Thoughts on Unhealthy Behavior

October 15, 2012

Why do people hurt themselves. Whether it be drink to excess, abuse drugs, eat unhealthy food to excess, smoke, cheat on their committed partner, you name it.

Seems to me it boils down to one or both of two fundamental life circumstances: dull the pain of a past or ongoing situation and/or get a rush.
Everyone has some form of tragedy at some point in their lives, actually many. Some can be devastating. Until you are able to come to terms with the hand that life dealt you, accept it, make the best of it, reclaim positive perspective, let it go or take action to get out of the situation, you will continue to abuse yourself to dull the pain.
Some people believe that their life is not interesting enough whether it be their marriage, job, free time, etc. Drugs, affairs, drinking, shoplifting, speeding, even sugar product, provide a rush.
How to be happy. Perform a self-assessment focusing on raising your level of awareness. What do you do to dull the pain and/or get the rush? Is it healthy?


We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.