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T wo patients suffering the most common form of sight loss in Britain can read again after a groundbreaking stem cell patch was transplanted into their eyes.
An 86-year-old man, and a woman in her 60s, had both been diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition which causes loss of central vision.
AMD affects more than 600,000 people in Britain and occurs when the specialised light-sensitive cells at the very centre of the retina – a region called the macular – become damaged.
Currently the only treatments available are injections into the eye, or laser surgery, which both slow the growth of blood vessels which harm the macular. However they only partially restores sight and do not work for everyone.
Now scientists at University College London (UCL) and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London have shown sight can be restored using a patch of stem-cells which replenishes the damaged area.
I n a two hour operation, specialists inserted the patch under the retina of each patient, who were then monitored for a year. Both went from not being able to read at all, to reading up to 80 words-a-minute using normal reading glasses.
Douglas Waters, 86, from Croydon, London, was one of two people who had received the treatment at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He developed severe wet AMD in July 2015 and received the treatment three months later in his right eye.
“I was struggling to see things clearly, even when up-close,” he said. “After the surgery my eyesight improved to the point where I can now read the newspaper and help my wife out with the gardening.
“It’s brilliant what the team have done and I feel so lucky to have been given my sight back.”
E xperts said the treatment offered ‘real hope’ to people suffering from AMD.
Professor Lyndon da Cruz, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The patients who received the treatment had very severe AMD, and their improved vision will go some way to enhance their quality of life.
“We recognise that this is a small group of patients, but we hope that what we have learned from this study will benefit many more in the future.
“The results suggest that this new therapeutic approach is safe and provides good visual outcomes.”
The patch was grown on a thin plastic scaffold from human embryonic stem cells. Rather than replacing the damaged light-sensitive cells themselves, the sheet comprises of a single layer of retinal pigment epithelium, a specialist tissue which provides support for the light cells, keeping them healthy and promoting regeneration.
Previously stem cells have been used to help AMD sufferers, but it is the first time a patch has been grown and transplanted.
I t is the first time an engineered piece of tissue has been successfully used to treat people with sudden severe sight loss. The new therapy will need to go through larger trials and then be passed by regulators, but researchers believe it could be available in eye clinics in as little as five years.
P rofessor Pete Coffey from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology said: “This study represents real progress in regenerative medicine and opens the door on new treatment options for people with age-related macular degeneration. “We hope this will lead to an affordable ‘off-the-shelf’ therapy that could be made available to NHS patients within the next five years.”
Commenting on the research Dr Carmel Toomes, Associate Professor, Leeds Institutes of Molecular Medicine, said: These results give the many patients out there who suffer from AMD and other retinal degenerations real hope that stem cells replacement therapy may be a reality in the near future.
“While this is only a very early clinical trial, the results are positive and show that the technology is moving along in the right direction.”
D r Dusko Ilic, Reader in Stem Cell Science, King’s College London added: “Even though still in the experimental stage, encouraging results from the da Cruz team are reducing further safety concerns with the human embryonic stem cell based therapies.
“They represent another step forward in materializing our hopes of clinical implementation of human embryonic stem cell based treatment of age-related macular degeneration in the not so distant future.”
T he trial results were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.
With the pressures and stresses of life increasing everyday, maintaining one’s body at its optimum functioning capacity becomes an ever surmounting task.
Factors such as unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity can cause the body to not receive benefits from one’s daily nutritional diet.
With the advent of fast and processed food, there has been an increase in the consumption of foods that are highly rich in saturated fats, sugars and carbohydrates.
These foods have been scientifically linked to rapid ageing, type 2 diabetes, various cardiovascular ailments, hypertension, anxiety, increased cholesterol and blood sugar levels amongst various other serious conditions.
But there has been an increase in awareness about various lifestyle changes that one can make in order to improve one’s mind – body relationship.
This increase has primarily been in the area of exercise,diet plans and external supplements.
