WOOD INTO BONE
PREDICTIONS FOR 2010
Sanford Pinna, M.D.
There are two major transplant areas
that have broken out at the end of 2009.
One is a new form of bone and the other
is a new form of artery.
Bones and arteries are destroyed in
everyone with aging. The need for transplants
Almost every human being develops
osteoarthritis, which becomes evident after
30-40 years of age. In middle age, hips, knees,
shoulders and spines are so severely destroyed
that transplants are necessary.
Up until now, metal, generally titanium
or another inert metal, has been used.
The metal must fuse with the bone that
supports it. This process is known as
For dental implants, the Osseo-integration
takes up to six months.
The reason for this delay is that the metal
is essentially smooth and does not have the
millions of channels and cavities of natural
bone. The living bone cells try to adapt to
the metal, but only make a rough scaffold
to hold the metal.
Bones from cadavers are used for some
implants, but these are difficult to obtain
and difficult to carve.
What is needed is a reliable and immense
source of bone so that transplants and implants
around the world can be done at low cost.
ENTER THE ITALIANS
An Italian research team has discovered
how to make bone from wood!
Within five years there will be enough bone
available to provide for bone transplants in
all countries at very low cost.
The rattan tree supplies the wood as the
scaffold for making the bone. The wood is
heated under great pressure and infused
with calcium and phosphorous.
After ten days of treatment the wood has
changed into “bone”.
This is not human or animal bone, but
its shape and chemistry allow human or
animal bone to integrate readily and quickly
The advantage of this wood/bone is that
no dangerous metal ions will be released.
I predict that countries in the world
will copy the technique of the Italians and
produce bone/wood for dental implants
and then for joint replacement.
This will be done in 2010.
No country is going to wait for patents
to be granted. The need is so great and
the potential profit so great there will
be no delay. China or India will be the
first to produce this material in a