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November 10, 2012 / Jonas Lee / 2 Comments
Stem Cell Therapy – What is it ?
What is stem cell therapy? For most of us who are not scientifically or medically trained, that therapy may be overly technical to comprehend. Stem cell therapy, or stem cells treatment, is essentially a form of cell therapy under the family of regenerative medicine that puts stem cells into damaged organs or tissue with the objective to heal the organ or tissue and to treat disease, injury or ailment. Stem cell therapy is also a form of transplant. Unlike organ transplant which changes the entire organ, stem cell therapy transplant only the stem cells. Some common forms of stem cell therapy or cell therapy are bone marrow transplant and blood transfusion.
To understand stem cell therapy, we need to take a brief look at the history of cell therapy. A 16th century physician, Paracelsus wrote, “Heart heals heart, lung heals lung, spleen heals spleen, like cures like.” This probably best defines cell therapy and sets the foundation for stem cell therapy.
Even as early as the 16th century, doctors believe that the use of live tissues or live cells is the best way for disease treatment. Unfortunately, this practice did not propagate and pass on to the present. Instead, modern medicine makes extensive use of chemicals to interfere the illness process or suppress the symptoms. One major problem with chemicals and medicine is that they need to be metabolized in order to take effect, if they do work at all. When that happens, the body goes through further stress and deplete the enzyme pool of the body. It is worth noting that medicine does not cure an illness.
Cell therapy is the only way to enable the body to renew itself and regenerate into a healthier state due to the renewed tissues or organs. Cell therapy is being carried out around the world everyday. This includes blood transfusion and transplantation of other blood components such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Historically, cell therapy takes the cells or tissue present in the young or fetus of certain animals and injects them into the body.Due to the advent of technology and scientific advancement, it is only in recent years to about a decade ago that stem cells can be preserved and freeze-dried. With this advanced method, oral consumption of such stem cells is made possible recently. Today, you can find stem cells products which you can take like other supplements in a capsule. The important factor or element of using such product for stem cell therapy is the potency of the stem cells. In other words, will the stem cells in these products be live and effective? Out of such stem cell therapy comes ‘live cell therapy’, which we will address in another interesting article.
The Mechanism and Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
Scientists have yet to fully understand how stem cells actually work when they are introduced into the body. Despite much research is needed to fully understand the mechanism of stem cell therapy, there are many observable benefits of this treatment.
By introducing stem cells into the body through stem cell therapy, the stem cells can quickly disperse throughout the body. The introduction of stem cells is normally using injection and orally recently. Stem cell therapy can avoid the damage due to losss of blood which is a common cause for the death of cells during organ transplant.
Because the stem cells used in stem cell therapy are in the form of suspension, they can be easily integrated into the body’s metabolism without rejection. Stem cell therapy also makes some organ transplantation which is impossible or difficult a reality. For instance, it is impossible to transplant a brain. But stem cell therapy makes it possible to repair a damaged brain or regenerate the damaged cells or tissues in a brain.
Another huge benefit of stem cell therapy is that stem cells can be used for different parts of the body instead of organ or tissue specific as in the case of organ transplant. Furthermore, the body can naturally select the stem cells that are acceptable by the body and reject the ones which are not compatible. Scientists observe that stem cells are usually accepted by the body as compared to organ transplant, where an entire organ can be incompatible to the body. The reasons for this smooth integration of the stem cells are not clear to date. The likely explanation is due to immune system which rejects an organ which comes from another matured immune system, whereas stem cells come from a system that has yet to be matured in its immune system.
In view of the several benefits mentioned above, it is worthwhile to deliberate the validity of stem cell therapy in comparison to other forms of therapy available today. In upcoming articles, we will discuss stem cell therapy in more details in relation to disease treatment and beauty or anti-aging applications.
Umbilical cord blood stem cells are simply stem cells in the umbilical cord blood and tissue when a baby is born. In recent years many stem cell banks have appeared, providing collection services and storage facilities of umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cells.
Types of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
There are two types of umbilical cord stem cells. One is obtained from the umbilical cord blood while the other is from the umbilical cord tissue. While both are stem cells, their differences lie in the cell type they can produce.
