What are Adult Stem Cells?
From the moment a person is born, his or her stem cells are called adult stem cells. Adult stem cells are pro-life in the sense that they do not involve destruction of any human life. At RegenCenter, we use adult stem cells taken from a person’s own bone marrow and adipose tissue (fat). Stem cells derived from a person’s own body are called autologous stem cells.
Adult stem cells have the capacity to reduce inflammation, promote formation of new blood vessels as well as promote formation of cells in damaged organs. Adult stem cells derived from a person’s own body are all natural, safe and do not have the risk of rejection.
Before birth, embryonic stem cells are the cells in the developing baby which reproduce and form various organs. They enable development of the baby to full term. When taken out of the natural role for which they were designed, these types of stem cells can grow teratomas (tumors). They also can cause worsening of the person’s condition (exacerbations).
Apart from the ethical issues and medical risks, use of embryonic and fetal stem cells is technology which has been superseded by advances in the modern field of adult stem cell technology. We consider use of embryonic or fetal stem cells contrary to our core values and moral compass. Therefore, RegenCenter chooses to use only adult stem cells.
The potential benefits of adult stem cell research are considerable, since it opens up possibilities for healing chronic degenerative illnesses by repairing damaged tissue and restoring its capacity for regeneration... The improvement that such therapies promise would constitute a significant step forward in medical science, bringing fresh hope to sufferers and their families alike.
-Pope Benedict XVI in The Healing Cell: How the Greatest Revolution in Medical History Is Changing Your Life. Robin L. Smith, MD, Msgr Tomaz Trafny, and Max Gomex, PhD
Why Adult Stem Cells?
When most people hear the words stem cells, they tend to think of cells taken from aborted and test tube (IVF) babies, fetal or embryonic stem cells. Many people, including those without any particular religious convictions on the matter, have qualms about such tissue and would prefer a more positive, natural option.
We consider use of embryonic or fetal stem cells contrary to our core values and moral compass. Therefore, RegenCenter chooses to use only adult stem cells. People with various medical conditions can receive cutting edge adult stem therapy that is completely pro-life and presents no moral controversy whatsoever.
Bone Marrow Stem Cells
Adult-bone-marrow-derived stem cells have been effective in the treatment of leukemia and other disorders for more than forty years.
The benefits of adult stem cell therapy have been extensively documented in medical literature.
In the well documented handbook, Stroke Recovery with Cellular Therapies , (Humana Press, New Jersey, 2008) edited by Sean I. Savitz, MD, Daniel M. Rosenbaum, MD, leading neurologists have written:
We have demonstrated a significant improvement in functional outcome after stroke with BMSC (bone marrow stem cell) treatment. BMSC therapy can enhance the endogenous restorative mechanisms [i.e., the body’s own natural healing processes] of the injured brain, assisting in a return to a “developmental” state [the brain starts developing again] and supporting the process of angiogenesis [new blood vessel formation], gliogenesis [formation of cells which support and protect neurons], neurogenesis [formation of new neurons] and ultimately neural reorganization [new neurons replace damaged ones and start functioning anew].
It is anticipated that cellular therapy, in combination with standard rehabilitation therapy, can improve functional outcomes [the brain will function better] following CNS [central nervous system] diseases.
Moreover, the efficacy of adult stem cell therapy is not merely a matter of findings in textbooks. At RegenCenter, we have seen firsthand how a person’s own adult stem cells can improve a variety of serious neurological and other conditions.
Adipose Stem Cells – “Extraordinary Regenerative Potential”
Most people have heard of stem cells derived from bone marrow, but are not aware of the fact that adipose tissue, commonly known as fat, has massive numbers of mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are multi-potent, meaning they can transform into various different types of damaged tissue.
Adipose stem cells (ASCs) are an attractive and abundant stem cell source with therapeutic applicability in diverse fields for the repair and regeneration of acute and chronically damaged tissues.
- S tem Cell Reviews, 2011 Jun;7(2):269-91.The potential of adipose stem cells in regenerative medicine.
Adipose stem cells displayed an extraordinary regenerative potential in recent preclinical and clinical applications and achieved a significantly better healing in ischemic muscle, heart, and brain insults and in impaired wound healing...
Adipose stem cells enhanced regeneration in skeletal tissues such as cartilage or bone...
Adipose stem cells are comparable to bone marrow-derived stem cells concerning possible applications in clinical medicine.
- Stem cells from fatty tissue: A new resource for regenerative medicine? Chirug 2010 Sep;81(9):826-32.
Browsing the table of contents of the comprehensive textbook, Adipose Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine , (available through amazon.com) provides an idea of the broad scope of the applications using these powerful healing cells.
Our expert plastic surgeon gently and deftly extracts a small quantity of adipose cells ( fat) while the patient is under IV sedation. The stem cells are extracted from the adipose tissue and are infused intravenously to the patient in the same hospital the same day . Due to the massive number of mesenchymal stem cells present, there is no need to grow out or culture the cells. It is an autologous, all natural, outpatient procedure.
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