Upright Posture and Neurodegererative Diseases

Upright posture: It’s what defines us as humans and no other body does it better. Not only do we stand perfectly upright, but we walk about in a most efficient way that required significant evolutionary changes from head to foot.

Anthropologists suggest several different possible scenarios as to what environmental factors might have triggered upright posture and bipedalism in humans and hominids. The truth is, we don’t know. We can only guess, but by all accounts it was a behavioral decision on the part of the brain and that fateful decision led to some amazing anatomical and physiological changes.

For the most part the those changes were beneficial, especially for the brain. In fact, anthropologists attribute the large size of the human brain to the increase in brain blood flow caused by upright posture, as well as an enhanced cooling system. Some even believe that enhanced cooling had a greater impact on the increase in size of the brain than the increase in blood flow. They call it the radiator theory.

This blog will address some critical health care issues that I believe to be associated with upright posture. It will start with neurodegeneraive diseases because conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis are some of the most critical and costly health care issues we face in the industrialized world today. Yet, despite billions of dollars and decades in research, we still don’t have a clue as to what causes them. This is important because knowing the cause is the key to better treatment and possibly even prevention.

In the final analysis, I am going to present a strong case for doing further research into a brand new theory that has to do with upright posture and the unique design of the human skull, spine and circulatory system of the brain and their role in cranial hydrodynamics.  Faulty cranial fluid mechanics may be the root cause of many neurodegenerative diseases.


About uprightdoctor

I am a sixty year old retired chiropractor with considerable expertise in the unique designs of the human skull, spine and circulatory system of the brain due to upright posture, and their potential role in neurodegenerative diseases of the brain and cord. I have been writing about the subject for well over two decades now. My interests are in practical issues related to upright posture and human health.
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6 Responses to Upright Posture and Neurodegererative Diseases

  1. Drs Flanagan says:

    Hi Bruce, I believe PD is related to normal pressure hydrocephalus or NPH. I believe the cause of the NPH is due to venous drainage issues similar to CCSVI but more due to back pressure against the vertebral veins not stenosis in jugular and thoracic veins. Nonetheless, the liberation procedure will probably help in many cases of PD patients.

    In the meantime,I would strongly recommned that your wife get her upper cervical spine checked and corrected. She has nothing to lose. It can only make her better and she can get started tomorrow. There are quite a few upper cervical doctors in California. Let me see what I can do. If you don’t hear from me before the end of the week please get back to me.

  2. Davis Barrett says:

    Hello Dr. Flannagan,
    I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and Heavy metal toxicity, AND Lyme Disease. My permanently fused ankle from a serious injury as a child has caused me lots of postural problems. I have been told by many massage therapists and other’s that I have chronic c-1 and c-2 problems. Whenever I get them adjusted, they just go back out. I believe all these issues have caused my Parkinson’s. Do you know of an upper cervical spine specialist that you would recommend in the Seattle area? Should I be screened for CCSVI? My naturopath thinks that because I have poor flow from my brain to my heart, the heavy metals lodged into my brain. Thank you for any suggestions and the kind of chiropractic I should persue. How about biophysic chiropractic?

    • Drs Flanagan says:

      Davis, Are you Adrienne’s husband? Let me get back to you with a referral. It certainly sounds like you could benefit from specific upper cervical. MFDC

    • Drs Flanagan says:

      Davis, you must be Adrienne’s husband and I replied to her email. If not there is a certified NUCCA doctor with 24 years experience in Seattle. Her name is Dr. Johanna Hoeller. Her phone number is (206-547-6379). The concept behind chiropractic biophysics is great but its reatively new and not what I would recommend for patients with serious neurodegenerative diseases. Upper cervical is the way to go. Let me know when you recieve this message. MFDC

  3. kesser says:

    Dear Dr. Flanagan:

    Please, let me know, if there is a knowledgeable upper cervical spine specialist in the Greater Cleveland Area. Also, I have been looking for description of improvements for PD patients following appropriate adjustments, but I could not find any. Please, advise.

    Thank you very much in advance.



    P.S. What’s your opinion on http://functionalcranialrelease.com/ and does it in any way relate to upper cervical adjustments?

    • Dear ZL,

      The links below are to NUCCA an Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical chiropractors in Ohio.

      The link below is to Dr. Erin Elster’s website. Dr. Elster did some nice case studies on patients with Parkinson’s. There are other case studies. Much more research needs to be done, especially upright MRI studies of craniospinal hydrodynamics.

      I don’t know enough about it to comment on the particular method used by the doctor in functional cranial release. I have developed my own method of cranial work. In the hands of an expert, cranial therapy can be very effective. In the hands of non-experts, it is highly subjective. It has been my experience that most doctors don’t understand the pathophysiology involved sufficiently to effectively treat complex cases such as neurodegenerative diseases.

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