Body, Health Prevention

Cleanse Thy Cells

February 1, 2010
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One of my more interesting assignments is editing a newsletter for a Evo Spa in Marin County. Here is one article I found interesting because it shows how even a hundred years ago, scientists found evidence to support the importance of cleaning house (or eh, your body) the importance of taking care of yourself from the cellular level.

To illustrate the importance of detoxification, we need look no further than the work of Dr. Alexis Carrell.  Nobel Laureate (1912), Dr. Carrell was awarded this honor for his pioneering work in France on organ and tissue transplants. To prove that animal cells can live in a seawater medium, he placed chicken embryo cells in a special flask engineered with the help of Charles Lindburg. The seawater bath used was isotonic meaning that it was a saline solution. The cells thrived for 5 weeks before eventually expiring.

Carrell was curious to learn what actually caused the cells to perish.  He discovered that due to the buildup of toxins in the form of metabolic wastes, the pH of the water acidified that deteriorated their environment.  It could be argued that this is an example of an ecological disaster like Lake Erie.  So he repeated the experiment; and this time, he drained the toxic water and kept a fresh supply of seawater flowing in daily.  Rather than perishing in 5 weeks, he kept these cells alive for 22 years!  This lead to his famous quote:  “The cell is immortal; it is merely the fluid in which it bathes that deteriorates.”

Carrell argued that life expectancy which may be 80 or 90 years might be in fact longer….say 120 or even 150 years!  But due to the accumulation of toxins in the body, they attack vital organs leading to premature aging and disease….and eventually early death.  In a world of environmental pollution and the corruption of the food supply, Carrell’s research is more relevant than ever.

The author of this article continues by extolling the virtues of seaweed wraps to detoxify the body.

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