What Do You Have to Lose?

What Do You Have to Lose?

Are you suffering from any form of dementia, Alzheimer’s or memory loss? Or do you care for someone with these challenges?

If so, you have become quite intimate with loss.
So what do you have to lose in exploring new options to reverse the loss of your mind or the mind of the one you love?

The statistics are showing the need for caregivers is growing at a disturbing rate. Our loved ones are living longer and instead of having quality of life they are needing more and more care.

I believe we can change this paradigm.

Do you believe it is possible?
Or would you like to believe it is possible?

My work preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s has led me to not only see the possibility becoming reality but is also igniting new projects and research that will offer compelling results resulting in hope and true change.

The upcoming intensive is just one of those projects and it is happening soon! This August we will bring in skilled CranioSacral practitioners to work every day on chosen clients.

It is truly a win-win situation.

The clients will receive treatments that will help them in the very malady challenging their lives; CST therapists will be part of a pioneering mission; and Upledger Institute hosting the intensive will increase awareness of their life changing technique; and the results will be subject to the highest standard of research assessment and analysis which will make a solid stand for the possibility of reversing Alzheimers.

And all of this will bear fruit for the caregiver by not only offering a technique you or they can learn easily but also changing the ever growing demand for the all consuming care that Alzheimer’s disease demands.

An intensive like this has never been done before.

Right now the mortality rate of Alzheimer’s disease is 100%, what is there to lose if we could demonstrate that the rate could be reduced to 80%, or 50% or even 20%? And with a modality that is non-invasive.

The stark reality is that left untreated those in the mid stage of Alzheimer’s will eventually require full time care which will bankrupt most families.

Here is an outline of 5 potential benefits of our intensive for caregivers:

  1. Time. The quality of life for loved ones will be extended and improved. This means less time spent caretaking, more time for the caregiver, less worry.
  2. Money. The loved one has a larger window to remain at home which has been shown to give greater happiness and also save the ever increasing cost of senior care centers. This is quite possibly a savings of 3-8000.00 per month!
  3. Survival. If our intensive shows us what we intend, CST will become a forerunner in arresting the mental and physical decline associated with Alzheimer’s. As caregiver you have helped save a life.
  4. Quality of Life. Reduction of symptoms means you have your loved one available to enjoy life with you. So not only do they live longer but you have the opportunity to enjoy life together.
  5. Family Growth. Oftentimes the demands of intense caregiving falls upon one available individual, and at times the discernment needed among the family can be challenging and tense. They are difficult waters to navigate. The more your aging loved one has use of their faculties and quality of life, the less pressure is upon the family. Perhaps even more members will step forward to take on small tasks to lighten the load for all and even contribute to the family coming together in new ways.

With all the possible benefits, what do you have to lose?

NOTE: If you would like more information about participating in our intensive email me at info@bodyenergy.net

Evidence That IS CHANGING The Senior Health Care System…For The Better

Evidence That IS CHANGING The Senior Health Care System…For The Better

 

Medical science equipment. Shot in a laboratory by © Andrey Kiselev.

You have surely heard the term, ‘evidenced based,’ and most probably have a pretty accurate idea of what it means. But do you know exactly what it means? While evidence based has brought us many of the present day health care options, it continues to push us onwards beyond the mainstream paradigms into NEW paradigms.

After all, at one point or another, every great breakthrough has come about because it showed its effectiveness in achieving its aimed for goals. Can you remember back about 40-50 years ago when chiropractic was on the fringes? And yet, it is now commonplace for an individual or company to rely upon chiropractic as a part of their health plan.

Evidence based practices (a term coined by Dr. David Sackett are abounding all around us. One of the compelling methods making progress in shifting paradigms and introducing solid results is CranioSacral Therapy. In fact CST is a stellar example of what is referred to by professionals as Evidenced Based Practice, the practical application of evidenced based research and expertise.

Sitting for all to see on the Duke Library website is Sackett’s definition of EBP: EBP is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care.

Clinical expertise refers to the clinician’s cumulated experience, education and clinical skills.

The patient brings to the encounter his or her own personal preferences and unique concerns, expectations, and values.

The best research evidence is usually found in clinically relevant research that has been conducted using sound methodology.” (Sackett D, 2002.)