Umbilical cord blood stem cells are abundant in Hematopoietic Stem Cells or HSC, which holds the ability to differentiate into blood cells. The umbilical cord tissue stem cells are rich in Mesenchymal Stem Cells or MSC, which can differentiate to form bone cells, cartilage and connective tissues.
As a result, both types of stem cells from umbilical hold different properties and potential. Therefore, it is important to collect both types.
Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Research
There is currently a large volume of research being carried out on using stem cells for all kinds of health conditions. In the early days, it was thought that umbilical cord blood held potential for growing blood cells only. Today, scientists know that the stem cells isolated from umbilical cord, blood or tissues, is capable for more than just for blood-related illness. This is good news for patients. But the optimism may be withheld until research confirms the efficacy. In addition, one of the major obstacles for using stem cells is the method of administering the stem cells, even after it has been proven effective for a condition. In other words, how could the stem cells be introduced into the body without losing the intended efficacy. Therefore, more research is still needed.
The number of diseases treatable with umbilical cord stem cells is on the rise. In the early days, around the 1980s, it has been shown to be effective against blood -related disorders. Today, it is used to treat close to a hundred illnesses. While that may sound like great news, the situation may not be as rosy as it seems. This should not be used as the criteria for deciding whether or not to keep the stem cell.
Though it is a matter of time more and more diseases will be treated with umbilical cord stem cells, that may not be the best consideration to bank the stem cell in a private facility.
Reasons for Collecting and Banking Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
In all likelihood, the pitch for collecting your baby’s stem cells is for treatment of diseases in the future. But if you are not sure the real capability of the stem cells, you could be paying for something that might not deliver what you have hoped for.
If a child has genetic disease, then the baby’s own stem cells may not be the best source for treatment as there is a possibility that the seed of the disease is in the stem cells though the type match is perfect. If this is the case, it might not be justifiable for the ongoing cost. This is where medical professionals may be divided in their opinion on whether one should collect the stem cells for such future purposes.
Many medical professionals are of the opinion that umbilical cord stem cells be donated to public facilities. In the long run, this will benefit everyone, including those with genetic disease, as they will have a better chance of finding stem cells which are free from the genetic seed. However, we cannot deny that type match within the same family between siblings will definitely be batter than from outside pool. In this situation, one has to weigh the ongoing cost against other considerations.
Finally, umbilical cord stem cells are definitely promising in their disease-treatment potential. As research reveals treatment of more health problems, consideration for collection and banking should include other factors discussed in this article.
Stem cell therapy is not new in Malaysia though not many people know about it until recently. Since 2006, Hospital Ampang has been providing clinical stem cell therapy. However, the cases of stem cell therapy really only picked up since 2010. Most of the stem cell therapy in Malaysia belong to hemopoietic stem cell transplants. Hemopoietic stem cells, or simply HSCs, are essentially stem cells capable of developing into all types of blood cells. HSCs are the earliest form of stem cells used in stem cell therapy. In this article, Stem Cell Malaysia will summarize the information on the cost of stem cell therapy in Malaysia.
Cost of Stem Cell Therapy in Hospitals
According to the press statement given by the Minister of Health, Malaysia, during the 1st Stem Cell Congress held in November 2012, there are 11 Haemopoietic transplant centres in Malaysia. In the Minister’s report, not all costs of stem cell therapy are revealed. However, it was stated that,
“In private hospitals, the cost of transplant Allogeneic PBSCT ranges from RM200,000 to RM250,000. Through Tabung Bantuan Perubatan, the Ministry of Health is subsidising HSCT done in University hospitals at RM 40,000-RM 60,000 per transplant. “
Allogeneic PBSCT means peripheral blood stem cell transplantation using blood stem cells from another person. PBSCT is commonly used to replenish blood stem cells in patients whose blood cells have been mostly killed during chemotherapy.
As you can see from the report or statement, the cost of stem cell therapy is extremely expensive. The high cost of stem cell therapy is certainly beyond the financial ability of ordinary citizens. Even with subsidization from the Government, the cost of stem cell therapy is still far beyond normal affordability.
