The Upright Doctor’s book is a true story of more than twenty years of investigative research that begins in the Department of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where Dr. Michael Flanagan tells how a chance investigation started him on his journey. Dr. Flanagan’s research into the fluid mechanics of the brain – including the unique design of the sutures and base of the human skull – led to the discovery of a clear and unmistakable link between upright posture of Homo sapiens and neurodegenerative diseases seen in aging adults. This “link” is the cervical spine – especially the upper cervical spine and base of the skull – which contains key circulatory routes for blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow entering and exiting the brain.

In a style that is accessible to the lay reader, as well as the scientist, Flanagan explains why his discovery offers important new information and hope for the many millions of patients, family members, physicians, and scientists who are devoted to understanding the causes of – and finding cures for – neurodegenerative diseases of the brain and spinal cord.

Craniospinal Hydrodynamics in Neurodegenerative and Neurological Disorders is for students and doctors of chiropractic, osteopathy, neurology, neurosurgery, physical therapists, and researchers interested in finding the causes, new treatments, potential cures and prevention of neurodegenerative and neurological conditions related to faulty craniospinal hydrodynamics.

This book proposes a completely new theory regarding the causative and contributory roles of faulty craniospinal hydrodynamics and morphology in neurodegenerative and neurological conditions. Relevant morphology includes malformations and misalignments in the craniocervical junction and spondylosis, stenosis, scoliosis and pelvic obliquity in the lower spine. Malformations of the craniocervical skeleton include: Chiari malformation, Dandy-Walker syndrome, mega cisterna magna, occipitalization, malformations of the dens, platybasia, basilar invagination, hypoplasia of the posterior fossa, craniosynostosis, craniofacial anomalies and more. Malformations of the lower spine include: Tarlov cysts, spina bifida cystica, tethered cord, short leg syndrome and others. A chapter on whiplash and traumatic brain and cord injuries is included, as well as a chapter on microgravity and hydrocephalus, and the latter’s similarities to glaucoma. Finally, there is a chapter on treatment.

Conditions include hydrocephalus, Chiari malformations, Dandy-Walker syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s Plus, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, midbrain/Parinaud’s syndrome, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, migraines, epilepsy, silent strokes and more.

The goal of this book is to inspire new directions and collaborations in research, treatment and prevention, as well as co-management of the above conditions.