New to this study,Sunday 9-Apr-2000 09:41:12,184.108.40.206
writes,Just tried inclining the bed I hope it takes away the shocks on
lots of pain killers. When the shocks come they are violent been this
way for 18 months. SCI; fell 100 feet burst fractured L1 and anialated
L2 plus a raft of discs. Have rods from T12 to L3 walking with a four
post walker and a KAFO on the right leg an AFO on the left. The doctors
said less than a 9% chance of ever walking again I beat that but only
with braces. Thanks for the idea about the bed everyone and you Andrew
Rol R ,,
Re: New to this study,Tuesday 11-Apr-2000 14:07:25,220.127.116.11
writes,Glad to have you on board and hope you will enjoy the benefits
that might follow.
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We are making progress more than anyone realises
Spinal Cord Injury and MS News,Sunday 9-Apr-2000 07:37:30,18.104.22.168
writes,Miracle Of Medicine?
Delighted John Cann is standing on his own two feet again after eight
years of paralysis In his legs-and he is convinced it's all down to a
simple treatment. (Pictured)
John had no feeling in his legs for eight years after an operation went
wrong. But following two years of treatment using a raised bed method
pioneered in the Westcountry he has got the feelings back in his
legs-and now is determined to walk. The 69-year-old is amazed at the
effect the simple treatment has had over the last two years and has
urged other people to try it for themselves. 'I raised the bed and
that night I had no pain at all ' he said. 'I had been going until
about three in the morning and then had to have an injection to get
back to sleep. Now I make a point of standing in my standing up with
my standing-frame every day while I watch the news in the evenings and
build up my strength. 'I never give up and now I have set myself the
next aim to go for. I am going to walk unaided. I may need crutches and
then sticks but I am going to walk again.'
Just by raising their beds with a few blocks of wood or some house
bricks scores of spinal injury sufferers say that they have noticed
dramatic improvement in their conditions. But how can such a simple
method seem to succeed where conventional medicine has failed? Chief
Reporter ANTHONY ABBOTT looks at the apparent phenomenon of The Natures
Way Sleep System. Former engineer Andrew Fletcher who invented The
Naturesway Sleep System six years ago said that he was astonished when
he visited John at his home in Gunnislake to see him standing. He said
that many people have benefited from the simple treatment of raising
the head of their bed a few inches but in the case of John it has been
very dramatic. 'It was just incredible.' Said Andrew. 'I was
nearly in tears. Hear is a man who was told that there was nothing that
could be done for him; had felt nothing for eight years and has got the
feeling back in his legs.'
John a former commercial diver who served in the Army was keen on
rugby and canoeing until his operation left him paralysed. He was told
that however much movement he had after two years there would be no
further improvement- that was until he tried the bed-raising technique.
But as the moths went on he noticed pains travelling through his legs
and realized that it was the nerves regenerating.
'After all of this pain I noticed I was getting more and more
feeling back and found that I could flex muscles I had not been able to
flex before ' said John. 'The only things that I do not hurt is my
ankles and my right knee is not very strong. I can stand but only
using my standing frame at the moment.' Andrew has arranged for John
to use a parachute harness that will fully support his legs and a rail
is being fitted to a wall at his home so that he can move around on his
feet more often. Andrew said that many people were sceptical about the
effects for the raised bed method and it had not worked for everyone.
But he added; 'If it can do that for John what can't it do for the
rest of us? I say go out in the garden grab a couple of bricks and
give it a go.'
Next Week....why a wheelchair-bound man is taking to the skies
Fighting to be taken seriously (Pictured)
Andrew Fletcher is a passionate believer ion the benefits of his simple
bed treatment- but he says that he has struggled to make the medical
world take serious notice. Since his first experiments back in 1994 it
has been an uphill battle to be taken seriously despite his website
carrying scores of testimonies from sufferers who say that it has given
them a new lease of life. He has manufactured a purpose-built bed yet
he has been unable to market it properly because both the Department of
Trade and Industry and his bank have refused to give him financial
backing. Now he hopes to set up a controlled study of ten ms sufferers
but he is also certain that it can bring benefits to people who are
But Dr Rosie Jones of the MS Research Unit at Bristol General Hospital
who has promised to look into Andrew's theories sounded a note of
caution. She said; 'We are not dismissing Andrew's thesis out of
hand. 'If there is genuine change and a genuine improvement we will
'We would not want people to miss out on something that may help them
but we must see it in the right context.'
Sunday Independent April 9 2000 Page 7
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