Its having been a while since I last updated you on my state of health, I thought I would bring you up to date as of the beginning of November (sort of). Please make nothing of my silence, for we have been busily involved with a variety of things in our lives here.
Having been diagnosed as possibly (probably?) being in the early stages of Parkinson’s, or at least with “parkinsonism”, I have sought alternatives to the “traditional” allopathic “Western”) approach. The research I did led me to the conclusion that positive alternative choices do exist. Now, in early November, my activities include twice daily meditations, weekly massage, weekly chiropractic treatment, weekly Reiki healing, and, currently, twice weekly sessions with a naturopathy doctor. On Sunday, I met with two yoga health doctors from India whose work includes using yoga with Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders, as well as other diseases. (They were here for a biofeedback conference and staying with some friends of ours, who arranged for this opportunity to meet them.)
My meditations are at the core of my personal endeavor. Without them, the other activities would have little cohesion for me. Among the affirmations that I use daily, hourly, whenever I can do it is “Thy healing energy continues to flow through my body”.
In my Reiki sessions, as I lie on a massage table, the healer_ uses traditional hand positions at key body locations (chakras). There is a vibrant heat that emanates from her hands. I have my eyes closed, focusing my attention on a spot between the eyebrows (the spiritual eye). Following the hands-on portion of the session, she talks to me about what she “saw” during the healing. This is highly metaphoric “stuff”, not “directly” focusing on “illness” as such, rather looking at “larger” emotional/spiritual contexts of one’s life. Since some aspects of “illness” are a result of some energy/spirit blockages/malfunctions, it can be (and!, has been for me) very beneficial to closely examine this aspect of one’s state. I always leave the sessions feeling immensely calmed, serene, hopeful, quietly focused.
My work with Dr. Ali Meschi has been very informative, helpful. From the beginning, when he had me discontinue my self-prescribed vitamin and mineral regimen, I have observed a gradual reduction in the symptoms that led to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. After having had a urine test, a rather more complex blood test than I have had before, and hair analysis, I came to understand that I have some sizable toxicity levels in my body and, surprise to me, rather significant nutritional. deficiencies. So, now I am taking approximately a dozen supplements (of nutritional and cleansing nature. My eating “habits” have also changed a great deal.
At the moment, I am going in twice a week for detoxification treatments (of three parts). The first consists of my lying on a “hard” bed, with my feet elevated and resting on a back-and-forth rotating device (an adaptation of an ancient Japanese healing technique, if I understood correctly). This phase lasts for at least five minutes (now it is ten minutes). When that is finished, I go directly to a sauna (125 – 130 degrees) for about 30 minutes. After I dry off and change back into my “street clothes”, I go to another room for the third phase, the detox phase itself. Putting my feet into a 20 quart wash basin filled about half full, I begin the ionic exchange detox process. Holding onto two charged metal rods, with a device in the water, the clear water soon begins to discolor. There is a chart that enables one to know the kinds of “stuff” that is coming through the skin of the feet. (There is a picture of this process on Dr. Meschi’s website, www.MyHolisticDr.com I always feel better once I finish this treatment.
Through Dr. Meschi’s recommendation, I am now seeing a very “straight-arrow” chiropractor. I have seen him twice and have been impressed at how quickly he was able to observe and then remedy certain muscle weaknesses, simply by realigning processes. He is a “fighter” and has promised to push me to make sure I do everything I can to physically rehabilitate myself, to overcome some poor habits.
I am working daily with hand, arm, and leg strengthening practices he has shown me. There is some evidence that, under certain specific circumstances, chiropractic treatment can reverse the progress of PD.
Use Google: chiropractic and Parkinson’s.
I go weekly for massage treatments. These treatments last an hour and a half. Again, I always feel relief, calming, quiet focus as I leave.
On Sunday, I learned some breathing techniques and some Hatha Yoga procedures that have been used for a variety of purposes, some of them with regard to Parkinson’s. When the doctors return to India, they will. contact me to let me know of knowledgeable yoga practitioners in our area. Just because someone says that know yoga doesn’t mean that they know the complex medical consequences of all that yoga involves.
So, now after that long explanation, the question is: Am I better or not? The answer is yes. I am a mite distrustful of my own observations, for fear that I may be overly optimistic or pessimistic, depending on whatever causes one to have an opinion. I can say that I see myself as walking/moving faster and with greater ease. My walk and movements (especially on the left side) are not perfect, without flaw. BUT, I am better. The facial mask seems less observable, although I do admit to being very self-conscious about it. My violin playing is better, but still nowhere near being “recognizable” as being “me”. I move more quickly when getting out of a car, when eating, etc. Others , in unsolicited comments, have told me that they have seen remarkable improvements … in movement, in facial appearance, in my handwriting, in my greater ease of movement.
(I conclude I am not totally delusional then.)
Do I “worry”? At times, yes, particularly when in a hyper-aware state of observing this, that, or another “twinge” that I don’t remember feeling before, or when a physical action (that I haven’t done in recent weeks) seems a bit less than graceful. I am often reminded by all the readings that state very bluntly that there is no cure for Parkinson’s.
My antidote is to remind myself that I have an incredible team of supportive individuals and family, each of which is enabling me to meet the challenges of whatever is going on in me. I have “pep talks” with myself regarding strengthening of faith and courage, staying positive (particularly a challenge if I get really tired).
Please pardon the length of this. I didn’t know how else to convey “what’s happening”. I hope this gives you a picture of “reality” as best I can relate it.
February 11, 2020