Locked-In Syndrome: Graham Miles Demonstrates the Power of Intention and Neural Plasticity

This wonderful story, sent to me by my friend Sherry Scott, who says,

As Bruce Lipton has proven scientifically now, our belief systems even override our DNA so there is nothing that is impossible if the belief is there. This should prove that those in the medical industry should NEVER speak of illness or disability in such a way that it damages the patient’s belief in recovery.

Sherry attached to her email an article from the UK Daily Mail and several comments from friends suggesting that the story reinforces the view that people with even the most terrible conditions should not just be allowed to die. Each and every anecdotal “miracle recovery” and its history helps to mainstream the idea that we are what we believe.

Diagnosed with ‘ locked-in syndrome’ and paralysed from head to toe, stroke victim Graham Miles was told he would never recover.
Doctors said he would be a prisoner in his own body for the rest of his life. He was able to communicate only by moving his eyelids.
Just a few months later, however, Mr Miles left the medics ‘utterly bewildered’ by taking his first faltering steps.

Graham Miles,

Yesterday the 66-year-old grandfather told how he had made such a remarkable recovery that he is now able to live independently and has even taken up motor racing as a hobby.
‘There is no medical explanation for what I’ve achieved,’ he said. ‘As far as I know, no one with locked-in syndrome has taken their motor function as far as I have. ‘Most die within a few months, and the rest only regain a very small amount of movement.’

incredible progress | image courtesy John Conner Press

Mr Miles believes he overcame his devastating condition by tapping into the ‘extra capacity’ of the brain. He said: ‘There is a lot we don’t know about the brain and I believe that I somehow found an alternative path between my brain and the rest of my body.

Mr Miles regularly takes workouts alongside his therapist at his local gym and can climb the steps outside his home in Brighton. ‘If you are totally focused, you’ve got sufficient drive, commitment and mental stamina, you can break down that barrier between the brain and the body that goes with total paralysis.’

Miraculous Recovery | image courtesy John Conner Press

Read more here at the London Daily Mail Online.

We create our own reality, minute by minute. Mr. Miles is living, walking proof that even seemingly insurmountable odds can be overcome. If everyone on the planet held this belief, imagine the changes that could be made.

About Locked-In Syndrome:

Locked-in syndrome can be caused by a traumatic brain injury, a brain stem stroke or medication overdose.Sufferers are completely paralysed but remain conscious and are able to think and reason as normal. They can usually move their eyes and can sometimes communicate by blinking. There is only limited treatment available including using electrodes to stimulate muscle reflexes which can sometimes bring some minimal feeling back. But research over the last 20 years has revealed the brain’s capacity to regenerate in a way tha t was once thought impossible.

During that time doctors have created a medical vocabulary that attempts to describe what is happening to patients who appear to have no prospect of recovering from a traumatic brain injury. The terms include locked-in syndrome and PVS (persistent vegetative state). PVS is diagnosed in patients in a coma for at least three years without being able to communicate or have any understanding of what is being said. There are normally fewer than 100 patients in the UK with PVS at any time.
Locked-in syndrome is an even rarer diagnosis applied to people who are conscious, can see and hear but are paralysed and unable to speak because of damage to the brain stem. They can often move their eyes. Recent developments suggest the brain continues to function and make new nerve connections that may eventually lead to physical and mental improvements.
This re-routing of neural activity takes time but laboratory experiments suggest it is a ceaseless activity that will have differing results in individual patients. At the same time, doctors have increasingly recognised that patients who once would have been ‘written off’ may have the capacity to communicate, if not achieve even more.
It is hoped computer devices might help these extreme cases to communicate in future, but the latest case of triumph over physical adversity shows what a functioning mind and strong will to survive can achieve.

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