Stem Cells and the Inflammatory Process

14 09 2010

Tonight we are going to briefly cover the topic of stem cells and the inflammatory process. The word inflammation comes from the Latin inflammatio, which means “to set on fire.” Most people associate it with skin that becomes red, painful and swollen after they get a bug bite or a splinter. Those are common symptoms of acute inflammation.

The inflammatory response is a normal process, and an important mechanism for health; without it, wounds and tissues would not heal. But as with most physiological functions, it is vital that there is a balance. Unfortunately, inflammation that becomes chronic is one of the most troublesome processes in the body.

Chronic inflammation causes significant disruption of the normal functions of cells and – unlike acute inflammation – is usually silent, invisible and persistent. We can’t see it or feel it, but it can cause a host of health-related problems that plague today’s society.

One of the reasons chronic inflammation is such a problem is that it appears to interfere with the ability of your adult stem cells – your body’s natural agents of renewal – to do their job.  Scattered chronic inflammation at the cellular level makes it difficult for your stem cells to know where they are needed, because cells everywhere appear to be signaling them. Kind of like trying to hear someone in the middle of a stadium full of people who are all shouting at the same time.

Causes of chronic inflammation include the persistent presence of pathogens, environmental pollutants, negative genetic factors and lifestyle, among other things. While not all of these causes are within our control, some definitely are. For instance, lifestyle factors that create inflammation include poor sleep, lack of exercise, chronic stress and an inflammatory diet.

Inflammatory diets are those high in saturated fats, trans fats (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils),  margarines, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, dairy products, soda (diet and regular), well cooked red meat, MSG, nuts (except almonds and walnuts), white and brown sugar, and white flours.

Anti-inflammatory foods include vegetables (especially dark leafy greens), fish and fish oils, flax seeds, flaxseed oil, fruit (especially pineapple, mango and papaya), oats, olive oil, brown seaweed and barley.

Obviously, you can significantly improve your quality of life by living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. However, a more practical alternative in today’s helter-skelter world is to take Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) concentrate, which gives extra support to your natural stem cell renewal system.  Our flagship product, StemEnhance, could be just the solution you are looking for.

A recently published study showed an increase in circulating stem cells of 25% with just 2 capsules of this AFA concentrate daily.

Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and any products mentioned, while supported by science, are not intended to diagnose, mitigate or treat any disease or illness.

For more information and to learn about financial opportunities available in the exciting stem cell arena – visit: www.hawgwash.stemtechbiz.com or contact Holly at 480-688-2343

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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…





Why STEMTech and MonaVie

27 02 2010
Bottle of StemEnhance

StemEnhance Bottle

In prior blogs we discussed the benefits of the STEMTech products and the benefits of the MonaVie product line.  It has come to my attention that there is a question as to ‘why offer both products?’.  This week’s blog will cover why we offer both STEMTech and MonaVie and reiterate the benefits of diversifying your product lines.

As we have discussed in the past, STEMTech offers two products that helps enhance your body’s natural ability to naturally renew itself.  The one product, StemEnhance has been shown to allow your body to release approximately 25% more of your own adult stem cells into your system for use.  Those additional stem cells can then go to areas in your body that need assistance and can assist in the renewal of your body.  StemEnhance promotes the rebuilding of your body’s cells so that you have more rebuilding than entropy (aging).  Cells die in your body daily, that is a natural event.  The key is to have a way to rebuild and or replace those cells that die.  By allowing additional adult stem cells to circulate in your body, you are increasing your chance of rebuilding more of those cells. 

The other product by STEMTech is StemFLO which naturally supports the circulatory system of the body.  StemFLO is all about circulation, it digests what is called a Fibrin mesh (which is used in clotting), supports blood circulation and aids in purifying the blood.  By improving your body’s circulatory system, StemFLO essentially allows more of your circulating adult stem cells to get to where they need to go.  StemFLO supports the delivery of stem cells, oxygen ad nutrients by improving the body’s circulation.  It also provides strong antioxidant nutrition, overall greater health, optimized circulation and optimized stem cell physiology.  StemFLO supports the optimum blood circulation by digesting fibrin, reducing oxidative stress in the blood, detoxifying the blood and improving overall blood flow.  It si especially designed to support the delivery of stem cells to all parts of the body and when used in conjunction with StemEnhance, StemFLO optimizes the body’s ability to deliver and circulate adult stem cells to the tissues and organs where they are needed.

Well, then, you may wonder what good would MonaVie products do if StemEnhance and StemFLO are so good.  The logic we have applied is that the MonaVie products help maintain the cells in your body.  The MonaVie product line will assist in keeping your existing cells healthy and functioning effectively.  MonaVie products have strong antioxidant properties, contain phytonutrients, amino acids, vitamins and trace minerals.  The better state of nutrition you can put in the body, the better the body can heal itself and stay healthy.  The advantage of MonaVie is that it is in a fruit juice form, so is easy to consumed and absorbs quickly into the body. 

