Welcome to the twelfth annual 30-day November to Remember Challenge. The 30-day challenge is coming to you in two parts: those already doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, and those who are new and have not quite gotten started on the Recipe.
The last eleven 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. Add in crazy weather patterns, extreme fatigue, and COVID, and stress goes through the roof.
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 four 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.
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 2022, 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
Medical Qigong Sound for Kidney Health
Standing and Balance Qigong
Brain Vibration Chanting (these are numbers in Mandarin Chinese in a sequence to stimulate vibrational activity in the brain).
Two other things to assist you: 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. Also, click here for a guided meditation designed to help with the Recipe.
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. At the end of the day, look at the list and read it again to reaffirm your gratitude. If 10 things do not come to mind, think of something unpleasant 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-event life experience gratitude.
Not only is this the November to Remember 2022, but it also is No Excuses November 2022!
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, “There are videos to watch, and the exercises can be accomplished while sitting.”
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 or go off of them.” My response, “Don’t.” I feel that you will benefit greatly from doing the Recipe even if you are currently taking medications. Doing the Recipe and cleansing your your blood by strengthening 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 in your recovery. Click here for more on medications.
6. Objection to doing the Recipe. “I am concerned about doing Brain Vibration Chanting because I do not know what I am chanting and I do not want to violate my religious beliefs.” My response, “Brain Vibration Chanting is Mandarin Chinese numbers arranged in a sequence to help create vibrational energy in your brain. Specifically, ling yow chee chee chee – joe ling bah, 01777-908; ling yow chee chee chee – joe ar ar sih sih, 01777-92244.
My Confidence in 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.
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 confident in 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 Recipe!
Parkinson’s is curable! Be your own cure!
Why not make this your November to Remember!
YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
All my best,
NOTE: Four years ago during 30-day challenge, I released my book, “Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning.” Click here for information about my book.
Also, 4 years go, we started a picture gallery. So far, we have over 60 pictures of people who are doing the Recipe or already have 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. Click here to see the picture gallery. If you would like your picture included, please email it to me at email@example.com.
I have put five symptom relief videos on You Tube. Click here to access my You Tube channel and see the five symptom relief videos.
Finally, I am in the midst of improving this website and have turned off certain features to accomplish the work I am doing. One of those features is “Comments” on the blog posts. As a result, I am going to post here some comments from last year’s November Challenge to help inspire all of you.
Julie R says:
Thank you Howard for this amazing message! I have spent the day reviewing all of it and I feel renewed confidence. Love and blessings to you and Sally and to each of you “in recovery” with the Recipe! — Love, Julie
Thank you Howard. Challenge accepted!
The one month renewal is much better than a New Year’s resolution. I have had too many years where a resolution goes by the wayside a few weeks or months into a year.
Each day of the Recipe is another step closer to full recovery.
I’m reading this with tears, Howard’s words of encouragement, commitment and genuine caring about us is amazing. I so look forward to his blogs, they are always relevant to what I am working on and they ease the stress. The fact that he has made himself available via email is huge. I get stuck on things with no-one to help so to have Howard’s take on things and simply to be able to share the experience is exciting in itself.
One very useful tip from this blog is to stop researching for the shiny new toy that is going to cure us. I do this and it usually makes matters worse.
My heartfelt thanks to you Howard and everyone who believes they can heal themselves
Kerry – Australia
Doing the recipe makes a difference.
The following was my experience. From Feb, 2019, I started doing the complete recipe. In the first three weeks, I saw some symptoms being relieved. After that no progress in relief of symptoms. I continued doing the recipe till Dec, 2020. Gradually the relieved symptoms reappeared. By July 2021, my symptoms became so severe. I stopped driving. I once again started doing the recipe from July. In about a month, some of the symptoms were relieved. I was back to driving.
The moral of the story: doing the recipe makes a difference.
I encourage people to do the recipe, eventhough it seems not making any difference.
Please go for 30 day challenge whether you are new or some one who discontinued it.