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Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT)

Sleeping Inclined To Restore and Support Your Health For Free. Fascinating Science, Discovery, History and Medical Research In Circulation And Posture, by Andrew K Fletcher


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    • THE HEART IS NOT A PUMP: A REFUTATION OF THE PRESSURE PROPULSION PREMISE OF HEART FUNCTION by Ralph Marinelli 1; Branko Fuerst 2; Hoyte van der Zee 3; Andrew McGinn 4; William Marinelli 5 1. Rudolf Steiner Research Center, Royal Oak, MI 2. Dept. of Anesthesiology, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY 3. Dept. of Anesthesiology and Physiology, Albany Medical College, NY 4. Cardiovascular Consultants Ltd., Minneapolis, MN. Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, MN 5. Hennipen County Medical Center and Dept. of Medicine, University of Minnesota, MN Abstract In 1932, Bremer of Harvard filmed the blood in the very early embryo circulating in self-propelled mode in spiralling streams before the heart was functioning. Amazingly, he was so impressed with the spiralling nature of the blood flow pattern that he failed to realize that the phenomena before him had demolished the pressure propulsion principle. Earlier in 1920, Steiner, of the Goetheanum in Switzerland had pointed out in lectures to medical doctors that the heart was not a pump forcing inert blood to move with pressure but that the blood was propelled with its own biological momentum, as can be seen in the embryo, and boosts itself with "induced" momenta from the heart. He also stated that the pressure does not cause the blood to circulate but is caused by interrupting the circulation. Experimental corroboration of Steiner's concepts in the embryo and adult is herein presented. Introduction The fact that the heart by itself is incapable of sustaining the circulation of the blood was known to physicians of antiquity. They looked for auxiliary forces of blood movement in various types of `etherisation' and `pneumatisation' or ensoulement of the blood on its passage through the heart and lungs. With the dawn of modern science and over the past three hundred years, such concepts became untenable. The mechanistic concept of the heart as a hydraulic pump prevailed and became firmly established around the middle of the nineteenth century. The heart, an organ weighing about three hundred grams, is supposed to `pump' some eight thousand liters of blood per day at rest and much more during activity, without fatigue. In terms of mechanical work this represents the lifting of approximately 100 pounds one mile high! In terms of capillary flow, the heart is performing an even more prodigious task of `forcing' the blood with a viscosity five times greater than that of water through millions of capillaries with diameters often smaller than the red blood cells themselves! Clearly, such claims go beyond reason and imagination. Due to the complexity of the variables involved, it has been impossible to calculate the true peripheral resistance even of a single organ, let alone of the entire peripheral circulation. Also, the concept of a centralized pressure source (the heart) generating excessive pressure at its source, so that sufficient pressure remains at the remote capillaries, is not an elegant one. Our understanding and therapy of the key areas of cardiovascular pathophysiology, such as septic shock, hypertension and myocardial ischemia are far from complete. The impact of spending billions of dollars on cardiovascular research using an erroneous premise is enormous. In relation to this, the efforts to construct a satisfactory artificial heart have yet to bear fruit. Within the confines of contemporary biological and medical thinking, the propulsive force of the blood remains a mystery. If the heart really does not furnish the blood with the total motive force, where is the source of the auxiliary force and what is its nature? The answer to those questions will foster a new level of understanding of the phenomena of life in the biological sciences and enable physicians to rediscover the human being which, all too often, many feel they have lost.
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Symptoms / changes to monitor while taking part in inclined bed therapy (IBT)

Short term use of inclined bedrest over 1 to 2 days


Symptoms / changes to monitor while taking part in inclined bed therapy (IBT)

Short term use of inclined bedrest over 1 to 7 days

  1. Heart rate: 10 to 12 beats per minutes slower during inclined sleep.

  2. Heart rate: Improved stroke volume.

  3. Respiration: 4 to five breaths per minute slower during inclined sleep.

  4. Respiration: Improved performance of the lungs and increased gas exchange.

  5. Urine: Increased specific gravity of urine following inclined sleep.

  6. Urine: Darker stronger smelling urine produced following inclined sleep.

  7. Urine: Reduction in quantity of urine produced during and following inclined sleep.

  8. Stools: firmer stools following inclined sleep.

  9. Metabolism: Improved body temperature, raised by 1 degree or more and remaining stable throughout inclined sleep.

  10. Metabolism: Body heat more evenly distributed, should be obvious with thermal camera, when viewing arms, hands, feet and lower legs.

