British Fascial Symposium 2018

British Fascial Symposium 2018

Wk 18 - blog 18c - Pioneers Find Keys

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Fri, May 04, 2018 16:25:56

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #18c - torsdag den 3 maj 2018
“Pioneers Find Keys”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

Malcolm Gladwell has interesting books. I remember listening to Blink. Many times, I stopped the recording and rewound it. I had to listen once, twice, thrice. There is a TED Talk with him and a 2013 book with a similar story about giants. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

David and Goliath is a story of “an arrogant BIG dude who thinks he is fighting a sword fight, and David changes the rules! A paper written by an Israeli endocrinologist, suggests Goliath had a rare medical condition which causes a giant to loose their eyesight.” says Gladwell. Giants lose “because they cannot SEE!! …. They lose the ability to properly appreciate the WORLD around them.”

Looking Under the Light is one way to see the world around us (Blog #2 - Dr Findley). Pioneers come along and change the rules. In doing so, Pioneers find Keys.

David Lesondak’s book “FASCIA: What it is and Why it Matters” page 93 and 99, discusses a pioneer who changed the rules and found the keys with Schwann cells. Schwann cells were thought to be inert stuffing in between neurons attached along axons. R. Douglas Fields changed the “Thinking of the Day” in one experiment.

Science is full of Oops moments (see Michael Rosbash in Blog 9, Sir Alexander Fleming and Ignaz Semmelweis in Blog 14). Low and behold, glial cells are more important than believed for 50 years. Schwann cells are glial cells living outside the brain and central nervous system. Thank you, R. Douglas Fields from the NIH. (

Naked Scientist Podcast from Cambridge University discussed Schwann cells in an interview with another pioneer. Professor Alison Lloyd who works at the University College London. Professor Lloyd states peripheral nerve cell damage can be healed by Schwann cells. The healing brings back sensation and movement.

Schwann cells are able to migrate out of a severed nerve across a bridge of tissue. As they travel, they take the axons they are attached to with them. Like dragging a broken foot to the hospital, one limp at a time. Schwann cells NEED a track or a bridge of tissue to travel along. In Professor Lloyds example, a blood vessel is the surface Schwann cells use as a bridge.

The folks in the Fascia Research Arena consider Fascia relevant. But as I listen to other scientists, doctors, colleagues, etc, I rarely come across Fascia in their discussions.

Do other science disciplines see Fascia as being a train track or a bridge or inert packing material? If one could change the tissue type in Professor Lloyd’s example to say….. fascia is the surface Schwann cells use as a bridge, would other professions start listening?

A few more blogs to go,
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