What are Mitochondria?
Mitochondria are known as the ‘power houses of the cell’. Mitochondria are the parts of the cell that convert the sugar, fat and protein that we eat into a form of energy currency, ATP (Adenosine Triphoshate), that the body can use to carry on living. Every living thing is made up of cells and mitochondria are responsible for producing around 90% of the chemical energy that cells need to survive. Without energy there can be no life! It is therefore easy to see how disease is the outcome of failed mitochondria.
Mitochondria are also responsible for producing chemicals that the body needs to break down waste products and recycle some of the waste products to save energy. Sadly, our mitochondria starts to decline from around the age of 26.
What is the History of Mitochondrial Therapy?
Mitochondrial therapy was initially devised by Russian scientists Dr Kucera & Dr.Bravasky, working on the Mars Project. The astronauts going into space would have been subjected to extreme ageing of the cells, 8 years in fact for every year they were in space! They could not have this happen or else they would run the risk of the astronauts becoming sick with degenerative disease as a result of accelerated ageing. This was the birth of Mitochondrial Therapy, a way to prevent the ageing process and with that came the realisation that disease could be prevented.
Who was Responsible for Bringing this Therapy to the UK?
Dr.Kucera, MD, a renowned medical doctor who specialises in mitochondrial and anti-ageing medicine. He was the only Czech MD who had worked at NASA to train astronauts for flights to Mars. His pioneering work has effectively improved the health status of patients with chronic degenerative diseases associated with the ageing process. Sheri Dixon, a nutritional consultant found Dr Kucera and through her own recovery back to health brought this therapy to light in the UK in 2010. This therapy is now healing 4500 patients in the UK alone.