October 20, 2012
In Episode #155, “Way Beyond Naturopathic Medicine“, I interview my personal physician, Dr. Todd Schlapfer, from Coeur D' Alene, Idaho, and also mention Dr. Todd in my Crash Course On Finding Out What Is Happening Inside Your Body.
Today's guest post about how to get your cells to communicate with lightning speed is actually written by none other than Dr. Todd, and also includes an even more in-depth audio interview from a phone conversation I had earlier this week with Dr. Todd.
So without further ado, let's jump right in – because if your cellular communication is enhanced, you'll think faster and perform better, and it's a pretty cool feeling…
An Introduction To Cell Communication
The communication between our cells, organs and tissues is facilitated by a signaling process.
Impulses – carried by certain molecules derived from oxygen, food and water – activate signals and messages that enable function to occur. For example, when biting into an apple, the body will immediately signal a complex sequence of messages and processes to break down the apple into energy and essential structural nutrients for cellular repair and replacement.
That initial signal activates communication throughout the entire body, enabling your metabolism to send support to every facet of your function, be it mental, emotional or physical. Your health and performance is completely dependent upon how efficient that signaling and communication process works.
…if the body is exposed to a toxin or pathogen, the signaling process will enable communication between cells to release pro-oxidants (free radicals) to neutralize or kill the threatening agent. Or the opposite can occur…such as when mental, emotional or physical stress is getting the best of us, a situation in which the body will need antioxidants in order to protect cells from the oxidative stress that can damage or initiate premature cell death.
That ‘decision’ to turn on the production of either pro-oxidants or antioxidants, is left to our native biological intelligence. It’s a constant and delicate balance, all dependent upon cellular signaling and communication.
A Really Helpful Video That Will Turn You Into An Expert on Cell Communication
Science is beginning to illumine how this works. Here is a video from Paul Andersen explaining how your cells send messages:
Where Nutrients Come Into The Picture
We know that our native intelligence has evolved a sophisticated and magnificent system for our survival and defense by signaling what to do at the right time and place. Our health depends upon it.
We have also learned that specific nutrients are essential signalers for this delicate operation—nutrients like:
-minerals like magnesium and zinc
-a rich assortment of micronutrients found in select plant foods
These can help cells communicate better, defend what needs protection, restore what is exhausted or damaged and enhance our metabolic fitness.
Each of us strives to do our best, regardless of what we do.
We want to realize our potential.
But, unless we’re careful, the pursuit of high performance can be costly and land us in the sinkhole of being “burned out”. This happens when cells—the mitochondria in particular, put out more than they receive, ultimately causing cells to fail. When demand upon cells exceeds the ability to be restored, the system suffers a net loss. If we project this micro event into the cosmos of our overall biology, our metabolic function becomes run down, immune surveillance is compromised, causing us to slide into a constellation of possible diseases and disorders.
Preferably, we’ll prevent that from happening. To do that, cells must be highly tuned communicators, enabled to listen and respond appropriately to the choices we make.
That means our cells must be supplied the nutrients and building blocks for energy production and proper signaling, be protected from damage by excessive stress and have the necessary support for repair and regeneration in a sustainable way.”
Today's Audio Interview With Dr. Todd About How To Get Your Cells To Communicate With Lightning Speed
Unfortunately, it is increasingly difficult to find these nutrients, these signalers, in our standard diet and food supply, so Dr. Todd and I delve into solutions in our discussion, which includes:
-Why is cellular communication important?
-What type of signaling process is used between cells (feel free to delve into nitty gritty science, our audience likes that!)
-What can interfere with this cellular signaling process? (EMF, certain nutrients, toxins, etc.)
-What can enhance this cellular signaling process? (foods, nutrients, activities, etc.)
-Do stimulants, like energy drinks, speed up the cellular signaling process, or enhance cell to cell communication?
-Is there a way to quantify or test if cell signaling is being enhanced or impeded?
During our discussion, Dr. Todd also recommends talking to your doctor about the following tests from “Brunswick Labs”:
1. Antioxidant Response Element (ARE)
2. Anti-Inflammation (NF-kB = nuclear factor kappa binding)
3. SIRT 1
4. Telomere Response
Finally, Dr. Todd recommends something called “Life Shotz” to get the adequate nutrients for cell communication.
Do you have questions, comments or feedback about how your cells talk to each other? If so, leave your thoughts below!