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This HTML web page introduces
the visitor to the dramatic breakthroughs that have occurred in the memory
fitness testing industry - since Dr. Alzheimer first concluded the degenerative
disease process that bares his name had mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
as sits early signature.
Continuing in Dr. Alzheimer's
footsteps is Dr. J. Wesson Ashford, PhD, M.D., who leads a movement to make
personal memory titness testing an individual's tool in monitoring their
personal memory fitness, and assisting their doctors in monitoring for memory
related disorders and neurological disease early onset screening.
THis area of the center offers
visitors a comprehensive interactive tutorial of the memory fitness test
Comparing scores/results of
standardized memory fitness tests taken over a period of time - gives a
test taker a historic record - baseline "normal" ranking - of
their memory fitness.
While the tests offered here
can not diagnose or screen for early onset of neurological disease, they
can provide accurate appraisal of a healthy brain's normal ability to form
If an individual invests the
time to build a historic record of memory fitness testing, and shares that
history with their doctors and care givers, they will have given their doctors
new and valuable insight into their neurological health and disease prevention
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The Memory Fitness testing
Center is an owned and operated demonstration iBE (Internet Broadcasting
Enterprise) of the Internet Broadcasting
The iBA owns and operates iBHealth.net,
the health and medical industry value added network service enterprise,
where HIPAA compliant online electronic medical record services have removed
the liability of illegal access to individual's medical files, and streamlined
record keeping in research, clinical practices, and remote health care facilities.
Specifically, the Memory Fitness
Testing Center positions a version of Dr.
J. Wesson Ashford, PhD., M.D., of Medafile in free access to the online
citizen. The technolgists at Bowles-Langley
Technologies worked with Dr. Ashford and the online broadcasting specialists
at the iBA/iBHealth.net enterprise levels - to create the testing platform
used within the Memory Fitness Testing Center.
iBHEALTH visits Dr. Ted Langley, Ph.D.
one of the developers of
the BLT-Ashford Short Term Memory and Cognitive Impairment Test. His background
is Experimental Psychology and Neurophysiology.
"We are what we remember."
That is what Dr. Ted Langley observed about
people. It is the workings of our mind - in particular the ability of
our mind to remember and use what remember - that defines who we are and
how well we are living. Our memory determines our "quality of life".
The medical community has long been aware of impaired mental performance
of an individual who is fatigued, ill, under too strong of medication
or having a reaction to medication.
In the late 1980's Dr. Langley and Henry Bowles,
the founder of BLT, saw a need for simple, inexpensive and non-obtrusive method
for testing an individual's alertness. They developed such a testing procedure
and patented their invention. As 75% of industrial accidents are caused by fatigue,
illness and/or recreational drug abuse, their test promised to be valuable in
military, industrial applications. At the heart of the testing process is the
creating of a Baseline - or the identity of the individual's normal condition
- and this is automatically done when the person takes the test several times
over a period of time.
The Bowles-Langley Alertness Test makes it possible to screen workers in potentially
hazardous jobs for mental alertness. A few of the occupations where safety depends
heavily on alertness are truck drivers, construction workers, law enforcement
persons, school bus drivers, ship operators, airline pilots, and many more.
The BLT Alertness Test resembles a video game and is fun and interesting to
take, but its purpose is to test for normal alertness. From this, the inventors
continued to expand their work and identified potential applications for the
They soon realized that there is a profound need within the medical and health
care industries for an effective testing procedure for individual short term
memory and cognitive reasoning.. As an individual's immediate ability to learn
and remember things is directly related to their alertness - the platform proved
appropriate for measuring short-term memory. This became another patent and
is the foundation for the Personal Memory Baseline Records and Emergency Medical
Information Service test.
The test itself was developed in collaboration with Dr. J. Wesson Ashford, M.D.,
Ph.D. of the University of Kentucky. Dr. Ashford's background and work are as
a Medical Doctor and Neurophysiologist specializing in brain research programs
and in day-to-day treatment of older persons, including those afflicted with
varying degrees of Alzheimer's Disease.
Following is an interview with Dr. Ted Langley,conducted April 25,2002 at the
IBH: Ted, does the medical community value early detection?
TL: They definitely do. In every form of health care that addresses a
disease or condition - if the patientís body can do the healing, or most of
it - the treatment is easier to administer as well as more effective. When a
person is normal and living a healthy life - they can often go through days
or months where they are not functioning normally. They may not have cancer
or Alzheimerís, but they arenít sharp or they may forget where they left their
keys. Now sometimes that is just a normal slip up - but in the case of serious
neurological disorders - it could be a warning sign.
