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What Do Think About Our Brain May Be Able To Repair Itself -- With Help From Stem Cells ? Talk By Neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch

What Do Think About Our Brain May Be Able To Repair Itself -- With Help From Stem Cells ? Talk By Neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch

Filmed December 2015 at TEDGlobal>Geneva , Switzerland

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Jocelyne Bloch: The brain may be able to repair itself -- with help of our own stem cells

Through treating everything from strokes to car accident traumas, neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch knows the brain's inability to repair itself all too well. But now, she suggests, she and her colleagues may have found the key to neural repair: Doublecortin-positive cells.

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A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I have thought for years now that stem cellsshould be taken when you are born from the umbilical cord and freeze for the future you would then have your very own stem cells for aything you may require.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Stem Cell Genetics is available in the United States and has a very good success rate with no side effects. The stem cells used are your own so there is very little chance of rejection. The company has not finished getting all the approvals but is close. The one draw back is the cost, $14,500.00. This procedure consists of taking your own cells and altering them and injecting them back. It takes a total of three days of which only one day for the actual procedure.
Look up StemGenex @

edited, originally posted over 6 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Hi @A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

You might consider going to their website to see if they (Puritan's Pride ( )) can ship outside of USA....

I totally get it, that trying to eat a tablespoon of coconut oil by itself didn't work for me.... These white soft gel capsules actually contain the "oil" they're easy to swallow and have no taste or smell..... Plus I just take them with my meds in morning & evening so its easy to remember to do... I'm sure this type of supplement is available in your area if you could show or "google" - coconut oil supplements - 1000 mg.....

Happy to have you join this super PD Team.... @A MyParkinsonsTeam Member ...Alan

edited, originally posted about 6 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Here is a little bit of the history of fetal stem cell discoveries started in 1962.....

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The beginning.... of stem cell research.. in the USA

The woman was four months pregnant, but she didn't want another child. In 1962, at a hospital in Sweden, she had a legal abortion.

The fetus โ€” female, 20 centimetres long and wrapped in a sterile green cloth โ€” was delivered to the Karolinska Institute in northwest Stockholm. There, the lungs were dissected, packed on ice and dispatched to the airport, where they were loaded onto a transatlantic flight. A few days later, Leonard Hayflick, an ambitious young microbiologist at the Wistar Institute for Anatomy and Biology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, unpacked that box.

Working with a pair of surgical scalpels, Hayflick minced the lungs โ€” each about the size of an adult fingertip โ€” then placed them in a flask with a mix of enzymes that fragmented them into individual cells. These he transferred into several flat-sided glass bottles, to which he added a nutrient broth. He laid the bottles on their sides in a 37 ยฐC incubation room. The cells began to divide.

Thea Cunningham talks to Meredith Wadman and the creator of WI-38, Leonard Hayflick, about the controversial cell line.

So began WI-38, a strain of cells that has arguably helped to save more lives than any other created by researchers. Many of the experimental cell lines available at that time, such as the famous HeLa line, had been grown from cancers or were otherwise genetically abnormal. WI-38 cells became the first 'normal' human cells available in virtually unlimited quantities to scientists and to industry and, as a result, have become the most extensively described and studied normal human cells available to this day.

Vaccines made using WI-38 cells have immunized hundreds of millions of people against rubella, rabies, adenovirus, polio, measles, chickenpox and shingles. In the 1960s and 1970s, the cells helped epidemiologists to identify viral culprits in disease outbreaks. Their normality has made them valuable control cells for comparison with diseased ones. And at the Wistar Institute, as in labs and universities around the world, they remain a leading tool for probing the secrets of cellular ageing and cancer.

โ€œHere's a clump of cells that has had an enormous impact on human health,โ€ says Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. โ€œThese cells from one fetus have no doubt saved the lives of millions of people.โ€

Leonard Hayflick, pictured in 1982, inspects WI-38 cells that he derived from aborted fetal lungs. The cells have been used to produce vaccines in use worldwide

Here is a link to recent video >>

posted about 6 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I've just finished reading"The Brain's way of healing" by Norman Doidge - in it he discusses the ideas of learned non use: "noisy" brains, :the role light therapy, and cool lasers can play in PD: a Wisconsin lab where a PD patient with advanced PD was able to regain the ability to speak walk and live again through the use of a devise which stimulates the tongue with champagne like "bubbles" which "reset" the brain: also listening therapy (Tomatis) and all centered on the principal of brain elasticity. it is possible to rewire your brain. It looks like stem cells are not our only hope and that other treatments are already available if at this time not available to all - but that is probably because t hey are not developed by the pharmaceutical companies! And they are much less invasive than DBS. If I lived near any of those possible treatment centers I'd be there in a flash but as I'm in John Peppers area of influence I guess i'll just have to keep walking! I'd be interested in any one else's opinion if they have read the book?

posted about 6 years ago
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