How to heal organs at the nanoscale, the level of cells and mechanisms of exchange between them?

    Dear readers, I continue to introduce you to excerpts from my book "Angels drink milk". 

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ow to identify several out of the dozens of causes of infertility that determine the outcome in a particular pregnancy? How to get the body to give material and tune in for pregnancy? How to heal organs at the nanoscale, the level of cells and mechanisms of exchange between them? It's an art! Not every doctor destined to master it, but only the chosen ones, whose hands create the Divine beginning. In this difficult case, it is important to be a subtle psychologist, since the treatment of the body and soul are often closely interrelated.

    In the world medical practice, there are cases when, thanks to IVF technologies, women who are over sixty years old give birth, naturally, using donor material. This is an exception to the rule, of course, but isn't it an inspiring miracle? Once upon a time, even fifty years ago, some people believed in the power of healers and fortune tellers.

    And this miracle of new technologies is not the last: ahead there will be wars for the right to maximize genome editing, stem cell treatment, nanotechnology, experiments with the full growth of an embryo in an artificial uterus from the moment of conception to birth. Naturally, these processes will generate a lot of machinations in this field…Probably, even criminal ones. Perhaps these experiments will lead to a massive pandemic or the replacement of the human race with a "Superman" or something else. But I still want to believe in a positive outcome and in the wisdom of the powerful at the same time, researchers, doctors, and ordinary people who give consent to experiments with their biological material.

    After all, humanity in the twenty-first century simply has to go to a new stage of development. Although there is an opinion that childlessness is one of the ways of evolution, invented by nature itself, tired of the oppression of human exploitation of its resources. Maybe by leaving infertile some couples (who do not want to or for various reasons cannot  engage in health care and use the latest treatment technologies), nature thus gets rid of "excess" human material? For now, these questions, like many others, remain open to future generations…

THE OPINION OF PARENTS IN SOUTH KOREA

   Dear readers, I continue to introduce you to excerpts from my book "Angels drink milk". 

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ow do you plan to spend the received Nobel prize?" the parents asked the daughter upon their return from Sweden. They had, of course, thought that the money would be set aside for the expansion of housing conditions and the upbringing of a grandson, but Jin Ho was categorical.

"My dear mum and dad, I've been cherishing this idea for a long time, and now I've got these money as a gift from fate and Higher powers. I don't want to disrupt your plans, but I don't plan to use this money for the needs of my family…"

"Have you decided to give them to charity?" the father's voice was both a question and an alarm.

"No, don't worry, dad, not for charity. Although, I would like to transfer some of the funds to needy children. With the money I received, I want to fulfill an old dream. I want to open my own clinic for human reproduction, and ideally also a research center with laboratories attached to the clinic: in fact, the advice and approval of the elders was very important to Jin Ho and she was very worried.

"Wow! I have always been proud of your ideas, daughter! I think that this will be the best use for these money. Your clinic, and especially with a research center, will bring much more benefit to people than buying a new apartment or car," the father, like most Koreans, was ready to completely sacrifice his personal interests for the sake of the well-being of the nation and of all humanity.

The mother also supported the idea:

"That's right, daughter! You will earn money for our baby's education by receiving interest on investments in the future, and the money received from the Nobel Prize will be an ideal brick for starting your own business. Well, where else would you get the start-up capital? Our clever girl!" she kissed her daughter on the forehead, and the hearts of all were calmer.

In fact, Jin Ho had long cherished the idea of opening her own clinic, dating back to her student days. Firstly, in this way, it can be completely independent of the higher management. Secondly, together with a close-knit team of colleagues, they will be able to implement scientific ideas and, most importantly, conduct experiments in the laboratory and introduce them into medical practice, subject to obtaining the appropriate permits from the Korean medical community. Thirdly, the opening of the clinic is the most logical investment of funds allocated from the Nobel Foundation, an investment in the future of humanity, everything as he bequeathed.

Especially in the scientific environment in which the female professor worked, very interesting projects were planned, in particular, related to the use of the potential of purified placenta cells[1] in medicine as a source of stem cells[2].

In the bright head of Jin Ho, a lot of ideas for the implementation of this "power" in the field of gynecology were living, because it had long been known that the introduction of pure stem cells into certain organs of the body can cause rebirth, regeneration of cells of this organ! And how many placentas are thrown out after childbirth in the world? It's crazy that the most valuable source of stem cells is simply being disposed of! If we industrialize the production and cryopreservation of cells from the human placenta, how many people's lives could be saved? She couldn't even imagine! What if the cells obtained from the placenta are used to treat the inner lining of the uterus, which is so important for attaching the long-awaited embryo? These and other methods were precisely what Professor Kim Jin Ho planned to do in her own laboratory.