A large number of people now have incorporated exercise regimes like jogging, running, yoga, working out at the gym into their daily schedule, and have also awakened to the fact that a specific diet plan is highly effective in the body’s long term maintenance.
The problem of ageing is often most immediately recognised by individuals, as it has a large visual component associated with it and early symptoms usually manifest as wrinkles, face lines, spots.
These occurrences can usually be linked to a variety of reasons including the natural ageing of the body, stress, tension, one’s genetic disposition, unhealthy dietary habits, lack of physical activity.
These visible ageing signs have been studied scientifically and have been linked to a variety of psychological effects such as loss of self confidence, diminished self esteem, reduced social interaction ability due to the fact that people working in highly competitive environments such as corporate markets are required to have an assuring and commanding presence rather than an image of fragility and weakness which is usually associated with old age.
Similarly, there are men and women who have consciously chosen to maintain healthy lifestyles and work out at the gym everyday, these individuals may choose to look and maintain a certain physical appearance for which there are now various supplements available.
Anti- ageing supplements are one such kind of external aids that can be utilized to maintain and keep a fresher, more vital and vibrant look even as one approaches old age.
These supplements provide users with a safe, non invasive means of achieving their desired look without having to resort to expensive and complicated surgical procedures.
What is LCR Health Active Stem ?
LCR Health is a cutting edge nutraceutical company based in Los Angeles, California which provides its users the potential to greatly improve their quality of life.
All products offered by the company are absolutely safe and the ingredients contained within them have been scientifically researched.
Active Stem is a product which offers its users with the potential to look young, feel more energetic, improve their mental focus and acuity, increased stamina and an improved mood state which can be maintained throughout the day through one’s daily activities.
LCR Health also offers its users with amazing customer service, and there are operator hotlines which run from 6 am – 6 pm during the weekdays and from 6 am – 4pm over the weekends.
Alternatively there is dedicated staff allocated for responding to any queries that one may have via email.
What separates Active Stem from other anti ageing supplements in the market today?
Active Stem is a revolutionary new product in the sense that while other supplements may employ the use of various nutrients derived from various sources and provide a boost to one’s cardiovascular and immune system, this amazing new supplement works at a cellular level by boosting the production and spreading of adult stem cells (widely known “master cells”) throughout the body.
These cells actively work to repair damage to one’s muscles, organs, skin and brain. The specially derived formula used to create Active Stem has been scientifically proven to increase the proliferation of CD34+ and CD133+ cells in the body, these cells are a vital part of the body’s regular cellular functioning and help improve the overall conditioning of the system.
What ingredients go into making Active Stem?
Each serving of the supplement contains an extremely potent blend containing 1400 milligrams of L-carsonie, Leucine, Vitamin D3, Green tea extract, Blueberry extract and is the only product ever to combine these 5 cellular boosting active agents.
These ingredients are vegetarian, lactose free, and do not contain any additives,gluten or preservatives. The packing container is also free of any BPA (bisphenol A) and is airtight, resistant to any external heat and light.
Lastly, LCR Health utilizes a third party testing laboratory to verify and guarantee the effectiveness of all its ingredients and provide its users with the utmost satisfaction in terms of purity, quality and potency of all the ingredients used.
Dosage and other important recommendations
Active Stem can be easily prepared by mixing one scoop of the product into 12 ounces of water. The solution should be consumed daily, ideally on an empty stomach.
The solution has a naturally delicious berry flavour and is safe to be consumed along with supplements like resveratrol, glucosamine, fish oil amongst other additives. The potency of the product is not affected by the intake of other additional nutrients
Pricing and availability
The easiest and most convenient way to purchase Active Stem is to place an order online at the company’s website at http://www.themcclainplan.com/.
The supplement comes in containers priced at $46.99 per unit, and large discounts can be availed of when buying larger quantities. Savings of $23.97 and $67.67 are available on purchase of 3 or 6 containers respectively.
