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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Fat is Phat!

Apparently myelin, the fatty insulator of nerve fibers, which enhances the brain's electrical connnectivity (and thereby brain cell communication) may be a substance that the body can regrow. Myelin regrowth is suspected in this Arkansas man's awakening and apparent ongoing mental recovery from a 19-year coma.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Freeman said...

I think you are right. I have been working with a friend who has Guillain-Barre syndrome (a type of paralysis caused by eating infected food). The immune system attacks the campylobacter bacteria and it also eats holes in the myelin sheath. Most people regain their ability to walk, etc. from this illness. The holes in the myelin have to be filled in for the person to regain their muscular control.