The article below, with regards to stem cells, has a more academic ring to it, but provides very, very interesting reading. It can change your life and enhance your health!
Here we go.....
1. The background to this topic:
Presently a lot of controversy surrounds embryonic stem cells. This subject has been in the news frequently during recent times.
The recent advances in stem cell research were listed as one of the most significant health related stories in the past 25 years by CNN,
second only to the complete mapping of the human genome. The jury is, however, still out on the use of embryonic stem cells for regaining
health, because of the moral and ethical debate surrounding this issue.
2. Embryonic stem cells:
Embryonic stem cells are cells extracted from the blastula, the very early embryo, that have an exceptional ability to duplicate in vitro,
that is in a test tube, and to become cells of almost any tissue.
3. Adult stem cells:
Stem cells are found in human embryos, but are also found in adult tissue.
Every human body, from the moment of birth, contains adult stem cells. Stem cells can be thought of as “master” cells. Until very
recently, it was believed that adult stem cells could only become blood cells, bone and connective tissue. Research over the past five years
has revealed that adult stem cells have capabilities similar to embryonic stem cells.
Adult stem cell are most abundantly found in bone marrow. They circulate and function to replace dysfunctional cells, thus fulfilling the
natural process of maintaining optimal health.
Why then, do we hear so much in the news about embryonic stem cells, and very little about adult stem cells?
4. Research results:
The first embryonic stem cells were grown in vitro, in a petri dish, in the mid 1990s. Rapidly, scientists were successful at growing
them for many generations and to trigger their differentiation into virtually any kind of cells, i.e. brain cells, heart cells, liver
cells, bone cells, pancreatic cells, etc.
When scientists tried growing adult stem cells, the endeavour was met with less success, as adult stem cells were difficult to
grow in vitro for more than a few generations. This led to the idea that embryonic stem cells have more potential than adult stem cells.
In addition, the ethical concerns linked to the use of embryonic stem cells have led to a dispro-portionate representation of embryonic stem cells
in the media.
Recent developments have established that adult stem cells are comparable to embryonic stem cells in the human body, not in the test tube.
5. The Stem Cell Theory of Renewal:
The Stem Cell Theory of Renewal proposes that stem cells are naturally released by the bone marrow, and travel via the bloodstream
toward tissues to promote the body’s natural process of renewal. When an organ is subjected to a process that requires renewal, such
as the natural ageing process, this organ releases compounds that trigger the release of stem cells from the bone marrow. The organ also
releases compounds that attract stem cells to this organ.
The released stem cells then follow the concentration gradient of these compounds and leave the blood circulation to migrate to the
organ where they prolifirate and differentiate into cells of this organ, supporting the natural process of renewal.
The Stem Cell Theory of Renewal constitutes a new paradigm in health sciences.
6. A new category of wellness products:
A new category of revolutionary products called “stem cell enhancers” is now available. This type of supplement supports stem cell
functions in the body.
The first product of this kind, StemEnhance, is a patented blend of two botanical components extracted from Aphanizomenon flos-aqua(AFA),
a blue-green algae. This supplement is made of 100% natural AFA extracts, with no additional additives – no sugar, yeast,
soy, dairy, corn, wheat gluten, artificial flavours, artificial colours or preservatives.
The controversy rages on – a clear understanding of this contentious issue, as well as solid scientific research
results can be found in the link below. You will also find extensive information on this revolutionary new development in the field
of human wellness.