Hefty Cost of Stem Cell Therapy Creates Unfilled Vacuum
With the extremely high cost of stem cell therapy in the medical industry, many patients remain to be untreated. This is a cruel reality of medical costs in Malaysia and virtually every country in the world. Though the potential of stem cell therapy sounds promising, the high price tag takes away all hope for ordinary people with incurable diseases. The situation will likely remain to be so for a long time.
As a result of this saddening scenario, the needs of the masses hoping for the benefits of stem cell therapy remain unfulfilled. The vacuum of unfulfilled demands for treatment is not confined to Malaysia but is global. Hence, commercial organizations have cropped up offering stem cell therapy in the form of non-medical options or as ‘supplements’. That’s why we hear of unlicensed clinic performing ‘illegal’ stem cell therapy, particularly in the US. Are there such clinics in Malaysia? Only you and I can guess in the mire of our mind.
Cost of Non-Medical Stem Cell Therapy
The emergence of non-medical stem cell products which border on the unpublicized benefits of stem cell therapy is cropping up beyond the control of any law and act. The so called ‘testimonials’ of various commercial food grade or non-medical grade products have begun to flood the media, particularly the internet. While doctors and official body of the Government advise people not to undertake unlicensed stem cell therapy, people who experienced benefits of healing and cure from a food grade stem cell product will not remain silent.
While it is impossible to prove and certify clinically the efficacy of the stem cells used in these testimonial cases, patients of all kinds of conditions are vocal about the new health they are able to enjoy. It is also difficult for the medical community to refute the living testimonials of patients they sent home to die because there was no other alternative medically to treat these patients.
The absence of clinical proof does not necessarily prove the absence of efficacy. It merely means the unavailability of clinical evidence. Most of us have been brought up in a culture that takes the words of doctor as final when it comes to disease treatment. However, the development of complementary and alternative medicine in recent decades has opened the eyes and mind of many to look for solutions in this non main stream medical world. The surge of many cases in non-medical stem cell therapy follows the historical development of holistic treatment.
What annoys the main stream medical stem cell therapy provider is the low cost of food grade stem cell therapy. Most food grade or supplement type of stem cell products cost only a fraction of the cost of stem cell therapy in the main stream medical sectors. A basic course of treatment using a typical food grade or supplement type of stem cell products can be obtained for less than RM10,000.
Imagine the huge difference in costs between the two extremes. Many people who undertook the food grade or supplement type of stem cell therapy experienced more than merely healing of the intended illness or condition. In most cases, they claim healing of other ailments, if any, as well as rejuvenation of their overall health and vitality.
We hope this short article on cost of stem cell therapy will help you look at the options available and the relative costs of the options.
The media are showing more stem cell news in recent years. We can find many exciting stem cell news on stem cell research. We also read about some tragic stories on stem cell news. This is in my opinion one of the worst stem cell news I have come across in 2012. This is an incidence we hope it will not happen again. We highlight this stem cell news not for the purpose of making fun of anybody. Stem Cell Malaysia discuss about this incident so that no one will repeat the same mistake or walk the same path again.
The Most Horrifying Stem Cell News in 2012
It is this kind of stem cell news that ruin the reputation of the industry. Such stem cell news also serve as a warning and caution for users to take necessary precaution and do the needful before taking on a stem cell therapy or live cell therapy. Here goes the story.
Spend USD20,000 For A Messy Cosmetic Facelift – Unbelievable Stem Cell News
A woman in her 60s from the Los Angeles area decided to undergo a new form of stem cell cosmetics and spent USD20,000 for the procedure at a clinic in Beverly Hills. This particular type of stem cell cosmetics takes a patient’s adult stem cells and then inject them back to the targeted part of the patient’s body for the intended purpose.
For this incident, the cosmetic surgeon from the Beverly Hills clinic took out some of this woman’s abdominal fat using liposuction. The surgeon then extracted adult stem cells from the abdominal fats. Adult stem cells are essentially undifferentiated cells which can develop into different cells and tissues. From these adult stem cells, the doctor further extracted only the mesenchymal stem cells.
