THE MIRACLE OF REGENERATION PART II
The Martial Art of Wellness
Volume 12 – July 2013
Welcome to this month’s BioNews. We must continuously learn in order to free ourselves from the control that others can exert over us. As we learn we become FREE, we become powerful. This pursuit of self defense in wellness, I call “The Martial Art of Wellness”. And as we practice we become Wellness Ninjas.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
– Author Unknown
“At the suggestion of my Holistic Physician, I began a course of BAC Formulas 2 and 3 in mid-February, 2009. I had been diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis in 2004, and refused traditional treatment until I was no longer able to care for myself. At this time I consulted with a specialist and was placed on a regime of oral methotrexate and a monthly chemical infusion (Orencia).
In May of 2009, I told the rheumatologist I was seeing that I had taken myself off the methotrexate (which I had done when I began taking the BAC products). After examining my improved lab reports, the doctor suggested we drop the monthly infusion of chemicals. If my condition deteriorated, we could always restart the treatment. During our most recent appointment in May, 2009, the rheumatologist said he could no longer find any RA. Your blood work is perfect–too perfect, he continued, the RA seems to have gone into remission.”
– Deborah Reed-Downing, USA – 2009
PS (July 2014) – In speaking with Deborah this past week I wished her to continue being well. She answered me “No Roland, I am doing better and better“.
In this BioNews, The Miracle of Regeneration – Part II, I borrow again from Sayer Ji, (founder at www.greenmedinfo.com) an article about “human bodily tissue regeneration” to demonstrate the “wrong view” that is presented over and over by the medical and/or alternative health groups when it comes to lending therapeutic or healing properties to drugs, foods, herbs, spices, supplements, etc.
To demonstrate this “wrong view”, I inserted NOTES (red in the text) in Sayer Ji’s article. In these notes I point out what I call the “dis-empowering allopathic model” (DAM) emphasized in Sayer Ji’s writing, and I offer in its place the “holistic empowering model” (HEM) where regenerative power is given to the cells and not to the substances ingested.
In his previous article (The Miracle of Regeneration Part I – The Flame of Cell Life-Death In The Miracle of Regeneration), Sayer Ji’s understanding about our body’s innate regenerative powers is advanced and I commend his intention when he shares his knowledge. He is able to describe human cellular regeneration in a valuable manner that we can all comprehend. But here again I want to remind you that when you start attributing regenerating and other medicinal properties to foods, spices, herbs and other substances you willingly enter the dis-empowering allopathic model (DAM). Do you even know how many old and new drugs are marketed in the pharmaceutical industries? Do you even know how many foods, herbs, spices, supplements, and other substances are marketed as medicine in the various alternative groups? In both groups it is in the thousands! Do you realize that this will never end, as new ones are proposed nearly on a daily basis?
Using this comparative method, I hope to inspire you on your Wellness Warrior’s journey. I am grateful to Sayer Ji, and I hope he will not mind me inserting a few critical NOTES. For the rest of this article, all NOTES are my comments regarding Sayer Ji’s topic on bodily tissue regeneration.
6 Bodily Tissues That Can Be Regenerated Through Nutrition
Posted on: Friday, June 29th 2012 at 6:45 pm – Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder
NOTE: Starting here I can assure you that there are much more than six bodily tissues that can regenerate through nutrition. How about ALL bodily tissues? Yes every single tissue, organ, nerve, bone, and ultimately every single cell in our body will regenerate.
It may come as a surprise to some, especially those with conventional medical training, but the default state of the body is one of ceaseless regeneration. Without the flame-like process of continual cell turnover within the body – life and death ceaselessly intertwined – the miracle of the human body would not exist.
In times of illness, however, regenerative processes are overcome by degenerative ones. This is where medicine may perform its most noble feat, nudging the body back into balance with foods, herbs, nutrients, healing energies, i.e. healing intention.
