Cell Membrane Healing
All the cells and even the organelles in each cell in our body are composed of lipids or fats. The lipids in the membrane control the function of the membrane – keeping some products inside and some outside. The lipids in the membrane are fluid, and therefore in motion, and are constantly adapting to the changing environment. There are mechanisms that allow some products to enter or leave the cell either actively or passively. If the proper membrane structure is not maintained, then a breakdown in function of that cell or cells occurs and can lead to dysfunction or even death of that cell. The body has an innate repair mechanism that helps it to heal by repairing the membranes or replacing damaged cells. If enough cells are damaged then the organ or the entire body can become unstable enough to cease functioning properly leading to illness or even death of the entire body!
Unfortunately in our present modern day society we are exposed to toxins that can damage our cell membranes by replacing healthy normal lipids with abnormal ones from the poor quality processed foods we eat. Think trans fats, reheated (thus oxidized) cooking oils used to deep fry foods, etc. If this is overwhelming enough then cell membranes can become stiff, and can actually allow permanent openings to form between inside and outside of the membrane allowing access to the inner cell by chemicals, toxins, and even viruses and bacteria. Think about the intracellular location of chronic Lyme disease for instance – how did it get there if your membranes are intact? It would then make sense that we need to change how we are nourishing our body and work on healing the membranes in our body to restore normal function and allow health to return.
To approach illness and disease one must begin with the health of the cell membrane. Each of us is born with genetic susceptibility, but it may be an insult from our environment that turns on the expression of those susceptibilities. For example, Parkinson’s disease is linked to exposure to pesticides, but the symptoms of Parkinson’s will not be expressed unless one has the genetic vulnerability for Parkinson’s. The use of balanced fatty acids is pivotal to changing this presentation along with stimulation of methylation which drives gene expression. Methyl agents include methylcobalamin, riboflavin and folinic acid which must be in sync with balanced lipid replacement for the patient to respond to nutritional intervention.
Nutrigenomics plays a major role in stabilizing a patient’s health as does the fatty acid content (and phospholipids) of the cell. However, targeted, individualized nutritional therapy is crucial to reaching the complexity of patients with chronic, debilitating health presentations. Basic knowledge of cellular phospholipids and essential fatty acids can lead to positive outcomes with nutritional intervention. Per Dr. Kane: The most important nutrient for the brain is fat, and not just because the brain is made of fat but because of what the fat does. In particular, brain-cell membranes control the entrance and exit of material to and from each cell. Increasing the permeability of cell membranes speeds neuronal transmission. Brain-cell membranes also become rigid with age. Thus, nutrients that can maintain membrane fluidity show particular promise in maintaining healthy cognitive function.
I have enclosed articles and supporting information from Patricia Kane PhD and her husband Edward Kane who have developed the membrane healing diet and IV protocol called the PK Protocol. This is a scientifically literature based and supported protocol based to some extent on a Lipid rescue protocol that we have used in hospitals for many years to help the body heal from drug and anesthesia overdoses. This is well supported by the “traditional” Medical community as an approved therapy to heal the bodies membranes and restore health. Please see lipidrescue.org to see protocols and research literature supporting lipid rescue therapy. Dr. Kane has had years of experience with this protocol and has made it her life’s work to spread the news of how to utilize this diet and protocol to help people heal and recover from the dreaded illnesses listed above as well as Chemical and Heavy metal intoxications. This protocol is also being used in Europe by Dr. Meinrad Milz, an oncologist, to treat various types of cancer alongside lower dose traditional chemotherapy with exciting results.
Articles from Dr Kane are also attached to help you further understand this cellular membrane support protocol.
- The Remarkable 4-1 FattyAcid Ratio and The Brain
- Why 4-1 Ratio Oil
- The Inside Story of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Cholesterol Bulletin
- Phosphatidylcholine Bulletin
- Why Vitamins Bulletin
Dr. Patricia Kane PhD Information on Essential Fatty Acids
Dr. Patricia Kane serves as Director of the NeuroLipid Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization, in Millville, NJ. She also serves as Director of Medical Research at BodyBio, having developed a biomedical analysis system for fatty acid and biochemical testing. Her expertise in boldly addressing complex metabolic aberrations and lipid disturbances with targeted nutritional intervention for neurological disorders has led to direct nutrient application utilized by medical doctors worldwide. Her clinical experience, working with physicians, spans 30 years.
Dr. Kane has pioneered targeted metabolic application of fatty acid analysis with lipid testing from Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Peroxisomal Diseases Laboratory. Using basic blood chemistry (Chem 28) and a complete blood count (CBC) Dr. Kane has been able to integrate biomedical interventions for pediatric and adult populations with acute as well as chronic conditions and states of neurotoxicity. Her work has expedited the incorporation of current research, evidence based medicine, directly into clinical practice to yield resolution of some of the complex medical disorders of our time.
Dr. Kane has had a long-standing interest in the challenging area of the treatment of severe neurological disorders such as ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Autism, pervasive developmental delay, seizure disorders, post stroke, traumatic brain injury, as well as other metabolic and genetic abnormalities. She has developed an intravenous protocol called the PK Protocol for these devastating health disorders using IV Lipid therapy and oral fatty acid supplementation that has yielded marked positive responses. Her dedication and success in working with patients with fragile brain architecture has brought her widespread recognition in the field of biomedical intervention.
Dr. Kane has published numerous articles, essays and books focusing on evidence based nutrition for over 35 years. The medical text The Detox Book Detoxification of Biotoxins in Chronic Neurotoxic Syndromes by Kane, Foster, Speight and Kane was published in 2002 and was most recently updated in 2009. Her latest publication appeared in the January 2009 medical book, Food and Nutrients in Disease Management, edited by Ingrid Kohlstadt, Johns Hopkins University, where Dr. Kane contributed two chapters entitled, 1) Seizure Disorders: Balancing Fatty Acids To Stabilize Brain Activity and, and 2) Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Dynamic Intervention for Neuronal Membrane Stabilization.
Dr. Patricia Kane PhD has developed an international reputation for her expertise on essential fatty acids and their effect on membrane function. Translating tens of thousands of papers and clinical experience with thousands of patients Dr. Kane has created an innovative and clinically effective series of interventions. Her speciality has been in the area of brain research concerning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Delay, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Metabolic inborn errors in metabolism, Lyme, Heavy Metal Toxicity, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Motor Neuron Disease and neurotoxicity.