Congratulations! It is November 15th, and you are half-way into my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day Challenge 2017 to do the reduced version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. If you are feeling good, you are making progress…good for you. If you are feeling poorly, you are making progress…good for you.
For those of you who are new to the blog, over time, those who have been here longer will tell you, “No matter what you tell Howard, if you are doing the Recipe, then he will tell you that you are making progress.” Truth of the matter is, if you are doing the Recipe, you are making progress!
When you are doing the Recipe, you are strengthening your liver to clean your blood better. The toxins enter your body and then are flushed out. However, when the toxins enter your body, you feel more tremors, more stiffness, more fatigue, and in general, it is hard to look at your situation and accept that you are making progress. Click here for a detailed explanation on how and why you are making progress.
Here is a little extra inspiration for your journey. In The Wizard of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch tells Dorothy, “You always had the power.” For those of you new to the blog, I occasionally draw lessons from Oz. So, let’s take a journey together to Oz and explore the wisdom of Glinda.
When the story begins, Dorothy is in a state of confusion…things are different about her, and she cannot quite put her finger on it…suddenly she wakes up in Oz. Note: I am going to take a little poetic license here and refer to Oz as Parkinson’sville with Dorothy having Parkinson’s. Okay, back to the story. Dorothy wakes up and everything looks different, feels different, and she has a sense she is not quite herself. Lucky for her, there are a bunch of people to tell her what to do. They tell her to get on a path and follow the path to the end, and there will be a wizard, a specialist of sorts, who will make her feel better.
Dorothy is pleased that these people are so gracious as to offer her this advice. She asks how many of them have been on this path. They answer none. She asks how do they know this wizard will be able to help her. They say, they’ve heard he is a wonderful wiz if ever a wiz there was, so certainly he will be able to help her. She then asks if this path leads to Recoveryville. They tell her there is no such thing as Recoveryville. Dorothy, who is feeling uncertain in her own decisions, follows their advice and gets on their recommended path to find the wizard.
On the path, she meets a scarecrow with no brain, a reminder that her Parkinson’s brain is not thinking clearly. Further along on the path, she meets a tin man without a heart, a reminder that she is having a hard time feeling happiness, love, joy, gratitude, and compassion. Still further along the path, she meets a lion with no courage, a reminder that she has been lacking the courage to make decisions for herself and is just following what others are telling her.
They eventually get to Oz. They eventually meet the wizard. The wizard informs Dorothy there is no such place as Recoveryville, but life can at least be a bit more pleasant as she stays in Parkinson’sville for the rest of her life. He gives the scarecrow a diploma. Dorothy asks if this diploma will clear up her muddled thinking. The wizard says, “of course not, but if you stare at it every now and again, if will make you feel a bit better about your situation.”
The wizard gives the tin man a clock that ticks and places it where his heart is missing. Dorothy asks if this ticking will help her re-establish feelings of happiness, love, joy, gratitude, and compassion. The wizard says, “of course not, but if you listen to it every now and again, if will make you feel a bit better about your situation.”
The wizard gives the lion a medal. Dorothy asks if this medal will give her the courage to get on the path to Recoveryville. The wizard says, “of course not, there is no such place as Recoveryville, but if you stare at the medal every now and again, if will make you feel a bit better about your situation.”
Finally, the wizard tells Dorothy that he can take her home if she gets in his hot air balloon and flies with him through some tornadoes. Fortunately, Toto (you didn’t think I was going to leave Toto out of the story, did you?) jumps out of the hot air balloon basket, Dorothy chases him, and before she can get back in, the winds take the wizard and the hot air balloon, and off they go without Dorothy.
Dorothy, now more confused and distraught than ever, feeling completely hopeless and with little faith, begins to feel she will never get out of Parkinson’sville, and that she will never get home. Then Glinda arrives, and Dorothy implores her, “Can you please get me home.” Glinda informs Dorothy that Recoveryville is real, and that she can guide Dorothy there. However, what Dorothy needs to know is that by doing the Recipe, she has the power to get to Recoveryville.
Glinda further informs Dorothy that when she finds her way home, she will learn that she is in Recoveryville…they are one and the same. With this boost of confidence and hope and faith, Dorothy finally understands, “Yes, I always had the power!” Dorothy starts doing the Recipe, and she gets on her path toward Recoveryville with the firm conviction that she will not get off the path until she reaches full recovery.
How about you? Learn from the wisdom of Glinda the Good Witch…”You always had the power.”
You are half-way into this year’s November challenge, and if you have taken the challenge seriously, you have stayed off of the internet “looking” for an easier cure. There is no easier cure. This is it, and you are doing it. The first “it” being the Recipe, and the second “it” being you are curing yourself from Parkinson’s.
The “experts” say there is no cure for Parkinson’s. If you want to be cured from Parkinson’s, then following the “experts” yellow brick road will not get you cured from Parkinson’s. If you want to be cured from Parkinson’s, then you need to realize that the Recipe is here for the doing, and you need to be the doer…Parkinson’s is curable, and you are your own cure!
Make the commitment to cure yourself from Parkinson’s!
Okay, everybody, put big smiles on your faces and chant together so the whole world can hear:
“Parkinson’s is curable.
I am my own Parkinson’s cure.
I am halting, slowing, and reversing the progression of my Parkinson’s.
I am extraordinary.
I am recovery.
I am doing great!
AND, I AM WORTH IT!!!”
All my best,