Can you see it. Of course you can become better!!

Most diseases are very stress-related. e.g. Parkinson's – 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 “connects 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 a 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 downstairs. This is because he is focused on the task at hand, rather than his regular distracted thinking routine. After all, 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. se 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 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. The guys that heal the quickest are the ones that get 1:1 coaching from me. And do you know what? They already know that this is the truth and they contact me within 14 days of finding me and my group. Why? Because they have been searching for a coach like me. Are you one of these guys that are ready to invest time and money in your own health, write to and I will send you a form so you can apply for a free 30 minutes call with me.

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Gary Sharpe

Gary Sharpe

Dr Gary Sharpe, Phd, is a scientist and engineer by background, diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease in 2009.

 After six years of dying inside, he started “Out-Thinking Parkinson’s” in order to pursue pragmatic and practical solutions towards progressive symptom reduction for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

 Today, Out-Thinking Parkinson’s has become a major resource, where Gary and colleagues from around the world, who also have an insider’s perspective of PD, share their knowledge, philosophies and experience of living well with PD, and, also, record their stories of recovery.

strongly science backed, focused on pragmatic, practical and applicable research
Out-Thinking Parkinson's Progressive Symptom Reduction Strategies for Parkinson's Disease

Stress, Situations, Symptoms and Parkinson's Disease

It is in the nature of chronic diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease, that symptoms manifest most when our survival instincts (fight, flight, freeze) take over our body’s function. This is why the severity and range of symptoms can vary moment to moment, hour to hour, or day by day, according to how stressed or how relaxed we are in that moment, for most chronic diseases

The Nervous system

Right now I am preparing an online course that explain diseases in a detailed perspective.


We explored a myriad of ways in which the various biochemical steps of the internal production of Dopamine could break down, leading to the Dopamine deficiencies in the body (including the gut and the eyes) and the brain, as is the case for people with Parkinson’s Disease

Real Life Improvement for People Affected by Diseases, from an Insider’s Perspective

Why Do We Do It?
Simply to help stop the suffering of People with Parkinson’s and their families as quickly as possible.

Who Is It For?
We are focused on providing information and knowledge for everyone, including People affected by Parkinson’s and those involved in their care, therapy and treatment, as well as education for the general public, students and the media.

What’s In It for People with Parkinson’s?
Significant reductions in both symptoms and drug-induced side effects. Significant reduction in health and care costs. Improved quality of life.

Why not use yourself as a study case

Mobility Coaching
Mobility Coaching

Who is Conner Trott

As a physical therapist and Parkinson’s specialist, I knew there has to be a better way to help people diagnosed with Parkinson’s make a lifestyle change to incorporate therapeutic mobility as part of their daily routine.
I have blended my 7 years of education into a WholeHearted system which blends functional neurology and functional mobility to integrate mind and body and regain your ability to move freely and easily.

I want to give you the foundational knowledge that I have as a physical therapist to empower your ability to create therapeutic programming for yourself and confidently build yourself a stronger body with every movement you do.

The WholeHearted Movement Renewal System

reclaim your mobility

I can help you make a healing, movement based lifestyle part of your new life. My year-long program starts from the heart outward, providing you with the knowledge of how you are mechanically designed and coaches you through how to self assess your physical limitations, reclaim your mobility, and fully embody your spirit.

The idea - short

1. Understand your Heart
2. Deconstruct your Body
3. Challenge Your Status Quo
4. Aim for Your Future
5. Reclaim Your Independence

The program

A hybrid coaching program delivered through educational videos, weekly group coaching sessions, private one on one guidance, and a private online community. 

I will take you through the process of learning and implementing neuromechanics, biomechanics, mind/body self assessment, and goal-setting in order for you to create your new movement based lifestyle that works uniquely for you.


reconnect our heart to our physical body

We will start with the heart and learn amazing things about how it really is the fiery engine of our body and soul, and then utilize physical and mental techniques to reconnect our heart to our physical body. We will go from head to toe learning about the joints of the body individually, and how they integrate together to allow us to stand erect, move, and interact with the world outside of ourselves. 

a point of exploration.

We’ll discuss how and why we want to build strength, flexibility, and cardiac endurance and learn how to continually assess ourselves to build ourselves better.

