Louis A. Cona M.D.
Sep 26, 2019
A brief description of cell expansion and why it is legal to administer in the Cayman Islands.
Stem cell therapy involves the implanting of stem cells into the body via IV or site injection. These stem cells can be autologous (originating from the patient's own tissue) or allogeneic (originating from an outside source, such as umbilical cord tissue), however the process is the same. What differs between these types is the amount of cells that can be extracted naturally.Samples taken from bone marrow or fat tissue can yield cell numbers in the 500,000 to 1 million range, while cord tissue can provide even higher numbers of stem cells. In the United States, it is currently considered legal to extract stem cells from sources such as these, and reintroduce them into the body as a form of treatment.
The issue becomes whether such low cell counts can have a significant impact on severe conditions, such as MS, Parkinson's, neurological damage, etc. These low-power treatments often have little impact on a patient's quality of life.
The answer to this problem is cell expansion. Cell expansion is the process of taking cells extracted from tissue, culturing them in the lab and encouraging them to reproduce. The reproduced cells are identical to the source cells, but this process allows the original few million to be grown out to over a billion cells. Treatments can then be crafted with cell numbers of 150-300 million per therapy. This cell count provides the effectiveness necessary to see meaningful results in the body, especially in those with progressive conditions.Treatments using expanded cells are currently illegal in the US. The FDA currently does not allow cellular therapies using "manipulated" cells. The term "manipulated" refers to anything more than extracting cells from tissue samples and immediately introducing them back into the body. The process of expansion, although not changing the cells in any way besides number, is considered "manipulation". It is for this reason that many travel abroad to receive these treatments. While many cellular therapies are available in the US, few are legally able to provide effective treatment for those seeking relief.
DVC Stem, based at The Da Vinci Centre and is fully licensed and inspected by the government of the Cayman Islands. As a British Overseas Territory, healthcare regulations are extremely strict, on par with the US, UK, and EU. Additionally, our entire medical staff is fully registered and licensed, and our stem cell protocols are IRB reviewed and approved by a board in the United States. Learn more about how stem cells by submitting the form below.
About the author
Dr. Cona has been performing stem cell therapy for over 10 years. He is a member of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (WAAAM). He is also a recognized member of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council (UK), the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is the Medical Director for DVC Stem a world-renowned stem cell therapy clinic located in Grand Cayman.
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