Stem Cell Therapy and Fasting: The Remarkable Connection

Stem cells are the body’s naturally designed and designated agents of cellular rejuvenation. Each stem cell is impregnated with what can best be described as an electro-chemical signature from the body’s cellular regenerative and restorative blueprint.

Every human, animal and plant is endowed, at birth, with this natural health blueprint. It is somewhat electromagnetic in nature and appears to respond to strong, sustained streams of thought.

Stem cell therapy: wave of the future or voice from the past?

The new field of stem cell therapy (specifically, stem cell driven regenerative medicine) is not as new or otherworldly as it may seem, at first glance. For example; during the later stages of a prolonged fast of 3 to 4 weeks, through the power of autolysis, (wherein the body searches for any internally stored food sources with which to feed its cells) your body will simultaneously stir into activity stem cells located within soft tissue clusters, various organs, fluid and semi-solid mediums and hard structures such as bones, teeth, hair and nails.

When the stem cells are strategically positioned for best system-wide utilization the body begins tapping into the concentrated, electrochemical healing power stored within these cells to repair and replace destroyed or damaged bodily tissue.

This phenomenon has been observed many times by the author and by thousands of traditional and alternative medicine practitioners skilled in the art and science of therapeutic fast supervision.

Hippocrates of Cos, the father of western medicine, was a staunch believer in the power of therapeutic fasting to release this hidden, healing power within the body. He considered it to be the single most important factor in recovery from disease or injury.

Hereward Carrington, PhD., author of Vitality, Fasting and Nutrition, had this to say about the rejuvenative power of fasting:

“That the heart is invariably strengthened and invigorated by fasting is true beyond a doubt.

I take the stand that fasting is the greatest of all strengtheners of weak hearts…”

Dr. Herbert Shelton and the healing force of nature

Dr. Herbert Shelton, formerly one of the world’s recognized authorities on fasting and cellular rejuvenation, observed literally hundreds of patients with heart disease miraculously develop strong and active hearts immediately following prolonged fasts. Although Shelton often attributed these results to the healing force of nature, this, undoubtedly, was the result, in part, of aggressive stem cell reconstructive and replacement activity.

Shelton kept records on numerous patients who experienced this same cellular rejuvenation of the heart and circulatory system. He witnessed this same result with many patients stricken with gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

The King’s College Stem Cell Research Findings

The current results being experienced in the blossoming field of regenerative medicine are reflective of the results one can obtain with a prolonged therapeutic fast. The difference being that with a fast stem cells are released slowly into the various fluid, soft tissue, semi-solid and hard structures of the body, en-masse, to repair or replace bodily tissue, as required.

Current stem cell technology often extracts and subsequently reintegrates a patient’s own induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs which are basically self replicating, all-purpose stem cells) in a specific location – such as a knee, hip or elbow, in the case of certain forms of arthritis.

A group of research scientists at King’s College in London, England, recently discovered that stem cells found in the heart are charged with the duty of repairing and replacing compromised heart muscle tissue damaged by heart attack or other trauma.

The scientists also learned that when cardiac stem cells are removed and then re-injected into the same heart the stem cells will quickly begin repairing any damage to the heart.

It all sounds exciting, promising, frightening, mysterious and highly compelling – all wrapped up together. Many claim stem cell therapy borders on the edge of science fiction.

Personal observation and study have led me to conclude the results people are experiencing using stem cell therapy and platelet-rich-plasma therapy sound a lot like the results you can get during and after a prolonged fast.

Granted, no amount of fasting will grow a new liver, as was recently accomplished by a Japanese regenerative medicine research team using induced pluripotent stem cells. But then what do you do with the precipitated calcium in an arthritic joint once the calcium has been ‘melted’ away from the joint and needs to re-enter the body’s economy or to be excreted?

Does it matter HOW it was melted? The point is this excess calcium must, somehow, be absorbed into the blood, lymph or intercellular fluid or be excreted from the body ASAP. If not it will inevitably tend to redeposit in weak and vulnerable joints or other tissues.

I have seen no convincing evidence stem cell therapy can do this as well as a therapeutic fast. There are checks and balances on both sides of the equation.

Summary and view point

Science has come a long way with regenerative medicine. Stem cells are being discovered virtually everyday that can be made suitable to correct many illnesses, including, heart disease and arthritis.

