Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning spas and stem cells.
Read the full transcript »
Learn about Spas and Stem Cells Perhaps it’s because our bodies are made up of about 60% of this life giving substance but since the dawn of time man has had an affinity with water. We pray for it, we vacation near it, we photograph it, and we soak our stresses away. In fact, there is nothing a human being likes more than a good spa. People have been enjoying warm communal spas since Hona wrote his spa going experiences its ancient Greece whether you like to on set it on Japanese style or punctuate your steamy sauna with an icy plunge like the Fins. Many cultures offer unique spa going experiences for the avid indulger. Traditionally spa culture has tended to manifest around naturally occurring hot springs. People have often linked thermal springs with a healing of arthritic pain and eczema like skin conditions. In the 1800’s, bathing and drinking mineral rich spring water was prescribed for muscular aches and pains, digestive problems, and general malaise. Hot spring waters can carry more dissolved solids than cold. Therefore, they have a high in mineral content but unfortunately the warmth makes them the ideal breeding ground for certain bacteria and viruses like legionella and herpes. Viruses of even being absurd incubating in extremely hot spring temperatures of up to 93 degree Celsius, in the 1500’s, France was forced to destroy its communal barbs in order to quell an epidemic outbreak of syphilis. These days however, the spa traditions continuous as waters are regularly tested for contaminants and with fewer people having the time to trundle off to the wilds of Colorado for a revitalizing dip, there spas are bringing the experience within walking distance. So whether you’re soaking up the natural benefits with of wild thermal spring or packed in mineral mud up to your eyeballs in a big city, indulge in the age old spa tradition. Can you imagine a world where leukemia is cured with the trip to the hospital for a simple injection? Where when you're told you have Parkinson’s, it’s actually not the end of the world. The future of medicine is being revolutionized as we speak. Stem cells therapy look set to change the way we experience disease and activate recovery. How can something so miraculous be so controversial? Every human body has stem cells. We have them around the outsides of our bones just sitting there ready and waiting. We have them outside of our hearts waiting patiently in the pericardium. What are they waiting for? These stem cells are non-specific in function and are capable of taking on any types of cellular role, depending on what the body needs at the time. They're like troops stationed on a fringes waiting to be briefed on there upcoming mission preparing for deployment, a sort of internal repair system. When they divide, they have the ability to create another non-specific stem cell or a highly specialized cell such as a brain cell or a muscle cell or a blood cell. The options are limitless. Adult stem cells seem to be restricted to adapting to the functions of the organ they were found near. Embryonic stem cells can take on the function of absolutely any cell in the human body and here in lies the controversy. Some people think, stem cell harvested from incoherent embryos is termed amount to murder and could lead to the evaluation of human life. Thankfully, scientists have just figured out a way to reconfigure adult stem cells and take them back to their embryonic potential. This will eliminate the need for ex in vitro fertilization embryos to be used for research and experiments, a far more palatable method in the eyes of many. Stem cells with those noted in the scientific community in the early 1900’s, who knows what developments the next hundred years has in store.