STEM CELL THERAPY
WHAT, WHY, WHERE, WHEN?
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
STEM CELLS ARE THE REGENERATIVE ENGINES OF OUR BODIES
Simply put, every cell in every organ and tissue of our bodies have a programed life cycle:
- Stem Cells create every cell.
- The cells work at full capacity for as long as they can.
- Eventually all cells lose their ability to function because of age or becoming damaged in some way.
- Every cell then dies a “programed death”.
- Finally, the cycle starts again as stem cells replace the dying cells with new cells.
The fact is, your entire body originated from a collection of exceptionally powerful stem cells that burst into life when the egg and sperm from which you came fused to become a tiny fetus. Then, as the fetus that turned into you developed different specialized organ systems and tissues, stem cells also specialized to become a functional part of each of these organ systems and tissues. Thus, for example, when a liver cell dies and needs to be replaced, local stem cells in the liver create the new liver cell…. And so it is with all our organs.
AS WE AGE, OUR STEM CELLS LOSE THEIR REGENERATIVE CAPACITY
Unfortunately, as we age we slowly loose our regenerative capacity, because:
- We lose vast numbers of our stem cells, and
- The stem cells that remain are far less energetic and capable as the stem cells we had when we were younger.
STEM CELL THERAPY AND THE SCIENCE OF REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
That is why an entire new science of Regenerative Medicine is attracting so much attention. After all, if we could fill all our organs with happy, healthy and energetic stem cells, imagine how long and strong we could live!!
Therefore, Regenerative Medicine focuses on two separate and complimentary goals:
- Stimulate your own native stem cells… with the goal of increasing their numbers and energizing their ability to function.
- Inject into your body stem cells from other sources that can do for you what your own stem cells are no longer able to do.
There are two distinct types of stem cells that can be used this way:
- Your own stem cells, (autologous) usually harvested from your bone marrow or fat.
- Embryonic stem cells, (allogenic) harvested from embryonic tissues such as umbilical cords. These young stem cells are typically much more potent that autologous stem cells.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF STEM CELL THERAPIES
Therapies that utilize injected or infused stem cells include:
Joint repair – Injection into joint
Autoimmune disease – Infused by IV into your blood and/or IM injection into muscle
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Lyme Disease
Degenerative Organs – Infused by IV into your blood and/or IM injection into muscle
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
Neuro & Neuro Muscular Disease – Infused by IV into your blood and/or IM injection into muscle
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis
Stem Cell Therapy is also used as the most promising and potent of all anti-aging, longevity and vitality therapies.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – STEM CELL THERAPY
Q. Do the stem cells you use come from the Riordan Clinic in Panama?
A. No. However, we do use the exact same stem cells that Dr. Riodan’s clinic uses for stem cell therapy. They are harvested from the umbilical cord Wharton’s Jelly and known as Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC). Dr. Arnold Caplan of Case Western discovered and defined these cells. One of the few FDA approved labs that specializes in harvesting these stem cells is were we acquire them. These cells are primarily used for stem cell research studies conducted by major universities around the world.
Q. How many injections are needed before I feel a difference in my joint?
A. The pain relief is usually fantastic following the first injection. In fact, we need to continuously remind our patients not to “over do it” immediately following treatment. The pain will significantly diminish but healing and regeneration have not yet occurred. Refrain from heavy activity until the joint has had time to fully heal. In regards to how many stem cell injections will be needed, it depends on the source of the damage to your joint, the severity of the damage and how old the damage is. 2 to 3 injections could be needed.
Q. How often are the stem cell injections needed?
A. Great question! Stem cell therapy is not “done and over”, when it’s “done in over”, like surgery is. Regenerative Medicine works with a patient’s physiology. The patient’s physiology is stimulated to do the the things it used to do when the patient was much younger and in excellent health. For instance, when a person is younger, their joints are stronger and can withstand much more exertion. In the case of a damaged joint, they can often heal themselves of minor injuries as well. The regenerative capacity of a younger physiology is much greater than an older one. Therefore, tapping into that regenerative capacity, to stimulate it and amplify it, is the goal of Regenerative Medicine. In this way the body will heal itself. Stem cell therapy does exactly that.
Exactly how many stem cell injections will be needed and at what frequency really depends on the patient. What caused the damage, how damaged the joint is and how long the joint has been damaged. Many patients only need 1 stem cell injection. Some patient’s need 2 to 3 injections. To achieve a good clinical result we have never had to inject a joint more than 3 times.
Q. I have shoulder pain. How quickly will I get relief?
A. Prior to infusing the stem cells, an anesthetic is injected into the joint, so the relief from pain in the joint is dramatic and immediate. However, this pain relief is temporary as it takes about an hour before the anesthetic wears off. Even after the anesthetic has worn off, significant reduction in pain is experienced by most patients. This is because the special formulation that includes the stem cells is such an effective anti-inflammatory. From patient to patient the sensations in the damaged joint will vary. Below is what most patients report when they undergo the stem cell therapy treatments:
- The treatment is not painful and many don’t feel it at all.
- Following the treatment, the joint is much more comfortable.
- 2 to 3 weeks after the treatment any discomfort they feel is different than the pain they felt before the treatment. The “pain of an injured joint” is replaced with what is described as “the discomfort of a healing joint”.
- As the stem cells do their work, “the discomfort of a healing joint”, slowly but surely goes away as the joint heals.
- For up to six months, the progression of the healing will continue.