Researchers at the University of Rochester (Go Jackets) have found that a common blue dye called Brilliant Blue G (BBG) can slow the body's reaction to traumatic spine injury and allow patients to recover.
What happens right after a spinal injury, the Rochester scientists write, is that a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) goes to work, pouring energy into the injured cells. Trouble is the cells overdose. Many die, and their death makes the paralysis permanent.
So what medicine needs is something to slow the progress of ATP down, keeping the nerve cells alive, giving future recovery a chance. Cold is one way to do it. BBG is another.
What's great about BBG is that it can be injected anywhere and get right to work. Other agents, like oxydized oxidized ATP, have to be injected at the site of the injury. That's dangerous, and failure to inject properly is dangerous as well.
Neither technique offers much hope to those who are already paralyzed. Once spinal cords die we don't know how to bring them back to life. But they do point toward a protocol that might keep you from becoming paralyzed after, say, a car crash.
They'll get you cold as ice and tangled up in blue.