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Charles Mattocks on ‘Reversed’
In July, “Reversed” made its debut on the Discovery Life channel. This one-of-a-kind show tells the stories of people who live with diabetes. These are stories not often heard, but are all too common. “Reversed” has long been a passion project of mine. Ever since I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and after I learned everything I could about the disease, I’ve wanted nothing more than to become an advocate for awareness and change. Awareness and change are the results of education and inspiration. This was my goal with “Reversed.” It’s a platform for change. There is something new to learn with every story. Diabetes isn’t just about having a disease. It’s about people living or trying to find a new way to live. There are a lot of people who struggle to find a new way to live. They are diagnosed and they don’t know what to do next. For one, there are so many things about diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2, that people don’t know. Education about the disease is inconsistent, at best. As I’ve shared over the past two months, this was my experience when I was told I had diabetes. The doctor who diagnosed me could not tell me what diabetes was and what it meant for my health. He couldn’t give me any information that I could use to better my situation. I was on my own.
all across the country, people receive the same diagnosis. They are told they have diabetes and the conversation ends right there. They don’t know what to do next and that can be frightening. The conversation doesn’t have to end. One of the reasons I created “Reversed” is to make sure the conversation continues. I want people to know they have health care options. A diagnosis isn’t a death sentence. There are doctors out there who genuinely care about their patients, who take the time to explain the diagnosis, and who guide their patients to the next step. There are real solutions. But, as I’ve learned through my own journey with diabetes, it’s more than doctors and diagnoses. The truth is, we are in charge of own health. It’s easy to forget when we’re constantly barraged with prescription drug commercials on TV and in magazines. You can be the change you want to see in the world — and in your own health. The idea of “becoming the change you want to see in the world” is one the driving forces behind “Reversed.” I saw a need for change, and now I’m thrilled I have the opportunity to share it with you. “Reversed” is more than a TV show. It’s a jumping-off point for something larger. It’s a platform for change and a starting point to make a difference around the world. For more information about “Reversed,” check out reversedyourhealth.com and discoverylife.com/tv-shows/reversed. Then, be sure to tune in to Discovery
Life to watch as the stories of all the amazing people unfold and change in ways that will leave you inspired. Before I head out to tell the next chapter of the diabetes story, I want to say how much of a pleasure it has been working with NSI Stem Cell. They are constantly looking to the future and looking for new solutions to treat diabetes, as well as so many other conditions. They are the dream team of diabetes and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
– Charles Mattocks
The unfortunate reality is, what I went through is far from unique. Every day,
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PUT ‘POSITIVE THINKING’ TO BED W hy T his W ay of T hought I sn ’ t W hat I t ’ s C racked U p to B e
Can the power of positive thinking change your life? Bookstores brim with self-help books written to guide readers toward positive thinking and countless websites claim to do the same. But what is positive thinking?
tinybuddha.com, says, “Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become.” This sentiment is ironic considering the Buddhist philosophy of detachment (or non-attachment) suggests that one should let negative thoughts and emotions enter the mind, but not dwell on them, so they pass with the moment. Research into the subject agrees. In the 1960s, researchers studied grief — or the lack of it. When people attempted to suppress grief, it took them longer to recover from what caused the grief in the first place.
may be stress. Stress comes with its fair share of negative consequences. Stress can influence overall health, both mentally and physically. If you are stressed, chances are you are not in a good mood and, by extension, are thinking negative thoughts. And this presents another problem with positive thinking. Anne Harrington, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard, and author of “The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine,” says, “It’s just as stressful to keep up a performance of positivity as it is to [keep up] a bad mood. It’s very stressful to be inauthentically upbeat all the time.” So, what can you do? Let yourself think negative and positive thoughts. Don’t dwell on the negative, and let it run its course. Then, turn your attention to your sources of stress and do what you can to minimize them.
Essentially, it’s shutting out negative thoughts. One website,
In reality, the biggest factor at play when it comes to positive or negative thinking
F rom S evere N europathy to a N ormal L ife
Richard Engel is in his 70s and suffering from diabetes and neuropathy. Before coming to NSI he experienced significant pain and numbness throughout his legs. If not treated, neuropathy can lead to serious health complications, including loss of muscle and impaired motor ability. Over time, the symptoms can worsen, leading to high levels of pain and paralysis.
