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

New Life for Caregivers. Part 1

New Life for Caregivers. Part 1

Caregivers come in all ages and are responding to just as wide span of need as they are of circumstances.

Are you a caregiver?

There tend to be two things all caregivers have in common. The first is that they are in service to someone they love or feel a commitment to help; and second is that their service, even when done out of love, is all consuming and influences the trajectory of their life.

Whether you are a caregiver or know someone who is, this article is for you. Even though the focus of my work is upon Alzheimer’s, dementia and overall aging conditions my focus is focused upon you here.

Why? Because the role of caregiver is increasing in our country exponentially to the point of it being an unpaid full time job for many who assume the job. And this has implications for every area of that person’s life all the way to every area of our health as a functioning society.

Many of my memory challenged clients with husbands or wives, moms or dads, cannot be left alone…they need to be watched and if they are not watched, they will at some point, wander off. My clients, these loved ones may be able to still feed themselves, dress themselves and even drive. Yes, they may still have a relatively functional life, these who suffer dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, yet they cannot always do these very simple tasks.

Sometimes they cannot remember what clothes they have, or who their spouses are…and anxiety worsens everything. Anxiety of the caregiver, perhaps someone just like you, that your loved one suffering will be okay…anxiety that you will fail in some small way to be there that will result in them being hurt.

When it comes to those suffering the conditions I help I am keenly aware that evidence shows they will die, eventually…There is no known cure and no known survivors. The clock is ticking and even if it ticks slowly it moves in one direction. Slowly these precious individuals lose their memories, lose the very sense of who they are and caregivers lose the very ones they love.

The prevailing logic is to encourage caregivers to return again and again to memories. There is the encouragement to support the caregivers to understand how to keep themselves healthy as they watch the decline day after day of the one in their care.

Does it have to be that way?
Sometimes decline is the path to be taken but I do not believe it always has to be that way.

If the words of Einstein could stir our hearts, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result,’ could we work together towards a different way to grow older in life and navigate debilitating conditions? I believe so.

And my research supports it. Period.

I do not claim to have a cure, but I do claim to be working towards different outcomes creating a breaking light of hope.

Now, if you read my blogs you hear me talk over and again about my modality CranioSacral Therapy. Have you read that we are finding 10-15 minutes of CST on a daily basis is influencing our clients powerfully?

YES! We are finding their memory is returning, they are finding their words more easily and they are recognizing their caregivers.

These kinds of results offer good news for everyone one aging in need of care and everyone assuming the role of caregiver. Taken seriously, the quality of relationship between both parties can go from complicated and stressful to easeful and life giving. Yes, aging can happen with greater grace.

The results my fellow colleagues and I are finding have spurred us with greater vigor to reach for the next level.

Want to learn more about the next level and how it will give you support? Tune in to my next blog.

Want to learn more about CranioSacral Therapy? 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.

Defining The Players Of A Healthy Brain

Defining The Players Of A Healthy Brain

With Alzheimer’s and dementia on the rise it can be empowering for us to understand what is actually happening in the brain when it deteriorates. Why?

Because there are choices we can make to help increase brain health for ourselves or our loved ones even in the presence of decline or diagnosis.

The key players here are neurons, synapses, glial cells or the glymphatic system, cerebral spinal fluid and plaques such as amyloid beta. What is the relationship of all these pieces? Let me first define each one separately, then we can put the puzzle pieces together.

The most obvious or known to most of us are the neurons and synapses. The brain functions by way of firing electrical information across synapses from neuron to neuron. When the brain is healthy, the firing is healthy and contributes it’s part to the health of the entire person.

Cerebral spinal fluid, or extracellular fluid, sits like a thin membrane right inside the skull and around the brain. It both protects the brain as a whole and nourishes the neurons and neurotransmitters as it washes around and through all the cells.
This brings us to the glial cells, or glymphatic system.
Cutting edge research is shining a light upon the newly defined (and Nobel Prize winning) research identifying this system that runs through the body and brain.

The glial cells surround all the cells in the body to provide a way for waste to move out. In the brain they work a little differently. Billions, about a hundred billion to be a bit more exact, of glial cells form tendrils as fine as a web that extend from the periphery of the brain down deep into every single tiny space inside the brain. The tendrils are sometimes called astrocytes.

This vast network provides a way for the cerebral spinal fluid to move through the brain to do its nourishing job and to remove toxins. When the flow is steady the brain maintains greater health. When the flow is constricted, the neurons cannot do their job and sometimes even die. Inflammation is named as the chief cause. Inflammation comes from many causes but one to mention here is the last player in our series of definitions.

Amyloid beta. It is a protein toxin that clogs the brain. It is called a plaque, so you can think of plaque that collects on objects like our teeth, or on a mored boat. When this plaque increases, inflammation increases and the astrocytes become constricted.

Which means the cerebral spinal fluid cannot wash through all the places of the brain to refresh and renew.
One chief result is memory loss, from simple decline all the way to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

So now knowing the players we can change our choices to increase the flow of the cerebral spinal fluid, to decrease inflammation through diet, exercise and the focus of the next article, sleep.

Summary of our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Reseach

I’d had a number of requests for a summary of our Alzheimer’s and Dementia, which I’ve outlined below:

Summary of our research

Published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing in 2008

Title of the Study: Craniosacral Still Point Technique:
Exploring its Effects in Individuals with Dementia

Study Design

A pilot group of individuals with moderate to severe Dementia and Alzheimer’s were administered the Craniosacral Still Point Technique at the same time every day for 5-10 minutes.

Individuals in rest homes in Iowa and Minneapolis were the study candidates.

One of the key variables that were studied was agitation-a key behavior in patients with this condition. An improvement in just this one behavior would be seen as a positive by administration and staff.

Therapists trained by the Upledger Institute were utilized in this study.

Premise of the study:

It was felt that the Craniosacral Still Point-an easily administered and learned technique-would increase the
volume and production of Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) in the brain. It has been documented that a normal adult
produces about 800ml a day of CSF, and over time, as aging occurs the production drops to half of that, or 400ml a day. In individuals with senile dementia or Alzheimer’s, the production could be as low as 200ml a day, or 75% less than that of normal adult production.

The suspected consequences of this decreased CSF flow this that there is a decrease in the ability of the brain to chelate, or wash away, heavy metals in the brain. Secondarily, immune system factors which prevent inflammation from occurring in the brain are diminished. Regular application of the Craniosacral still point on a daily basis is thought to increase the flow of CSF and aid in the removal of metabolic waste and toxicity in the brain.

Results of the study:
There were both clinical and statistical results that were of significance.

1. A decrease in agitation-both during and after the study. After the intervention stopped, the patients still experienced a decrease in agitation which was monitored before, during and after the project.

2. It was reported that clients were more interactive and could remember names of caregivers and children previously forgotten, as well as displaying increased cooperation with staff.

3. At about week 3 of the intervention, it was noticed that these results and changes in behavior begin to be exhibited.

4. It was generally concluded that ‘further investigation is warranted’ into this technique.

A proposal for a more expanded study is now in process.

For more information or a copy of the original study contact me at michaelm@bodyenergy.net