Public speaking about Parkinson's disease

The main goal of presentations is to show that traditional attitudes about Parkinson's disease are out of date.

I try to educate and inspire people with Parkinson's disease

  • to realize that we are not doomed to becoming severely disabled simply because we have Parkinson's disease
  • to realize that much of the physical limitations that we tend to attribute to the disease actually are due to deconditioning
  • to realize that we can at least partially reverse deconditiong by becoming active enough to recondition our neuromuscular system
  • to realize that by reconditioning ourselves we can decrease some of the most important motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease - we can improve balance, speed of movement, coordination, flexibility, and magnitude of movement

In discussions with health care professionals, I focus on scientific evidence related to the following issues:

  • how the conventional dismal expectations about Parkinson's disease can become a self-fulfilling prophecy
  • how health care professionals can cause beneficial placebo effects or harmful nocebo effects by their interactions with their patients
  • the benefits of regular physical activity in people with Parkinson's disease
  • why different kinds of physical activity can be expected to differ markedly in stimulating increased production of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)

Services provided

Exercise training: classes, individual training

Counseling patients and families on how to cope with the many challenges of Parkinson's disease, and how to progress toward thriving in spite of these challenges

Public speaking: to patients, health care professionals, and students


For doctors and other health care professionals:

A letter to doctors and other health care professionals about how I can supplement your work in caring for patients with Parkinson's disease



Photos & Videos

Basic balance exercises

Moderately difficult balance exercises

Difficult balance exercises

Forced-speed exercises

Boxing speed bag



Games with juggling balls

Improve walking gait

Improved running gait

Alpine skiing, including moguls and slalom

Advice from my doctors

"Be obstinate in fighting Parkinson's disease but be less obstinate and more cooperative with your doctors." [Read why my doctor said this to me.]

Exercise is something you have to do for yourself. No one else can exercise for you and no pills can do for you what exercise does for you. There is no such thing as an exercise pill.

Advice about fighting Parkinson's disease:

The best defense against Parkinson's disease is a good offense


About David Blatt

About my medical career