"From one cell, oligo begins to grow within the brain. If healthy oligodendrocytes are like delicate roses climbing over a lattice of neurons, the cancerous oligo is a choking vine: In its metastatic stages, it interweaves tendrils through healthy brain tissue so tightly that removing the tumor means removing healthy tissue as well - essentially bulldozing the lattice and the roses with it. Then irradiating the vines. Then spraying the vines with chemicals. And hoping that there aren't any vine roots alive to grow back."
"Ultimately, oligodendrocytes are like electrical tape for wires; they make sure that the electric current is kept within the nerve cell and moves down the wire to its intended target. Additionally if oligodendrocytes degrade within the nervous system, nerve cells are unable to transport electrical messages to their respective targets. This condition of degradation is known as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in humans."
"We know that some chemicals utilize common receptor sites. Most of these are chemicals are similar in structure. Also, there are several groups of chemicals that react on common receptor sites. I strongly speculate that oligodendrocytes are like genetic chemical libraries with millions of key holes awaiting a trigger. It can also be (strongly) suggested that these keyholes were created by human exposure to chemicals, many of which came from ethnobotanicals that are still today demonized."
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