Synergy Spanish

This system teaches you Spanish, the easy way - not the academic way. With only 138 words you will be speaking Spanish.

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The Best Vet in Mexicali!

Dr. Rafael, the best veterinarian anywhere; he's close to the border, speaks English and has lived in Arizona! Click

Mexican Auto Insurance

This company has been with us since 2008. They are the oldest and best established insurer for those of you travelling to Mexico.
Mexico Insurance

From Baja California’s famous Guadalupe Valley

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Carbonite

Carbonite is a secure way to back up your computer. It is also a big help if you have to migrate to Windows 10. It is even a bigger help if your computer gets stolen or your house burns down or you files are locked out by Ransomeware. Be safe for pennies a day! Click for Carbonite info.


Why Tarlov and Spinal Injury Operations Fail in the U.S.

As my readers know, I underwent a Tarlov Cyst operation in Mexicali, Mexico several years ago. What many don’t know is that I am cured unlike most of those who have have a Tarlov Cyst operation in America.

The difference and reason for this is simple. My surgeon in Mexico ordered me to have one month’s bed rest after the operation. In the U.S. this is not the case as the surgeon usually prescribes post-operation opiates such as Oxycontin – this causes the patient to be unaware of most post-operative pain and move around normally – thereby generating scar tissue. As I spent a month in bed after my operation, little or no scar tissue developed, as I did not move around.

Drug Can Possibly Treat Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are notorious for being practically irreversible, with accidents or diseases to the area often resulting in long-term paralysis or other disabilities. But now new research indicates that an already existing drug may give hope to patients suffering from these types of injuries.

A newly developed type of spinal implant may give hope for paralyzed patients everywhere and one day help them to walk again, according to new research.
Spinal Implant May Help Paralyzed Walk Again

The substance epothilone, which is currently used to treat cancer and is already licensed on the US market, was shown to reduce the formation of scar tissue in injuries to the spinal cord, and also stimulate growth in damaged nerve cells in animal subjects.

Damage to the spinal cord rarely heals because the injured nerve cells fail to regenerate. That’s due to scar tissue that develops and molecular processes inside the nerves, which block axon growth and hinder nerve regeneration.

“The ideal treatment for promoting axon regeneration after spinal cord injury would inhibit the formation of scar tissue,” researcher Frank Bradke at DZNE (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) said in a statement. “However, it is also important that the growth-inhibiting factors are neutralized while reactivating the poor axons’ regenerative potential.”

In order to overcome these challenges and come up with a new treatment, Bradke and his colleagues relied on previous research. They already knew that stabilizing microtubules – long, tubular filaments inside a cell – would reduce the formation of scar tissue and promote axonal growth. Microtubules also control cell growth and movement. It turns out that epothilone doesn’t just help treat cancer, but it can even stabilize microtubules.

“It all depends on the dose,” noted Dr. Jörg Ruschel, the study’s lead author. “In higher doses, epothilone inhibits the growth of cancer cells, while low doses have been shown to stimulate axonal growth in animals without the severe side-effects of cancer treatment.”

Epothilone proved effective because unlike other cancer drugs, it can penetrate the blood-brain barrier into the central nervous system, thus reaching the damaged axons directly.

Next, Bradke and his team hope to test the effect of epothilone on various types of lesions.

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