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NEW MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS THEORY
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NEW MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS THEORY

Andrew K Fletcher, "Summer Haze",26 Berry Drive, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3QW. UK.
E-mail address: Gravity@(remove)blueyonder.co.uk
The purpose of this report, together with the referenced histories, is to inform you of my research and its relationship with multiple sclerosis. But first let me try to explain what I believe multiple sclerosis is, and then perhaps you may begin to understand why I have achieved positive results in treating people with chronic progressive MS.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS MAY BE A PROBLEM WITH THE CIRCULATION OF FLUIDS IN OUR BODY.

Brief description of nerve structure:
We call the nerve fibre, which caries the impulses from the nerve body to control the muscles or other functions, the central axon. This fibre is surrounded with a multi-layered sheath with from about five to more than thirty layers. it resembles a large tobacco leaf, coiled around a central trunk, and is produced by a special cell - the oligodendrocyte. The entire group of cells is called the oligodendroglia.
The individual layer of the laminated leaf, which makes up the myelin sheath, is structurally identical with the membrane of a cell. That means it has the capability of holding an electric charge of opposite polarity, thereby fulfilling the function of an electric condenser. We have only understood the function of the myelin sheath in the insulation of the central fibre for about a year. An article that first appeared in the magazine SCIENCE brought it out. Indeed, one can measure the insulating ability of the myelin. When this was done, however, it discovered that the many-layered condenser system, which was constructed in the myelin, acted as an electrical shunt to the central axon. In plain language, this means that we have here a classic Tesla technique, which in all probability converts gravity field energy into the electrical energy necessary for function of the central axon.
Dr. Hans A. Nieper: The Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis Sept 1985

A closer look at nerves:
We have all heard about the fatty insulation around the spinal cord and brain, in which lesions form and cause short circuits, but how many of us have heard that this coating or sheath that protects the nervous system is actually liquid crystal? In fact, it behaves very similar to the substance found in LCD (liquid crystal display) on calculators and wristwatches. Historians now know that some scientists actually saw naturally occurring liquid crystals under their microscopes in the 1850s. These early sightings were made during experiments on the white fatty material known as myelin.

A number of scientists noted that myelin turned liquid when left in water. These liquids seemed to have two different melting points. Not until the 1980s did the answer become apparent. Instead of changing straight into a liquid when heated, these solid materials transform into a kind of intermediate state that emerges at the first melting point, and disappears at the second. Between these two temperatures, the materiel flows like liquid yet keeps some of its optical properties of a solid crystal. In short it has become a "liquid crystal". In a normal liquid molecules are randomly arranged, but the molecules of a warmed liquid crystal retain some of their original orderliness - just enough order for the liquid crystal to retain the optical properties of a solid. Without their liquid crystal structures, living cells could not exist. Although the precise cause of the breakdown of the myelin sheath is still mysterious, it is thought to be tied to the liquid crystal properties of myelin. (Focus November 1994 pages 70-74 by Robert Mathews).

Explanation

The reason that warming liquid assists its ability to dissolve or liquefy soluble minerals is due to the fact that the molecular structure of the liquid, which in this case is water based, is altered by additional heat. The highest alteration before water is vaporised is at boiling point. Boiling water at sea level requires more heat and energy than boiling water at altitude. This is because the atmospheric pressure at high altitude is considerably less than at sea level. In fact when pressure is removed completely within a vacuum chamber, water boils without heat. The Hon. Robert Boyle (1627-91) was first to discover this phenomenon.

An interesting article I read some years ago related to the fact that some people were prone to food poisoning from cooked food when it was prepared at high altitude. Illness occurred because the water, although boiling, was not sufficiently hot enough to kill the bacteria within the food. We of course know that the nervous system does not boil, yet the state of the liquid crystal in the myelin could be encouraged to respond (or re-liquefy) at a slightly lower temperature when exposed to high altitude atmospheric pressure. Oxygen levels at altitude are also greatly reduced in the upper regions of the atmosphere. For instance, the air at Mount Blanc's summit contains only half the oxygen of air at sea level. It is worth considering these two facts while reading the following observations made by two independent accounts. It is also worth considering the fact that a compass needle is attracted to a mountain rather than the pole, due to the mountains mass. Furthermore while standing on top of a mountain the gravitational pull under foot would also be marginally higher and this again, according to my theory, has the most profound implications for circulation throughout the whole of the human anatomy.



Altitude and MS

CASE 1: On two occasions when I have been abroad, sightseeing up mountains, (by cable car and bus I might add!) at the top, anything from 6,000-9,000 ft I have felt fantastic and have been able to walk almost normally. At home I walk with the aid of a stick. This year I was visiting my son in South Africa and where he lives is 3,000 ft. above sea level. Again I had this lovely lightweight feeling instead of my usual heavy and slow moving gait. The old legs were raring to go and I had a spring in my step. The family was amazed and delighted at the difference.
When we went to Durban, which is at sea level, I was back to normal, but it was hotter and humid there. Sad to say, that back home the good affect has gone, but it did seem extraordinary. ? Irene Davies, Glasgow., Sep-Oct 1989 edition, Arms Link, Pub by Arms Central UK.

CASE 2: I have also felt that being at altitude has made me feel very fit and well and improved my walking. I have MS but am mobile and walk without a stick. During 1984/85 my husband worked in Bolivia and I went with him. We lived in La Paz, which is at 11,000 ft and spent time in various places ranging in height from 3,000 to 14,000 ft. The higher we were the better I felt, walking long distances and getting less giddy, which is one of the effects I have with MS.
We were in London from Jan 83 to Mar 84 and I had some difficulty with walking then.
In Bolivia I was able to walk quite far, though down in the low, hot valleys I was not able to go so far as I could up in the high mountains. In Potosi, which is at 14,000 ft, I felt terrific and it was there that I began to think that perhaps altitude made some difference to my health. Once before I had the same feeling of euphoria. This was when I visited the Island Of  The Sun in Lake Titicaca which is at 13,000ft. I felt I could stride out for miles and miles though afterwards I was very tired. This was1974 before I was diagnosed as having MS.
We are now home in Edinburgh, almost at sea level, and most of the time I am able to walk the dogs on the hills and go shopping, though I get giddy at times and especially find the strip lighting in shops troublesome. I get tired more than I used to and I have trouble with my sense of balance. The latter has bothered me for years; again without realising it was part of my MS.
Rosemary Wilson, Edinburgh. Mar/Apr 90 edition, Arms Link, Pub by Arms, Central UK.

Crystals, either in liquid state or solid, are based on minerals. In order to remain in a liquid form the liquid requires to be constantly moving. Should the liquid stagnate for any length of time, solid crystals will inevitably form. This is vividly shown when crystals grow on a length of thread suspended in a beaker of highly concentrated salt or sugar solution. In a beaker this creates no problems. However, when it occurs in the nervous system the formation of crystals causes considerable problems. For instance, a complete blockage of the circulation could occur causing the whole of the circulation within the nervous system in the affected part to stagnate. This would produce considerable damage to the myelin and would probably lead to the entire degeneration of the affected part of the nervous system. Re-dissolving the crystal in the beaker simply requires a stir with a spoon and a little heat to accelerate the process.

