Last week, I posted Fighting Parkinson’s, and your fear, your faith…your choice. I have gotten very good feedback. However, one question people keep posing is, “How am I supposed to keep my faith and not have fear when suddenly my symptoms appear worse.” Today, I will address that question.
Part of understanding your recovery while doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® is understanding that there are times when you may feel worse while you are getting better. It looks like this:
Parkinson’s pollutes your body and that is why the Recipe has a large focus on healing the liver and getting the toxins cleaned out. It is a double edged sword, though — first you have to break up the toxins and filter them from the blood, which causes them to release into your system, and then you have to flush them out, primarily with respiration, perspiration and urine, not primarily from bowels, so you have to make certain you are drinking enough water.
Quite frankly, this is one of the hardest parts of keeping your faith because when you are succeeding in breaking down the toxins, you feel the worst of it because of how much toxicity is floating around in your system which then enters your body. This is where people have a healing crisis and wonder, “Am I getting worse? I am doing this Recipe to get better, but I simply feel worse and my symptoms look worse, and people roll their eyes at me and tell me whatever I am doing it is failing.”
This is where you have to be strong and have faith that what you are doing is correct. I know, this is contrary to everything you have learned in life. Here, the better you are doing at breaking up toxins, the worse you feel, but then you get better. It is why I did not feel better for nearly the entire time I had Parkinson’s, and then when I started feeling better, 2 weeks later, I was better.
So, when you are feeling worse, give yourself a joyful hug, some empathy, and some compassion…and keep doing the Recipe. The “feeling worse” and “looking worse” will subside in a few days. Recently, I have had a number of people tell me they are confused by what is happening. Their symptoms have not changed or may even appear a little worse, but everybody is telling them how good they look or how healthy they look.
This is because the Recipe is working. As you are cleaning more toxins from your body, your face looks better and healthier, your eyes look bright and clear, and this change is so profound that people who previously stared at your symptoms with dismay are now looking beyond your symptoms at your face and in disbelief are telling you the truth about how healthy and much better you look. At that point, you are the only one looking at your symptoms. So, stop looking.
Instead, look in the mirror and give gratitude for how much healthier and how much better you look.
Here is the deeper explanation of what is occurring during these periodic healing crises times:
I know it is hard to believe that the better you are doing the worse you will feel for a while, but think about this: suppose a pool looks like it is filled with sparkling water, but the walls are completely covered in algae. If you scrape every wall from top to bottom, what will the sparkling water look like? Completely polluted, right? But aren’t you making progress in cleaning the pool? Don’t you need to get all the algae off of the walls to clean the pool? And, if somebody had seen the pool but did not notice the algae covering the walls, they would have thought it was a perfectly clean, sparkling-water pool. After you scrape the algae and before it is flushed out, the same person would look at the pool and wonder how it suddenly became so polluted.
And such is the case with you. You have worked hard doing the Recipe and were starting to feel a little better. However, this hard work released many toxins into your body, and this will make you feel “worse” or “more polluted” until you can release the toxins from your body.
Further, when the pool water looks clear and the algae is stuck to the walls of the pool, how hard are the pool pump and pool filter working? Hardly at all — there is nothing toxic or polluted in the water, so they are on low and using very little energy. Once you scrape every wall in the pool and the water is completely cloudy with toxins and pollutants, how hard are the pool pump and pool filter working? Very hard, and overtime! They are turned up to their maximum power and do not relax until the pool is clear again.
Let’s apply this to your Parkinson’s body. When you first start doing the Qigong, particularly Medical Qigong for Liver, initially people report an energy boost, bowel function improvement, and return of sense of smell. This is because you are cleaning toxins already floating around in your body, so you get an initial positive impact. However, as you work harder at the Qigong in the Recipe, you start to get into the deeper parts of the toxicity in your body (like scraping the algae off of the walls in the pool), and you put a load of new toxins into the mainstream of your body. Much like the pool pump and pool filter, your body then must devote a large amount of energy to getting the toxins cleaned from your body.
Since your Parkinson’s brain already is low on energy, and since you have been so successful in pulling these toxins out into the mainstream of your body, you suffer slower movement and sometimes fatigue, and the Qigong becomes a bit harder to do — your body is prioritizing the use of its energy, and priority number one is not your tremors or rigidity or slowness…priority number one is eliminating the toxins from your body. This results in your symptoms appearing worse. However, you are not getting worse. It is just a shifting of energy to a higher priority. There is nothing to be afraid of. You are getting better, and continuing the Qigong assists your body in cleansing the toxins more effectively.
As I have mentioned before, when you fight Parkinson’s, it fights you back. When you are diligent with the Recipe and you have been feeling like we are making progress, it is a blow to your faith to suddenly feel like you are physically going backwards. Parkinson’s tests your faith. Parkinson’s tests your resolve. Parkinson’s tests you to the core of your being.
And you fight back. You start at the core of your being and chip away at Parkinson’s day after day after day until you recover. You have to be strong and you cannot lose faith in yourself.
You are doing the soul mind and body parts of the Recipe, so you have nothing to fear. Keep your faith strong!
Faith is the correct choice for your recovery.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,