Since 1998, our organization, the Parkinson’s Recovery Project, has been dedicated to making available, for free, research on treating Parkinson’s disease using theories and treatments based on principles of Chinese medicine. Most of this information is based on the research findings of Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock, DAOM, and the Parkinson’s Treatment Team of Santa Cruz, California.
The first website offering of the Parkinson’s Recovery Project was an eighty page report on the unexpected recovery of three Parkinson’s patients. The three had all exhibited backward-flowing sections of electrical circuitry in their legs, circuitry known as “channels” in Chinese medicine. Hands-on, “light touch” massage-type treatments corrected the childhood foot injuries that were holding these backward-flowing currents in place. Oddly enough, when the current flow was corrected, the Parkinson’s symptoms disappeared. This unexpected result led to a research program that has now, in 2012, been running for over fourteen years, and which has seen many people – some with diagnoses confirmed by multiple neurologists – completely recover from Parkinson’s disease.
The free information available on the site has grown from an eighty page essay to four full-length books plus the introductory material on this website.
Parkinson’s is not only a curable syndrome, it is one that, in most cases, can be reversed at home – a do-it-yourself recovery project. One of the goals of our project is to make our material as broadly available as possible. We hope, eventually, MDs will refer their newly diagnosed patients to this free, self-help material on recovery, rather than telling their patients that they have an “incurable illness.”
Our organization has sponsored several Parkinson’s-related research projects: small projects in which people with Parkinson’s have been treated for free. We’ve sponsored low-cost or free classes and/or private instruction in the techniques that we use for treating people with Parkinson’s disease. We’ve made available free publications (via this website) and free technical support for health practitioners (via email).
For four years, from 1998 to 2002, we offered a free clinic for treating people with Parkinson’s disease. The free clinic was under the auspices of Five Branches Institute, an acupuncture college in Santa Cruz, California.
Our ongoing research has been directed, for the most part, at understanding the processes by which the electrical currents in people with Parkinson’s come to be backwards in the first place: understanding how the original trauma leads, eventually, to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can help those patients who are reluctant to be treated, or reluctant to even believe that there is any hope for people with Parkinson’s disease.
As an example of another one of our research projects looking into first causes, we began a collaboration with the HeartMath Institute: we used heart and brain-wave coherence monitors developed by the HeartMath institute. We discovered, to our dismay, that use of these devices actually worsened the symptoms of people with Parkinson’s. While this, and many other avenues did not lead, immediately, to the results we were looking for – the fastest possible means of recovery – they ultimately did lead us to an even better understanding of the underlying causes of Parkinson’s disease, and helped us in our search for the most universal methods for recovery.
We continue to develop our written material, hoping to make them ever more accessible. We hope someday to be able to afford professional translations into as many languages as possible.
We also serve as a collection site for correspondences from people who have recovered from Parkinson’s disease. Hopefully, these reports will be written up someday and published, adding to the lore and providing more examples of the uniqueness of every case together with the universal principles that underlie every case.
For fifteen years, from 1998 to 2013, we coordinated with the Parkinson’s Treatment Team, a group of acupuncturists in Santa Cruz that worked with hundreds of people with Parkinson’s. The Treatment Team members have now retired, but we are still sifting through the results of their experiences, looking for more clues as to how to make recovery the simplest for the most people.
Most people with Parkinson’s disease who were treated by the Treatment Team experienced changes in symptoms consistent with beginning to recover from Parkinson’s. Many no longer have any symptoms of Parkinson’s – and remain symptom-free without further treatment. Many continue to work towards recovery on their own. However, more people recovered simply by working on their own, following the instructions provided by the website, than recovered by working with the team. This is an important part of our data: people who worked with the materials on their own instead of seeking “professional” help very often recovered faster. Given the psychological components involved in recovery, this makes sense. Changing one’s own way of thinking is something that must be done by the individual, and can usually not be done by relying on someone else to “fix” things.
We feel that our findings may hold an important key to a new understanding of Parkinson’s, as well as providing information about the specific treatments that we have seen lead to recovery. While it may take more than twenty years (the norm for paradigm-shifting research) before our findings even begin to be accepted by the greater medical community, we feel that this information is significant for individuals with Parkinson’s even if it is not yet on the radar of western medicine’s “Standard of Care.” We therefore wish to make it as available as possible to the general public.
One item on our wish list for the project’s future is the devotion of time and energy to helping western doctors understand the principles and methods that we are promoting.
Another goal is raising enough money to buy better placement with search engines on the web so that our site can appear near the top when people do a search for “Parkinson’s disease.”
We are incorporated in the state of California. Our non-profit status has been approved by the United States I.R.S (Internal Revenue Service). Our board of directors includes doctoral level and master’s level professors of Chinese medicine, Tui Na therapists, and licensed acupuncturists. (Acupuncture is not used in treatments unless scar tissue is contributing to the disarray of channel circuits, but the acupuncturist members of the board happen to be experts on channel theory.)
Donations to the Parkinson’s Recovery Project are tax-deductible.