DAVID GRANOVSKY

Archive for January 25th, 2013|Daily archive page

STEM CELLS FOR SCLERODERMA

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on January 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

One day, people will use stem cell treatments as the first course of action instead of the last and save themselves a lot of money, time and suffering.  We can only hope! – DG

“I need money for my stem cell transplant. That’s kind of my last option. I’ve tried everything else.” – Cat David

Cat Davis

Cat Davis receives stem cell transplant

Published On: Jan 24 2013 04:43:05 AM PST  Updated On: Jan 24 2013 04:40:32 PM PST

SPOKANE, Wash. –

It’s an incredible day of victory for a Spokane woman, who thought she may not live to see it. Cat Davis, whose story we’ve been following since last fall, has now received the stem-cell transplant that will likely save her life.

Four months ago, it looked like today would never come. Four months ago, Cat sat in her North Spokane living room and said, “I need money for my stem cell transplant. That’s kind of my last option. I’ve tried everything else.”

Scleroderma had taken so much away from the vibrant woman in her mid-20’s. Her skin and organs have been hardening for years, her esophagus was so narrowed, she couldn’t eat solid foods. Every day was a race against the clock. If the disease goes too far in her heart and lungs, there’s nothing they can do. Time and money were against her. So were the odds.

Spokane rallied. Through coffee and pizza and fun runs and ice cream, the community raised more than $170,000 to help pay for the transplant and other medical expenses. They were touched by her smile and positive attitude. Her story stretched around the world.

Thursday morning in a hospital room in Chicago, Cat got that stem-cell transplant, marking the first day of the rest of her life.

“Transplant is complete! Cat has 14.2 million brand new baby cells circulating in her blood stream It all went as planned.” Cat’s mom Sally emailed those words to Cat’s friends and family Thursday morning. The past few days have been hell for Cat, as chemotherapy killed off her immune system and made her terribly sick. Cat’s mom counted down the days leading to transplant day as “minus one” and “minus two” and so forth.

Thursday, a new day.

“A long battle lies ahead,” Sally wrote. “We will win the victory. This is Day 0. From now on we count the days as pluses. No more minuses.”

Now, the recovery. Cat will spend the next 10 days or so in Chicago, recovering. Then, it’s back to Spokane for a long road to full strength. Cat and her family feel the love and prayers all the way from Spokane. Cat’s family and friends decorated her room with purple hearts, made at Ben and Jerry’s in Spokane during a fundraising drive last year.

“We have saved them all this time for this day,” Sally Davis wrote. “They are precious. One of my favorite says, “Fight like a girl!”

She’s been fighting long enough. Now, it’s time for Cat to rest and get well. And, know that everyone in Spokane is behind her.

Her journey so far has touched so many lives. Now, it’s time to save her own.

YOUR BRAIN CAN CHANGE

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on January 25, 2013 at 8:10 am
Neuroplasticity: Brain and Heart Interaction
Arjun November 26, 2012 12

Modern science is progressing in its ability to understand the human brain and the way it functions in relation to the human being. Prior to Neuroplasticity, science assumed that the brain is the primary operating organ that determines everything about human behavior and action. Our brain is one of the most complex biological structures known to man, but science assumes that the brain drives thought, behavior, perception, emotion, disease and health. New discoveries within the  field of neuroscience are starting to illustrate how the brain  is taking instruction from something else. Neuroplasticity is the idea that the brain is adaptable and changeable. It’s now being used to treat learning disabilities, brain damage, chronic pain and more.

“The idea that the brain is plastic in the sense of changeable, adaptable and malleable. Is the single most important change in our understanding of the human brain in four hundred years. Neuroplasticity is that property of the brain that allows it to change it’s structure and it’s function, it’s a response to sensing and perceiving the world, even to thinking and imagining. Human thoughts and learning actually turn on certain genes in our nerve cells which allow those cells to make new connections between them” – Dr. Norman Doidge

Our brain shapes and reshapes itself given how we perceive the environment around us. This is also seen in Phenotypic plasticity, which is the ability of an organism to change it’s observable traits such as morphology, development, biochemical or physiological properties, as well as behavior. All of these things also result from the expression of an organisms genetic structure.   Most human beings have a very similar perception of the world, someone who perceives the world completely differently will have a different brain with different neurological connections and gene activation. If our brain shapes itself according to our thoughts and perception of the environment around us, then who is thinking the thoughts that cause our brain to react? Who is you? With so much information concealed from the human race, with so much information available that could change our perception of the planet concealed from us, what type of gene activation within our nerve cells lay dormant? Who you think you are is not actually you, because who you think you are can always change. The real you, the soul that lies within does not change, who you think you are might.

Our current perception of reality is one that includes consumerism and materialism. It is one of being born, going to school, working to make money, retire and more. We all have a collective perception of how the world is, we all have a similar idea of what the world is like and we all think that we have to follow the same path. Human beings are rapidly waking up to truth, in doing so we change our perception of how things are. Changing our thoughts alone, coupled with our changing perception is activating genes within our nerve cells giving rise to something new. Truth is, that things are not how they seem here on planet earth. The veil that’s been blinding the masses is being lifted, and according to neuroplasticity, a change in perception leads to gene activation.

What we should take away from plasticity is that we have the ability to change our brains, that thoughts and perception are directly responsible to how the brain functions. We should ask ourselves what influences our perception and what possibilities are available to us when we spark gene activation resulting from a paradigm change? We should also ask ourselves, where do our thoughts, feelings and emotions stem from that are responsible for triggering changes within our brain. We should ask ourselves where do our thoughts come from? Are they even our own? After all, consciousness creates reality Quantum double slit experiment

 

%d bloggers like this: