‘Lost’ cases of partial paraplegic recovery raise new hope for the treatment of spinal cord injuries

In the December 2013 issue of Nutrition & Healing, you learned about the long-overlooked (for 30 years!) ability of HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) to repair and regenerate damaged nerves. You read about a 1983 research report describing rats who were paralyzed (by having their spinal cords cut completely across) regaining the ability to walk with six weeks of HCG injections.1

You also read that in 2007, researchers noted that there are receptors (now called ‘LH/ hCG-R’ receptors) which have been found on the surfaces of cells all over the brain and other neural structures, including the hypothalamus, cerebral cortex, hippocampus, brainstem, pituitary gland, cerebellum, retina, the spinal cord, and ependymal regions. Based on this and other relatively recent research findings, these researchers wrote “… These findings imply a potential  role for HCG … in the development, maintenance, and regeneration of the mammalian nervous system.”2

Now, thanks to continued effort by our Tahoma Clinic colleague Ron Steriti N.D., we have even further hope for successful use of HCG in at least partial recovery of serious human neuronal injury – total paraplegia (loss of movement and sensation in both legs) due to spinal cord damage.

Partial paraplegic recovery within months

Dr. Steriti recovered a copy of the entire text of the original 1983 research. In the last two paragraphs of the nine-page research report, the researchers wrote: “We have started a clinical trial on patients with total paraplegia using 20,000 units of HCG intramuscularly on the first day, followed by 10,000 units every day for the first week, and then 10,000 units every alternate day for five weeks. Whenever there was evidence of blockage, spinal canal decompression was carried out. The first patient with a lesion at T11- T12 spinal segment, now after three months is able to stand with a walker and move his lower extremities with voluntary movement in all muscle groups. The second patient, now after five weeks with a lesion at T1 spinal segment has almost complete sensory recovery, including bladder sensation, and has voluntary muscle contraction in both proximal [near] and distal [far] groups of muscles in his lower extremities.”

The report was followed by a statement of disbelief from the Chairman of the Editorial board, who wrote: “… no real proof has been given that a functional regeneration within the sectioned [cut across] did occur at all and that human chorionic gonadotrophin positively influenced the functional recovery.”

The researchers replied in true academic language: “… we do not claim that this experiment proves human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) causes regeneration of the spinal cord. We simply state that “the presence of nerve fibres in the bridging tissue certainly suggests that HCG might be useful in regeneration of nerve fibres of the spinal cord.”

HCG may play a role in spinal cord recovery

They also pointed out that the ‘control group’ of rats not given HCG had no recovery at all, and that “the significant recovery we see in the HCG-treated rats… certainly suggests a strong possibility that HCG did in fact, have some role in the functional recovery of spinal cord sectioned rats.” No mention was made at all about the two total paraplegic humans who experienced partial functional recovery in six weeks with rather heroic – but safe – quantities of HCG.

When one of the authors of this 1983 research paper was contacted inquiring whether there had been any follow-up in those or other human cases, he wrote back that he had left the University of North Dakota School of Medicine for another academic post, so these two patients were “lost to follow-up.”3 Although there’s no way to prove it, it would be no surprise at all to learn that this ‘heretical’ research report – HCG enabling neuronal regeneration – had something to do with that particular academic career move.

HCG could play a key role in your own recovery

But as I wrote in December, if you or a loved one have had a brain or spinal cord injury that’s not yet recovered (especially a recent one), or have an ongoing neurodegenerative disease, why not take this article to a physician skilled and knowledgeable in natural medicine, and discuss giving regular HCG injections a try? It’s safe; after all, we all had exposure to it for approximately nine months when we were very vulnerable foetuses, during which time it did us no harm at all.

Of course it may not help, either. But the research we do have – which now includes partial recoveries in two humans with total paraplegia – gives us even more reason to hope. And since little else is being done to repair neurologic injury and neurodegenerative disease that’s actually helping, and side effect free, it’s certainly worth a try.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

Vol. 8, Issue 2 – February 2014


Full references and citations for this article are available in the downloadable PDF version of the monthly Nutrition and Healing issue in which this article appears.

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