What if instead of telling you to “act your age,” I would ask you to act childish, free your mind, play, explore, experience awe, dream, and imagine?
In 2020, I am going to turn 45-earth-years-young. And, I have many passions in life: mountains, writing, reading, music, outdoors, teaching, practicing wellness, and I love animals!
One of my favorite reading genres is since-fiction. First, I read the story. Next, I try to learn and understand the science behind the fiction. Finally, I like to imagine the concepts. What would it be like to pilot a spaceship? What would it be like to live forever? What would it be like to encounter alien civilization?
In any event, if we reflect for a second – today, we live in a science-fiction world of the past. We might not have flying cars and super-powers, but many ideas and gadgets that were science fiction of our past became science fact of our daily lives. Let’s take a blast from the past, shall we?
One of my favorite authors, Aldous Huxley, in “A Brave New World,” imagined the world where mankind was able to produce children through in vitro fertilization in 1932. And, the first successful birth of a “test-tube baby,” Louise Brown, occurred in 1978.
Arthur C. Clarke (another favorite) predicted the use of communications satellites in 1945. His idea was dismissed as pure fantasy. And guess what? It became a reality within 20 years with the launch of 1965. Arthur C. Clarke has woven the idea into many of his future tales.
Gene Roddenberry’s revolutionary idea of wireless technology fired up Martin Cooper’s imagination as he led the team at Motorola that developed the world’s first handheld mobile phone.
Martin Cooper invented the first “non-vehicular” cell phone, whose inspiration came from watching Captain Kirk (William Shatner). An evolved human being – the starship captain was created by the genius of Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek.” Since the original “Star Trek” production in 1966, several other technologies moved from science fiction to science fact. And, yes, I did watch all the episodes once…maybe…twice…
Rejuvenation and Longevity Therapies
My latest, Sci-Fi love, Peter F. Hamilton detailed the ideas of Rejuvenation and Longevity in his Commonwealth Saga were death may be postponed indefinitely. Commonwealth citizens undergo a process called rejuvenation, approximately every thirty to fifty years. Rejuvenation is an intense process that leaves the subject’s body aged around 20 with adjustment made for personal preference. This is done by gene therapy. As I listen to audiobooks, I imagined the world with a medical landscape, unlike anything we recognize now with medicines obsolete and surgical intervention a rarity. Where breakthroughs mean people will be living way beyond their 100′s in good health and a sound mind.
In 2020, I picked up David Sinclair’s book where I learned about up-and-coming treatments for aging! So, stay tuned for more in that sector.
When Science Fiction Turns into Science Fact (ACL stem cell fix-me-up)
Switching to reality. I busted my knee My Skiing Love Affair sometime in 2015. My ACL was torn completely, MCL and menisci partially were torn. A few top surgeons recommended reconstructive surgery as soon as possible. Thankfully I had a blood clot to contemplate for four weeks on what to do.
Funny how the worst of all injuries saved me from the knife! What I found out is that contrary to popular belief, the ACL surgery, as the new research continues to support, is not something that guarantees any higher or better function for the knee. Also, there are plenty of reasons not to get the surgery.
I kept fantasizing about alternative medicine where my cells somehow used to repair my knee. Accidentally, I’ve stumbled upon the stem cells Ted talk followed by an article in the Outdoor magazine where I saw a reference to the stem cell clinic is in Bloomfield, CO.
I was still skeptical. Not to mention, everyone (including doctors) contributed to my skepticism. One of the “traditional” doctors looked at me like I was talking about aliens. Considering my love for since-fiction, I’ve tried to put this subject to rest, but my subconsciousness kept bugging me to continue the research. So, I’ve listened to my inner voice as I embarked on a wonderful world of stem cells since!
2020 – follow-up:
Check-out my MRI in My Success Story: Healing Injuries with Stem Cells. So far, I’ve hiked 14-er, jump, and have zero issues with my knees.
The stem cells science
The scene is evolving rapidly and it is a medical fact! Many predict that the future shift is going to be dramatic. A key component in this evolving future is viable; regenerative adult cell replacement therapies applied to treat a span of diseases and ailments, including heart disease, cancer, spine degeneration, diabetes, Parkinson’s degeneration, multiple sclerosis, damaged bones and many other issues in the near future. Scientists primarily work with two main types of stem cells: adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells are used in research for orthopedic conditions.
Currently, there is quite an extensive research on Stem cells. Stem Cell therapy is not the modern equivalent of the “fountain of youth.” Magical things can happen with your own stem cells used for treatment. But there is no such thing as a 100% success rate and some patients are a good fit for stem cell therapy while some are not.
There are many variables: health, level of physical activity, the degree of injury, genetics to name a few. Regenexx stem cell procedures have been studied extensively for more than a decade. They have the world’s largest human mesenchymal stem cell re-implantation database for orthopedic purposes.
Basically, your own bone marrow Stem Cells are used in combination with Blood Platelet Treatments to regenerate ACL. Regenexx has quite a few Clinical Studies of success and failure rates. They also offer webinars and easy to read an article.
The idea of surgery becomes a distant memory.
Finally, I had my consultation with Dr. John Schultz. The exam was not your typical 20 minutes look at the problem to prescribe surgery or a pill.
Dr. John Schultz took a very holistic approach. I was asked about my nutrition. He looked at the alignment of my spine. Dr. John also found instability in my left ankle (none of the doctors have seen it before). As a result, Dr. John Schultz gave me a 50% success chance based on all the factors.
Unfortunately, my ACL didn’t have much of its fibers left, but 50% success is a pretty good chance in my book. I am approaching my third-week post stem cell procedure as I am writing this blog. I believe that my ACL is growing, and my story will be another success story!
2020 Update: All healed!
My skiing accident has been quite a trip. The most valuable lesson learned is to listen to my inner voice and to be guided by intuition. In that light, I invite you to think of yourself as a scientist and an explorer, to gravitate towards non-traditional and nurture your intellect to think outside of the box. If you are injured, consider all possibilities of healing. Learn, listen, tune in to your inner voice to decide that place vs. listening to others, including your doctors.