Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide (through mitosis) to produce more stem cells. They are found in multicellular organisms. In mammals, there are two broad types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells, which are isolated from the inner cell mass of blastocysts, and adult stem cells, which are found in various tissues. In adult organisms, stem cells and progenitor cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues. In a developing embryo, stem cells can differentiate into all the specialized cells—ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm (see induced pluripotent stem cells)—but also maintain the normal turnover of regenerative organs, such as blood, skin, or intestinal tissues. There are three known accessible sources of autologous adult stem cells in humans: 1. Bone marrow, which requires extraction by harvesting, that is, drilling into bone (typically the femur or iliac crest). 2. Adipose tissue (lipid cells), which requires extraction by liposuction. 3. Blood, which requires extraction through apheresis, wherein blood is drawn from the donor (similar to a blood donation), and passed through a machine that extracts the stem cells and returns other portions of the blood to the donor. Stem cells can also be taken from umbilical cord blood just after birth. Of all stem cell types, autologous harvesting involves the least risk. By definition, autologous cells are obtained from one’s own body, just as one may bank his or her own blood for elective surgical procedures. This book discusses the latest information on the biology and use of stem cells.
Everybody has stem cells; everybody uses stem cells; everybody uses stem cells every day; stem cells work… and they work every time! This is a good story to tell in our generation. It’s a story in two parts. First, there is the Natural Renewal System of the body which involves the release of those stem cells from the bone marrow. They then traffic to tissues in need where they migrate out, then proliferate and differentiate to become cells of each particular tissue, thereby providing an effective means for renewal and repair. “That’s what nature does already – it is now proven basic Stem Cell physiology.” Second, dietary intervention through Stem Cell Nutrition is now available to enhance this intrinsic process in a mild but significant way, thereby making the promotion of optimal health and wellness available to all – today, not tomorrow or whenever there is visible light on the research horizon, through Stem Cell Medicine. That’s what you can do NOW to support your stem cell physiology! “I now realize that my own stem cells could hold the key to my future wellness and the prospect of a longer and healthier life. After reading this book, you will probably do what I did – practice Stem Cell Nutrition to keep your body healthy also.”-Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn, Former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican. Bestselling Author and TV Personality.
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