All payments can be carried out using various safe and secure online transaction methods such as Visa, Mastercard, American express.
LCR Health also offers its users with a full 90 day money back guarantee, and if users are unsatisfied by the product they are eligible to claim a full refund without any questions asked.
Shipments are usually made within 24 hours of receiving the order and delivery can take between 2-7 days depending on one’s location.
There has been lots of activity in the research world using embryonic and adult stem cells to treat not only macular degeneration, but other eye diseases as well, such as Stargardts macular dystrophy, optic nerve disease and glaucoma. These early Phase I clinical trials enroll very small numbers of patients, leaving the rest of the world to watch and wait.
But perhaps there are other ways to replace damaged cells with healthy stem cells produced by your own body. Damon P. Miller II, M.D. board-certified medical doctor, fellowship-trained radiologist and certified by the American Naturopathic Certification, has written a book called Stem Cells Heal Your Eyes: Prevent and Help: Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Stargardt, Retinal Dystrophy, and Retinopathy. Dr. Miller does not practice traditional medicine but rather uses natural, drugless therapies to treat chronic medical conditions. He has devoted a significant part of his practice to the treatment of eye disorders.
Dr. Miller worked with Grace Halloran, PhD to put together several eye health therapies now called the Better Eye Health Program, that seek to prevent vision loss from eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and macular degeneration. Dr. Halloran was diagnosed with RP and macular degeneration at the age of 25. When her son was born he also inherited the defective gene for RP. After many visits to academic medical centers she received the same answer from all of them – there is nothing we can do for your son’s vision. Not to be deterred she determined that she must take responsibility to find or pave her own way to prevent this eye disease from taking her and her son’s vision. She was able to restore much of her own vision and her son’s vision remained healthy and normal through a variety of different therapies along with diet and nutrition. Dr. Miller writes, “Dr. Halloran’s therapies were helping people support their own adult stem cells to regenerate damaged eye tissue.” You can read Grace’s story in her autobiography, Amazing Grace, Autobiography of a Survivor.
Unlike a single injection into the eye, the stimulation of one’s own stem cell production involves many different therapies and approaches. Also unlike today’s healthcare which treats a single part of the body, such as the eye or the retina, these therapies work to improve systems of the body such as increasing circulation, providing nourishment and oxygen, and reducing chronic inflammation. According to Dr. Miller, “when an individual incorporates certain disciplines into their lifestyle, vision can be improved and degeneration can be slowed or stopped.” Here are some of the therapies he uses:
Dr. Miller explains, “Adult stem cells allow the body to repair damaged tissue previously thought irreparable including eye tissue.” Find out more about his book and the Better Eye Health Program here:
Carolynn was tall and thin with naturally flaming red hair. She was also a trained herbalist in several different traditions: Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Native American. She knew her herbs and was sure she could heal any problem. However, when she had kidney failure, she was unable to improve it. She didn’t want to go on dialysis, so she did all she could. When she lost all hope of stopping the progression of the disease, she looked at stem cell injections. She found a place in the Caribbean that would do it, but it cost $20,000. Not deterred, she began asking for donations. One evening, she inadvertently ran into a very wealthy man who donated the entire amount, as well as her travel expenses, and she was on her way!
What is a stem cell?
Stem cells are thought to be almost magical – they can become anything! While each tissue in your body has its own type of cell…
- Muscles have cells that can only contract
- The liver has cells regulate your chemistry
- Kidneys have cells that filter, and so forth…
Stem cells can become any of these, and more. Because of this, if you have stem cells, you can use them to repair any damage to your body. And, amazingly, the new tissues created by the stem cells are brand NEW – like a baby – and not old tissue, like all your other cells.
Stem cells become like the cells around them. In 2013, patients who had a heart attack were given stem cell infusions directly into the heart. Over time, the scar tissue in the damaged part of the heart shrunk and the heart muscle increased, thus regaining more heart function! Essentially, the stem cells grew into heart muscle cells, repairing the damage. Where there was scar tissue, over time became new heart muscle.