NOTE: I disagree with the view that medicine, natural or not, can take over what our innate cellular intelligence has already generated (that is your entire body) without the aid of any medicine or doctor, and normally continues to repair and regenerate daily with billions of new cells. What allowed for our life was/is energy that we obtain from our food/fuel. It never was medicine and will never be medicine. It is a fact that with aging, abuse of food, stress, deficiencies and other factors, we become burdened with imbalances and that our power of repair and regeneration slow down, and that we develop chronic conditions. Instead of waiting for “medicine” we must strive to restore our innate life force and regenerative power.
Today, however, drug-based medicine invariably uses chemicals that have not one iota of regenerative potential; to the contrary, they almost always interfere with bodily self-renewal in order to suppress the symptoms against which they are applied.
NOTE: Well said Sayer Ji. But I see you where you are going with that. Soon you will be proposing that various soi-disant natural compounds will do the job. Well let me say right away that these natural or not compounds are no better than drug-based medicine when it comes to bodily tissue repair and regeneration. The illusion that medicine is outside the body is maintained with the natural medicine model.
Despite the outright heretical nature of things which stimulate healing and regeneration vis-à-vis the conventional medical system which frowns upon, or is incredulous towards, spontaneous remission in favor of symptom suppression and disease management, over the course of the past few years of trolling MEDLINE we have collected a series of remarkable studies on the topic…
Nerve Regeneration – There are actually a broad range of natural compounds with proven nerve-regenerative effects. A 2010 study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research, for instance, found a combination of blueberry, green tea and carnosine have neuritogenic (i.e. promoting neuronal regeneration) and stem-cell regenerative effects in an animal model of neurodegenerative disease. Other researched neuritogenic substances include:
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom
- Apigenin (compound in vegetables like celery)
- Red Sage
- Royal Jelly
- Coffee (trigonelline)
NOTE-X: There you go Sayer Ji… You just opened up the magic box with all these magical compounds… and now people will await for magic compound to heal them, and they will be able to continue sitting on their couch and eating potato chips. I totally disagree with this suggested list of remedies. Be it green tea or blueberries, it is really another allopathic medicinal model that ignores our energetic self-creative and regenerative powers. I suggest instead that you think of food as source of energy that is metabolized at the cellular level, and that when energized, our cells do the work, repair, healing and regeneration: NOT the blueberries.
P.S. 1: If you conduct research on “natural health” you will come across hundreds of suggestions about hundreds of supplements, foods, herbs and substances credited with healing / medicinal properties in this “naturallopathic” erroneous way. And this offer of magic pills will not stop. If you believe those articles, you will have to ingest hundreds of supplements every day.
P.S. 2: It may very well be true that ingesting such substances, food or herbs may have led to healing in some individuals. But success in most of these cases can likely be attributed to placebo effects or in some cases to the fact that the ingested “substance” contributed in some way to the energy metabolism within the body/cells (such as food, a massage or a cleansing fast).
There is another class of nerve-healing substances, known as remyelinating compounds, which stimulate the repair of the protective sheath around the axon of the neurons known as myelin, and which is often damaged in neurological injury and/or dysfunction, especially autoimmune and vaccine-induced demyelination disorders. It should also be noted that even music and falling in love have been studied for possibly stimulating neurogenesis, regeneration and/or repair of neurons, indicating that regenerative medicine does not necessary require the ingestion of anything; rather, a wide range of therapeutic actions may be employed to improve health and well-being, as well.
NOTE: In the paragraph above, nerve-healing substances are credited with the power of healing instead of the rightful healers: the energized cells of our body. While I agree with Sayer Ji when he writes that certain compounds (music and falling in love) have stimulating regenerative effects, I must remind you to always keep in mind that music and love affect our cellular energy and it is ultimately our cells that affect our hormones and our metabolism… then healing and regeneration get better. And that’s that.
