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 who 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 to 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 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/New0 ... 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 was and is still the right thing to do!
Andrew K Fletcher