Stem Cell Therapy
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Am I a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?
Regenerative Medicine is a newer specialty of medicine focusing on enhancing the body’s ability to regenerative healthy tissue and overcome disease processes. Stem cell therapy is a primary means of promoting regeneration of healthy tissue. Stem cells, by definition, are unspecified cells that can self-renew or duplicate and have the ability to mature into various tissues such as heart, liver, bone, muscle, cartilage, etc. Stem cells may be used alone or in combination with other therapies to successfully renew, rejuvenate and revitalize.
Stem cells may be termed autologous or allogenic based on the source of the cells. Autologous cells are taken from a patient’s body and reintroduced to the same patient’s body. Allogenic are taken from one body and introduced to a different body.
There are many questions as to why some things are allowable while others are not. Transferring stem cells from one individual to another is not acceptable under the United States guidelines, because of the risk associated with it. Risks include graft versus host disease, where the recipient of the donated cells would have a negative reaction to them, because they are “foreign” to that body. This is not a risk when an individual’s own stem cells are used.
So how do we obtain stem cells for use?
Adult stem cells can be obtained by a physician harvesting them from the patient. This can be accomplished by extracting a small amount adipose (fat) tissue, then processing the tissue to separate the stem cells to be reintroduced in desired area of the the body. Stem Cells may also be obtained from umbilical cord blood, it is vital that the stem cells are free from any DMSO (a neurotoxin used as a preservative by many stem cell companies) or a patient may have a severe neuropathy flare.
What types of medical conditions can be helped with Stem Cell Therapy?
The possibilities of conditions helped with stem cell therapy are almost limitless, because it is allowing the body to accomplish the healing. Some of the many conditions according to studies that can be helped are musculoskeletal conditions effecting joints, muscles, bones, ligament, and tendons. Autoimmune conditions such as lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, dermatomyositis. Neurodegenerative conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries, neuropathy, stroke, concussions, and nerve injuries.
Wounds, burns, scars, ulcers, heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders – IBS, ulcerative colitis, Chrons’s disease, Erectile dysfunction, inorgasmia, urinary incontinence, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic pelvis pain, and vulvodynia are being evaluated in studies using stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy also allows for non-surgical treatment of lines/wrinkles, signs of aging, wounds, scars, burns and hair restoration.
In some common forms of treatment, stem cells are simply injected at a problem site in the body with the assumption that those stem cells are going to grow new healthy tissue. This is a misconception because the stem cells will only remain in that area for a very limited period of time. Within one to two weeks, 99% of those cells will leave the joint. The regeneration of healthy tissue is not directly related to the stem cell, but rather, what the stem cell leaves behind. All stem cells have tiny vesicles or bubbles which transfer from one cell to another and communicate information. These vesicles are called Exosomes. They are critical to the proliferation of healthy cells. Though the stem cells leave the area where they are placed, they leave their exosomes behind and are taken up by neighboring cells passing on the information.
While stem cells are getting all the attention, exosomes are just as important, if not more important, in the development of healthy tissue.
There are a few common “tools” in regenerative medicine. Platelet rich plasma (PRP), placental or amniotic tissue, cord blood, bone marrow concentrate, stromal vascular fraction (fat tissue) and exosomes. There are pros and cons to each of these sources of regenerative cells. Of these tools, only bone marrow and SVF (fat derived tissue) contain mesenchymal stem cells. Bone marrow has a much lower concentration of stem cells than fat, has a much higher risk of infection, and is quite painful. Adipose tissue are superior to the other sources of stem cells because they are harvested directly from the patient’s own body, and have the highest number of mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors.
It is obvious that fat tissue is the best source of stem cells due to the high number of stem cells found in this tissue, and the fact that it is the patient’s own cells. The most superior combination of therapies is the use of stem cells in combination with additional exosomes, which is the optimum combination.
Aging is inevitable. It is normal for tissue and organ function to decline over time in the human body. It is normal for the regenerative capacity of tissue to decline over time. Regenerative medicine and cellular therapy allows a human body to naturally heal. It is a treatment which stimulates healthy cell growth, thereby correcting medical conditions and replacing damaged tissue.
This is a very exciting time in medicine, where we can finally treat medical conditions rather than just manage the symptoms and watch them progress!
Your health is in your hands….don’t miss an opportunity to be proactive in regaining your health!!
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