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What is a Stem Cell?
The National Institutes
of Health defines a stem cell in this way:
"Stem cells have
remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in
the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can
theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells as long
as the person is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new
cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become
another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a
muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell"
The First Creation of
When the sperm
fertilizes the egg the first creation is a stem cell. It then
divides into more stem cell which continue to divide until they
begin to differentiate (or change), becoming specific types of cells
that will go on to form all of the different parts of the body.
These are the embryonic stem cells that are the focus of the media's
attention. But after birth, and throughout life, stem cells continue
to be made in the body, and as science has recently discovered these
adult stem cells are the body's primary system of renewal and
Adult Stem Cells
Adult stem cells are
predominantly formed in the bone marrow, and just as in the
beginnings of life, adult stem cells can literally change into any
type of cell in the body throughout life. These adult stem cells are
released from the bone marrow into circulation of the bloodstream to
seek out problem areas, then renew and restore those areas.
When circulating stem
cells find the heart in reduced health, they exit the bloodstream,
attach to the the heart and actually become brand new heart muscle
cells, analogous to the original cells that created the infant's
heart. They then begin dividing into still more new heart muscle
cells. The same with the liver, the kidneys, the brain, the skin,
eyes, and organ, tissue, muscle, bone, connective tissue, literally
any part of the body that is in need of restoration.
What do Stem Cells mean
for My Health?
The National Institutes
of Health identifies seventy four (74) treatable diseases using
adult stem cell in therapy. These complex therapies typically
deliver a massive quantity of adult stem cells to the area
undergoing treatment. Most require that stem cell be harvested from
the patient or an adult donor, programmed in a lab to become a
specific type of cell, and then injected into the body. For
treatment of disease these therapies are the best method of recovery
producing truly remarkable result. But, most of us don't have health
issues that require these extensive procedures.
For those of us just
wanting to maintain optimal health or address the effects of aging,
injury, or day to day wear and tear, a smaller but steady release of
our existing stem cells into the bloodstream can produce
considerable health benefits.