Imustconfesstobeingexcitedbythepresentresearchthat’sbeingcarriedoutintoalcoholaddiction.I’mbeginningtobelievethereareother factorsatworkhereandthatourbody’simmunesystemsmayholdthekeytoalotourpsychologicalproblems.Ithasrecentlybeendiscovered, thatthebody’simmunesystemmaytriggeradesiretodrinkalcohol.ResearchersfromtheUniversityofAdelaideinAustraliahavefoundanew link between the brain's immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening. * (See the link at the bottom of this page).Thereisalsoalotofresearchbeingcarriedoutaboutthelink betweenourimmunesystemandsomecausesofdepression. So here could be the link or the start of the vigorous cycle.Ihavealreadyspokeninthesepagesaboutthecorrelation betweenalcoholanddepression.Boththeseconditionscango handinglove.Depressionmaycauseapersontowanttoself-medicateonalcoholinavainattempttoliftthegloom.Alcohol, asweallknowisadepressantinitsself,so,adownwardspiral ofeventswillbegintoemerge.Ifwethenaddthebody’s immune system or a rogue gene into the mix, then we have three separate situations all contributing to the same problem.Back in May 2015, a 10-year old study revealed a startling link between high levels of anxiety and an increased risk of death from liver disease.Theresearch,carriedoutbyscientistsattheUniversityofEdinburgh,tookaccountforobvioussociologicalandphysiologicalfactorssuchas alcoholconsumption,obesity,diabetesandclass,butstill,thedatapointedtoaclearrelationshipbetweenthepsychologicalconditionsofstress and depression and the physical health of the hepatic system. Therewereover165,000participantssurveyedformentaldistress.Theywereeachtrackedforoveradecadeduringwhichtimethecausesof deathforthosewhopassedonwererecordedandcategorised.Whatwasfoundwasthatthosewho’dscoredhighlyforsignsofdepressionand stress were far more likely to suffer fatal liver disease.DrTomRussoftheCentreforClinicalBrainSciencesstatedthatthisstudyprovidesfurtherevidencefortheimportantlinksbetweenmindand body,andofthedamagingeffects,psychologicaldistresscan have on physical wellbeing.Theworkdidnotuncoveranyreasonsfordirectcauseand effectbutisthefirsttoidentifysuchalinkbetweenmental states and liver damage.Previousresearchhasdescribedhowpsychologicalconditions canleadtoincreasedriskofcardiovasculardiseasewhich,in turn,maydevelopintoobesity,raisedbloodpressureandthen eventuallytoliverfailurebut,withthismethodologycontrolling for such factors, it appears that the link is more direct than was previously thought. Dr Julie Heimbach explains.SometimeagoIpostedathreadontheBritishLiverTrust’sHealthUnlockedsite,aboutLiverdiseaseresearchbeingcarriedoutinthefareast.A lotoftheresearchofthisnatureissharedwithotherworldwidecountriesandinstitutions.Thiscouldspelltheendoflivertransplantsinthe future. The idea behind this is for the liver to regenerate dead cirrhotic liver cells. Enter the exciting world of stem cell research.
Will Liver Transplantation become a thing of the past?
I’ve also come across a further video which explains the stem cells debate rather well and also briefly touches on the ethical debate. Japan is also doing some fantastic research, (Yamaguchi University) and this video is frightening in that it’s rather like something out of the “Terminator II” film. I half expect to see Arnie walking into the shot at any moment.
Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord following the birth of a baby. It is rich in blood stem cells, similar to those foundin bone marrow, and these can be used to treat many different cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders and as can be seen even liver cirrhosis: https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/cord-blood-bank/what-is-cord-blood/While researching all of this I have already come across several private Cord Blood banks springing up here in the UK: https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/cord-blood-bank/public-and-private-cord-blood-banks/This is the future happening now. I just hope that one day I’ll still be alive to see these research models come to fruition. All this sounds a little science fiction. While some will argue about the ethical challenges that are bound to arise with this, I feel we already have this going on now with some cultures hiding behind religion to refuse to donate organs. I just hope that common sense will prevail.I would like to thank the BBC for the use of these video clips.* https://www.rdworldonline.com/immune-system-in-brain-tied-to-alcohol-impulse/