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Descubren el origen de la calvicie

Posted: January 9, 2011 in Health

http://www.semana.com/noticias-vida-moderna/descubren-origen-calvicie/149755.aspx

SALUDA pesar de la enorme angustia que causa la alopecia común, hasta ahora se conocía muy poco sobre sus causas en el nivel celular.
Miércoles 5 Enero 2011

Pero ahora investigadores en Estados Unidos descubrieron que las células madre juegan un sorprendente papel en el origen de la calvicie. 

Según el estudio publicado en Journal of Clinical Investigation (Revista de Investigación Clínica), el problema no es la pérdida de pelo sino la producción de cabello tan pequeño que apenas es visible al ojo humano, lo que hace aparecer los clásicos parches de calvicie.
Esto se debe a un defecto en la forma como las células madre de los folículos producen el cabello, afirman los científicos de la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Pensilvania. 

Los investigadores esperan eventualmente crear una cura para la alopecia restaurando la función normal de estas células. 

Por ejemplo, dicen, se podría desarollar una crema que pueda ser aplicada al cuero cabelludo para ayudar a las células madre a producir pelo normal. 
Células faltantes 

En la piel, los folículos pilosos son los encargados de producir el crecimiento de cabello gracias a las células madre que se concentran en estos. 

Los investigadores utilizaron muestras celulares de hombres que estaban siendo sometidos a trasplantes de cabello y compararon los folículos de cueros cabelludos calvos y normales. 

Hallaron que, en el cuero cabelludo de una misma persona, las zonas con calvicie tenían el mismo número de células madre que las regiones con pelo normal. 

Pero también descubrieron que, en los folículos de los cueros cabelludos calvos, el número de otro tipo de células más maduras, llamadas células progenitoras, era marcadamente reducido. 

Esta diferencia significa que los folículos de las zonas calvas se encogen -pero no desaparecen- y que por lo tanto producen cabellos microscópicos comparados con los pelos de las áreas normales. 
Posible cura 

”El hecho de que en un parche de calvicie haya un número normal de células madre nos da esperanzas de poder reactivar esas células madre para que puedan producir cabello normal”, le dijo a la BBC el doctor George Cotsarelis, quien dirigió la investigación. 

”Porque si no hubiéramos encontrado células madre en esas zonas, sería mucho más difícil poder crear un tratamiento”, agrega. 

Los científicos no saben por qué ocurre esta alteración, pero el doctor Cotsarelis comenta: “Ahora estamos estudiando diversos factores que podrían ser responsables de esta inhibición de células madre”. 

Todas las terapias que existen actualmente están dirigidas a mantener el cabello que queda en el cuero cabelludo, pero no existen tratamientos que provoquen el crecimiento de pelo en parches de alopecia. 

No obstante, dice el doctor Cotsarelis-, este estudio revela que, debido a que las células madre todavía están allí, sí es posible lograr el crecimiento de cabello. 

”Por lo tanto, creemos que se podrá desarrollar un tratamiento que active esas células madre para permitir el desarrollo y el crecimiento de pelo”, le explica el investigador a la BBC. 

Aunque este hallazgo tiene más repercusiones cosméticas que médicas, sin duda habrá un enorme mercado para cualquier remedio que logre revertir la alopecia. 

”Indudablemente habrá muchos hombres muy interesados en este avance”, afirma el doctor Cotsarelis. 

”No se trata sólo de vanidad, porque la calvicie causa una enorme angustia a muchas personas. El cabello es parte de nuestra identidad y, cuando se pierde, para mucha gente es como perder parte de su personalidad”. 

”Esto no afecta únicamente a los hombres, porque un 30% de mujeres muestran una pérdida significativa de cabello cuando llegan a los 50 años. Así que ahora planeamos estudiar si esta alteración ocurre de la misma forma en la calvicie femenina”, completa el científico.

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Biomagnetic Therapy

Posted: January 9, 2011 in 2012, Health

http://www.faim.org/newfrontiers/biomagnetictherapy.html

by Ferdinando Pisani

Isaac Goiz

Dr. Isaac Goiz

One of the most peculiar therapy systems that FAIM is investigating is one that uses ordinary magnets to heal. Although magnets have been used in therapies for a long time, this particular method uses pairs of magnets to neutralize disease-causing pathogens in the body.

This system is known as “the biomagnetic-pair by Dr. Isaac Goiz.” It first caught our attention while doing a site-visit in a public hospital in Ecuador. We later learned that this method, although basically unknown in the U.S., is practiced in many countries, especially in South America. FAIM continued its investigations by interviewing practitioners and patients of this therapy. After much documentation has been reviewed and many cases studied we are nonetheless perplexed. The reason is that the anecdotal evidence is there and the scope of the claims made by the practitioners of this therapy are truly remarkable.