Liver Regeneration – Glycyrrhizin, a compound found within licorice, and which we recently featured as a powerful anti-SARS virus agent, has also been found to stimulate the regeneration of liver mass and function in the animal model of hepatectomy. Other liver regenerative substances include:
- Carvacrol (a volatile compound in oregano)
- Korean Ginseng
- Vitamin E
NOTE: Refer to previous NOTE-X.
Beta-Cell Regeneration – Unfortunately, the medical community has yet to harness the diabetes-reversing potential of natural compounds. Whereas expensive stem cell therapies, islet cell transplants, and an array of synthetic drugs in the developmental pipeline are the focus of billions of dollars of research, annually, our kitchen cupboards and backyards may already contain the long sought-after cure for type 1 diabetes. The following compounds have been demonstrated experimentally to regenerate the insulin-producing beta cells, which are destroyed in insulin dependent diabetes, and which once restored, may (at least in theory) restore the health of the patient to the point where they no longer require insulin replacement.
- Gymenna Sylvestre (“the sugar destroyer”)
- Nigella Sativa (“black cumin”)
- Vitamin D
- Curcumin (from the spice Turmeric)
- Berberine (found in bitter herbs such as Goldenseal and Barberry)
- Bitter Melon
- Chard (yes, the green leafy vegetables)
- Corn Silk
- Sulforaphane (especially concentrated in broccoli sprouts)
NOTE: Refer to previous NOTE-X. This list keeps growing. By now I hope you get it.
Hormone Regeneration – there are secretagogues, which increase the endocrine glands’ ability to secrete more hormone, and there are substances that truly regenerate hormones which have degraded (by emitting electrons) into potentially carcinogenic “transient hormone” metabolites. One of these substances is vitamin C. A powerful electron donor, this vitamin has the ability to contribute electrons to resurrect the form and function of estradiol (estrogen; E2), progesterone, testosterone, for instance. In tandem with foods that are able to support the function of glands, such as the ovaries, vitamin C may represent an excellent complement or alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
NOTE: I appreciate the discussion about regeneration in this article, but not the simplistic suggestion that vitamin C or any other nutrient may have intelligent medicinal power. Vitamin C like all nutrients is a simple molecule with no innate intelligence, but like any molecule has interacting characteristics when merged with other molecules within our intelligent cells. Nutrients as molecules are couplings of certain atoms like carbon, oxygen and hydrogen in the case of vitamin C.
The molecule vitamin C has no “execution” ability on its own. It is only when the innate intelligence of the whole cell is in bio-feedback with the innate intelligence of the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary axis) that consumed molecules and those already present in our body will serve some metabolic function(s) or role(s). And fundamentally, all metabolic functions of the cell are only possible with adequate and coherent energy (which we derive from food/fuel, and not from medicine).
Cardiac Cell Regeneration – Not too long ago, it was believed that cardiac tissue was uniquely incapable of being regenerated. A new, but rapidly growing body of experimental research now indicates that this is simply not true, and there is a class of heart-tissue regenerating compounds known as neocardiogenic substances. Neocardiogenic substances are able to stimulate the formation of cardiac progenitor cells which can differentiate into healthy heart tissue, and they include the following:
- Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero)
- Red Wine Extract
- Geum Japonicum
NOTE: Refer to previous NOTE-X. More added to the list. By now I am certain you get it.
Another remarkable example of cardiac cell regeneration is through what is known as fetomaternal trafficking of stem cells through the placenta. In a recent article we discussed the amazing process known as “fetal microchimerism” by which the fetus contributes stem cells to the mother which are capable of regenerating her damaged heart cells, and possibly a wide range of other cell types.
NOTE: Notice that in this example, there are no medicinal nutrients or substances. Instead, innate cellular intelligence is being shared between two beings, a mother and her child, which causes regeneration and healing in both. All the power remains, as it should, at the cellular level, and does not come from a certain external “medicine” or “substance/compound”.
