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 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.
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 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.
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