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Client – after three sessions

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Becoming Aware of my Overthinking Mind
and Making Friends with my Inner Four-Year-Old

HOPE shortcut
The method where people with chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s can reduce their stress-related symptoms and, with persistent work, break free of their diagnosis

One week after third session with Lilian and the Hope Shortcut

My Overthinking Mind
During my third session, Lilian and I talk about the inner dialogue, thoughts, the voice or voices in my head.

My mind has several voices running constantly. It is like having a TV on in the background that is constantly narrating, planning, ruminating, rehearsing, arguing, suggesting, doubting. It changes the channel frequently. It practices future conversations, or rehashes past ones. It plans for things that never happen. An overthinking mind can be dangerous – triggering the fight flight or freeze response continually.

One of its most interesting habits of my over-thinking mind is that it intricately plans escape routes. How would I get my infant son and the dog out of the window if the house caught on fire? Where would I hide if a gunman came to the house? It goes over the sequence of events in detail. I don’t sit down and plan these things. My mind just does it on its own.

Lilian tells me that not everyone’s mind is like that. Upon Lilian’s suggestion, I ask my friend what her mind is like. I assume, her mind is like mine constantly ruminating, worrying and planning. She has kids. I am sure she has a lot on her mind. She laughs and says her mind is usually pretty blank; it might have a dancing clown in it like Homer Simpsons’. That sounds peaceful.

“My mind has several voices running constantly.

It is like having a TV on in the background that is constantly narrating, planning, ruminating, rehearsing, arguing, suggesting, doubting”

We think we have a similar way of thinking - but we have not

We ask each other, “what do you think?” and get a story.


Next time ask in detail about HOW your friends are thinking.


Are they thinking in pictures, written text, a speaking voice, or with feelings?
How many voices do they use to think? 0, 1, 2, or more? Everything is ok, but having only 0 or 1 voice makes life easier and healthier.


Around 1/3 of the population are hardly thinking and doing well. The rest are thinking about yesterday’s regrets and the worries for tomorrow, or thoughts that drag your attention away from your body and the constant feedback you get from here.

My inner Four-Year Old
I notice that my freeze ups are often precipitated by internal pressure. There is the internal pressure I put on myself to do the things that I “should” do. I know I don’t want to do it, but I push myself anyways. Or I put pressure on myself to do something at 1000% effort. Somewhere inside, there is an inner protest or maybe an inner wisdom.

Lilian coaches me to have compassion for myself if I freeze up. To say to my body:
Its ok. This is what is right now, you are safe.

I have a profound experience when I have the opportunity to practice this. I sit through a freeze up and just let it be ok the way it is. This experience is profoundly different for me and I feel a shift.

There is the internal pressure I put on myself to do the things that I “should” do.

 

I know I don’t want to do it, but I push myself anyways..

Somewhere inside, there is an inner protest or maybe an inner wisdom.

I realize that I have been practicing relaxation and calming techniques for years. But I didn’t listen. I was just trying to get my body and mind to shut up and do what I wanted it to do.

This is one of the great things that my four-year old son has taught me. He is what people describe as “spirited”. I cannot just shush him. He demands to be heard and understood. Even if his concerns seem inconsequential to me, I have to listen, I have to acknowledge and empathize and then he will calm down. I can’t just tell him: “That’s silly. Don’t be upset about that.”

But I have not been listening to my body, to myself. My inner spirited four-year-old has concerns and is refusing to budge I have just been telling her: “That’s silly, don’t be upset about that” calm down, and do as you are told.

The good thing about spirited children, is that they bust up old patterns. They refuse to just comply with expectations and the “shoulds” that we try to force upon them. Therefore, they force us to evolve, to grow, to learn, to examine the shoulds that we have applied to ourselves and to rethink them.

Lilian is a bit like a spirited four-year-old. She is here to bust up old patterns and assumptions and evolve our way of thinking about stress and chronic illness.

Nicole St. Arnaud
23. march 2021, Alberta Canada

This is the third of a series of blog posts on the progress in Lilian Sjoeberg’s Hope Shortcut program for chronic illness.

You can learn more about her program here

The inner child

The inner child is a metaphor for you having a practical side.
You are maybe still hurt if someone is making comments as the bullies made in your school.


When you get an extraordinary feeling that is somewhat out of proportion with what happened, the “inner child” can still remember the past episode.


It is never too late to get a happy ending to this episode. Never too late to get a “happy” childhood. We cannot change what happened, but we can release the feelings connected to the devastating events

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Clients comments

The persons I help

Mona Laura got the Idea tha more of my clients should have a voice, so here you see a collection my clients that are helping me to speak up.

They are all on different states of getting better or like Nicole seeing the light in my way of helping people with chronic diseases.

