Raising the head end of a patients bed will protect them from pneumonia and respiratory and circulatory collapse! Laying a patient horizontally will without doubt, accelerate their demise! 5 degree angle is necessary, additional pillows will help, but not so much as having the bed tilted. https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/tilted-beds-help-cut-pneumonia-4207612 More information https://inclinedbedtherapy.com
Sureley this is self evident and flat bedrest should be avoided like the virus itself? https://www.webmd.com/lung/pneumonia-reducing-your-risk
An innovative method for preventing pneumonia in patients has been recognised at a national awards ceremony
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust won Patient Safety prize at the Health Service Journal Awards, held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on November 15, in recognition of its campaign to ensure all patients have their beds tilted by 30 degrees.
In October 2010, the patient safety team implemented the scheme across eight wards to see if it would reduce the number of patients who developed the illness during a hospital stay.
Staff found a reduction of up to 60 per cent in cases of pneumonia in those wards over a six-month period and beds are now tilted by 30 degrees across the whole of the hospital. Raising the patient’s head slightly means any fluid in their lungs collects at the bottom rather than covering the whole lung.
Head of patient safety Hester Wain said: “We started doing work around it in October 2010 and, first of all, we were looking at how many people were having pneumonia in hospital.
Urgently Needed: Scientists To Conduct 'Inclined Bed Therapy Trials
Issue 31 of the New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine, Nov 2018-Feb 2019, p 20.
Andrew K. Fletcher, the UK engineer and medical researcher who discovered 'Inclined Bed Therapy1 (IBT) in 1994, is calling on New Zealand scientists to investigate IBT in trials.
His website, www.inclinedbedtherapy.com, hosts testimonials from IBT users whose anecdotal reports suggest that the simple technique of raising their beds by 6 inches at the head end*, can improve health in a diverse range of ways. There are positive reports from sufferers of multiple sclerosis, varicose veins, leg ulcers, incontinence, oedema, diabetes, migraine headaches, sports' injuries, memory loss, Alzheimer's, among numerous other conditions, yet UK medical authorities have yet to acknowledge its potential costsaving value and initiate clinical trials.
The idea for IBT originated from experiments Fletcher conducted using a looped tube to establish how trees circulated sap. Two solutions of varying densities were used, the denser of which contained a dye. As his YouTube videos demonstrate, gravity pulls the denser fluids down the vertical tubes and this movement creates a positive pressure in front of the descending solutes and a negative pressure and applied tension behind them, which cause the solutions to flow.
Fletcher believes IBT should be the first line of intervention for improving patient care outcomes and is eager for trials to begin.
“There is good reason to conduct further investigation into the therapeutic value of sleeping on a bed raised by 6 inches. There was a reason why the pharaohs slept like this 5,000 years ago,” he said.
*Lift king-sized beds 7 inches.
By Marie Lasater
Staff Writer for The Licking News Paper
How you sleep matters. If you ever gone to bed with a cold and cough, you figure out quickly that sleeping on two pillows helps your breathing. Night shift nurses who finally lay down to sleep after their shift find they suddenly have to get up to urinate every few hours as fluids trapped in their legs slowly return to the kidneys after the nurse has been on her feet all night. Of course, if you have swelling of your legs and feet, your health care professional encourages you to elevate your legs when you can.
At some point in history, people decided they should sleep on a flat surface. This wasn’t always the case, as ancient beds were tilted at least a five-degree angle in many cultures. Archeological artifacts from Egypt include inclined beds, with the head on these beds six inches higher than the foot end. Animals also prefer to sleep with their head in a raised position, as you’ve probably noticed with the family dog.
Several studies have found that sleeping at a 3.5- to five-degree incline is beneficial. Not talking about a hospital bed that bends in the middle with the head of the bed raised, the entire bed should be on a slope, and accomplished with putting blocks under the head of the bed, raising it approximately six inches. Benefits include improved blood circulation and breathing function, accelerated metabolism, and enhanced neurologic and immune functions. Other conditions that may be helped with inclined bed therapy include diabetes, glaucoma, migraines, multiple sclerosis, sleep apnea, acid reflux, edema, and varicose veins, as noted below.