My goal for my clients is not only for movement to be a daily habit, but a point of continual therapeutic curiosity and exploration.

Why not get started

Education and Certified in

Professional Certifications:
LSVT BIG and PWR!Moves Certified
Functional Range Conditioning Certified
HeartMath Certified Practitioner


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“I am so pleased”

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Contact me for an individual training program

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clone Stress test introduction

No more talk, let me see the test

I want the knowledge now

The biological stress test

The stress test is a frontrunner for a course I call HOPE Shortcut.

if you like this test, you can read more about the course here:


My mission is to spread self-help tools and easily accessible help to all people with symptoms, stress, and diagnosis. So, if your doctor cannot help you, this course might be for you.

I know that we can help you because most people are stressed, and stress negatively influences ALL symptoms and diseases. Feel free to look up in google [your symptom in English +  stress ].

So, what if we instead investigated and reduced ALL stress in your life. Then the logic tells that you will lower your symptoms.

Maybe you say that you are not stressed. Stress comes in many forms. If you know you have anxiety or a busy job, you know you are stressed. But you can be stressed in other ways as well. Take the test and see if it changes your opinion in any way.

I will focus on you, who have symptoms that vary during the day or week. These symptoms are easier to reduce.

More stable symptoms can be so heavy that you cannot feel the variation. Even if you have constant symptoms, there is a chance that the course can help you. But maybe you need more intensive support for this.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I’m the woman behind the stress test, which is the precursor to the online stress course “HOPE Shortcut”.

I’m an expert on feelings, stress, and trauma and what these do to you and your health.I have worked with people with Parkinson’s, and I have helped them a lot. See my references at my webpage.All diseases and symptoms get worse from stress, so why not start there. Without stress, your symptoms may be minimal.Get a longer and better future with the HOPE Shortcut course – to regain a life with quality.See The HOPEshortcut portal made for you that want to get out of stress and symptoms.

Introduction to the biological stress types

This test covers six different stress types: Calm, Feel, Fight, Flight, Freeze, and Embrace.

I explain the six stress types after the test. Please answer the questions before reading the stress type descriptions, so the explanation does not influence your answers.

All people are a mixture of these six types!We can all learn to become calmer in our everyday lives, so no matter what primary stress type you are, every type gains something from reading about the Calm type to gain insight into maintaining a healthy body. Of course, it is most beneficial to be at ease and calm all the time, but only a few people manage this every day.

There are six categories, and each category has questions you are about to answer.


The category with the highest score is your primary stress type.

On the pages after the test, you can read about your primary type, and if your secondary is close, read that too.

Please remember: You have not had any influence on how you ended up like this! But being conscious about your automatic patterns is the first step to improving your health and becoming more stress-tolerant.This test is based on biological knowledge of fight, flight, and freeze instinct theory, in conjunction with my experiences coaching people with various problems, symptoms, and diseases.

The future will show that stress is closely related to any disease and that you can reduce the symptoms or even avoid the breakthrough of most diseases if you learn to be calm most of the time. The reason is that biological stress affects all symptoms. Stress and pressure might be the root cause of a lot of symptoms and diseases. Time will show if this is correct, but that is how new knowledge is trending right now. Due to the relationship between stress and symptoms, therapists like me can help people reduce symptoms and diseases, as most people have ongoing or frequent stress impacting their health.

You can start asking yourself: What happened in the time just before I became diseased?

Many of the people who become healthy after life-threatening illness say, “they have changed their lives,” that they have reduced their working hours and fill their lives with creative hobbies or the likes. Their focus has shifted from job and career to health and family.


You can read more about the course here:

Stress is easy to live without, but difficult to avoid.

