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Since developing motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease nine years ago, I have focused on non-medical interventions to slow its progression. In 2013 I created this website, naming it Sweating Out Parkinson’s Disease. Its purpose was to provide inspiration and information about limiting Parkinson's progression by increasing the intensity of physical exercise.
By trial and error, I adopted the behaviors and mindsets of this program. During those nine years, I did not take any prescription medications for Parkinson's (other than for brief six-week periods to see how a drug affected me). That means I never got on the hellish merry-go-round of off-times and on-times. That means I have not developed levodopa-induced dyskinesia. I've seen many PWPs who developed dyskinesia and said it was as bad as their Parkinson's.
I changed my focus in 2017 when it became clear that while vigorous exercise helped some PWPs, it didn't help them all. I concluded the difference must be in their mindsets. Those who stood out were 'hot-to-trot' and ready to 'give it their all.' Those who did not do as well, went along with the program passively. I then decided to change the website’s name and direction to Shifting the Parkinson’s Mindset.
Since then, I began Skyping with scores of PWPs in several different countries. I intensified my study of the bodymind and collided head-on with the Placebo Effect.
HOW DO YOU PICTURE YOURSELF IN SEVEN YEARS?
When I turned 71 and learned I had Parkinson's, this is how I pictured myself seven years later. I encourage you to do the same. Envision yourself strong, vital, and healthy. Your creative mind will help you succeed. Of course, youwillneed to do the fitness part. I took these pictures when I was 78. During the preceding seven years, I did not take any Parkinson's medications.