Purple Heart recipient Joe Lowrey of Long Beach, California was injured in a firefight in Afghanistan and is rehabilitating with KAATSU in the comfort of his home. His road to recovery is long, but has been enhanced with KAATSU.
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KAATSU, profoundly simple and simply profound. If you had another buddy who had a similar injury, what would you recommend that he do with KAATSU? Use it as soon as like I wish I could have got my hands on it right away. I’m just like, man, just like this treatment, the BTC, I’m like, what the hell? Yeah. How much further? Because they’re all just adjuncts to my rehab or like layman’s way and kind of derogatory where I put it. It’s doing steroids for my rehab. Yeah, yeah. It’s stacking the favors in your or stacking things in your favor. Yeah. Speeding things up. Right, right.
Okay, we’re here with Joe Lowry, originally from Long Beach. Long Beach High School Wilson. LBC. Yes. He’s a Green Beret and a Purple Heart recipient. And he’s been using KAATSU now for a few years. And we just wanted to talk about KAATSU. So Joe, how did you first learn about KAATSU?
Well, I want to say the year was 2017, not important. And John Doolittle asked me about if I was interested in trying this alternative therapy modality. And I just got discharged from therapy at the VA. And I was like, it was too divine of a timing. And I was like, okay.
So I met Steven here and the KAATSU specialist, David Tawil, yeah and started incorporating it into my walking and was educated on what it was doing for my body. And we noticed right away that it decreased my spastic tone, which has been a huge problem for me after the brain injury. And basically, to simplify spastic tone, it’s basically involuntary muscle spasms due to the neurological deficits. And that can be a problem controlling that. Then it really decreased that right away. Yeah. And Joe, I remember going over to your house with David and you saw the, we had the KAATSU master with you at the time. And you put it on your arms than we did on your legs. What was your first impression of that? Well, it was awesome because I love anything that’s going to help me get better. Yeah. And I mean, it didn’t feel like anything, really.
You can’t tell it’s doing anything. You know, I don’t even notice it most of the time. Like, unless I’m really, really paying attention to it. But a lot of times that’s a problem after a brain injury. But I mean, other than, I mean, feeling wise, it just, like I said, we noticed a decrease in tone yeah and coloration of my skin. Yeah, yeah.
And we now have a thing called the Joe Protocol, named after you, of course. Can you explain what the Joe Protocol is? Yes. And that was one of the other things I can really talk about that I noticed. So for example, like I use it at nighttime while I’m reading, preparing for bed. And I notice that the nights when I don’t use it, not due to, maybe timing. I get home late, don’t have time to fit it in. I don’t sleep as well, and I thought it was just psychosomatic. But then I think it was you or David that kind of explained to me the hormonal response that’s happening.
Yeah. Probably not important, but in my mind, I like to wrap it around the entire thing that’s going on. Yeah. I want to know. Yeah. But yeah, basically, so it relaxes me. I don’t you know, I don’t actively do any what they call active movement or anything. I just do it passively. Right.
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Welcome back. You’re listening to the KAATSU Global Podcast on Anchor FM. So you do that in the evening, and you also do it in the morning. Right. I do the active in the morning while I’m walking. Yep. And my arm training too. Yeah. So first you do the arms. No, I would do my walk. Oh, first you do the walk with the bands. Are they pretty tight now? Or do you think they’re the leg bands? They can be. I mean, it just depends. I mean, I’ve had caregivers not put them on tight enough and then slide down. And I’m like, that’s not right. Yeah, yeah. You need to tighten that thing up. If it’s falling down, it’s probably not on, right? Right, right. And you’re walking how many steps a day when you have a good day?
On a good day, like today, for example, it’ll be upwards in the 2K area. Right. Excellent. Which is really good for somebody that’s in a wheelchair, you know? Yeah, yeah. And if you had another buddy who had a similar injury, what would you recommend that he do with KAATSU? Use it as soon as I like, I wish I could have got my hands on it right away. I’m just like, man, just like this treatment, the BTC, I’m like, what the hell? Yeah. How much further?