You can see the implications of this. Any damaged tissue can theoretically be repaired, including brain, liver, and kidneys. In fact, new ways of preparing stem cells may even allow re-growth of limbs.
What you need to know before you get stem cell injections
The problem with stem cells is that they’re everywhere! People are selling stem cells therapy that hardly work. People pay large amounts of money to inject placenta stem cells into their blood with hopes of getting better. Others are taking stem cells from their own fat cells and putting them back in their blood (like Carolynn). There is much more to stem cells than injecting them into the blood: they need to be properly prepared. Stem cells require an “activation” mechanism that allows them to start growing.
Carolynn went to the Caribbean for stem cell treatment. She had cells taken from her fat, processed, and put into her blood with an IV catheter. Carolynn expected to see results within a couple of months, but instead her health declined. Within a year, she was on dialysis for kidney failure. While many have had amazing results from stem cells, ALL my patients who have had stem cell treatments have not benefitted from them. I think we’re not seeing the results that we should for several reasons.
Successful stem cell studies show true physical improvement (and not just feeling better). These cases transfuse the person’s own cells (autologous) directly into the artery of the affected tissue. Plus, they first activate these stems cells.
The use of stem cells to repair tissue is so new, we don’t know all the possible complications. Stem cells injected into the peripheral blood may never reach the site intended for them. Using cells from a different person could produce a rejection reaction. Plus, there is the danger that stem cells become cancer cells when activated indiscriminately.
But there is another important factor… we may not need someone else’s stem cells if we have our own.
The fact is, we all have stem cells everywhere in our bodies. Every tissue has stem cells. In contrast to what medical school teaches, even the brain has neural stem cells (NSC) which can become nerve, glial, or Schwann cells. What this means is that any tissue can regenerate, repair, and be replaced by what already exists inside of us. We don’t need to get stem cells injected from the outside, we just need to activate the ones we have to start working. This is a subject of ongoing research, but let’s see what has been discovered so far.
What might be some natural stem cell boosts?
How might we all increase the number or helpful activities of our own stem cells?
If possible isn’t that a better, simpler, & safer idea than getting a transplant of stem cells?
Think of it as preventative medicine via stem cells. Note that this post was updated in May 2020.
It’s not a sure thing by any means. And, yeah, it is not as simple as asking for a free or super boost in your Jamba Juice (see at right) such as with vitamin C or something.
However, below are five possible simple ways that research suggests theoretically might be helpful to give your existing so-called endogenous stem cells a boost. You can also read more on this in my stem cell book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide.
Important: consult with your doctor before considering any of these ideas. This blog post is not meant as medical advice.
1. Exercise and stem cells
The human body seems designed to increase stem cell numbers when we are more active. This makes great sense if you consider that the more active that we are physically that the more new cells that we’ll need as we are likely to lose more of our older cells by exercising. Here are two papers backing up the idea of exercise boosting our stem cell numbers.
Exercise in a sense also mildly damages different tissues in the body such as muscles, which may stimulate production of new stem cells as well.
There is also interest in exercise programs for those patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (like bone marrow transplants) for blood cancers. These programs may enhance recovery. Here’s a paper in this area: Effects of partly supervised and home-based exercise program in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: a case-control study..
2. Caloric restriction and fasting for stem cell stimulation
An article recently came out saying that fasting boosts stem cell numbers. The team from USC found that even just a few days of fasting increased the number of stem cells in our blood system. This potential connection between fasting and stem cell numbers also makes sense as our body probably needs to be more efficient at times of low food availability and boost resistance to infection.
Here are a couple more articles on the possible activation of stem cells by fasting:
3. Tai chi
Researchers in China have reported that people who practice the martial art Tai Chi saw a several-fold boost in their stem cell populations (by which they meant a specific type of cell called a “ Progenitor CD34+Cells” cell. This seems a little too good to be true in terms of magnitude, but could fit in with the exercise boost discussed above.
