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Joint Forces Journal

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VOL. 24 - NO. 35
SEP 22 - 29, 2019
PO BOX 13283
OAKLAND, CA 94661-0283

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BOOK REVIEW: “Fighting Parkinson’s… and Winning” by Howard Shifke

May 17, 2019
“Fighting Parkinson’s… and Winning: A memoir of my recovery from Parkinson’s Disease” by Howard Shifke is a fascinating story of the author’s battle and recovery of this debilitating disease. It expresses what it is like to live day-to-day with all the challenges and misgivings of Parkinson’s, yet somehow Howard was able to focus on the future with hope instead of despair. Yes, Parkinson’s Disease poses enormous physical challenges -- he suffered with internal tremors, had extremely poor balance, Bradykinesia (walking – hunched forward, shuffled feet, arms not able to swing), rigidity (arms, legs and upper back were tight and gave great pain), constipation, inability to stand up straight, and inability to get out of a chair without using his arms. There was extreme fatigue, and Howard even had difficulty using utensils to eat. Still, he plowed through everything and eventually won the fight!

As with Howard, his mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and had it for twenty-four years before dying in 2009, just two years prior to Howard being diagnosed. He watched her physically and mentally deteriorate from both the disease and the side effects of the medications she was taking, finding the process both difficult and frightening. Needless to say, Howard did not want to end up the way his mother did.

Fortunately, in 1999 Howard had begun studying alternative healing and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In the ten years leading up to his diagnosis, Howard had learned that the body has the ability to heal itself. As a result, he decided that he would endeavor to recover from Parkinson’s, and he developed an alternative treatment methodology called his “Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®.” Nine months later, he won the fight against Parkinson’s with his full recovery. In Howard’s two neurologist visits subsequent to his full recovery, his neurologist put him through all of the tests used for the original diagnosis. Both times, his neurologist documented in Howard’s medical records that there were no signs or symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Howard has been symptom free fully recovered from Parkinson’s since June 12, 2010.

This book is a recipe for recovery to Parkinson’s Disease. It is full of hope and encouragement and offers others who get this disease a means to an end. It clearly offers an alternative path to treatment of Parksinson’s Disease and is worth the read.


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