, fatigue, and slowness. “My body is using my available energy to open blockages, so it is making me more stiff and fatigued and slower than usual. It will improve when the blockages are opened. This is great!”

3. Increased tremors. “Wonderful. Tremors are created when electricity hits blockages or escapes from the protective neural covering. Increased tremors means I am creating more energy in my low-energy brain, so I shake more. This is great!”

4. Click here to read the comments posted by your fellow travelers on this path in response to “Fighting Parkinson’s, and let’s play a game again.” You will be inspired to keep playing this positive thinking game, or to get started again if you fell down. Please remember, “Failure is not falling down, it is not getting up again.” — Mary Pickford.

5. I had the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, and so do you.

Overcome fear and negative thinking, and see the world through your heart. It brings you back into balance. What I mean by this is that you are not changing what is happening…you are adjusting your perspective. Instead of looking at symptoms changes and life with fear, which never has a positive outcome, now look at changes in symptoms and life with love, joy, gratitude, compassion, forgiveness (positive thinking, positive emotions), and you will have a much better opportunity for a positive outcome.

I started playing this game in my recovery because it made sense to me to change my perspective this way. It kept me on the positive track toward recovery.

I am still playing it today, nearly 7 years since being cured from Parkinson’s. I greet the morning each day with gratitude for being alive. I accept all that is happening in front of me with a compassionate smile and an “okay.” Okay simply means that I am living in the moment and acknowledging what is happening in reality in the moment with acceptance and no judgment. And then I act. I do not react emotionally based upon past or future judgments. I came to realize that the only thing actually happening in my life in the moment is whatever is going on right now…and I embrace it from my heart. Why not? It is my life, one for which I am overwhelmingly grateful.

Overcome fear and negative thinking, and see the world through your heart.

Why not? It is your life.

Okay! So who is continuing to play this game by jumping on the heart-felt, dopamine-producing tortoise trolley to Recoveryville? As you know, the tortoise trolley moves very slowly, so nobody will be left behind. Let’s enjoy this journey called life together, with open hearts, joyfulness, and compassion…and recovery!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,



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36 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and let’s keep playing this game

  1. Christiane from Germany says:

    Love you, Howard!!

  2. Tony Catanzaro says:

    I’m getting on the train right now thanks brother !!!!

  3. judy pruitt says:

    Yup! Let’s play again!

  4. Tery Brun says:

    Great again Howard, it’s fantastic! Your support and help is what we need, your understanding that not every time the success is given suddenly helps everyone to look forward and to believe, that the recovery will happen!!


    Love Tery and Werni

  5. Chuck Rigney says:

    I’m staying on the positive track toward full recovery. I feel so much better when I’m positive.

    I love saying “Life is Good” when someone ask me how I’m doing! And my life is good even while reversing PD.

    Love, Peace and Blessings to all.

    P.S. Howard thank you helping us

  6. Rainer from Germany says:

    Magnificent post again, Howard! Thank you so much! Me too, I am jumping on the tortoise trolley right now.

  7. corazon salvador says:

    GOD bless everyone who are playing this game it is uplifting to the spirit and physical well being as Howard instructed us to do so.

  8. Helen Gill says:

    Heart reminders are so important in life. Thank you Howard. It’s a heart feeling day!! Yay!!😍

  9. Veronica Urquhart says:

    I have booked a seat on the tortoise train too. Thank you Howard.
    Love and blessings
    Veronica 🌱🌺x

  10. Cathy O. says:

    Hello Everyone! I’m Cathy and this is my first time posting on the blog even though I email Howard periodically with questions. I am so inspired by everyone’s comments and I too would like to join the game. It’s ironic that every time I start to think negatively one of Howard’s email blogs comes through which is always uplifting. Two of my favorite scriptures deal with faith and healing:
    Luke 18:27 And he said, the things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
    Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
    I was diagnosed with PD in July 2013. Next month will be a year on the Recipe. I am not on medication, work full-time and walk 70 minutes a day. I don’t know what shape I would be in had God not led me to Howard’s website because my symptoms were escalating. I am feeling so much better now. I still have my bad days but overall I’m truly blessed. God bless you all!

  11. jimmy says:

    Sé feliz en el proceso de tu recuperacion . No decidas de antemano lo que debe suceder. Lo peor que puedes hacer es predisponer lo que Dios tiene para ti basado en lo que crees que está sucediendo ahora. Más bien, relájate, alégrate en todas las cosas, y enamórate de ti mismo, enamorate de la vida,,,,,,,,,,,infinitamente agradecido con Howard


    Be happy in the process of your recovery. Do not decide in advance what must happen. The worst thing you can do is predispose what God has for you based on what you think is happening now. Rather, relax, rejoice in all things, and fall in love with yourself, fall in love with life ,,,,,,,,,,, infinitely grateful to Howard

  12. Karen in Ireland says:

    Hi Howard and Warriors. Howard you would have been so proud of me this week. I was with the neurologist on Monday who is not happy with me as he wants me on stronger meds. He told me that in all his years he had never met anyone who had not medicated for five years and is so bad. The same neurologist in 2012 when he diagnosed me was respectful of my choice not to Medicate and if I found a cure he would want to know. So Monday when I said that it’s not the meds that scare me, it’s believing in the protocol I am doing and I have found people who have healed. He replied the classic line ” they were misdiagnosed” and I was ” misguided” . I remained peaceful and heard Howard’s voice in my head saying ” bless him” . I found the further we got from the hospital the more calm and peaceful I got as I reconnected to my heart ( I had felt like a 7 year old child being told off) I thought, one day I will be back here to show you that Parkinson’s is curable and present you with a print out of The Recipe for Recovery.
    Still playing!
    Big Love to All.
    Karen xx

    • Cathy O. says:

      Wow Karen I would love to see the look on your neurologist’s face when he finds out you are cured. I guess he will be the one with the misdiagnosis then. I stopped going to my neurologist. Since I wasn’t on medication there was no point in going for him to tap my knee a few times, have me walk down the hall to see if I was walking straight or tap my finger to my nose. I can do that at home. The Recipe and a positive attitude is all the medication I need. I will only return to my doctor for confirmation WHEN I’m cured.