Because they’re all just adjuncts to my rehab or like layman’s way and kind of derogatory where I put it. It’s doing steroids for my rehab. Yeah, yeah. It’s stacking the favors and you’re stacking things in your favor. Yeah. Speeding things up. Right, right. And just tell us about physiologically. Like you’ve gone from, you know, when you really turned around, you were at 240, you said?
Yeah, when I first started the weight loss mission, I was at two, I have a note with it in there, but upwards in the two like upper 280’s is like. Oh, really? Yeah, it was getting up there. Oh, wow. It was pretty bad. And then you dropped down to below 200 recently. Let’s see, let me find it, hold on. Yeah, so February of 2015, it was at 244. And then, yeah, I got all the way down to 185.
Okay. And you’re about 209 nowadays. Yeah, well, my most recent one, I came in at 209. And you’re eating clean? Keto. Keto? Yeah, that’s my low carb is the way to go. I mean, yeah and doing the intermittent fasting is just the way to go. Right. And then you’re getting your son in the morning. Oh, yeah, that’s priority. It’s like, that’s a must every morning. Yeah. So can you walk me through your when you wake up to go to bed? Can you just walk me through that? Because it’s just fascinating.
I wake up in the morning and I walk out to my wheelchair, which I have them park not only because my room is tiny, but smaller than about half the size of this room. So we can’t park my wheelchair in there because there’d be no room to even maneuver around fire hazard and such. So we park, I have them park it clear on the other side of the house. That way in the morning I can get up and walk to my chair. Okay. I’ll cook breakfast with my caregiver, make my coffee, eat my breakfast real quick. And then I get outside and start getting in my light and drinking my coffee, which is all about stimulating my bowels for me because that was something. I mean, this is kind of going into too much information. But it’s like right after my injury, I mean, I had to have what they call a bowel program, so I wasn’t able to go on my own. Yeah. And to get all natty as I coined it is a huge win for me.
So I’m like, that’s part of my morning process. Relaxing, just getting, you know, going through my, I go through my devotionals every morning and, you know, read the word and send it out to everybody. And then I sit and I’m just absorbing the sunlight, drinking my coffee. Right in your backyard. Yeah. Okay. Smelling the dog shit. Don’t record that. But it is, it’s pretty bad. Yeah. Little bastards. Beautiful smell first thing in the morning while you’re trying to enjoy your coffee. Nothing like the smell of a hot dog shit.
Okay, so you got that whiff and now you’re drinking your coffee. You got your son. You do 30 to 45 minutes. As soon as I’m roughly right around that time, I’m finishing up my coffee. Okay. And then I just head in, go to the bathroom, do my business, get done with the bathroom, come out, brush my fangs, brush the hair, which today I didn’t because I knew I was getting an EEG.
I remembered. Yes. Good. And after all that, it’s good. I’m looking pretty. I’ll put my KAATSU on and we’ll do laps around my, uh, bar in the kitchen in my room, my living room, get seven laps. Okay. The seven, the holy number. Yeah, yeah. Always do things in sevens. Okay. And when you, just for people who aren’t familiar with KAATSU, so you put these bands around your legs as high up as possible. Like a tourniquet. Like, get it pretty tight. And then, and then do you stand up right away? Do you?
Well, I stand up when they’re putting them on. Got it. Okay. Okay. They’ll strap them on. My caregivers will help me with that. And I make sure they’re up there all up in my business. Yeah. Because otherwise, they’ll come sliding down. And they’ll get them on. We’ll do a cycle and I’ll walk around and it usually expires by the time I get back to my chair. Yeah. Oh, so one lap is about three minutes of.. No, I do seven. Seven total, but when you say it’s over, it ends usually about the time I’m coming in. Got it. Okay. Okay. Coming in for the landing. Got it. It’s usually finishing up. Now, are you winded? Are you? I definitely can tell. Yeah, and I’m like, I’m over here training. Yeah, yeah. Okay. And then so you go back, they remove the bands on the legs, and then you strap the arms. And the armbands, do you do any specific? Well, I have a thing called I videoed it and sent it to you guys with the Sabo flex.
