Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about stem cells.

The term stem cell is recognized all over the world but it can mean many different things. The National Institute of Health described their remarkable potential to develop into many different cells in your body. They can serve as an internal repair system in many tissues dividing to replenish other cells, as long as you are alive.

Each stem cell has the ability to make more stem cells or to become another developed tissue cell with more specialized function in your organs. A “bad rap” on stem cells arose two dozen years ago when people realized that embryos (developing babies) cells were being used for research; that practice was abruptly outlawed.

Today, most treatment elsewhere involves harvesting some of your cells by sucking fat from your belly, your butt, or your bone marrow. Then some obscure and often non-standardized processing is performed on this “soup” solution, to separate your stem cell from others also removed. You can see the limitation easily: a mega number of stem cells can be retrieved; others (such as unwanted red and white blood cells) commonly are blended in the final “soup” solution; an in office procedure might use chemicals that needlessly injured or killed some of your cells; and….perhaps this is most important: Your harvested cells are your adult stem cells. They are already old. Your age! They have been exposed to all the toxic chemicals and heavy metals seen by your body, as well as stresses and nutritional deficiency that had been reducing optimal performance throughout all of your tissues.

A couple of other questions deserve to be asked regarding your harvested stem cell, since these cells have been inside you “forever,” why haven’t they already kicked into gear and performed needed repair? And…could some of your stem cells be affected by illnesses brewing inside you, so they might never work as well as before?

Here is why our “stem cell” product is the “crown jewel” of all available stem cell options. These are obtained from pregnant American women who volunteer to donate the umbilical cord blood that would otherwise be discarded at the time of their scheduled C-section delivery (surgically removing the baby through her belly). All donors undergo extensive questioning and testing merely to qualify for donation. While every medical treatment can involve risk, tissue banks that comply with (or even exceed) stringent federal regulations diligently focus on excluding all foreseeable complications.

Comprehensive studies are performed on the cord blood while cells are being processed, isolated and gently preserved by a patented process to preserve maximum survival and activity (selected cell population with cell growth factors).

This resulting priceless stem cell solution is guaranteed until test scores “AA-plus” for safety and durability. Carefully measured concentrated cells are deep frozen until ordered and sent overnight to our office on dry ice, to be gently thawed the next day when you are ready for your treatment. We call our treatment “stem cell” (meaning our solution is composed of selected cells and critical growth factors) to identify them from other preparations, as described as stem cells but where fat harvesting technique, handling, and processing can vary considerably in a private office. Some commercially-marketed products seem to be tissues chopped up or somehow filtered. None are prepared in the same way as the one we use.

Our umbilical cord cells are considered pluripotent, meaning they reproduce to make more robust cells just like themselves or they can’t differentiate (change into) many specific tissue cells in the right circumstances. Your own “adult stem cells” might already have become limited in changes they can undergo to help your healing.

What Is A Stem Cell?

According to the Mayo Clinic article, stem cells generate healthy cells to replace diseased cells. Stem cells can be guided into becoming specific cells that can be used to regenerate and repair disease or damaged tissue in people.

People who might benefit from stem cell therapy include those with spinal cord injuries, type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, burns, cancer, and osteoarthritis.

Stem cells may have the potential to be grown to become new tissue for use in transplants and regenerative medicine. Researchers continue to advance the knowledge on stem cells and their application in transplants and regenerative medicine. The University Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Dr. Anthony Atala MD, PhD is already doing this in his regenerative medical institute.

The Mayo Clinic article stated further adult stem cells are found in a small number in most adult tissues, such as bone marrow or fat, compared with embryonic stem cells adult stem cells have a more limited ability to give rise to various cells of the body (fat and bone marrow) harvested from you.

Emerging evidence suggests that adult stem cells may be able to create unrelated types of cells, for instance bone marrow stem cells may be able to create bone or heart muscle cells. This research has led to early stage clinical trials to test usefulness and safety in people. For example, stem cells are currently being tested in people with neurological or heart disease.

The frequently asked question is, which one gives more promise – umbilical cord derived stem cells? Or adult stem cells? Research into adult stem cell is promising. However, adult stem cells may not be as versatile and durable as compared to umbilical cord stem cells. Adult stem cells (fat and bone marrow derived) may not be able to be manipulated to produce all cell types, which limit how adult stem cells can be used to treat disease. Furthermore, adult stem cells also are more likely to contain abnormalities due to environmental hazards, such as toxins or from errors acquired by the cells during replication.

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