Stem-Cell Hopes Get A Home At University of California Irvine

$80 million research center readies for cutting-edge work.

UC Irvine ( University of California at Irvine) is soon to open an $80 million stem-cell research center – a four -story, 100,000 square foot building where researchers will investigate using stem cells to help people with spinal cord injury as well as Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and other illnesses.  The center’s director gives an early tour of the building.

The $80 million stem-cell research center at UC Irvine still has that new-building smell.  The offices and meeting rooms are barren of furniture, and the empty laboratory shelves and benches wait to be filled.

“It does look like an IKEA catalog doesn’t it?” Peter Donovan, a UCI stem-cell researcher who will serve as the center’s drector, said on a tour of the new building this week.

But soon after the formal dedication of the center May 14, researchers will begin moving into the four-story structure — one shaped as much by the politics of stem-cell science as the needs of the scientists themselves.  It is one of several such centers being built around the state and the first to be completed in Southern California.

“This building I think will become the hub of all stem-cell research on the UCI campus and allow us to provide better outreach to the public and the other institutions we collaborate with,” Donovan said.

Scientists have high hopes for the center, which will house about a dozen laboratories, a dozen researchers, and 120 students, postdoctoral researchers and technicians.

The scientists hope to test the recovery and measure effects on patients – including those who have suffered strokes or eye disorders such as macular degeneration — who were treated with stem cells at other facilities.

The center includes an enclosed room for eye patients, so light can be strictly controlled, and a large, open room for patients treated for spinal injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s and other neuromotor diseases.

“You need a lot of space to allow them to walk, to measure their movement, test their recover,” Donovan said.

Scientists at the center will also keep track of a much-anticipated study: Geron Corp.  plans to begin one of the first Food and Drug Administration-approved embryonic stem-cell clinical trials on human spinal-cord patients.

The trial will be based on pioneering work by UC Irvine neurobiologist Hans Keirstead, who will also have an office in the new center.

Stem cells have the capacity to transform into a variety of cell types, potentially regenerating cells damaged by Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and other illnesses.  They might also one day restore movement to limbs paralyzed by spinal injuries.

Even after President Barack Obama’s well-publicized lifting of Bush-era restrictions on stem-cell research, some restrictions on federal funding are still in effect, Donovan said.

So scientists must rely largely on state money – $27.2 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine – and on the donors.  They include Laguna Beach’s Sue and Bill Gross, who provided a $10 million gift that attracted more funding.

Large spaces in the center can be used not only for scientific meetings but for fundraising events.

Source: The Orange County Register
Pat Brennan


Alternative Medicine

There are simple reasons why alternative medicine and healing is preferred by people in countries where alternative medicine is allowed to be practiced.

1. Time to listen

Living in a small village where everyone knows each other can be very convenient, as if there is a problem most people will be aware of it as it can not be easily hidden. Village people trust each other and if you get sick one day you go to a person that you already know and trust. The alternative healer in a village is not a foreigner and it feels easier to talk and explain what is wrong with yourself. In a traditional village most people are related to each other anyway and you don’t have to look for a far away person treating you. There is not only one person acting as a healer in a village, usually you have a certain person who is specialized in a certain illness or disease. The traditional healer will spend time listening to their patients, as time is not an issue, the healer will be able to diagnose the patient more accurately. There is a great advantage that the healer knows both you and your family with all good and bad sides that could influence your disease. The doctor doesn’t need to get to know you and your background. Much time is spent on dealing with the social reasons for the illness.

2. No Separation

If you live in a village all your life, the last thing you want to do is to be separated from the people you know, love and trust. Taking you to a hospital would mean talking to doctors and people you never met before and who has no idea about your background and problems. How on earth can you explain to them what is going on with yourself in just a few minutes. It would also be a disaster to stay in a hospital bed without the comfort of your family and friends.

