Stem Cell Basics

11 04 2010

This week we are going to review what stem cells are and why we need them.  We will then carry the conversation on to the different types of stem cells and what we can do to maximize the effects of our own stem cells. 

There are several different types of stem cells in the human system.  Generally stem cells are a type of cell that is able to divide asymmetrically into two daughter cells that are not exactly alike.  The majority of the cells in our body cannot do that.  Stem cells also have the ability to turn into different types of cells and tissues.   Stem cells can ultimately re-create just about any tissue or organ in the human body.  Stem cells can essentially repair tissues in the human body that would not be able to repair itself. 

The fact that stem cells can create any cell or tissue in the body can become a huge advantage if for instance there was a need to replace or repair neural cells in the brain or repair the spinal cord.  You have probably heard about all the research with embryonic stem cells and the potential that can be in repairing spinal cord injuries.  Scientists have not yet been able to repair spinal cord injuries, but there has been significant work in that area.  Another advantage that stem cells have is that they can replace cells that were damaged during chemotherapy.  The stem cells adapt to the affected area, whether it is damaged skin, muscle, organs or brain. 

There has been a lot of news, both positive and negative about stem cells and stem cell therapy and research.  Much of the negative press is related to the research connected with embryonic stem cells.  These stem cells are extracted directly from a human embryo.  You cannot harvest cells from the embryo and have the embryo continue to live.  The embryonic stem cells can be kept alive indefinitely, and can double in number every 2-3 days.  These are not the only type of stem cells that are in the human body. 

Stem cells can also be harvested from the umbilical cord, and are referred to as cord cells.  These stem cells are extracted from the umbilical cord after it has been removed from the baby and mother.  These can be stored indefinitely in case they may be needed for the child down the road.   These cord cells can also be used by either the mother or father.  The problem with the collecting cord cells is that you have to have a child in order to get those stem cells.

There is yet another type of stem cell that is in the human body.  These are called adult stem cells.  Adult stem cells are not only found in adult humans, but are found in children too.  These adult stem cells are located in our bone marrow.  Up until lately, the only way to extract adult stem cells required going into the bone marrow to get them.  This can be a painful to the person and damaging to the bone marrow.  Adult stem cells are superior to both the umbilical cor and embryonic stem cells because the adult stem cells are plentiful, there would also be an exact DNA match so the body’s immune system would never reject its own adult stem cells.

Next week we will continue the discussion of stem cells and how it can help us to heal and slow the aging process.  We will review the difference between stem cell therapy and stem cell nutrition.

If you would like to learn more about adult stem cells and the nutritional product we have to offer, please visit www.hawgwash.stemtechbiz.com .  We would also be glad to answer any specific questions you may have

Until next week…

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25 04 2010
Why Adult Stem Cells? « Hawgwash's Blog

[…] the last several weeks we have been talking about human Stem Cells in general and honing the discussions down to Adult Stem Cells in particular.  This week we are […]

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