The verdict is still out on stem cell therapy. But given time and a much greater understanding of their potential uses in regenerative medicine, they may yet prove to be a blessing to us all – a gift from the Highest.

Yet, let us keep in mind and not forget stem cells are nothing new to life or to our bodies. They have been with us since the beginning of the human specie. They will be with us for the duration of our existence on earth.

Nature has always enabled access to stem cells of the highest quality. A simple, prolonged fast will usually do the trick. Never-the-less, if you are in a hurry to correct structural or functional deficiencies, or to restore sight or hearing, and if you are not interested in allowing nature to unfold her healing forces in a slow, deliberate and safe manner, then stem cell therapy may be the winning ticket for you..

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Dr. John Tilden: Arthritis Natural Cure At Its Best

John H Tilden MDDuring the early part of the twentieth century, a young chiropractor travelled from the Bay Area in California, to Denver, Colorado. His goal was to spend time in clinic with Dr. John Tilden, perhaps the greatest exponent of alternative medicine and arthritis natural cure methodology of his day. The name of the young physician was Dr. Bernard Jensen – my best mentor.

Back then if you truly wanted to learn a great craft from a great practitioner of the craft you would arrange to spend time with that person. In those days it was considered to be an honor to be in the presence of an accomplished practitioner – observing how he or she went about the craft from day-to-day.

Many felt they learned more by osmosis and by simply being around the practitioner than from reading his or her printed works from afar, at home or in a classroom.

Such was the mindset of young Jensen when he went to learn from Tilden what it took to make the transition from being a mediocre to a great practitioner.

The two pillars of disease

Tilden taught Jensen two axiomatic truths about disease states:

  • Disease does not appear out of thin air. You don’t ‘catch’ a cold or arthritis. Each of these disease manifestations becomes evident AFTER certain physiological conditions are present.
  • Chronically low nervous energy, enervation, cellular toxicity and dietary imbalance are the precursors to the subsequent development of most biological disease states.

As a result of years of clinical study and careful observation of the various stages of disease manifestation in patients, Tilden arrived at an understanding of best practices delivery of care for his arthritic patients. Tilden taught patients about the true biological cause of their afflictions and the most intelligent methodologies available to naturally and permanently reverse and recover from the various forms of arthritis.

Tilden’s early medical training

John H. Tilden was born in Van Burenburg, Illinois, on January 21, 1851. His father, Joseph G. Tilden, was a medical doctor. Having developed a keen interest in biologically compatible medical practices in his youth, John Tilden received a medical degree, in 1872, from the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The school was founded in 1830 as a protest against the allopathic and homeopathic schools of medicine of that time. Tilden supplemented his medical training by studying the works of such great teachers and physicians of antiquity as Hippocrates, Pythagoras and Paracelsus.

In 1890, Tilden moved to Denver, Colorado. He later established a sanitarium outside of Denver where he concentrated on the natural care and treatment of a wide assortment of disease states, including what was then known as; “diseases peculiar to the gouty diathesis” (commonly referred to today as gout, arthritis and rheumatism). Tilden ran two such sanitariums in succession, in Denver metro, until his passing on September 1, 1940.

Tilden’s natural treatment of arthritis

What struck Jensen most was the confidence with which Tilden approached his craft – his absolute trust in the natural healing power latent within the body. Tilden’s contention was that a clean, well-rested, chemically balanced body was too hostile an environment for the development of disease.

His landmark clinical and sanitarium work proved this theorem to be correct. Patients came to Tilden from around the world to experience his particular brand of ‘nature cure.’ His biologically compatible techniques for the natural treatment of arthritis, gout and other rheumatic ailments achieved critical acclaim within the global, alternative medicine community.

Tilden’s usual approach to reversing arthritis was as follows:

“A complete fast should be given until the pains are all gone, and then a diet for several weeks of fruit and vegetables–fresh or uncooked fruit and non-starchy vegetables, with plenty of salad. These are the eliminating foods.

Foods that are inclined to cause deposits in the system–such as meat and all forms of cereal–should be left out of the dietary, if necessary for a year, so as completely to transform the: nutrition of the victim of this disease.”

