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.
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.
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.
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.
Being in pain makes it difficult to go about your daily life. Opioid medications have been the treatment of choice for many people, however, their addictive properties have led to issues, including overdose deaths.
Many patients and their physicians have been looking for other treatment options. There are many methods that do not involve prescription opioid painkillers.
Types of Pain
There are two main types of pain, acute and chronic. Acute pain happens suddenly because of a trigger, either an injury, surgery or the like. It can last for a little bit but goes away.
Chronic pain does not go away. Disease, illness, car crashes, etc., can cause chronic pain. It’s physically debilitating and can last a lifetime. Chronic pain can also lead to anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
Medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen have shown to be effective in treating common types of pain.
NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin can control pain, especially acute pain. They’re available over-the-counter. Long-term use can cause stomach and intestinal issues.
Acetaminophen is also available over-the-counter. It is also good for acute pain; however high dosages can lead to liver damage.
Corticosteroids can decrease inflammation and reduce swelling for some pain, both acute and chronic.
Several types of procedures and injections can help treat pain.
Injections address the source of the pain. Facet joint injections put a small dose of anesthetic and steroid directly into the facet joint to block pain. The facet joints are the joints in your spine that make you able to bend or twist. It might not make the pain go away, but it can help make it tolerable, so you can do physical therapy with the goal of making the pain go away permanently.
Trigger point injections put local anesthetic, saline, or corticosteroid into muscle knots to help relieve pain. Injections into the epidural fluid surrounding the spinal cord can help reduce inflammation and pain. Peripheral nerve blocks inject anesthetic near nerve bundles to block the pain sensation.
Using radio waves to bring heat to nerve tissues can help reduce chronic pain. It’s called radiofrequency ablation and the heat impairs the nerve and disrupts how pain signals go from the spine to the brain. Spinal cord stimulation also masks pain signals by delivering a mild electrical stimulation to nerves along the spinal cord.
Other Treatment Methods
Strengthening the body through physical therapy can also be a pain treatment option. It can not only help a person overcome an injury, but it could also allow a person to resume a regular exercise routine. Exercise releases endorphins which can reduce pain.
Chiropractic and acupuncture treatments can also be effective for reducing pain.
The medical professionals at B3 Medical can help you figure out the best way to treat your pain. We understand what you are going through and want to help you find a way to get back to living the life you want to live. Contact us today for a consultation.