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What are stem cells?

Louis A. Cona M.D.

Oct 15, 2019

This post defines stem cells and their therapeutic uses.

Stem cells are cells that have not yet specialised in the body, meaning they have not grown to a particular type of cell with a specific function (e.g. muscle cell, skin cell, etc). A stem cell has the capacity to become many different cell types in the human body. The process of stem cells becoming new types of cells is called differentiation. This process is the most important aspect of stem cell therapies, as the cells become the type of cells required for your body to heal. Stem cells are also self-replicating. This allows them to multiply into identical copies of the stem cells that have already gone through differentiation in the body. For example, if stem cells were used to treat a neurological injury, cells administered during treatment could become nerve cells, and then replicate to create exponentially more nerve cells on their own. This drastically increases the effectiveness of stem cell treatments over time.

What do stem cells do to your body?

As well as being essential to normal human growth, stem cells are a potential source of new cells to replace damaged or diseased tissue. These abilities that stem cells possess are what make them so promising in the treatment of various diseases and conditions.

Stem cells are often harvested from fat, bone marrow, and umbilical cord blood. Each source has certain benefits, and the decision is varying individualised from patient to patient, based on physician recommendations.

During stem cell treatment at DVC Stem a patient receives approximately 300 million stem cells. These stem cells are harvested from umbilical cord samples, all of which undergo an extensive amount of testing to assure sterility and viability. Once we have obtained an adequate sample, these stem cells are then grown on special media (food), which enhances them even further. We then package the stem cells and store them in a cryogenic form (colder than 100 degrees below zero). At the time of intravenous administration, the cells are thawed to body temperature in a sterile lab, and administered over a number of hours by our trained physicians. The high quantity of 300 million cells not only covers daily losses that have been occurring progressively for years, but replaces the cellular losses a thousand times over.

What do I look for in a Stem Cell Clinic?

When finding a stem cell therapy clinic, the first step is to research whether the treatments being offered are approved by an Institutional Review Board, or IRB. In accordance with FDA regulations, an IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove research, which is often used to validate a treatment to a higher level of acceptance. This also offers patients an added level of assurance that the associated clinic is performing therapies that are generally supported and warranted by a formal, independent scientific body. To ensure a stem cell treatment is safe and effective, it is important to know whether independent clinical trials have been performed and if the treatments have been approved by regulatory authorities, such as IRBs.

Why does DVC Stem differ from others?

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.

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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