Nicole is a author and get her own post due to the lenght of the text.

Heal Parkinsons
All recovering from a life in
Fight-flight and freeze

Laura Turzo

Parkinson’s is not a subtle disease. It’s hallmark effects are painfully obvious: tremor, difficulty with balance and gait, dystonia, stiffness, dyskinesias, all making life extremely difficult. But there are some unseen effects that are sometimes even more of a challenge. Apathy, surrender to inertia, loss of any motivation, loss of the desire to socialize, and even more important, the loss of the desire to create. These are the things that slip quietly away while we’re paying attention to the obvious symptoms.

Working with my coach/therapist Lilian, I dealt with the most intense and challenging symptoms. Many are in the process of resolving. Just recently the finer points that are a result of our working together started to emerge. I found myself socializing more. I’ve created a couple of Facebook groups and initiated some creative activities. This truly makes me feel like I’m coming back to life.

Sometimes the small details get lost in the big picture. But it’s nice to notice them and appreciate them as puzzle pieces fitting together to create the totality of a healthy and happy life.

 

Why not become better

Michael Ondrachek

My name is Michael Ondrachek and I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for 12 years.

Feel free to find me on Facebook via this link. I do not spend much time online, but I will gladly answer questions when I discovered your comment. 

I’ve had quite a few sessions with Lilian since I was her test person. I have benefited fully from this and have regained mobility in my right hand and have 80% less tremor than prior to my diagnosis. I trust, that I will continue to get better and better.

You can find me on Lilian’s web pages and YouTube channel.

Among other things, she gives guidance for increased exercise, and therefore I have started running 5 km 3 times a week. I have discovered that my cramp in my right foot disappears when I have run over 3 km – most days. Some days I can run well over 5 km without cramps in my foot. Sometimes the foot is almost in order all the time and I feel like I can run endlessly.

I am a very slim man who weighs 60 kg and would like to gain weight to 70 kg, so weight and height fit better together. Due to my increased exercise I have lost 2 kg and have started to freeze. To avoid that I had therefore found a weight gain program on the internet.

The program was about eating a surplus of calories using protein powder. It sounded easy for me to drink more calories, but it was not!

I had to eat a normal amount of food for the meals plus two extra meals with protein powder. I was trying to get up to 2000 calories. I was not hungry at all, but I did not listen to my feelings of satiety and ate anyway.

It became a stress factor for me that I was pushing my body. Usually, I have now only a little tremor in the afternoon and evening in my right hand. This protein regimen made me tremor ALL afternoon and evening. I pushed myself to perform more than my body accepted and this stress was enough to give me more symptoms. I got into a vicious circle.

After 3 days I gave up the program again and I decided to stay thin and avoid the shake.

Lilian: This is a good example of why you need to listen to your body. Michael needs much longer time to slowly increase his calorie consumption to 2600 calories which is normal for an active man like Michael. I recommend that he eat a normal diet but increase by 10% at a time and do not go up further until it is natural to eat the increased amount.

Michael heard the signals his body sent to him (it is called interoception). The stomach said stop and the mental pressure he imposed on himself gave him stress and thus more tremor. By getting better and better at listening to your body and resolve the root course you can get a lot better

the artist on this page

M…has giving me a digital versions of her paintings to make this post mere interesting.

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 3 years ago, started medication which has been adjusted along the road. I was very shocked, needed to talk about it all, I also needed to know if I could do anything myself.

I have been to a psychologist, and have had acupuncture, body therapy, massage, physiotherapy – but nothing helped.

Coincidentally, I found a post from someone who recommended Lillian, he had experienced that sessions with her it actually helped – and had regained functions, which I had never heard of. I had only heard that the disease is progressive with more and more loss of function .

I have now been coaching with Lillian 4 times, about 2 hours duration per time and I am still surprised and very grateful for the progress that has been. For 9 days I had no symptoms, it actually was like before I was diagnosed. I could suddenly stir a pot quickly, I could walk with both arms swinging, I could use the fine motor skills of the fingers so I can cuddle our cat.

After the lovely nine days I was visited by a good friend who stayed with me for 5 days. It was too much and too long and the symptoms came again.
I walked with short steps, the stiffness in the whole right side came back, slow movements characterized my whole gait.
I got stress symptoms, and despaired over the change. At the same time, I thought that no one could take away from me that I had shortly before had 9 wonderful days completely without symptoms, and this fact gave me the impetus to move forward in the process.
One thing I had become wiser about was that the symptoms came back if I pushed myself and did not notice when the body said STOP (Lilian: it was too much with the friend constantly around her for 5 days).