Andrew K. Fletcher is credited with discovering the benefits of inclined bed therapy. He likened the activity of water moving up through the trunk of a tree via the roots to the flow of fluids through the human body. In order to see how gravity and the flow of water affects the human body, he tried placing bricks under the head of his bed to raise it. His wife saw the benefits first, when her varicose veins improved tremendously within the space of a month.
Sleeping on an incline affects intracranial pressure. Research by a medical anthropologist showed people with migraines were able to eliminate their migraines within a short period of time by sleeping with their heads raised. In fact, in the neurological ICU, nurses are trained to elevate the head of the patient’s bed when intracranial pressure becomes too high.
Many people suffer from acid reflux, or GERD. Often the only time symptoms occur is when laying down in bed at night, when corrosive stomach acid refluxes up into your esophagus, causing pain that feels like acid is eating away at your tissue, which it is. The stomach lining is designed to withstand this acid, but the delicate tissues of the esophagus aren’t. Inclined bed therapy will not cure this condition, but it can help keep gastric acid in the right place, your stomach, when you are trying to sleep.
Frequent night urination
If getting up frequently at night to urinate plagues you, try raising the head of your bed. Many anecdotal reports attest to people getting better sleep because they are sleeping at least six hours at a stretch instead of having to get up every two hours to urinate.
While elevating swollen lower extremities can definitely lessen edema, many people with chronic edema have seen improvement with inclined bed therapy with the head of the bed elevated. Improvement has also been seen with hemorrhoids.
If you have any of the problems listed above, why not give inclined bed therapy a try?
Link back to original article: http://www.thelickingnews.com/in-the-news/inclined-bed-therapy/
By Dr. Mercola
Oftentimes the simplest strategies pay great dividends. Getting sensible sun exposure and grounding to the Earth are two examples. Sleeping on an incline is another. While few have heard of it, and sleeping on a horizontal surface is a well-established norm, raising the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches so that you're sleeping on a 5-degree incline may have a number of benefits, including:
Improving blood circulation
Improving glymphatic drainage from the brain
Improving immune system function
Improving respiratory function
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The History of Inclined Bed Therapy
IBT article from Nenah Sylver PHD "The Rife Handbook of Frequency Therapy and Holistic Health"
http://www.nenahsylver.com/description-and-contents.html [2009 version]
Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT) The angle of the bed can be as important as the materials with which it is constructed.
Recently, a new way of sleeping, called Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT), was developed in the United Kingdom by Andrew K. Fletcher. The head of the bed is elevated initially between three and four inches, and gradually raised to an optimum eight inches. This mode of sleeping may sound strange, but its origins are sound.
Fletcher first became interested in how we can make gravity work for us by investigating the mechanism by which trees draw water from the soil. This led to a public experiment conducted before an audience that included Forestry Commission scientists and the local press. Using a single length of 6mm bore open ended tube, and two vessels, water and minerals, Fletcher showed that water travels upwards much higher than one might think—as long as it’s part of a feedback loop where heavily mineralized water can flow down, and non-mineralized water can flow back up.
Any concentration of minerals suspended in water results in the production of heavier water. Heavy liquids produced in the uppermost parts of the tree by photosynthesis and concentrated by transpiration, must fall towards the roots because of the effect of gravity. But, for every action there must also be a reaction, and the reaction is that any downward flowing pulses of heavy mineral laden sap will cause a far greater volume of a lighter, dilute solution, in adjoining tubes, to be lifted.
. . . Some of [the heavy downward-flowing fluids] are used in the continuous cycle of growth of the tree, while any remaining heavy liquids which reach the roots are re-diluted by incoming water and flow back to the leaves having become lighter, drawn up by downward flowing concentrated solutions in a continual cycle.
The water utilization of trees applies to that of humans, too. Heavily mineralized blood plasma flows down as a result of gravity, and blood plasma that is not heavily mineralized flows back up. Due to the pumping action caused by the heavy mineral- laden fluid and the lighter fluid containing fewer minerals, there is no stagnation of movement.
