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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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Beating a dead horse
or taiming a petrified mare

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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

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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

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.

Subscribe to my email list here and be the first to know when the course is on sale so you can benefit from this information. It will not be expensive, and the course is for everyone.

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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Remission of Parkinson’s

Here is an article that I have looked for: scientific proof that it is possible to be cured of Parkinson’s disease – at least temporarily.

A potential case of remission of Parkinson’s disease:

Short abstract,         or          summary of the article          or           the article as a PDF

It is not important for me how he was healed, or if it will last for the rest of his life or not, but that this is a scientific acknowledgment that it is “doable” to get better. With this piece of evidence, we can break the cemented belief about Parkinson’s.

It is indeed possible to get better even if you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s!

If one person in the world can do it, others can do it as well. The article states that the reason might be his use of meditation, so that may be one way forward.
If you read my webpage you will see that other people have found other ways and I am proud to announce that my coaching and therapy has helped people with Parkinson’s big time as well.

Now we have the science to back us up, so start changing your belief that it is not doable and start to help yourself. There are many roads to better health for people with diseases.

It is important to connect the scientific world and the alternative world of healing if we want to drag more people out of chronic diseases. Right now most people believe in standard science, which is where the money is for large scale clinical studies. It is my purpose as a biologist and coach to tie these two worlds together so we can encourage  more people to get new hope and start the journey toward reducing symptoms.

How much better must a person be before you can say he or she is in remission? When I find the definition and I am sure my clients live up to this, I will find a scientist who can write an article about them.

Definition of remission:
If someone who has had a serious disease such as cancer is in remission or if the disease is in remission, the disease has been controlled so that they are not as ill as they were.
Example: Brain scans have confirmed that the disease is in remission.
(I somewhere read that the person must be in remission for 2 years before you can publish an article like this … please say if you know a scientist that will help.)
 

Here’s another article about remission from one symptom of Parkinson’s. This is more complicated to read and discusses remission from one out of several Parkinson symptoms. But it is a success story, so it is necessary to share it as well.
Remission of Cognitive Deficits in Parkinson’s Disease: Recovery from a Nonamnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment or Psychiatric Symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis survivors

Here are some videos I have found about multiple sclerosis survivors.

The first two are using EFT, which I also have found to be very effective in regaining lost movements in your arms and legs.
If you want to improve faster, you can work to eliminate traumas from your past. They might be holding you back from healing.

I once gave therapy to a person that had an arm in a permanent bent position across his stomach. We got it relaxed by trauma therapy. In this case, an old childhood memory about a terrifying moment in his life made his arm clench.

We all have smaller or bigger traumas from our past. It is all part of a 100,000-year-old survival mechanism that works together with our instincts, so we can make fast decisions. But these survival mechanisms are not always working very well in our modern life.

EFT and long-time improvement

Here is a lady that is on her way using EFT – It took you a lot of years to get the disease and of course it will take some years to come back to normal health.

Multiple Sclerosis in a meta-perspective

Here a doctor that is setting things in a meta-perspective.
What she is really talking about is that she has learned to listen to her body and can now interpret the body’s signals.

ALS survivors

One of the worst diseases today is ALS

Here people are not only dealing with a chronic disease. They also have to deal with the devastating belief that they will only survive a few years. We all know Stephen Hawking and that he lived a full timespan of a life. So it is not fair to reduce the hope for these people. One of my friends has a friend that has lived with the disease for more than 30 years. A Canadian named Steven Wells, has had the condition for almost 40 years.

We ought to delete the negative belief to give any individual a fair chance.

Below is a woman that has recovered completely from ALS. Her story is strange but forget about the method. A complete mindset is in my perspective the most important

Below you see two links to people that have recovered to a much better life. And especially in the first video, you can hear about a woman that has worked mentally with herself to get better and by this is being an expert in how to help other people. Dealing with your traumas and stress can help the body to recover.  You can also see her training hard to regain physical strength.

If you stop with the traditional dividing of diseases into mental and physical it will help you a lot to come closer to a solution.

Both links are to people who have made a business out of helping others.  Like my self. You can have feelings about this, but is there another way to help people in the world full time? So like they are making an advertisement, I will do the same here.
I can help you to find out which stress and traumas are blocking you from full life without mental and physical problems. Feel free to contact me at liliansjoeberg@ gmail.dk (please remove the space that prevents spam emails) and we can talk via a Skype-like connection to find out if HOPE coaching if for you.

The first one with ALS that contact me will get free coaching three sessions or more, so I can find out if  HOPE coaching works with ALS.

If you are the right profile, that is want to spend time to get healed and not too far in the progress of the disease I promise I will follow you with therapy if I can record the sessions. We must show the world that you can get better.