Here’s what Richard had to say:
“I have diabetes and neuropathy of the legs very bad. I came in here to NSI Stem Cell to get some information, and I wasn’t disappointed. They gave me all the information I needed. I started going through the procedure. The surgery is very, very minor. It’s not invasive, and it doesn’t really cause a problem. I feel wonderful, and I’m glad I did it.”
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P latelet -R ich P lasma T reatment and S tem C ell T herapy
What Is the Difference?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and stem cell therapy are both on the forefront of regenerative medicine, but are there significant differences between the two? Is one form of treatment better than the other? Let’s take a look. At NSI Stem Cell, we use both types of therapy. Both have unique and remarkable qualities. For example, we use PRP treatment for certain types of physical injuries, such as knee-related issues. For neurological conditions, however, we often use stem cell therapy. It’s important to note that PRP and stem cell therapies are not “rival” treatments. They are often used together to treat a wide array of diseases, injuries, and acute disorders.
cartilage, blood, organ, and brain cells. It doesn’t matter if you have a disease, a wound, a neurological issue, or even a combination of causes. Stem cell therapy in regenerative medicine is used to address and heal the underlying causes of illness and injury.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma was popularized in professional sports. Many professional athletes have been treated for acute injuries, including ligament and muscle injuries. Prior to the development of PRP therapy, the treatment relied on medication, physical therapy, or invasive surgery. But as more and more pro athletes began crediting PRP with their quick return to the game, the therapy emerged as a viable alternative to more invasive procedures. While stem cells are sourced from adipose fat, PRP is derived from the blood. The platelets in PRP are a rich resource of growth factors. Growth factors play an essential role in wound healing and the process of regeneration. But PRP also releases an abundance of other substances critical to the healing of wounds. PRP augments the creation of blood vessels, improves healing of soft tissues, and enhances bone regeneration.
Stem Cell Therapy
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are known for their ability to self-renew and differentiate into multiple lineage pathways. These cells, which are derived from adipose stem cells, are “packets of potential.” They remain in our bodies throughout life, waiting for chemical signals to alert them to the needs of both brain and body.
MSCs can become whatever type of cell is needed for repair, regrowth, replacement, and regeneration. This includes skin, bone,
One-Pan Harvest Pasta Ingredients • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups) • 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped (2 cups) • 2 tomatoes or 4 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 cup) • 1/3 cup chopped red onion • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained 1. In a very large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic. Cook, uncovered, 7–10 minutes or until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally. 2. Add beans, broth, pasta, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce Directions
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INSIDE This Issue Charles Mattocks on ‘Reversed’ Page 1 Put Positive Thinking to Bed Richard’s Recovery Page 2 The Differences Between PRP and Stem Cell Therapy One-Pan Harvest Pasta Page 3
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T he M useum of W hat ?
THE WORLD’S STRANGEST MUSEUMS
Museums are a staple of vacations no matter where you travel. Everyone has heard of the Louvre and the Smithsonian, but you might be surprised to learn about some of the stranger museums around the world. For nearly every passion, there is a building somewhere dedicated to it. Take a look at some of the weirdest.
promotes itself as the home of “art too bad to be ignored.” A trip to MOBA will leave you smiling, laughing, and feeling a little better about the fact that you’re not Picasso.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum Osaka, Japan
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets Delhi, India
It’s not just college students and video gamers who love ramen. Since the invention of the instant noodles by Momofuku Ando in 1958, ramen has evolved into a beloved dietary staple from Japan to Jamaica. The museum named after its creator offers you the chance to look at some of the strangest versions from around
A functioning toilet is something everyone takes for granted until they don’t have access to one. In India’s capital, you can explore the fascinating history of commodes. From primitive examples you would never use today to gold-plated bathroom thrones from palaces across the world, the variety of toilets on display is staggering. Divided into three sections — ancient, medieval, and modern — you’ll be shocked at how much
the world. As an added bonus, you can even design your own packaging. Bring along some chopsticks, as there are plenty of samples to slurp up.
The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
you can learn about history and culture through an examination of the ways a society flushes (or doesn’t).
Rush County, Kansas Plenty of museums are hands-off, but that’s usually to protect the precious objects held within. At the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, not touching the exhibits is just sound advice. The development of barbed wire was instrumental in settling
The Museum of Bad Art Dedham, Massachusetts
There are plenty of museums dedicated to exceptional artwork from history, but only one dedicated to less-than-successful artistic endeavors. The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA,
the American West, and this museum pays tribute to the ingenuity of those farmers who wanted to make sure their cattle stayed on their property and thieves stayed out.
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