As many of you know I had a stem cell implant in January at StemGenex in La Jolla California. I had been somewhat discouraged by the effect on my Parkinson’s disease but two different people in the past week have spontaneously remarked that my tremors have reduced. The tremors have spread to the other side, but are less intense. So it may well be that I am not the best judge- I only pay attention when the tremors are active.
I want to say right off that even if I’d had no effects whatsoever from the stem cell implant that valuable information would be derived from the study. We need to learn who responds and who does not. There are considerations of the effects on insulin resistance and gut bacteria, as well as vagus nerve stimulation that affect the success of stem cell implants. We need more experimentation on how and where to administer the cells and what activities will impact their proliferation. (Too bad for nonresponding participants who pay out of pocket but good for science.)
It is true that I haven’t had the dramatic changes that I expected. And I might have done better with stem cells taken from the cord blood of a newborn rather than my own adipose (fat) cells. When you are fat, the fat cells can be hypoxic and less vital. One doctor I spoke with in Mexico said he prefers cord blood because the stem cells are more active, even if there are considerably fewer of them. If you are heavy and are considering stem cell implants you might consider using cord blood. Cord blood is not available in the US, but there are reputable firms outside of the country.
Do I think losing weight prior to a stem cell implant might have helped? Only with a few years lead time and lots of detoxification. The problem is that fat stores toxins to protect the body from the harm they can cause. I have tested high for lead, strontium, DDE and other endocrine-disrupting compounds. Weight loss can dump toxins into the blood stream and tissues as fat cells are broken down or deflated, which is why I have gotten sick every single time I lost weight, even slowly. I did a course of herbal detox and DMPS, EDTA, and Olestra (1) chelation prior to the stem cell implant to reduce toxins but stopped a month before the implant to let my body normalize. Chelation cannot be done after the implant until the cells have finished multiplying.
A friend tells me that our neighbor is still experiencing improvements 2 years after his stem cell implant – and it took a while to build up. He saw the greatest improvement after he started getting deep massage and using a vibration platform late in the first year. So there is still hope. It has been only 6 months. One woman with MS who was going through the implant with me for the third time said that the first time there was no change until 6 months and suddenly she was able to raise her legs two feet instead of two inches. Pazienza, Karen!
I was advised by a colleague with Parkinson’s to get a vibration platform to increase the stem cell activation and to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms. I used one last week while visiting my parents and it definitely activates qi and blood, affecting not only circulation but eliciting a strong stretch-reflex contraction in muscle fibers. It is a very efficient anaerobic form of resistance training and they claim that 10 minutes of platform exercise is like 60 minutes of regular exercise. Vibration platforms for the home run between $200- $6000. While the pure platforms without handholds look like they give a stronger vibration and certainly fit better in a NYC apartment, the design looks risky for someone with Parkinson’s. The $250 Confidence Fitness machine has over 700 five star reviews on Amazon. I am saving up for it now.
Ronald J. Jandacek, James E. Heubi, Donna D. Buckley, Jane C. Khoury, Wayman E. Turner, Andreas Sjödin, James R. Olson, Christie Shelton, Kim Helms, Tina D. Bailey, Shirley Carter, Patrick Tso, Marian Pavuk.Reduction of the body burden of PCBs and DDE by dietary intervention in a randomized trial. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 2014; 25 (4): 483 DOI: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2014.01.002
As someone who has dealt with obesity since kindergarten, when they pulled me indoors from climbing trees all day, I have dealt with fat, diets and fat fallout all of my life. I was on Metrecal shakes in the third grade, and at 16 my Italian doctor was shocked at the diet pills my US MD had prescribed since age 14. Every kind of diet- low fat, low carb, low calorie, Weight Watchers, fad diets, macrobiotics, non diets,- lots of exercise, hypnosis, EFT, and positive imagery was tried. I know all the supplements, the portion sizes, the caloric values, the allergens and the energetics of foods. And like most fat people I have had the will power to lose weight many times over. Continue reading Ten Things About Being Fat→
This is a very funny and informative video on Vitamin D, with images that will stick with you. (I especially liked his publication strategy to get new patients.)
Infant chimps, which we have already seen need similar Vitamin D to humans can take 5000 iu per day.