Whatever disease you have, please see this video and come closer to a new belief.
If you have money to spend, I think you should support one of them. I will, by this webpage, spread the word by collecting positive stories.

STOP the devastating beliefs. Everyone has got a chance to unwind the stress in their life.

Be curious, find out why some people have slower progress of the disease, and some even have stopped the development of the disease. Find out what these people have in common.

Mariah Fenton Gladis

I got ALS but lived 37 years with the disease and made a partial recovery doing a lot of therapy and became a famous coach due to her extensive knowledge.

Bernardo Pinto

Is also recovering, and tell about how he does:

  • Mindwork is the most important
  • then exercises (4 hours a day)

Other People

Here a link to a page with a short video with several ALS survivors….. it is possible

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/healing-als-mnd-lou-gehrig-s-disease#/

A study with a person with ALS that recovered

Here is an ALS patient that receives two sorts of treatment. One being psychotherapy. Even he does not think this is the reason for his healing. I would be curious – what if it is?
https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/477397

Psychotherapy was initiated by the patient after the start of the therapy as a support for the emotional problems associated with his disease and its interpersonal consequences. In his view, however, this was not the major causative factor for his improvement.

Long life with ALS

“5% of ALS patients live longer than 20 years, according to the ALS Association, 

The legendary physicist Stephen Hawking died at age 76. He was diagnosed with ALS at age 21 and was initially given just a few years to live. Let us get curious about why he stayed alive this long.”

North America’s longest-living ALS patient, a Canadian named Steven Wells, has had the condition for almost 40 years. Spend time with him, and you understand his uniqueness in far more interesting ways. Wells is up early each day at his computer (he’s an online day trader), engaging visitors in the limited way he is able, telling stories, talking about the future.”

I can hear that it is very dedicated people that have a great purpose in life, maybe greater than their own life. The life mission helps them survive.

We also have a dane that is surviving more than 30 years with ALS. He is also having a busy day with his computer

Why do we not interview people with ALS and find out what is the mindset for those who die and those who survive.

Then we can help new ALS patients to get new mindsets and therapy.

Pages about healing ALS

Here is a link to another page. I have not read it all, just want to spread the content to the world.

It is a page about people that get better with ALS. I guess there is a lot of therapy, mindfulness, exercise, and other similar mind work and stress release on this page.
Do you have anything to lose? Try it out with the intensity as an Olympic athlete. They do not know if they are winning or losing. But they are trying.
https://healingals.org/

Alzheimer survivors

Here is a paper from a person that has come back from Alzheimer’s – dementia – and is in progress.

It is a piece of paper that you could use whatever disease you have.

My thoughts about the paper are that we here see a person that has started to notice his thoughts and feelings and used them as an instrument to get better by learning to take care of them instead of neglecting or suppressing them.

Why is dealing with your feelings good for the health?
Because feelings might stress you. Actually, stress is often when one or more feeling is involved unless it is pure fight-flight or freeze response you are in

So you can start your own journey by writing and of course thinking about the statements and questions.

https://alzheimer.ca/sites/default/files/files/ns/asns%20files/programs%20and%20services/section%204%20-%20life%20after%20diagnosis.pdf

Dance can heal you

Dancing and my comments on why they work

Here are articles and even a study on why dancing can help you with any disease.

If you want to speed up the healing, therapy is is a good way. You remove stress from your life as you do with dancing.
There is no doubt that if you dance every day or several hours a day you can get a lot better from any disease.
But dancing must give you a good feeling. If you dislike dancing you are not able to get the peaceful and joyful feeling that helps you

AN ITALIAN doctor has remarkably discovered that traditional Irish dancing can, in effect, cure Parkinson’s disease.

When you are doing happy movements your body is hardwired to believe you are safe. When you are safe you are calm. When you are calm you have no symptoms. That is why dancing and singing will help you.
I am pretty sure that any type of dancing will help you. Actually I think scientists should see the bigger perspective instead of making studies of salsa, tango, etc.

Patients say dance therapy is cutting chronic pain

If your stress sign is a pain you will also gain from dancing. Any disease will result in smaller symptoms when dancing. If you, of course, like dancing.

  • You are concentration on something in the moment here and now.
  • You are together with people and having a good time
  • You need to concentrate and coordinate
  • And your signal to your body that there is peace around you. the body can relax and symptoms disappear

Traditional dance and tango help Parkinson people

Below two examples with people dancing to get better health.
You probably need to continue dancing for the rest of your life to keep your symptoms down.
Dance helps you to relax and when you are 100% relaxed you have no or small symptoms.