Throughout the medical community there is unanimous agreement that early detection
of aliments increases a patientís likelihood of recovery and at the very least
can prolong not just the patientís life but also help them to sustain a higher
quality of life for a longer period of time. In critical illness - it can mean
life or death.
IBH: How does your testing aid in a personís early detection of medical abnormality?
TL: Our goal in the development of the Short Term Memory and Cognitive
Impairment Test (STMCIT) was to supplement what Doctors have been doing for
years in the establishing of baseline records - when you go for an annual physical
you have blood tests and perhaps an EKG - when you go to the dentist and have
x-rays or a Chiropractor and have x-rays - these are no more than baseline records
of your personal health condition. These are extremely valuable as over time
they create a hard and fast recording of a personís condition and when something
takes a dramatic shift or the body is attacked by disease the doctorís diagnosis
and delivery of treatment is accelerated to the patient.
In the case of the short term memory testing, we can establish a baseline over
a relatively short period of time - say a year - once established we can easily
detect a decrement in from the baseline normality and ask - why? Does the individual
have the flu, are they recovering from surgery, are they reacting to medication,
do they have a brain tumor? Without the baseline being established and regular
testing of the individualís short term memory they may be in danger and not
be aware - and therefore miss the opportunity for early detection of their ailment.
IBH: So the personís short-term memory may be below their normal levels and
they may not have a serious disease.
TL: Yes, absolutely. What we learned with the alertness testing platforms
is that the mind is like any other muscle of the body - it can be overloaded
or numbed for a variety of reasons. Surgeons know that the effects to a persons
short term memory and cognitive reasoning may last for months - each individual
is different but anytime the personís mind is blacked out and/or there has been
intrusive surgery to the body - recovery takes time. IF the patient has a baseline
history - resulting from taking the test over a period of time the deviation
from the norm and the raise back to it can definitely be tracked.
There comes a time in everybodyís life where the memory decreases. There is
a normal aging effect. But there are also diseases like Alzheimerís that rapidly
consume a personís memory and ability to reason. If a person establishes their
baseline early in life, and takes the test regularly, any thing that causes
them to have reduced short-term memory can be detected - calling it to their
attention they would be advised to take the test again - if their results were
continually low - they would be advised to consult with their doctor.
If a person begins their baseline recording young and in a healthy condition
they will have installed into their medical history a record of their normalcy.
If and when conditions develop like depression, stress, or serious neurological
disorder - the testing will detect the deviation from their normal. This alerts
them that they arenít operating as well as they should be and they can in some
cases the knowledge will help them deal with the problem. In the cases where
they need medical attention it could save their lives.
From the medical communities point of view there is a twofold benefit from establishing
the individualís baseline. The first is that it puts the individual in closer
touch with his or her own health. When there is a deviation from the norm it
is good that the patient is being the awareness to the doctor. Doctors canít
be proactive enough in their professing medical health awareness to their patients
- in the case of the testing and establishing the patientís awareness of their
own baseline - the doctor can use the patientís awareness and testing record
as a toolset in diagnosis and effective treatment.
Having awareness of your own baseline history and taking the test on your own
volition creates a willing and motivated patient. The ultimate goal of the medical
industry is to prolong high quality of life to the individual. With the baseline
and regular testing, an individual is exercising their commitment to health
and making it easier for the doctorís to fulfill their goals in service to the
The other benefit rests within the doctorís ability to make effective diagnosis
and this is where the baseline records come into play. Doctors often are asked
to make diagnosis with partial information - with an established set of medical
records and baseline records like the BLT-Ashford test, matched to x-rays, medical
records and specific medical information about the patient - the doctorís ability
to form accurate diagnosis and provide rapid treatment when needed is optimized.
IBH: What makes your test unique from other memory testing procedures?
TL: Well, there are a number of things. First the test is extremely simple,
it is short and now that it is online the individual can take it in comfortable
privacy. In the past and with other testing processes, the individual had to
be in a doctorís office and that alone is a basic problem.
IBH: Why is that problematic?
TL: Well unless that doctor has made short-term memory testing part of
the patientís regular scheduled physical examination, the patient would more
than likely be in the doctorís office because they think they are sick. In the
case of memory loss or depression the doctor has no baseline to relate the results
to. So, the ability for the patient to enroll in a program where they can take
the test anytime they want to, as often as they like and when they are comfortable
taking it - represents a significant improvement over the present clinical testing
that has occurred in the past.
IBH: Are you saying that the present short term memory testing procedures
arenít as effective as yours?
TL: Not at all. Iím saying the need for a patientís involvement in creating
their own baseline of normal short term memory and cognitive function can be
an essential tool in motivating them to seek medical attention - if the doctorís
conduct extensive, in-depth testing of the patient in the early detection stage
- we may have saved the patientís life - more importantly the patient may have
saved their own life.
