Honey Bees and Stem Cells

Honey Bees and Stem Cells

Can a honeybee be the answer to stem cells staying young? It’s all about a compound called royal jelly which contains water, proteins, and sugars.

First some honeybee background. In honeybee hierarchy, there is a queen who lays eggs that will turn into larvae and become new bees. The queen also keeps the bee colony alive and organized. The male bees mate with the queen and the females do the work around the hive. When a queen dies, there must be a new one or the colony will die.

To find a new queen, the males will select larvae and feed it royal jelly. Eating this royal jelly will turn the larvae into a healthy and fertile female which will become a new queen bee.

The queen gets bigger and stronger than any other bee.

Studying Royal Jelly and Stem Cells

Scientists want to understand why the protein in royal jelly called royalactin stimulates cell growth and turns a regular honeybee larva into a queen bee.

Since the jelly must impact the cells early in their development, some studies are using mouse embryonic stem cells and royalactin to see what happens. Embryonic stem cells have the potential to turn into any specialized cell.

Researchers at Stanford University found a similar protein in mammals that kept mouse embryonic stem cells young, allowing them to multiply into other stem cells.

This breakthrough could hold the key to replacing aging or damaged cells with ones grown from stem cells and could help cure diseases and cure other ailments. This could help the body potentially heal itself and could be the future of regenerative medicine.

Royal Jelly Folklore

In parts of Asia and Europe, some people say royal jelly is a kind of super-medicine and is used as a dietary supplement. There haven’t been many studies of the impact royal jelly has on human health.

More scientific studies are continuing. In the United States, physicians use regenerative medicine to treat many ailments. At B3 Medical, we have created a proprietary system, B3 Regen, that we use in our work with professional and elite athletes that is finally available to everyone to treat joint pain, osteoarthritis, and more.

Contact us today to find out how regenerative medicine can help you feel better and get back to doing the things you love.

Sticking to Weight Loss Goals

Sticking to Weight Loss Goals

A new year means it’s time to look ahead and set goals and losing those few extra pounds is a common one. Sticking to that goal can be tough, but isn’t impossible.

Don’t Over-Commit

Saying you’re going to work out every day and always eat healthy are not realistic goals. Real life happens and gets in the way.

Instead of all-or-nothing, make small changes in your habits that will become a lifestyle change. Make small goals you are likely to keep. Feeling success as you go along can keep you motivated.

Setting a number of pounds to lose might not work for you. Instead, a goal of being able to comfortably fit into your favorite pants might be what you need to think about.

Fixating on a certain weight can be counter-productive since if you’re lifting weights or doing other exercises, you’re building muscle, and that can weigh more than fat.

Hold Yourself Accountable

If you’ve made a workout date with a friend or hired a personal trainer for a certain number of sessions, you’re more likely to keep the appointments. Simply joining a gym or saying you’re going to run isn’t enough for some people. If you tell someone else about your plans, you’re more likely to keep them.

A food diary can also help keep you accountable because you’re recording everything you put into your mouth. There are also many apps that can help track your food.

Find strength in numbers. You’re not the only one trying to lose a few pounds. Many of your friends are trying to do the same thing, so encourage each other. An email, text, or phone call can do the trick. Be specific about the type of feedback you want. If you want a reminder to eat a healthy dinner, ask for a text just before dinner time. If you want a yoga buddy, ask someone to go to class with you.

Plan Ahead

Put workouts on your calendar. Find ways to fit extra exercise into your day. Have walking meetings at work instead of sit-down ones. If all you need to do is discuss something with a coworker, it’s just as easy to do it while walking as it is sitting in a conference room.

Plan your meals and go grocery shopping in advance so you’re not coming home tired and hungry and looking for anything you can put into your mouth.

On a related note, try to avoid being too hungry. When this happens, you are more likely to grab whatever is available. Plan healthy snacks to eat throughout the day.

Allow Cheating and Rewards

Depriving yourself of everything you like won’t help with motivation. Allowing small treats can help keep you on track.

Rewarding yourself as you reach the goals you set can keep you motivated. Decide what your smaller goals are and what your incentives and rewards will be for reaching them.

Nobody is perfect, so if you don’t keep to your schedule or suffer a setback, forgive yourself and start again. It only takes 21 days to create a habit.

One of the tools that we use at B3 Medical is the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Program. This program gives you a structured plan for weight loss while purifying, and nourishing your body on your way to creating or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

If you have any concerns or questions about your health and losing weight, the experts at B3 Medical are here to help. Contact us today.

 

Conditions Good for Regenerative Medicine

Conditions Good for Regenerative Medicine

Conditions Good for Regenerative Medicine

New advances in medicine are happening every day and Regenerative medicine is one of the new frontiers. Basically, it’s replacing, engineering, or regenerating human cells, tissues, organs to their normal function.

