Another obvious extension of this work will be that we run blood transfusions through a centrifuge as well and add saline to provide fluids as necessary. This allows the patient to get a jump start on general body healing after a trauma.
That it is been actively used by professional athletes legally is amusing. After all the advantage provided by steroids is just that. They accelerate recovery from a major workout and allow an almost immediate repetition on even the same day.
It is no trick to guess that we will now have platelet doping to accomplish the same trick with likely better results.
I know PRP really works. It's a very powerful tool that helps professional athletes get back into competition faster than surgery. And sometimes it can save some athletes from having to retire after repeated, crippling injuries.
An injury gives these stem cells the incentive to change into working cells to repair the body. Given the right circumstances, they can become bone cells, muscle cells, brain cells or any other cells.
But you don't need to wait for this technology to make its way to your local doctor. You can get started right away with a few simple nutrients.
Activate the Healing Power of Your Stem Cells
Another of my colleagues, highly respected neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Theofilos, gives his patients a special blend of herbs, vitamins, and minerals to help awaken your body's stem cells.
Dr. Theofilos practices at The Spine Center in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He's famous as a pioneer in developing innovative surgical devices and techniques.
The Consumers' Research Council recently named him one of "America's Top Surgeons for Neurosurgery." He was one of only 20 elite surgeons selected to participate in groundbreaking studies to compare the success of spinal-disc replacement with traditional spinal fusion.
And Dr. Theofilos has become a leader in minimally invasive treatments with PRP, stem cells and blood proteins. In keeping with this philosophy, he developed two unique natural formulations that can stimulate stem cells.
The formulations can help prevent damage to cartilage, tendons, ligaments and joints. And they can help patients rebuild their bones and connective tissue after orthopedic surgeries.
If you want to start stimulating your stem cells at home, I've come up with some recommendations based on Dr. Theofilos' formulations:
- Take 45 to 90 mcg of vitamin K2 a day. Vitamin K comes in several different forms called menaquinones. They're numbered from four to nine. The higher the number, the more bioavailable and long-lasting it will be. MK-4 and MK-7 are the most important, and that's what you'll find in a good K2 supplement. And it's fat-soluble, so take it with a meal to improve absorption.
- Take 400 IUs of vitamin E a day. Make sure you're getting a mix of the two healthiest types of this vitamin, alpha-tocopherols and tocotrienols. Avoid tocopherols labeled as "d-" or "dl-." And make sure the supplement contains no more than 200 IUs of alpha-tocopherols, or it will lessen the effects of the tocotrienols.
- Take 200 mcg of selenium. Selenium stimulates telomerase, the enzyme that helps rebuild our telomeres, which are a cellular marker for aging.10 Healthy telomeres have been linked with healthier stem cells.11
- Take 200 mg. to 350 mg. of green tea extract twice a day. The active ingredient in green tea, EGCG, can prevent and repair cell damage, including stem cells. And like selenium, green tea can stimulate the genes that activate stem cells.
Al Sears, MD, CNS
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