3. The Belief in Success.

The traditional healer believes that his/her healing power is a gift of God and therefore takes their gift very seriously. They believe strongly that their treatments and remedies will bring the desired effects. This confidence by the healer will also make the patient confident in being healed which is an important factor in any healing process. The traditional healer is never doing the healing for money. The person being healed will bring the healer gifts in other forms during and after a successful healing has been done. The question is, what is alternative complementary medicine. Is the western medicine complementary to the traditional medicine of the other way around. With this said, there are many times that the western medicine works fantastic in combination with alternative complementary medicine and an open mind for both are greatly needed by any healer or doctor. Are you ready to start a healthier life?

Dr. Jolly-Gabriel Opens New Hyperbaric Clinic

Dr. Jolly-Gabriel, opens hyperbaric oxygen therapy clinic at The Center for New Medicine in Irvine, CA. Patients may receive treatment for all conditions shown to benefit from increased oxygen levels.

Dr. Donald Jolly-Gabriel

Dr. Donald Jolly-Gabriel


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( February 18, 2010 — After a decade of dedicated service to Whitaker Wellness Institute of Newport Beach, Donald L. Jolly-Gabriel, Ph.D. , has been named Executive Director of the Hyperbaric Institute at The Center for New Medicine in Irvine, California . The state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen treatment clinic is located at 6 Hughes, suite 150, Irvine, CA.

“Dr. Jolly-Gabriel will be a great asset to our team,” said Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D., medical director of the Center for New Medicine. “He is one of the foremost experts in the field. His use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of U.S. soldiers who have suffered blast injuries to the brain is ground-breaking.”

Dr. Jolly was the founder of the hyperbaric oxygen therapy program at Whitaker Wellness

1  Dr. Donald Jolly-Gabriel Opens Hyperbaric Institute at The Center for New Medicine in Irvine, California

and Director of Hyperbaric Medicine there, for 10 years. During that time, he used expertise gained directly from pioneers in the field — Dr. David Hughes and Dr. Richard A. Neubauer — to successfully expand the application of hyperbaric medicine.

Originally developed for the treatment of deep-sea divers suffering from decompression sickness, it evolved to become a treatment of diabetic wounds and burns. In recent years it has been found to benefit a wide range of other conditions. They include: traumatic brain injuries, strokes, carbon monoxide poising, sickle cell anemia, gas gangrene, near-drowning, smoke inhalation, autism, post surgical healing, cosmetic surgery recovery, multiple sclerosis and many others.

Today there are 66 conditions ranging from

chronic degenerative health problems like atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease to diabetic ulcers and macular degeneration that can be treated, improved or resolved with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, known as HBOT. New applications are being developed in U.S. clinics and around the world. “Our biggest challenge is the education of doctors,” Jolly-Gabriel said. “Most men and women practicing traditional medicine today, were educated at a time when the benefits of HBOT were just beginning to be documented. So many doctors are skeptical simply because they received little or no information on HBOT in medical school.”

Creating Hyperbaric Answers ( ) has been key for Dr. Jolly to erase some of the mystery that has entangled hyperbaric oxygen therapy so that information can be provided to people who truly need it and are looking for it. His vision for Hyperbaric Answers is to impart people with the knowledge of this new medicinal procedure so that they can better educate themselves on the positive attributes of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric Answers is loaded with a variety of information that can shed light of how affective Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment has become. The Center for New Medicine is making this therapy available on site, at South Coast Hyperbaric Center, where patients may receive treatment for all conditions shown to benefit from increased oxygen levels,” Jolly-Gabriel said. “This can include everything from sports injuries and spider bites to near-drowning accidents, cardiovascular disorders, autism and stroke rehabilitation.” “You don’t have to have a catastrophic illness to benefit from HBOT,” he added. “Plastic surgeons and cosmetic dentists often refer patients for post-surgical treatment. They have found that these patients heal better, faster and with less scarring than without such treatment.” If you reside in the Southern California areas of Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside or San Bernardino Counties and would like to meet with Dr. Jolly at the new Hyperbaric Institute in Irvine, or at one of the other clinics in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside or Palm Springs where he practices HBOT, then please call (949) 436-4960 or contact him online through

Pati Reiss – The Holistic Gourmet’s Cooking Class in Salt Lake City

Come enjoy an evening of cooking inspiration…nutritional health tips and holistic gourmet food!