If you have not figured out why you get stressed in your daily life the stress will continue to pop up when you stop dancing.
There is something called dance therapy where you can combine the two.

Positive links and videos

On this page, I collect positive stuff I have found around in my search for support to my theory

The strong belief that Parkinson’s cannot get better only worse is the biggest showstopper for your healing. Be course why do something when everybody thinks it is not possible. For this reason, I collect positive articles and videos so you can start the process of changing your belief

The placebo effect

Here is a 53 min long video about the placebo effect. The placebo effect is not a strange thing. It is your body’s way to cure yourself. You use it when you have a cold or flu. We just need to think about it from a bigger perspective.

At first sight, it has nothing to do with chronic diseases. But

A woman who has healed herself with 3 hours of Qi Gong a day.

Qi Gong is a Chinese “sport” that is a “cousin” to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technic) which I use. It is also a “cousin” to yoga.

I think we can learn several things from this video.

  1. It is possible to get better from a chronic disease.
  2. It takes several hours a day and persistence for a long period to make a big difference in your symptoms.
  3. It is doable with “sports” that drag your tempo down, like Qi Gong, yoga and meditation. Doing Qi Gong for hours and hours will force you down in speed., and your body will slowly learn to remain in a state of peace.

But it is probably not the first couple of times your body slow down. It takes time to reach peace.

I of cause think it is a shortcut to reduce stress via trauma treatment. But there are several ways out of diseases. And it is important to choose the one you believe in to be persistent long time enough to get a result.

Placebo in television show

Here is a video with Derren Brown. I might in the first look like he is talking about pills.But the show is about the placebo effect. The body’s ability to heal if you believe in the treatment. When you believe in something you are calm. And when you are calm you automatically start producing good hormones.

Good hormones=no symptoms

Placebo - Cracking the code

Here is a one-hour long video about the placebo effect. If you want to see scientists talking about it. this is the video. Late in the video, there is a psychologist who cures a male with some severe skin problems. Late in the video, we see a psychologist finds out that it is an incurable disease the male had. It should not be possible. Let go of your old belief of what is curable and what not and start working on your own disease. And the clue from me is that a big part of it is stress, which you can reduce a lot.

How your mind heal your body

I am very interested in the placebo effect.
It is not something strange. It is the body’s power to heal itself IF we think we get help. Strange. No, not at all. Because if we think we get the help we get out of stress – come nearer to inner Peace. And when we are in peace we produce dopamine.
So, When I treat Parkinson people that is what I use the time to. Reduce stress and learn the body how peace feels. A lot of people have been stressed most of their life and can hardly remember how peace feels.
The article is about the placebo effect in Parkinson People.

Placebo and Parkinsons disease

If you google Placebo and Parkinson’s disease you get at least a handful of articles. Below is just one random one. It claims that the placebo effect is “particularly prominent in pain, depression and Parkinson’s disease”

That means that ANY given medication/medical treatment will help you. Maybe not as much as dopamine but it will help you.

Why do I use so much energy in this group on the placebo effect?

  1. because my guess is that most of you are still sure that there is nothing to do about the disease.
  2. because all this tells you that you are perfectly capable of producing dopamine.

My theory is that you, in general, are living in a mental gear of stress and producing adrenaline.

As you cannot produce Adrenalin at the same time as dopamine you have a problem. Long term adrenaline production makes the body “tired” I have no better word.

If you start laughing, dancing, doing the exercise you either stop producing adrenaline or use it up. And both give your body the chance to produce dopamine and your symptoms stop. That is why “the world” are now telling you to exercise.

But it was even better to find out why you are stressed.

Do not underestimate the power that childhood traumas, accidents, and bad relationship have on your current state.

When I treat Parkinson Patient or other chronic diseases I use coaching and therapy to reduce the stress here and now and remove one trauma after the other. Like rubber bands around a sponge, the body is freed slowly and go from producing adrenaline to producing more and more dopamine.

Karen keeping her Parkinsons symptoms away

Here is an article about a woman who can keep her Parkinson symptom to a minimum with hard training and meditation.
This fits well into MY theory. As hard exercise uses all the excess adrenaline in your body, and meditation gets her into inner peace. She must continue doing it not to get the symptoms to flare up again.
For a few people, this is enough to get healed as the body “learn” that peace is the best state to be in.
Most people must like Karen constant reduce the adrenaline in their body.
According to my theory, it is possible to find and eliminate the root cause of why the body produces adrenaline by coaching and therapy.

But stories like this can help to break the old belief, that nothing can be done.

People getting help from boxing.

