Regeneration of the Body

Fascinating article today in the NY Times. It’s detailing the body’s ability to regenerate and chronicles a young boy’s liver transplant. Some of you might think of regeneration as a no-brainer–you break your leg and it doesn’t stay broken, you cut yourself and you don’t stay cut, etc., etc. Others might have a hard time wrapping their mind around such a thought–your doctor told you that you’re bone-on-bone and your cartilage is gone forever. So, which is it? Can the body regenerate, or can’t it? If your leg is no longer broken, and that cut on your arm has healed, then we have to believe that it can regenerate. When it comes to cartilage regeneration, things get a little trickier. Not because I think that cartilage can’t regenerate (I actually wrote about cartilage regeneration in a previous post) but that the topic has been taboo in the medical community for a long time. It’s been long believed that when cartilage is gone, it’s gone. See ya later. It’s never coming back.

What Pete Egoscue couldn’t understand, and I wholeheartedly agree with him, is why the cartilage would be any different from the rest of the body. Your bones, skin, cells, liver, and hair ALL regenerate…but your meniscus doesn’t? I find that hard to believe. So, the next time someone tells you that your current condition is your health destiny, sit back and really think about what they are saying to you. Then go home and make up your own mind.