What Is Wharton’s Jelly?
Wharton’s Jelly is a bountiful source of stem cells.
Stem cell therapy is one of the most important discoveries ever made in the healthcare field. First let’s talk about stem cells, what they are, and why they are so important.
What Are Stem Cells?
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
An egg is fertilized in the mother’s womb. The union of a sperm and ovum forms a single cell known as a zygote. The sperm and the ovum each carry half of the genetic material required to form a new individual. Once that single cell or zygote starts dividing, it is known as an embryo. What happens then?
One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, eight become sixteen, each new cell doubling rapidly until it ultimately grows into an entire sophisticated organism composed of many different kinds of specialized cells. That organism, a person, is an immensely complicated structure consisting of many, many, billions of cells with functions as diverse as those of your eyes, your heart, your immune system, the color of your skin, your brain, etc.
“During the early stages of embryonic development, the cells remain relatively undifferentiated (immature) and appear to possess the ability to become, or differentiate, into almost any tissue within the body. For example, cells taken from one section of an embryo that might have become part of the eye can be transferred into another section of the embryo and could develop into blood, muscle, nerve, or liver cells.” MedicineNet.com
Why They Are Important
How is this useful? They are cells without a name or title or function other than to become precisely like some other cell in the body by replicating it but this time it is a fresh new healthy cell. When injected into the body, the cell is drawn to the area where repair is most needed, morph into healthy cells there and replaces the sick and broken ones with those that are good as new. For example, these nameless, undifferentiated cells injected into the knee where the cartilage was torn or worn will become healthy, strong renewed cartilage, replacing the old. This is successfully done every day. These amazing living tissues “know” just what to do and what to become as that is their instinctive duty as it was in the beginning and continues throughout the life of the living organism. It is the miracle of life.The stem cells lose their quantity and quality as the organism ages. They are in abundance when the body is young and growing. This accommodates new growth as well as repair for the young have more tendency for damage than the aged by just the fact of being more in motion.
Sources Of Stem Cells
It is the same process with every living creature. When the egg is fertilized by the sperm, it becomes an embryo, a single cell, which then divides and re-divides and then attaches to the wall of the uterus and starts the development of the organism’s body. At this time there is the richest source of undifferentiated stem cells. They can be harvested and developed in vitro even in petri dishes, and frozen for future use.
An ethical problem arises in using embryonic stem cells, for obvious reasons, so other sources were sought, and very fortunately discovered to work well.Human blood and fat are sources and another is from the human umbilical cord.
The Umbilical Cord And Wharton’s JellyThe umbilical cord connects a baby in the womb to its mother. It runs from an opening in the baby’s stomach to the placenta in the womb. The placenta is an organ attached to the lining of your womb during pregnancy. The placenta is connected to your baby by the umbilical cord.
What Is The Umbilical Cord?
Wharton’s JellySurrounding and protecting these vital blood vessels is a sticky, jelly-like substance called Wharton’s Jelly, which itself is covered by a membrane called the amnion.
Value of Wharton’s Jelly
It was discovered that Wharton’s Jelly is rich in mesenchymal* stem cells, and can be harvested in abundance for they are present in every umbilical cord, and there is one for every child born on earth. Here are enough stem cells to serve, when processed properly, the entire earth with the basic healing material for man. *mesenchymal (meh-ZEN-kih-mul) cells that develop into connective tissue, blood vessels, and lymphatic tissue.
How Are Stem Cells Cultured?
Material is harvested from the source, whether from such as an embryo, the blood, body fat, bone marrow, or Wharton’s Jelly, and then can be grown in the laboratory, known as cell culture. Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are generated by transferring cells from a preimplantation-stage embryo into a plastic laboratory culture dish that contains a nutrient broth known as culture medium. The cells divide and spread over the surface of the dish.
Adult Stem Cells
Adult stem cells have been identified in many organs and tissues, including brain, bone marrow, peripheral blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscle, skin, teeth, heart, gut, liver, ovarian epithelium, and testis. They are thought to reside in a specific area of each tissue (called a "stem cell niche").If Adult stem cells are used, then they are derived from a blood sample, processed, and injected back into the patient's blood. The surrounding cells are then activated, stimulating rejuvenation in the area.
The Future is Bright
Stem cell therapy can soon be the medical miracle treatment that has been sought since man has tried to survive on this very trying planet. Motivated by more and more successes in applying this therapy will inspire innovative advances that are not even thought of today. It is anticipated that it will replace most orthopedic procedures, be used for cancer treatment, arthritis, scar less surgery, and has been proven to revitalize skin, promote hair growth and regain sexual performance and many more. This is exciting and it is expected to become the primary healing protocol of the future.