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Bones are not just lifeless matter attached to living tissues. It’s as much living as the tissues themselves. And just like the tissues, it’s constantly changing too. The old bone cells are broken down and replaced with new ones in a three-part process called bone remodeling that involves resorption (digestion of old bone cells), reversal (new cells are birthed) and formation (new cells turn into fully formed bones).
This process, just like any other biological processes in the body, requires hormones and growth factors. Some of the names include parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcitriol, insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), prostaglandins, tumor growth factor-beta (TGF-beta), bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP), and plain old cytokines. For this discussion we need to remember only one thing: a large cytokines and growth factors are involved in bone remodeling process.
Which means we accelerate the bone remodeling process by supplying these cytokines and growth factors as suggested by studies like these studies from PubMD (US National Library of Medicine).
Why Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), being completely “whole and natural” can more
closely simulate a highly efficient in-vivo situation that anything else out
there that are made up of artificial recombinant proteins. In PRP, we are
taking advantage of the biological benefits of growth factors whose functions
we know as well as those we do not know of yet. From the 15+ factors we know
are in PRP including platelet derived growth factor (PDRF), transforming growth
factor-beta (TGF-beta), platelet factor 4 (PF4), interleukin 1 (IL-1),
platelet-derived angiogenesis factor (PDAF), vascular endothelial growth factor
(VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), platelet-derived endothelial growth
factor (PDEGF), epithelial cell growth factor (ECGF), insulin-like growth
factor (IGF), osteocalcin (Oc), osteonectin (On), fibrinogen (Fg), vitronectin
(Vn), fibronectin (Fn) and thrombospontin-1 (TSP-1)… we’re actually supplying a
“holistic” set of nutrients for healing that cannot be mimicked by those
Organic Fertilizers For The Body
Platelet-Rich Plasma is like
organic fertilizers for our body. The PRP difference is like adding chemical
fertilizers versus organic fertilizers on plants. Chemical fertilizers are rich
in essential nutrients that
are needed for crops. On the other
hand, organic fertilizers supply nutrients not only to the plants but also to
the soil, improving the soil structure and tilth, water holding capacity,
reduces erosion as well as promote slow and consistent release of nutrients to
the plants itself.
Clearly, organic fertilizers are better, aren’t they?
Bonus: Strong Antimicrobial Properties
It seems that the Platelet-Rich Plasma’s healing function has synergistic function to anti-microbial properties. A new study confirms that using Platelet-Rich Plasma in surgeries may have the potential to prevent infection and to reduce the need for costly post-operative treatments.
That’s a nice bonus for the organic fertilizer of our bodies. Perhaps, there are more. So why wouldn’t anyone not take advantage of them?
The scope of Platelet-Rich Plasma is growing as the scientific community continues to unearth its inherent properties. PRP is an unignorable, and unavoidable component of healing.
© Rochester Clinic & DrPRP
Names Can Be Deceiving
Imagine you’re strolling the aisles in a video store trying to find a good movie for the weekend. You finally settle on one with an interesting title. However, after watching the movie, your reaction is, “Huh? That’s not what I expected.”
It’s a similar situation when people are searching for healthy eating guidelines. Many people choose a vegetarian or vegan diet thinking it is healthy because there are no animal products. The individual may be puzzled by increased blood sugar, blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels. Vegetarians and vegans focus on eliminating animal products, but may not be focused on foods that are detrimental to their health, like refined flour, refined sugar, salt, and oil. For example, a piece of chocolate cake or a donut fits the vegetarian or vegan diet, but contains loads of empty calories. Refined sugars, flours, salt and oil can cause a spike in blood sugar and increase cholesterol levels.
Now, you may be wondering what to eat. The healthiest option is to adopt a plant-based diet with whole foods. It’s essential to reduce the amount of processed foods, salt, sugar and oil to achieve optimal health.
A plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It consists of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. If you’re craving something sweet, replace the chocolate cake with strawberries, a mango, pineapple chunks or an orange. Try including whole grains like millet, quinoa, barley or brown rice into your diet. Other healthy options to add to your diet are kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans, cannellini beans and lentils.
For information about living a healthy lifestyle, contact the Rochester Clinic at (507) 218-3095.
Did You Know?
What does “custom” mean?
If you walk into the health section at Wal-Mart, you may notice a Dr. Scholl’s machine dispensing “custom” orthotics or inserts. What is “custom?” What does it mean to receive “custom” orthotics?
Last month a group of podiatrists in Chicago filed a class action law suit against Dr. Scholl’s for false advertising. First of all, an orthotic device should be prescribed and dispensed by a licensed provider. A measuring machine providing over-the-counter inserts at the supermarket is not a licensed provider. Secondly, a customized device is produced from scratch based on a patient’s foot, not something off the shelf. Adding pads or wedges to an insert purchased off the shelf isn’t qualified as a customized orthotic device either.
True custom foot orthoses are prescribed by qualified physicians based on the patient’s anatomical and functional characteristics of their feet and ankles. The devices are milled according to the feet and modified based on each prescription. It is not uncommon to have two different devices for the patient since the feet are not identical.
For more information about the class action law suit filed against Dr. Scholl’s, click on the link lawsuit against Dr. Scholl’s .
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