Pati Reiss, The Holistic Gourmet

Pati Reiss, The Holistic Gourmet

You will eat and receive recipes for balancing the… *Second Chakra* Creativity…Pleasure…Relationships…Movement…Flow…Water Sexuality… Orange… Emotions…Polarities…Union

Class Fee:$ 68 includes…cooking and nutrition lecture recipes…full meal and FUN! Reserve your plate with Pati at: 801-688-2482

Happy Eating!!!!

About Ateeka

With over 20 years of extensive background in traditional yoga studies and practice, Ateeka has arrived at a way of sharing yoga that is immediate and fluid and experiential. Rather than committing to a particular yoga system or lineage, she now chooses to come from the “lineage of life!” Her teachings reflect and encourage only the innate intelligence of the bio-system Ateeka continues to explore the bridge between traditional yoga studies and modern somatic approaches. Together with her husband Fabrizio, she is the co-creator of Somatic Movement Meditation and is integrating this very intelligent, responsive, non-repetitive movement system into the world of yoga.

Practices with Ateeka are exploratory, changing, growing and evolving. No class is ever the same and each offers an opportunity to move deeply into movement that is initiated by the fluid systems of the body.  What Ateeka is sharing now is a new and different dimension of the yoga practice . . . the yoga of possibilities. . . of exploring our evolutionary ancestry and energetic spectrum . . . of intelligence and playfulness and fluidity. Her work is without doctrine or dogma or hierarchy and has a spherical opportunity to learn from and contribute to the immediate environment.

She is a Registered Yoga Teacher, member of the International Yoga Therapists Association and director of an internationally recognized Yoga Teacher Training program. Her background includes extensive practice and teacher training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Integral and Kundalini Yoga. Continuum Movement has had a great influence on her developments in yoga and she has logged more than 300 hours of study with Emilie Conrad in Continuum Movement and is currently mentoring with Emilie.

Throughout the years, Ateeka’s ever-evolving work has been featured in YOGA JOURNAL, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WOMEN, REAL SIMPLE and BODY & SOUL and MODERN BRIDE, LA VIE TAIWAN and Taiwan’s NATURAL HEALTH and Italy’s NATURAL STYLE magazines. She has produced 2 best-selling Yoga instructional videos “Yoga With Ateeka” which is has been translated and distributed in English, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and Spanish and Yoga-AntiStress: Restorative Yoga with Ateeka in English and Italian.  She has also produced 5 instructional audio CD’s available in “Divine Yoga Flow”, “Moon Cycle Yoga” and “Bliss”.

Ateeka has recently co-authored with Harold Dull and Fabrizio Dalle Piane, the new book, TANTSU: A YOGA OF THE HEART and is a TANTSU presenter. She is also an artist expressing life’s fluid movements through paintings, poetry and talismans.

Ateeka lives in a magical garden in Italy and travels internationally to share her innovative perspective on the Yoga and Tantsu practices.

Seat Pad for Meditation

Here is some interesting information from

– Meditation Seat; Also works well with Yoga and Pilates!

 Meditation Cushion

How to meditate in comfort –Extended Comfort Seat Pad to the rescue!

Meditation Seat Pad

Many people find the idea of sitting to meditate painful and daunting. Sitting still for a period of time can be quite a challenge if you are not used to it. The most common complaint is tail burn, where your tail or coccyx comes in contact with the ground or surface you are sitting on.

Now, there is a solution:

Extended Comfort Seat Cushion with Liquicell – Sit in comfort everywhere!


Please note: You can use the Extended Comfort Seat pad by itself or you can just use it on top of your existing favorite meditation pillow, bench or any seating surface. We use the hot spot technology which eliminates hot spots between your body and the point of contact of any surface! See our LiquiCell Video at for more details on how it works.