The Central and Peripheral Nervous System

If only we could put a whisk into the nervous system and stir gently for a year or more, perhaps the salts and mineral deposits would become liquid again and repair the damaged nerves in multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, which affect our nervous system. Or if we could apply a little extra heat to the liquid nervous system it might stimulate the liquid crystal myelin into behaving as it should under normal circumstances.
In essence this is exactly what I believe has been happening to people on the Gravity Study. Everyone at some point noticed an increase in circulation and metabolism, which of course means additional warmth. In fact, many people, whom I have already helped, noticed that they are producing less urine during the night, indicated by fewer bathroom visits. This is due to the fact that the skin surface temperature has remained stable during the night rather than falling, as would be expected during horizontal bed rest.
With the additional warmth more water is lost from the lungs and skin, and a higher specific gravity occurs in the remaining liquids. This in turn increases circulation and metabolism, producing additional warmth, which as I have stated has implications for the liquefaction of the damaged myelin. This did not come as a surprise to me. My discovery, which led to this exciting new understanding of the influence of gravity in the bulk circulation of fluids and of every single cell in the human body.
Three people on my pilot study who suffered from thrombo -embolism's, found that the hard lumps which were evident in their legs disappeared. One lady was concerned enough to ask her GP if it could have moved to another part of her body.
Thrombosis improved because circulation was restored to the affected area and the blockage was gently dissolved away. Although this is not MS related I feel it is relevant to the re-liquefaction of damaged myelin.
Gravity has indeed been shown to be a very important factor in driving fluids throughout the nervous system. However if gravity is allowed to run in the wrong direction through the body for prolonged periods, then these same forces, which maintain our vital functions, wreak havoc by flowing through vital soluble tissue in the brain and nervous systems.
When the body is resting flat on a conventional horizontal bed, evaporation from skin and lungs etc concentrates the liquids, which remain in the body. These concentrated solutions find the most direct route down to the ground and this usually means flowing through brain tissue and or the nerve tissue and any other vital soluble organs or vessels.
When this occurs in the brain it would cause lateral lesions in the form of micro tubular scar tissue. The reason that lesions are found in this form is that sedimentary deposits form an outer membrane around the circulation and this is exactly how I believe all the tubes in the body of every living organism from a giant tree to an ant are formed. When applying this simple logic to the human body it becomes obvious why almost all of the bodies tissue and structure runs in tubular form from head to toe! Gravity must have played an important part in the formation of this tissue. When one considers that everything we are, developed from a tiny drop of fluid, it becomes enlightening to conclude that circulation obviously must have taken place before the surrounding cell tissue developed in the first place.
Gravity is stronger nearer the North and South Poles. This is because the Earth rotates and therefore the Equator, which spins with greater force, counteracts the pull of gravity, producing a significantly reduced level of gravity, due to the centrifugal force, caused by the rotation of the Earth. For example a wet spinning ball will throw water from the centre of the ball and not the top because the surface at the centre of the ball is spinning with greater force.
Around the Equatorial regions, the gravitational pull on concentrated fluids is significantly reduced by the above mentioned influences. This again relates particularly to horizontal bed rest, because here the damaging affects of fluids travelling in the wrong direction through vital soluble tissue as discussed previously would be influenced less by gravity at the Equator than at the poles. However, in arid areas evaporation would increase and therefore the production of heavy solutions would also increase respectively and possibly producing a different set of symptomatic problems.
For instance it is known that leprosy is found around tropical Equatorial regions and Leprosy is known to affect the nervous system. A detailed study of climate in the following study areas is required to establish a possible humidity or damp connection with increased levels of MS and other conditions.
Recent studies in the USA back up research findings in the UK and in countries in the Southern Hemisphere, showing that people living nearer to the Equator are at lower risk of developing MS. Viruses, Genetics and Race are thought to be partly to blame. Studies on migration have shown that people who move from an area of statistically high prevalence of MS to an area of low prevalence of MS reduce the chance of them developing MS, but only if they move before adolescence.
It is also thought that soldiers may have carried an infectious agent that may have been responsible for triggering MS in Soldiers during the Second World War, who inhabited both Iceland and the Faeroe Islands. Following that, there was claimed to be an increase in the incidence of MS. MS sometimes appears in 'clusters.' This means that MS cases are found in sufficient numbers and concentrations for it to be unlikely to have happened by chance. Most MS clusters turn out to be the results of accidents of time and geography, though a few have still not been adequately explained.
MS and Location. MS Matters Insight Supplement, issue 16, Nov/Dec 1997, Published by the MS Society.

The largest single difference between equatorial regions and the rest of the world is of course the climate. A warm, dry atmosphere above sea level, according to my theory is the perfect place to reside if you have MS, and would therefore bring about the opposite effects of those found in the river valley areas of the equatorial regions. Here it would be very hot and humid, and I suspect that a close statistical analysis of these areas would reveal clusters of people with MS or related problems.
On the other hand, if we keep gravity running through the body in the correct direction twenty-four hours a day for as long as it takes, regeneration of a damaged nervous system is possible irrespective of the severity of the condition. In fact, even complete spinal cord injuries have responded, and those involved in my trial continue to regain functions of the body, which a couple of years ago were thought to be beyond repair.
Restoration of the damaged optic nerve in multiple sclerosis has responded well to this treatment. So well in fact that several people have regained their sight, and in one case a lady who had lost the sight in one eye, through supposedly irreversible optic nerve damage, has been told that she may now legally drive a car without spectacles! Reference to eyesight improvements in MS and non-MS conditions are documented in the report from the MSRC, titled "Raised Bed Survey".

Humidity

Another consideration, which has been shown to have an affect on multiple sclerosis, is humidity. River valley areas in France (Rhone Valley Study) have been found to contain high levels of MS cases compared to the more elevated areas. A wrap around hair dryer, standing over a steaming cooker, a hot shower or bath have all been shown to increase the severity of MS symptoms, and sometimes trigger MS attacks. Higher air water content of course inhibits our ability to shed water from the skin and lungs which we discussed earlier. Moisture loss reduction from our lungs and skin slows down the circulation of fluids caused by the lack of development in retained concentrated fluids. In fact the clammy wet skin found under such environmental conditions should be self-evident and furthermore when fluids are present on the skin surface, so are salts. Sweat is produced when the body is placed under extreme conditions and the presence of vital minerals is an indication of just that.
Presse Med 1987 Apr 11;16(13):622-623 South-Eastern France, a high risk area for multiple sclerosis? [Article in French] Confavreux C, Darchy P, Alperovitch A, Aimard G, Devic M
A questionnaire-based prevalence study was conducted in the Chalon-sur-Saone and Avignon areas, in the Rhone-Saone valley, France, to determine the frequency of multiple sclerosis. These areas are 300 km apart and lie on the 47 degrees and 44 degrees North parallels respectively. Age-adjusted prevalence rates on March 20, 1984 were 58.5 and 48.6 per 100,000 inhabitants respectively. There was no significant difference between the two areas. These preliminary data suggest that southeastern France, as represented by Avignon, may fall within the high-risk area for multiple sclerosis.

SEASONAL VARIATIONS IN MS

People with MS and other neurological problems are able to forecast rain!
This is not however related directly to their MS. Cattle for instance are observed to lie down prior to a down pour. It has been suggested that they do so to reserve a dry area of land. Somehow I doubt that this is the case.
Cattle and other animals lie down because the increase in humidity prior to rainfall slows down their circulation and metabolism, making them lethargic, so they lie down. if a hillside is in close proximity cattle and sheep will all be laying down on the hillside and facing uphill!
MD's ONLINE from AOL - This material is quoted and provided as general medical information.
Question
Do you think that seasonal allergies could play a role in explaining these variations in the pattern of relapses? Have studies been done on the correlation between pollen levels, sensitivity to allergens and relapses? One logic for a connection might be that allergic attacks might affect the permeability of the blood-brain-barrier.
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The reason for seasonal variations in the pattern of relapses in multiple sclerosis is unknown. Attempts have been made to correlate it with the incidence of viral and other infections, but there is no clear-cut pattern there. I don't know of any evidence to suggest that it be related to seasonal allergies. Perhaps there is a cyclic alteration in the reactivity of the immune system at various times of the year, but this is only conjecture on my part, and I don't know of any studies that would confirm or strongly support it.
Question
Why is it that many MS attacks come in the Spring or Fall when the weather changes? I've heard that more viruses are common during these times causing attacks, and that allergies cause the attacks. Can it also simply be a metabolic reaction by our immune system adjusting to the new season?
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You are correct that there is evidence that relapses in multiple sclerosis have seasonal variations. Not all the studies performed are consistent but there does appear to be varying patterns depending on the locality where the studies are done. In a very carefully performed study in North Dakota, for example, September was a very high month for relapses but not the spring months. On the other hand, the summer months did appear to have increased incident of relapses as well. In other studies, exacerbation's have increased in the spring as well as in the fall, as you suggest. The implication here is, as you suggest, that something important in the environment is playing a role. It is known that certain types of viral infections can predispose to relapses and its possible that this could be the environmental relationship. On the other hand, when it is carefully looked for such as in the North Dakota study, it did not correlate with the incidents of various types of infections. There are of course, other variables that could play a role including temperature as well as light conditions.
Your question has also prompted me to review the more recent as well as past literature on the topic. While it does appear that an answer to this phenomenon could be important, I was struck by the fact that the number of published papers on the subject have greatly decreased in the last years. I do believe it's likely that once the full story of MS is unravelled, that the seasonal variations will be explainable. In some instances, I have seen patients who have the exacerbation's, yearly around the same time, for more than three years. While these are very isolated events, and conclusions cannot be drawn from them, it would suggest however, that there may be individuals who are more prone to seasonal changes than others perhaps.
International MS Support Foundation, P.O. Box 90154, Tucson, Arizona 85752-0154
Pauline, from Devon, mentioned in the Snooze Report, found that initially, when she introduced a dehumidifier during the night in conjunction with the new sleeping position, which she had been using for many months, her dropped foot problem would disappear. However when she discontinued the use of the dehumidifier her dropped foot problem would re-emerge. She repeated this procedure several times in order to make sure that it was the dehumidifier, which restored the function in her foot. This alone should be evidence that evaporation and gravity are two very important considerations in relation to the circulation of fluids within the nervous system.

