Presenter – Paul Boland BVSc MRCVS, partner Alder Veterinary Hospital, Liverpool
After a couple of weeks of sun worshipping in the south of France I returned to ‘The Webinar Vet’ feeling refreshed and ready to take on CPD with renewed vigour. On discovering the topic for last week’s veterinary webinar, I was a little nervous that even with a brain benefiting from a two week break I may struggle to understand the subject matter. Paul Boland led this veterinary webinar covering ‘Natural Stem Cell enhancers in all species’ and proved it to be a subject that can be understood even by people completely ignorant of it, myself included.
There is a real art to leading a veterinary webinar that covers such a complex topic, and trying to explain a difficult concept in a concise and understandable way can be difficult, but for me Paul did a wonderful job. Essentially we all have adult stem cells which sit within our bone marrow. When any cell is damaged within our body, these stem cells are released by the bone marrow and carried by the blood stream to the damaged tissue where they proliferate and differentiate into the damaged cells, replacing them.
There is obviously copious research into stem cell medicine although it has yet to be brought to many clinical applications. Paul wanted to discuss the concept of using stem cell nutrition rather than medicine, and doing things ‘the natural way’. There are nutritional products available, one being AFA, a blue green freshwater algae which has been consumed for its health benefits over the past 40 years. A recent double blind placebo cross over study has shown that after consuming an AFA containing capsule there was an increase of up to 25% of adult circulating stem cells. It was discovered that AFA contains ‘mobilin’ which is an L-selectin blocker. L-selectin is a compound which prevents stem cell release from the bone marrow so blocking its action will cause an increase in circulating adult stem cells.
Paul now sells stem cell enhancers to his clients for a number of conditions. It doesn’t matter what type of cell is damaged as stem cells can differentiate themselves. Consequently Paul has used it in many different species for many different conditions, from a dog with osteoarthritis to a human with the onset of dementia. In Paul’s experience the positive effects are seen very quickly, often within one week and the cost is often less than having a dog on long term Rimadyl for example.
Of course I have given a ridiculously basic explanation of stem cell nutrition as I wanted to squeeze all the information I could into this blog. Paul’s veterinary webinar goes into much more detail and you really should take a look and make your own mind up about whether this is a therapy that could benefit your patients.
I am pleased to say my brain did cope reasonably well with my first visit back to ‘The Webinar Vet’ after several weeks. However Paul did mention that after the age of 40 (which I am, but only just) I won’t release quite as many adult stem cells into circulation and those damaged brain cells that I undoubtedly have, will no longer be replaced with quite such efficiency. This along with some early signs of osteoarthritis has made me think that although lifestyle clearly plays an important role, perhaps stem cell nutrition is something that I should also be considering.
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