What Are Stem Cells?

Stems cells are very special cells that, when told what to do, can turn into any type of cell  in the body.  The healthy stem cells are signaled to go to a particular area of the body needing regeneration.  The new stem cells replace the damaged or worn out cells and then begin to function as that organ or body system.

The human body is like an amazing factory.  Not everything breaks down at once.  First the conveyors break down, then the hydraulics fail, then hard equipment begins to break, and finally the computers begin to malfunction.  Our body is much the same way.  Once we realize that we are breaking down, there has been considerable damage done.

Our entire body was created out of the beginning of one single stem cell.  That stem cell began to divide itself and form our body in totality.  The stem cells residing in our body now are like maintenance cells.  They keep us running and hopefully keep us in good repair and our body up to date.

Once the stem cell is called forth, there are special signals that the stem cells receive that tell the cell to turn into a brain cell, a liver cell, a heart cell, a skin cell, a fat cell, etc.

Every organ in the body has it’s own stem cells.  However, stem cells are produced more in certain areas of the body, like the bone marrow.  The bone marrow has the most stem cells than any other part of the body.  Once the stem cells are mature, they are sent out in the blood stream to circulate through the body and go to wherever they are signaled to go.

Some stem cells cannot turn into any type of stem cell.  A liver stem cell can only turn into a liver stem cell and cannot become something else.  The stem cells in the blood have the ability to turn into anything in the body.  This is why the marrow is the most prolific area for stem cells.

Scientists are taking stem cells in the lab and program them to be a certain type of cell.  For instance, if a patient is suffering from heart disease, the scientist will program the stem cells that have been cultured in a lab to be a heart cell.  Once injected into the body, the scientists know that the programmed cells will go straight to the heart to replace damaged cells and will not go anywhere else.

What Stem Cell Therapy Is Best For Me?

The first step to considering stem cell therapy is to know why you want stem cell therapy.  Some people want stem cell therapy to help their body fight a disease, such as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes.  Some people want stem cell therapy for the anti-aging principals.  They would like a reduction in pain and … Continue reading

Breast Cell Found To Have Stem Cell Like Capabilities Of Producing Cancer

Stem cell – like cells can be turned cancerous in breast tissue.  Researchers from Michigan State University characterized two types of breast epithelial cell types, with one type possessing the ability to become mutinous under certain conditions because these particular cells exhibit stem cell-like characteristics that can turn into breast cancer. The epithelial cells make … Continue reading

Stem Cells for Dogs

Just when you thought you have heard everything, something new has popped into the scene.  Stem cell therapy for you pet.  While this may sound wacky, this really is an amazing lifesaver to many animals.  Often even saving the owner money in the long run. If you own a pet, then you know that many … Continue reading

Stem Cell Research Pros

Stem cell research pros has shown us that stem cells are special cells which, when given specialized signal, can become any part of the body needed for regeneration.  The body may need muscle cells, blood cells, skin cells, organ cells, nervous system cells, etc.  The stem cells will go in and sweep up the cells … Continue reading

Amnionic Fluid-Another Source For Stem Cells

Fetal stem cells have been another source of controversy through the years.  Some people disagree with using a fetus for stem cell research.  Several factors are involved in the controversy.  Aborted fetuses, via abortion, were used at one time for a source of fetal stem cells.  Unplanned miscarriages are another source.  These avenues evokes many … Continue reading

Which Source of Stem Cells is Best?

Many people wonder what the best source of mesenchymal stem cells is: Bone marrow? Umbilical cord blood? Adipose or fat? Let’s look at the findings of Susan Kern, et al, from the Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Immunology, German Red Cross Blood Service of Baden-Württemberg–Hessen, Mannheim, Germany. In a paper titled: “Comparative Analysis of Mesenchymal … Continue reading

Stem Cells With GPS and Built-in Maps?

Have you ever wondered how stem cells injected into the body know precisely where to go in the body for healing and regeneration? Here is an abstract from Giselle Chamberlain, et al, from Leopold Muller Arthritis Research Centre, School of Medicine, Keele University, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shrops, United Kingdom. The … Continue reading

Stem Cell Research- Defining The Mechanism Of A Stem Cell

Many people hear the term stem cell, but rarely understand what a stem cell is.  Usually jargon used in the stem cell research field is muddled with scientific vocabularly that leaves the average person wondering what the researchers had just said. This paper, outlining the mechanisms of a stem cell in an unusual work of … Continue reading

Stem Cell Research – Stem Cells for Hair Loss

There is a new breakthrough in hair loss for men and women.  Hair loss has usually been the bane of men’s existence but few people realize the trauma that women endure when they are also the benefactor of hair thinning or hair loss. Many people have tried the hair grow shampoos, the special combs, and … Continue reading