Also, now in 2020 I have not found any more reports linking Tai Chi to stem cells so that’s less encouraging.
4. Sleep and stem cells
Although I wrote earlier about how activity could boost stem cell levels, it also kind of makes sense that stem cells may do their thing while we are asleep. Stem cell science also supports this idea as well. Unfortunately, as of May 2020 I haven’t seen much more convincing research in this area, but there is still some common sense that sleep may increase stem cell numbers.
5. Protect yourself and your stem cells from radiation
When you read this you probably are thinking of dental or chest x-rays or CT scans, but I think a far more important source of radiation for most of us is UV light from the sun.
It is smart to protect your skin stem cells. Become an educated user of sunscreens and about sun exposure. Their use is complex and in fact may be harmful if misused as most of us do. In any case, the best protection from skin cancer is shade or if you have to be out in the sun, clothing. Do not let sunscreen increase your sun exposure dramatically or its use will backfire.
Note that altering specific genetic switches can also boost stem cell production or mobilization (see video by leading stem cell researcher John Dick above), but in everyday life we don’t really know how to try to get similar results through changing our lifestyles.
Finally, something that I actively do not recommend. Stem cell supplements are not of any use based on today’s clearest evidence. They are at best a huge waste of money and at worst a risk to your health.
As an update in 2020, I have recently reviewed stem cell supplements and found they are mostly hype at best, and at worst could do some harm.
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Stem cells are vital to the future of anti-aging medicine.
Every day I’m getting a little bit closer to harnessing their immortal power.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are your reserve of “replacement cells.” Your body can use them to replace any kind of cell that is damaged, old or dying. They can morph into any kind of cell you need, including those for your eyes, kidneys, muscles, skin, heart or blood.
They also allow your body to regenerate damaged tissue in any organ — from your brain to your heart to your liver.
What can affect your stem cells production?
As you age, your stem cells don’t repair and regenerate as well as they once did. Fatigue sets in. That can lead to poor regeneration or even degeneration of certain organs and tissues.
How the mitochondria correlates with stem cell production?
It’s as though your stem cells are running out of energy. You see, just like every other cell in your body, your stem cells contain tiny organelles called mitochondria. They provide the energy your cells need to function.
When mitochondria in stem cells are sluggish, your body’s stem cells can’t regenerate fast enough. The disease process starts to take over. That’s when you start to look, feel and act old.
What vitamin can power the mitochondria and boost stem cells?
There’s a simple vitamin that holds the key to restoring your stem cells and mitochondria to a biologically younger state.
Vitamin B to the rescue
In a study published in the journal Science, researchers revitalized stem cells in elderly mice by targeting a special molecule that helps mitochondria function properly.
They gave old mice a form of vitamin B3. B3 is also known as niacin, niacinamide or nicotinamide. And the mice taking the vitamin had dramatic anti-aging results!
Their muscles significantly regenerated through stem cell activity. The same thing happened with their brain and skin stem cells. And they also lived longer than mice that did not get the vitamin. 1
In another study, half the mice were given a form of vitamin B3 for three or four months. The mice taking the vitamin had more energy, less weight gain, and improved insulin sensitivity. On a treadmill test, they could run 33% further than the control mice. 2
How does vitamin B3 work?
In your body, B3 breaks down into a molecule called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+). NAD+ is found in every cell in the body. It helps transfer the energy from the foods we eat to the mitochondria where it gets converted to cellular energy.
As NAD+ levels decline, mitochondrial function is impaired. And you start to see many of the physical signs of aging. Studies link decreases in NAD+ levels to:
- Brain degeneration
- Inflammation of blood vessels
- Fatty liver
- Increased belly fat
- Insulin resistance
- Fatigue and loss of muscle strength
The benefits of increasing your NAD+ levels
Increasing your levels of NAD+ can help increase energy in the mitochondria. And that can boost the regeneration abilities of your stem cells.