There were many questions and sources for reflection… The most important, the initial capital was now found, the first brick of the future clinic! The opinion of her parents was the most important factor for Jin Ho; she would now definitely achieve her goal and in the near future would definitely open her clinic in Seoul, she was confident in her endeavors. Moreover, she was sure that the clinic would become famous all over the world!

The next day, she would start looking for creditors, a suitable building, contractors. Jin Ho had good friends in project planning who promised to help. Moreover, her closest person, her husband, agreed to deal with the issues of renting premises, accounting and supplies. If all goes according to the plan, then in the future, Gi Hyun was even ready to quit his job and become the chief Manager of the new medical center.

"O, Great Powers! Help me implement all my plans! You know, I'm not asking for myself personally, but for the benefit of hundreds, maybe thousands, of sick people. I know that maybe these people are to blame for their illnesses or work off karma, but I can help them recover and realize their path! Help us to take the first stepto get up from our knees and have all the opportunities in our hands," so Jin Ho prayed every time she went to her favorite temple and quietly chanted mantras[3].



[1]             The placenta is an embryonic organ in all female placental mammals that allows the transfer of material between the fetal and maternal circulation systems.

[2]Stem cells are undifferentiated or partially differentiated cells that can differentiate into various types of cells and proliferate indefinitely to produce more of the same stem cell. They are found in both embryonic and adult organisms, but they have slightly different properties in each.

[3]          Mantra is a sacred text in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism that usually requires accurate reproduction of the sounds that make up it.

Congratulations on the Korean New Year - Sollal!

 Unlike the Western tradition, where the New Year is associated with winter, in Korea this holiday denotes the turn of the year to spring. It is celebrated on different days, there is no single date for the holiday. This is due to the fact that the Eastern New Year is celebrated according to the lunar calendar, which changes in accordance with the phases. Usually, the holiday date falls on the end of January-mid-February.



Like Chhusok, Sollal is closely associated with the cult of veneration of ancestors. By tradition, the first thing they do in the new year is remember the deceased relatives, and then congratulate the rest. At the same time, a strict sequence is observed: first they pay respect to their grandparents, then to their parents, then to uncles and aunts, and only then to older brothers and sisters. Congratulations are necessarily accompanied by a bow of sebe. In response, senior relatives give money and give a teaching speech.

Sollal is a family holiday, so most Koreans try to visit the homes of parents and other close relatives.

However, unlike Chhusok, on this day they usually do not go to the cemetery: they spend the holiday at home, and remember the dead at special home altars, where they place food and incense.


New Year's traditions

In Korea, the main New Year's dish is considered tokkuk - soup with rice mites on beef broth. It is customary to start a festive meal with this treat. It is believed that the person who is the first to cope with the portion will get more luck in the new year than the rest. In Korea, it is not customary to celebrate Birthday magnificently, so the transition to the next step of life takes place on New Year's Day.

Often by the phrase "how much tokkuk have you eaten?" they mean "how old are you?."

On New Year's Day, it is customary to wear national clothes - hanbok, which in North Korea is called josonot. It used to be believed that every time it should be new, but nowadays the traditional outfit is rarely worn, so they are used several times. 

In such an outfit, traditional earthly bows are performed, expressing reverence to older relatives.

Usually, Koreans go to Sollal to the province, most often to the east coast of the peninsula to see the first rays of the New Year's sun.

They also visit older relatives who live far away. However, in North Korea, due to restrictions on moving around the country, not all residents can afford such a trip. An exception is usually made only for Chhusok when Koreans visit cemeteries.

Nobel Award Best of the Best

     Dear readers, I continue to introduce you to excerpts from my book "Angels drink milk". 



    It was her day, her success, the undeniable recognition of her own merits at the highest level. She was the first such young 35-year-old woman to receive the Nobel prize in medicine today! Only she, a modest doctor from Korea, was able to achieve such success, was not afraid of the unknown, and opened a new page in the history of nanosurgery, gynecology, and endocrinology. Years of hard work and scientific research were not in vain.

