BREAKTHROUGH: Toronto scientists cure disease in mice.
In a finding that may revolutionize diabetes treatment, scientists from The Hospital for Sick Children, the University of Calgary, and The Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine), showed that stimulating the nerve system cured diabetic mice overnight.
The U of T scientists now say this is proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes. "I couldn't believe it," said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. "Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more."
Dr. Hans Michael Dosch, the study’s principal investigator and senior scientist at SickKids in Toronto, had previously concluded in a 1999 paper that there were surprising similarities between diabetes and multiple sclerosis, a central nervous system disease. His interest was also piqued by the presence around the insulin-producing islets of an "enormous" number of nerves.” Suspecting a link between the nerves and diabetes, he and Dr. Salter proceeded with this most recent 2006 study.
Their conclusions upset conventional wisdom that Type 1 diabetes, the most serious form of the illness that typically first appears in childhood, was solely caused by auto-immune responses (the body's immune system turning on itself) and a disruption of the pancreas.
They also conclude that there are far more similarities than previously thought between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and that nerves likely play a role in other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as asthma and Crohn's disease.
THE CHIROPRACTIC PERSPECTIVE -- A NOTE FROM DR. B.J.:
We need to take this seriously. One study after another proves the power of the nerve system to control and coordinate ALL functions in the body. When there is a loss of nerve impulses to cells of the body (i.e. to the Islets of Langerhans in the pancreas) -- those cells degenerate and die. In this case, it was the cells of the pancreas. But, regardless of the condition, current research is getting closer and closer to making the conclusion that all we need to do is get the nervous system working right, and all of our health challenges will be taken care of.
To read the press release from The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, ON), click the link below:
Discovery of a critical role for sensory nerves in diabetes opens door to new treatment strategies
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