How to boost your NAD+ levels?
One way to boost NAD+ is severely restricting the number of calories you eat. That has been proven to raise NAD+ levels in cells. 3 But no one wants to starve themselves.
The easier way to increase NAD+ is with vitamin B3. Boosting NAD+ with vitamin B3 can help prevent the decline in cellular energy as you age. It also helps preserve the anti-aging action of your stem cells. But B3 does even more.
Vitamin B3 is active in more than 50 metabolic functions in your body. It aids digestion and helps eliminate toxins. It acts as a powerful antioxidant. It assists in producing sex hormones. And it is vital to energizing and maintaining healthy cells of all kinds.
Build Better Mitochondria For Yourself
You can boost your niacin levels with food. The best sources are grass-fed beef and organ meats, pastured eggs, chicken and turkey, and wild-caught salmon and tuna. Good vegetarian sources include peanuts, beets, leafy greens, nuts, peas and beans.
But for the anti-aging benefits to your mitochondria and stem cells, you’ll have to supplement. Look for a supplement containing niacin, niacinamide or nicotinamide. I recommend getting 750 to 1,000 mg a day. Just don’t rush in too fast.
When you start taking B3 supplements you may get a reaction known as “niacin flush.” It feels like a burning and prickly sensation over the face, neck and chest. It’s harmless and usually lasts less than 20 minutes.
The reaction wears off as you continue to use B3, so be patient. It may take a few weeks, but eventually you’ll build up a tolerance.
I recommend starting at a small dose of 250 mg per day. At first, take it every other day and slowly work up. Increase the amount gradually every month until you get up to your target. You can also split your dose into twice a day to help reduce the flush.
Here at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine, I usually have patients gradually increase to up to 2 grams per day.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Hongbo Zhang, Dongryeol Ryu, Yibo Wu, et al. “NAD repletion improves mitochondrial and stem cell function and enhances lifespan in mice.” Science, 2016 Vol. 352, Issue 6292, pp. 1436-1443.
2. Canto C, Houtkooper RH, Pirinen E, et al. “The NAD(+) precursor nicotinamide riboside enhances oxidative metabolism and protects against high-fat diet-induced obesity.” Cell Metab. 2012;15(6):838-47.
3. Mouchiroud L, Houtkooper, RH, Moullan N, et al. “The NAD(+)/Sirtuin pathway modulates longevity through activation of mitochondrial UPR and FOXO signaling.” Cell. 2013;154(2):430-41.
My name is Dr. Al Sears. I’m the founder of the Palm Beach Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine. I’m often referred to as America’s #1 Anti-Aging Pioneer.
I was one of the first doctors to be board-certified in anti-aging medicine. And I currently write and publish the monthly e-newsletter, Confidential Cures, and my daily email broadcast, Doctor’s House Call.
I’ve also appeared on over 50 national radio programs, ABC News, CNN, and ESPN, and have published 15 books and reports on health and wellness with a readership of millions spread over 163 countries.
I am also board-certified as a clinical nutrition specialist and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American College for the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Southern Medical Association (SMA), the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), and the Herb Research Foundation, (HRF) and an ACE-certified fitness trainer.
Since 1999, I have published 15 books and reports on health and wellness with a readership of millions spread over 163 countries.
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The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC ended recently, and a new cancer-killing therapy was a big topic.
Researchers revealed that they had taken human T-cells and engineered them to identify, memorize and attack tumor cells. The therapy didn’t work for everyone and some patients experienced toxic side-reactions and died. However, some of the patients had many other therapies that failed, and some people were in complete remission after 18 months.
It’s great that scientists have used the body’s own natural cancer killing cells in their research. But like many of these therapies, scientists are calling T-cells a “living drug” so they can patent and sell an eventual therapy … which won’t be available to the general public any time soon.
Fortunately, what is available to you are your own T-cells.