Dr. Isaac Goiz, a Mexican physician, first discovered the principles behind this therapy more than 20 years ago when treating an AIDS patient. After putting two magnets, one on the rectum and the other on the thymus gland, the patient recovered shortly. Dr. Goiz proposed that this pair of points have a relationship to each other for harboring the pathogens that cause AIDS: the HIV virus in the rectum and Escherichia coli in the thymus gland. What makes it possible for these two pathogens to survive in these niches is the alteration of the local pH values: the virus relishes an acid environment while the bacteria an alkaline one. Furthermore, according to Dr. Goiz, these two pathogens resonate with each other and cause the collapse of the immune system. By placing simple magnets on these two places, the local pH is neutralized, causing the pathogens to be immediately eliminated. In the case of AIDS, one would place the positive end of the magnet on the thymus and the negative end on the rectum. Dr. Goiz calls this bi-focal relation between these two disease-causing points of the body the “biomagnetic-pair.” In the years that followed, Dr. Goiz and his adepts discovered hundreds of such pairs relating to most diseases inflicting humankind, including scourges such as cancer and hepatitis. By presenting this catalogue of pairs, Dr. Goiz claims that most of these diseases can be cured by this simple method of placing these magnets in pairs.

It is FAIM’s duty, when faced with such claims of a universal cure, to take the evidence seriously without being absorbed in any enthusiasm. It is exactly the amplitude of these claims that have made this system be overlooked by other research institutions: it is simply considered too good to be true. It is exactly this exploration where no one else wants to go that makes FAIM’s role particularly important and interesting.

Dr. Goiz teaches his therapeutic method in a five-day workshop module. He claims that about 10,000 practitioners have taken his course. Of these nearly 10% are medical practitioners and physicians. Most of these are in Mexico. Every year Dr. Goiz organizes a conference in Mexico City where hundreds of these practitioners come together to listen to presentations of medical cases and research projects. The graduates of Dr. Goiz’s courses are certified by him to apply his therapy. They are encouraged to work on research projects, which need to be written up in the form of a mini-thesis as a prerequisite to participate in the second-level course that lasts three days. Dr. Goiz publishes these research projects in big yearbooks. Looking though these publications one cannot help but be impressed by the vastness of applications and the promises of this therapy. However, none of the research projects have the standard which is acceptable for indexed journals Indeed, without such publications, this therapy cannot go anywhere.

Dr. Goiz had originally intended to teach this therapy only to medical practitioners. Then he changed his strategy and started teaching everyone. Now he has even started to teach indigenous people in Ecuador and Chile to show that with the good intentions to heal, even without any prior medical knowledge, anybody can effectively learn this method. Although there are no statistics to corroborate the claims, he shows videos of the members of these abandoned communities declare how, thanks to the magnet therapy, they now have an effective healthcare system.

This year FAIM participated in the Mexico City conference and gathered medical testimonies of people who claimed their lives were saved thanks to Dr. Goiz’s method. FAIM also picked up the publication of a research project by Dr. Goiz and Dr. Raymon Hilu in Malaga, Spain. Two hundred and fifty people were treated with magnets and Dr. Hilu, using his method of dark-field microscopy, did a before-and-after analysis of the cases. The conclusion is that nearly everyone was cured. The perplexed Dr. Hilu claimed that such cases could effectively have been treated using his expensive orthomolecular treatments lasting at least half a year. But, he was not prepared to see such results in a matter of minutes.

Dr. Goiz not only has developed a method of treatment but has also redefined the etiology of many diseases. For example, cancer in its malignant form is caused by the infection with the leprosy bacteria; it resonates with a series of other specific viruses, fungi and bacteria that have already been weakening the milieu. By placing magnets that eliminate the pathogens, Dr. Goiz claims that cancers should resolve by themselves.

Raymond Hilu and Isaac Goiz

Dr. Raymond Hilu (left) and Dr. Isaac Goiz work with a patient.

The therapy consists in its own diagnostic tool by placing the negative magnet on any of the hundreds of points in the body that make up the biomagnetic-pairs. If the body gives a reaction it means there is a pathological problem. This will happen when the right leg shrinks, which can easily be detected by comparing the edge of the two heels. The practitioner places a magnet on a point, for example the thyroid, and then checks the length of the feet. If the right leg shrinks then the practitioner knows that there is a problem and will place the other magnet in the corresponding bio-magnetic pair. In the case of the thyroid it is the back of the head, which according to Dr. Goiz, identifies a meningitis infection. If, after placing the second magnet, the legs return to equal lengths, the practitioner knows that a bio-magnetic pair that needed correction has been identified and will leave the magnets in place for about 15 minutes. In this short time the problem is supposed to be corrected – in this case, the meningitis virus has been eliminated. Thus, in this point-by-point way, the whole body is scanned to detect specific viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites that – according to Dr. Goiz – find their alkaline or acid niches to survive and, through a resonance effect, cause almost all diseases.

Unfortunately, because of the way this discipline evolved over the years, one is presented by a whole lot of evidence tangled and knotted like a woolen ball. Although all this evidence does generate enthusiasm it is not enough to make an assessment because of lack of a scientific method. In the following year, FAIM will help organize a system to help gather systemized scientific evidence. Hopefully, this will shed some light on this seemingly very fascinating therapeutic system.