Monthly Archives: February 2012
Illness isn’t partisan. Both sides of the aisle are subject to health problems. Both sides are going to need more and better healthcare. Illness doesn’t care about socio-economic status, race, or anything else. It has but one mission , and that is to disrupt and challenge the patient. Life is challenging enough without illness, but when illness combines with everyday existence, life can seem overwhelming.
Lately, there has been talk by politicians and the media about colonizing the moon. Only in a comedy club would this even be funny! I am a huge NASA fan and fully support a space program. Let’s be rational. The technological costs and manpower to perform an operation like this would not only take an astronomical cost but it would require years of preparation, and for what purpose?
For the past 20+ years, I have been told that in 5 years we are going to have a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. I heard it from renowned neurologists and even former leaders in the Parkinson’s community. They assured me that a cure was in the pipeline. I was and remain skeptically hopeful. Until the cure comes, it is up to us, as patients, to do what we can for ourselves.
The United States put a man on the moon, largely to prove our abilities to the Russians during the Cold War, but the USA did it, and in a very short time period. It is this kind of focus and dedication to achievement that is needed to make a breakthrough in Parkinson’s Disease and many other illnesses.
Neurological disorders are usually chronic and degenerative, so time is critical. There ought to be a sense of urgency to uncovering the mysteries of illness on this planet before we go colonize anywhere else.
The HBO series is what appears to be a candid slice of Freddie’s whirlwind on the go lifestyle. The life of a hugely successful trainer and gym owner, Freddie Roach has neared the pinnacle of the boxing world with numerous champions, but none more than 8 time world champion, Manny Pacquiao.
Roach is so revered in the Philippines, homeland of Pacquiao, that he has achieved celebrity status. Cadres of young women flock around him and men want to meet him, congratulate him, or get his autograph. He is without a doubt, a star. Roach is the third most famous celebrity in the Philippines, only behind Pacquiao and the Country’s leader. He is a boxing legend, but at what cost?
The series reveals bits and pieces of the man and his decisions. If you read between the lines and listen to Roach’s slurred and broken speech, you hear some regret, fear, loss, sadness, and even a touch of anger.
Boxing has given him success in the sport, but, again, at what cost? Roach’s current and ex-girlfriends make appearances on the show, leaving the viewer wondering how many relationships has boxing cost this man?
Freddie Roach is a true inspiration and an American success story. He fought his way out of poverty and the projects. His toughness and enduring focus on a goal propelled him to being the best ever.
Even with Parkinson’s Disease, at 52, to see Roach training in the ring, he functions incredibly well and speaks clearer inside the ring than he does outside. When someone with Parkinson’s is doing what they love and what they excel at, it is easy for them to fall into a zone where he or she almost forgets about their symptoms. I see this in Freddie. His laser-like focus and commitment to his task at hand overcomes the illness while doing his job and what he loves.
On Freddie Roach is a raw and insightful look into Freddie’s taxing schedule, grueling physical expectations, and the toll that it may be taking on both his body and mind. Roach shows true courage by sharing his life and challenges with Parkinson’s. He pulls back the curtain and sheds light on what Parkinson’s is and what it does. For this, I thank and applaud both Roach and HBO for this important exposure. Bravo!
Hollywood over several decades has subtly exposed the world to Reiki whether you know it or not. Whether it was Starman with Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen, The Karate Kid, The Matrix, Elektra, Hellboy, or numerous other blockbuster films depicting the power of human contact, Reiki has been a Hollywood co-star. What appeared miraculous on the big screen, is within the grasp of anyone willing to devote time and energy to his or her own self growth and awareness.
Reiki is a complimentary medicine that incorporates the use of universal energy. A trained Reiki practitioner is able to transfer universal energy through his or her hands and allow that energy to help assist the client. I have personally seen Reiki alleviate pain, lower blood pressure, stop or reduce tremor, calm a person down, or rejuvenate someone feeling fatigued.
Reiki is very much like explaining an emotionally moving photograph, a sunset, a song, or a work of art; you can talk about it all you want but not until you experience it for yourself can you fathom the raw power that it has to offer.
A standard Reiki session can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours. The client either sits in a chair or lies on a massage table, fully clothed, as the practitioner lightly touches the energetic centers of the body. Clients will usually fall into a deep refreshing sleep and wake feeling better than when they arrived.
I was a skeptic, about 13 years ago, but I tried it. Since then, I have taken classes and worked on hundreds of clients and seen astounding results. I am now a Reiki Master but I continue to learn. For me, Reiki has given me back parts of my life that I might never have gotten back. Parkinson’s patients, especially one who has had it for over 20 years, aren’t supposed to get better according to the medical community. Reiki is the only explanation.
It’s not magic nor is it surgery. Reiki is a practice that you can learn to do yourself or find a practitioner who can help address your issues. I encourage you to explore what Reiki can do for you.