Gary Sharpes review of online course


The author behind the blog shares his thoughts about HOPEshortcut online course
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

Review of HOPEshortcut online course

 The course provides the evidence that PD and many other diseases are significantly affected by stress and trauma, and instead of focusing on “curing” the disease, helps people to reduce any stress in their life, and explains how taking this biological perspective, one can do a lot to minimize symptoms. It is the pragmatic outcome of five years of collected knowledge about people worldwide improve their health, combined with the knowledge of Lilian’s theory about diseases.
In short, I feel that the material presented in the course is not only unique and extraordinary but also highly empowering for people with PD. Lilian has obviously put an awful lot of time and effort into it. Indeed, in total there are hours of video presentation, together with a lot of other media and supporting resources. The videos are presented in a very clear and well paced voice, easy to understand and accessible, illustrated by Lilian’s own life experiences, and anecdotes of the successes she has had already helped people with Diseases.
In addition to the videos, are daily encouragements, a vast library of everything Lilian herself studied along the way, a unique stress test to assess which state (calm, flight, fight, freeze) one tends to spend the most time in, and what to it about, and an English translation of a chapter on feelings from her book in Danish.
The first week is mainly about transferring all the knowledge Lilian has gained, and covers topics including Diseases and New Hope, Placebo Effect, Stress, Exercise, Physical and Mental Symptoms, Our Tribal Nature and Body Memory. The main thrust of this is to undo the damage or nocebo effect of diagnoses of degeneration and hopelessness, and to instil new hope that things do not necessarily need to get worse, and can definitely be improved. Suggested links for further investigation are provided through Lilian’s vast library of background information.
The second part stresses the importance of observing symptoms, how they can fluctuate and connecting these fluctuations with lived experiences. It provides a special dairy for observing symptoms, and instructions of how to complete it.
The third part covers four main strategies that people around the world have used to heal themselves of many chronic conditions.
The fourth part provides information on the next steps and how to use the information learned during the course.
In summary, I would definitely highly recommend this course for anyone affected by PD, especially those in the earlier years or recently diagnosed. However, I would (and have) also recommend it to spouses and families with people PD, partially as this might give insight into how they can best help, but also for their own sake too, in terms of managing their own stress, and preventing the situation causing them to also become ill.

Messages from Gary to Lilian

Straight forward and common sence

Fresh eyes

Lilian have a handfull of diagnoses herself and can see that diagnoses are not random.Her husband had a type of cancer, that hit mainly well educated men… He is a professor in physics and survived Hodgins lymphoma

Background for this review

I first encountered Lilian Sjøberg when she began to interact in the comments section of my posts. My interest was piqued because she was one of the only other people who were saying some of the same things as myself. In particular, she had also unearthed the dopamine-adrenaline link, and hence had come to the realization that not only does chronic stress exacerbate the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, but can even be causal of them.
Another example was how Lilian talked about the devastating nocebo effect of diagnoses of hopelessness.
In some ways, Lilian was even way ahead of me in spotting the patterns and joining the dots. For example, she pointed out to me videos of people from WW1 with shell shock, who clearly had movements disorders not dissimilar to PD, as well as novel interpretation of the placebo effect, connecting it to the removal of stress.
Lilian is also way ahead of me in terms of turning what we have independently learned into a pragmatic therapeutic programme. While I have self-experimented and shared openly what I’ve learned along the way, Lilian developed the ideas into a strategy which she has applied to helping people with PD directly, that she calls the “HOPE-shortcut” method.

Inovative thinking

Lilian demonstrated to me how she had already helped a number of people with PD, who, with the support of her coaching, had become better. This includes a Danish man who, after going back to his neurologist subsequent to Lilian’s interventions, removed his PD diagnosis.
The starting point for Lilian’s HOPE-shortcut programme is an online course, which arms participants with the knowledge she had gained after years of study, and that also provides key practical strategies of how to get started on a recovery journey. .
When I learned that Lilian was facing having to give up on trying to help people full time, and needed to take an office job, because she had not be able to get enough people to listen the message or take up what she was offering, I was aghast. I set out to help get her message out, not least because it is essentially the same message as my own, albeit couched in much simpler and accessible terms.
For example, Lilian largely avoids talking about and getting bogged down by the complexity of brain chemistry, because, and I tend to agree with her, this is so complicated that we will probably never figure it all out, and instead focusses on the real world, lived experiences, of people with PD, connecting stressors to symptoms.
As part of this, I agreed to go through the online course part of the HOPE-shortcut program, assess it for the PD audience, make suggestions for improvement, if required, and to then write an honest review, which is below.

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

Follow HOPEshortcut here

Nicoles reflections after 2 therapy session
Nicoles reflections after 2 therapy session

Beating a dead horse
or taiming a petrified mare

See her 1. post – 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.


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