This course of therapy and counseling is remarkably similar to the care and guidance that has been given to patients by prominent practitioners of arthritis natural cure methodology of the past two centuries – particularly in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

With but a few modifications, it is certainly in line with what Jensen taught and administered so effectively at his Hidden Valley Health Ranch in Escondido, California, for nearly half a century.

Timeless principles of arthritis natural cure

Since the time of Tilden and Jensen there have been great advancements in the care and management of many disease states. Especially impressive is the speed with which stem cell research has advanced.

We now have the ability to harvest our own fat, bone marrow and urine-derived stem cells to be used as ‘pluripotent cells’ in virtually any part of the body. What this means is that the moral issue of embryonic stem cells harvesting has been removed from the equation.

As I write this post there are clinics in Arizona, California and DC that are effectively utilizing platelet rich plasma therapy to help arthritics and athletes reduce joint inflammation and swelling and to slowly reconstitute tendons, joints and cartilage. Considering where we were perched a mere decade ago, this is a great stride toward the highly anticipated future of regenerative medicine.

Inherent risks of blindly pursuing the new science

Be that as it may, there are certain risks to which we will be exposed. First up is the ‘let science do it all’ attitude which could be harmful over the long haul. Our bodies are our beasts of burden and our unique biospheres on earth.

As stewards and superintendents of our physical vehicles it is important to learn all we can about the natural processes whereby they are enabled to function at optimum efficiency.

This is not a task to lightly dismiss by foregoing common sense nutrition and bodily hygiene – opting instead for injections of a stem cell cocktail promising to change your life overnight.

Nature doesn’t work that way. She is careful, deliberate and will return to you a dividend that is exactly proportional to the effort you put into overcoming any serious infirmities that may crop up from time-to-time.

Whatever beneficial changes are to take place can only happen to the degree to which the structure and function of your body’s systems can efficiently accommodate the cellular repair or new growth you are seeking.

The next troublesome item is the misguided contemporary concept that there is always something out there you can rely on as a quick fix when everything else has failed. The obvious problem with this mindset is the tendency to put off until tomorrow what you should be doing today to resolve your health issues.

The longer you allow a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or gout to fester, the harder it will be to eventually correct body chemistry and reverse the ailment. Don’t wait for science to do the right thing for you. This is something you will need to keep abreast of until such time you may feel the intervention of a stem cell cocktail would be in your best interest.

Science can only do so much

Science has many marvelous discoveries in store for us all. I’m glad to see this coming about. Never-the-less, while all of these wonders are taking place, it would be prudent for each of us to pursue sensible lifestyles that support natural bodily care and health maintenance.

A sound understanding of basic nutrition, appropriate exercise, restful sleep, a good mental and emotional life and self actualizing lifestyle pursuits are all integral and important components of a healthy lifestyle. Aggressive arthritis natural cure methodologies such as stem cells or platelet-rich-plasma therapy are only as good as the bodily environment in which these formulations must function

I’m sure that if Tilden were here with us today he would be proclaiming, with a voice strong and true, that without a well-rounded approach to living a good, healthy life these new stem cell, fibroblast and platelet-rich-plasma technologies will be ineffective in the long-term restoration of bodily systems and functions – a process which only nature can truly orchestrate efficiently.

 

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Stem Cells: Changing of the Guard in Cutting Edge Arthritis Care?

Stem Cell-Cutting Edge Arthritis CareOur world is moving along at such a fast pace that if you lose focus for a moment you can miss out on many interesting innovations taking place in regenerative medicine – specifically as they relate to stem cell therapy and arthritic ailments.

I’m from the old school of biologically friendly and compatible health care services. I cut my teeth in the direct health care services field under the tutelage of a true giant in the field – Jorgen Bernard Jensen, ND, DC, Ph.D. Jensen’s motto was to stay as close to nature and godly things as time, circumstance and patient cooperation would allow.

Having said that, years ago I recognised the need to expand my vista of acceptable health modalities in order to keep abreast of the exciting developments taking place in the fields of orthopedic and rheumatic regenerative medical research.

Arthritis Natural Cure: the way we were

During the later part of the past century, while I studied under Jensen, a well-conceived and executed plan to regain health naturally, along biological lines, was the only viable long-term option that would allow for the possibility of a permanent recovery from arthritis and other serious rheumatic ailments. This usually involved fasting, lifestyle change, dietary improvement, psychological and emotional repositioning and a willingness to try unconventional therapy.