In my biological viewpoint, it is due to the fact that you react to your stress response and fight. You use your adrenaline in the body as it is meant to be. But it can be hard for people that are caught in flight or freeze response not having the right aggression that fits the fight stress response. If you are caught in flight other forms of sport might be more appealing. If you are caught in freeze I would try big movements, singing, dancing as that support your body believing that you are in safe surroundings.

 

Healing in nature.

Take a long Walk – the longer the better. Are you not used to walking, start with half an hour. When you walk for 2 hours or more you go down n  in a nearly meditative state and become one with your body. Remember we are born to walk for hours to find food.  That is why it is so good for us.  If you could walk for 3 hours each day for a year you would probably get a  Lot Better. Impossible you say? Read one of the post below about a Dane with sclerosis that healed herself running 42 km each day for a year.      

What do you prefere: Healing or no symptoms?

I just had an argument with a person that said that he did not believe that I could cure Parkinson’s disease in a person. In the end, he agreed that I could reduce the symptoms by reducing stress in the person.

So help me: what is most important to you?

  1. That you get healed or
  2. That you have no symptoms and eat no pills.

I might have misunderstood something. For me, these two sentences is so close to each other, that I cannot tell the difference. What do you think

Online stress course

A collection of videos about getting out of stressing and mindfulness wrapped as an 8 weeks course.  But you can click around.

  • When you are stressed you produce adrenaline and you are having symptoms according to the biological freeze and flight stress response. That is why your symptoms vary during the day and week.

So to get better you can train hard to reduce adrenaline, OR/AND train to be calm using yoga/meditation/qi-gong or similar. OR you can reduce old traumas (this is difficult to do yourself). Of course, eat very healthy and ensure you have no vitamin deficiency.

Why dancing is working? Most people get happy when they are dancing. When you are happy you do not produce adrenaline. So you can dance as well.

I have here a very short list of what you can do to get a lot better. If you google you will find a lot of people that have improved. They have often tried so many things, that it is a little overwhelming to see their lists. I have made this summary of what they do and it is for you to pick one thing on the list and implement it in your daily day. Later take another on the list and implement. I guess that you must use at least two hours a day not just to stop the progress but to get better.

In prioritized order:

1) Get new beliefs:

      A) Believe in your body to be perfect, it is just reacting on a hole life with stress (and traumas) of different sorts.

      B) Believe that you can do something about your situation.

      C) Believe that the science is so good, that they have found the solution if they were not keeping the old dividing in mental and physical diseases (chronic diseases are more mental than most people think).

2) Mental: get rid of all old traumas, worries ( and dissociation – my newest findings)

3) Train to be calm every day: eg: Qi Gong, meditation, garden work, long walks, handcraft

4) Exercising to keep your body young in all different types of sports. Get your pulse up, stretching your body with yoga, long walks, getting stronger

5) Eat healthy to get all vitamins and minerals

6) Go to for example chiropractor/ Rosen technique/ Alexander  technique  if your body is not perfect

 

Be persistent and note your progress in a diary. Start with the one that appeals the most to you and implements the others. slowly. With one hour a day, I think you can slow down or even stop the progress, with two hours a day you can reverse the symptoms and start getting better.

 

Please ask questions and comment. And feel free to ask Michael, who I coach and who are clearly improving

Michael Pedersen is improving big time.

In this video and post, you can read about how he is slowly getting the feeling on what to think about to stop his tremor.

When we are having a bigger population in here, I will start having webinars of my thoughts and techniques.

Feel free to invite people.

http://abovezero.robyggeren.dk/2019/02/12/controlling-tremor/

Here is an article that supports my viewpoint that it is all stress. The symptoms he mentioned are the symptoms you have when you are in fight-flight or freeze states.

As the science say Parkinson is incurable why not give it a try and reduce your stress. 

Please comment and write the first thing you want to try.

There are lots of things to do.

You, of course, get a comment from me

http://www.outthinkingparkinsons.com/articles/stressandparkinsons

Below is a link to a YouTube search where you can see how big movements help on Parkinson’s symptoms. Why does that help: In my perspective, it is because you trick the brain out of fight, flight and freeze state. When you are doing things one would not do when in danger the body think that you are in a peaceful place. That is dancing, singing, whistle, jumping, shouting and doing big movements. So if you over a period force yourself to do this you will feel better and by this drag yourself out of the freeze, fight and flight stress state.

They say every day in a month before you are certain of a good result.

While you are doing it notice if you feel any guilt, embarrassment or other feelings. You maybe should take care of these feelings, as they are part of the problem.

You keep your voice and movements to the minimum to protect yourself for “dragging attention” to yourself so you will not be hurt of the “tiger” or other persons that could hut you. But it is only your stress instincts that are protecting you. And they do not fit into our modern way of living.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=LSVT+BIG+THERAPY