Wholistic or Holistic. How Different Parkinson’s People Approach Their Treatment

Since appearing on this show last fall, Dr. Hageseth has consulted with scores of what he calls Parkinson’s People (PPs).  PPs consist of Person’s with Parkinson’s (PwPs), caregivers, interested family and many different professionals.

Overall PPs are dissatisfied with allopathic medicine, but dissatisfied or not, many take medications with considerable benefit. The majority feel their neurologists do not take enough time with them or discuss other options with them.

The Internet abounds with alternative approaches, but sadly, most offer little data or studies to support their claims. I have interviewed several PPs who tried different treatments but with no success.

Holistic medicine should have a ‘W’ at the start of the word. Allopathic medicine helps, but it has its difficulties. I envision Wholistic medicine to include allopathic medicine and a healthy dose of Alternative Medicine as well.

The following quotes sum up my approach to PD

Don’t battle PD . . . challenge it – better yet, dance with it.

Do not resign yourself to PD, accept it and get on with your life.

Only you can engage your BodyMind to bring about self-directed neuroplastic change that will rewire your brain.

BUT it’s not up to your neurologist, IT’S UP TO YOU!

Five years. No medications. Parkinson’s Improving

Dr. Christian Hageseth, a 75-year-old retired psychiatrist has had PD for 5 ½ years. He tried three medications briefly early in his illness, but stopped due to side effects and expense. The day after his diagnosis he started studying yoga and now practices it daily. For exercise he does what he calls Mindful Power Walking and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT, also called Tabata). Finally, he has studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and meditates for 45 minutes each morning.

He has fewer motor symptoms that are less severe since the time of his diagnosis. Last year he hiked up a 14000-foot mountain peak in Colorado. When meeting people for the first time most cannot tell he has PD. He now feels it’s his mission to train other Persons with Parkinson’s (PwPs) how to reduce their medications, reduce some motor symptoms, and live a fuller life.

His program is called Integrating the BodyMind.  www.sweatingoutpd.com

Holistic Health Tips for Parkinson’s

Jean Oswald, Holistic Nurse, Aromatherapist and Life Coach will discuss the following “pieces to the puzzle” of recovery from Parkinson’s disease:

  • · Discovering the Path of Healing – how body, mind and spirit work together
  • · Making changes about food, supplements and toxic chemical use at home
  • · Setting priorities for recovery
  • Getting restful sleep
  • Addressing depression
  • Limiting stress
  • Using essential oils safely
  • · Identifying the best essential oils for symptoms of Parkinson’s disease·
  • Appreciating the value of coaching for recovery

Sign up on Jean Oswald’s website to receive her holistic health tips – great topics like healthy bones, cholesterol, allergies and much more: www.compassionateconsulting.com

The Nerve Whisperer: Using Sensational Medicine to Improve Parkinson’s Symptoms

Kimberly Burnham, PhD, is an integrative medicine specialist helping children, adults and seniors experience comfortable movement, flexibility, clarity, energy, and life, despite diagnoses of brain, nerve, or vision dysfunctions. Specializing in helping people with Parkinson’s disease, Macular degeneration, insomnia, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, she consults with clients in West Hartford Connecticut, as well as across the United States and Europe. To support healing in her clients, Kim uses Integrative Medicine (Energy), Matrix Energetics (Information), Integrative Manual Therapy, Acupressure and Emotional Freedom Technique (Touch), Sensational Medicine (Senses) and Health Coaching (Words).

She has authored a number of books and anthologies including Parkinson’s Disease? Walk Better, Sleep Deeper and Move Consciously, Solutions from Nature’s Sensational Medicine.

Her website: www.KimberlyBurnhamPhD.com

Delay the Disease

Delay the Disease is a fitness program designed by Jackie Russell and David Zid to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease (PWP) by optimizing their physical function. It is the foundation for exercise classes geared specifically to counteract the movement challenges experienced by PWP and is available as a book, DVD, and newly released sequel  “Functional Fitness” DVD.  Participants boast about mobility improvement, regaining a greater degree of ‘normalcy’ and maintaining and improving independence. They enjoy the confidence of knowing that they are not defined by their disease anymore, they are now in control and can manage the disease proactively.  Zid and Russell agree wholeheartedly with the newest researchers who have begun to see exercise as “the new drug for Parkinson’s.”

Howard Shifke: A Holistic, Drug Free Approach to Recovery

In my book of wisdom, everyone needs support to recover from the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Coaching can prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone on the road to recovery. Want to know how? Howard Shifke can help.

Howard Shifke is symptom free today after experiencing virtually all of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease several years ago. Howard has a unique and fascinating perspective on what caused his symptoms and what he needed to do to address the causes.

Howard recovered using a holistic, drug-free approach that he developed. Howard’s recovery was a long, hard fight, but he has been symptom free since June 12, 2010, and on August 5, 2010, his neurologist stated that much to his surprise, Howard was in fact symptom free from Parkinson’s. Howard has chronicled his story on his blog, http://fightingparkinsonsdrugfree.com .