Adaptogens are plant based compounds that help you adapt to stress in your environment and reduce damage from that stress. They are found in a variety of plants. Among those found effective in animal and human trials are:
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus or Siberian ginseng)
Schisandra (Schisandra chinesis)
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
Rubus coreanus (Korean black raspberry)
Pseudosasa japonica (Arrow Bamboo)
Anoectochilus formosanus (genus of orchid)
Camellia sinensis (evergreen shrub)
Allium sativum (species of onion)
Your body’s reaction and adaptation to stress typically goes through three stages:
The alarm reaction when stress is detected
Adaptation / Resistance as the body takes measures to counter the stress
Exhaustion when the body can no longer cope adequately
Plant adaptogens can increase the ability of the body to cope with and adapt to various environmental sources of stress without experiencing exhaustion. The role of the adaptogen is to moderate the response so the coping with stress can go on for longer periods of time.
The following timeline shows typical coping scenarios. Without adaptogens the stress response is higher, using more resources, and eventually become exhausted. The response with adaptogens shows a milder response that lasts longer and can continue to cope with the stress. Continue reading →
Magnesium plays important roles in the body. It is needed for enzyme activity by over 300 different biological processes. All enzymes associated with ATP require Magnesium. And, you may know that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) provides energy to all cells.
Depending on just how much magnesium in the blood is considered normal, anywhere from 4.8% to 47% of all patients in hospitals are deficient in magnesium. Up to 65% of patients in intensive care are deficient, and low levels of Magnesium are associated with a higher mortality rate.
How Much Magnesium is Required?
The daily dietary allowance for magnesium set by the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine is 6 mg per kg of body mass. On average, this means about 400-420 mg per day for men and 310-320 mg per day for women.
It is estimated that between 50% and 85% of those living in the United States fail to reach these levels of magnesium intake. A major reason for this is the high consumption of refined and processed foods that are deficient in magnesium. One study, for example, showed that refining and processing wheat to white flour, rice to polished rice, and corn to starch removes from 82% to 97% of the magnesium.
What Are the Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency?
Because magnesium is used in all energy producing systems as well as other systems, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are widespread an varied. Here are some conditions to look for: Continue reading →
Stem cells from your own body’s fat cells can be extracted, concentrated and reintroduced into your body. They help your body heal joint arthritis, repair heart damage, restore function to stroke victims, and much more.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells than can produce (differentiate) cells of a specific or specialized type. Stem cells divide and produce new differentiated cells throughout your life. For example, as cell damage occurs (as in a cut), new skin cells are produced by stem cells to repair the cut.
Stem cells circulating in your blood can reach any organ that needs repair. The stem cells at that organ can produce exactly the kinds of cells needed to repair the organ so it functions normally again. The more stem cells in circulation, the faster the healing process occurs.
Everyone has stem cells. Because cells normally die off, stem cells are required for life. Some experts say we could live only a few hours if we had no stem cells.
Adult stem cells from your own body can be harvested from many sources. Most popular sources of stem cells are your bone marrow or your fat or adipose tissue through liposuction. The adipose tissue is processed in a way that separates the fat from the stem cells. The stem cells are them be injected in areas of the body that require repair.
Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis – Neil Riordan, PhD
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Dr. Riordan discusses focuses on mesenchymal stem cells harvested from fat tissue and the role they play in reducing inflammation, repairing tissue and modulating the immune system.
Stem Cells: Current Clinical Trials and Beyond
There are currently over 2,000 studies that are actively investigating stem cells or recruiting people to participate in a clinical trial involving stem cells. As of this writing, several of these studies are:
Results of stem cell trials have shown that injections have helped regrow cartilage, reducing or eliminating joint discomfort. Stem cells have helped restore corneas, repair heart damage, treat stroke victims, and even show promise in helping repair spinal cord injuries. Stem cells have helped diabetic patients restore circulation in their legs to avoid amputation.
As you can imagine, many studies are first done on animals to see if a certain treatment is effective. Those treatments that are effective can then be using in human trials.
One study, Stem cell therapy in a caprine model of osteoarthritis, investigating the usefulness of stem cells for regeneration of the medial meniscus or fibrocartilage in the joints of goats. Adult goat stem cells were introduced into the joints. The study noted “marked regeneration” of the meniscus. Repair tissue was noted after 6 weeks, and after 20 weeks further repair tissue was noted in 7 of 9 joints treated. The reseachers concluded that, “This study suggests that there may be a therapeutic benefit associated with intraarticular injection of stem cells following traumatic injury to the knee.”
Stem Cells: Results of Applications in Humans
Knee arthritis two years after stem cell therapy by Harry Adelson, N.D.
Carrie describes her outcome two years after stem cell therapy for her painful, arthritic knees by Harry Adelson, N.D.
Stem Cell Treatment For Knees: Mycal’s Story
Mycal was in constant pain which was impairing his function and quality of life. He wanted to avoid invasive knee replacement therapy. He chose adult stem cell therapy and watch him now tackle his game pain free! Stem Cell therapy for joint injuries are an ideal choice for those looking to avoid invasive surgery and prolonged downtime.
