Louis A. Cona M.D.
Oct 24, 2019
This post defines inflammation and why stem cells could potentially be an effective way to reduce it.
Although there are countless conditions and diseases that exist within the realm of medicine, the overarching cause of these ailments can be narrowed down to a likely common symptom. Inflammation, or what Harvard Health refers to as the “unifying theory of disease”, is found in many of the degenerative and autoimmune disorders known today. Inflammation is prevalent in disorders ranging from heart disease and diabetes to cancer and Alzheimer’s. Treatment of these diseases, as well as many other common conditions, usually addresses the reduction of inflammation in the body. Whether through drugs, diet and lifestyle changes, or other natural methods, the goal is to eliminate as much inflammation from the body as possible. Researchers have shown over the years that Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are one of the strongest anti-inflammatory tools available today and many patients are turning to stem cell therapy to meet their needs.
Inflammation can be defined simply as an immune response in the body. In the course of normal bodily function, if there is injury or disease in the body, the immune system responds with white blood cells, antibodies, cytokines, and more. The response is intended to heal the affected area and is supposed to be temporary in nature. However, when a patient has an autoimmune or degenerative condition, the immune system does not function properly. This can cause these immune responses to never cease and start to build up in the body. The result can be seen in swelling, redness, soreness, and other associated symptoms. These symptoms can then begin to impact organ functions and other processes in the body, leading to further discomfort and ailment. For this reason, there have been many solutions to inflammation that have been used for centuries, from natural remedies to modern over the counter meds. However, the latest advances in regenerative medicine have provided new, highly effective solutions to this issue.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are primal or “undifferentiated” cells. They are essentially “blank” and have the ability to become almost any other type of cell. In the body, their function is to seek out damaged or diseased tissue and repair or replace it. We all have a supply of stem cells when we’re born, but it decreases with time, and their effectiveness diminishes with age. A stem cell transplant seeks to boost the body’s number of stem cells by the hundreds of millions. Through the use of donated cord tissue-derived stem cells, the cells used in treatment are “brand new”, with the highest potency and healing potential. Additionally, the treatment involves only natural cell products, avoiding the use of potentially harmful additives and drugs.
Stem cells have been proven to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Through the use of large cell quantity transplants, the youthful stem cells have a regulatory nature on the body. They can reduce the immuno-effect that the body cannot regulate on its own. Specifically, MSCs can inhibit the overproduction and use of T-cells in the body. This effect occurs without compromising the body’s natural immune system and leaving the patient vulnerable to disease. The effect of the transplant is a return of the body to normal immune function and a drastic reduction in a patient’s inflammation markers. This anti-inflammatory effect can last for years at a time without the need for another transplant. What this means for patients with autoimmune and degenerative diseases is a natural solution to their symptoms, a respite from discomfort, and an overall increase in quality of life. Additionally, not only will the body better be able to heal damaged tissue with the inflammation reduced, but the stem cells will also assist is more rapid healing within the body. It is for this reason that even healthy patients have turned to stem cell therapy as a form of “body maintenance” and to keep naturally occurring inflammation at manageable levels.
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.
About the author
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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