Extended comfort Seat Pad – Thousands of very satisfied customers are using our Extended Comfort Seat Pad; they are amazed at how incredibly thin it is, yet how extremely well it works!

You can use this pad on the floor, on a chair, bench, sofa, recliner and any surface you can think of! It works equally well.

  • No more fatigue – Be more productive
  • Enjoy sitting for longer periods of time
  • Use it at office, home, commuting & Sporting events
  • Liquid filled membranes – Blood flow improved by 150%
  • No Tail burn, fidgeting, numbness or stiffness

Just fold it and take it anywhere! In addition to using it as a meditation aid you can also use Cars, Trucks, Planes, Events & Office Seating or any application you can think of. Put it on your favorite office chair or your favorite seat at your home in front of TV or computer.

Using an innovative combination of low viscosity fluid and strategically placed baffles that control flow, LiquiCell virtually eliminates tissue shear stress and reduces pressure.

Our Seat Cushion- Extended Comfort Seat Pad provides relief from pressure and aids circulation through constant liquid floatation. Watch the LiquiCell Video.

This is quite different than other seat cushions, foam seat cushions or ergonomic seat cushions available in the marketplace.

The next time you are meditating or travelling by car or airplane or sitting in front of your computer, try out our Extended Comfort Seat Pad. Place the pad on your seating surface for a while and then sometimes later remove it. Upon removal of our pad you will begin to feel the discomfort that you were not experiencing up to that point.

Our Extended Comfort Seat Pad is so thin and yet so effective. It does not change the size or the stability of the seating. It equally works on a cushion seat or a hard seat, like the ones at sporting events and concert. You can now watch your favorite game or concert without any tail burn, fidgeting, numbness or stiffness.

Take it on long drives and get out of your vehicle without any pain in the neck, back or stiffness.

Testimonial from a Yoga practitioner:

I use the pad for meditation and also when I am doing my sitting and lying on the back yoga asana, where I slip it under my tail bone. I can now meditate for as long as I want without any pressure on my tail bone and no leg cramps. And it works on the floor, chair or any seating surface. This is truly a miracle pad! I take it everywhere.
Satnam Singh –Yoga practitioner

Testimonial from another Yoga practitioner:

I recently came across this seat cushion that makes long meditation sessions much more comfortable. It is the thin layer of fluid in this cushion that makes such a difference in comfort when sitting for longer periods of time, whether for meditation or work or travel. The cushion is actually fairly thin with only an inch and a half of foam beneath the liquid membrane, and when you first sit down, it is not remarkable in any way. But after half an hour or more, the increased comfort becomes obvious.
Very simply, it prevents pressure points from happening much better than other foam, gel, or air based cushions so that you do not develop soreness in your ‘sitz’ bones or tailbone. This allows you to be much more still and stationary during long meditations. I have recently been meditating for 3-4 hours a day and often for 90 minutes at a time, and this cushion is a life saver, or should I say butt saver. I also spend a fair amount of time on the computer and telephone, and this cushion makes all of my sitting activities much more comfortable.

The owner of the company, Steve Gambhir, meditates himself and is a pleasure to speak with if you have any questions. They do offer a full money back guarantee and will work with you to make sure you are satisfied.
If you need thicker foam for using the cushion alone on a hard surface, then consider the sports model by the same company, but this version should be fine for most uses on top of any existing cushioning in a chair or meditation cushion.

Here’s what a consumer in Manassas, VA has to say “Purchased as a gift for my elderly mother, who has been experiencing frequent discomfort and soreness when she must sit for long periods.  After using the pad the first time on a 6-hour plane flight, she reported with some surprise that she wasn’t sore at all. She likes the fact that the pad is easily transportable. She can easily carry it with her whenever she expects to be sitting.”

