By Steven Sorr, NMD Chief Medical Officer at Source of Health Natural Medical Center in Scottsdale, AZ www.sohnatural.com
Everyone is talking about stem cells in the beauty and aesthetic world. With most of my work and research done in non-surgical orthopedics, there is a clear bridge between looking and feeling better without drugs or surgery. As every celebrity wants to look young and fabulous forever, and athletes want to play their best for every game, there is certainly a strong interest in delivering results for our most prized and elite members in society. However, stem-therapy has become more available to those of us who are not celebrities or high-performance athletes.
What are they and what can they do for you? Stem cells have the unique ability to do two things: clone or differentiate. Cloning is making an exact replica of themselves while differentiating involves becoming a more-specialized cell and giving up its immortality. When we age, it is due to a loss of stem cells—plain and simple. Genetics and cell division makes us wear out and appear as we’ve got more miles on the tires.
The great news is that science has discovered that this “wearing out” can be slowed down, stopped or even reversed.
The key to this lies in signaling. Cells work on a very simple model of stimulus and response. The cell membrane has receptors which are “listening” to the environment. Once a signal is received, the processing and end response is carried out inside that cell. For the cell to survive, we must trigger the response to repair and protect. We have found incredible plant compounds such as proanthocyanins, curcuminoids, glucoraphanins and many more that stimulate our innate genes to produce the anti-aging effect. Essentially, as we age, we “rust” so repairing the rusting is crucial to cells and tissue longevity.
Stem cells have slightly different capabilities. They regulate and promote tissue growth, repair and proliferation every time there is an injury. Knowing and understanding this is exactly what regenerative medicine utilizes. Non-surgical options create or “trick” the body to think it has been injured. The response is inherently our desired outcomes—increased collagen production, blood supply, hydration and immune surveillance. This is called HEALING!
Whether we want to make skin more youthful, tight and plump, or we need to get cartilage, ligaments and joints to tighten and heal, we are using the same basic mechanisms that are inherently within you. The secret is in the technology to stimulate it—mechanical, thermal, chemical or biochemical.
What works best? I recommend a combination approach because layering different effects gives us synergy. While each one has a real and measurable effect, combination therapies are more significant and long lasting.
So, the true secret to stem cells is simply turning on the anti-aging machine in our body. For some procedures, it is as simple as turning them on while more complicated conditions require a transfer from one area to another. Either way, stem cells are an effective and modern approach to the age-old challenge of, well, aging.
To learn more about stem cells or to schedule a consultation, please call 480.361.4005 and start your journey back to the Source of Health, where we believe in looking and feeling better without drugs or surgery.