Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello Life!: The Gyro–Kinetic Method for Eliminating Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Good Health

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Goodbye Parkinson's, Hello life! An excerpt from the forthcoming book by Alex Kerten

Chapter 1: Receiving the Script

You’re probably reading this because you – or someone who is close to you – has experienced some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease – the tremors, the freezing, the lack of control.

When you first went to a doctor and he examined you, he didn’t give a chuckle and lightheartedly say, ‘Hey! Guess what? You’ve got Parkinson’s, but there’s no reason to worry.”

Instead, he probably sat you down, and in a grim voice and sympathetic look, said: “I’m sorry to say that you have Parkinson’s disease. This is a degenerative disease and your symptoms are going to get worse over time. Yes, we have medication that will slow the process down, but you should know that there are side effects involved.”
That prognosis, quite rightfully, sounds like a death sentence – a movie script that ends in tragedy. What would be the natural reaction if someone received that kind of diagnosis? They’d go home, Google ‘Parkinson’s’ and get bombarded with ominous information and depressing photos and videos of Parkinson’s sufferers and how they look and behave.

“That’s where I’m going, that’s going to happen to me!”

The script is now set in stone, and we, the actors, begin to play the role handed to us by the authority in the white coat. Our doctor has stamped our chart with ‘Parkinson’s’ – and he’s stamped our soul with ‘Parkinson’s.’
Without even noticing it, we begin to breathe less rhythmically, our facial expressions become more restrictive, our body language closes in or gets stuck, and before we know it, we’ve adopted the forms of Parkinson’s. The result is that we’ve begun to act like a Parkinson’s victim. Our performance is great – it could win an Academy Award as the world’s best actor for Parkinson’s.

When Parkinson’s symptoms rear their heads, we quickly lose our sense of self and our sense of confidence. We get stuck when we want to say something, we don’t want to go out and meet people. We are afraid people are going to say ‘why are you looking at me like that?”

We’re afraid that if we freeze, we’ll hold up the line at the movie box office and we’ll get razzed or snickered at. We are healthy people who have lost our movements and our rhythm. And we judge ourselves because of it.
Our behavior has become Parkinson’s. It’s marked on our body and fueled by scripts – stories generated in our mind that produce hormones in our body that cause us to behave even more like the Parkinson’s victim that we are becoming. We live and breathe the behavior of fear, and we’ve acquired the chronic habits of Parkinson’s.
It’s time for us to say ‘STOP’!

There’s an alternative to the behavior of fear – it’s the path of seeing the truth. We don’t have to follow that script that compels us to enter the body forms and shapes of Parkinson’s. Instead, we can learn to be Parkinson’s warriors and break out of the harmful habits that have been slowly forming.

We can say ‘No! I don’t want that Parkinson’s script any more, I’ve been there and it’s not for me.

That means we’re going to learn how to feel good, we’re going to learn about our body’s rhythm and patterns, and pay attention to our body language and our facial expressions. By changing our script and eliminating our behavior of fear, we can bring ourselves back to a place where our natural movements dominate our Parkinson’s movements.
We’ve unfortunately learned how to live with the forms of Parkinson’s, but we also know how not to be in that position. We have lived without Parkinson’s for much longer than we have lived with it. Even though it’s much easier to behave like a sick patient than it is to behave like a healthy warrior, with dedication and the right attitude we can undo the chronic habitual behavior that our scripts and Parkinson’s have thrust upon us.

We may put our faith in doctors or religion, but we also must take on the responsibility and put a little faith in ourselves. We can bring ourselves to a new balance by becoming aware of our body language and the way our body expresses itself with hormones through “forms” and “feelings.”

Doctors don’t know better; we know better. But we don’t always know that we have that ability. We aren’t aware that we know how to ‘play’ our body using the art of movement. Movement and body rhythms are the secret to feeling good and the basic element of life – movement is everything, for good or bad.

Once we know that, then we can make an appointment with a doctor – not as a desperate patient looking for a miracle cure, but as someone in control of the situation who needs some help. At that stage, the medication that doctors prescribe will be effective and beneficial.

We need to tell ourselves, “With MY OWN help, I’m not going to be there anymore.”
Then something wonderful will happen. And we’ll ask ourselves, “Where is the Parkinson’s?”