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How can stem cells help neurological conditions?

Louis A. Cona M.D.

Sep 18, 2019

A brief description of how stem cell therapy can help Parkinson's, ALS, stroke and spinal cord injuries,

Neurological conditions encompass a broad range of disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. These include conditions such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injuries, and even Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Before the advent of stem cell medicine, these conditions were degenerative and only the symptoms were treated using a spectrum of drugs. The damage caused by the disease to the neuron could not be fixed. However, stem cells have shown remarkable healing properties in the body. Studies have now shown that stem cells have the ability to reduce the deterioration of nerve cells, restore cell function, reduce symptom-causing inflammation, and even regrow new neurons.

Can Stem Cells Help ALS?

ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a condition which affects motor neuron function in the body, eventually leading to total loss of control of muscle function. There is no known cure, however mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are being used to treat ALS patients. MSC transplants have been shown to stimulate the production of T regulatory stem cells and anti-inflammatory cytokines. These both contribute to the modulation of the immune system, slowing down and even reversing the progression of ALS symptoms.

Can Stem Cells Help Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world. It causes the loss and degeneration of neurons in the body, resulting in delays in movement, reaction, and general coordination. The strong anti-inflammatory properties of MSCs have drastic effects on Parkinson’s symptoms. More recently, long-term clinical trials have shown improvements in common symptoms including facial expression, gait and freezing episodes, and research has also shown improvements in other common behaviours such as tremor and motility.

Can Stem Cells Help Stroke Victims?

A stroke is generally caused by an obstruction in a blood vessel within the brain, causing oxygen deprivation, and damage to neurons. MSCs have the ability to promote healing and growth of neurons, protecting them from further cell death. Stem cell transplants have shown quantifiable improvements in patient condition and symptoms following treatment. Patients treated with stem cells showed an average increase in 11.4 points on the Fugl-Meyer Assessment, a stroke-specific impairment test, and the results held for years after treatment.

Can Stem Cells Help Spinal Cord Injuries?

Mesenchymal stem cells can help rescue impaired neural function after spinal cord injury, promote neural regeneration, replace lost neural cells, and overall improve cell’s ability to survive. The anti-inflammatory effects allow the body to better heal itself, while the stem cells themselves can differentiate into neuron-like cells, restoring functionality. Most notably, patients have demonstrated the ability to regain sensation and even mobility after sustaining a debilitating spinal cord injury.

Can Stem Cells Help Brain Damage?

Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, has garnered a lot of media attention in recent years, most notably surrounding blows to the head during football games. A severe hit or jolt to the head can permanently impair normal brain function. This can often lead to loss of cognition, motor functions, and even early death. Mesenchymal stem cells can produce growth and trophic factors, which are essential in neural development and maintenance. For patients with TBI, stem cell transplants protect the neurons in the brain and promote restoration of neural function, even increasing blood flow to the brain.

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.

About the author

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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