Dr Nieper: Towards the end of 1984, I had an MS patient from the vicinity of Eureka in Northern California. Her husband reported that they lived in a region of continual earthquake activity and not far from a place where a man must stand at an angle and not perpendicular to the earth, to keep from falling down. In that region, the frequency of MS is over 4,000 per million. This would be more than ten times higher than in an average cross section of the country.
This interesting observation indicates that where the Earth's gravitational field is compromised in what is now known as a Geopathogenic Zone the percentage incidence of multiple sclerosis rises way above a national average.
Dr. Hans A. Nieper: The Treatment Of Multiple Sclerosis Sept. 1985


SPACE TRAVEL

In space travel, where gravity is also compromised, astronauts who are normally selected for their physical fitness suffer considerable damage to their nervous system. The severity of damage depends on the length of time they spend in micro gravity conditions. Once exposed to normal gravity conditions on return they encounter considerable difficulties in walking, amongst other normal bodily functions.
In order to induce the harmful effects of micro gravity, both NASA and Russian scientists have found a significantly cheaper method. They use prolonged bed rest to induce many of the harmful side effects to perfectly healthy would-be astronauts. I remember seeing a documentary about these experiments on TV some time ago. During this program cosmonauts suffered many damaging side effects and some to the point where they are no longer able to walk.



DEEP SLEEP

Take a group of people without any neurological problems, other than depression and confine them to bed for several months, without allowing them to get out even for bathroom visits. Medicate them so that they don't feel too uncomfortable.
Result: People die, lose their ability to walk, renal function packs up, they get osteoporosis, Some of them develop severe mental disorders, leg ulcers, gangrene, skin conditions, paralysis, atherosclerosis heart conditions, arthritis and many of the survivors eventually commit suicide. All of this actually happened in Australia during the now infamous "Deep Sleep" therapy programme. "Probably on the net somewhere".

So if  it is possible to induce all of these horrific medical conditions by depriving people of exercise and vertical posture, a conclusion surely is that incorrect posture could also induce MS related symptoms.

Keyboard Syndrome

Sitting at the computer keyboard for hours on end brings with it for some of us a few circulatory problems, tingling in hands and fingers, numbness, finger cramp, paralysis and icy cold fingers. The problem appears to remain for a few days. In my own experience, to eliminate this problem I have found that if I raise my seat up so that my hands and arms slope down to the keyboard rather than up or horizontal to the keyboard, the problems of numbness and tingling for me at least do not occur .
The reason that these irritating problems happen is due to incorrect posture, in which gravity is unable to influence the circulation of fluids within the circulatory and nervous systems. If this postural problem is not corrected it could well lead to progressive neurological degeneration.

Diet

Water leaves the body as discussed, but can only do so safely if the balance of supply matches demand. Providing the stomach contents are less concentrated than the downward flowing liquids caused by evaporation, circulation is able to continue. Therefore a dietary change from a lightweight (low in mineral) diet to a heavy diet could cause the circulation to be compromised. An early indication of a stomach imbalance is diarrhoea. Fluids in the stomach become too heavy to be lifted and pass through the bowels instead of the blood. In fact many laxatives are salt based. Dehydration follows and has been shown to respond to the addition of a small amount of salt and sugar dissolved in water and drank.
Dairy products as we know contain high levels of calcium and a huge array of minerals and fats producing a very high specific gravity within the stomach of the consumer. To demonstrate fill a tall glass to the brim with water. Carefully lower a small amount of milk contained in a teaspoon so that it rests with its edges at the surface of the water. Introduce it gradually to the surface of the water by tilting the spoon. Result: the milk rapidly falls to the bottom of the glass, indicating that it is a heavy mineral laden liquid. Therefore dairy products like cheese and butter, which are concentrated further, would alter the specific gravity of the stomach.
Furthermore the addition of sugar and cocoa in chocolate sweets and cakes would serve to add further weight to the liquids contained in the stomach. On the North side of the Rio Grande, in Texas, it is found that the frequency of MS is at least 10 times higher than on the other side in Mexico. In Texas, the usual diet is Anglo-American, with a heavy emphasis on dairy products. In Mexico, the usual fare is of the Spanish-Mediterranean Milk poor diet. (Olive oil instead of butter).
In South Africa, MS is concentrated in the province of Natal, even though they have plenty of sunlight there. Here again, this is the dairy region. In Australia there seems to be a decided difference in the frequency of MS in different provinces. Here again the pattern fits; it is one of milk production and dairy product consumption.

My work with people with MS indicates undeniably that it responds to the omission of horizontal bed rest and poor sitting posture!

This surely then leads to the conclusion that MS in all probability is caused by progressively longer periods of horizontal bed rest or prolonged bed rest, possibly resulting from an accident or an illness, or as well as poor prolonged sitting posture, in an otherwise susceptible person. High humidity levels also influence the activity of a person and therefore must contribute to the general condition of people living in such conditions.
A questionnaire asking people if they had moved to a low lying coastal or river valley area or even residing in a damp home prior to contracting their illness would reveal some startling data. Another question relating to prolonged bed rest due to an accident or illness prior to first symptoms of MS would, I am sure, produce even more enlightening data. Further more if questioned about their improvements when they occur while in the relapsing remitting stages, I am sure it would be found that a high percentage of people would relate to a dryer time of the year or a holiday abroad, etc. (See MS and Weather)
 
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Re: NEW MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS THEORY
« Reply #1 on: 27/03/2006 01:38:43 »
Andrew..are you ok about providing such precise contact info ? ie: your home address and telephone number  ?

I might start ordering you pizzas  !!
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« Reply #2 on: 27/03/2006 18:25:32 »
Hi Andrew,
The orthodox view is that Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease.

" MS is a type of autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly recognises myelin as 'foreign' and attacks it. This causes the wide variety of symptoms associated with MS and leads to inflammation and nerve fibre loss. "
http://www.mssociety.org.uk/research/research_we_fund/grant_651.html

This is view is supported by MS's association with autoimmune diseases:-
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/111/109882
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« Reply #3 on: 28/03/2006 08:53:18 »
Hi Robert, I am fully aware of the current thinking on Multiple Sclerosis and many other neurological conditions.

The new theory is based upon evidence collected while conducting several pilot studies, which involved tilting a bed. I am also fully aware of how uncooperative the M.S. Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre can be, when faced with compelling evidence.
There are two ways this can be argued. One is to argue on the basis that someone else has written something different so this can't be correct.

The other is to investigate the claims in the new theory, get a few people with multiple sclerosis to sleep on an incline for a year or more and analyse the results, or better still get the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre to Analyse the results in an impartial way and compile an independent report. Then ask a few more people with multiple sclerosis to repeat the pilot study and see if the results can be replicated.

And when you have done this, you are still left with the Health Industry pointing out that all of your results so far could be mass spontaneous remission. So you set up another pilot study involving 3 people with complete spinal cord injuries to sleep on an inclined bed on the off chance that they will also recover function, bowel and bladder control and sensation below the injury point. Even to the point that one of them walks on Carlton Television News after almost 11 years of Paralysis. Then finding that the results could still be ignored under the pretext of this could have happened anyway, you set up a larger study with people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and again begin to see the evidence replicated by people you have not even met in person on the other side of the world.

Which is where I am at present with this theory.


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« Reply #4 on: 28/03/2006 10:26:07 »
It is possible you are onto something with your bed inclination stuff Andrew (do you put head up or down) however your theories about why this is the case are dodgy. Make sure when presenting this idea you just present the data and not the theories behind it, you will be a lot more likely to be taken seriously. If you want help presenting the data I would be happy to do so.

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« Reply #5 on: 28/03/2006 20:15:21 »
Dave, I know exactly what I have nailed here, and take on board your offer of help compiling and presenting the data, and thank you for your kind offer of help, which I may well rely on in the near future.

The theory has been the driving force behind tilting the bed in the first place, and the events I have witnessed helping people with it are unprecedented in the annals of medicine, yet fly in the face of physiology as it is understood and written in the text books.

The only thing wrong with my theory is that it was discovered by someone unimportant.



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« Reply #6 on: 28/03/2006 22:56:10 »
There have been many people who have come up with the right answer for the wrong reasons and vice versa - look a Newton with the corpuscular nature of light, or Maxwell with his little cogs in space, so don't think of it as an insult.

The way that science should happen is that you present your data and possibly a theory, people try and test both, and what survives survives. At the moment there a a lot of very good evedence to show that liquids move around the body by being pumped with the blood, osmosis and various active transport mechanisms. Gravity does play a role but it is very minor.

There are however lots of other reasons why sleeping at an angle could make people healthier, such as if they had difficulty breathing when asleep it may help to open the airway etc.

I would strongly advise just presenting your data, and if the scientific community can't come up with a better explanation then possibly introduce your theory. That way at least you may be able to help a lot more people.

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« Reply #7 on: 07/04/2006 15:44:16 »
Anyone researching therapies for MS should be aware that MS can follow a "relapsing-remitting" pattern. During remission there is a marked recovery, e.g. sufferers can regain the vision they have lost, and the ability to walk. This recovery is due to remyelination which occurs naturally.

If a therapy was used during this remission period it would be possible to wrongly attribute the recovery to the therapy , when in fact it was naturally occuring, and the therapy useless or even harmful.

