Norman Doidge , a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, authored the 2007 bestseller "The Brain That Changes Itself," which sold over 1 million copies. It introduced readers to the science of neuroplasticity-- the idea that the brain is capable of recovering from many of the injuries and insults that life throws at it.
In his new book, which was on the best seller lists as soon as it was published, Doidge tells the stories of people who have been able to make dramatic improvements in their brain functioning by using alternate therapies after conventional medicine had failed them.
Chapter 2, titled "A Man Walks Off His Parkinsonian Symptoms," is devoted to the conscious walking program that John Pepper developed and has described in our forum often. Thanks to this program, John now leads a relatively normal life and hasn't used a Parkinson's medication since 2002.
For more on this, see bit.ly/1RMsmHH
John, who celebrates his 81st birthday this month, is determined to spend whatever time he has left to helping others with Parkinson's how to make similar breakthroughs. Forum members who have attended sessions John held recently in the UK have posted rave reviews here. John hopes next year to take his message to Australia, Canada and the U.S.
I did another blog post on this effort and offered some suggestions on how the rest of us can try to help him in this undertaking. See bit.ly/1Kg2Zry