The antioxidants in MonaVie Active for instance, work to neutralize free radicals and to keep them from harming our body.  So, once you have created healthy cells with the STEMTech products, we can use the MonaVie products to maintain those healthy cells.  It is our thought that by using both STEMTech products and MonaVie products, you are helping the cells from essentially the ‘birth’ stage through the ‘adult’ stage.

The other advantage of carrying two types and brands of nutritional products is that not every product will produce the same results in everybody.  Some products may not be good for some people to consume, you may be allergic to something in one of the products, but by carrying a variety of nutritionals you increase the chance of one of those items being acceptable to someone.  The other neat benefit of carrying these two nutritional lines is that STEMTech comes in pill form, and MonaVie comes in a juice drink form.  If you encounter someone who cannot take pills, then MonaVie would be much more to their liking.  Diversification is necessary in any business, there is not one item that will help all the people. 

You don’t walk into a grocery store and find only one product on the shelf.  We all need variety and we all cannot consume the exact same items.  Our bodies are all different, our tastes vary, so you cannot expect everyone to want to consume the same nutritional product.  Diversification allows you to meet more of your customers varied needs. 

I cannot personally drink MonaVie Pulse because it contains some fruits that I am highly allergic to.  I have experienced to date great results with both of the STEMTech products, and add to my cellular health by drinking MonaVie Active in the morning and M(m)un in the evening.  The Active helps with my joint health and M(m)un helps maintain my immune system.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at hawgwash1@yahoo.com or leave a comment at the end of this blog.

Until next week…





Health and MonaVie

21 02 2010
Some MonaVie Products

MonaVie Product Line

This is the blog that was supposed to be posted earlier, but due to circumstances beyond my control (life just got in the way) I am finishing the posting tonight.  This week we will discuss how MonaVie works to help you stay healthy. 

Antioxidants prevent free radicals from potentially damaging millions of healthy cells.  Experts agree that a diet rich in a variety of antioxidants helps fight the visible signs of aging and is essential to maintaining your good health.  There has been quite a lot of news on antioxidants lately, and many products claim to have antioxidants in them.  The key is to have enough antioxidants to help reduce the quantity of free radicals in your system.  (Free radicals are not bad people, they are atoms with at least one unpaired electron.  In excess, free radicals can produce harmful oxidation that can damage cell membranes, accelerate aging and lead to other ailments).  It is not just what you consume that can cause free radicals, the pollution from the air we breath, tobacco smoke, alcohol, stress, lack of sleep and poor diet are among other factors that increase free radicals in your body.

MonaVie provides products that feature a wonderful blend of the Brazilian Acai berry and at least 18 other fruits from around the world.  This combination of Acai and other fruits provide strong antioxidant properties along with phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber.   As you may know, MonaVie has several different product combinations to suit a variety of tastes and personal needs.  

MonaVie Original provides general nutrition and antioxidant nutrition for your body.  The drink is packed with nutrition and has a low glycemic index.  There are also high levels of phytoutrients found in the fruits that help maintain and promote good health.  Four ounces of MonaVie Original delivers the equivalent antioxidant capacity of approximately 13 servings of fruits and vegetables. 

MonaVie Active also includes the Acai berry and a blend of 18 different fruits from around the world.  What Active provides is additional nutrition for joint health.  This formula contains plant derived glucosamine to promote healthy joint function.  MonaVie Pulse was released late last year and is another blend of MonaVie, but this has an emphasis on heart health.  This formula promotes the cardiovascular system and helps maintain existing healthy cholesterol levels.  Pulse is  a fusion of important heart healthy ingredients with boundless benefits towards optimal health.  The Pulse has a blend of 19 fruits. 

Mid-year last year, MonaVie introduced Emv which is their answer to the energy drink craze.  What makes MonaVie E so original is that it contains 80% juice and no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives.   This 8.4 fluid ounce drink can give you the boost of energy you need, without the associated jitters or crash.

The latest in the MonaVie lineup is the (M)mun that was just introduced in January of this year.  (M)mun is designed to promote immune health.  It too is comprised of 19 key fruits, some of those are not in the other MonaVie Juices.  This drink improves the activities of white blood cells. 

MonaVie is designed to keep your current and existing cells healthy and to maintain your overall health.  If you have any questions regarding the MonaVie product line, or which MonaVie product may be for you, please feel free to e-mail us at hawgwash1@yahoo.com or leave a comment.  More information on the various MonaVie products can be found on our website www.hawgwash.net/MonaVie.htm .

Next week we will discuss how MonaVie and StemEnhance can work together to provide you optimal health.