More on, The Care of the Cell
Today continues a series of short posts on the connections between the health of our bodies, nutrition and the health of our cells. I can tell you this: the relationship between nutrition and health is not casual; it’s causal.
Who Was Alexis Carrel?
Alexis Carrel was a scientist who spent most of his professional life at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York City. In one of the most remarkable experiments in medical history (up to that time) Carrel demonstrated that under suitable conditions, the living cell could live a very long time, perhaps indefinitely. He took small pieces of heart tissue from a chicken embryo and placed them in a petri dish immersed in a nutrient solution. The heart tissue took its food from this solution and likewise secreted its waste material into this same solution. Every day the solution was changed, taking away the waste materials and providing fresh nutrients. In this way, the chicken heart tissue lived for 29 years. It died one day when a lab assistant forgot to change the polluted fluid! Here’s what Carrel said of this experience:
“The cell is immortal. It is merely the fluid in which it floats which degenerates. Renew this fluid at intervals, give the cell the proper nutrients upon which to feed and, so far as we know, the pulsation of life may go on forever.”
Man the Unknown, Alexis Carrel (1935)
Ok, we don’t have to talk about immortality to get the point. The point is that our cells can live a long time, remain dis-ease free and function at optimal levels providing us with an amazing quality of life! The key to healthy longevity is to take better care of our cells and to take better care of our cells we need to improve our nutrition, maintain better nutrition and eventually learn how to optimize our nutrition.
The relationship between nutrition and health is not casual, it’s causal.
Cells are amazing! Cells live amazing lives! The cells inside our own body perform countless miracles every second of every day. We need to take better care of our cells.
Time heals all wounds once we find and do the things that nourish our cells best!