However, there is stagnation when the body is horizontal. By sleeping on an incline, we make gravity work for us, and not against us. Fletcher pointed out that baboons and other primates sleep in anything but a horizontal position in the branches of trees in order to avoid predators. Cattle and sheep, when given a choice all sleep facing uphill. Birds sleep standing in an upright position. Emperor penguins, for instance, are able to withstand the harsh conditions of Antarctica’s winter as they huddle together in an upright posture for several months without food. . . . The eggs, which they incubate, are maintained at a temperature near to that of our own body temperature.
Clearly then, the metabolic rate that maintains our own and every other creatures body temperature is linked, in some way, to the force of gravity, but how? (Although a five degree incline used while sleeping has some similarities to an upright position, the two are quite different. I will address this in a moment.) Once Andrew Fletcher secured the help of his family (including pets) in his experiment with inclined beds, he was able to measure the biochemical and physiological changes that result in the body. First, urine density was found to have increased during the first morning visit to the bathroom, compared to when sleeping flat.
In addition: Measurements were taken [of heart and respiration rates] while they slept both horizontally and in the inclined position. Over several weeks, it was constantly observed that in all cases the heart rate decreased by around 10 – 12 beats per minute during inclined sleep, and the respiration rate decreased by 4 to 5 breaths per minute when compared to horizontal sleep. These measurements were later repeated and electronically confirmed by a nurse working in the Operation Recovery Room of Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Yet the circulation, oxygen sats and metabolism in all cases was higher in the “inclined” sleep than the horizontal or traditional sleep position.
One can imagine Fletcher’s excitement as his investigation extended beyond his family to willing friends and neighbors. Reports of enormous healing benefits began pouring in. All who took part in the inclined bed therapy experiments experienced benefits, some being almost beyond belief. Several people have shown that it is possible to reverse damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, including complete spinal cord injuries and nerve damage caused in chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis, including damage to the optic nerve.
Varicose veins, leg ulcers, edema, arthritic conditions, lethargy, muscle wastage (atrophy) and osteoporosis have all responded well to this therapy. Some respond in four weeks while others may take four months or more. An improved resistance to infection has also been observed and I am hoping that this will enable people suffering from immune deficiency disorders to achieve a stronger resistance to seasonal viruses and bacteriological infectious organisms. These results do sound too good to be true, don’t they?
Yet Australian rifer and massage therapist Ken Uzzell has reported major improvements from sleeping on a slanted bed. “I crushed my neck and lower back from an accident many years ago. Since IBT”—Ken had been doing it for only nine months when he wrote me about this —“I haven’t had any therapy or pain killers. Plus, my pelvis doesn’t go out. It’s like I never had injuries. I am close to being the fittest I have ever been.” Uzzell also observed major improvements with his massage clients who began doing IBT. All sorts of conditions were lessened or eliminated entirely: acid reflux, arthritis, back pain, edema, Multiple Sclerosis, metabolic disorders, Parkinson’s, and respiratory distress that included sleep apnea and snoring.
Some of Uzzell’s clients are professional athletes. When they began using IBT, he recalls, their coaches were “staggered” by their performance increase. “I was told not to spread the word too aggressively, since after all, people like their competitive advantage.” There are sound physiological reasons for this apparently disparate list of improvements during IBT.
1 With vastly improved circulation of bodily fluids—even though the heart is not working as hard as it does during horizontal sleep—nutrient conveyance and waste removal are more efficient.
2. the reduced compression on the spine allows the lymph tissue to move more freely and drain more easily.
3. the fascia, or membranes enveloping the muscles, unwind.
“This is eight hours of low level prolonged traction that is unwinding the fascia,” Uzzell points out. “Rife therapy unwinds the fascia as well. Relaxing the fascia is a huge boost to every system of the body.”
4 the more efficient flow of blood and lymphatic tissue allows for much better temperature regulation. This is why IBT subjects feel warmer during cold weather and cooler during hot weather.
5 the slant allows the entire spine to elongate. This encourages better hydration in the spinal discs and the fluid sacks in the joints, which leads to lessening or total elimination of back and joint pain. The mild traction effects on the spine can produce dramatic results. “Some very nasty spinal degenerative conditions appear to be reversing without the need for surgery or drugs,” Uzzell writes on his website. “Bones actually grow longer, you will grow taller. However, for a period of one to eight days, you will feel initial aches in muscles as they elongate and reset.” Note that some people feel worse before they feel better, especially involving spinal injuries. However, this is a common reaction with corrective therapies that address the underlying causes rather than just the superficial symptoms.