The mesenchymal stem cells, also known as Multipotent Stromal Cells, are stem cells which can develop into various types of cells including osteoblasts, chondrocytes, adipocytes, tenocytes, myotubes, neural cells, and hematopoietic-supporting stroma. (Ref. Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Royal Society of Medicine Journals, click here for source published article). Basically, what that means is mesenchymal stem cells can develop into bone, cartilage, fat, nerve cells, etc. Mesenchymal stem cells are popularly used by scientists for stem cell research because they are easily extracted and cultured. Furthermore, they have a high potential to be induced and cultured outside the body in the lab, which makes them very attractive for purposes of stem cell therapy.
What happened next was the cosmetic surgeon then injected the mesenchymal stem cells back into the woman’s face, including the vicinity of her eye area. The whole objective o this cosmetic procedure was supposed to rejuvenate the woman’s facial skin through the mesenchymal stem cells which can grow new facial tissue and also heal the aged cells on her face. Up to this point, everything is sound and perfect.
Three months later, the woman went to see another cosmetic surgeon (presumably from another clinic) and complained significant pain when opening her eyes. Worse, she heard cracking sound each time she opened her eyes. Upon examination by the cosmetic surgeon, they observed her eye drooping involuntarily and swelling around the eye region. She went through 6 hours of surgery by this cosmetic surgeon and his team. They dug out chunks and pieces of bones from the eyelids and tissues around the eyes.
The Culprit – The Main Message of This Stem Cell News
What actually went wrong was during the procedure they also injected calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a dermal filler commonly used for more than 2 decades by plastic surgeon to reduce wrinkles. However, this chemical or rather mineral is also capable of inducing mesenchymal stem cells to turn into bone! This blunder was due to oversight or unqualified doctors at that cosmetic clinic is up to the court to decide.
This stem cell news may sound like an isolated incident, and it probably is. But, we hope this makes users to be more cautious if they do want to go for stem cell therapy or stem cell cosmetics. The original incident of this stem cell news is taken from Scientific American entitled “In the Flesh: The Embedded Dangers of Untested Stem Cell Cosmetics” (click here for the original article). Do visit our site for more stem cell news.
Stem cell news are increasing in frequency and quantity in the media in recent years. The drastic increase in stem cell news is due to the huge amount of activities in virtually all areas related to stem cells. You will find stem cell news from government bodies announcing the latest policy and landmarks. There are even more stem cell news on the latest achievements in stem cell research. The commercial market is also not denying their share of the publicity in stem cell news. Stem Cell Malaysia will summarize some of the major stem cell news in Malaysia in the year 2012.
Stem Cell News 1 – 1st National Stem Cell Congress 2012
The most significant news and event in Malaysia is none other than the 1st National Stem Cell Congress 2012. This landmark event was jointly organized by the UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the Ministry of Health Malaysia. The auspicious occasion kicked off with an opening speech by the Malaysia Minister of Health, Y. B. DATO SRI LIOW TIONG LAI.This historical event marked the vision of the Malaysian Government to propel Malaysia to be in the forefront of regenerative medicine.
In his opening speech, YB Dato Sri Liow categorically emphasized “the need to provide the necessary scientific evidence before a cell product is introduced to our patients.” This is an important statement by the Minister as it states the position of the Ministry’s concern for people’s safety and welfare.
Stem Cell News 2 – Stem Cells Law Not Needed Yet in Malaysia
This stem cell news is taken from The Malaysian Insider (Click here for original news).
During an interview session at the 1st National Stem Cell Congress with the reporters, YB Dato Sri Liow stated that Malaysia has not had the need to have a law or act on stem cells. Currently, there are four guidelines for stem cell research. The Minister told the reporters that these guidelines should be sufficient to form the framework for the researchers to do their work.
Stem Cell News 3 – Malaysian Doctors Use Stem Cells to Regenerate Cartilage
This stem cells news is taken from The Star Online (Click here for the original stem cell news)
Among orthopedics throughout the world, there are two schools of specialist torn between their opinion on whether stem cells are feasible for cartilage regeneration. However, a group of Malaysian doctors had propelled themselves beyond the arguments and successfully used stem cells to regenerate worn out cartilage. It is true that medical textbook still teaches that cartilage cannot be healed and regrown. But these Malaysian doctors proved otherwise.