      • Karen in Ireland says:

        Yes my friend WHEN you are cured! Truth is I only want to show the neurologist that there is a cure out there, to open his mind and his heart as he in a position to help so many .xx

  13. Trish in Colorado says:

    Welcome, welcome Cathy O! You have come to the right place.

    Karen, I am so inspired by your courage. To be confronted by a neurologist would have made me crumble! Keep on and increase in your confidence. Don’t let anyone deter you and never give up!!!

    Love, Trish

  14. sue - sf bay area says:

    Thanks again & as always. I’m on the train for a great life. thanks for helping us be positive.


  15. sue - sf bay area says:

    Wow! Karen, amazing. You are an inspiration. Keep on THE TRAIN. Yooour almost there.

    Blessings – sue

    • Karen in Ireland says:

      Bless you Sue, yes I’m on the tortoise train hoping it drops me at Recoveryville soon! 🙂 xx

  16. Christine says:

    Karen you did so well with your neurologist!I have to see mine on Tuesday and am far from calm.He is charming and only wants to help…but with medication.
    I am enjoying this positive thinking exercise very much and find the tortoise trolley to recoveryville an enchanting journey.
    Thank you Howard and fellow warriors.

    • Karen in Ireland says:

      Christine, everyone here was so positive on here when I posted so wanted to contribute positive but what I didn’t say was earlier before the neuro came in, one of his team was suggesting I consider the brain operation, so when he walked in I just cried. Three months ago they put me on mild meds and now I was being offered surgery! I too had avoided neurologist since my diagnosis in 2012, what was the point when I wasent medicating . Christine I’ll be thinking of you Tuesday. I may have cried but when it comes to meds it’s my brain, my decision. You could be a mother, a wife, a teacher whatever, he’s a neurologist, a man, a husband etc. It’s just a title! He will offer you the best of what he feels will give you the best function and ease of symptoms. Some of us just want a little help to do what we believe in, but it’s your body . He goes home and you are a name in a file until he sees you again . What is it they say about nerves when you going for an interview? Imagine the interviewers naked! Haha. Try that My friend 🙂 xx

      • Christine says:

        Thank you Karen. Imagining this man naked is a fine thing as he is not unattractive!It will be good for my heart!
        Stay strong my dear! xx

  17. Dr. Karen Zilverberg says:

    From here on out, please count me in as a recovering person. It isn’t easy for me to admit that I have been having ongoing internal tremors. There is an outside chance that it could be PTSD but I don’t care to take a chance on it because I know that I have been running on empty for all too long. Unless it is a group requirement, I won’t to go to the neurologist because no matter what it will be gone.

    I am in on continued positive thinking. I have been up and down with the positive thinking this week which is an improvement. The tremors coincide with my thoughts. I notice that it requires more effort to make the tremors go away than it did for them to begin. I have been doing a couple of qigong exercises when I wake up and I have been reading a couple of pages out of “Jesus Calling” meditation book. In the evenings I do more.

    Don is getting stronger and he is able to physically do more now than he previously could.

    All God’s blessings be upon everyone and everything that you do.

  18. Beth in CA says:

    Hi Dr. Zilverberg, I came across this Christian ministry very uplifting – I do my daily devotions and find comfort in God’s word.

    Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me O Lord and I will be healed. Save me and I will be saved. For you are the one I praise.

    Philippians 4:13 I can do all things thru Him who strengthens me.

    Blessings to you and Don.

    • Dr. Karen Zilverberg says:

      I thank you, Beth, in CA. I will go to and bask in our Lord’s love and healing.

  19. jimmy says:

    QUERIDA Karen, tu eres gran mujer , tienes un gran valor y fortaleza, cuando tu sanes , tu gran corazon ayudara a sanar a mucha gente.


    Dear Karen, you are a great woman, you have great courage and strength, when you heal, your great heart will help to heal many people.

  20. jimmy says:

    “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His Name, make known His deeds among the people.” 1 Chronicles 16:8

    If you are a child of God, you ought to be able to thank God every moment of every day no matter what happens to you. Have you ever stopped to thank God for the water that you drink? Did you know that in some countries in the world, the majority of the population doesn’t have reasonably pure drinking water? Millions of people die annually just from water-related diseases. If you wear a hearing aid, do you ever thank God for that? Some people wish they had a hearing aid. If you are a student in the midst of final exams, do you thank God that you have an exam to take? There are many who wish they could afford college. Do you thank God for your next breath?

    Take whatever it is that looks like a trial in your life today and thank God for it! Thank Him every time the thought enters your mind to grumble or complain.

  21. Kjell Nilsson says:

    I am defenitely om
    Love and hugs to all❤️

  22. ken says:

    Being positive and just being able to say okay to the challenges life
    gives you is the key to the lock of the recipe for me. Also thanking
    God for every moment he gives us.
    Thanks Howard for your wise guidance!

  23. Bill B. says:

    Here are some wise words that help me with this topic, derived from many spiritual teachings.

    “I am here. I am now. I am enough.”

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