Yeah, the Sabo flex, which just it’s a device that opens up my hand, my left, my affected arm because I have that spasticity, which for me, it’s called flexor tone. So my hand is balled up. Yeah. In order for me to open it, this device opens my hand up and I’ll my caregiver will help me set some rubber balls in front of me. And I use the bands, my leg bands as little targets to open and drop the ball in too. Excellent.
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And I’ll just grab it and release. While you have that. Yeah, while I have the KAATSU band on, actually both of my arms because you can’t do it one at a time, right? You can, you can. It’s okay. Yeah. Well, I’ll get my right arm in there too. Yeah, yeah. I want to end up like guns over here. Yeah. Yeah. And then are your arms tired at the end of this? Or how do they do? Well, my right arm will be sometimes because I have to try to like open this thing up too with using it and balance. Yeah. And really, yeah, so it’ll tire out my right arm. Yeah. And you know, my left arm, like I think I told you, I don’t know during this, but my caregiver has told my nighttime caregiver because I wear a resting hand splint at night that just keeps my hand open.
Okay. She can tell the days I don’t train. Really? Yeah. She’s like, “Your hand is tight today.” And I was like, “I didn’t train.” Okay. And when you say train, you don’t do the KAATSU. Yeah, yeah. Okay. And then any other changes you’ve seen? Positive, negative? Sleep? Well, sleep, definitely. But I think I mentioned that one already. Yeah. Are your dreams more vivid? I haven’t noticed anything like that because I do dream, but I’m not aware of them at least, or I don’t remember them.
All right. Do you have a whoop device or how do you know you’re sleeping? My Fitbit. Fitbit? Okay. Probably the lower end of quantitative. I think that’s the right word quantitative measurements. Yeah. Do you find that your bowel movements are regular now or any other? I never really thought about that because I’ve tied so much to my coffee. Yeah. But I’m like, I wonder if, you know, because it’s affecting the circulatory system and that’s all there’s a lot of neurons in our GI tract.
I think they say there’s more or no, that’s wrong. That’s the DNA of the microbiome, I think, is more than our human DNA. And Joe, you were an ice hockey goalie. That’s correct. And then when you were with the Army, you were extremely proud of your fitness level. What goals do you have from this point on? Physical?
Well, I think I was telling you earlier, but not on here, but I’d like to walk independently. Absolutely. I’m not there yet, as I like to say. I’m going to run a marathon yeah and drive independent. I mean, walk independently is the Number one? Yeah, that’s the, as we call it, the 25 meter target. Got it. And then walk, crawl, walk, run is the training model, how we called it in the military. Yeah. So I’m working that way. And then, of course, drive again, yeah which is the vision rehab that I do. And that vision specialist has been keeping track of my scores and she’s like, they’re getting, you know, she’s like, your reaction time and all that is getting improving a lot. Okay. So that’s a huge deal. And I think you were the one telling me that it’s equated. Yeah, yes. And I’m like, I never knew the eyes were involved. Yeah. But I mean, that’s cool. Yeah.
And she calls you a nice nickname. Can you remind us of what that is? My caregiver? Yeah, the yeti. Yeah, that’s my caregiver, not the specialist. Okay, so she calls. Oh yeah, my caregiver started calling me the Yeti because that’s the way I preface everything. I’m like, I’m not doing this yet. Yeah, great. I’m not doing that yet. Yeah. She’s like, you’re a Yeti. Yeah. I’m like, nice. Yeah. It’s a good one. Yeah. Okay, well, Joe, thank you very much for sharing your KAATSU journey with us. Absolutely. Yeah. And we’ll see you at the end of the marathon run.
All right. All right. Take care.
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