Another example: I started painting a picture I had to make for an order, but did not feel like it at all. This time I noticed the body’s signals that my hand was getting stiff, my arm felt heavy and the restlessness was creeping up. I put the brush away and started to clean up and as I got moving and thought it was nice to get well, the symptoms disappeared.

This process Lilian has started and I have gotten the hope back that there is actually something I can do to get gradually better both mentally and physically.

 

Lilians comment:
You have to listen to your body all the time. (It is called interoception). When you start to accept that your body always have a comment on what is going on you always know what to do.

If you are not listening you get a stronger physical answers from your body and we call it symptoms. We have a tendensy to overhear what is going on in our inner universe. Push, pressure, high standards, family habbits and perfectionisme is stopping us from listening to what we need to be comfortable and relaxed.

Bjarne 66 yearss old

“I could no longer hold a coffee cup in my left hand without spilling (my dominant hand). I started using the other hand for almost everything. But it always felt wrong. I dared not go out to eat as I feared what others would think. It was worst with loose rice on a fork. I was also afraid that people would believe I was an alcoholic and therefore had tremors.
 
Consequently, I would not sit next to people I did not know at parties.
 
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s by a dat-scan when I was 62. I had noticed that my symptoms followed my stress.
 
I started mindfulness and can feel that it helps.
 
When I was calm, I had no symptoms at all, and when I was stressed, I got more symptoms.
 
I saw that Lilian offered an online lecture, but since I do not have a proper computer.
 
I contacted her directly to get therapy. I got a few sessions where we went through a horrible childhood trauma where my dad beat my mom. I threw the cat at him, and he disappeared forever from our lives.
 
It was scary to rediscover that trauma from childhood but comfortable to get through it. I had pushed my childhood memories far away and never thought that my childhood memories would significantly impact my adult life.
 
There were also a few other things we went through e.g.—the grief of my sister’s death.
 
The therapy was a good investment. I now have only 30-40% of my tremors left, and they do not come every day at all.
 
I think I can get rid of the last symptoms myself. If not, I will get more help.
 
I use my left hand again without thinking about it. I have no problem when I’m dining out. I do not speculate about it anymore.
 
The neurologist did not think I had the right Parkinson’s symptoms after therapy with Lilian and sent me for a new scan and I do NOT have the diagnosis anymore.
 
I’ve got more freedom since I’m not nervous about anything. So getting rid of Parkinson’s has helped a lot.
 
My best advice is:
  1. You should not think about what others think about your shaking.
  2. You must try all the possibilities there are. It does not help to say “it is a pity for me.”
  3. Do not believe everything the doctors say. Doctors are very hostile towards alternative ideas, and they also make money by writing prescriptions and making money on medicine.
  4. You must investigate alternative theories and ideas yourself. I have researched a lot about Parkinson’s.
 
Contact Lilian if you want to know more. I only speak Danish and only understand English to some extent.”

Why is these good things happening?

Step 1:

  • Let go of the belief that you can do nothing
  • Bust the myth that the body is seperated in a mental and physical part
  • Get into action

I  can make an online course in your club so you can understand the principles.

Lilians comments

“The brain is working in the dark relying on the sensory input you get.
If a situation remind you about an old painful episode you are put into fight flight and freeze instincts and you get more symptoms.”

People often ask what I do to help people.
It depends on what is stressing you. If your daily day is the problem, we must stop it and find out.

A mother of 7 children might need a way to unload tasks to that whole family and get some ME time.
A busy person in a full-time job needs new strategies to calm down.
A person with many intense feelings needs to interpret these natural signals and learn how to think differently.

If you are not in acute stress, trauma healing ( from childhood or accidents?) is the most efficient.

I do not call it trauma; I call it one of the body's superpowers together with Fight, Flight, and freeze stress response. We are all caught in these several times a day. But if you are stuck in your instincts, your body is not working.

Digestion, cell division, memory, wound healing is getting a lower supply of energy. The body's attention is on survival. Our brain is operating in the dark and often misinterpret the situation and prepare for fight, flight, and freeze. That is why we survived in the ancient woods 100.000 years ago. Why care about digestion and healing if you get eaten by a predator within 2 minutes.

If you want to become better, you must react via more exercise to burn off excess adrenaline that has build-up or find the root course to why senses and brain put you in your instincts. And how do I help people with trauma healing? That story you need to try out yourself. But why not get a free intro meeting with me and find out how I can help you. There must be a reason you are reading this 🙂
Lilian Sjøberg

Contact me for a free 30 minutes info meeting

It is best to book via this link where timezone is taken care of
But links can break so this mail wil always work
liliansjoeberg@gmail.com

Client – after two sessions

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Beating a dead horse
or taiming a petrified mare

HOPE shortcut
The method where people with chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s can reduce their stress-related symptoms and, with persistent work, break free of their diagnosis

Read her 1. article her – due to her son she had to stop therapy – but now she is ready!