Back then allopathic and osteopathic physicians were untrusting of the natural healing power within the body. Consequently, few entertained the thought that the body’s biological ‘get well’ mechanism could afford a patient with the best scenario for a lasting, healthy outcome.

The Case for Stem Cells

In recent years I have noticed a shift in the mindset of our medical establishment where many traditional practitioners are beginning to experiment with what I feel are promising, natural, patient-centered therapies. A case in point is the field of stem cell research.

Until recently, stem cell research has not been an ideal topic for polite parlor chat. The reason for this had to do with embryonic tissue being the primary source of research-quality, regenerative medicine type of stem cells.

Embryonic stem cells were thought to be the only reliable cells that could be differentiated into targeted body tissue for tissue repair and/or replacement. Many religious, moral and political groups feel embryonic stem cells should be off limits and perhaps rightly so.

Recently there has been promising research in the field of regenerative stem cell therapy to the extent where scientists and other genetic researchers have been able to extract and differentiate stem cells found in such diverse parts of the human body as fatty tissue and urine.

Provided these avenues of research hold up under the intense scrutiny of clinical trials and subsequent real-life medicinal application, the controversy over the use of embryonic stem cells seems destined for the intellectual scrap heap.

As Bradley Mattes, E.D. of Life Issues Institute noted; “There is considerable controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells research (ESCR) because a living human embryo is killed in the process of harvesting the cells. In contrast, adult stem cells can be harvested without a loss of life, and they are readily available from bone marrow, skin, fat, umbilical cord blood and other sources.”

A team of researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Institute for Regenerative Medicine have recently discovered pluripotent (all-purpose) stem cells in human urine. The stem cells are thought to originate somewhere in the physical structure of both or either of the kidneys.

According to their findings, the urine-derived stem cells can form into urological organs, bladders and potentially into bone, muscles, cartilage, fat, nerve and endothelial cells. The obvious benefit of this approach to stem cell therapy is the availability of a patient’s own stem cells without the need for surgical intervention.

The Safety Issue of using Pluripotent Stem Cells

There is a serious drawback to using pluripotent, all-purpose stem cells that have not successfully undergone differentiation and transformation into desired stem cell groups. These failed cells can quickly degenerate into tumor producing cells.

Currently there is a major international effort being made in the field of stem cells research to reprogram fibroblasts – particularly collagen and other fiber and connective tissue producing cells – that can be used in the same way as pluripotent stem cells but without the tendency of failed cells to become tumorigenic.

The Future of Stem Cell Research seems Promising

During the past year I have read about numerous clinical trials and research studies where the results, even at this early stage, have been remarkable and these research studies and trials are being conducted without the use of embryonic stem cells.

Being neither a geneticist or a biotech research scientist, I cannot and should not venture to speculate on the rich possibilities for medical application of this new and exciting field.

What I can tell you is that anyone suffering from arthritis – particularly where there has been extensive joint or cartilage damage and where all other remedial and recuperative measures have failed – should keep an eye on this area of research.

Platelet-Rich-Plasma Therapy

One promising procedure used to treat arthritic pain in the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip joint and many sports injuries is known as platelet-rich-plasma therapy (PRP). It has been used successfully to speed up the recovery and healing process of many world-class athletes.

Golfing great Tiger Woods, basketball star Coby Bryant and the number 2 professional tennis player in the world, Rafael Nadal, have all used PRP therapy to recover from various sports-related joint, tendon and muscle injuries.

The procedure has been found to be effective on humans for joint pain, joint arthritis, muscle tears, cartilage regeneration, tendinitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff injuries, ankle sprains and headaches.

PRP uses a patient’s own concentrated blood platelets and stem cells that have been gathered from the hip bone (by needle extraction) where they are plentiful or from fatty tissue in the body – often the abdominal region.

Stage #1; the stem cells extracted from bone marrow or fatty tissue are  made ready for use.

Stage #2; blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood quickly until its major elements have been separated in the test tube. White blood cells are removed. The central layer of concentrated platelets is withdrawn from the test tube using a large syringe. (Blood platelets contain high concentrations of proteins and other growth factors that tend to speed up the natural healing process).