Fletcher writes: We found that the first week or so feels a little strange and some people experience a slight ache in the spine, that appears to move upwards into the neck, causing a slight stiffening; however, this soon disappears and seems to be a threshold that needs to be passed before the full benefits of this therapy are experienced. Several participants, including myself, have reported a slight increase in height, suggesting the spine is adopting a more upright posture and is probably due to a gentle easing or stretching in the spine.
With such a marked increase in circulation and waste removal, are there any detoxification effects on the body? “You may initially get rapid detox and resulting headaches,” Uzzell advises. “But eventually, all systems in the body will respond and normalize.
From my observations, physical trauma exits the body in about six weeks, and emotional trauma releases in three to four weeks.” Having known Ken for years as an enthusiastic rifer and dedicated scientist, I could not resist the temptation to experiment. Fortunately, my partner was also willing. He raised the head of our bed with cinder blocks to four inches (later upgrading the cinder blocks to wooden bed risers). We bought a sturdy wooden bed frame with a headboard and put the headboard at the foot of the bed to prevent the mattress (and especially blankets) from sliding downward. After a couple of weeks sleeping much more soundly, we decided to raise the bed to the highest recommended slant of 8 inches.
To my surprise, it didn’t take long for us to get used to the slant—in fact, my body seemed to crave it. Although I had one fairly rough week of increased neck and back pain, accompanied by pinched nerves (I assumed that the fascia was indeed unwinding from prior injuries), I noticed afterwards a marked increase of energy and far less pain. My partner stopped snoring almost immediately, another surprise since it had been such a serious ongoing problem. I feel confident that our health will continue to improve the more we sleep in this manner.
Now, the difference between standing upright and lying down with your head raised at a 5-degree slant. Ken explains: Edema, swollen legs due to the break down of the lymph system, is resolved. It sounds as though it should be opposite, and the legs should be elevated as per doctors instructions, but I have seen the reverse to hold more value with this problem than raising the legs. When standing upright, the fluid in the legs will not be discharged, but it is at 5 degrees.
Humans are not the only ones who like IBT. “I’ve tested the 5 degrees with numerous pets, cats and dogs,” Uzzell reports. “After shuffling around a little, they always choose to sleep uphill, and then they won’t move for the duration of their sleep.” This certainly cannot be attributable to a so-called “placebo” effect. In any case, animals will not allow themselves to be uncomfortable. If you have a painful and/or degenerative spinal condition, it’s important to ease into the change of angles very gradually.
Start with a two-inch incline and increase it only every few months. When you become used to the shift, this is your signal to raise the bed a bit higher. The bed can be raised with bricks, wooden wedges or blocks, or pieces of hard foam. Inclined Bed Therapy costs almost nothing, is totally self-administered, can eliminate pain, decrease your doctor appointments, and increase the quality of your life. Since it’s not drug-related, studies on IBT may not appear soon in the medical journals. But since it doesn’t cost much money or effort, consider trying it. You might be surprised and delighted.
Published with kind permission from Nenah
This is very exciting and a long awaited breakthrough.
Dr Torre wants to include data from people already using IBT.
Here is your chance to help him understand more about how IBT has affected you. He does not need your personal details if you wish to remain anonymous.
INCLINED BED THERAPY A NEW ANGLE ON HEALTH
Sleeping on a bed inclined at five degrees has great benefits for circulation, metabolism and the immune system. It can also ease a range of conditions from Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and glaucoma
to migraines, multiple sclerosis and varicose veins.
by Jenny Hawke ©March 2016 NEXUS Magazine
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"As a retired Physician, I can honestly say that unless you are in a serious accident, your best chance of living to a ripe old age is to avoid doctors and hospitals and learn about nutrition, herbal medicine and other forms of natural medicine unless you are fortunate enough to to have a naturopathic physician available.
Almost all drugs are toxic and are designed only to treat symptoms and not to cure anyone.
