Jason, I am touched by your devotion to your father's selfless work. I myself am as guilty as anyone for not sharing my own IBT experiences in the form of a written post. I cannot even figure out why.
Yet take a poll of my co workers, customers, family, relatives, friends, enemies, neighbours, and ask them if they have ever heard me promoting inclined bed therapy and crediting a guy in the UK named Andrew Fletcher. After they finish venting about how my enthusiasm borders on lunacy, they will say "yes" and then immediately tell you they are in a hurry and haven't the time to hear how water REALLY gets to the tops trees taller than a hand pumped well without benefit of a foot valve.
They may however chuckle while relaying my wish that the parking lot where I work was located at the edge of a cliff so I demonstrate for Yale Researchers the concept behind my 80 year old mothers ability to sit and move her left foot onto her right knee without using her hands for the first time in five years.
They may also confide in you that they seriously considered blocking my number and email address for sending a link to a news-clip about a man who regained his ability to walk after ten years of paralysis.
But God forbid you accidentally start this conversation with my friend with MS who some days can barely walk at all. She only recently started speaking to me again after having stopped speaking to me for a year because I would not back off trying to persuade her to let me put blocks under the head end of her bed.
When she told me she did not want to sleep like a bat, I finally realized she had not read any of the links I sent, nor listened to a word I'd said. I am texting this message from my futon sofa which is tilted at 5 degrees.
Amazing I can hold phone above me this long without my fingers going numb like they would have just a year ago. I seriously believe I would have had a heart attack or stroke this past year had it not been for your fathers discovery of the real reasons sheep in a pasture or people on a beach all lay down with their heads pointing in the same direction.
Meanwhile a guy I know who underwent 3 back surgeries this past year, enjoyed mocking my insistence that 5.5" was the minimum elevation required to realize therapeutic benefit. Three years ago I could not stand up straight without help after planting 200 flowers in squatting position.
Last year I planted 1100 flowers without a single episode of back pain. I wonder why? Life is good today. Thank you Andrew K Fletcher. I have no plans of going on medication for cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease or a stronger set of corrective lenses anytime soon.
Click here for direct linkt to Video testimonial to Inclined Bed Therapy by Donald Fumerfelt
Transcript from Donald's Radio Testimony to IBT
So Donald how has inclined bed therapy done
Oh it's done really well Andrew and I am actually
lying on my inclined sofa watching my computer.
I won't give this incline up for anything.
So Steve you would ask people how they have
gotten on to this thing? Yeah I was trying
to do the exact opposite of what Andrew suggested,
I had been to the doctor a couple of years
ago and she told me that I was, or she thought
I was getting heart disease or atherosclerosis
and wanted to put me on the medications that
are going around for that. I didn't want any
part of that.
So I had remembered I had rented a home one
time where the bed was actually inclined at
the foot end by a couple of inches and I thought
I was getting some relief from that, so I
went on the internet to see if something like
that would help me. The unfortunate thing
about doing research on the internet is that
I can find anything to corroborate any theory
I can come up with
So I tried to discipline myself to find anything
that corroborates the opposite, so I bumped
into some of the stuff Andrew had written
up talking about how we are supposed to sleep
the exact opposite way and I thought oh what
is this and I started to read into it and
I was like oh my goodness this guy has really
gone into a lot of detail so I had read the
recommendations to raise the head end of my
bed starting out with a few inches, well I
couldn't wait, I think I inclined about 4
inches and before bed time I already had it
up to six or 7"
Ha ha ha
That's where you belong
ha ha ha Thanks
Well the Doctor had actually told me earlier
that day that she wasn't getting any pulse
in my right foot and I had an eye stoke about
six months earlier and she said oh my god,
your arteries are hardening and this is why
she wanted to put me on the statins as well.
That night I could feel the blood flow tunnelling
through whatever blockages i was experiencing
in my right foot.
Then my eyesight started to get better during
the time I had actually managed to quit smoking
for a little bit
I haven't managed to conquer that one yet.
But boy I just felt so much better, probably
the thing that most people could identify
with in my story are the unexpected benefits
as so many of us have had other benefits I
had a garden where I worked that had about
700 petunia plants and I would squat every
year to plant these in and I wouldn't get
done with the planting before I was having
terrible lower back pains and sometimes I
would have to take a full minute just to stand
That winter, I started sleeping inclined with
the bed head end up six inches and the feet
down. The following spring I planted 1300
petunia plants not one episode of back pain
at all. Ha ha
My mother who is now 81 this was a couple
of years ago that I started this and I was
talking to her about it and oh I think anybody
who has tried to become an inclined bed therapy
evangelist has run into this I mean, people
think I am a cook it's almost like I got a
Like you know so anyway that's ok because
the couple of people that have tried it and
benefited makes it all worth while and hearing
from people on this show also is really great
and I told my mother about this and so she
tried it and then as always all the benefits
are always preceded by a a little a little
discomfort like going to the gym and working
out. And then all of a sudden there's a benefit.
My mother was all set to put it back down
she was having pain in her back from this.
After about 6 days and on the 7th day she
came out of the shower in the morning sat
down to clip her toe nails and said oh my
goodness I was able to lift my left foot up
onto my right knee without having to use my
Ha ha ha
I haven't been able to do that in five years.
he he he
Now she is telling me that her balance is
increasing tremendously so now I am starting
to do my own offshoot quasi enthusiast research
which I am looking up, you know how blood
circulation affects the vestibular and there
is so many directions we can go in. Anyway,
I tend to be long winded and that's my story.,
Brilliant, thank you very much Donald
We didn't hear where does Donald live?
Oh I'm in New Haven Connecticut Terri.
Yeah another Yankee here
I'm in Ohio
Your in among friends, we have
a lot of American listeners and American hosts
and some are especially first nations people
so yeah way we look at Awake is that all races
cultures and religions we have all got to
come together and share this kinda knowledge
because certainly the powers that be we call
them certainly don't want us to be healthy
it would appear.
The government doesn't want us healthy.
Yeah, what it is, is a sickness industry,
if we are all well, they are out of business.
Did you say how long you had been doing the
Let's see I, when did I first contact you
Andrew about 2 years ago?
Yeah it's been about 2 years.
As a matter of fact yeah I only discovered
it recently Terri I couldn't believe that
when I discovered it about two and a half
years ago and Andrew had been working on it
since like the 1990's It's like oh my god
where have I been?
Yeah so anyway it's been about 2 and a half
I have been doing this since 1998 Don
Well it certainly seems that there is an initial
effects that can be quite a positive, obviously
over the long term you know you have got to
be patient with it I think.
The first two weeks can be problematic for
some people as Donald said it feels like you
have been working out in the gymnasium, your
muscles are aching, you can get a stiff neck,
I remember getting a stiff neck =, but I also
remember one of the days we took the lads
down to the beach and the lads had skate boards
and I had a bull terrier pulling them up and
down the beach and I was running in front
shouting the dog and the dog was a big powerful
dog pulling the lads at tremendous speed and
the dog was falling on the floor completely
done in and when I got back I said oh the
I remember Jude saying how come you are not
out of breath? Why have you done all of this
and you are not out of breath?
And another thing that we noticed as that
if we walked up the hill we would normally
ache and with bags filled with shopping we
would pull over and stop, but now we were
able to carry on without stopping so you know
that the benefits are quite remarkable.