Stage #3; The concentrated stem cells are mixed with the blood platelets and the remaining solution is injected into the affected arthritic joint. After injection, the platelets release the growth factors which increase blood circulation to the area promote healing. In a relatively short time the stem cells become acclimated to the joint environment and begin regenerating failing tissue or completely replacing tissue that is missing or that is no longer functional.

Being an outpatient procedure, a patient can expect to spend no more than a couple of hours at a physician’s clinic. There is some soreness and minor inflammation experienced at the site of the injection for the first few days after the procedure and that is to be expected. However, the pain soon wears off and the therapy often begins showing results soon thereafter.

Depending on the extent of the injury or illness, 1 to 4 injections are recommended by medical and osteopathic doctors for optimum results – with treatment sessions being 2 or 3 months apart.

The cost per treatment, in clinic, can run anywhere from $2,000.00 to as much as $5,000.00. Some practitioners offer discounts for cash payment. Certain insurance providers; such a Medicare, PPO’s, and some private  carriers, offer insurance coverage for stem cells and platelet-rich-plasma procedures.

You can find out about these policies by talking with your current health insurance carrier or by doing an online search for carriers that currently cover regenerative medicine procedures.

It almost sounds too good to be true. Well, at this stage of the game, it’s not a perfected science. Sports figures have reported that the procedure has been only partially effective for avulsions of tendons (tears) and for deep muscular trauma.

They further complain that the treatments did little more than forestall necessary surgery. On the bright side; minor arthritic pains of the joints and tennis elbow have been treated successfully with PRP and stem cell therapy.

Where there is Smoke there is Fire

I predict medical science will find a way to overcome the pain, lack of free motion and discomfort of advanced stages of arthritis – perhaps even do something about the dreaded ankylosis, where joint bones actually fuse together from chronic and excessive calcium deposition. Stem cell technology will be with us for a long time to come and I forsee it impacting virtually every known disease state in a positive way.

Many of my colleagues, worldwide, question whether or not stem cell and platelet-rich-plasma therapy can be considered natural. They further wonder if they should give open support to these healing modalities.

My thoughts on this issue are simple; “if you are using naturally-derived substances from your own body to enhance and support your body’s healing and regenerative efforts what can be the harm to yourself or offense to others? I certainly embrace and support further humane and sensible research in this field and encourage you to keep an eye open for any developments you feel could augment your arthritis reversal and recovery efforts.

New scientific advances in stem cell, fibroblast and PRP therapy will happen – give them time. For now, we need to stay close to nature and learn to be patient with our failing bodies as they attempt to make the best of the mess we make of them. Regardless of whatever you decide to do to reverse and recover from arthritis, you will definitely need to adopt a scientifically sound diet and lifestyle to bring about the healthiest outcome for you.

With that thought in mind, it could pay you great dividends to give my Nature’s Take No Prisoners Arthritis Cure protocol a spin. It may be the best thing you can do to naturally reverse arthritis prior to and perhaps long after the appearance of whatever miraculous potions or therapies the future may hold.

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Which are the Best Food Supplements for Arthritis?

Which are the Best Food Supplements for Arthritis?This was a question an acquaintance asked me recently. I will share with you the gist of my reply.

It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. For example; if your intention is to simply find immediate pain relief – as was her goal – without addressing the underlying cause of your rheumatic disorder then just about any natural or over-the-counter remedy can be helpful toward that end.

On the other hand, if you are concerned about what goes into your body and interested in getting to the bottom of your illness, then you will need to begin the necessary process of correction and disease reversal.

This will entail sufficient knowledge about how your body functions when in good health and the circumstances that lead to manifestation of arthritis symptoms. The next step would involve embracing a biologically compatible protocol specifically suited for your particular biochemical type and a day-to-day game plan to begin the process of natural correction and reversal.

Provided you stuck to your game plan for at least 4 months, you would have a good chance of getting rid of your arthritic affliction and turning your life around.

In the first scenario it matters little what food supplements you consume as your body will probably not be able to derive much benefit from the supplements – particularly if you elect to not do anything to correct your disorder. In the second instance there are specific foods, herbs, nutrients and natural treatments that can have a dramatic effect on your health once you have entered upon the road to recovery.

Bear this in mind the next time you are given to ask such a question. Arthritis is a reactionary illness meaning that it will respond in like kind to whatever treatment you dole out to your body – good or bad.

 

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