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Old 03-29-2010, 03:37 PM
Athena Athena is offline
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Thank you, Solace & Aaron for your information. I'm almost 53 (yikes!) but I don't like the idea of plastic surgery, botox, fillers, or any weird stuff.

In centuries past people didn't have access to arthroscopes and I wonder if they would eventually heal without intervention.
I like to think the body can heal many things on its own, it just takes time.

Yes, cartilage is considered an avascular tissue and any nutrition that the chondrocytes (the cells that secrete the matrix) receive must diffuse over a greater distance than for something such as muscle tissue. I still have my old Histology textbook so I'll quote what it says about cartilage repair:

The Ability of Damaged Cartilage to Repair Itself is Limited
When cartilage is damaged and repair does occur, it is due to activity of the perchondrium mainly and usually only during the period of growth in young individuals. In the adult, typically, the cells of the perichondrium proliferate to initiate repair, but few cartilage cells, if any, are produced. In this case, the repair mostly involves the production of dense connective tissue. However, not infrequently in adults the development of new blood vessels at the site of the healing wound stimulates the growth of bone rather than actual cartilage repair. The limited ability of cartilage to repair itself can cause significant problems in cardiothoracic surgery when costal cartilage must be cut to enter the chest cavity, as in coronary artery bypass surgery.
The reason that bone is produced in favor of cartilage in many repairing sites may, in part, be related to the fact that chondrocytes normally reside in an environment with low oxygen concentration. It has been show experimentally that in cultures of mesenchymal tissue that would ordinarily produce bone, cartilage develops if the oxygen tension is lowered. However, other factors may also play a role.
However, now that we know know that our thoughts can influence health and DNA why not try to visualize new cartilage forming? That would be an interesting experience if you combined the LED therapy along with visualization techniques. It certainly couldn't hurt to try. And if you ask some of us to add our thoughts to yours to form a customized Intention Experiment, who knows what will happen? I don't consider myself a healer, but you can count on my participation.
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