This team of Malaysian doctors is led by two doctors, namely Dr Ranjit Singh and Dr Saw Khay Yong. Dr Saw is an orthopedic surgeon and founder of Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre (KLSMC). Their achievement on cartilage regeneration dated back to 2005 when Dr Saw successfully regenerated cartilage in the knee joints of goats. Their technique involved drilling a hole in the underlying bone of the injured joint, and injecting the patient’s own blood stem cells into the hole. When their results and success were published in international scientific journals, doctors from the US and UK came all the way to Kuala Lumpur and learn the latest technique.
The courage and success certainly earned them international fame. Since then they have been treating sports injuries on weightlifters, international patients and national athletes.
Stem Cell News 4 – Datuk Lee Chong Wei Underwent Stem Cell Therapy
This stem cells news is taken from The Star Online (Click here for the original stem cell news)
Locally, the most famous patient of Dr Ranjit and Dr Saw was Datuk Lee Chong Wei. In May 2012, The world number one badminton player injured his right ankle. Many fans and Malaysians thought there was no way for Datuk Lee to recover and compete in the 2012 London Olympics. However, Datuk Lee went to KLSMC for treatment. Datuk Lee had stem cell injections into his torn ligament and he recovered quickly. A few months later Datuk Lee was able to play in the London Olympics. This incidence further escalated the KLSMC Team to new fame as they saved the Malaysian hero’s ankle.
This is a snapshot of some of the news on stem cells in the Malaysian scene. As we usher in 2013, Stem Cell Malaysia will bring you more updates on stem cell news in due course.
Live cell therapy is essentially a form of stem cells treatment using cells which are still alive. In live cell therapy, the live or living stem cells are implanted in the body or targeted parts of the body. Live cell therapy can be administered by transplantation, injection or, more recently, oral ingestion. For more information on the fundamentals of this subject, please read our article on ‘Live Cell Therapy‘. Stem Cell Malaysia will address the effects, functions and benefits of live cell therapy in this article.
Efficacy of Live Cell Therapy
Over the past decades since the infamous Dr Paul Niehans’ practice of cell therapy, many conditions have been benefited from live cell therapy. Based on Dr Victor Chen’s bestselling ‘Secret of the Rich & Famous: Live Cell Therapy’ (2008, Oak Better Health Series), live cell therapy has been effective for general loss of vitality, physical and mental exhaustion, convalescence after illness, premature aging, signs of deterioration of organs such as brain, heart, kidneys, liver and digestive organ, lack of drive and declining mental efficiency, weak immune system, arthritis and other degenerative diseases of the connective tissue, under-performance of the endocrine glands, disturbances due to menopause, Parkinsonism, chronic pain, migraine, headaches, neuralgia, back pain, sciatica, atherosclerosis of the brain, heart and peripheral circulation.
Functions of Live Cell Therapy
The functions of live cell therapy are more than mere revitalization of the body’s youthfulness. Doctors administering cell therapy have long seen cells treatment is very effective in revitalizing youthfulness. Typically, the skin tone and complexion improve, vitality increases, energy level picks up, optimism also increases, and many signs of aging improve too. However, Dr Paul Niehans used live cell therapy far beyond the objectives of beauty and anti-aging.
Using live cell injection, Dr Paul Niehans was able to regenerate damaged and old organs. His live cell therapy was also successful in stimulating the development of organs which were underdeveloped or retarded. It is this achievement that stirred up much objection at that time. During those years Dr Paul had successfully treated dwarfism using live cells treatment.
Explanation of Live Cell Therapy
Though the exact mechanism and working of stem cells or live stem cells on the body and/or damaged organs remain to be elucidated, the benefits of live cell therapy on the body and damaged or aged organs are certain and have been witnessed over and over again for the past decades.
