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December 1, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Kick off the New Year with The Stem Cell Cure, the Leading Resource on Regenerative Medicine

Ready to make your health a priority in the new year? Pick up a copy of The Stem Cell Cure on Amazon. This book is a leading resource on natural healing.

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November 2, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Optimism and Your Health

Mark Twain once said, “It's better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right.” While we often come across quotes like these, we usually brush them aside as humorous.

Let’s look at what science says regarding optimism and your health. In 2009, Rasmussen and her colleagues from Carnegie Mellon and University of Kansas published a review that looked at 83 different studies.

These studies evaluated the effect of optimism on being sick, longevity, heart disease, immune function and survival from Cancer.

In the aggregate, these studies strongly suggest optimism is a significant predictor of physical health. The results from the overall analysis helped document the positive role optimism plays in physical well-being.

Patients with an optimistic outlook were generally healthier and had better outcomes when facing adversity. Just like we fuel our bodies with good food and exercise, our mind also needs the right fuel.

Start by feeding your mind with thoughts that are positive and optimistic. Thinking about the past leads to worry and thinking about the future causes anxiety.

Instead of dwelling on these, learn to be present in the moment. To develop a positive mindset, be aware of our temporariness on this planet, including the temporariness of everything that surrounds us.

While we want to be realistic and focused on achieving the things we want, it should not come at the cost of losing ourselves. In fact, the chance of us getting what we want in life significantly increases when we are positive.

Only then does the world enjoy interacting with us. While more studies are needed to further explore how optimism works, we know our minds are powerful tools.

When used to our advantage it, the human mind can create wonders. Bet on optimism!

October 1, 2020Comments are off for this post.

PRP: The “Super Lube” for Your Joints

Just like a machine requires regular maintenance, your joints need regular care. Daily physical activities, participation in sports, working out, all take a toll on the lining of your joints.

Inflammation can set in and pain starts to linger. Unfortunately, mainstream treatment options are not great. You pop pain pills, cut down your activity levels, or learn to live with your pain.

If you seek orthopedic advice, you'll most likely be offered a cortisone or steroid injection. All of these options negatively impact your quality of life and leave your joints weaker.

There is a much better alternative called Platelet rich plasma or PRP. Many athletes go this route. Platelets are cells found in your own blood. Platelets house ten powerful anti-inflammatory factors within them.

How Do PRP Treatments Work?

When injected into your joints, platelets clean up the inflammation and help relieve pain while keeping your joints healthy. The process of making PRP is very simple. You undergo a simple blood draw followed by a quick spin of your blood to concentrate your platelets. Your platelets are then injected back into your joints or where the source of pain is.

What are the Benefits of PRP?

Published evidence in a head-to-head comparison shows PRP to be much superior to cortisone/steroid and hyaluronic acid/gel injections. More importantly, there aren't side effects. Also, pain relief with PRP lasts longer up to six months to a year.

What is Recovery Like?

Recovery is quick, with little downtime. If your PRP is made well, one single injection is all you may need. More importantly, with PRP your joint becomes healthier instead of getting weaker.

Tap into the Power of Your Own Cells!

PRP is no gimmick, it is backed by several peer-reviewed publications. Do yourself a favor and tap into the power of your own cells to heal your body. No wonder PRP is called the super lube for your joints!

September 1, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Diet is King, Exercise is Queen!

To date, only two factors have been shown to impact the quality of your stem cells. They are diet and exercise. Jack Lalanne, often credited as the first fitness guru of America. He used to say "Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together, and you've got a kingdom."

Based on modern scientific data, however, we can now say nutrition comes first, and exercise is a close second. No amount of exercise can undo poor nutrition. Putting semantics aside, let's be clear: both are needed to lead a healthy life. That said, a lot of people who are physically very active may not be very fit. Ultimately, a poor diet catches up. This can result in people being unable to do the activities they love. 

What constitutes a healthy diet? Popular diet names include Plant based, Keto, Paleo, Atkins, Vegan, South Beach, etc. The proponents of each of these diets claim theirs is the perfect solution. We wish the answer was that easy. If it was, we would be a very healthy nation. About half the adults in US are obese, and one in four kids has obesity.

Even worse, in the last two decades, these numbers have almost doubled. Clearly, we are not headed in the right direction. While there are certain helpful clues in most diets listed, food is also a very individual choice just like most things in life are. What works for one person may not work for another. The key is “balance” and listening to the needs of your body.

For diet and exercise, a few general rules are:

Diet: 

  1. Eat fresh vegetables and fruits daily
  2. Limit intake of meat and dairy products
  3. Avoid overly cooked or oily food

Exercise:

  1. At every age, weight training is a must
  2. Some daily cardio is good, walking or running best
  3. Volume of exercise is important

While some exercise is better than none, current recommendation of 150 minutes a week is too little. Research indicates up to 700 minutes of moderately intense exercise every week maybe needed in order to experience significant health benefits.

As always, before you make any changes or start a new routine, check with your physician. How healthy your stem cells are impacts directly the quality and length of your life. Develop good eating habits along with a robust exercise schedule and you design a better life for yourself.

August 14, 2020Comments are off for this post.

The Latest Updates on Stem Cell Therapy and COVID-19

A new study published by the Journal on Aging & Disease reports that intravenous administration of clinical-grade human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) resulted in improved functional outcomes (Leng et al., Aging Dis, 11:216-228, 2020).

This study demonstrated that intravenous infusion of MSCs is a safe and effective approach for treating patients with COVID-19 pneumonia, including elderly patients displaying severe pneumonia. COVID-19 is a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Currently, treating COVID-19 patients, particularly those afflicted with severe pneumonia, is challenging as no specific drugs or vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are available.

Therefore, MSC therapy inhibits the overactivation of the immune system and promotes endogenous repair by improving the lung microenvironment after the SARS-CoV-2 infection found in this study is striking. Here's what the study entailed, and what it means for the future:

Overview of the Study

The Covid-19 infection has been a challenge for all of us. Since there is not yet a definitive treatment, the world has been relying on containment through physical isolation. What we do know is that the Covid-19 virus causes a very strong inflammatory response in the infected person’s body. We also know stem cells carry potent anti-inflammatory properties and induce regeneration and repair by clearing out inflammation. Given this knowledge, the use of stem cells to treat Covid-19 seems like an avenue worth exploring.

Overview of the Results

Ten Covid-19 positive patients with moderate to severe symptoms were included in the published study. Seven of the patients received intravenous infusion of Mesenchymal stem cells. Three patients in the control group did not receive stem cells. All seven patients who received the stem cell infusion demonstrated improvement in their symptoms and recovered from the Covid-19 infection. Among the three patients in the control group who did not receive stem cells, one patient died and the other two continued to show severe progression of their signs and symptoms at the time of the publication.

What’s Next?

Clearly, one study with a small number of patients cannot be considered definitive proof of effectiveness. However, it does provide us with a step forward towards a more extensive study involving many more patients. The safety of properly harvested stem cells have been proven. The risk of an adverse event is low. Tapping into the anti-inflammatory potential that stem cells have in order to treat a highly inflammatory process such as Covid-19 infections seems logical next step. We hope regulatory authorities both at federal and state level will allow well-scrutinized clinical trials to further assess the role stem cells can play.

 

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