A few years ago, my wife and I bought an old timber (weatherboard) house in a beautiful location. We knew the house had been neglected, but the view is wonderful, and it was cheap enough for us to purchase.
Because of twenty years of neglect, one wall was rotting, together with the window in that wall, so, over the holiday break, I removed all the timber cladding and the window, reframed the window cavity and installed a new hardwood window, insulated the wall and replaced the timber cladding with fibro-cement boards.
The major part of the work is now done, but there is still a lot to do before I can say that replacement of the rotten wall in completed. We must finish the trim, finish painting, check the water proofing, and restore the internal wall.
When we are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, we are, of course, significantly affected by “rot” in a variety of ways. Our food habits are often lacking nutritional value and causing inflammation, we may be using toxic products on our body and in our home, we may have destructive/negative thought processes, we may associate with people who “bring us down”. So our health is like my house; lovely for the most part, but with a “rotten wall and window”.
A major part of recovery is removing “rot” from our life choices so we can create new choices and habits, just as I created a new wall and window.
This takes time, of course. We can make some big changes fairly quickly – food choices, beginning an exercise program, starting to meditate, drinking more water – and these changes start the process of getting well. But there are long-term changes we must make to truly be well and stay well. We must continue to develop and strengthen healthy habits and thought processes to maintain our new “wall and window”.
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John Coleman ND
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