When live cells are implanted into the body, patients will feel immediate effect of recovery or rejuvenation. According to Dr Paul Niehans, the immediate effect is not due to the regeneration of cells. The immediate revitalization is likely due to the stimulation of hormones from the implantation of live cells. Cellular regeneration or growth of new cells will probably take longer and the effect will be experienced only after 3 to 6 months from the time of implantation. Therefore, stem cell therapy or live cell therapy still falls back to the natural healing of the body. In other words, the live cells will regenerate the damaged organs, tissue or glands. Once the relevant parts are repaired and regenerated, the body is ready to heal itself. Certainly, natural healing of the body takes place probably concurrently as the repair and regeneration are taking place.
Benefits of Live Cell Therapy.
We summarize below some of the visible, observable and ‘sensible’ benefits of live cell therapy.
Smoother & softer skin
Complexion becomes more even & skin texture becomes finer
Freckles and/or pigmentation lighten
Skin more hydrated, removing wrinkles and lines
Scars are reduced & enhanced skin renewal
Open pores reduced & regulated sebum production
Sagging bust becomes more firmed up
Regeneration of cells, tissues & organs
Stronger immune system
Increased alertness and mental capacity
The above are more of the general characteristics and consequences of live cell therapy. However, when live cell therapy is administered on persons with illness or health problems, it is not surprising to see them getting healed from their health conditions. In other words, live cell therapy provides treatment of diseases and many will experience recovery from illnesses. The youthful appearance and the apparent reversal of aging are more of the outward expression of the youthfulness within the body. This is the power of live cell therapy.
Live Cell Therapy is a form of stem cell therapy. Literally, live cell therapy means transplantation of live cell into the body for disease treatment, repair of damaged organs, tissues and cells, beauty and health rejuvenation. It is under the umbrella of regenerative medicine. Live cell therapy can also refer to transplantation of stem cells. However, modern day live cell therapy more commonly uses young cells instead of matured cells. Stem Cell Malaysia shares with you in this article the nuts and bolts of this interesting and important topic.
Cell Therapy – The Foundation of Live Cell Therapy
Since the whole idea of treatment using live cell has its root in cell-therapy, let’s have a brief overview of the relevant history. Dr Charles-Edward Brown-Séquard (1817–1894), a Mauritian physiologist and neurologist, injected live animal testicle extracts for anti-aging and sexual prowess in early 1800s though the incidence stirred up much controversies. Dr Charles Edward is no doubt one of the fore fathers of cell therapy. In 1912 Dr Alexis Carrel (1873-1944), a French physiologist and biologist and also a Nobel laureate, demonstrated for the first time in history the revitalizing effect of young cells on a culture of old and degenerated ones.
But the modern day pioneer of live cell treatment is none other than Dr Paul Niehans (1882-1971). In 1931, Dr Niehans discovered cell therapies by chance. The incidence is mentioned in an information document provided by Clinic Paul Niehans, founded by Dr Niehans’ daughter in Switzerland. Eversince the ‘accidental’ discovery, Dr Niehans abandoned surgical implantation and used only implants through injection. From then on, treatment using live materials through injection has become more and more popular and common.
There are different theories on why live cell works though the exact mechanism has yet to be found. Furthermore, treatment through injection or oral live materials is more superior than surgical implantation. Some of the advantages are:
Quick dispersion of cellular materials throughout the body
No lack of blood supply or loss of blood as in surgical transplants or implants
Rapid integration into metabolism of the body as they are in suspension
Can be used for organs which are impossible or difficult for transplantation
The body can select or reject the cellular content naturally
Why It Works
Live cell therapy has been practiced for many decades and someone somewhere in this world is receiving such treatment each day. Though the exact mechanism of how it works in the body has yet to be determined, it has been shown to be working over and over again. The human body usually accepts, with little rejection if any, live cellular unit injected or ingested orally during a live treatment session. One possible explanation is because of the embryonic materials used in the treatment have yet to have any matured immunological composition. It is thought that because of this, the live substance can get pass an adult body’s immune system.
Another observation of why live treatment works is even more marvelous. When the live materials are injected or ingested into the body, they do not get dispersed haphazardly. Instead they will somehow end up at their corresponding organs. In other words, liver cells will end up going to the liver organ. Kidney ones going to the kidney, and so on. Using radioisotopes to tag the live materials has proven that injected or ingested cellular substances do end up at the specific corresponding organ.
