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Friday, April 11, 2014

Petition to Have Inclined Bed Therapy Evaluated in Clinical Trials

Dear Friends,
I just created the petition "Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT) For Our Hospitals" and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.
This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/inclined-bed-therapy-ibt-for-our-hospitals
Thank you!
Andrew
P.S. Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It's really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/inclined-bed-therapy-ibt-for-our-hospitals

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Chemotherapy and Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT)

Just received a call from a lady that was one of the very first to sleep inclined and still does to this day. She had driven to see her sister who has cancer and has been receiving Chemotherapy. Her hair had begun to fall out after the first course, which apparently is not usual. By the time she saw her she had lost all of her hair, had severely swollen legs and feet. Needless to say, her bed was raised 6 inches at the head end and within a few days her hair started to grow back. She was told to raise her legs on a stool to reduce swelling by her Doctors, which didn't work. My friend told her sister to ignore her doctors advice and sleep on the incline and keep her legs down. Also told her if she feels unwell to use IBT during the daytime as and when she needed it.

Apparently her consultant was astonished to find a huge change, which could not have been down to the medication. He also commented on the improvements in swelling which had vanished within days. In addition her blood cell count had normalised. I'm not sure what type of cancer she has but it had spread to her lymph nodes. 
Instead of the usual feeling sick and unable to function following Chemo, she was looking and feeling better than ever. Her doctor said when he saw her that she must be getting plenty of rest. She said, actually I have just come from helping to decorate my friends house.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

When Harry Met Andrew

When Harry Met Andrew

11/01/2014

Inclined Bed Therapy for children with Brachytelephalangic Chondrodysplasia Punctata
I was invited to meet Harry age 14 by his father to hear from his son how sleeping on an inclined bed raised six inches at the head end has transformed his life in a year.

Our meeting took place at a local pub. Dad was waiting for me outside and immediately phoned his wife to bring Harry along. I had heard that this lad was articulate and very intelligent, despite his very rare and debilitating medical condition. I had already spoken with his dad on several occasions, before and during IBT.
Harry's first positive gain from using Inclined Bed therapy (IBT) reported by his Father was that he had stopped wetting the bed and that he was very proud of this achievement which gave him a huge confidence boost.

Harry walked into the bar and walked towards us. Dad said this is Andrew, the man who asked us to tilt your bed. Harry shook my hand and said thank you for helping me and we sat down for what turned out to be a conversation I will remember for the rest of my life.

Harry stunned me with his articulation and depth of knowledge in a wide range of subjects. His positive attitude, sense of doing the right things in life are a credit to his family, friends and teachers. They have helped Harry enormously and he has helped himself and everyone around him by being Harry.

We learned a lot from a lad who had been put through the mill with numerous operations on his spine, including having a Harrington Rod fixed to keep his spine straight, which had to be removed after it was protruding through his skin. He later had a bone graft to fuse his spine but despite this, according to his dad, he was still suffering from scoliosis bending forward due to poor cartilage growth.

This condition affects the nasal passage, making it difficult to breath through the nose, restricts air flow to the lungs, which results in poor oxygenation with causes fatigue, breathlessness and regular infections. It also affects skeletal and cartilage growth and causes spinal column compression.

Harry is very light in frame and muscle. We discussed how this had changed over the last year. He told me that his legs and arms are much stronger and his muscles are developing better now. He added pointing to the corner of the bar and then to the door, stating that if at age 13 he had walked that distance he would have been fatigued and needed to rest. Now he adds, he can walk a mile and possibly more.

He had never been able to swim because of his buoyancy, poor posture and lack of muscle, saying he sank each time he tried. He now enjoys swimming.

I asked if he has a better immunity to infections such as colds and flu. We learned than that this was the first time since birth that he had avoided winter bugs, despite his father mother and brother all having flu he had somehow dodged it. We have known for a long time that using IBT helps to protect us against coughs colds and flu. I for example get initial symptoms, go to bed and find that symptoms have vanished. Not to say this happens every-time, as we did manage to get a particularly nasty virus last year that took a few days to shake off.

Everyone around Harry has noticed his pyjamas which always fit are now flying at half mast. In other words he is experiencing an accelerated growth spurt-when for years he has barely grown at all. Of course we would need to test this on a larger group of children with the same condition but there is an inherent lack of funding, will and expertise. But most of all this is a very rare condition, so I doubt it will ever happen in the realms of the medical and pharmaceutical studies because there is zero chance of recouping their investment. And there lies the main problem with bringing forth to mainstream medicine a FREE therapy. He said you should be a very rich man from this discovery. Dad jumped in and said; Son some people do things for the money. Andrew does not do this for money, he does it because he cares and wants to help people because he is a kind person.