They’re not a drug, and they already attack cancer cells. Plus, you can increase their cancer-killing effectiveness starting right now. Here are three natural ways to boost the cancer-killing effectiveness of your T-cells:
1) Start with getting plenty of vitamin D.
The prestigious journal Nature published a study with a stunning discovery: T-cells don’t work very well unless your vitamin D receptors are activated. In other words, T-cells won’t activate without enough vitamin D.
The study also says you can increase your T-cell responsiveness by 750 percent by making sure you have a good amount of vitamin D.
Direct sunshine is best because our bodies make vitamin D from the sun’s rays. If you can’t get some sun every day, it’s best to get at least 3-5,000 IU of D3 daily. You might need as much as 10,000 IU if you’ve been out of the sun for most of this winter already.
2) Add some selenium to your diet.
Or make sure it’s in your daily multi-nutrient.
Selenium is well-known to be cancer-protective. But studies show it also increases the effectiveness of T-cells, and makes them more powerful.
Fortunately, you don’t need much selenium. You do need more than the RDA, which is only 55 micrograms. It appears that up to but no more than 200 mcg a day is a good target. You should get it from food. A few Brazil nuts will give you all you need. Or you could eat plenty of eggs, fish, and mushrooms.
3) Have you ever heard of Cat’s claw?
It’s easier to say than its Latin name, Uncaria Tomentosa.
This plant is native to South America, and its health benefits are so powerful that it’s now being studied to see what it can do against cancer. What they’ve discovered is that cat’s claw cat’s turns on T-cells and unleashes them against many diseases. Like the T-cells in the study, cat’s claw seems to stop cancer from spreading.
You will normally see cat’s claw in supplement form at a 350 mg daily dose, and it’s standardized to contain 8% carboxy alkyl esters, which is the active compound.
Mother nature provides many options to skyrocket your body’s own natural cancer defenses–and more and more people are turning to them. In 2005, 72 million people sought alternative treatments, many like the ones you can read about in Dr. Michael Cutler’s Surviving Cancer manual. Click to learn more.
January 29, 2019 | By Physio Logic
Wait, what are stem cells?
Basically, stem cells are type of undifferentiated cells in our body that have the potential ability to turn into different types of cells (crazy, right?!). To learn more about Stem Cell Therapy, check out our blog post, “What is Stem Cell Therapy?“
However, our stem cells age, just like us (ugh). So Physio Logic’s Clinical Nutritionist, Michelle Miller, MSACN and Samantha Wineke, Health Coach share a few tips to keep them in tip top shape for as long as possible.
1. Proper Nutrition
Proper nutrition can help increase the proliferation and growth of stem cells. Research shows that certain foods can diminish or promote cellular restoration.
One of the key changes you can make to your diet to enhance your stem cell function is reduce your sugar intake. Elevated glucose reduces proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells. What’s that scientific jargon mean? It means that the more sugar you consume, the less likely your stem cells are to thrive.
You can also try fasting or cutting calories. Studies show that short term calorie restriction led to enhanced stem cell availability and activity in mice. There are several ways you could do this, including intermittent fasting for 12-16 hours per night. Make sure to talk to your doc before implementing big changes like this. (Hey, come to think of it, we know of a good one here!)
Lifestyle impacts the internal enjoinment that stem cells can thrive in. This includes anything from getting enough sleep, practicing relaxation techniques and avoiding radiation. It’s no surprise that exercise alone increases activation and proliferation of stem cells for muscle regeneration.
Acupuncture has also been shown to increase the body’s ability to mobilize its own stem cell production and healing properties. You read that correctly! Just kicking back and breathing, all while getting acupuncture done could improve your body’s ability to heal itself. Acupuncture also balances the nervous system and increases circulation making it easier for the body to heal itself without the use of medication.
If you’re interested in learning more about the regenerative power of stem cells, we invite you to attend one of our monthly seminars, Pain, Pain, Go Away! – Stem Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine Explained. You can also contact us directly using the form below.