CST is not only showing results coming to us through the trained clinicians’ recorded data- clinical expertise; but also proving its effectiveness in the research projects attentively relying upon the above mentioned ‘sound methodology.’

This is worthy of lifting your eyebrow and piquing your curiosity to learn more.

There are notably three ways a new method’s results are proven.

The first is the evaluation of a program never evaluated before. The pure canvas can be subjected to investigation without the muddiness of having been around for many years in diverse ways.

Second is antecedal evidence, that is testimonials from patients or clients showing desired results.

And third, research subjected to rigorous scientific methodology showing desired results, which in turn are usually published.

CST is showing up with greater and greater recorded success in a category effecting our nation by the millions- patients suffering early to late stage dementia.

YES, CST is actually showing improvement in those diagnosed with conditions that are determined to be going in only one direction- progressively worse.

This is an exciting time for CST as evidence is opening new doors of confidence for doctors and patients alike. CST is slowly being included in other senior health care programs like art therapy, healing touch, music therapy and more.

As evidence mounts, co

sts decrease and practitioners increase…and the health of our nation takes a turn for the better.

*For more information about upcoming research or to participate as a client or practitioner email: info@bodyenergy.net and put HP somewhere in the subject line.

Preventing Alzheimer’s Starts With Education

Preventing Alzheimer’s Starts With Education

There is hope to be had if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. The first step is to understand a little bit more about what is happening in the brain. This is not knowledge too difficult to understand. Once understood the options for prevention abound before us.

When you look at the origins of Alzheimer’s research shows it begins decades before symptoms appear outwardly. Functional medicine has given us a great key through their research. This field believes taking food as medicine can actually cure the body. What the research shows is that inflammation is oftentimes happening in the body decades before. It rears its head in anything from diabetes to heart disease to arthritis and even osteoporosis.

Overtime, in some cases and thankfully not in all cases, what happens to the inflammation in the body overflows into the brain. When that inflammation overflows into the brain it begins to interrupt the flow of what we call cerebral spinal fluid. It’s a fluid that bathes and nurtures the brain. When the interruption happens ground for the formation of the amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles is established and THEY are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

What my research led me is to believe is that if we can find a way to interrupt this inflammation in the body and then interrupt this information in the brain then perhaps we could prevent the outcome of the disease in the first place and possible even reverse it as well.

One way our research has found to interrupt this pattern includes body centered modalities such as Craniosacral therapy. We tested this theory on nursing home residents with mid to late stage dementia by giving them a 5-10 minute treatment working with the Cerebro-spinal fluid for six weeks. We were excited to see there was a notable change in behavior. A couple remarkable examples included recognizing their caregivers and completing sentences. Yes, these residents began to improve! We looked into other research that might help us understand what was happening and found a new study into the glymphatic structure of the brain.

This new field is contributing significantly to our understanding of the brain. Glymph means ‘glue,’ and lymph means ‘lymphatic system.’ The researchers naming and discovering this part of the system of the brain won a Nobel Prize for their work several years ago, adding great credibility for other research to ensue. This system is very efficient in removing waste products and toxins from the brain. When the system is in good shape it provides the field through which the Cerebro-spinal fluid can move quickly and easily through all the micro channels. When it is inflamed the channels shrink up with resulting tangles and amalyoid plaques. Ultimately the neurons in the brain are destroyed.

They begin to conjecture that if there was a way to increase the flow of the cerebral spinal fluid back to their normal levels and wash away these bits and toxins in the brain then diseases such as dementia and Alzheimers could be prevented and reversed.

It is exciting to see our initial research complimenting the research of the glymphatic system and neuroanatomy. It puts brain health more solidly in our hands.

We want to begin our attention for our brains NOW, however. We found that by the time that Alzheimer’s is actually detected and diagnosed the unhealthy patterns have already existed for quite a while. Even at the earliest stages of forgetting keys and names and places we want to address techniques and lifestyle changes that can help reverse the patterns setting into motion.

Poor diet, concussions, trauma to the body, emotional trauma, and even a life void of exercise for years before set the stage for the inflammation. These factors could be contributing 10-20 years before a diagnosis is even given!

