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Is stem cell therapy right for you?

Louis A. Cona M.D.

Oct 24, 2019

Stem cell therapy isn't necessarily the right choice for everybody. This post helps to explain who might benefit from stem cell therapy and if it is a good choice for you.

The field of stem cell medicine has been around for decades now. In recent years, there has been a lot of media attention as to the healing potential of stem cell therapies. There have been claims that stem cells can do everything from curing degenerative diseases to re-growing bones and limbs. It can then be difficult for someone seeking treatment for a condition or disorder to determine if stem cell therapy would work for their case. In truth, stem cells are very versatile, but that doesn’t mean they can treat everything. It’s important to know what stem cells are, and more importantly, what they can do for you.

Stem Cells

Stem cells are the earliest form of cell in the body. They are essentially “blank” or unspecialized. In our early years, stem cells travel throughout the body becoming every type of cell necessary for life, whether that be muscle cells, bone cells, neurons, and more. We have a natural source of stem cells in our body, largely found in our bone marrow, fat tissue, and even our teeth. However, these cells are used to repair around the body over time, and their healing potential decreases as we age. Researchers determined that if they take samples of young stem cells, sourced from donated umbilical cord tissue, they could be expanded in the lab to many times their original numbers. This source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) provides some of the most primal and powerful stem cells available. By increasing the number into the hundreds of millions, these cells could be transplanted into a recipient, without any rejection from the patient’s immune system. Once transplanted, these cells would travel the body, repairing damage with the strength of brand new, youthful stem cells.

Uses

Stem cells are naturally occurring immature cells with the special ability to “differentiate”, or There are on-going studies today that are testing the effectiveness of stem cells for just about every condition. This doesn’t mean that they have been proven to be effective at treating every disease known to medicine. There are, however, a number of uses have been tried and proven effective for the use of stem cells.

Most disease in the body is caused by one form of inflammation or another. Diseases trigger defensive responses in the body which lead to inflammation, causing a number of symptoms. These symptoms are largely synonymous with autoimmune disorders, or conditions like MS or Parkinson’s Disease. Stem cells have the ability find areas where the disease is impacting a patient and reduce the symptoms to manageable levels. Additionally, the effect can last years before another treatment is necessary.

Likewise, stem cells can supplement a type of cell in the body. In this way, they are effective at treating a condition like Type I diabetes. Stem cells will become insulin-producing cells that are absent in patients, reducing their dependency on supplemental insulin injections.

Lastly, stem cells repair general damage around the body. As we age, our cells age and die, and are not always easily replaced. This is the aging process which eventually ends in our death. Humans don’t pass away from old age for no reason. The body ceases to be able to repair itself, and eventually the wear and tear on our organs overcome the body. Stem cells boost the body’s ability to repair itself. Healthy individuals use stem cells for their “anti-aging” benefits by letting them replace dead cells and even regrow bones, joint, and ligament tissue. This is why many people seek site injections into a shoulder or knee to focus the repairs on one area.

DVC Stem

DVC Stem is a stem cell therapy pioneer, offering stem cell therapies for years and has become a cornerstone of the medical tourism industry. Located in the tropical paradise of Grand Cayman in the Western Caribbean, we offer patients a nearby alternative to traveling long distances and to less ideal locations. Our protocols are IRB approved, and our cells come from regulated, U.S. based, FDA compliant laboratories. We seek to offer the highest quality products, the latest available treatments for a variety of conditions, all combined with a world-class setting and service.

3 DAYS POST TREATMENT

Tyler explains his experience at DVC Stem in the Cayman Islands.

Tyler is optimistic that he will see positive results post treatment.

"The cool thing about the Cayman Islands besides being beautiful, it was an opportunity to get some rest and relaxation allowing my body to heal and restore. I'm back in the US now and feel like I am ready to conquer the world."

- Tyler Heid

2 WEEKS POST TREATMENT

2 weeks post treatment, MS patient Tyler is beginning to see amazing progress. He has been wheelchair bound for the last year and has not been able to move his legs unassisted before now.

Tyler Heid, lifting his foot 12" off the ground with 2 lb weights on his ankles.

Tyler - 2 weeks post treatment

"I'm on a path of progression and I'm getting better and better each day."

Tyler Heid - 2 months post treatment

2 MONTHS POST TREATMENT

Tyler updates about his progress, explaining the amazing response he has been receiving from his friends and family.

"People coming up to me saying I am moving, talking and smiling so much better. They are noticing a lot of things that have improved over the course of 3 months."

"This morning I was able to do things that I was unable to do before, I was able to stand up and lift my leg higher than I ever have before."

5 MONTHS POST TREATMENT

5 months post treatment Tyler sends us an update on his progress.

"I'm able to smile better, I have more control over the left side of my face."

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler is optimistic and on the right track to recovery. We are ecstatic to see his progress and look forward to more updates from him.

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler Heid - 5 months 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!

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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