" CLINICAL COURSE
There are four clinical courses of MS, with the potential for an individual to progress from a less
serious to a more serious course over time:
1. Relapsing-remitting MS: Persons classified as having relapsing-remitting MS experience
clearly defined relapses—episodes of acute worsening of neurologic function—followed
by periods of remission without disease progression. In some cases, people experience a
residual deficit following an attack.
2. Secondary progressive MS: People with secondary progressive MS experience a relapsingremitting
disease course at onset, followed by progression with or without occasional
relapses, minor remissions, and plateaus. Although the disease usually begins with
a relapsing-remitting course, most individuals eventually transition to a progressive
disease course.
3. Progressive-relapsing MS: Persons with progressive-relapsing MS experience progressive
disease from onset, with clear, acute relapses that may or may not resolve with full
recovery. Unlike relapsing-remitting MS, the periods between relapses are characterized
by continuing disease progression.
4. Primary progressive MS: People with primary progressive MS experience a nearly continuous
worsening of disease that, by definition, is not interrupted by distinct relapses.
Some of these individuals do have occasional plateaus and temporary minor improvements.

Health professionals tend to have greater exposure to individuals with the more serious forms
of the disease. Therefore, it is important to note that the majority of individuals with MS do not become severely disabled
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www.nationalmssociety.org/pdf/forpros/BasicFacts.pdf
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« Reply #8 on: 08/04/2006 00:26:07 »
The Two ladies that regained their sight were not relapsing remitting stage M.S., any more than the others were in the pilot study. In fact they had supposedly irreversible optic nerve damage caused though long term progressive multiple sclerosis! Many of the people that recovered a huge amount of function and sensation, were in fact diagnosed with long term progressive M.S. And were therefore ineligible for the ABC drug trials.
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« Reply #9 on: 11/04/2006 02:51:26 »
Dear Andrew,  I am using the incline sleeping position now for about 3 weeks.  I do really like it.  I was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago after having mercury fillings improperly removed from my teeth.  I also was poisoned with dental plastics.  I did chelation for lead, aluminum and arsnic.  I has also chemically sensitive and was auto immune problems with (lupus?)  Parasites, yeast, leakygut.  Allergic to many foods esp sugars and fats.  I have read your theory on ms and have noticed increased autoimmune response when using milk products.  Knuckles swell, much aches and pains.  I am questioning the link of ms with heavy metal poisoning and neurotoxins. (MSG and Aspartane) etc.  I have severe reactions to both of those ingredients.  How does toxins in the fat relate to MS?  I understand the water and fat transmission of energy and the melting point of fat. etc.
 

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HI

Glad to help you with the inclined bed. There is going to be some initial pains and aches, this is because the nervous system is receiving one huge stimulus from gravity and unfortunately there is going to be some discomfort when the nerves begin to fire up again. This usually resolves within a few more weeks. Each time a new gain is observed it is very often observed following a period of unusual pains, explained as shooting pains.

The knuckles swelling may be a result of an initial shift of tissue fluids down to the hands due to the incline, again this should resolve quickly.

Get hold of a dehumidifier and use it in the bedroom with the bed inclined, this hugely accelerates the recovery!

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I recently read (somewhere?) that there is a statistically higher incidence of MS for individuals that had mononucleosis in their youth.  The paper did not suggest that the epstein-barr virus was to blame for the development of MS, but rather that it somehow altered the immune system.  Have you seen any research on this- if so, do you have any comments?
Several acquaintances of mine either have MS or have family members with MS- so I find this whole thread fascinating.


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Hi Bass

Virus is more prevalent in river valley areas and Coastal regions. 2 studies in France, one in the Rhone River Valley revealed a 46% increase above National average. Also, Leslie Munroe, (Found in Open University National Statistics) revealed that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is also 46% higher in the same areas. It comes as no surprise to me that there is a connection between viral infection and the onset of M.S. Possibly Further exacerbated by prolonged periods of bed rest following the infection. There is also a correlation between injury and the onset of M.S. During my research into multiple sclerosis, I sent out a questionnaire asking people what was their worst time of day, where they lived and if they had recently moved prior to the onset of a relapse or recovery, the reports I got back proved a firm link between living in damp climates, working in humid environments, or sustained injury or illness prior to onset of M.S.

I took this scenario further performing an investigation into weather patterns prior to foot and mouth outbreaks in the U.K. and found prolonged unusually wet weather prior to both of the major outbreaks in the U.K. Also got a mention in the Devon Foot and Mouth Enquiry, but as per usual has been dutifully ignored.



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« Reply #13 on: 13/04/2006 10:19:28 »
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/inclined_to_sleep_inclined

The above link takes you to some of the anecdotal data collected on a study which closed when the provider of the message board closed the sites. Even so there are some significant reports from people that simply tilted their beds.



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http://tinyurl.com/afsl8

The above link relates to the inclined bed, and on this page there is a pdf file, download the file and scroll to the bottom to find the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre Independent Report, relating to the first pilot project with people how have M.S.

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Originally posted by hawaiigirl413

 I was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago... auto immune problems with (lupus?)


Hi Hawaiigirl413,
There is a condition called "Lupoid Sclerosis" where a person has Lupus which includes Multiple Sclerosis.
 However people with Lupus can have neurological disorders which resemble MS such as "Cerebral Vasculitis" and "Antiphospholipid antibody Syndrome (APS)", also known as "Hughes Syndrome".

It is very important to ensure which neurological disorder you have as different treatments could be applied,
 e.g. Hughes Syndrome (APS) is readily treatable with inexpensive anti-coagulant treatment.
------------

"  Hughes Syndrome
Could you have been misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis?
 
 Apparently, Hughes Syndrome can easily be mistaken for Multiple Sclerosis. It shares many of the symptoms and as many as 1 in 3 people diagnosed with MS actually have Hughes Syndrome.

Hughes Syndrome is also known as Sticky Blood Syndrome although it's proper title is Antiphospholipid Syndrome (or APS). Discovered by a Dr. Graham Hughes in 1983 while treating patients for the Lupus condition. Sticky Blood can be easily treated with Aspirin, Heparin or Warfarin but, if left untreated it can be fatal. Sticky blood can lead to the formation of blood clots which can cause Thrombosis or Strokes.

The symptoms of Hughes Syndrome can be uncannily like those of MS. They may include: difficulty with walking, foot drop, double-vision, tingling sensations, slurred speech and loss of balance. I don't know about you, but this is ringing some fairly loud alarm bells with me. Like MS, Hughes Syndrome is an autoimmune deficiency and it's cause is unknown.

Read the MS Resource Centre's article or visit the Hughes Syndrome Foundation Website.

My thanks to the Lady from Port Macquarie in New South Wales for bringing this item to my attention. She would like to see all possible MS diagnosis patients automatically tested for Hughes Syndrome. I promised I would include a piece on the subject and here it is, admittedly short and sweet, but here all the same. "
http://www.mymultiplesclerosis.co.uk/hughes-syndrome.html
 
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has anyone heard that the darker your skin the color the more myelin you have on your axons thus creating quicker reactions from the central nervous system, which allows better explosive movement such as jumping by people of color?  My old coach who has his phd in excercise science said that one of his grad school professors had said this but i have been unable to find any written sources of this?

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has anyone heard that the darker your skin the color the more myelin you have on your axons thus creating quicker reactions from the central nervous system, which allows better explosive movement such as jumping by people of color?  My old coach who has his phd in excercise science said that one of his grad school professors had said this but i have been unable to find any written sources of this?

steve durkee



Hi Steve,
you may be confusing myelin with melanin.

"melanin : a substance that gives the skin its color (also called pigment).
melanocytes : cells present in the epidermis that produce melanin (skin pigment)."
http://www.luhs.org/health/topics/skin/glossary.htm

"Myelin: The fatty substance that covers and protects nerves. Myelin is a layered tissue that sheathes the axons (nerve fibers). This sheath around the axon acts like a conduit in an electrical system, ensuring that messages sent by axons are not lost en route. It allows efficient conduction of action potentials down the axon. Myelin consists of 70% lipids (cholesterol and phospholipid) and 30% proteins. It is produced by oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system. "
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Anyone researching therapies for MS should be aware that MS can follow a "relapsing-remitting" pattern. During remission there is a marked recovery, e.g. sufferers can regain the vision they have lost, and the ability to walk. This recovery is due to remyelination which occurs naturally.
If a therapy was used during this remission period it would be possible to wrongly attribute the recovery to the therapy , when in fact it was naturally occuring, and the therapy useless or even harmful.



Here is some evidence to support my statement above:-

" Remyelination of dorsal column axons by endogenous Schwann cells restores the normal pattern of Nav1.6 and Kv1.2 at nodes of Ranvier.
summary: This paper shows that demyelination can be repaired by remyelination in both humans and rodents, and even within the central nervous system remyelination can be achieved by endogenous and/or exogenous Schwann cells, the myelinating cells of the peripheral nervous system.

Authors: Black JA, Waxman SG, Smith KJ

source: Brain. 2006 May;129(Pt 5):1319-1329. Epub 2006 Mar 14."
http://www.msif.org/en/research/research_news/dorsal_column.html

 
 
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« Reply #19 on: 27/04/2006 07:40:28 »
Hi Robert

Would you be trying to imply that these results were a fluke and would have happened anyway?

