By Jane Barthelemy.
What’s going on in your bone marrow? Your bones don’t make a lot of noise or commotion. Sometimes we take them for granted. What is happening deep down in your bones? Yes, we know the bones are a rigid structure that keeps your body standing up, otherwise you’d fall down like a blob of plasma! However inside your bones, especially when you’re sleeping, there’s a LOT happening! Deep down in the center of your bones is a busy circus of activity that represents the very foundation of your health.
What is Bone Marrow?
Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside some of your bones. Bone marrow contains immature cells called stem cells. These cells are essential for repairing cellular damage.
Where is bone marrow in the body?
In children, red bone marrow is found in every bone, to assist development and growth. However by the age of 25 or so, adult red bone marrow is found primarily in the flat bones, the pelvis, sternum, skull, ribs, spinal column, shoulder blades, and at the top ends of long bones of the arms and the legs by the hips and shoulders.
What’s Going On in the Bone Marrow?
Undifferentiated Stem cells:
Scientists are still discovering the mysteries of the bone marrow. We know that the bone marrow produces stem cells, which are undifferentiated new cells. These undifferentiated cells are born deep in the marrow and eventually placed anywhere in the body. They could become part of your liver, your heart, or your eyelashes. The body sends them exactly where they’re needed in the body for general repair, or in case of an injury.
Blood stem cells:
We also know that the bone marrow produces undifferentiated or “pluripotent” blood cells called hemopoietic stem cells. These cells give rise to many types of blood cells including “Myloid cells”, a fancy name for a cell that eventually becomes a red blood cell. The other type of hemopoietic stem cells are Lymphoid cells, defensive blood cells such as T cells, B cells, and defensive cells that protect you from pathogens in ingenious ways, usually in the lymph fluid.
The bone marrow produces about 500 billion blood cells per day. Red blood cells have a short life span of approximately 120 days and must be continuously replaced by the body. It takes about 7 days for a committed stem cell to mature into a fully functional red blood cell.
Bone Marrow, root of the lymph cleansing system
Bone marrow is a key component of the lymphatic system, producing lymphocyte cells that support the body’s immune system. Since the bone marrow is the site of production of all blood cells, including white and other defensive blood cells. So, if the bone marrow is not functioning optimally, and white cells are not produced in adequate numbers or with normal function, the immune system will be low, and the body is at risk for attack by a pathogenic virus or bacteria.
Toxins Can Accumulate and Damage Bone Marrow
Research shows that exposure to chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals can damage bone marrow function. Mercury has a particular affinity to become deposited in vital organs such as the brain and nervous system, the heart, the liver, kidneys and bone marrow. Studies show that the bone marrow can be damaged especially by exposure to benzene, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceutical drugs, mercury, silver, aluminum, and radiation.
Bone Marrow is in the Kidney system
Ancient Chinese medicine sees the Bone Marrow as one of the 6 Extraordinary Organs, which include all Marrow, the Brain, Bones, Uterus, Blood Vessels, and the Gallbladder.
Chinese medicine sees all Marrow as associated with the Water Element and the Kidneys. The Kidney system also rules the Bladder, Adrenals, Ears, Teeth, Brain and Nervous System, Hair & Graying hair, Bones, Spine, Knees, Urethra, Anus, Sexual organs, and the Jing – the essential storehouse of energy in the body. In Chinese medicine Kidney Jing Rules Sexual Vitality, thus a weak bone marrow function can also damage fertility and sexual health. Dental problems are another sign of weak bone marrow function. Hair loss is an indication of weak spinal marrow function.
Bone Marrow Is a Foundation of Your Overall Immunity and Wei Qi
Chinese medicine holds that your protection from external pathogens depends upon Kidney Jing and Defensive Wei Qi. If a person has low Kidney Jing, the Bone marrow function will suffer, Wei Qi protection will be weak, and they will have lower immunity to pathogens. This can lead to a pattern of constantly coming down with a cold, flu or allergies. Thus weak bone marrow will block them from fully realizing their physical and spiritual potential.
The two primary Western diseases associated with Bone Marrow function are Multiple Myeloma and Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
How can you support and heal your bone marrow to rejuvenate your body?
- Eat an Organic diet, avoiding all herbicides and pesticides.
- Eat a balanced diet, with plenty of iron, folate, and vitamin B12.
- Drink plenty of clean water.
- Have yourself checked for heavy metals and remove them if necessary.
- Eat homemade bone broth, which builds blood and repairs cellular damage.
- Exercise! Walk every day 30 – 45 minutes.
- Get plenty of deep sleep, and lots of naps.
- Singing, surprisingly vitalizes the body, moves the blood, stimulates bones and marrow.
- Practice Qigong movements, especially Kidney forms and Bone Marrow Cleansing form.
- Qigong shaking 30 minutes a day helps to vitalize the lymph and remove toxins.
- Take ChlorOxygen Chlorophyll drops for blood building.
- Have a regular practice of releasing tension out of the body.
What are the Worst Ways to Damage Your Bone Marrow?
- Mercury Heavy Metal: Dental fillings, vaccines, tuna and other fish.
- Aluminum Heavy Metal: Aluminum foil, cookware, deodorants, cosmetics, aluminum cans.
- Exposure to Pesticides and Herbicides in food.
- Exposure to toxins, solvents, building materials, and poisons of all kinds.
- Lack of exercise causes stagnation of the blood and lymph systems.
- Long standing pattern of fear or “Switching” in the nervous system.
- Adrenal exhaustion.
- Pushing yourself when your body needs to rest.