Exploring Ayurveda For Cerebellar Ataxia And Pain Control

Western medicine is innovative, but if you search through PubMed, you find very few drug trials for degenerative cerebellar ataxia. There is no known cure for ataxia, so our best hope still lies in finding a therapy to ease the symptoms. With all the modern innovations available what if one possible answer lies in an ancient system of holistic healing? Ayurvedic medicine deserves a look. “Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda ( knowledge) and is the oldest (5,000-year-old) recorded system of medicine in history. It combines the concept of whole health; lifestyle, exercise, diet along with medicinal herb compounds, some which predate written history. Many traditional therapies are now being studied in a clinical setting using western methods of research, double-blind trials, and research review to prove or disprove their efficacy. The most promising trial we’ve previously highlighted is Degenerative Cerebellar Ataxia After Ayurvedic Therapy. In 2009 a joint study in India was conducted by the Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Advanced Ayurvedic Research Unit, National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Department of Neurosciences, Psychiatric and Neurological Rehabilitation.  In this study, they sought to discover if traditional Ayurvedic medicine could have a positive effect on balance issues caused by…

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Quarterly Neurology Follow-Up

Quarterly Neurology Follow-Up The New Normal By the time we went to our quarterly neurology follow-up we had a pretty good list of questions. The cholesterol medication was a big one. What kinds of exercises could we safely add to the walking? Did we need to see a Neuroopthamoligist instead of our ophthalmologist? What alternatives, besides prescription medications, were there for the neuropathy pain, body, and joint pain? The hand and trigger finger problems had become extreme. Some days it is impossible to hold a fork or use a knife. Was this even SS related? What decision had the doctor come to in regards to searching for an active bleed? The Statin Question Our neurologist agreed pretty quickly we had a valid concern about the ten-year history of statin use. She reviewed cardiac health history. His parents had both been treated long-term for high cholesterol. Gary’s number had a history of being high at times; it was not at a level now that would suggest he was in a high-risk category. Blood pressure was stable. Plus there was the bonus of the chelation diet regimen. We avoid all red and organ meat five days a week and load up on the…

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Balance Problems

Can Physical Therapy Help Balance Problems?

We’re one year into chelation therapy now with another two years left to go if we’re lucky. The possibility is very real Gary’s cerebellar degeneration will continue. We stumbled on an intriguing blog while searching for physical therapies we could add to our exercise routine that might help with the balance and gait issues.

Some days are better than others. But you start to worry about what the future will bring when you see someone you love hit the ground. Walking across the living room, and BOOM, down you go. A flat case of losing your balance.

Balance and Gait Therapeutic Alternatives

Cynthia Gibson-Horn is a physical therapist who designed a remarkably straightforward combination of a weighted balance vest worn during physical therapy. The vest, “BalanceWear® Orthotic.” is now available. Treatment includes a patient evaluation so a custom weighted vest can provide counter-balance to the individual’s particular balance needs.

The results are remarkable. Multiple Sclerosis, Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Parkinson’s, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Cerebellar Degeneration patients have all benefited from therapy. Terry Hayes suffers from cerebellar degeneration. Doctors thought she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Six months later Terry’s progress is astounding.

                        You can read Terry Hayes story on the MotionTherapeutics Inc website.

 MotionTherapeutics Inc. provides non-invasive therapeutic solutions for balance and mobility disorders using Balanced-Based Torso-Weighting® (BBTW®) garmets. Once fitted with the BBTW® garment, clients often achieve immediate improvement in their ambulatory ability.

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Cerebellar Ataxia and Ayurvedic Therapy Possibilities

MRI 2014

Exploring Alternative Medicine   Ataxia was once referred to as the “Drunken Sailor” syndrome a few hundred years ago. The gait problems that arrive with the symptoms from superficial siderosis are just one of many that fall under the authority of ataxia. We can relate big time. Gait, balance, hand coordination, vision, speech, swallowing, cognitive, and fatigue are related to cerebellar ataxia that develops because of cerebral atrophy. Gary’s atrophy was considered mild in 2014 but has still dropped a variety of symptoms directly in our lap. Vision issues have made driving no longer possible. Speech, swallowing, and coordination problems are intensified by fatigue. Cognitive issues appear to be evening out some as of late so being the glass half full part of this partnership I’m going to chalk that up to some positive effect of the green tea. As for mood, well we’ve been married 37 years, so we deal with that in our way. We hope to avoid going down the overmedicated prescription road. That’s not to say if a conventional western medication turns out to be something necessary we’d turn away from it. Still, we’re hoping to explore any natural or alternative medicine that might offer some relief. One of these…

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The Cart Before the Horse: Stem Cells

Stem Cell Research and Neurodegenerative Healing


Research takes a very long time with many wrong turns along the way. But if we continue to look for possibilities imagine the reward. One of the more exciting areas is stem cell research and their effect on neurodegeneration.

In this Ted Talk video  Dr. Siddharthan Chandran explains how close researchers are to developing a useful therapy using the bodies existing stem cells to repair neurodegenerative damage.

It may seem premature to be already searching for healing therapies this early into chelation, but we are trying to be positive. Our hope is some of these ideas we tumble around will give us a direction to look to when the time comes.


So a new category of blog postings are making a debut

 Exploring the Future

                  Siddharthan Chandran: Can the damaged brain repair itself?