Educating ourselves by knowing even this, and then acting on it, can help us maintain a healthy life, and assist our helping those we love. Take a look at my Huffington Post article to learn four simple steps you can begin today to prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s Disease:4 Simple Steps to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Sleeping Pill Exit Strategy

The term comes from a recent CNN piece on women and health.

Here are some statistics:

80 million Americans suffer from some form of insomnia or sleeplessness.

60% of American women suffer from some form of sleeplessness, which would suggest this first 80 million figure might be a bit low.

The CNN contributors seemed to suggest that many women use sleeping aids of some kind. Using these aids for the long term may cause dependency and ultimately cause unwanted problems.

What causes insomnia?

In a word, stress. Our reticular activitating system (RAS) in the brain can get overstimulated due to continuously high demand periods and ongoing emergencies. Like a switch that gets stuck in the ‘on’ position, this continuously high demand flight or flight part of our brain continues to be stimulated 24/7, making if difficult to transition to a restful, recuperative sleep which helps repair the stress and strain of the day.

Sleeping pills and the like may work for a while, but typically their effect is lessened over time, not to mention other side effects they may introduce. As a bonus, this ongoing overstimulation of our nervous system may lead to or encourage the creation of long-term inflammatory processes which may hasten the aging process. Take a look at my blogs on my Geriatric classes and Anti Aging suggestions for more input on this.

A solution:

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) creates balance in our autonomic nervous system, bringing more balance and synergy between our sympathetic (more active) nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system. A regular addition and application of CranioSacral Therapy can help retrain and ‘reset’ our reticular activitating system and turn off the stress switch which interferes with the normal sleep cycle, and lessen our dependence on sleeping pills and other artificial aids.

Hence, a Sleeping Pill Exit Strategy.

How to Stay Young Part 1

There are certainly a number of ways to look at the aging process, and after teaching a number of my new Geriatrics classes I wanted to pass along some thoughts about ‘how to stay young.’

To put a positive spin on things, there have been a number of resources I’ve come across over time that contribute to a ‘reversal of the aging process’ that I want to share. Please feel to use these for your own growth, development, and education:

1. CranioSacral Therapy

We all encounter the bumps and bruises of life as time goes on. CranioSacral Therapy is a good way to reduce old stresses and strains in the body and gain ground against the aging process. See the BodyEnergy website for more information.

2. 3-Day Mini Intensive Program

As part of the comment above, Body Energy’s 3 day ‘mini intensive program is a great way to get from 2-6 hours of intensive therapy to dissolve old and significant traumas to the body. These intensives have become part of my ‘anti aging secret’ as we go through our 50’s, 60’s, and beyond. See the BodyEnergy site for information on our 3 day mini intensive program.

3. CranioSacral Therapy and Geriatrics

Designed to teach some simple techniques for the caring of our parents and friends, this 2-day course is a great way to give back to those who have given so much to us. See the BodyEnergy site for more information on this class.

4. Transcendental Meditation Program

Studies have shown that long-term practitioners of Transcendental Meditation have a biological age which is 20 years younger than their chronological age. In fact, it is the Transcendental Meditation movement which coined the term ‘reversal of the aging process.’ Transcendental Meditation addresses stress, insomnia, high blood pressure, and a variety of the dysfunctions of the aging process. Besides CranioSacral Therapy, Transcendental Meditation is the best healing modality I have come across in my life. Email TMinfo@TMChicago.org for more information.

6. Maharishi Ayurveda

This ancient science provides an excellent way to release deep toxins that may have accumulated in the body. Along with our 3-day mini intensive program, I recommend the Ayurvedic Panchakarma program to optimize health and reverse the effects of the aging process. For more information visit the Raj website.

7. Supplements

Supplements are highly recommended by Dr. Upledger for a variety of disease processes and the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s. These supplements would include antioxidants such as CoQ10 and resveratrol, alpha-lipoic acid, and Vitamin C & E.

8. Nutritional Components

One of the factors we have identified in our Geriatric class is the influence of long-term inflammatory processes in the body in regard to the symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Two great resources to look at:

Leo Galland MD, (comments on anti inflammatory foods) – www.bottomlinesecrets.com

Weston A Price, a pioneer in healthy nutrition – www.westonaprice.org

More resources and information will follow in the next blog post.