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Andrew
I recently read (somewhere?) that there is a statistically higher incidence of MS for individuals that had mononucleosis in their youth.  The paper did not suggest that the epstein-barr virus was to blame for the development of MS, but rather that it somehow altered the immune system.  Have you seen any research on this- if so, do you have any comments?
Several acquaintances of mine either have MS or have family members with MS- so I find this whole thread fascinating.




" Epstein-Barr Virus and Multiple Sclerosis
Evidence of Association From a Prospective Study With Long-term Follow-up

Gerald N. DeLorenze, PhD; Kassandra L. Munger, MSc; Evelyn T. Lennette, PhD; Norman Orentreich, MD; Joseph H. Vogelman, DEE; Alberto Ascherio, MD, DrPH


Arch Neurol. 2006;63:(doi:10.1001/archneur.63.6.noc50328).

ABSTRACT  

Objective  To determine whether serum titers of anti–Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) antibodies are elevated in blood specimens collected up to 30 years prior to onset of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Methods  Individuals with MS were identified among members of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California health plan who participated in the multiphasic examinations administered between 1965 and 1974. Stored serum samples were used to compare anti-EBV antibody titers in 42 individuals who developed MS with age-matched and sex-matched controls.

Results  The geometric mean titers of antibodies to the Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen (EBNA) complex and its component EBNA-1 were significantly higher in the MS cases when compared with matched controls. The relative risk of MS associated with a 4-fold increase in antibody titers was 2.1 (95% confidence interval, 1.1-3.8) for the EBNA complex and 1.8 (95% confidence interval, 1.1-2.9) for EBNA-1. Elevations of antibody titers to the EBNA complex and EBNA-1 among MS cases first occurred between 15 to 20 years before the onset of symptoms and persisted thereafter.

Conclusion  The elevation of anti-EBV titers is probably an early event in the pathogenesis of MS and is unlikely to be the result of an aspecific immune dysregulation.

Published online April 10, 2006. "
http://archneur.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/63.6.noc50328

So their suggestion is that Epstein-Barr is a "viral trigger" for the development of MS.
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Originally posted by iko

The old cod liver oil could help restoring immune balance, but it  would probably take some time (several months).
I wasn't able to find clinical results about vitamin A,D and omega-3 (the main components of cod liver oil)in MS...but I'll go on surfing PubMed!



MS is autoimmune inflammation.
Cod liver oil does have mild anti-inflammatory properties:
IIRC one cod liver oil capsule is only equivalent to about 1/4 of a standard (200mg) Ibuprofen tablet.
The fats in Cod liver oil may assist remyelination in people with MS, (myelin is mostly fat).
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« Reply #22 on: 29/07/2007 16:29:52 »
A recent study by a team from the University of Southern California is suggesting that UV rays from the Sun may boost the vit D levels.

This may alter the cells immune response making it up to 40% of a lesser chance at developing MS.

That is from the latest research published in the journal Neurology and that I have been reading a bit about on the BBC web site only today.

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"The implication here is, as you suggest, that something important in the environment is playing a role."

Maybe its vitamin D!


Perhaps that is why at either end of the summer, lesser UV months, there is a greater incidence of relapses



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« Reply #23 on: 01/08/2007 06:46:31 »
Or maybe when the sun goes in, it's generally damp or raining and in river valley areas or low lying coastal areas where the mist hangs often well into the day the humidity in these areas is 90% compared to 50% which is a healthy environment. Think they are barking up the wrong tree as per usual.

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« Reply #24 on: 19/01/2009 10:12:12 »
http://jnnp.bmj.com/cgi/rapidpdf/jnnp.2008.157164v1.pdf
Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in patients with multiple sclerosis
Paolo Zamboni 1*, Roberto Galeotti 1, Erica Menegatti 1, Anna M Malagoni 1, Giovanna Tacconi 1, Sergio Dall'ara 1, Ilaria Bartolomei 2 and Fabrizio Salvi 2

1 Vascular Diseases Center, University of Ferrara, Italy
2 Neurology, Bellaria Hospital, Bologna, Italy

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Background: The extracranial venous outflow routes in clinically defined multiple sclerosis (CDMS) have never been investigated.

Methods: Sixty-five patients affected by CDMS, and 235 controls composed, respectively, of healthy subjects, healthy subjects older than CDMS patients, patients affected by other neurological diseases, and older controls not affected by neurological diseases but scheduled for venography (HAV-C), blindly underwent a combined transcranial and extracranial Color-Doppler high-resolution examination (TCCS-ECD) aimed at detecting at least two of five parameters of anomalous venous outflow. According to the TCCS-ECD screening, patients and HAV-C further underwent selective venography of the azygous and jugular venous system with venous pressure measurement.

Results: CDMS and TCCS-ECD venous outflow anomalies were dramatically associated (OR 43, 95% CI 29-65, p<0.0001). Subsequently, venography demonstrated in CDMS, and not in controls, the presence of multiple severe extracranial stenosis, affecting the principal cerebrospinal venous segments; it configures a picture of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) with four different patterns of distribution of stenosis and substitute circle. Moreover, relapsing-remitting and secondary progressive courses were associated to CCSVI patterns significantly different from those of primary progressive (p<0.0001). Finally, the pressure gradient measured across the venous stenosies was slightly but significantly higher.

Conclusion: CDMS is strongly associated with CCSVI, a picture never been described so far, characterized by abnormal venous haemodynamics determined by extracranial multiple venous strictures of unknown origin. The location of venous obstructions plays a key role in determining the clinical course of the disease.

This paper is very exciting for myself and people with multiple sclerosis.

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/271074.html here is another doctor who is convinced that MS is caused or at least contributed to by fluctuations in venous pressure. Franz Alfons Schelling, MD

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« Reply #25 on: 27/01/2009 11:21:31 »
Back in 1995, The theory predicted MS was likely to respond to Inclined Bed Therapy based on the feedback from a simple questionnaire asking about environmental factors, including where a person was living when first diagnosed. Low laying river valley areas and coastal areas, or places where mist hung over long after other areas where cleared revealed a surprising correlation with humidity.  Localised humidity was also included in the questionnaire to reveal if a problem with in house damp, mould were a problem for people with MS. Things like taking a hot shower could trigger a relapse. Drying washing indoors on clotheshorse or worse radiators was also surprisingly commonplace. Having a kitchen or bathroom upstairs for instance and sleeping accommodation downstairs where heavy water laden air could move down stairs to the bedroom was another worthy consideration and poor ventilation together with double glazing added to humidity. Hence a dehumidifier in such places was recommended together with an inclined bed. Pauline, the lady mentioned previously who regained her sight confirmed this connection with humidity by noting a dropped foot problem would be gone in the morning when a dehumidifier was used and back again on a morning when it was not used and the weather was damp or humid.

Alun, who has provided us with excellent pictures showing how his varicose veins have and are still improving using IBT may not seem relevant to people with multiple sclerosis, without reading carefully the study in the PDF file from my previous post.

Within that file you will see a correlation with a swollen twisted / kinked vein next to the spine shown clearly in the pictures provided in the file.

I still maintain that MS is a circulation problem and now we for the first time have evidence that corroborates this theory and more to the point shows why so many people with multiple sclerosis found huge benefits from sleeping on a slope rather than sleeping flat.

Copy and print both the pdf file and the following file and read carefully. Here you will see the true picture of why sleeping flat is not only causing varicose veins to swell and oedema to form but causing the veins inside the body to swell and twist. Change the pressures inside the veins and you have a good chance of substantial recovery from MS and many other neurological and non-neurological medical conditions.
I have been saying this for far too long now. It is about time something was done to make this available to people who need to regain a decent quality of life.
http://curezone.com/upload/Members/New02/Andrew_K_Fletcher/RAISED_BED_SURVEY.rtf


http://jnnp.bmj.com/cgi/rapidpdf/jnnp.2008.157164v1.pdf
Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in patients with multiple sclerosis
Paolo Zamboni 1*, Roberto Galeotti 1, Erica Menegatti 1, Anna M Malagoni 1, Giovanna Tacconi 1, Sergio Dall'ara 1, Ilaria Bartolomei 2 and Fabrizio Salvi 2

1 Vascular Diseases Center, University of Ferrara, Italy
2 Neurology, Bellaria Hospital, Bologna, Italy

Accepted 10 November 2008


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Background: The extracranial venous outflow routes in clinically defined multiple sclerosis (CDMS) have never been investigated.

Methods: Sixty-five patients affected by CDMS, and 235 controls composed, respectively, of healthy subjects, healthy subjects older than CDMS patients, patients affected by other neurological diseases, and older controls not affected by neurological diseases but scheduled for venography (HAV-C), blindly underwent a combined transcranial and extracranial Color-Doppler high-resolution examination (TCCS-ECD) aimed at detecting at least two of five parameters of anomalous venous outflow. According to the TCCS-ECD screening, patients and HAV-C further underwent selective venography of the azygous and jugular venous system with venous pressure measurement.

