MIAMI, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 01/23/14 -- Intelligent Living Inc. (OTCQB: ILIV) announced today that it has entered into a consulting and business development agreement with Agiletek Engineering Inc., a Maryland-based military and government consultancy, and their Managing Director, Kyle Siptroth.
This will be the Company's first Advisory Board member. Shareholders are directed to the 8-K that will be filed with this press release.
According to a Rand study, since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million U.S. troops have deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF; Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF; Iraq). At the same time, episodes of intense combat notwithstanding, these operations have employed smaller forces and have produced casualty rates of killed or wounded that are historically lower than in earlier prolonged wars, such as Vietnam and Korea. Advances in both medical technology and body armor mean that more service members are surviving experiences that would have led to death in prior wars. However, casualties of a different kind are beginning to emerge -- invisible wounds, such as mental health conditions and cognitive impairments resulting from deployment experiences. These deployment experiences may include multiple deployments per individual service member and exposure to difficult threats, such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). As with safeguarding physical health, safeguarding mental health is an integral component of the United States' national responsibilities to recruit, prepare, and sustain a military force and to address Service-connected injuries and disabilities. But safeguarding mental health is also critical for compensating and honoring those who have served our nation.
"Digital tools can be an easily accessible and effective way of treating veterans who suffer from brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. Our MIND360 programs are an excellent point of recovery for these soldiers coming back from combat situations in conjunction with other forms of therapy. We are also going to explore methods of delivery over mobile to deployed soldiers as a way to potentially reduce stress and shift some of the trauma experienced in the field. Kyle is an expert at navigating the waters of the Federal and Military agencies and he will offer us an insider's capability in competing and winning government contracts," said Josh Eikov, Chief Strategist of Intelligent Living.
The Rand study went on to say that as of October 2007, they had estimated that approximately 300,000 individuals currently suffer from PTSD or major depression and that 320,000 individuals experienced a probable TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) during deployment. About one-third of those previously deployed have at least one of these three conditions, and about 5 percent report symptoms of all three. Some specific groups, previously understudied -- including the Reserve Components and those who have left military service -- may be at higher risk of suffering from these conditions. According to another study commissioned by the University of California at San Francisco, there is scientific evidence that shows that connections within nerve circuits can in fact become stronger or weaker with time to reflect new experiences, favoring the flow of signals through new and different pathways. For instance, in one seminal study, a memory-associated brain region called the hippocampus grew larger in London cabbies after they trained to learn the city's streets. Taking this evidence and other studies, MIND360 is undertaking exploratory steps to assist our servicemen and women who might be burdened with a PTSD due to a trauma induced brain injury while in service of their country.
"When Josh asked me to assist Intelligent Living with getting the MIND360 program placed into the government and military arena, I was more than happy to sign on. Our servicemen and women have little in the way of affordable and convenient therapy approaches to soothe their invisible wounds. MIND360 offers the ability to exercise the brain and to develop skill sets that may otherwise be damaged due to the individual injuries. I am pleased and proud to assist ILIV in promoting the health and well-being of our Country's military," said Kyle Siptroth, CEO of Agiletek Engineering.
About Intelligent Living Inc.
Intelligent Living Inc. operates as a development stage company focused on the ever-expanding eHealth and eCommerce markets. Its segments include exercise, nutrition, supplements, mental acuity testing and training, through our newly acquired subsidiaries MIND360 Studios LLC, and Health and Beyond Nutra Company Inc. Intelligent Living Inc., based in Florida, is a health and wellness company engaged in the development of software and technology to aid in age management and cognitive health. The mission of Intelligent Living is to improve a person's quality and function of daily living over a span of many years.
More information about Intelligent Living can be found on the Company's website located at http://www.intelligentlivinginc.com
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