    Jin-Ho was incredibly self-conscious that day. She had to go to the center of the hall and receive the prize from the hands of the real king of Sweden, make a speech and pick up the symbols of the award – a gold medal with the image of the founder of the monetary prize, Alfred Nobel, and a diploma. It seemed to her that all this was happening not with her but with someone else, didn't believe that she and her service was at the highest level of honor and recognized by the international community. Her closest and closest people: her little son, husband, and parents were sitting in the first rows of the hall and were happy for their beloved mother and daughter! It is only thanks to their immense support and love that she was there, receiving this award. Finally, the host of the ceremony spoke loudly into the microphone:

    "On this momentous day, the tenth of December, all those present in the hall gathered for a reason. On the day of remembrance of the great scientist, inventor and just a generous person, Alfred Nobel, we are happy to welcome and celebrate the best among us, the winners of the most prestigious prize in the World. Today, you, dear prize winners, will receive not only a monetary award, but also the highest honors, applause, recognition and publicity. Although, I think that your achievements are already known to a lot of people, regardless of their place of residence and nationality! Immediately after the award ceremony, I would like to invite you to the beautiful city hall, where the Nobel dinner is waiting for you. And then we will go to the concert hall, where the symphony orchestra will play for you and your loved ones, and the best musicians and singers of Europe will perform!"


South Korean idols are the Gods?

    Dear readers, I continue to introduce you to excerpts from my book "Angels drink milk". 

    In Korean youth culture "idols"[1] are like gods!

    Korean pop culture and idol culture in particular began to develop most actively in the nineties of the last century. The prerequisites for such a rapid development were the active promotion of the American music industry and show business in Korean media structures. Numerous competitions for young performers began to appear on TV screens;it wasn't even necessary for them to have basic musical education or drama training. A significant role was also played by the media moguls and their desire to attract the attention of the general public, especially young people.



    Korean pop culture (K-pop culture), largely incorporating Western fashion, still differs in its Asian authenticity, expressed in a mix of styles of pop, rap and rock with a large emphasis on visual and computer effects. But who is an idol? To put it simply, an idol is a representative of Korean popular culture, mainly of a young age, who is not burdened with any other occupation other than stage, concert, touring, and PR performances in the media. Usually idols are guys and girls under the age of 25, maximum 30 years, who are not married and do not have children. An idol isn't master of his fate "he is the property of the Agency that hired him, bound hand and foot by the obligations of the contract. Several major music agencies control the entire Korean pop music industry with their iron hands. Thousands of young boys and girls dream to get a little closer to their idols, give them gifts, and know everything about their life outside the stage. These desires are facilitated by the development of information technologies: reality shows and broadcasts with idols are created, and it is possible to communicatewith them through forums, social pages, and video conferences, especially given the fact that South Korea is the world leader in the production of technical devices and information support. Needless to say that thousands of young people would dream of becoming idols for at least a couple of hours, to get fame, money and become popular.

    The wave of idol fanaticism did not pass by Jin-Ho and her friends. First, all the girls were in love with the members of "Infinity boys" band, and secondly, they in their heart wanted to become idols for someone. Well, noother dream can fascinate 20-year-old girls! They counted the hours until the next concert, bought t-shirts and caps with images of their idols, listened to their songs on CDs, sang along. And if any girl managed to get an autograph at a concert or touch her favorite, then all her friends and acquaintances envied her, she did not wash her hands for weeks! Friends tried to buy or beg for autographs as gifts. In general, all this fanaticism can only be called madness!



[1]              Korean pop idol or simply "idol" is a term applied to South Korean musicians and singers who have signed a contract with one of the labels.

"Traditional" family system in Korea

   Dear readers, I continue to introduce you to excerpts from my book "Angels drink milk". 

        All these three days Jin-Ho thought about Ji-Min's situation, let it pass through her mind and was indignant and surprised at the cynicism and stupidity of the "traditional" family system in a developed and prosperous South Korea. Why is it that we are throwing away our own gene pool and giving our children abroad for adoption just because of medieval traditions and customs? Who in the modern world can decide the fate of a person born in an incomplete family? Why are single mothers in Korea significantly underprivileged in their rights compared to married women? Why hasn't the state developed a mechanism to support such families? There were a lot of questions running through her mind…

        All this, given a fact that South Korea ranks last in the world's birth rate, is simply incomprehensible. Such a short-sighted policy of the country's leaders is ruinous for the nation! According to the World Bank, the birth rate in Korea is now at the level of 1 child per woman, and for the survival of the nation, you need at least 2 children per woman, the percentage of marriages has also fallen sharply in recent decades. With such success, South Korea will soon become a branch of China in terms of the national composition of its population…Jin-Ho decided that it would be necessary to raise this issue in professional medical circles at conferences, to shame colleagues who perform abortions without direct medical and social prescriptions.

        With what contempt did she think of rich snobs who could so easily dispose of a daughter-in-law and a grandson from a simple family in purpose of personal ambition? All these days, Jin-Ho went to a Buddhist temple and asked the Higher powers to reason with people capable of such actions. 

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The end part in my book series!!

    Dear readers! I've released a new part of my book series! The third book is called  "Angels drink Milk. The end!"