Collagen without sufficient Vitamin D is like putting Jello in water- it gets softer and can’t support the bones.
Iguana owners have a better idea of Vitamin D needs than most doctors. (And the pictures of Vitamin D deficient iguanas will stick with you.)
Vitamin D is responsible for regulating the blood pressure hormone rennin, and for combating elevated levels of C-reactive protein in your body.
Malignant melanoma usually appears in areas without exposure to sun, and working out of doors lowers your malignant melanoma rate.
Squamous cell skin cancer is the only cancer that occurs more in sunbathers, the ones that will kill you are lower.
Vitamin D toxicity occurred in a Florida lawyer who was taking 1 million iu of Vitamin D for two years due to a manufacturing accident. When they gave him a diuretic and kept him out of the sun for a month, it reversed.
While tanning bed enthusiasts get more cancer, they also have higher bone density.
Only 10% of the cells in our bodies are human. Ponder that. We have easily a hundred trillion bacterial cells, not just in our gut but all over our body. They make us work: breaking down food into something we can assimilate, fighting infection, signaling our cellular processes, converting sunlight to Vitamin D, forming biofilms to protect us. We have fungi that break down wastes, yeasts that ferment and transform extra sugars, worms that can prevent autoimmune disease. Some of our bacteria themselves have viruses. We are walking colonies of organisms in a human superstructure. Continue reading Our Symbionts, Ourselves→
I have been recommending for some time now that people not rely upon sun for all levels of Vitamin D. Sunshine is quite wonderful for you, despite what the dermatologists and cosmetic salespeople tell you, so long as you are sensible about exposure. But as the story below tells you, it isn’t enough for your Vitamin D requirements.
Most of us live far too north to get the proper light intensity or the correct angle of the rays needed to produce Vitamin D. Virtually all makeup and most skin creams have a SPF blocking free access to sunlight. And very few of us are willing to foreswear soap for 48-72 hours after sun exposure in order to allow the Vitamin D conversion. Our food no longer has much since animals are fed indoors on grain instead of growing grass and herbs. And frankly the levels we need are too high without supplementation. Continue reading Sun Exposure Inadequate for Vitamin D→
(Schwarz, Eleanor et al. University of Pittsburgh. Quoted by the New York Times April 22, 2009)
A study from the University of Pittsburgh looked at the health history of 139,681 women and concluded that the longer women nursed their babies, the lower their risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease. While mothers who nursed only one month had lower blood pressure and diabetes, those who nursed at least one year had significantly lower rates of cardiovascular disease as well.
From Harvard: a two years old trial found that diabetic women who drank coffee had 10% less inflammation in their blood vessels, shown by lower CRP levels than controls for each additional cup of coffee drunk per day. These results are much better than the recent Crestor statin trial on CRP. From other research, the likely antiiflammatory constituent is chlorogenic acid, also present in blueberries.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Oct;84(4):888-93.
Coffee consumption and markers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in healthy and diabetic women.
Lopez-Garcia E, van Dam RM, Qi L, Hu FB.
Department of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA,
BACKGROUND: In several short-term studies, coffee consumption has been associated
with impairment of endothelial function. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to assess the relation between long-term caffeinated and decaffeinated filtered coffee consumption and markers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. … CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that neither caffeinated nor decaffeinated filtered coffee has a detrimental effect on endothelial function. In contrast, the results suggest that coffee consumption is inversely associated with markers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction.
First off, if you work where infectious diseases are prominent, have serious chemical sensitivity or mold issues, you probably need to purchase a respirator with a small micron opening such as the nanomasks that have shaped silicon holders. That said, most of us benefit from the reduction of incoming germs, without total protection, relying upon our immune systems to do the rest of the work.
The easiest thing to do for everyday exposures is to put a double or triple layered scarf over your nose and mouth and breathe through it while you are out in public places, or riding trains Cover the eyes with glasses or dark glasses and wear a pair of gloves, and you are good to go. In the summer just use a cotton scarf and sunglasses, and use your waterless hand cleaner after touching doorknobs, banisters and the like in public places. Make sure you wash well between uses. Continue reading How to Make A Face Mask→