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 →
Bacopa monnieri is traditional Ayurvedic medicinal herb grown in India. It has been widely touted as a brain booster with other positive effects such as reduction of anxiety. Often called water hyssop, it is a popular plant used in aquariums.
The herb contains many active components including alkaloids and saponins (that form a soapy froth when shaken in a water solution). Most people recognize the saponins Bacosides A and B as the most significant components.
Bacopa monnieri is marketed by many supplement manufacturers which use a variety of phrases to describe its effects. Some of these marketing slogans include:
Optimize your brain power
Supports memory enhancement & learning
Supports memory, enhances mental performance
Brain & memory support
Support cognitive function and brain health
Excellent rejuvenative for the mind
Benefits congnitive functions
These claims make it seem like you should start taking bacopa monnieri before your next algebra test or your final exams to make sure you get a high grade. After all, you want every advantage possible to succeed in life.
But, what do the scientific studies show about the benefits of bacopa monnieri? Are these marketing slogans simply hype that over-promise what you can really expect? Continue reading →
Pollution is a fact of life in an industrialized society. Pollution, by its very definition, can cause harm to people, animals, and plants. As far as humans are concerned, pollution contributes to a number of serious illnesses including obesity and increased mortality.
Pollutants in the Atmosphere
A major pollutant produced by combustion is NO, nitrogen oxide. This reacts with ozone to for NO2. Another pollutant is SO2 which is produced by burning sulphur-containing fossil fuels (primarily coal and heavy oils).
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are another class of atmospheric pollutants. These includes numberous chemicals or an organic nature such as benzene.
Most atmospheric pollutants affect the respiratory system, but some can get into the blood and cause other diseases such as cancer.
These chemicals last a long time in the environment and move though the food chain. These include pesticides, dioxins, and PCBs. Dioxins are formed by incomplete combustion and whenever plastics are burned. While dioxins are not dissolved by water, they enter the food chains by binding to lipids or fats. 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.