Vaccines are highly dangerous, have never been adequately studied or proven to be effective, and have a poor risk / reward ratio.
Most surgery is unnecessary and most textbooks of medicine are inaccurate and deceptive. Almost every disease is said to be idiopathic (without known cause) or genetic-although this is untrue.
In short, our mainstream medical system is hopelessly inept and / or corrupt. The treatment of cancer and degenerative diseases is a national scandal.
The sooner you learn this, the better off you will be."Add a comment
HERALD EXPRESS, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1999 11
Sweet dreams of cure for MS
Can sufferers heal themselves in their sieep?
A former boiler-maker from South Devon claims he is on the verge of a breakthrough in the treatment of multiple sclerosis -using six inch blocks of wood.
Andrew Fletcher believes sufferers from the crippling neurological disease can ease their symptoms simply by tilting their beds.
Two woman who were each blind in one eye apparently regained their sight after sleeping at an angle.
And now the 43-year-old Paignton man has embarked on a worldwide research project in a bid to prove his theory — and force a cynical medical establishment to sit up and take notice.
Mr Fletcher, who has no scientific or medical qualifications, is trying to recruit 300 MS sufferers via the internet to test his ideas.
He wants volunteers to sleep with their heads and shoulders raised by six inches and to record their observations in a diary.
The cause of MS, which affects 85,000 people in the UK alone, has baffled scientists for years.
Mainstream studies are concentrating on immunology and virology, cell biology, epidemiology and genetics. One high-tech theory is that a virus or bacterial infection prompts the body's immune system to attack itself.
But Mr Fletcher, of Berry Drive, insists that fluids are driven through the body by gravity — and that chemical impulses cannot travel through the nervous system so effectively when the spinal cord is lying horizontally.
He insists that some of the 100 participants who have signed up for his trial so far are already reporting improvements in their symptoms.
"People have stopped sweating so much at night, they've stopped getting up to go to the loo, their balance is better in the morning and they don't feel so stiff," he said.
"I've got an oil tanker skipper from Bolivia taking part, a cardiologist from South Africa and even a neurologist from Canada--"He is sceptical but he's going to give it a try. It all suggests that I'm on the right track."
Betty lams, an MS sufferer and author from California, has also reported positive results after sleeping with her head raised.
"I'm very excited about this study. Together we will make a difference," she said.
Although the powers that be in Britain have branded Mr Fletcher's earlier research efforts "unscientific," they seem unwilling to repeat the work on a larger scale.
"Most medical studies are funded by charities and huge drug companies — and there are no profits in my idea because it's so simple," he said.
"The Multiple Sclerosis Society are not being helpful. There seems to be a reluctance to accept new ideas.
"Adrian Sanders (Torbay's MP) tried to get the Prime Minister and Department of Health to listen, without success.
"I intend to use my data to beat the MS Society with a big stick and force them to take action — even if it bankrupts me."
Adrian Ellis, the charity's spokesman, told the Herald Express: "He's a determined man — you can't knock him for that.
"But neurologists can't see how sleeping at a slightly different angle would affect MS, which is a complex disorder.
"Let's see the proof. Then we'll prick up our ears and pay attention."
Mr Ellis conceded that alternative therapies had a "hard time" from the medical establishment because their claims are harder to prove.
"The list of these therapies is as long as your arm. If people find benefit from one of them, we would not try to stop them using it.
"But we would urge people to approach it with caution and get advice from a doctor."
What is multiple sclerosis?
MULTIPLE sclerosis is a> disease of the brain and spinal cord and occurs when the fatty sheath that protects the nerve fibres becomes scarred.
When the myelin sheath is working properly, electrical impulses to the muscles and sensory organs are passed quickly and efficiently.
If it is damaged the messages become slower, distorted or non-existent.
The symptoms depend on which nerves are affected but include blurred vision, pain behind the eyes, ringing in the ears, tingling or numbness in the arms or legs.
Some people experience giddiness, loss of balance, difficulty with walking, speech problems and incontinence.
Countries with temperate climates, such as the UK, have a higher incidence of MS and the condition is more common in northern latitudes such as Scotland.
ANDREW Fletcher, who is looking for volunteers to put his theory to the test.
by JON ROSAMOND