Leading stem cell researcher Dr. Doris Taylor was interviewed about role of stem cells in healing the body.
Interviewer: Talk to me about the experiment you did with Matthieu Ricard, he's said to be the happiest man alive, I think.
Dr. Taylor: Yes. He's written a book called Happiness. He's doing some studies at the University of Wisconsin where …
Interviewer: Richardson Davidson?
Dr. Taylor: Yes. He and a number of his colleagues meditate, and as they meditate they measure differences in their brainwaves. And I said I would predict that those very same things that when you meditate and you have positive brainwave changes would also have an effect on your stem cells. He very graciously let us measure cells in his blood before and after meditation. We found a huge increase in the number of positive stem cells in blood. Largest increase I've ever seen after 15 minutes of meditation.
Interviewer: Meditation kicks in your body's own regenerative reparative powers?
Dr. Taylor: It's all about endogenous repair, when you fall down, scrape your knees, get a red spot. That's inflammation. This is nature's cue to say, "Send me cells. I've got an injury. Send me cells." And if you get the right cells there you turn off that inflammation and you heal. If you don't get the right cells there and you don't heal, you get more inflammation. And your body's saying, "Hey, I said send me cells. Will you get with it and send me cells?" And if you don't get the right cells there, you ramp up inflammation and you start getting the negative consequences of inflammation. We see that on our skin when we fall down and scrape our knee or when we cut our finger or something, but that's going on inside our body all the time. We have inflammation.
Interviewer: Every time you eat a cheeseburger, right?
Dr. Taylor: Every time you eat a cheeseburger, we have inflammation going on inside our blood vessels, inside our organs, inside our tissues. And I think those are nature's cues to say, "Send me cells." I would also say that meditation is essentially doing that without the inflammation. It's nature's way of sending those cells to the sites where you need them in a way to turn down the negative aspects of stress. So stress in my mind is another word for inflammation. I would say inflammation is the physiologic consequence of stress.
Interviewer: Which also has mental and — it's also …?
Dr. Taylor: Emotional, mental, spiritual, physical.
Interviewer: Inflammation. We have all that too.
Dr. Taylor: Right. If you don't believe stress ages someone, look at a president before and after they've been in office for four years.
Wow! Amazing. You can listen to the full audio interview here.