Murray, VP of Sales Medical Device Company has to say “As part of my job I spent countless hours in my vehicle. My first experience with the pad was a road trip of 1200 miles in 5 days and the relief and comfort from the pad was remarkable. Since then I have traveled close to 10,000 miles and can honestly say that I would not leave home without it. I now use the pad on my office chair and find the same positive effect.” Click here to read more testimonials.

LiquiCell is an ultra-thin liquid filled interface technology specifically designed to relieve the discomfort experienced when the body comes in contact with another object. This proven technology will enhance the overall comfort of any product.

Products spanning across a multitude of markets (e.g. Medical, automotive, footwear, office, sport and recreation) have benefited from LiquiCell’s innovation. Only LiquiCell can put comfort in places you never thought possible.

Liquicell Pads are also being used and come built in some of the Toyota Vehicles, long distance trucking seats, bicycle seats, and high end office chairs by Recaro. You can also look for any other products that use this technology.

Check out the Walk on Water Insoles and LiquiCell Shoe Inserts for your shoes and reap the benefit of this innovative technology.

The average driver commutes farther than ever before. With this comes a new set of long-term comfort issues: fatigue, numbness, fidgeting and tail burn. Our Extended Comfort Seat Pad with Liquicell’s proven technology reduces and even eliminates these symptoms.

Medical and scientific evidence proves that while gels, foam and air do provide some relief of discomfort through perpendicular pressure reduction, they do not protect against the harmful effects of friction and shear stress, two of the most influential factors related to discomfort.

Sit in comfort everywhere with our Extended Comfort Seat pad, and you will say “Oh! This seat feels much better! Don’t forget your mom or your uncle who drives a lot or someone who can benefit and enjoy life without discomfort. Get one for them or let them know the good news!

You can also use it for various asanas in your Yoga or Pilates practice also. In most of the sitting and lying on your back asanas and positions just place the pad under your tail bone. By equalizing perpendicular pressure at the point of contact(thus reducing pressure), soft tissue compression I greatly reduced thereby significantly reducing skin friction and soft tissue shear stress.

Your search for the perfect Meditation Seat stops here. Get our Extended Comfort seat Pad with LiquiCell today and obtain Nirvana.

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If you would like to carry the Extended Comfort Seat Pad in your Pilates or Yoga Studio, please call at 800.307.9082

Walter Wainright of Haelan Research Foundation

Mr. Walter H. Wainright

Founder and Chief Counselor for Haelan Research Foundation, a United States Government approved 501(c) (3) Public Foundation.

Mr. Wainright, an honors graduate of Tulane University, is an internationally known lecturer with 17 years experience in researching the prevention and treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases with soy phytochemicals. Mr. Wainright’s research has received recognition by the National Cancer Institute (USA) and is currently being researched at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the United States and several leading cancer centers in Europe. Mr. Wainright is collaborating with the Institute for molecular oncology in Recklinghausen, Germany on reversing DNA damage in cancer cells with soy phytochemicals. He has designed and completed clinical trials in Asia, Europe and the United States showing the human health benefits of dietary soy phytochemicals. His research and experience with humans documents the benefits of soy therapy for estrogen receptor positive breast, prostate and other cancers. Mr. Wainright’s research also addresses how the soy phytochemicals protect cancer patients from chemotherapy induced cell mutations, related toxicity, infections and anemia as well as enhanced cancer cell killing effectiveness 8-10 times greater than chemotherapy treatments by themselves.

“Tea Up” to Stop Strokes

Drinking lots of  black or green tea may lower your risk of stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in San Diego, Calif., earlier this year.  That’s especially good news if you have diabetes, since people with the condition are twice as likely to suffer a stroke as those who don’t have diabetes.


High blood sugar levels can increase fatty deposits in the blood and cause clogging and hardening of the blood vessels.  Experts say anti-oxidants and other substances in tea appear to reverse this process, therby warding of strokes.

A multi-study review of 195,000 adults found that people who drink three or more cups of black or green tea daily had a 21% lower risk of stroke as compared with people who drank one cup or less.  Just be sure to skip the buttered crumpets!

