Sometimes you have a chance to read a book because the subject matter touches your heart. I have too many people in my life who struggle with Parkinson’s. It is HARD to watch people deteriorate with this disease, therefore the title of this tome intrigued me, so I chose to review it. It would be fascinating and oh.. ever so wonderful to see someone Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning.
About the Book:
In his memoir Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning, Shifke describes life with Parkinson’s, his path to recovery and his life since he was declared free of the disease nearly eight years ago.
Howard Shifke knows a thing or two about Parkinson’s disease. He watched his mother deteriorate in body and mind for 24 years before finally succumbing to the disease. Two years later, he was told he also had the disease. But he took a different path than the one his mother had taken, devising his own healing plan from what he had learned in the 10 years he spent studying Chinese medicine.
“My philosophy of Parkinson’s is that I was out of balance physically, mentally and spiritually, and once balance was restored, full recovery took place,” Shifke says. “Western medicine’s view of Parkinson’s is that there are dead brain cells and depleted dopamine in the brain. My position is that the brain cells are not dead and the dopamine is not depleted, but that instead the dopamine flow is blocked.”
His recovery was swift. Within nine months of embarking on his bold plan, Shifke received a clean bill of health from the neurologist who repeated the same battery of tests that first revealed his disease.
In the nearly eight years since his initial diagnosis and his remarkable recovery, he has regularly posted to his blog and has heard from others who have followed his plan and experienced similar recoveries.
A native Floridian, Shifke and his wife forsook the Southeast two years ago for Oregon, where he reads, gardens and continues to coach people from around the world in his recovery methodology. “We have created a worldwide community of people wanting to recover from Parkinson’s who cheer each other on,” he says.
What you Get:
268 pages divided into three sections, one epilogue and two appendices.
Part One: Parkinson’s Disease: Where it all Began for me
Part Two: Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery: My methodology of recovery
Part Three: What has been happening subsequent to my recovery.
Appendix One: Daily Parkinson’s Journal
Appendix Two: Recipe for Recovery Ingredients
I have to admit, I am intrigued. I know that different ways of looking at the body and how to treat it can have amazing results. The way the body and the mind work together to bring about healing fascinates me. You can really see the dualism in this book….how the mental goes with the physical. Clearing your mind of negative paths of thinking and opening up your body pathways to encourage your body to work the way it should… it stimulates the thinking that perhaps another way will work.
I look at the routines outlined in this memoir and can’t help but think… if you know you have Parkinson’s and that you will over time deteriorate despite the meds a doctor can give you…what harm would it be to try it and see. To throw yourself into this methodology with everything you have in you to see if it would work. To work past the skepticism of trying medical care a different way. Wouldn’t it be amazing if it worked for you as well as it did for the author? Wouldn’t that be a risk worth trying?
I admittedly had a hard time picturing the exercises and how to do that so would dearly love to have some images to go along with the descriptions of the qigong exercises. If I were to try them I’m afraid my lack of understanding would get in the way of doing them correctly. I did find this video to help me get some idea. They don’t seem quite the same as what is written in the book so I don’t know for sure how accurate the video is.
Fighting Parkinson’s and Winning
– my memoir of my recovery from Parkinson’s Disease
Written by Howard Shifke
268 pages, softcover
Memoir, Chinese Medicine, Parkinson’s Disease