Great News!!! The new era of the Lymphatic System just arrived! And it was my birthday! Last week, this stunning news about the previously unknown connection between the Lymphatic System function and the brain (Nervous System) came out! IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM THE UNIVERSE!!! For the first time, neuroscientists found lymph vessels in the brain area! This incredible system is finally getting some of the credit it deserves for connecting us to our health. This is quite a serendipitous moment in my life and life work!
I am beyond thrilled to say that we now scientifically know that brain diseases (Alzheimer’s, MS, and also Auto Immune Diseases) may be connected to a poor function of the Lymphatic System!! Recently discovered lymph vessels in the brain area are pointed out as responsible for not effectively removing protein particles from the brain. Protein accumulation in the brain causes Alzheimer’s and possibly auto-immune conditions, according to the research at the University of Virginia.
But, let’s see the exciting news that came out last week to understand better what is going on in our scientific world and Lymphatic System function!
Excerpts of The Guardian Article Based on the Research Published by Nature last week
“Newly discovered vessels beneath skull could link brain and nervous system. Decades of textbook teaching could be overturned by discovery… Scientists have discovered a previously unknown link between the brain and the immune system that could help explain links between poor physical health and brain disorders including Alzheimer’s and depression.
The discovery of vessels, nestled just beneath the skull, overturns decades of textbook teaching and could pave the way for new approaches to treating brain diseases. The scientists behind the discovery described their surprise at having uncovered a major anatomical structure that until now had been entirely overlooked.
“These vessels were just not supposed to be there based on what we know,” said Jonathan Kipnis, who led the work at the University of Virginia. “I thought the body was mapped and that these discoveries ended somewhere around the middle of the last century. But apparently they have not.”
Kevin Lee, a neuroscientist at the University of Virginia and a co-author of the paper, said: “The first time these guys showed me the basic result, I just said one sentence: ‘They’ll have to change the textbooks.’ There has never been a lymphatic system for the central nervous system, and it was very clear from that first singular observation.”
Also See Excerpts from the Business Insider Article based on the Lymphatic System Function:
Antoine Louveau was looking through his microscope at thin membranes that protect the brain when he saw something that absolutely shouldn’t be there: a lymphatic vessel.
“All the textbooks said there were not supposed to be any lymphatic vessels in that area,” said Louveau, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Virginia. But after he and UVA neuroscientist Jonathan Kipnis ran a battery of tests, they discovered Louveau had been right. “It was exactly what we thought it couldn’t be,” Louveau said.
The elusive lymphatic vessel hid in plain sight, throughout decades of research, because it was very small and tucked behind a major blood vessel.
Experts greeted the resulting study, published Monday in the journal Nature, with a mixture of excitement and caution. The main hurdles: Other researchers must replicate the work and confirm the vessel exists in humans, since the study primarily examined mouse brains.
Courtesy University of VirginiaThe old map of the lymphatic system, left, which didn’t connect to the brain, and the updated map based on the new discovery.
Staci Bilbo, a Duke University neuroscientist who studies connections between the brain and the immune system, wasn’t involved in the study but quickly heard about it when several colleagues emailed her. “It’s generating quite a bit of excitement in the field,” she said.
Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center who discovered a related system in the brain in 2012 (and also wasn’t involved in the work) said she was “pretty excited” but “not awfully surprised.”
Still, Nedergaard said the implications for diseases involving the brain and the immune system — not only Alzheimer’s and MS, but also meningitis — could be significant. “It gives us a new tool,” she said. “In biology and medicine, if you understand something, you [can start to] find new targets for treatments.”
Scientists used to think that the brain was totally cut off from the immune system and that if immune cells were found there, “something was going wrong,” Kipnis told the Scientist.
Work by Nedergaard and others has changed that in recent years, but a lot of confusion about how the brain and the immune system communicated remained, since there seemed to be no direct access. How did immune cells get in, and how did they leave? No one knew.
The new study stands to resolve this and lead to new understanding of and treatments for vexing diseases.
Take multiple sclerosis (MS), for example, a mysterious ailment that affects about 2.3 million people worldwide. Many researchers believe whatever triggers its attacks on nerves in the spine, brain, and eye starts in the body and somehow moves to the brain, Bilbo said. “This [discovery] suggests MS might actually start in the brain,” she said. “It reverses our understanding of that pathology.”
Then there are neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. The new vessel might be a good place to look for something going wrong. “In Alzheimer’s, there are accumulations of big protein chunks in the brain,” Kipnis said in a statement. “We think they may be accumulating in the brain because they’re not being efficiently removed by these vessels.”
Conclusion of this Astonishing Discovery: I Can’t Wait!
I am so happy with the new era of the Lymphatic System! ”Kipnis also noted that these vessels look different with age, so the role they play in aging is another avenue to explore.”
There is so much more to be “scientifically” discovered about the Lymphatic System function that I can’t wait!
In fact, through our Lymphatic Yoga practice, many practitioners have reported considerable or total improvement of their auto-immune conditions. As an example, I, myself was plagued with several auto-immune conditions in the past, including lupus. Today, I don’t have any symptoms, what baffles my doctors!
Also rejuvenation, a better state of mind, and wide spread weight loss are the results of those who regularly participate in our Lymphatic Yoga classes. Because the Lymphatic System was minimally studied before, even in the Medical Schools , we know that there is so much more hidden at plain sight.
So, Lymphatic Yoga becomes the safe form of exercise to drain the proteins and debris of the brain. As we know the Lymphatic System function tends to sluggish because our hearts do not pump the lymph fluid. The lymph fluid , which is very rich in protein, is mainly pumped by correct breathing and muscle motion. So, if you are not both breathing properly and doing a physical exercise based on the physiology of the LS – like Lymphatic Yoga – chances are that you are accumulating protein in the body and brain. Over the years the accumulation of debris, metabolic waste and protein will age the body and create an array of diseases, including Alzheimer’s,
The Lymphatic System, up to now, was so totally ignored!
Though this system cleanses, nourishes and defends (immune function) all the other body’s systems, the LS went unnoticed and as a result of it, completely neglected. So, I can’t wait! This is just the beginning of a new era of a less invasive health care system. A health care system based on the Lymphatic System (LS) functions and the quality of the lymphatic fluid motion. A health care system less dependent on drugs, chemistry and unnecessary surgeries.
Now, it’s the time for the “Cinderella” system of the body to be crowned as the most precious system of the body. I can’t wait for our scientists to discover all the other amazing functions of the Lymphatic System. Of course, when it is moving properly. Today, we know that Lymphatic Yoga does the job that heart does not do to renew and move the LS.
I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all the neuroscientists at the University of Virginia for their pioneering and game changing work! You’re creating conditions for people to take care of their own health with less drugs, chemistry and sometimes devastating side effects. You are helping people to realize how important it is to keep the lymph fluid flowing to prevent Alzheimer’s and many auto-immune/neurological conditions. You are my heroes! I’m praying for you to keep up your amazing work that now creates the new medicine for our future.
Much love to all!