Welcome to the seventh 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 six 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!!! You are five 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 2017.
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 plenty of time 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 2017, 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). Additionally, 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 2017, but it also is No Excuses November 2017!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
All my best,
NOTE: We have started a picture gallery. So far, we have 45 pictures of people doing the Recipe or already fully recovered from Parkinson’s (plus some with their spouses or children). One thing you will see in this picture gallery is what I call the “New Faces of Parkinson’s;” people with big smiles filled with hope and faith about recovery. If you would like your picture included, please email it to me at
Click here to see the picture gallery. Also, the picture gallery is a permanent page on the website. On the computer view, it is under the blue picture at the top of each page, listed as “Picture Gallery.” On the mobile view, click the menu (near the top left of the mobile screen, there are three horizontal lines next to the “F” in Fighting). One of the menu choices says “Picture Gallery.”
All the time you are supporting us in different ways to get towards recovery. When the days are badly you always brings post and hope not to give up!!! For this reason a big compliment, we just needed your great post, THANK YOU!!
Howard, count me in. I recommit to following the Recipe by
Doing the exercises
Increasing my water intake
Stopping my “cure” searches
Limit reading the news to once a day
Meditating 10 minutes more, daily
Eating more vegetarian meals
I look forward to your postings during the month, they are always exactly what I need to get back on track.
Thank you for this gentle push Howard….I needed it. I’m happy to report that I adopted a can-do attitude and have completed two walks in succession that were almost twice as long as any I’ve done in the last several months. The only thing that was in my way was the toxic thoughts my mind…so I’ve told them to get lost. Much gratitude to you dear sir. I’m so glad you’re my coach.
I get up in the morning at 6 am make the coffee, eat my bran flakes
and read the paper, bathroom break and then do what I can of the
recipe which I look forward to that takes about one hour. I get good
exercise, work on opening blockages, clear my mind and get a lot of
spiritual growth. Then I’m ready to go and the rest of the day I try to
focus on staying as upbeat as possible usually saying OK to every
wrench that is threw at me. I woke up on the couch a couple of nights
ago to no tremor got ready for bed no tremor went to bed and lay
there a long time no tremor. I shake terribly and I thought what a
blessing this is and slept in until 6:17. I have to remember that no
matter how it looks everything is progress as long as you are doing
Ken how fabulous to experience no tremors! Long may it last my friend.xx
The Recipe for recovery is really magnificent. I can hardly believe how much progress I have made at all levels, physical, mental and spiritual, since I began practising the Recipe in June 2015. Although the symptoms are still there, I know that I am completely healed inside, and the findings of my naturopath confirm that. But what I am happy about most is this: Some months ago, I could not imagine at all what kind of future I would have after my recovery from Parkinson’s disease. But now I am feeling more and more joy and I am looking forward more and more to a bright future that will come.
Thank you, Howard, for all you do for us, particularly for your infinite patience in explaining us things we need repeated support with.
I wish faith and joy to all my fellow Warriors in this great adventure of recovering from Parkinson’s disease.
I’m re-committing. Thank-you Howard. In this long journey it’s easy to become unfocused. It’s so lovely and heartwarming to read my fellow warriors above comments, congratulations.
I feel like I’m almost healed, now for the last push hopefully I’ll discover what’s missing to recover by re-committing and with Howard’s help.
I really recommend this method to anyone new.
Thrilled for you my friend feeling so close to your finish line! Hooray hooray hooray! 🙂 xx
Melanie.. great news. . Super exciting. Keep it up dear.. 😊
I am in for the November challenge. . The biggest challenge for me to accept the facts of life and have compassion for those and move ahead with solutions. . Keeping the mind calm…
Soul and mind healing parts of the recipe first now… as till now I was focused only on body healing recipe part…
I am committing to do the entire recipe to my best…
From today I am going to start my gratitude diary 😊
Thank you Howard for being so faithful on our recovery and constantly motivating so many of us… sending love..
Hello Tery, Dave, Penny, Ken and Rainer… I would like to say you all my soul friends. Thank you Ken, Rainer, and Penny for sharing.
Love to you all😊
Thanks dear Smita. Really it’s important that we can share together the up and downs to know, that we have friends with the same fight!! Without dear Howard we would be lost!! Werni already started too to smile a little more and of course, to do as much as he is able to do of the Recipe! November starts soon, we wish to all big luck to go slowly to the recovery👍😘
Dear Howard and all warriors, thanks for sharing your experiences. Count me in re-commiting to diligently do the entire recipe. Looking forward to the November postings! With much love and blessings to all, Beth
Dear Howard…….your dedication is beyond words. I am recommitting myself to the program and get back on course. I know I need to listen to my Higher voice and not to the negative of my symptoms which can become a real chatterbox. Thank you to all those who give constant support to each of us. I guess at the end of the day we are all in this thing called life together and connected by our Higher power. Thank you again Howard for your patience and loyalty.
Hi Howard and warriors, count me in. I never miss a day doing The Recipe, well the physical part, BUT I know I don’t drink enough water. So I am committing to that AND as Smita is doing, I will start my gratitude diary again. The queen of gratitude diaries was always Debbie, our little miss sunshine warrior!
What else? Oh yes, Howard in reading all the above links, for the first time I read that you had no feeling in your outer body skin! I am so releaved, as neither do I. I’m always testing myself for signs of recovery by pinching myself. Does anyone else get bad muscle pain? I am in so much pain in my good side in my tricep muscle which moves back and forth to pain in my shoulder and it is agony to lift my arm. I would be thrilled if it was on my Parkinson’s initial right side as it would show it is coming back to life.
Anyway to all new warriors, give the recipe a go. Truly my body could not function without my daily practice of the Recipe and Howard is just a honey.
Big love to all. Oh yes I challenge ALL warriors to start posting! We don’t bite! 🙂 xx
Thank you all for your comments. They are helpful for the new people. I am happy to see so many Recipe veterans re-committing to doing the Recipe. As you know, it is a soul, mind, and body recovery; you cannot exercise yourself out of this disease.
Karen, I am sorry about your muscle pain. I am certain others get muscle pain just as you have and just as I had when I had Parkinson’s. However, part of the understanding of the Recipe is that if you are doing the Recipe, then you understand that the muscle pain is representative of a healing…your physical body getting back into balance.
The mental and spiritual parts allow you to look at the muscle pain and be calm (the mental part), and give gratitude for the healing (the spiritual part).
This is why the Recipe, and the 30-day challenge, are reminders that the recovery is bringing oneself back into balance, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Love and blessings to all,
Count me in too.
Howard would you explain again how appearing getting worse before getting better works again. It is a concept I find difficult to grasp. Much love.
Here is something to read:
Love and blessings,
Karen, I too had severe pain in my shoulder that was diagnosed as a
rotator cuff tear, went for therapy for five weeks with no success it just
got worse so I was told I needed surgery. I just stuck to the recipe and
did as much as I could and my shoulder kept slowly getting better until
it is pain free. I have next to no pain most of the time, have to ask Howard
whether this is good or bad.
My tremor was back the next day, I’m waiting for the day I forget or it
forgets to come back.
Thanks Ken, that is encouraging, bless you.xx
Having next to no pain most of the time is a very good thing. Thank you for sharing!
Love and blessings,
It’s a beautiful day here in Kentucky.
I’m re-committing to loving myself more, living in the present moment and expecting something good to happen. I put some flowers on my desk, and when I have mind chatter I focus on the flower and it brings me back to the present moment. The other day I touched the flower petal and I could feel God.
I really appreciate you guys
Love and blessings to all
Dear Howard…….thank you again for refreshing me on dealing with my question.
Love and blessings