Treatment with Regenerative Medicine

One of the goals is to help the body heal itself and cure a disease or ailment rather than just treating the symptoms.

Regenerative medicine is concentrated into three main fields; tissue engineering and biomaterials, cellular therapies, and medical devices and artificial organs.

Stem cells are a key to regenerative medicine. Stem cells come from many sources including blood, fat, bone marrow, and cord blood. Once harvested, they can be processed into a concentrated form and re-introduced into the body. These cells have the ability to regenerate into manydifferent things once inside the body.

Researchers are trying to figure out a way to grow and regenerate organs and cure diseases. Hopefully, as a result, people suffering from organ failure will be able to get new organs grown from their own tissue, eliminating the long waitlist for donor organs and the rejection risk that comes with a traditional transplant.

Regenerative medicine is also showing promise in treating diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, COPD, and many other blood and tissue disorders.

Treating Pain with Regenerative Medicine

There are three approaches that are interrelated:

  • Rejuvenation: Helping to boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
  • Replacement: Using healthy cells, tissues, or organs to replace damaged ones.
  • Regeneration: Therefore, finding ways to deliver specific cells to diseased or damaged tissue or organs with the hope of restoring normal or improved function.

Stem cells may be a key to regenerative medicine. They have the ability to develop into many different kinds of cells.

Treating Pain or Injuries with Regenerative Medicine

The future is already here concerning pain treatment with regenerative medicine. Damaged tissue can heal with the help of regenerative medical treatments and grow into new, healthy tissue.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is, at times, part of the process. PRP comes from a person’s own blood and is a concentration of platelets that have been processed outside of the body. Sometimes, the PRP is mixed with other regenerative components and then reintroduced into the body to help the body heal and repair itself.

So PRP can help treat conditions like tendonitis and mild arthritis where the joints just need a little help repairing themselves.

Often, regenerative medicine is part of a treatment plan that includes physical therapy and other pain treatment options to give you the best outcome possible.

At B3 Medical, our protocol is called B3 Regen and may include a combination of Mesenchymal Stem Cells and PRP therapy.

B3 Regen is highly effective in treating:

  • Chronic Joint Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic Knee Pain
  • Tennis & Golfers Elbow
  • Ligament Tears (MCL, LCL)
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Hip Pain
  • Chronic Ankle Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Spinal Disc Herniation
  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain

If you are suffering from pain, the professionals at B3 Medical can tell you about many non-surgical options to help you find relief. Regenerative medicine is one option. Contact us today for a consultation.

All About Regenerative Medicine

All About Regenerative Medicine

It seems almost like the work of a science fiction novelist, using cells injected into the body to encourage it to fix itself. It might sound like fiction, but it is real. Regenerative medicine is an evolving field of medicine where the body uses its own systems to recreate cells and rebuild organs and tissues. Some people call it tissue engineering.

How Does Regenerative Medicine Work?

Tissues in the body are made of cells. Each cell can act in many different ways depending on the signals it sends and receives from varying sources. The cells react based on what the signals tell it to do. In regenerative medicine, medical professionals attempt to tell the cells what to do by introducing a substance to push things along a bit. The goal is for the cells to develop into new, healthy tissue. Also, drug and other therapies often treat symptoms while regenerative medicine attempts to get to the root cause of a problem and eliminate it. Research in the field is happening fast and regulations are trying to keep up with it all.

Three Approaches to Regenerative Medicine

There are three approaches that are interrelated:

  • Rejuvenation: Helping to boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
  • Replacement: Using healthy cells, tissues, or organs to replace damaged ones.
  • Regeneration: Finding ways to deliver specific cells to diseased or damaged tissue or organs with the hope of restoring normal or improved function.

Stem cells may be a key to regenerative medicine. They have the ability to develop into many different kinds of cells.

Treating Pain or Injuries with Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine can help treat many painful conditions like joint pain, ligament tears, and more. It is not a substitute for traditional treatments like rest, bracing, or physical therapy. Instead it is part of a comprehensive approach.

Mesenchymal stem cells can produce many types of body cells including cartilage, bone, muscle, and fat cells. Medical specialists, like those at B3 medical, can use these types of cells and inject them directly into the damaged or injured area. This creates a good environment for the body to begin to repair itself.

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is often part of a pain management plan using regenerative medicine. PRP contains elements of a patient’s own blood and goes through a process to make it even more helpful to the body.

Often, doctors use a combination to treatments for the best results. The professionals at B3 Medical have extensive experience with regenerative medicine and will help you find the best treatments to help you relieve your pain. Contact us today for a consultation.