Results: CDMS and TCCS-ECD venous outflow anomalies were dramatically associated (OR 43, 95% CI 29-65, p<0.0001). Subsequently, venography demonstrated in CDMS, and not in controls, the presence of multiple severe extracranial stenosis, affecting the principal cerebrospinal venous segments; it configures a picture of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) with four different patterns of distribution of stenosis and substitute circle. Moreover, relapsing-remitting and secondary progressive courses were associated to CCSVI patterns significantly different from those of primary progressive (p<0.0001). Finally, the pressure gradient measured across the venous stenosies was slightly but significantly higher.

Conclusion: CDMS is strongly associated with CCSVI, a picture never been described so far, characterized by abnormal venous haemodynamics determined by extracranial multiple venous strictures of unknown origin. The location of venous obstructions plays a key role in determining the clinical course of the disease.

This paper is very exciting for myself and people with multiple sclerosis.

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/271074.html here is another doctor who is convinced that MS is caused or at least contributed to by fluctuations in venous pressure. Franz Alfons Schelling, MD


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« Reply #26 on: 21/02/2009 18:33:43 »
Dear Mr Fletcher, thank you so much for raising my bed. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis twenty six years ago and have been paralysed many times.

Before raising my bed (April 96)

1.   I had muscle spasm in my legs, especially in the morning and at night.
2.   I had problems walking with weakness in my right leg. I was shaky and needed a stick.
3.   I had a muscle weakness in my left eye.
4.   I had a painful lump on my calf muscle which was growing, an orthopaedic condition (osteochondrmatosis which results in oedema). I had difficulty with my ankle and on-going physiotherapy was essential.
5.   I was suffering weight loss.
6.   I had asthma and used inhalers.
7.   I had bad sinusitis and needed physiotherapy and inhalers.

Since raising my bed

1.   I no longer get muscle spasm in my legs.
2.   My walking is much improved. I do not use my stick anymore.
3.   The eye weakness is much improved. It only ‘wanders’ when I am very tired.
4.   The lump has shrunk to a small flat area; there is no pain, just a feeling of slight pressure. Physiotherapy is no longer required.
5.   My weight has increased by over half a stone
6.   The asthma is much improved-the inhaler was only needed a couple of times this summer for high pollen count level.
7.   My sinusitis is much improved and less painful. Physiotherapy is no longer needed and I only occasionally use an inhaler.

I do not have the exhaustion, I feel more energetic and less tired. My ms is more stable; one day is more like the next and not so erratic. Raising my bed has brought positive results and continues to do so. I feel stronger as the months go by.

Further letter:

I forgot to mention the following information in my letter, concerning my improvement since raising my bed.
   My balance has improved, I have had no relapses and my hair is in better condition and there is more of it!!.

My bladder control is much better, particularly at night. This is a real bonus!

Other people including nurses. Medics and friends, have remarked how much better I am.
They are amazed that my MS stayed stable when a painful operation without any anaesthetic (at my own request) to help keep my ms stable.
Everyone I amazed at the absence of my stick.

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« Reply #27 on: 06/03/2009 09:03:23 »
Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT) works far better when the whole bed is tilted from head to toe. Pillows will help but to experience a real shot in the arm the five degree angle has produced phenomenal results with people who have both relapsing remitting ms and primary and secondary progressive ms, the latter obviously takes longer to begin to show signs of recovery.

As suggested I made contact with a lady with ms, who has been using IBT for 11 years now, she has remained virtually symptom free for all of this time and the only symptoms she has experienced over this time has been the odd bout of optic neuritis, which promptly clears 100% in days.

I also learned that for the last 2 years she has been experimenting with the angle of the bed and lowered it to 4 inches and has not had any relapses during sleeping at the lower angle which is very interesting and indicates that some curative repairs have helped to maintain her circulation. I will ask her if she come to the forum and share her experiences with all of us as I am sure we will all find what she has to say to be fascinating.  A month ago, I saw another lady with ms in a shop that had trouble walking when we first met and depended on her cane for support. She did not see my wife and I as I observed her walking without the stick up and down stairs.

I know this all sounds too simple to be of any use, heaven knows, I’ve heard it said enough over the years, yet the 2% of people who test the therapy for themselves have found vast improvements and stability over many years.

There will of course be the exceptional case, where neurological damage has been occurring over many years that may not respond fully, but everyone should to some degree gain significant relief from symptoms using IBT.

It has often been suggested that IBT is of little use because I have no medical qualifications, and indeed Sarah has asked this same question.

This research began when working on an irrigation project, trying to solve an age old problem of salt soil build up in arid areas, due to high evaporation. This salt crust on the surface of the soil led to a question as to what the trees were doing with these salts as wherever trees were present, the salt on the soil was not. That was the beginning over fifteen years ago, that led to not only solving how trees raise water to great heights by using gravity rather than struggling against it, but led to a big question about our own physiology and how we too use gravity to assist circulation rather than struggling against it as erroneously believed in the annals of medical literature.

IBT was born out of a curiosity as to what if anything would happen if we abandoned sleeping flat, a practice the whole human population does without question and without any scientifically controlled study to test it’s efficacy.

Within 4 weeks 2 people who had varicose veins, my wife being the first and a nurse called Stephanie the second case both revealed that the pressure inside the veins had reduced causing the swollen veins to become normal veins. My wife had hers for 16 years following the birth of our eldest son. So a spontaneous recovery in 2 out of 2 cases looked highly unlikely. But I needed more and more cases in order to prove one way or another that gravity was indeed a beneficial influence on the circulation of all living organisms. So my mum eventually tilted her bed along with a few more people and at the time, I was focused on varicose veins only, but then several people with varicose veins who also had oedema (tissue fluid retention in lower limbs) began to report that the oedema was dramatically vanishing as the veins become less swollen. And this to me at least was a logical observation as the oedema was caused because the pressure inside the veins and the lymphatic system was greater than the pressure inside the skin and muscle tissue so migration of fluids should follow the path of least resistance, just like a stream follows the path to the ocean.

But when my mother called after 4 weeks of IBT to inform me that not only had her veins and oedema improved but that she, unbeknown to me had suffered for 10 years of being unable to move her toes and ankle and was saying she could now move them and was doing so while on the phone, left me intrigued as to why the nervous system should be responding along with the main circulation. A week or so later she called again to say that sensitivity on the same leg had returned.

Now, I needed to understand more about human and animal physiology so embarked on a huge absorption of information from books, nursing manuals, physiology books, medical history books to find a neurological condition that might respond to IBT based only on my mothers initial reporting. MS looked a likely candidate, so I asked friends in Paignton if they knew anyone who had MS. Again logical to me at least. The local cake shop told me of a man called Roger Kirk who has possibly the worst case of MS they knew of and could certainly use some help as he was in a bad way and had been in a wheelchair for many years. When I made an appointment to see Roger after explaining exactly what I’ve just shared with you here, he instantly understood that I was not some barmy escapee from the local asylum because like myself he had an engineering background. After our initial meeting Roger agreed to sleep on a slope to see what if anything would happen. Well, glad to say it did happen and Roger and I became great friends for many years and I visited him regularly to learn of more and more subtle improvements and some set backs that appeared to be humidity related.

Roger came with me to give a lecture at the local MS Society Chapter in Kingskerswell. The lecture was at a hall in Kingsteignton and formed a small part of their usual meeting. Nevertheless a very small group of people with ms did take notice, while the vast majority of people exercised their right to remain ignorant.

The small group of open minded people with ms no longer attended the meetings and gradually over the months kept feeding me reports of often unprecedented improvements, reflecting Roger’s  reports to perfection. I was so excited for everyone that I contacted two MS charities and arranged a meeting to inform them about what was happening to these people in Devon. I paid for myself and 2 others to travel to meet the MS Society, who said a doctor and researchers would be there to hear what we had to say. On arrival no one knew we were coming and the only person there who could hear us was a telephonist who had little knowledge of human physiology.

Off to the next charity in Essex. The Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre to meet John Simkins and his associate. This proved more fruitful and we were told that they were not surprised that the MS Society had failed us. And to not worry as they would take on board these impressive findings and would help us in any way they could, eventually agreeing to provide an independent assessment of the small group of people with ms who had taken part in the pilot ms study.

This report was titled: Raised Bed Survey http://curezone.com/upload/Members/New02/Andrew_K_Fletcher/RAISED_BED_SURVEY.rtf
   

This eventually involving me being granted access to the Torbay Hospital Medical Research database, where I spent many hours researching looking for clues about ms and finding links to other medical conditions that might respond also to IBT. This was long before I knew there was an Internet back in 1995. Here I learned more about MS and Parkinson’s Disease.

Nothing much happened with the medical profession or the charities that had promised so much. In fact, I have been let down by so many people working in the health industry and charity world that I have lost count. So many promises broken I have little respect left for the majority of people that have the plaques on the wall and the white coats, whose get out clause was: “It could have happened anyway due to the unpredictability of multiple sclerosis”. But there are a few people who remain friends and who too struggle against the people who prefer the status quo, rather than rocking the boat to advance our understanding of science. I have won the support of professors, doctors, surgeons, nurses and scientists around the world and not because I have a degree but because I have discovered and specialised in something that is worth investigating for 15 years and never given up, continuing only because it is the right thing to do!

