by Dr. Reba Eagles, D.O.M.
The brain is our body’s computer system. Checking on all our functions every minute of every day, we often take it for granted until it isn’t working correctly.
Any kind of injury can damage the brain’s ability to function. Concussions, falling off your bicycle when you were a kid and car accidents are all common injuries to the brain, but other things can damage brain function as well. Environmental toxins can cause degeneration as well as inflammation, as can mold exposure and Lyme disease. Some of the diagnoses associated with degeneration in the brain include Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s and ALS.
What is the worst part of poor brain health for you? Is it brain fog, poor memory, fatigue, poor vision, poor coordination or balance issues? How does this affect your ability to work, your relationships or your ability to learn? More importantly, how does this affect your ability to actually enjoy your life?
We have been taught that the brain cannot regenerate and once you lose brain cells, they are gone for good. But modern research into the area of regenerative medicine tells us that might not always be the case. What if you could actually regenerate some of those damaged tissues and cells in your brain?
Arnold Kaplan, one of the most well-known researchers of stem cells in the country, says the best way to get stem cells across the blood brain barrier is through an intranasal application. When using the intranasal approach there are no needles so there is no perforation of any tissue in your body. A very slender applicator is inserted into the upper sinus through the nose and deposits them right next to the brain. Stem cells placed in the upper sinuses can migrate across this opening and reach all areas of your brain, including the cerebral spinal fluid in 10 minutes. This opens up a whole new approach that’s safe and easy to get stem cells into the brain so regeneration can occur.
Dr. William Frey is senior director of neuroscience research at Regions Hospital in St Paul, MN. He was one of the main researchers who discovered the intranasal application. In animal models, he has seen this technique be effective at treating MS, Parkinson’s, stroke, brain tumors, spinal cord injuries and other brain disorders. Dementia and Alzheimer’s has been studied using both animal and human models with promising results.
What they are finding is it is not just the stem cells that are doing the work. In the perinatal product we use in our clinic, stem cells are a minor component compared to the other overarching components which are the growth factors, the cytokines, the signaling properties and the improved cellular communication function of the other cells that exist in this tissue.
One of the first things noticed with this type of application is that pro-inflammatory factors begin to diminish so the conditions originating from inflammation begin to improve. Dr. Frey also found highly significant improvement compared to the placebo control group in both motor function and movement. This promising research has prompted many people with conditions such as Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, neuro-Lyme disease, autism and traumatic brain injury to try this technique, often with positive results.
Who can we help? Anyone with neurodegeneration or if you are just looking to improve your brain health, this could be a viable solution for you. If you need help with cognitive performance due to concussion or brain injury, need help with motor coordination, or have a degenerative vision problem such as macular degeneration this could be a solution.