Research is ongoing to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Discovering new supplements and treatments is a regular activity at the International Caregivers Association (ICA) for its members. Caregivers come from all corners to share their unique yet predictable yearning for a better quality of life for the person they provide dementia care to in their homes and care facilities and for care solutions that relieve stress and anxiety.

In a small but promising informal study, evidence of a quick and remarkable return to an individual’s optimal cognitive and behavioral health has been noted by the authors of the study, Drs. Ethelle Lord and Richard Rankin. Participants spanned from France to the United States. All had been diagnosed with advanced dementia.

Earlier this year, Dr. Lord hired the services of Dr. Rankin, an energy medicine practitioner and chiropractor from Arkansas, for her husband, Major Larry S. Potter, USAF retired, who was officially diagnosed with vascular dementia in January of 2003. He has been living with his dementia for over 17 years. He presently resides at a care facility and is no longer able to walk. Dr. Lord was astonished at the immediate and powerful turn of events for Major Potter. She acknowledges that her husband may in fact be in remission of his dementia.

Based on this personal experience, she enlisted a handful of other dementia patients in a small and informal study. All are reporting positive results. Among the changes reported are an increase in sensitivity for their environment and for other people, an increased ability to communicate and be engaged, and a general improvement in quality of life, which results in a higher quality of work for care providers.

Specific examples:

  • Female study participant in France near death: After the initial treatment and in less than 24 hours, she was able to sit in her rocker with makeup on, hair done, and smiling at visitors.
  • Male study participant in the United States unable to communicate his feelings verbally or emotionally. At the news of his mother’s death, he was able to express his grief by crying and breaking down physically. A close friend visited him during this time and noted that he could see that the man was indeed still “here” and not “lost in a sea of forgetfulness.”
  • Male study participant in the United States improved his walking ability. He was barely able to walk on his own and often had to use a walker or wheelchair, especially after his falls. After only one treatment, his care providers reported that he was able to walk on his own, unassisted and without a walker. They also remarked he was returning to his usual personality by being more jovial with staff, residents, and visitors.

Dr. Rankin discovered The Good Shepherd Healing System™ (GSHS™) and is able to treat dementia patients from a distance. This allows the individual living with dementia or Alzheimer’s to receive the treatments without any travel and without great expense. On the other hand it improves the lives of care providers who are often at a loss as to how to provide the best possible care. Because the patients show immediate, positive cognitive and behavioral improvements, the quality of life for the person living with dementia is improved and the quality of care or work for caregivers is also equally improved. Dementia often silences the voice of the person living with dementia. Words uttered often do not make much sense to the care provider and the care receiver. But after energy medicine treatments, “The person living with dementia is able to respond appropriately to requests such as ‘Do you have any pain?’ and to refuse or accept to participate in a particular activity,” said Dr. Lord at the ICA.

The Good Shepherd Healing System does not require displacement of the person living with dementia and does not prescribe any supplements or medications. The cost of treatments is extremely low when compared to other treatments in the marketplace. The Good Shepherd Healing System is revolutionary in dementia care in both method and results. Although more study needs to be done, the results of the initial small study were very promising, and the system could lead to one of the keys in improving both cognitive and behavioral functioning in dementia care.

For more information about this dementia treatment system and the certification program to become a GSHS practitioner, please visit or contact the International Caregivers Association.

Originally published on LinkedIn on March 29, 2016.