Sayer Ji, Founder
It may come as a surprise
to some, especially those with conventional medical training, but the
default state of the body is one of ceaseless regeneration.
Without the flame-like process of continual cell turnover within the
body - life and death ceaselessly intertwined - the miracle of the human
body would not exist
In times of illness, however, regenerative processes are overcome by
degenerative ones. This is where medicine may perform its most noble
feat, nudging the body back into balance with foods, herbs, nutrients,
healing energies, i.e. healing intention. Today, however, drug-based
medicine invariably uses chemicals that have not one iota of regenerative potential;
to the contrary, they almost always interfere with bodily self-renewal
in order to suppress the symptoms against which they are applied.
Despite the outright heretical nature of things which stimulate
healing and regeneration vis-à-vis the conventional medical system which
frowns upon, or is incredulous towards, spontaneous remission in favor
of symptom suppression and disease management, over the course of the
past few years of trolling MEDLINE we have collected a series of remarkable studies on the topic...
- There are actually a broad range of natural compounds with proven
nerve-regenerative effects. A 2010 study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research,
for instance, found a combination of blueberry, green tea and carnosine
have neuritogenic (i.e. promoting neuronal regeneration) and stem-cell
regenerative effects in an animal model of neurodegenerative disease. Other researched neuritogenic substances include:
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Apigenin (compound in vegetables like celery)
There is another class of nerve-healing substances, known as remyelinating
compounds, which stimulate the repair of the protective sheath around
the axon of the neurons known as myelin, and which is often damaged in
neurological injury and/or dysfunction, especially autoimmune and
vaccine-induced demyelination disorders. It should also be noted that even music and falling in love
have been studied for possibly stimulating neurogenesis, regeneration
and/or repair of neurons, indicating that regenerative medicine does not
necessary require the ingestion of anything; rather, a wide range of therapeutic actions may be employed to improve health and well-being, as well.
[View the first-hand biomedical citations on these neuritogenic substance visit our Neuritogenic Research page on the topic]
Liver Regeneration - Glycyrrhizin, a compound found within licorice, and which we recently featured as a powerful anti-SARS virus agent,
has also been found to stimulate the regeneration of liver mass and
function in the animal model of hepatectomy. Other liver regenerative
Carvacrol (a volatile compound in oregano)
[view the first-hand biomedical citations on the Liver Regeneration research page]
Beta-Cell Regeneration - Unfortunately, the medical
community has yet to harness the diabetes-reversing potential of natural
compounds. Whereas expensive stem cell therapies, islet cell
transplants, and an array of synthetic drugs in the developmental
pipeline are the focus of billions of dollars of research, annually, our
kitchen cupboards and backyards may already contain the long
sought-after cure for type 1 diabetes. The following compounds have been
demonstrated experimentally to regenerate the insulin-producing beta
cells, which are destroyed in insulin dependent diabetes, and which once
restored, may (at least in theory) restore the health of the patient to
the point where they no longer require insulin replacement.
Gymenna Sylvestre ("the sugar destroyer")
Nigella Sativa ("black cumin")
Curcumin (from the spice Turmeric)
Berberine (found in bitter herbs such as Goldenseal and Barberry)
Chard (yes, the green leafy vegetables)
Sulforaphane (especially concentrated in broccoli sprouts)
[view the first-hand biomedical citations on the Beta Cell Regeneration research page]
Hormone Regeneration - there are secretagogues, which increase the endocrine glands' ability to secrete more hormone, and there are substances that truly regenerate
hormones which have degraded (by emitting electrons) into potentially
carcinogenic "transient hormone" metabolites. One of these substances is
A powerful electron donor, this vitamin has the ability to contribute
electrons to resurrect the form and function of estradiol (estrogen;
E2), progesterone, testosterone, for instance.  In tandem with foods that are able to support the function of glands, such as the ovaries, vitamin C may represent an excellent complement or alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
Cardiac Cell Regeneration - Not too long ago, it
was believed that cardiac tissue was uniquely incapable of being
regenerated. A new, but rapidly growing body of experimental research
now indicates that this is simply not true, and there is a class of
heart-tissue regenerating compounds known as neocardiogenic
substances. Neocardiogenic substances are able to stimulate the
formation of cardiac progenitor cells which can differentiate into
healthy heart tissue, and they include the following:
Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero)
Red Wine Extract
Another remarkable example of cardiac cell regeneration is through
what is known as fetomaternal trafficking of stem cells through the
placenta. In a recent article we discussed the amazing process known as "fetal microchimerism"
by which the fetus contributes stem cells to the mother which are
capable of regenerating her damaged heart cells, and possibly a wide
range of other cell types.
Cartilage/Joint/Spine Regeneration - Curcumin and resveratrol
have been shown to improve recovery from spinal cord injury. Over a
dozen other natural compounds hold promise in this area, which can be
viewed on our Spinal Cord Injury
page. As far as degenerative joint disease, i.e. osteoarthritis, there
are a broad range of potentially regenerative substances, with 50 listed
on our osteoarthritis research page.
Ultimately, regenerative medicine threatens to undermine the very
economic infrastructure that props up the modern, drug-based and quite
candidly degenerative medical system. Symptom suppression is
profitable because it guarantees both the perpetuation of the original
underlying disease, and the generation of an ever-expanding array of
additional, treatment-induced symptoms.
This is the non-sustainable, infinite growth model which shares
features characteristic of the process of cancer itself - a model, which
by its very nature, is doomed to fail and eventually collapse.
Cultivating diets, lifestyles and attitudes conducive to bodily
regeneration can interrupt this pathological circuit, and help us to
attain the bodily freedom that is a precondition for the liberation of
the human soul and spirit, as well.
Additional related articles:
NT-020, a natural therapeutic approach to optimize spatial memory
performance and increase neural progenitor cell proliferation and
decrease inflammation in the aged rat. Rejuvenation Res. 2010 Jun 29.
Epub 2010 Jun 29. PMID: 20586644
 Photo-induced regeneration of hormones
by electron transfer processes: Potential biological and medical
consequences. Radiat Phys Chem Oxf Engl 1993. Updated 2011 Aug
;80(8):890-894. PMID: 21814301
Article originally published 2012
Article updated: 10-01-29
Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.
This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or
treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of
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