Harry and I spent a long time discussing how IBT was discovered? why it is not accepted? Why don't people listen? why don't people just do it? I replied as best as I could to such an expert interrogator,. Believe me he is one tough and astute young lad. In fact his range of knowledge puts a lot of adults on their backfoot. I told him that if a thousand people read my research and advice, perhaps 5 people would try it. Most would shrug their shoulders thinking what's this got to do with me or who are you, or what qualifications do you have or you are no doctor. He replied; “but my Dad listened to you”. He added “I can make them listen to you”! Will you come to my Special needs school and talk to the parents and teachers. I will tell them what you have done for me and you can tell them why it works! I said they won't let me come to your school to talk about health issues because I am not a doctor. He said; “Believe me when I have spoken with them they will listen”! He said; “I want to tell everyone and I will come with you to any part of the World to let them know about your discovery.” My eyes were welling up, still are as I write this. His dad's and Granddad's eyes were also welling. What a kid you have there, I said, he is amazing and I am overwhelmed with having this opportunity to talk with young Harry.

Harry said he wants to be a good politician, to do things right and to avoid all of the mistakes that politicians make. He would make a fantastic politician! He told me about how he spoke to some man who was shouting at kids in wheelchairs telling them to shut up. He went up to the guy and spoke calmly saying; There is no need to be rude and harsh to these children. You are lucky, you have a normal life in a normal body. Try saying shush calmly instead. That guy has been silenced forever.






Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Tilting a bed to make use of gravity is something NASA have been doing since the early 90's. I would consider their opinion as being worthwhile, especially when they go to the trouble of publishing their conclusions and thoughts. I hope you enjoy watching the videos. There are more interesting videos on her channel.

Published on 19 Feb 2013
In this 2012 talk at NASA's Ames Research Center, Dr. Joan
Vernikos explains how during these technology-rich times we're moving (and using gravity) less and how that is slowly undermining our health.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnEpg1MOoKg

Published on 19 Feb 2013
Dr. Joan Vernikos visits NASA's Ames Research Center and tells the story of George Mueller, and how simply standing up frequently throughout the day helped this 91 year-old get back on his feet. http://www.joanvernikos.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSoRmaNLoiw

Published on 18 Feb 2013
In this 2012 talk at NASA's Ames Research Center Dr Joan Vernikos, author of "Sitting Kills, Moving Heals", explains how what we've leaned form astronauts has shown that so many of the ills affecting our health today are due to not moving enough throughout the day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fglQLFCAVeY

Published on 19 Feb 2013
In this 2012 talk at NASA, Dr. Joan Vernikos explains how a lifestyle of frequent, low-intensity, non-exercise movement throughout the day is a great way to remain healthier.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKjr-az3xeE

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Lessons from Space for Sustainable Wellness - YouTube

Lessons from Space for Sustainable Wellness - YouTube

 http://www.joanvernikos.com. Dr. Joan Vernikos on KTVU in San Francisco talking about the importance of gravity in maintaining youthful vigor.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Do You Have the Right Stuff to Be a NASA Pillownaut? | Wired Science | Wired.com

Do You Have the Right Stuff to Be a NASA Pillownaut? | Wired Science | Wired.com


NASA will pay you $160 per day to lie in bed — Now, the scientists at NASA’s Human Test Subject Facility in Galveston, Texas, are trying a new type of bed rest to simulate the moon’s gravitational field. They put you, face up, on a bed tilted up at exactly 9.5 degrees with your feet planted on a panel. Do the trigonometry, and the experiment places just about the same amount of gravity on your feet as the moon would.

“Obviously, there’s no magic switch to turn off gravity,” said Ronita Cromwell, senior research scientist heading up the project. “What we’re doing is removing some of the effects of 1 G and achieving one-sixth G along the long axis of the body.”

The feasibility studies for the lunar analog study only require six days in bed. If the test subjects can handle it, which they appear to be doing, it will be extended to much longer periods of time. It’s a novel analog, though, so the team is taking it slow

“Not many people have done it before, and no one has done it in the way that we’re doing it,” Cromwell said.

