How can stem cell therapy help MS?

Louis A. Cona M.D.

A brief description of MS and how mesenchymal stem cells may be able to aid in the management of MS symptoms and possibly even halt the progression of the disease.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a major cause of neurological disability. It is characterised by damage throughout the brain and spinal cord, with loss of myelin and myelinating cells and damage to neurons and axons. MS is the most common neurological disease in young adults, affecting approximately two million people worldwide. Currently there is no cure for MS. The standard treatment of MS involves disease-modifying drugs, which often work to alleviate the symptoms of MS, but not curing the underlying issues. However, these drugs carry adverse side effects and are ineffective in preventing disease progression in many MS patients.

Today Multiple Sclerosis is incurable, but stem-cell therapy might offer valuable therapeutic potential. Stem Cell therapy is currently demonstrating efficacy in treating patients with variable disease severity, with the best results in early-stage rapidly progressing MS patients with active CNS inflammation. Due to the urgency in treatment required of MS patients, all forms of stem cell therapy should be pursued. A strong rationale for cell-based therapy in multiple sclerosis is based on the ability of stem cells of neural and mesenchymal origin to decrease neuro-inflammation, to enhance repair processes, and perhaps to participate directly in remyelination, repair of damaged neurons.

Mesenchymal stem cells may be able to aid in the management of MS symptoms and possibly even halt the progression of the disease.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are precursor cells, or cells that can be isolated from adipose tissues(fat), bone marrow, and umbilical cord tissue. They are then culture-expanded to increase cell numbers up to 300 million, many times the volume of the original sample. This drastic increase in cell number ensures maximum effectiveness during treatment.

How do stem cells repair and heal tissue?

The stem cells will then be attracted to those areas of injury or inflammation and begin the process of differentiation to begin the healing process. Stem cells have demonstrated healing and repair-promoting properties. This makes MSCs an attractive potential therapy for MS and other conditions characterised by inflammation and/or tissue injury. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) represent an attractive alternative to develop a cell-based therapy for MS. Other potential advantages of stem cell therapy to MS patients include their ability to move from the bloodstream to areas of injured tissues, allowing for a comfortable IV administration of these cells into the body.  Stem cell therapies are generally less invasive, have shorter recovery times, and lasting healing effects on the body.

How can DVC Stem help me?

DVC Stem has been offering stem cell therapies for years. Our protocols are all IRB approved, and our cells come from well regulated, U.S. based, FDA compliant laboratories. We only offer high quality products and tried and tested treatments to our patients.

You can learn more about our MS protocols here: www.dvcstem.com/conditions/multiple-sclerosis

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.

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

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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