One week after second session with Lilian and the Hope Shortcut

“Haven’t I tried everything?”

The computer screen before me contains two rectangular boxes, side by side. One containing the smiling face of Lilian Sjoberg against a dramatic mountain background and the other containing my image, just a blank white wall behind me. There is something about this new virtual environment where I get to observe myself from this vantage point. I get to look into my own eyes and see the expressions on my face. It is very revealing. I am slightly slumped in my chair. My eyes are squinted into slits with my smile. The thought “Here we go again” crosses my mind. I feel a fool. Haven’t I tried this already? Haven’t I tried everything? I have tried so many things, so many therapies, programs, practitioners, doctors. Honestly, I have had enough. I feel like I am kicking a dead horse. But, I know that Lilian is onto something. She has observed the patterns and made the connections. Lilian is sure, determined, generous and for some reason she is steadfast in encouraging me. Some part of me must have hope, because here I am.

Lilian is appalled at my use of the phrase “beating a dead horse” which I try to explain is just an English turn of phrase.  It is actually quite a gruesome image. She suggests a more hopeful way of looking at things. Yes, the horse has been abused, but we can rehabilitate it. Like Black Beauty, it can trust and be free again. Belief, hope and a positive image is so important for healing. I can’t make much progress if I see my efforts to heal as beating a dead horse.

The dead horse is actually me: my poor abused body that I have been dragging around for years, decades actually, pushing it and forcing it against its will, ignoring it, applying all sorts of remedies, treatments and therapies trying to fix it, and medicating it. The horse understandably, doesn’t want to get up.

Traumatic events are stored in the body

The surviver is the person that react with fear and run away or use the freeze instinct often.

The relaxed person get eaten very fast by the saber tooth tiger.

In modern world the brain is operating in the dark and still collecting information on when to react to survive the next attack from a predator.

If you want to get better accept this biological fact and learn how to get out of your instinct stress

I have felt shifts and changes since I last worked with Lilian over a year ago. My physical condition has deteriorated but I have become so much more aware of the emotional connections to my physical symptoms. My medication is not working as well and my “off” periods have worsened significantly. An “off” is when the medication wears off, or fails and the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease break through. With my symptoms more prominent, I can actually feel what is going on in my body. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, when in full force so clearly feel like a full-body panic attack.  Well actually for me, it is mostly the left side of my body that feels the attack. My body is in fear for its life. It tries to stop me by freezing my muscles, stiff so I can’t move forward. My stomach tightens into knots, my throat closes, my eye gets wide dart from side to side. My jaw clenches, my body heats up, and my limbs begin to tremble. It is so clearly a deep terror, panic, all-encompassing fear, like the climax of a horror film when the victim lets out the blood-curdling scream. 

It has also become so 100% clear to me that often my physical symptoms are worsened, or are preceded by a fearful thought or an emotional response, even something seemingly benign, like my son making a mess in the kitchen, my inner critic judging me, or a perceived slight from my husband.  I have also talked to other people living with PD and some of them have confirmed their own experience that emotional upset can trigger an “off”. This not to say that I can control my symptoms, they still come and go on their own schedule holding me hostage for longer periods of time and leaving me with smaller and smaller windows of respite.

Interoception - the forgotten sense

Your skill to interpret what is going on in your body is together with balance and coordination very important skills.

We do not learn about them in school. But the ones that instictivly can feel and use their sence interoception are the ones that fast can do something fast and stop the decline in health.

The ones that understand the language of the body can avoid longterm stress and longlasting  stress symptoms

It is actually hard to really admit this observation. I feel so weak and frail. Is my constitution so fragile that the smallest upset can throw me into a frenzy of whole-body fear? Surely it is not that simple. There are layers of genetic and environmental factors that led to the damage in my brain that causes this intense reaction.  Lilian assures me that it is actually evolutionarily appropriate that survival of the fittest would have favored a heightened fear response. So, in fact, I am an evolutionary survivor. She assures me that this is not my fault.

It is difficult to accept the responsibility that my habitual thoughts, emotions and beliefs may be contributing to my illness that has kept me disabled for so many years. But this is an important starting point- to recognize that physical disease symptoms are linked to thoughts, beliefs and emotions.

This creates a tricky balancing act. There is a fine line that you must walk between seeing the correlation between symptoms and thoughts as an avenue for hope and seeing it as a reason for self-blame. It is not so easy to say, “oh just think differently and your disease will go away”. It is not that simple. There are layers upon layers. It is beneath conscious awareness.

The horse within me perks her ears and opens an eye. She lets out a soft sigh. I am finally seeing her.

I am finally listening.

She is not getting up yet, but there is hope.