NASA Technical Reports Server - Feasibility Study of a Lunar Analog Bed Rest Model

NASA Technical Reports Server - Feasibility Study of a Lunar Analog Bed Rest Model

Title: Feasibility Study of a Lunar Analog Bed Rest Model


Author: Cromwell, Ronita L.; Platts, Steven H.; Yarbough, Patrice; Buccello-Stout, Regina
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of using a 9.5deg head-up tilt bed rest model to simulate the effects of the 1/6 g load to the human body that exists on the lunar surface. The lunar analog bed rest model utilized a modified hospital bed. The modifications included mounting the mattress on a sled that rolled on bearings to provide freedom of movement. The weight of the sled was off-loaded using a counterweight system to insure that 1/6 body weight was applied along the long axis (z-axis) of the body. Force was verified through use of a force plate mounted at the foot of the bed. A seating assembly was added to the bed to permit periods of sitting. Subjects alternated between standing and sitting positions throughout the day. A total of 35% of the day was spent in the standing position and 65% was spent sitting. In an effort to achieve physiologic fluid shifts expected for a 1/6 G environment, subjects wore compression stockings and performed unloaded foot and ankle exercises. Eight subjects (3 females and 5 males) participated in this study. Subjects spent 13 days in the pre-bed rest phase, 6 days in bed rest and 3 days post bed rest. Subjects consumed a standardized diet throughout the study. To determine feasibility, measures of subject comfort, force and plasma volume were collected. Subject comfort was assessed using a Likert scale. Subjects were asked to assess level of comfort (0-100) for 11 body regions and provide an overall rating. Results indicated minimal to no discomfort as most subjects reported scores of zero. Force measures were performed for each standing position and were validated against subject s calculated 1/6 body weight (r(sup 2) = 0.993). The carbon monoxide rebreathing technique was used to assess plasma volume during pre-bed rest and on the last day of bed rest. Plasma volume results indicated a significant decrease (p = 0.001) from pre to post bed rest values. Subjects lost on average 8.3% (sd = 6.1%) during the bed rest phase. Findings from this feasibility study indicated that 1) the lunar analog bed rest model was well tolerated by subjects; 2) a 1/6 load was accurately applied to the z-axis of the body; and 3) plasma volume losses could be achieved in a head-up tilt bed rest model. Future work to refine this model should include extending the duration of bed rest to mimic longer mission durations and a comprehensive assessment of the physiological responses to this bed rest analog.
Collection: NASA
NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Publication Date: [2010]
Publication Year: 2010
Document ID: 20100014122
Subject Category: LIFE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number: JSC-CN-20146
Publication Information: Number of pages = 1
Language: English
Meeting Information: International Society for Gravitational Physiology Meeting; 13-18 Jun. 2010; Trieste; Italy
Subject Terms: ANALOG SIMULATION; ATTITUDE (INCLINATION); BED REST; BODY WEIGHT; FEASIBILITY; FEMALES; FLUID SHIFTS (BIOLOGY); HUMAN BODY; LOADS (FORCES); MALES; PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES; PHYSIOLOGY; REBREATHING; STANDARDIZATION
Accessibility: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited; Copyright
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
Document Source: Other Sources
Updated/Added to NTRS: Aug 24, 2011

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Just saw Lucy's mum after 10 days of Inclined... - Inclined Bed Therapy

Just saw Lucy's mum after 10 days of Inclined... - Inclined Bed Therapy

Just saw Lucy's mum after 10 days of Inclined Bed Therapy running a short distance. Lucy commented that her mum can't run and indeed 10 days ago she was struggling to walk upright, stooped position, painful hip, swollen knee and limps with the pain. Her posture is normally bent forward. She frequently collapsed when her legs gave way. She also has osteoporosis and arthritis.

Her problems developed after being hit by a motorcycle age 13 and for all of these years she has been in pain, which she added was worsening with age. She has had surgery on her knee to remove cartilage but this did not stop the pain or swelling.

After 10 days of IBT:

Her swollen knee is normal now and she has no pain for the first time since the accident. Her hip is no longer painful. and she is comfortable standing upright. She still limps but added it's just a habit that's going to take a while to get out of. On rising from her flat bed, she was aching and it took an hour to get herself mobile. Now she wakes up and is good to go. She is writing everything down that changes. Her posture is now upright, although I did notice her going into the stooped position but she automatically stood upright again. Absolutely amazing to see these phenomenal changes at first hand.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

New Pathways - Audio Downloads

http://www.msrc.co.uk/downloads/I62_bed.mp3


"July/August 2010"

Voice Audio of Inclined Bed Therapy Article in "July/August 2010" issue of New Pathways Magazine

http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseaction/show/pageid/2827

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dr. Franz Schelling, Austria

Dr. Franz Schelling, Austria
http://www.ms-info.net/evo/msmanu/984

F.A. Schelling's 1981 discovery, at the Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Salzburg, of a striking widening of the main venous passageways through the skulls in victims of multiple sclerosis were to occupy the author's thoughts through the following decades of his quite diversified medical career. And in putting together, bit by bit, all the observations on the venous involvement in the emergence of the specific, and, in particular, cerebral lesions of multiple sclerosis, he was able to recognize their causes.