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Diane

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

WHAT'S ALL THIS FUSS ABOUT STEM CELLS?



You've no doubt heard all about it. Google it and get almost nine and a half million results. Check the blogs--almost half a million entries. Watch it on the news. Read about it in the newspaper and magazines. It's everywhere! What is it? Just two simple words: stem cells.

So, what exactly is a stem cell anyway? It is a building block of life. Stem cells are non-specific cells. What do I mean by that? When stem cells are released from the bone marrow into the blood stream, they circulate until they find stressed tissue in the body. Let's say you've just strained a muscle in your back attempting to lift something too heavy for you. Those stem cells will end up in that muscle and will actually become muscle cells. They then proliferate many times over, creating healthy muscle cells which promote the healing of that muscle.

Now, suppose you have a liver problem. Stem cells will travel around in the blood stream until they arrive in the liver, leave the blood and move into that organ. There they will become liver cells and will multiply as healthy liver cells, again promoting healing. That's just what stem cells were created to do. So you see, they are not a specific type of cell until they enter into a stressed tissue. That tissue will determine the type of cell the stem cell will become. Stem cells can become virtually any type of cell.

Why all the controversy over which type to use: embryonic or adult stem cells? What is the difference? Embryonic stem cells, as the name implies, come from an embryo. This means that a potential human life is destroyed in the process. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, come from the umbilical cord or bone marrow. The moment a baby is born, the stem cells are termed adult. So you can see the moral issue here.

For some reason unknown to me, some scientists still insist on using embryonic stem cells even though the consensus has been formed that adult stem cells are much more effective. To say nothing about the fact that no life is destroyed by their use.

Then you have stem cell transplants. Stem cells are taken from the blood, treated and stored, then transfused back into the donor or into another patient--after they have gone through chemo, radiation and drugs to suppress the immune system. Of course, there is a lot more to it than that, but I want to keep it simple for this blog. Also, I am obviously not a scientist. If you would like to know more about what happens to the patient, please click on this link and read the article. You will then understand the desire for a simpler, safer method to increase the number of stem cells in the blood stream.

But is there a better method? And if so, why is it not used by the medical field? I invite you to watch for my next article on stem cell enhancement using StemEnhance from StemTech Health Sciences Inc. Until then, please check my web site watch the video and fill in the survey to receive access to download a free e-book written by Christian Drapeau, co-founder of StemTech and co-formulator of the world's only natural stem cell enhancer. Learn how you can experience healthy living with StemEnhance© and StemFlo©.

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