Cartilage/Joint/Spine Regeneration – Curcumin and resveratrol have been shown to improve recovery from spinal cord injury. Over a dozen other natural compounds hold promise in this area, which can be viewed on our Spinal Cord Injury page. As far as degenerative joint disease, i.e. osteoarthritis, there are a broad range of potentially regenerative substances, with 50 listed on our osteoarthritis research page.
NOTE: Refer to previous NOTE-X. Note the reference to the 50 previously listed substances. By now you don’t need my notes.
Ultimately, regenerative medicine threatens to undermine the very economic infrastructure that props up the modern, drug-based and quite candidly degenerative medical system. Symptom suppression is profitable because it guarantees both the perpetuation of the original underlying disease, and the generation of an ever-expanding array of additional, treatment-induced symptoms. This is the non-sustainable, infinite growth model which shares features characteristic of the process of cancer itself – a model, which by its very nature, is doomed to fail and eventually collapse. Cultivating diets, lifestyles and attitudes conducive to bodily regeneration can interrupt this pathological circuit, and help us to attain the bodily freedom that is a precondition for the liberation of the human soul and spirit, as well.
—– End of Sayer Ji’s article —-
FINAL NOTES: I agree with the last phrase of the above paragraph, as there is NO emphasis placed on medicinal virtues of diets, lifestyles and attitudes, while “Cultivating diets, lifestyles and attitudes may be conducive to bodily regeneration.” But the reality is that it is the body’s cells that are regenerative. And we do know that a good diet, lifestyle and attitude will support cellular energy which will lead to repair and regeneration by the cells and not by the medicine.
And what of the powers of fitness, exercise and even that of knowing or believing? There is no doubt that reasonable exercise of any sort and resulting fitness will influence wellness profoundly. There are thousands of research papers about the supportive powers of meditation, prayer, yoga, qigong, bathing in the ocean, walking, breathing mountain air, etc. I want to make this point because the medicinal and nutritional models are overrated while the less tangible models are underrated. In the end you become what you believe, you become what you make of it. I invite you to read the many books available on these topics.
I suggest that the soi-disant “naturallopathic” model where foods, spices and nutrients are depicted as the medicine is a wrong view. Foods, spices and nutrients are the fuel and building materials that cells utilize to fabricate energy to generate, repair and regenerate. Never forget that your body’s 100 trillion cells BECAME and ARE without any medical or medicinal help. Our cells are the medicine. Read my many BioNews articles on this topic at http://quantumleapwellness.com/blog.html/bionews.html.
Unlike Sayer Ji, I do not recommend separated or isolated vitamins and minerals, etc., nor any abnormal dose of any one food or nutrient. There is much research showing the danger of ingesting large doses of these compounds on a regular basis, as well as mixing them with your diet, other supplements or drugs.
I suggest a broader empowering option to restore your innate powers and increase cellular repair and regenerative magic.
- Number One: You should, no, you must stop doing whatever you know led to your fatigue or dis-eases. Stop overeating, lose the weight, start a regular exercise routine and manage your stress with proper rest and sleep. In life it’s fitness or illness – YOU decide.
- Number Two: You should, no, you must start to have a diet rich in plant foods where leafy greens are best, followed by fruits, other vegetables, beans and nuts. Reduce (or avoid) meat and dairy, and eat NO junk food. I suggest variety and diversity in your diet, ideally comprised of fresh, organic, local foods. Eat raw or lightly steamed or sautéed food as opposed to food that has been cooked to death. I suggest that water (period) should be your beverage followed by organic herbal teas.
- Number Three: Cellular repair and regeneration begins with the Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axis (HPA) – Read my article on Awakening the Genius Within to learn more.
This is the end of this two-part series. I hope that it has helped you to become more aware of the repair and regeneration metabolism functions within your body and within your cells. I hope that my notes will help you to dissect other “health” articles by detecting emphasis that is wrongly placed on the medicine being promoted rather than on your innate healing power. And so you may grow within the Martial Art of Wellness.
As a Wellness Ninja, remember that “Fitness or Illness” is a choice.