The next logical question we need to answer is once the new materials end up at the specific organ or tissue, what can they do? Or, what will they do? This is the crucial part for any live cells treatment.
Cell biologists today know that a cell from a specific tissue or organ has the information necessary to regenerate or rebuild the entire organ, tissue or gland. This is the fundamentals of genetic engineering and have great implications for live cellular therapy. Experiments have shown that when they extracted kidney, liver and skin cells from chick embryos, processed them as would be for cellular therapy, and injected them into an egg membrane, the cellular materials were able to develop into the corresponding organs.
There are 3 powerful observations and realizations from the above and similar research:
Embryonic cells or tissues can have the most stimulating effect on growth. That means, young cellular mass or tissues contain more life power than matured ones.
Growth stimulation is organ and tissue specific and not species specific. That’s why live cell treatment can make use of live stem cells from animals, notably sheep and deer which have the best bio-compatibility with the human body. (Refer to our article on Sources of Stem Cells)
Unwanted cells are rejected without causing harm to the body.
Theories On The Revitalizing or Rejuvenation Power of Live Cell Therapy
First of all, cell biologists have uncovered that a stem cell contains all the genetic information or message in the DNA and RNA required to form an organ, tissue or gland. One theory states that the information or message in an old cell is defective or damaged. In this case, the reproduction from old ones will not produce new material which functions to the fullest potential. When young stem cells are next to the old ones, the correct genetic information or message will be passed or communicated to the old materials. Another theory states that as cellular mass age, they lose their ability to function to their potential. So, when stem cells are present, they can stimulate secretions which re-activate the aged or old ones to recover and function properly again.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about live and stem cell therapy. Do return soon as Stem Cell Malaysia has more upcoming in depth information on live cell therapy and its applications.
Stem Cell Therapy For Alzheimer’s Disease – The Dilemma
Stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease is a great challenge for scientists trying to find the ultimate cure for this disease. Alzheimer’s disease is widespread throughout the world and is a huge burden as far as health care cost is concerned. The challenge for finding an effective stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease lies in the complexities of the disease. Stem Cell Malaysia shares with you where stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease is heading and its current status.
To date there is still no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Globally, there were more than 26 million people suffering from this debilitating disease (source : Forecasting the Global Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease). Unlike other neurological illness or condition, Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the loss of many different types of nerve cells or neurons and also the consequent interruption or cessation of communication between the nerve cells. These two problems combined to make pursuing stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease particularly tough and challenging. As a comparison, stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease will have more likelihood of becoming a reality sooner than stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
While there has been much progress recently on stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, it could be years before the treatment will be available. A group of Korean scientists from the Seoul National University and RNL Stem Cell Research Institute announced in September 2012 that their trials for stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease on mice with the disease indicated the mice nearly recovered to normal. (Source : Scientists aim to start stem cell therapy of Alzheimer’s by 2016) These scientists are optimistic that the stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease may be available as early as 2016.
Stem Cell Therapy For Alzheimer’s Disease – My Father’s Success Story
My father is 81 years old in 2012. Prior to the traumatic incident on 5th October 2012, my father has never been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Hence, he was never on prescription drugs for Alzheimer’s or dementia. However, we now realize very mild symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia existed many years ago before the traumatic incident took place. My father’s condition was traumatic because within a time span of 1 to 2 days, his Alzheimer’s and dementia conditions shot to Stage 7 or Severe stage. This was evidenced by the loss of speech, albeit briefly, incontinence, loss of movement control, severe memory loss and delusions, severe visual impairment and loss of pain sensation.
The severity of the condition was communicated to me when my mother spoke to him for the whole day on the 5th October 2012 and there was virtually no response from my father. The trauma was accompanied by my father seemingly living in a different reality and unaware of his own illogical behavior. It took my mother one hour to get him from the ground floor to the living room on first floor. Upon receiving the news, I flew home on the same day. Details of the incident are illustrated in the video below. Please watch the video for more details of how stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease using oral placenta in enteric-coated capsule has turned my father’s condition around from stage 7 to stage 1 or stage 2 within 6 weeks.