Lilian is an observer and a trouble-shooter. She has observed the patterns clearly. She has made the correlations. She has noticed that chronic illnesses are grouping of stress response symptoms, Parkinson’s disease being a particularly obvious one. The growing understanding in the world is that 90% of disease is stress related.

Lilian does not base her approach on foregone assumptions about the mechanics of Parkinson’s Disease. The rest of the PD treatment world relies on the assumption that PD is caused by a lack of dopamine and focuses on that. Lilian has looked beyond that. She looks at each person individually and looks at each symptom as an overactive symptom of stress. She has developed a multi-step program to begin to alleviate the symptoms of chronic disease. The beginning point is the recognition that there is hope.

Her method of healing involves several steps.

  1. Adopting a new belief system that the physical disease symptoms are linked to thoughts, beliefs and emotions. (HOPE)
  2. Catching stressful reactions (Observe symptoms)
  3. Other healing modalities that reduce stress.
    E.g. exercise and getting to the root cause of subconscious or habitual stressful triggers and solving them (Pacify stress)
  4. Adding power to your own journey  (Engage)

 

In my first session with Lilian over a year ago, she explained step 1. In that year (this is not a standard length of time between visits, it is normally one to two weeks), I have seen so clearly and experienced the correlation between thoughts, emotions and beliefs so acutely in my body. And so here I am and I begin again. Ready to look deeper, to see if I can address what is keeping my body in a perpetual danger response.

The horse within me perks her ears and opens an eye. She lets out a soft sigh. I am finally seeing her. I am finally listening. She is not getting up yet, but there is hope.

Change your beliefs

You need to have  supporting beliefs on your journey toward smaller symptoms:

Of course you can get better

Mind and body are connected and interact

If just one person in the world can get better, so can I

Here I am ready to look deeper, to see if I can address what is keeping my body in a perpetual danger response.

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Nicole St. Arnaud
11. march 2021, Alberta Canada

See my first post here

This is the second of a series of blog posts on the progress in Lilian Sjoeberg’s Hope Shortcut program for chronic illness.

You can learn more about her program here

Corona – symptoms that last forever – are they stress-related?

🦉🌱📈 Good Corona NEWS

I have treated a Dane with strange symptoms after corona (14 days after the disease ended).
He studied to be an engineer but even Corona had left him he could not always remember the formulas needed. He could not control his thoughts, could not sleep, had problems talking fast.

He had a bad memory, brain fog, dissociation (not being present), and inability to focus.

After one session, all his symptoms were gone.
I will tell you more about how long time it lasts – time will tell. Maybe he needs a couple of sessions more.

It shows me that the symptoms were pure stress-related, as I thought when I heard the description.

The client I treated today was in the “Freeze” instinct, which gives you all these symptoms.

Even I was amazed that I could help him so fast.
His symptoms were all a sign of an overload of the body.

He clearly described how he got into the freeze instinct. When the disease was the worst his thoughts were: “I had to do all I could to survive”.

His body answer to this was to go into the freeze state, where you numb the body and dissociate. If a big predator is close to you and you cannot fight or flight you have to use the primitive freeze instinct response. In this instinct response, the body’s only purpose is to survive via closing down most systems in the body that could attract a predator (speaking) and memory and thoughts and smell are not necessary when you need to survive the next minutes. You do not have a future at that moment – only the urge to survive.

His body waited for the danger to pass, waiting for the tiger to leave. But as there was no tiger he continued to be in the freeze instinct. He thought he was silly but he was not. It was not in his head. It is the body’s superpower. The skills that made us survive in the forest 100.000 years away. Now, these skills play their game with us.

The interesting thing was he had the frozen face as you can see in Parkinson’s people as well.

After the session, he suddenly remembered the appointment at the dentist the need for butter for Christmas evening, the formulas for his homework.

Learn about your instincts here:

NB:
Look up your symptoms on the Internet one at a time next to the word stress and see if you can see the connection 🙂 Or get help from me.
It seems like a couple of sessions is enough for the ones that have not chronic diseases.

Online speech

Reminder

??? Break down old beliefs and begin your journey towards better health?.

I will give an online speech TODAY:

How to find the speech:

?   Thursday, the 12 of November.
7 pm Copenhagen
1 pm New York ? (nb!)  
Link to time zone converter here

Use this link to the speech: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85355333965

(if it is your first time with zoom, go to the bottom of the mail and see information)

Feel free to share the  above information about the speech

I record the speech and send a link to people on my email list, so everyone has a chance to see it. Sign up here
The speech lasts max 1 hour, + I answer some of your questions after this.
Did you see my Facebook post?
One of my Parkinsons clients I invited to a 20 km walk. He now has no symptoms on a typical day.
He now knows his symptoms are very stress-related. Is he cured?- Well, walking 20 km tells us that he is close. He was not even tired after this.
I hope the pictures inspire you to do something about your situation. I can teach you how in my online course.
Get ready for the zoom speech:
Test to get ready to zoomhttps://zoom.us/test and avoid the panic just before the meeting.
In general, computers older than four years might not have both camera and audio. Maybe you can get hold of an iPad.
 