Enhance Your Stem Cells
You can receive stem cells in your joints or an intravenously for a whole body infusion in many clinics throughout the United States. Typically, the clinic will use fat cells taken, via liposuction, from your own body. The fat cells are placed in a centrifuge where the stem cells can be concentrated and extracted. The cells are then introduced into your body where they begin their work.
All this takes just a couple of hours. You’ll experience no “down time” and can go about your daily activities after the injections.
At this time, the cost of this procedure is approximately $4000 for one area ( for example, a knee or a shoulder) and $6000 for two areas (both knees or both shoulders). Insurance does not currently cover this procedure so you will have to pay for it yourself.
Stem Cell Enhancing Supplements
Because the cost such procedures more than many people can afford, some people are turning to supplements than can enhance stem cell production or mobilization. One such product is shown below. Investigate it and use it if you think it could help you.
Eat healthy foods. This means plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid processed meats and, if you must drink alcohol, drink in moderation.
Avoid obesity. Maintain a healthy weight and get plenty of exercise.
Avoid overexposure to the sun. Skin cancer is a common form of cancer.
Avoid carcinogens. These include viruses, bacteria, and parasites as well as air, water and soil pollution.
Avoid a compromised immune system.
Some Cancer Prevention Research to Keep in Mind
Eat Your Veggies
One study published in the journal Epidemiology studied how fruits and vegetables affected rates of cancer of the colon, rectum, and breast. The authors indicated that carotenoids, flavonoids, phenols, isothiocynates, fiber, and vitamins C and E could have anti-carcinogenic effects.
They found that raw carrots were the only vegetable that lowered cancer risks by 20% or more for all three types of cancer. They also found that apples, pears, and kiwi were associated with at least a 5% risk reduction for all three cancer types.
Overall high intake of raw vegetables lowered risks by 20% for colon cancer, 18% for cancer of the rectum, and 15% for breast cancer.
Cooked vegetables also reduced risks by 28% for colon cancer, 20% for cancer of the rectum, and 4% for breast cancer.
Watch Out for Sugar
Cancer cells love glucose (blood sugar). They take in and metabolize glucose faster than normal cells.
This fact allows positron emission tomography (PET) scans to detect cancerous tumors without invasive operations. This is possible by giving the patient a glucose analogue of slightly radioactive FDG, The cancer cells suck this up and it accumulates in cancerous tumors and can easily be detected in a PET scan.
Another study published in the journal Cancer investigated various glucose transport mechanisms in human breast cancer.
Glucose transport across cell boundaries is performed with the help of various protein enzymes. They found that the so-called Glut-1, Glut-2 and Glut-4 protein enzymes were active in breast cancer, but Glut-3 and Glut-5 mechanisms were not as active. Glut-1 was the most actives means of taking glucose into breast cancer cells. Such studies can help identify ways to slow down or inhibit the sugar feeding of cancer cells.
Another study published in the British Journal of Cancer looked at breast cancer rates in various countries. The researchers found that the rate of breast cancer in older women (aged 65-69) were positively correlated with sugar and fat consumption.
Yet another study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined risks for pancreatic cancer and consumption of sugar sweetened foods. The study looked at 77,797 women and men.
This study found that those who consumed the most sugar were 1.95 times as likely to get pancreatic cancer as those consuming the least amount of sugar. Similarly for soft drinks, those who consumed most were 2.3 times as likely to get pancreatic cancer as those who consumed the fewest soft drinks.
The researchers thought that high levels of blood glucose created oxidative stress which resulted in free radical damage to the pancreatic cells. The idea is that the regions of the pancreas produce hormones have low concentrations of antioxidant enzymes. Thus, they are especially susceptible to glucose created free radicals.
Yet another study published in the British Medical Journal examined how the consumption of sugar and fat affected the risk of colorectal cancer.
They found that the overall calorie intake of those with large bowel cancer was 18% higher than their control group without cancer. Those with cancer consumed 21% more carbohydrates than those without cancer.
The cancer patients consumed 41% more sugars with little or no fiber and 19% less natural sugars with fiber. They found that the third of the study group consuming the most refined sugars (with high energy to fiber ratios) had an 8 times greater risk of contracting large bowel cancer than those in the lower third of refined sugar consumption.
If you’re not convinced already, another study published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control looked at the medical history of 98,030 women aged 55 to 69 years in Iowa. These women were mailed a questionnaire on known and suspected cancer risk-factors.
They found that BMI was related directly to cancer risk. Cancer risk for 60% of the women with the highest BMIs was from 40 to 70 percent higher than for those in the lowest 40% of BMIs. There was also double the risk of colon cancer in women consuming the most sucrose-containing foods.
You Can Stop Cancer Before it Starts
Research tells us not only the causes of cancer, but how to prevent many cancers types.
Cancer prevention strategies include consuming healthy fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed sugars that are depleted of fiber.
Unfortunately, this requires some effort on your part. You’ll need to about most of the manufactured foods that contain lots of added sugars. And, you’ll need to eat more raw fruits and vegetables.