Stem cells are the building blocks of every cell in our body. These cells can be harvested from a number of different sources but what makes them so amazing is that stem cells are undifferentiated - meaning they have the potential to become any kind of cell when used correctly. Because of this, Stem Cell Therapy is at the forefront of regenerative medicine through injection or intra-venous infusion of these stem cells to areas of diseased or damaged tissues and cells. While the science of stem cells is always evolving, stem cells have had a place in medicine since the first bone marrow transplants in 1958.
There are several types of stem cells, and several types of stem cell transplantation. A person's body contains stem cells throughout their life to repair tissues and fight disease. It is the depletion of these stem cells that Stem Cell Therapy attempts to combat. As such, somatic - or tissue specific - stem cells can be found throughout your body already. However these stem cells are already programmed to repair cells in the bone marrow, brain, liver, skin and blood.
To achieve the best possible results, pluripotent stem cells are preferable. These cells are collected from the blood remaining in the umbilical cord after a baby is born. Many women choose to donate the umbilical cord to tissue banks instead of discarding the cord once they have given birth. These umbilical cord stem cells are ethically sourced and can become almost any cell - making them ideal for Stem Cell Therapy.
We only use pluripotent umbilical cord stem cells in our therapies.
Yes there are. Because stem cells can come from a variety of sources, they can be categorized in this way. Currently stem cell sources include fetal/embryonic (illegal in the U.S. and most developed countries), amniotic fluid, placental tissue, autologous (your own cells transplanted back to you), umbilical cord blood stem cells (UCBSCs - these are the type that we use in our therapies) and stem cells from Wharton's Jelly (also from the umbilical cord).
Our therapies are administered through injection and IV infusion - both minimally invasive methods that maximize the therapy's effectiveness. These two methods also have very little recovery time with localized bruising being the most common side effect.
After a child is born, the mother may choose to save the umbilical cord for future autologous transplantation, or choose to donate the umbilical cord to a tissue bank. At the tissue bank the cord is screened for communicable diseases (including Hep A, Hep B, Hep C, HIV, cytomegalovirus and more). The mother is also screened. Once the cord is verified as safe for human transplantation, the stem cells are collected and cryogenically frozen until they are ready for use.
Unlike normal drugs, stem cell injections don’t just mask the pain. They regenerate new cells and tissue–pinpointing the impaired areas, removing the swelling with powerful anti-inflammatory properties and healing them, and modulating the body’s immune responses. Not only do patients feel relief from pain within weeks of just one treatment, but they can also expect healing that is long-lasting and therapy that is safe and gentle.
The FDA does not approve nor deny the use of stem cells currently. This is mainly because the FDA approves or denies drugs and medical devices. Stem cells do not fall into either category. The FDA does, however, set guidelines for the safety of the use of stem cells, and we meet all of those guidelines. Because Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells are less mature than other cells, the body’s immune system is unable to recognize them as foreign and, therefore, they are not rejected. Over one hundred thousand patients have been treated with umbilical cord blood stem cells, and there has never been a single instance of rejection (Graft Vs Host Disease or GVHD).
As with any medical procedure, there is a possibility of side effects. The most commonly reported side effects include:
Aside from your intake consultation, the IV infusion or injections often take just 15-20 minutes. The doctor can give you a tailored timeframe for your treatment depending on the extent of treatment.
While many clinics in the U.S. are conservative in their therapies - using just 1 million stem cells per treatment, we use 30 million stem cells in each treatment. This is just one of the benefits of performing these treatments out of the country.
Your initial consultation will take place in the San Diego metro area. At this consultation you will have a medical assessment and the opportunity to ask any questions you may still have. The procedure will take place at our state of the art facility just over the border in Mexico. Our physicians are licensed in both countries and your patient coordinator will attend each appointment with you. Utilizing facilities in both the U.S. and Mexico allow us to pass the financial benefits to you, as well as allowing us to increase the number of stem cells used in each treatment.
The use of stem cells is heavily restricted in the U.S. This has severely limited their use in medicine despite their proven effectiveness in treating many chronic or as yet incurable diseases. In many other countries, stem cell research and therapies are fare more advanced than what is allowed in the U.S. Over 90% of the top stem cell clinics in the U.S. also have clinics out of this country where they perform their procedures.
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