  11. Sleep: Improved sleep pattern, improved state of restfulness, lighter sleep, possibly avoiding rem sleep altogether.

  12. Spasm: involuntary movement reduction and an obvious elimination of symptoms in some cases.

  13. Rising: improved balance and increase in energy upon rising from inclined bed.

  14. Rising: there may also be some Initial dizziness with some people during the first two weeks of inclined sleep) But this should resolve following the first two weeks.

  15. Circulation: Improved circulation, confirmed by thermal imaging camera, showing warmer hands and feet during inclined sleep.

  16. Pain: reduction in ms and non-ms related pain.


Medium term 1 to four weeks

  • Pain: muscular and joint pain may increase, causing similar symptoms to those following exercise, probably due to increased circulation through muscles and joints

  • Pain: Some people on the study may develop a stiff neck. Believed to be due to the development of a more upright posture. The weight distribution on the spine is thought to have changed meaning that unpolished areas are being used to support the weight. This usually resolves within two weeks.

  • Pain: there may be an increase in pain at the hands and feet, burning sensation and pins and needles similar to cooling hands in winter and initial warming of hands near fire.

  • Energy: Steady increase in energy and general feeling of well-being, more able to get going in the mornings and less likely to sleep in the day.

  • Strength: Marginal Increase in strength and activity.

  • Sinus / sinisitis: Improved or resolved.

  • Heart rate and respiration rate: noticeably stronger than pre-inclined sleep.

  • Oedema: Reduced swelling, also helped by use of stocking support at night in long term severe oedema.

  • Varicose veins: Measurable / Visible reduction in size and colour of veins, indicating the development of improved /reduced pressure inside the venous system. Thought to develop from the flow and return system resulting from moisture loss from skin and lungs, which should be confirmed by reduced urine production. However, in some cases where excessive fluid retention is an ongoing problem, there might be an increase of fluid loss from the bladder. This could be confirmed by monitoring the weight of people with this problem.

  • Weight:: Improved food uptake during inclined sleep has been shown to cause weight gain in some cases. However, it appears that the weight gain does not increase the size of the person, and is thought to result from an increase in bone and muscle density. Osteoporosis for instance has been shown to improve considerably within the first four months, to the point where symptoms have been completely resolved in some cases.

  • Bladder: Improved bladder control and reduction in bathroom visits during inclined sleep.

  • Bowel: Improved bowel function, production of firmer stools, indicating improved uptake of fluids from digestive system.

  • Spasm: Reduction in spasm, although an initial increase in spasm has been observed prior to the regain of either function or sensitivity.

  • Pain: Some people might experience an increase in pain, or the development of a new pain. This is thought to be caused by the purging of the nervous system through improved circulation within the central and peripheral nervous system. This is usually short term and often is followed by the return of either a lost function or an improvement in sensitivity. It has also been observed to be the same for someone with a spinal cord injury.

  • Balance: Continued improvements in balance will develop on a steady course from week 4.

  • Multiple sclerosis: There should be some evidence within the four week period of MS Symptom improvements. It appears that the longer someone has had multiple sclerosis the longer it takes them to respond to the therapy. Improved sensitivity, functions, lethargy, energy,

  • Migraine and cluster headaches reduced or completely resolved.

  • Diabetes: glucose levels significantly reduced. Morning phenomenon / Liver dump reduction in glucose spikes associated with flatbeds. Independent verification in Diabetes Trial

  • Infertility / Erectile Dysfunction: Improved ovulation, Early morning erection. More likely to become pregnant so please take precautions if you're not planning for a baby.

  • Blood pressure changes: Please monitor your blood pressure for changes. IBT has been shown to raise and lower blood pressure and even stabilise fluctuating blood pressure issues.

  • Parkinson's Disease: Improvements in mobility, reduced dependence on drugs, reduction in tremors, morning paralysis, walking and energy levels.

Long Term Use Of Inclined Bed

The report by John Simkins, titled Raised Bed Survey, uses the following symptoms list in his table: Raised Bed Survey MS Pilot study

Mobility/Balance, Tremor, Spasm, Co-ordination, Skin Quality/Healing, Optical, Oedema & Veins, Bladder, sensory, mood swings, strength / endurance, energy level, sleep patterns, wake up, condition nails, condition hair, temperature, pain.

These permaters are all useful and should be monitored when using Inclined Bed Therapy.

Finger / toe nails should be clipped and kept before and during the study, which should run for 18 months. Hair should also be monitored closely as condition and colour is observed to change in the long term, and could easily be confirmed by comparing before and after hair samples. I know of one case of leukaemia where the hair did not fall out following radiation treatment, whereas it always fell out prior to sleeping inclined.
Many people have reported significant improvements in eyesight and bleeding at the back of the eyes has been resolved. Please keep your old prescription glasses, you may need them!

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