By Dana Gottesman

Everyday Enlightenment and Life’s Lessons on this weekend’s Danielle Lin Show

“The Art and Science of Living…”


A conversation that you actually feel great when you walk away! If you are sick and tired of people complaining about life, talking about how tough things are and spending all of their time looking at the problems instead of solutions, then you have come to the right place.

The Danielle Lin Show is about change…real change…answers…and solutions. We offer you a simple yet profound pathway in a complex world, providing the map to navigate the territory so that you can find balance and harmony to make sense of our world.

You want great health…we will help you on your journey. You want to make more money and live in an abundant world…we will show you how…not just talk about it.

Real solutions to make living easier…period. You said you wanted something different…here is it! The Danielle Lin Show… Give us a year and we will give you a primer for life!

Join us 24/7 online and weekly on the nationally syndicated AM radio network. Experience up-close and personal interviews with powerful changemakers and the incredible voices of our times; Deepak Chopra, M.D.,George Zalucki, Dr. Lloyd Glauberman, Aman Motwane, Bill Bartman, Stephen R. Covey, Chris Howard, Dan Poynter, Dr. Masuru Emoto, Dan Millman, T. Harv Ecker, Fred Alan Wolf Ph.D, , Andrew Weil, M.D., Gregg Braden, Daryl Hannah, Roice Krueger, Michael Losier.– Information with purpose…

“Everyday Enlightenment ”
Guest/Author : Dan Millman

Does your life sometimes feel like a puzzle with pieces missing…or a journey without clear purpose or direction? Do you wish you had a map to your destiny? Tune in to hear former world-champion athlete and best-selling author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior as he helps you unlock your potential and reconnect with your soul’s deepest yearnings. Website:

“Life’s Lessons From Other Women ”
Guest/Author: BJ Gallagher-

Every woman cares about friendship, family, love, sex, food, money, and happiness. In this hour, bestselling author BJ Gallagher offers insights on these topics. She is the author of “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Other Women.” This hour is filled with life stories and personal anecdotes.

Green Tea and Cancer


Green tea
Green tea may block cancer

Green tea’s ability to fight cancer is even more potent and varied than scientists suspected, research suggests.

Scientists already know that green tea contains anti-oxidants which may have a protective effect against cancer.

But now they have discovered that chemicals in the tea also shut down a key molecule which can play a significant role in the development of cancer.

It’s likely that the compounds in green tea act through many different pathways
Professor Thomas Gasiewicz

The molecule, known as the aryl hydrocarbon (AH) receptor, has the ability to activate genes – but not always in a positive way.

Tobacco smoke and dioxins, in particular, disrupt the functioning of the molecule and cause it to trigger potentially harmful gene activity.

The researchers, from Rochester University, found that two chemicals in green tea inhibit AH activity.

Similar compounds

Both chemicals are similar to compounds called flavonoids, which are found in broccoli, cabbage, grapes and red wine, and which are also known to help prevent cancer.

Researcher Professor Thomas Gasiewicz said: “Green tea may work differently than we thought to exert its anti-cancer activity.

“It’s likely that the compounds in green tea act through many different pathways.”

The Rochester team showed that the chemicals shut down the AH receptor in cancerous mouse cells.

Early results indicate the same is true in human cells.

However, the scientists say that the results in the laboratory do not necessarily translate to everyday life as the crucial factor is how green tea is broken down inside the body.

In addition, there are a lot of differences between various types of green tea.

Dr Julie Sharp, a science information office at Cancer Research UK, said: “This research describes additional properties of green tea that may be beneficial but which have yet to be tested properly.

“The causes of cancer are complex and both diet and our genetic make-up act together to influence our risk of developing the disease.

“Cancer Research UK is currently involved in a large-scale study of diet and health that is researching the eating habits of over half a million people in 10 European countries to try and help unravel this complexity.”

Research has also suggested that green tea may help to reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and to lower cholesterol levels.

The research is published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.