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« Reply #29 on: 06/03/2009 23:43:28 »
Is there anything that IBT doesn't work for?

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« Reply #30 on: 07/03/2009 14:06:01 »
Thanks for the question.

Cancer: Having been unable to help Dad. I guess it's fair to say IBT won't help people by preventing cancer from spreading. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. Not had much success with halting this illness, although to be fair only 2 people in the advanced stage of the illness have reported back to me. Some cases of progressive multiple sclerosis are very slow to respond also. And although spinal cord injury has been shown to be reversible to some degree a full recovery from spinal cord injury after 2 years post injury is unlikely. Though a huge amount of recovery is possible and has been reported by many people with both complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries. Dikul, The Russian Trapeze artist who fell and became paralysed made a complete recovery after being told he could never walk again. He went on to become the strongest man in the World by using an exercise regimen involving repetitive exercise using a sloping bench for push ups over many hours, often falling asleep on the sloping bench. His first job following some recovery was riding a motorcycle around the inside of a giant tube, known as the wall of death. I have postulated on the possibility of a centrifugal force being used to improve the outcome of spinal cord injury further. Who knows, in a few years time when the implications for this research are fully realised we may see a centrifuge used for spinal cord injury recovery.

Immortality is not going to happen using IBT in the foreseeable future. We will still get older, but I suspect based on the many reports I have already received that the ageing process may be slowed down by at least ten years using IBT. Not enough figures to substantiate this and not enough years of research yet either. But in the fifteen years I have researched this, a large number of people have stated they feel 10 years or more younger using it. Wrinkles also appear less and the face is less puffy and distorted as it is waking from a flat bed. Muscular atrophy is reversed using IBT and bone loss arrested. The stooped posture common in the elderly is also corrected due to the slight traction on the spine each night. This is also backed up by many published papers where muscular atrophy and bone loss among other adverse reactions have been observed using both flat bed rest and head down bed rest as a model.

An eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa, or RP, a condition that affects the cones at the back of the eye did not respond to IBT, although many other benefits from the inclined bed were felt by a man who was totally blind (rare), he did not regain his sight.

Yet Several other people with multiple sclerosis who were also registered blind through supposedly irreversible optic nerve damage did recover their sight and go on to being able to function without glasses. One lady in particular is now able to drive a vehicle without glasses.

Male Baldness. Although it has to some degree slowed it down and in some cases encouraged hairs to continue to grow without falling out. Pubic hair needs to be cut as I have mentioned before.

Cystic fibrosis. No luck with two children who have this condition, sorry to say.

There may be more conditions that IBT does not help.


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« Reply #31 on: 16/03/2009 13:06:42 »
Exciting new paper indicating circulation problem rather than disease in MS.
Professor Zamboni Titled: Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in patients with multiple sclerosis showing swollen veins in 100% of patients with ms.


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As a result of his painstaking, well-documented investigations, Fog was led to postulate two revolutionary theses -- which unfortunately went almost unnoticed:

    * The changes in the central nervous system may be the result of disturbances of circulation, especially in the venous drainage, these disturbances may be intermittent and of varying degree.
    * The hypertrophy, i.e. excessive development of fibrous connective tissue, about the major plaque veins is somehow related to the pressure changes within the chest (47,48).

In 1955 Lumsden had stated that "[from the available evidence] it does not follow that the agency [causing multiple sclerosis] is necessarily a living or even a chemical one". Instead, he suggested that vascular pressure was the condition's effective cause, since not only the way its lesions extended, but also their shapes, appeared determined by such mechanical factors as stress lines and pressure forces (69).
Later, after having realized the significance of Dawson's and Fog's (although, apparently, not of Schlesingers) observations on cerebral multiple sclerosis, Lumsden explicitly noted that its lesions were related to "the deep venous drainage of the white matter", i.e. to affluents of the straight sinus. Aware of the fact that the plaque-vein relationship actually constituted "a fundamental or even the dominant principle of the process of multiple sclerosis", Lumsden anticipated that the problems relating to its development would possibly be solved when "more is known about the relative venous pressures in these regions" (71).
Irrespective of these insights, since the 1970's no headway has been made towards a better understanding of the relationships between local venous pressures and specific plaque developments. But Lumsden's and Fog's notes may be taken to spotlight the legitimacy and urgency of the attempt at clarifying the injurious potential of venous back-jets selectively burdening, in particular, the deep system of venous drainage of the brain.
Interesting discussion
http://www.thisisms.com/ftopict-6488-zamboni.html

http://jnnp.bmj.com/cgi/rapidpdf/jnnp.2008.157164v1 Download Zamboni’s paper and examine the x-ray plates. Better still print it off and read it several times at your leasure, it is well worth it.
Venous insufficiency and spinal cord injury are very common. Haemorrhoids, varicose veins and oedema are evidence of venous insufficiency. What happens to the cerebrovascular network following spinal cord injury?



http://www.bentham.org/cnr/openacces...r4-4/004AG.pdf
Intracranial Venous Haemodynamics in Multiple Sclerosis
Paolo Zamboni1,*, Erica Menegatti1, Ilaria Bartolomei2, Roberto Galeotti1, Anna Maria Malagoni1, Giovanna
Tacconi1 and Fabrizio Salvi2
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Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in patients with multiple sclerosis
Paolo Zamboni 1*, Roberto Galeotti 1, Erica Menegatti 1, Anna M Malagoni 1, Giovanna Tacconi 1, Sergio Dall'ara 1, Ilaria Bartolomei 2 and Fabrizio Salvi 2

1 Vascular Diseases Center, University of Ferrara, Italy
2 Neurology, Bellaria Hospital, Bologna, Italy

Accepted 10 November 2008


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Background: The extracranial venous outflow routes in clinically defined multiple sclerosis (CDMS) have never been investigated.

Methods: Sixty-five patients affected by CDMS, and 235 controls composed, respectively, of healthy subjects, healthy subjects older than CDMS patients, patients affected by other neurological diseases, and older controls not affected by neurological diseases but scheduled for venography (HAV-C), blindly underwent a combined transcranial and extracranial Color-Doppler high-resolution examination (TCCS-ECD) aimed at detecting at least two of five parameters of anomalous venous outflow. According to the TCCS-ECD screening, patients and HAV-C further underwent selective venography of the azygous and jugular venous system with venous pressure measurement.

Results: CDMS and TCCS-ECD venous outflow anomalies were dramatically associated (OR 43, 95% CI 29-65, p<0.0001). Subsequently, venography demonstrated in CDMS, and not in controls, the presence of multiple severe extracranial stenosis, affecting the principal cerebrospinal venous segments; it configures a picture of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) with four different patterns of distribution of stenosis and substitute circle. Moreover, relapsing-remitting and secondary progressive courses were associated to CCSVI patterns significantly different from those of primary progressive (p<0.0001). Finally, the pressure gradient measured across the venous stenosies was slightly but significantly higher.

Conclusion: CDMS is strongly associated with CCSVI, a picture never been described so far, characterized by abnormal venous haemodynamics determined by extracranial multiple venous strictures of unknown origin. The location of venous obstructions plays a key role in determining the clinical course of the disease.

This paper is very exciting for myself and people with multiple sclerosis.

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/271074.html here is another doctor who is convinced that MS is caused or at least contributed to by fluctuations in venous pressure. Franz Alfons Schelling, MD


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Good News! I'm Finally Getting Good Results.Monday, 14-Jun-1999 13:46:10Message:205.188.195.53 writes:I've been doing the inclined bed since January. I've had M.S. for over 20 years -diagnosed in 1986 as relapsing-remitting M.S. Two years ago, I had a serious attack and ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks paralyzed from the waist down-no feeling and no motion. After a couple of months of steroids and other drugs, I became able to walk first with a walker and then with a cane very short distances.I was still left with lots of fatique, weak legs, balance problems, painful pins and needles in the legs and feet, abdominal muscle spasms, incontinance, and sleepless nights. My diagnosis became secondary progressive M.S.I decided to get off all drugs(much to my neurolist's dismay).I then found Betty Iams on the computer and began her regimen of strict diet, exercise, supplements, meditation, and I've added acupuncture. It feels great to be in control. This is a lifetime regimen for me. I'd been coasting along not getting better, but not getting worse when I read about the inclined bed. I decided to try it-what could I lose? Right away, the painful abdominal muscle spasms started to subside and sleep became somewhat better. Then nothing happened. Then I started getting worse. I decided to give up the inclined bed -this after 3 months. One problem, however-I can't sleep on a flat bed anymore! Andrew wrote for me to hang in there that it was expected that I get worse before I get better. Everyday I waited. Then like Andrew said, I started getting better and better. This past month has been amazing! I even walked up and down a flight of stairs with my cane unaided. Fatigue has gone, the abdominal muscle spasms have gone, t he painful pins and needles are subsiding, leg strength is getting better so that I can walk greater distances, and balance is much better. I still have incontinance and sleep problems, but given time, I know those problems will be gone, too. One very interesting thing happened with my eyes recently. I'm very nearsighted and had my prescription for my contacts checked 3 months ago. Last week, I went back to the eye doctor's complaining that I just couldn't see. He checked my eyes again and much to his amazement, he found that they had improved greatly since my check-up 3 months ago!I wrote Andrew about this happening and he feels that sleeping on an inclined bed can help the optic nerve to regenerate and repair the damage of long term M.S.Let me encourage anyone who is trying the inclined bed to stick with it and don't think it won't work. I'm proof it can. My whole family and I are so grateful to Andrew Fletcher. Liz SteinbrueckLiz Steinbrueck


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The genetic factor in MS
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Those of you who know my family MS history know that my mother had her first MS episode when I was seventeen years old and was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting MS a few years later. She has spent the last 35 years in a wheelchair. Mother is now 80 years old and has resided in a nursing home for the past 12+ years. I was diagnosed at the age of 58 with primary progressive MS, and my youngest brother was diagnosed in his early 40's.