Or here to get a lot of information on how to connect audio and video

Can you see it?

Have you seen all the clues on how we can heal Parkinsons disease. Here re some of them.

Parkinson’s disease is very stress-related – that we can all agree. But are we missing something obvious that might help? We need to gather together knowledge that is already out there and then “connect the dots” so I will do my best here to gather together the following already existing findings and add some of my own insights.

Below is a man with Parkinson’s. He has problems walking, which is a typical Parkinson’s symptom. According to the current belief, this is a sign that he has a problem with dopamine in his brain, and this is easy to see in the first half of the video.

In the second half of the video, you can see him biking without any problem, which is a sign that he has no problem with his dopamine production.

What’s going on? The answer to this strange phenomenon is that something gives him a limitation in the dopamine while walking, but not while he is biking. Other people can have problems driving or they might have no problems driving but difficulty with something else. Every person has their unique combination of symptoms and unique scenarios as to when they are having particular symptoms or not having them.

Below is an exciting shoe design that lets Parkinson’s people with freeze symptoms walk with “ease” due to a beam of light on the floor. So here you see that a visual sign that can catch your attention and help you. The person that has problems with freeze episodes will, with these shoes, be able to walk.

Below you see a man with Parkinson’s who needs a walker to make his way across a room but who can easily walk down stairs. This is because he is focussed on the task at hand, rather than his regular distracted thinking routine, because he knows that the stairs need attention if he does not want to fall. It is not the time for distracted thinking when your next step can cause you pain if you do it wrong. It is time for focus and attention.  So our standard flat floor and pavement are not stimulating our brain in a good way. The brain gets “lazy” and gives you time to think about challenges that are NOT in front of you.

If you combine the above strange observations with the videos below, you are close to solving the mystery about Parkinson’s disease.

Below you will hear that dancing helps people with Parkinson’s disease. So after dancing for an hour, these people feel better. On YouTube, you can find numerous videos talking about the benefits of dancing.

Boxing is also good to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms.

You can find a lot of videos about other ways you can improve Parkinson’s symptoms (and these activities will help with a lot of other diseases as well.)

What is happening? The answer is that we are actually going in and out of our survival instincts all the time and this is causing symptoms. We can not help it. It is our body trying to keep us alive.

Here is the theory explained:

We all know how animals behave: run when they are in flight instinct (=exercise), fight when in the fight instinct (=boxing, as an example), and have an intense tremor when coming out of the freeze instinct. The last half of this video shows the freeze instinct which animals use when they cannot run or fight and are close to death.

I help people with Parkinson’s to find their way OUT of instincts because that is the culprit in Parkinson’s disease and many other diseases. I am a biologist, coach, and therapist, so I have a good perspective to see these similarities between humans and animals, and I have worked for several years with Parkinson’s clients. (One client has been rescanned and is now free of his Parkinson’s diagnosis.)

I have made a six-week online course about this theory and how you can get better systematically. See more here

Over several years I have studied Parkinson’s people who got better or healed and also have a handful of my own clients that are slowly improving by the systematic concept that I call HOPE Shortcut.

You can use the ideas you see here to help reduce symptoms, but the most effective way to improve is to STOP yourself from going INTO these survival instincts, and that is how a therapist like me can help you. Join my course and get the knowledge you need to find a more systematic road to better health.

More videos:

Big and loud? This behavior also drags you out of instincts. No one wants to be big and loud when a tiger is close but it also works the other way around which can be used to your advantage. You become relaxed when you make noise and move with self-confidence when no predators are around you.

Here is a search with articles about Tai chi ... it also works on Parkinson’s. You can find similar articles with yoga, Qi Gong, meditation… But the story is the same: EVERYTHING that makes you relax improves Parkinson’s.

And here’s a link to the The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA):

The relationship between stress, anxiety and Parkinson’s disease

This page suggests some of the many things you can do to reduce symptoms. Just choose an activity, believe in it and be persistent. The hardest part is to step out of medication as dopamine stimulates your mood but can often give you side effects similar to your Parkinson’s symptoms. And dopamine is degraded to adrenaline, a stress hormone that kickstarts the fight, flight and freeze reaction in the body…

Complicated? Yes, that is why you need help from the HOPE Shortcut course.

