Kim Kozelichki was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996. She started developing the classic symptoms such as loss of balance, tremor, tingling and visual problems. Because of her condition she stopped being active––she was an athletic tennis player. She also had to walk with a cane as well as use a wheelchair.
In 2011, thanks to a device called the PoNs, within a week, she was able to walk on a treadmill without holding the bar. Within four weeks, she could walk 3.5 miles per hour on the treadmill. Within three months, she was able to jog and play tennis again. This was quite a remarkable change after using a device for 20-25 minutes that sits on the tongue. You can see Kim’s changes on the link below:
The principle behind the device is neuroplasticity; the ability to remould the brain by stimulation. It is now known that we can grow new neural pathways and connections by what we input from the body. Gone is the idea that the brain is fixed beyond childhood. The body can grow the brain and by stimulation through our thoughts, exercise or other means, we can effect neuroplastic changes. This is what the PoNS does. It stimulates the 15,000-plus receptors in the tongue and the impulses are sent throughout the brain. Used in conjunction with specific exercises, it literally induces new pathways in the brain and the effects appear to be longstanding.
Currently, the device is under major clinical trials at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the Montreal Neurological Institute, and the U.S. military is looking at its effectiveness with brain-damaged soldiers.
The implications for this are tremendous. Even people with conditions such as autism, ADHD and Alzheimer’s can potentially benefit. Neuroplastic healing is very real and it is set to usher in a new way of treating brain disorders without drugs or surgery. By using external stimuli such as the PoNS, exercise, mental exercises, and light and sound therapy, the brain is being activated to heal itself.
Today, scientists in the field are recommending that people stimulate their brains with exercise, games, crossword puzzles, learning an instrument or language and travelling. Yes, travel allows us to experience new places and learn something that we wouldn’t necessarily experience at home.
For more information on neuroplastic healing, an excellent book is Norman Doidge’s, “The Brain’s Way of Healing: Stories of Remarkable Recoveries and Discoveries”.
Adele and Ely have had a combined 80 years of experience in the health field as both Medical Doctor and Chiropractor. So they have had first hand experience in dealing with the health issues of seniors and retirees.
Over the past 30 years they have travelled extensively to 38 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including 43 U.S. states. This has given them insights and experience in counselling others regarding their travel needs. Their book, Travel Secrets For Seniors, is the result.