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How to BOOST your own stem cell production

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I'm often asked, "What can I do nutritionally to increase my chances of success with my stem cell procedure?"  This has lead me down some interesting paths of research over the years and one technique continues to outshine the others, by a long shot.  And honestly, I've only had 2 patients take me up on it.  It is FASTING, in fact a 5 day water fast, ouch... I know you didn't want to hear it, nobody does.  Just the thought makes people cringe.  Knowing instantly that they can't conceive of that kind of self torture, and instantly decide - nope, not going to happen.

Here's the good part.  It's really not that hard, once you get passed  the first 48 hours the rest is a breeze, kinda.  It's still hard but the rewards are indisputable given all the research that surrounds this age old therapy.  Utilized over the ages by all the great physicians.  In fact, On October 3, 2016, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for “discoveries of the mechanisms for autophagy.”  The reason it works says Omer Yilmaz, an MIT professor of biology, a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, is that fasting invokes all the restorative components of the body while eating up and destroying dead cells, dying cells and genetically damaged cells in a process called autophagy. Google it, or click the links above.

Even better.  There are much less dramatic ways to induce the same autophagy without the extreme 5 day water fast.  It's called intermittent fasting.  This is when you go several hours between meals, and the farther apart the meals the better.  An example, eating your last meal at 7pm and then skipping breakfast (no it's not the most important meal of the day) and waiting until early afternoon before your next meal, say at 2pm.  This creates a 5 hour eating window for you to get in the calories you need while invoking the autophagy principle in the prior 19 hours of fasting.  Sure, the autophagy works better the longer you go without food, but for those who just can't imagine going a whole day without something, or perhaps for other medical reasons such as not taking your meds on an empty stomach.  Then this method may be just what the doctor ordered.

Feel free to comment below.  Would love to hear your experiences.

 

So... it may not be the weight after all that's wrecking your knees?

Could the extra weight that most Americans are carrying around just be inconsequential to their knees wearing out prematurely?  Remembering, correlation does not imply causation.  Meaning, maybe the extra weight really has nothing to do with those bad knees?  The gut microbiome is once again suspect in another condition, osteoarthritis.  This isn't new, I've been reading about and experiencing this with daily patient interaction for years.  Your gut bacteria have a lot to say about your general inflammatory markers, or the degree at which your body maintains a constant low grade inflammatory condition.  The end result - osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis, autoimmune, degenerative joint disease, etc...

The solution - better diet, exercise, stay healthy, sleep... easy right?  Nope, in fact getting regular exercise, adequate sleep, a healthy diet and positive view of the future and life in general is one of the most challenging aspects of the human condition.  But you can do it!

Never underestimate the importance of motion palpation

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Over the years I have personally witnessed time and time again a misdiagnosis.  The classic case is the individual with said "hip pain" and diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis of the hip as seen on an x-ray/MRI and the recommendation of complete hip replacement.  I have learned to never take that diagnosis at face value.  More often than I can count, after a complete physical examination I find the real culprit to be the lower spine, facet damage, bursitis or one of the sacroiliac joints.  Yes, they may indeed have some degenerative OA of the hip but if that's not causing the pain, then what good is it to perform a total hip replacement only to observe the patient when the surgery is complete and the pain remains!

This phenomenon can easily be related to any other joint in the body as well.  I'm always shocked after the exam when a patient remarks, "Why didn't my doctor do that?" and I say, "Do what?" "You felt around and moved me around in different positions until you found my problem, my doctor never touched me." Wow, just wow.

 I don't understand the omission of the physical exam by many doctors.  Getting a second opinion is always a good idea when something like spine surgery or a total joint replacement is recommended.  And with the advancements of today, options like stem cell therapy is proving to be a major game changer and making the spine surgery/joint replacement folks very nervous.  Don't get me wrong, joint replacement surgery will never go away as there are times when it is completely necessary.  But, necessary is becoming less and less common.

Another reason to go low carb (as if you needed another one)

Maintaining low blood sugar is associated with an increase in circulating stem cells.  To achieve this you need to maintain high insulin sensitivity.  When cells of the body become insensitive to circulating insulin your blood sugar can elevate and remain elevated throughout the whole day.  Stem cells are your bodies circulating signaling cells to heal and regenerate injured or sick tissues.  A decrease in these cells is associated with accelerated aging and osteoarthritis and other degenerative diseases.  To reference the article click here

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