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Client – after one session

Parkinsons people can get a lot better by reducing stress in their life

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Stress

The author behind the blog www.aslowerkindoflife.com shares her thoughts about life with Parkinson’s disease and about the
HOPE shortcut
The method where people with chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s can reduce their stress-related symptoms and, with persistent work, break free of their diagnosis

One week after first session with Lilian and the Hope Shortcut

“Life is bliss, but my brain is trying to convince me otherwise.”

I thought I knew it all about the impact of stress on the body and mind. I’ve studied this topic many times over the many years I’ve been searching for healing. I thought I had it dialed. I know that stress has real physical impacts on the body, that the stress response called Fight Flight or Freeze, can be triggered by the most subtle thoughts, and that society is totally hooked on stress. I know how to counteract stress through relaxation techniques. I know how to create new patterns in the brain.

This is what I wish everyone knew about stress

  1. Your thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions can be a source of stress.
  2. Stress has a real physiological impact on the body.
  3. Most of us are caught in a habitual state of chronic stress.
  4. Chronic stress can create disease states in the body and mind.
  5. A subconscious trigger can initiate the stress response.
  6. Counterbalancing the stress response in the body is essential to good health.
  7. What we do to “relax” may not actually be relaxing.
  8. Techniques like progressive relaxation, meditation, heart coherence, qigong, yoga, tai chi can create the relaxation response in the body and counteract the effects of stress.
  9. Exercise is beneficial because it burns up the excess cortisol and adrenaline in the body created by stress.

I know that my sensitive little nervous system seems to be highly attuned and highly responsive to even the smallest stressful triggers. I am aware of the common sources of unnecessary stress, and I have designed my life not to waste my precious energy on unnecessary stress triggers. I don’t watch the news. I don’t get involved in drama or gossip. I don’t have a packed schedule. I try not to worry about appearances or what other people might think of me. I no longer have a stressful career. I have a peaceful life, so I thought. I also thought I had already done the work to uncover unconscious stress responses. I thought I had mastered my internal critical dialogue. I had healed that aspect of myself that thought I had to do something extraordinary to earn love and acceptance.

I was wrong…

I recently met a Danish biologist named Lilian Sjoberg, who is helping people with Parkinson’s disease and other chronic illnesses reduce their symptoms by becoming aware of their stressful patterns and addressing the root cause. She has recognized that symptoms of Parkinson’s disease look a lot like an extreme Fight Flight or Freeze response.  I find this hypothesis quite accurate, and I started to recognize it in my own body.

Last summer, I was standing in knee-depth wading pool with my friend and our two-year-old sons.  We were looking up at a bird flying by, and I suddenly heard a splash. Her son had slipped and gone under the water. In a quick moment of mommy instinct, she grabbed him and yanked him back up. He came up sputtering, but he was ok. I held my son more tightly. Moments later, my Parkinson’s symptoms hit me with full force. Tremor, muscles freezing, movement slow, brain foggy. I realized that it felt like a full-body panic attack. After this incident, I became more aware of my symptoms related to fearful thoughts. Sometimes I would note an extremely subtle trigger in my thoughts, and sometimes I couldn’t tell what had made a sudden worsening of my symptoms.

I had offered to help Lilian to reach a wider audience with her important message. She asked me to go through her coaching process and write about it. I still thought I already knew what she had to offer from my previous studies on stress. I was wrong. On the healing journey, there is always more to discover.

The first thing Lilian asked me to do was to record my thoughts, emotions, and physical responses throughout a day. I was surprised how stressed out I still am.

Although I am retired from a stressful career, I am now recreating that stress and pressure in my home life. It’s because my brain got so used to stress and pressure that it is literally stuck. The hard-wired pathway in my brain for stress, pressure, and worry is like a superhighway. The one for peace and ease is like a rabbit trail through a dense forest. I am slowly making it more discernible through inconsistent practice.

Lilian’s exercise allowed me to see the direct physical effects on my body as the stress accumulated in the day.

Observe your symptoms

In the process of learning the HOPE shortcut you learn how to keep a diary that helps you to connect symptoms and stress in your life.

Initially the reason is to give you a new belief about the disease

Later it becomes an important tool to reduce your symptoms one by one

This is an excerpt of what I recorded in only one morning (B is my 3 year old son):

9:00 am: B. asks to watch a show.

My thoughts: “But shows are bad for his brain. I shouldn’t let him watch shows. I should engage him in enriching activities. What a failure I am as a mother…”

My body: My stomach tightens.

10:15 am: B. slouched in the car seat and staring out the window blankly.

“OMG. Is there something wrong with him? Does he have the coronavirus? Is he going to die? I feel so helpless. Should I drive straight to the hospital?”

My body: My left hamstring cramps and spasms. My stomach is in knots.