IBH: Tell me more about the test itself and why it is easy for the individual
to establish their baseline records.
TL: Well, the very design of the alertness tests and the short-term memory
tests I developed are to ďfit-inĒ to the individualís day-to-day life. The testing
process in similar to a video game and now with the online service - it can
be as easy as checking your e-mail. We were able to combine the testing process
and the record keeping reporting process into a unique format that is essentially
the same as playing an online casino game - only with the test you are guaranteed
to be a winner.
IBH: What about the expense of taking the test or enrolling the baseline
TL: Well this whole project is motivated by our commitment to save lives
and support the medical and health care industries - not to create an expensive
medical or administrative record keeping service.
IBH: Sounds good but what does that translate into for the individual that
wants to take the test or join the record keeping service?
TL: Well, we have licensed the administration of the test and the operations
of the online, on-going record keeping services to the iBHEALTH Internet Broadcasting
Network operations. Under the license the iBHEALTH operation is entitled to
promote the services as flagship Internet Broadcasting Enterprise demonstration
models. We reached an agreement with the iBHEALTH organization and their network
that maintains the testing center and broadcasting of data for the service where
the testing could be accessible as well as affordable for online visitors to
engage the program. I donít know what the specific pricing is to be, but presently
we are talking in the 2-3 dollar range per testing - assuming the first expense
includes at least two tests to establish the initial baseline of comparing the
two test - you see that gives us the required data to compare and form the beginning
of the individuals personal baseline. The iBHEALTH organization is committed
to marketing the test and the service in a variety of programs - all priced
so the expenses of the services are covered, their licensing fees are paid and
there is a little left over for the operations.
IBH: Earlier you mentioned Alzheimerís. What significance does the test have
for those who may be afflicted with that disease?
TL: Alzheimerís is a tragedy. There are over five million people who
have some stage of this mind crippling disease. There will be a million or more
people whose diagnosis each year accelerates them towards a terrible death.
Can you imagine a more horrible death - to be trapped inside of your body -
no to be lost inside of your body - and that is the end of your life?
Well, the decrements of short-term memory and minor cognitive impairment are
the signatures of early detection of Alzheimerís. They are also a normal part
of getting older. The differences are that with Alzheimerís they come on faster.
So the ideal situation for someone getting older is to have established their
baseline when they are health and young - monitor their baseline regularly -
and, when a disease like Alzheimerís attacks their mind - they would have early
IBH: You make it sound so simple. Is it and what would the true benefit be
to the individual if they did detect Alzheimerís early on?
TL: It is that simple and hopefully very inexpensive to take the test,
establishing a baseline record over a period of time.
As to the value of early detection of Alzheimerís there are tremendous potentials.
Early detection of this disease can motivate the individual to seek medical
attention - that should prompt more testing and treatment. There have been advances
in treatment - most notably by the pharmaceutical industries - that slow the
diseaseís progress. We are talking about extending individuals healthy life
10-15 years. That is a miracle! Whatís more, is that individual now can have
a chance to take advantage of progress in the future. The medical community
is investing time and money into finding a cure for that disease or at the very
least finding a treatment that will arrest the diseaseís progress towards robbing
the patientís mind.
IBH: So you see a day when something like the BLT-Ashford test will part
of everyoneís personal health maintenance?
TL: That would be wonderful and yes that would make me very happy. The
value of that really rests within the individuals who start using the testing
now. I cannot over emphasis how important it is for an individual to establish
their baseline. The younger the better. Every year there are tens of thousands
of young people who develop brain tumors, mental conditions that are stress
induced, or have a number of reactions to drugs or pharmaceuticals. Early detection
of their short term memory could save many of these lives.
What generally happens is a condition develops to the point where it is obvious
to the individual they have a problem. They procrastinate or donít recognize
they need medical attention. The condition continues to take more and more of
their bodyís health. Eventually they seek medical care or are taken into medical
care. At that point they have lost the first race in preserving their health.
They are now on the defense against an assailant that hold ground inside of
their bodies. It is combat and they have lost the first encounters. Treatment
becomes difficult, diagnosis is encumbered, they are weaker t han they were
when they were healthy.
Had that same individual allowed himself or herself the benefit of early detection
- they would have sought medical attention while there were predominantly in
control of their bodyís health. They could have attacked the ailment with their
bodyís full strength. More importantly, they could have enlisted the help of
a skilled physician and given the doctor valuable information about their ailment.
Ultimately, it boils down to the individualís personal decision to invest a
little time and money to gain more time and health in their lives.