• Eyes • Strokes AND • Repairing damaged hearts • Growing new Corneas • Generating new tissue such as liver, lungs, digestive tract, skin • and supporting the renewal of many other tissues in the body
There has been a recent breakthrough in research which supports the release of the stem cells contained within our own bone marrow into our blood stream. These stem cells once released from OUR bone marrow can then migrate to and repair any tissue of the body - i.e. liver, heart, blood cell, bone, skin, nerves etc.
We have recently discovered the following information and are now using stem cell nutrition in our own daily regime. The possibilities of our own adult stem cells (contained within our own body) repairing tissue as we age is quite exciting to us!
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are cells in the body that have the ability to become other types of cells.They are naturally occurring in the body, and have 2 characteristics:
• unspecialized cells that can divide over and over for very long periods of time
• under certain conditions they become cells with certain functions, like muscles, neurons, blood cells, organs…
Stem cells are found abundantly in our bone marrow as well as in human embryos.
"Stem cells are at the center of a new field of science called regenerative medicine. Because stem cells can become bone, muscle, cartilage and other specialized types of cells, they have the potential to treat many diseases, including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer. Eventually, they may also be used to regenerate organs, reducing the need for organ transplants and related surgeries."
Stem cells circulate and function to replace dysfunctional cells, thus fulfilling the natural
process of maintaining optimal health. There are stem cell nutritional products available, which
supports the release of adult stem cells from bone marrow into the bloodstream.
more about stem cell nutrition
The recent advances in stem cell research were listed as one of the most significant health-related stories in the past 25 years by CNN, second only to the complete mapping of the human genome.
The following is a tiny portion of a Testimony dated March 2, 2005 given by Dr. David A. Prentice Ph.D who is a cell biologist.
"Moreover, adult stem cells are already being used clinically to treat many diseases in human patients. These include as reparative treatments with various cancers, autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and arthritis, anemias including sickle cells anemia and immunodeficiencies. Adult stem cells are also being used to treat patients by formation of cartilage, growing new corneas to restore sight to blind patients, treatments for stroke, and several groups are using adult stem cells to repair damage after heart attacks. Early clinical trials have shown initial success in patient treatments for Parkinsons disease and spinal cord injury. AND the first FDA approved trial to treat juvenile diabetes in human patients is ready to begin at Harvard Medical School, using adult stem cells. An advantage of using adult stem cells is that in most cases, the patients own stem cells can be used for the treatment, circumventing the problems of immune rejection, and without tumor formation.
"A wealth of scientific papers published over the last few years document that adult stem cells are a much more promising source of stem cells for regenerative medicine. Adult stem cells actually do show pluripotent capacity in regeneration of tissues, meaning that can generate many, if not all, of the different tissues of the body. In a paper published in May 2001, the researchers found that ONE adult bone marrow stem cell, could generate not only bone marrow and blood, but also form liver, lung, digestive tract, skin, heart, muscle." (18)
"Many published references also show that adult stem cells can multiply in culture for extensive periods of time, retaining their ability to differentiate, and providing sufficient numbers of cells for clinical treatments. More importantly, adult stem cells have been shown to be effective in treating animal models of disease, including such diseases as diabetes, stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinsons and retinal degeneration." For the complete Testimony by … Dr. David A. Prentice Ph.D
What is Stem Cell Nutrition?
These are products that support the natural role of adult stem cells, and are used to trigger the release of stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream. Through a natural process, those stem cells then travel throughout the body to wherever they are most needed and act to support optimal organ and tissue function.
By Patrick Dixon"Bone marrow and other tissues could repair your brain, spinal cord and heart and cure diabetes or old-age blindness. Adult stem cells promise investor returns while embryonic stem cells and therapeutic cloning raise major ethical, legal, and image problems."
"Another study has shown that bone marrow stem cells from an adult human can form healthy brain tissue. This should not surprise us: all adult stem cells of course contain all the genetic code needed to produce an entire clone of the adult and so are well able, in theory, to produce whatever tissues or organs are needed."
Future of Stem Cell Research: Rapid Progress
"Harvard Medical School is another center of astonishing progress in adult stem cells. Trials have shown partially restored sight in animals with retinal damage. Clinical trials are expected within five years, using adult stem cells as a treatment to cure blindness caused by macular degeneration - old-age blindness and the commonest cause of sight-loss in America. Within 10 years it is hoped that people will be able to be treated routinely with their own stem cells in a clinic using a two-hour process."
Do stem cells really repair tissue?
For several years there has been a curious and very confusing debate in editorials of publications like the New England Journal of Medicine about whether adult stem cells actually regenerate tissue or not.
The debate centers on technical questions and semantics, rather than the reality of results. Take for example heart repair. We know that bone marrow cells can land up in a damaged heart and when present, the heart is repaired. It is hard to be certain what proportion of this remarkable process is due to stimulants released locally by bone marrow cells, or by the bone marrow cells actually differentiating into heart tissue.
It remains a confusing picture, not the least because in the lab, cells seem to change character profoundly, but in clinical trials it appears the effects of many stem cells are stimulatory. But who cares? As a clinician I am delighted if injecting your bone marrow cells into your back means that you are walking around 3 months after a terrible injury to your spine instead of being in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. I am not so concerned with exactly how it all works, and nor will you be.
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Stem Cell Heart Cure to Be Tested
Doctors have launched a trial to test whether heart disease can be treated using a patient's own stem cells.
The study, at Barts and the London NHS Trust, is funded by a charity set up by a man who underwent stem cell treatment for his heart condition in Germany.
The aim will be to determine whether adult stem cells taken from bone marrow can repair damaged heart muscle. In total, 700 patients will take part in the study, which will test three different forms of stem cell therapy.
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Heart Attack Help
DALLAS, Texas (Nov 13th, 2005) Reuters…Heart attack survivors whose hearts were infused with stem cells from their own bone marrow showed nearly twice the improvement in the organs pumping ability as patients given a placebo, according to a study presented Sunday.
A further analysis of the data found that benefits to heart function seen four months after an attack appeared to be most pronounced in patients with more severe heart attacks, that caused greater damage to the muscle, researchers said at the American Heart Association annual scientific meeting.
The medication and interventional therapies available so far are intended only to limit further damage to the heart." – said Andreas Zeiher, professor at J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and a senior author of the study. In contrast, progenitor cell therapy has the potential not only to limit further damage, but to regenerate heart function," he said.
"The concept that we can regrow heart muscle cells would be an extraordinary development in the treatment of heart disease," said Dr. Richard Stein, director of preventive cardiology at New York's Beth Israel Hospital, who is attending the meetings.
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