10:20 am: B. says he is hungry

“I forgot the snack in the fridge. OMG. Why can’t I get it together? How do other moms seem to be able to do this, and I can’t. I need help.”

My body: My jaw and facial muscles on the left side tighten.

10:30 am, I do not have B.’s indoor shoes for the babysitting room.

“I forgot B.’s indoor shoes. Oh no. Maybe the babysitter won’t notice. They have to let him in. What if they don’t let him in? Why can’t I get it together?’”

My body: My leg is fully dragging now. My tremor has begun. I am having trouble focusing.

I obviously have a body that is extremely sensitive and at its maximum capacity for handling stress already. Would these symptoms still have come on without my constant barrage of worrisome and self-critical thoughts? I don’t know. I did notice that my thoughts have me in a constant state of self-criticism and stress.

In my first coaching session with Lilian, she recognized that the habitual worrisome thoughts and pressure that I put on myself is a subconscious habit that I picked up in childhood. We work through using different techniques.

Since my session with Lilian on Monday morning, I am feeling a new sense of peace

I had a better day with B. today, putting less pressure on myself and becoming more aware of my stressful thoughts before they get out of hand. I am feeling more confident that I can take a little bit of power back from my roller coaster of unpredictable symptoms by recognizing my internal stressors and using relaxation techniques when they arise.

The research is now very strong that certain specific techniques that counteract the stress response and change the internal state of the body can result in significant health improvements.

I wish everyone understood the impacts of stress on the body: that thoughts can create stress, that the brain becomes habituated to stress and will seek out more, and that there are things you can do about it.

Nicole St. Arnaud
2. march 2020, Alberta Canada

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Wake up World – It is possible for people with Parkinson’s disease to get better

For the last couple of years I have experimented with a few people who had Parkinson’s disease.

I found out that it is not too difficult to reduce their symptoms by around 60-70% depending on their willingness to invest time and if they are not having too many side effects from medication.

If you listen to the linked video, you will hear that during one hour of dancing something happens. The symptoms are smaller while dancing.

I can explain you the very simple reason.

Due to their past stress, they are caught in biological fight, flight and freeze. Feel free to compare the symptoms for the disease and the instincts that either prepare the body to fight or flight (tremor) or shut down the body (freeze). As I am a biologist it is easy for me to see the signals from the body.

As it is not legal to direct advertising towards ill people, I have no other possibility to get customers than to let you guys spread the word.

I have now finally got the courage to spread the word via  social media and let you guys decide if it is this century the disease is getting an official solution or not.

Look at the signs: dancing, boxing, yoga and meditation helps these people. Why?Because if you get rid of the sharp division between physical and mental diseases you will find a group of diseases that are related to pure biological stress. We are part of the group of animals that have a fine instincts protection. It works even if we have no enemies and no predators hunting us. But our brain and body do not know it so “by mistake” we get stressed several times a day.

All people get different stress signals from their bodies from headaches to high blood pressure and some get tremor or are caught in freeze and cannot move. It is not more complicated than that.

A coach and therapist can help them out of this situation, and I can now claim to be one of the best at this in the world… as I guess there is not a lot of competition 😊

It is not easy and dependent of the stories of their life it can take shorter or longer time. I have to emphasize that it is nobodies fault. It is our instincts that are trying to save us. But if you are stressed for longer periods you will get a sign from your body that something is not ok.

I will make a series of post and hear if the world is ready for this or the strong beliefs of the disease are too hard for me to break.

If you are still in doubt of my words so ask a Parkinson patient about their symptoms. Are they the same every hour of the day? Typically they change in size from hour to hour and most people are aware that it is worse in some situation. Shopping, eating with strangers are two typical situations that will give a person stronger symptoms.  If they are very diseased then asked about their early stage of the disease.

Skin

Exercising and the age of your skin

I  found an article stating that our skin is positively affected by exercise. A scientist  studied 65+ people before and after 3 months of exercise. I think you can conduct this experiment on any organ in the human body, and this is a good start. When you read the articles below, think of the following statements of mine:

  • When you exercise, the adrenaline in the body is used up. This reduces stress. A body that is not stressed will always work better than a stressed body, which is why exercise is so beneficial.
  • If we do not use our bodies, the “control centres” in the body, such as the mitochondria which produce energy in the cells, save the energy that ought to be used to rebuild the body.
  • Any skills that you are not using will fade away. Muscles, memory, balance…

I post articles when I find them because we want evidence. But you can also start using your own experiences. Do you feel better after a long walk? Most people do. Then do it more often and when you are in shape, add a kilometre  or two.

Links to articles:

Aging Hallmarks: The Benefits of Physical Exercise

Exercise, Not Lotions, May Reverse Aging in Skin

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