KC Craichy SuperHealth Podcasts: Truth About Stem Cell Science

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Posted on 1st August 2011 by admin in Health Alerts |SuperHealth Podcasts

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KC talks with renowned surgeon Dr. Leonard Smith about stem cell science.

See the video version of this podcast at http://www.livingfuel.tv/health-alerts/stem-cell-science.htm.

Audio Transcript:

KC: Welcome to Living Fuel TV. I’m KC Craichy. Special guest Leonard Smith.

Dr. Smith: Hi. Thanks for having me

KC: Thanks for being here. Continuing our discussions with Leonard. Leonard is a Health Advisor to the University of Miami, in the area of Integrated Medicine. He’s been on TV, on book covers. You’ve probably seen him around but we just enjoy getting together because it’s such stimulating thoughts, and the research that you’re able to stumble onto or I don’t know how you do it but you’ve really come up with some great stuff. So we’ll continue our conversations. Today, I wanted to deal with a very potentially controversial subject which isn’t really quite so controversial when you look at the facts. Stem cells. Now, most of us are against killing babies for the possibility of helping others. OK, but that’s really not even the issue, is it?

Dr. Smith: No, it’s not. And that was sort of misguided through lack of the appropriate information for the last at least 5 or 8 years. Embryonic stem cells obviously can grow into other things. The fact is that it’s not necessary. Adult stem cells work fine and a lot of people aren’t aware of it but the stem cells that come from an umbilical cord below the baby are considered adult stem cells. Even though it’s still just a baby. But, yes. I’ve worked with clinics outside the United States, of course, that have used umbilical cord blood, they’ve used the same patients’ stem cells, and so really there’s no reason for that. As a matter of fact, anybody that keeps up with the daily news, there have been articles in the paper where they can actually take skin and put it in the right environment and revert it back all the way back to an embryonic stem cell. University of Miami, where I work, actually took stem cells from 3 year old’s and 78 year old’s, just from the peripheral blood stem cell, and by putting them in the right environment can even go back all the way, just a step or two past being an embryonic stem cell, if you needed to do that. We’re not even sure that is necessary, and it might even be dangerous. Because a little bit of differentiation in that cell may actually be protective.

KC: But having the studies with the embryonic stem cells showed a lot of danger?

Dr. Smith: There have been some cases of using fetal and embryonic stem cells where people have gotten tumors.

KC: Tumors?

Dr. Smith: Yes. They’re probably been a lot that haven’t, so I don’t want to get into criticizing it.

KC: But the point is totally unnecessary.

Dr. Smith: That’s the point. It’s unnecessary.

KC: Now you’ve talked about the Japanese people who discovered in a wound, an abundance of stem cells.

Dr. Smith: That was a very interesting thing and I was looking at sort of when did I, and I’m sure probably started sooner, but the earliest I could find was some Japanese graduate student working in somebody’s biology lab, doing wound study. Was able to find stem cells in the wound that was healing. So he repeated it and repeated it and repeated it. Got very excited about it. Told the professor that he was working with, and it was that kind of research that led us to believe that we know stem cells are in the bone marrow. But we didn’t know they were so freely left there, to go to anything that’s got a problem.

KC: So what are the implications for this?

Dr. Smith: The implications are huge. If keeping your bone marrow in health, and keeping the stem cells in health, probably have as much to do with anti-aging as anything we can ever look at. Because aging is lack of stem cells, being able to be released from your own body to solve the problem. When we have, I mean, it sounds like an old cliche, diet and exercise have a lot to do, guess what?, with releasing stem cells. They’ve actually shown that people that are doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis can have anywhere from 4 to 8 times more stem cells circulating in your peripheral blood. Like if I stop now and took a unit of blood out of you, and you separate the white cells. It’s the white blood cells that become stem cells. Not all of them, just certain, I think the population called monocytes, or the main ones. But the receptors that are on those white blood cells determine what type of stem cell they will become. So there are places, I think there was a clinic in Thailand that’s actually just taking out people’s blood, separating out the white cells, separating out the stem cells, and there weren’t very many. So what you can do is you can actually cut them out of the body and grow them and give them back. We know we can do that here, too. There’s something called Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, it’s actually a pharmaceutical drug. If you give that to somebody, they will tremendously increase the number of stem cells in their blood. So I think all this is right around the corner for the United States. But in the meantime, if you exercise and even like your Living Fuel products, we know things like green tea and the caticans in green tea. We know blueberries, raspberries, a lot of these kind..

KC: Resveratrol.

Dr. Smith: Well, all of the phytonutrients, that are in a lot of our fruits and vegetables, maybe also helping to liberate stem cells. Guess what else? Some research we did in Costa Rica on this. If your vitamin D level has to be around, at least, 40 for you. You’ll find more stem cells cruising in your blood with the vitamin D level at 40, than you would lower.

KC: Wow. Isn’t it interesting that sunshine therapy used to be the therapy of choice for MD?

Dr. Smith: It did. And it was the treatment back even a 100 years ago, with tuberculosis. People would go to sanitariums. One of the main things they did, was let them rest and sit in the sun.

KC: Get vitamin D levels up.

Dr. Smith: Exactly. That’s the natural way to do it, actually.

KC: Fascinating. So implications for stem cells are regeneration of tired organs like cardiac failure, or cardiac disease.

Dr. Smith: Yes. When people get stem cells, you can inject them directly in the coronary arteries, but that involves sticking a needle in the femoral artery. It’s like a cardiac cath, so it’s a little more invasive. But we’ve actually found that you can give them just intravenously, and if you get enough, we’ve had people with ejection fractions of like 15% to 18%. Which means that the heart, when it’s relaxed it’s this big. When it contracts it needs to contract down to at least 50% to 65%. Well, people that have got heart failure for whatever the reason, if they’re only contracting 15 to 20%, they’re severely handicapped and they ‘re the ones ending up with transplants. But you can give them intravenous or intraarterial stem cells and have that reversed. So we’ve even seen people with spinal cord trauma that are… we’ve actually had a few patients with paraplegia that are now walking.

KC: Fantastic. It sound miraculous. It is miraculous because it’s using what God made, and putting it back and just watching what happens. It’s fantastic.

Dr. Smith: Absolutely. I find it kind of ironic, that after you deliver the baby, the afterbirth is kind of considered some mess that you throw away, and yet you watch animals eat it and, not that I’m suggesting that we do, but there is life, total life is in, not just the umbilical cord blood, but the cord and the matrix that’s within the placenta. It’s loaded with growth factors.

KC: I have a theory that the core blood is so ripe, but once it goes into the baby, it’s coded to do something. So I believe when they take it out of the baby, which they shouldn’t, then the codes are already coded to do something else. But when you take it raw out of the umbilical cord before it even goes and get coded, I mean, this is just a theory. I don’t have the science to back it up. But it’s really powerful.

Dr. Smith: There’s a lot more going on between the placenta and the cord, than just delivering blood. I’m sure of that.

KC: Yeah. Fantastic. Awesome information. Awesome information. I hope you enjoyed it. We wish you super-health.

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