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Is stem cell therapy a cure?

David Lyons

Guest contributor

Dec 4, 2019

Louis A. Cona, MD

Medical Director of DVC Stem

Stem cell therapy clinic in Grand Cayman

Updated:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Is stem cell therapy able to cure diseases? Here we dive into the subject.

There are new advances in stem cell technology everyday. With that, there is constant press about what researchers are doing with stem cells, and wide claims made about their effectiveness. There have been claims made about their use in orthopaedics, for the treatment of degenerative diseases, and even regrowing tissue and bone. This has led many to believe that stem cells are somewhat of a miracle treatment, or a cure-all to any condition. In reality, stem cells are still being investigated, and although there have been many studies done showing their positive effects on patients, results cannot be guaranteed. In order to make an informed decision on whether to seek stem cell treatment, it is important to understand how they work, and what effect they have on the body.

Are Stem Cells the cure?

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells. They are essentially blank and have the unique ability to become different types of cells when needed in the body. They were initially found in human embryos, but have now been found in umbilical cord tissue and blood, fat deposits, bone marrow, and even in molar teeth. Everyone is born with a supply of stem cells that are used and age as we grow older. Additionally, these cells lose their effectiveness over time, with stem cells harvested from donated cord tissue being vastly more powerful than those extracted from an elderly patient. Through medical advances and research, physicians have uncovered the ability to attract stem cells, expand them to far greater numbers, and transplant them into patients in need. Additionally, the cells are not rejected by the immune system, making the treatment relatively harmless.

Treatment Results

By transplanting young stem cells into the body, a patient’s overall stem cell count is vastly increased. Through additional methods pre- and post-treatment, these cells can be activated and enhanced. They then travel around the body, seeking inflammation and damaged tissue. Since most disease is largely caused from inflammation in one form or another, the healing properties of stem cells usually decrease symptoms, and can increase the quality of life for patients. For example, MS patients have reported increased mobility and coordination for periods of years after treatment.

However, stem cells are used up over time, and treatments do not last forever. Patients will need repeat treatments over the course of years to keep stem cell numbers in the body high. Additionally, virtually all conditions are treated with the same type and number of mesenchymal stem cells. There aren’t specialized treatments for varying diseases, but rather the treatment is effective on multiple conditions overall. For these reasons, treatment results can vary between patients. The stem cells will be effective in the body, but the amount of inflammation they reduce, and what they heal in the body is completely dependent on the condition of the patient beforehand, their age, fitness level, and severity of the condition being treated. It is impossible to say what the exact results will be, with patients largely relying on anecdotal evidence to seek treatment themselves.

So, Are Stem Cells a Cure?

Yes and no. They are definitely effective and active in the body. Will they rid the body of disease completely? No, but they have the great potential to reduce symptoms to very low levels and increase the quality of life for patients. It is up to the individual to determine if that outcome is worth the cost of this relatively new and cutting-edge therapy of the future.

"Dr. Cona is a leading edge stem cell treatment physician"

Matthew Murry - MS Patient

2 DAYS POST TREATMENT

"Is the video I posted from this morning! My speech is so easy for me now, got easier throughout the day! I can talk like a NYer (fast) for the first time in years! Praise God!"

- Matthew Murry

EXCITING IMPROVEMENTS

Only 3 days after treatment, Matthew is now able to touch his nose with his eyes closed as well as touch his thumb and pinky together. Both of which he was previously unable to do before treatment.

We are excited to see his continued progress. His story will be updated here so keep an eye out!

Matthew showing his progress with mobility

Matthew Murry - 3 days post treatment

"This is exciting stuff, god bless"

Matthew Murry - MS Patient

2 WEEKS POST TREATMENT

Matthew experiences sensation in the bottom of his feet after receiving a simple nerve test.

His left foot did not experience any sensation or move at all, but what happened to his right foot is extremely exciting!

50 DAYS POST TREATMENT

Matthew is now able to lift his leg unassisted. He was previously unable to do so.

Matthew is experiencing the benefits of stem cell therapy first hand. You can view his progress video here.


Matthew showing some amazing mobility improvements.

Matthew Murry - 50 days post treatment

"Amazing progress from one of our MS patients Matthew Murray"

Louis A. Cona, MD - DVC Stem

3 MONTHS POST TREATMENT

Matthew is able to stand up with the assistance of stability bars.

David Lyons

Multiple Sclerosis

Although David Lyons was able to successfully fight Multiple Sclerosis through a strict regimen of diet and exercise, he wanted to ensure he was doing everything he could to stay fit. Multiple Sclerosis can be managed with treatment, but there is currently no cure for the disease. For that reason, David came to DVC Stem years ago to use the regenerative and anti-inflammatory attributes of stem cells to aid in his fight for fitness.

The positive results he experienced enabled David to stay strong in the gym, now into his 60s, and that is why he continues to support our clinic to this day.

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About Our Medical DIrector

Louis A. Cona, MD

LOUIS A. CONA, MD

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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