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To: Professor Dame Sally C Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific adviser, Department of Health National Institute For Health Research
Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT) Trials In Hospitals
Investigate Inclined Bed Therapy through clinical trials (Raising the head end of a bed 15cm) causing the bed to slope down from head to toe at an angle of five degrees to the horizontal. This simple free therapy requires testing for people with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, sudden infant death syndrome, varicose veins, leg ulcers, incontinence, oedema, Bells palsy, diabetes, gangrene, circulatory and respiratory conditions, skin conditions, comatose patients, migraine headaches, pain relief, neuropathic pain relief, sports injuries, rehabilitation, short term memory loss, Alzheimer's, and many more conditions. IBT should be our first line of intervention for improving patient care outcomes and reducing unnecessary costs to our NHS.
Why is this important?
Petition to Have IBT Evaluated in Clinical Trials.
Have we always slept in flat beds?
Beds removed from the tombs of the Ancient Pharaohs, buried for 5 thousand years, were raised 15 cm at the head end! Why? Even the slaves mud beds were elevated to the same degree. Yet no one questioned their use of these beds? We also know from papyrus scripts that these advanced people were operating successfully on the brain and spine and documented Bells palsy.
For 18 years, I have been helping people all over the World to recover from debilitating illnesses and injuries simply by advising them to raise the head end of their beds by six inches. The results have been incredible for people who have often been advised that nothing can be done for them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3D7tBQfCxQ
We already know from the huge amount of published literature that flat traditional bed-rest is harmful. A famous Doctor wrote these poignant words about the Dangers Of Going To Bed ;
"Look at the patient lying alone in bed. What a pathetic picture he makes. The blood clotting in his veins. The lime draining from his bones. The scybola stacking up in his colon. The flesh rotting from his seat. The urine leaking from his distended bladder and the spirit evaporating from his soul. Teach us to live that we may dread unnecessary time in bed. Get people up and we may save patients from an early grave."
Dr. Richard Asher, 1942
His sobering words are still revered today and his lasting legacy is that we have learned to get patients out of hospital beds as soon as possible and with good reason to do so.
The problem lies in outdated and erroneous literature, which relates to how gravity affects our circulation. It states that gravity plays little to no part in circulation because it acts equally on fluids flowing down and up.
This is a massive error that needs to be corrected as soon as possible. Fluid changes it's density wherever water is evaporated from our body. The respiratory tract is our main source of evaporation water loss through exhalation. Breathing out is constantly evaporating water from the blood that supplies fluids to the lungs. Therefore blood that passes through the lungs becomes denser before it is injected back into the arteries via the heart. This means that the blood in the main artery is denser in the upper region and gravity must act on all density changes and providing we are correctly aligned with the direction of gravity, denser blood will be drawn down the body and through the kidneys, where spent salts and other waste is removed into the bladder and excreted in our urine. The blood that flows from the kidneys is less dense having been relieved of it's salts and returns back up to the heart in the venous return. The additional gravitational stimulus on the descending denser blood in the arteries causes an increased positive pulsatile pressure in front and molecular drag coupled to decreased pressure behind it that directly influences venous return flow, causing swollen veins to look normal and oedema to be drawn back into the veins. Yes this sounds counter-intuitive to people working in the medical profession because the literature suggests raising the legs and feet for people who have these conditions. Cerebrospinal fluid and Lymphatic fluid circulation does not rely on the heart. We know that posture and respiration play an important role, and given the results reported by people with neurological conditions including ms, sci, pd, cp and bp surely there is a need for a full investigation? IBT is effective and brings with it long term lasting benefits.
Ask yourself; Where is the science behind the safety of our habitual sleeping on flat beds?
The main roadblock to IBT becoming mainstream advice is that evidence no matter how compelling will be discounted because it has not been conducted by doctors and universities and until this happens it will remain anecdotal.
Please help me to drive this petition through to achieving my life's work and conduct these much needed controlled studies to save and improve lives.
Andrew K Fletcher
How it will be delivered
By email and by hand if necessary to Professor Dame Sally C Davies The National Institute for Health Research.
National Institute for Health Research