I have a daughter who by her choice has not been part of my life for a number of years. I had not heard from her in 12 years and had no idea where she was or how to contact her until a few weeks ago. She contacted me because she was being evaluated for MS and wanted to know the details about her grandmother's MS. She was shocked to learn that I now have it also.

She has now been diagnosed with relapsing/remitting MS. It was a tremendous blow to me as well as, of course, it was to her. She was very fortunate in finding a very well-informed neurologist. He is the first neurologist I have heard of who recommended the exact same approach as the program I follow and recommend.

In addition, several important things he pointed out to her I would like to share with you.

No. 1 ATTITUDE and SELF-TALK: He told her that her attitude and her self-talk formed the foundation of her wellness program. He stressed that her biggest enemy is the fear factor. He pointed out that many, many people live long, healthy, active lives with MS, and that her best chance of doing that was to not let a fear of what might happen enter into her thoughts or the words she says.

No. 2 MS IS NOT A DISEASE BUT RATHER A WAY OF LIFE: He encouraged her to never think of MS as a disease or illness, but to always look at it as a way of life.

I am making an effort to get this young neurologist to write something for my newsletter. The diet suggestions he gave my daughter are identical to those I recommend, together with stress reduction, avoiding fatigue, avoiding activities in the summer when it is hot, etc.

I frequently hear people with MS down-play the genetic factor because no one else in their family has MS. They totally miss the point. It doesn't matter nearly so much what went before in your family as it does the children of the person with MS. No one in my mother's family prior to her had ever had MS, but now there are four of us.

The approximate numbers are these: In the general population approximately 1 in 1000 in the US get MS. If a parent has it the numbers are approximately 1 in 50. If a sibling has it the numbers are approximately 1 in 25.

Had my daughter been in touch with me in the years since my diagnosis I would have recognized her early signs years ago. Actually she has had it longer than I have. It has taken 10 years for her exacerbations to become severe enough for a diagnosis. My son is much aware of the familial predisposition in our family, and takes the exact same nutritional supplements I do. It seems to me that if such a program helps me stay ahead of MS, it should help to minimize his chances of developing it.

What does all this mean for you. If you are a parent and you have MS, your children of any age are at a higher than average risk to develop it also. You don't tell this to young children of course, but when they are at an age to handle it, they should be made aware of their risk. It is also important that they not live in fear of developing MS, or any other physical challenge which has a genetic factor. We all came into this life with genetic predispositions. Most of the time we do not develop whatever that predisposition might lead to. That is the important message to tell sons, daughters and siblings of the person who has multiple sclerosis.

To date we do not know what the genetic factor is that predisposes one to MS. It is generally called a familial predisposition, much like those of heart disease, some cancers (like breast cancer in women), arthritis and Alzheimer's.

It is my hope that in my and my daughter's lifetime the genetic factor will be discovered so that we may have a chance of defeating it in coming generations. At the present time it is not only proliferating and becoming more prevalent, but more and more men are getting MS. 25 years ago 2 out of every 3 people with MS were women. Today it is just about 50% each men and women.



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If you are not participating in the Andrew Fletcher study, why not? It is free, involves no drugs, diet or nutritional supplements, does not cost anything, and you have absolutely nothing to lose. We are far enough into the study now to be seeing many positive results. If you are not participating, here is how you get started.

Send an e-mail to: Andrew Fletcher mailto:Old Email Address removed and ask for specifics of the program. Andrew will e-mail them to you. Then you simply raise the head of your bed six inches higher than the foot, and send simple e-mail reports to Andrew from time to time reporting what changes you experience. Some have minor discomforts the first few days, but most do not report any discomfort at all. An immediate positive result is not having to get up several times each night. Most sleep all through the night, or just get up one time.

There is also a message board where you may read the results and comments of others. All of us need to use the message board to report our results from time to time so others can benefit from our experience. You may post anonymously if you prefer.

Here is the URL of the INCLINED TO SLEEP INCLINED message board:

http://www.insidetheweb.com/mbs.cgi/mb405491

I had my daughter immediately raise the head of her bed when she learned she has MS last week, and she had an immediate reduction in the severity of the numbness and tingling in her legs and feet. She reported that to her neurologist and he said there is much scientific evidence to indicate that the human body is designed to function vertically and not horizontally. He said he is recommending inclined sleep for all his patients.

I know that hundreds of subscribers to this newsletter are not participating in this study. I must repeat, if you are not sleeping inclined, why not? If you are participating and not sending in regular reports to Andrew, please do so. We can only get the attention of the allopathic medical world by having well-documented data. Please send Andrew your reports at the suggested intervals, even if you just write him two or three sentences. Every little bit helps.

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Tilt your bed for a really healing sleep... Daily Mail, Tuesday, November 4,1997

Vital steps: Roger Kirk can now stand up to MS

SIMPLY raising the head of your bed by Gin, so that you sleep at an angle, could improve your health dramatically, according to an inventor who has spent four years researching and proving his theory.
It is based on the idea that by sleeping in a completely flat position, we are Ignoring the very force that powers our vital functions — gravity.
Andrew Fletcher, an engineer from Paignton in Devon, worked out that by lying flat, the circulation and the metabolic rate is slowed right down. By raising the head of the bed, and continuing gravity's natural pull, fluids are drained down through the body.
He says: 'Putting the body at an angle of at least five degrees simply allows it to work as it was designed to.'
The inventor, his wife and two children have been sleeping on angled beds for two and half years. During this time, Andrew discovered that while the heart and circulation rate drops, the metabolic rate increases, producing additional warmth, particularly in the feet and hands.
Over the last three years, he has conducted trials involving around 400 volunteers, with ailments ranging from spinal cord injuries to varicose veins. The results are said to have been 'astounding' with almost all volunteers having achieved improvement in their symptoms.
One 12-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who had been in a wheelchair all her life, is now, after 18 months of 'angled bed therapy', taking her pet terrier for walks. Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London, has asked her parents for details of the trials.
However, Andrew Fletcher says: 'I am confident that angled sleep will alleviate all kinds of health problems.' •

The high point came on October 12 this year, when I took two steps — without even thinking.'
The Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre has published a report based on the angled bed survey, which says: 'There is good reason for further investigation.'
But Dr Derek Gay, who has been researching the effects of MS on the brain for the last ten years, says: "The biochemistry and physiology of the human body is extremely sophisticated and isn't likely to be influenced by crude factors such as gravity.'

Roger Kirk, a former design engineer, has had MS for 33 years and has been wheelchair-bound for eight. Roger, 51, who lives in Stoke Gabriel, Devon, was approached by Andrew Fletcher in October 1995.
'My first night sleeping at an angle was uncomfortable and I woke with a headache,' he says. 'But within a week, I was feeling quite different. The muscle and joint pains which normally plague me were greatly lessened and I felt more relaxed.
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« Reply #43 on: 03/05/2009 19:58:59 »
Science is continually evolving. Nothing is set in stone. Question everything and everyone. Always consider vested interests as a reason for miss-direction. But most of all explore and find answers that you are comfortable with

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Science is continually evolving. Nothing is set in stone. Question everything and everyone. Always consider vested interests as a reason for miss-direction. But most of all explore and find answers that you are comfortable with

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Science is continually evolving. Nothing is set in stone. Question everything and everyone. Always consider vested interests as a reason for miss-direction. But most of all explore and find answers that you are comfortable with

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Science is continually evolving. Nothing is set in stone. Question everything and everyone. Always consider vested interests as a reason for miss-direction. But most of all explore and find answers that you are comfortable with

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Science is continually evolving. Nothing is set in stone. Question everything and everyone. Always consider vested interests as a reason for miss-direction. But most of all explore and find answers that you are comfortable with

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« Reply #49 on: 03/05/2009 20:04:11 »

Science is continually evolving. Nothing is set in stone. Question everything and everyone. Always consider vested interests as a reason for miss-direction. But most of all explore and find answers that you are comfortable with