There is no doubt that the medical community will discredit this testimonial and highlight the risks involved in this form of ‘stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease’ using an oral placenta product that has not been confirmed through animal and/or clinical trials. On the other hand, should we have taken the road of going to specialist and the main stream medical treatment, I am sure my father would have been on drug therapy and remains to be at stage 7 while his condition gradually deteriorates to the point of no return. What we have witnessed in my father’s amazing recovery could not have been possible in today’s medical treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. To that, I give thanks to the Almighty God’s healing and deliverance as well as blessing us with this wonderful oral placenta product.
The highlights of my father’s success story using oral stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease are:
Recovery of speech after around 4 hours of taking two capsules of the oral placenta
Recovery from incontinence and visual ability (eyesight) within 2 weeks
Recovery from movement control and coordination by about 2 weeks
Regain of sensation (pain) after 2 days of taking the oral placenta
Recovery of significant portion of cognitive ability and memory after 2 weeks on the oral placenta
Recovery of 100% of cognitive ability and memory after 4 weeks on the oral placenta
The landmarks of my father’s recovery from Alzheimer’s disease are often miraculous. It’s is simply beyond what we could fathom and imagine. This oral form of stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease is simply amazing. After witnessing what has happened to my father, I strongly recommend this oral placenta to anyone looking for stem cell therapy fro Alzheimer’s disease. I personally hope this testimonial on stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease will open up the eyes of many people. I also hope that many people suffering from the same or similar disease will give this stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s disease a try and allow the patient a possibility or hope of better quality of life.
Stem Cell Therapy For Parkinson’s Disease – The Current Scenario
Stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease is currently still under study and research by scientists. There are many issues surrounding the study of stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease, including clinical and ethical issues. However, the reality when patients can resort to stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease may be near or years from now.
The famous celebrity with Parkinson’s disease Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with the illness some 20 years ago in 1991. After 20 years of living with this disease, he has lost 80% of his brain’s dopamine cells, which are the dopamine-producing neurons responsible for coordination and motor skills. He is probably one of the most outspoken advocates in the US and the world on research for stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease. Through his effort since 1998, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has donated $300 million to Parkinson’s research, making it the largest contributor of funding for Parkinson’s disease research globally.
The medical research on stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease generally focuses on identifying the specific stem cells or embryonic stem cells which can regenerate or repair the damaged dopamine-producing neurons. Australians scientists have made some breakthrough on successfully reprogramming embryonic stem cells which behave like dopamine-producing neurons. The missing link for stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease is the safety issues of these stem cells. Dr Lachlan Thomson, one of the contributing scientists involved in the research on stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease, said, ‘We have made some recent progress in that area by identifying novel molecules on the therapeutic cells that allow us to target them and essentially pull them out and purify them…I think that will really potentially be an important breakthrough on the road to clinical translation. I think once this safety issue is resolved we are really going to be much closer; and there is no reason to think it couldn’t happen within the next five to 10 years, and there’s no reason to think it couldn’t happen in Australia.’ (Please refer to the source of this news from News Medical)
Apparently the research on stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease, as with any other clinical research, has to pass through layers and layers of stipulated protocols as spelled out in the laws of the country and that takes considerable time also. Therefore, the availability of stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease through main stream medical facilities may still take years before it becomes a reality. For patients who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease in the end stage, the wait may not be soon enough to save the day.
Stem Cell Therapy For Parkinson’s Disease – My Father’s Success Story on Oral Stem Cell Therapy
My father is 81 years old (as at 2012) and has had symptoms of Parkinson’s disease since his early 40s. For the past few years, the tremor has been getting more severe and significant. When he exerts more energy or carries heavy things, his hands would shake more vigorously and he could not stop the shaking or tremor in this case. He is not and has never been on Parkinson’s medication. His Parkinson’s disease is probably classified as ‘mild’ or in the stage 2, possibly stage 3. He started taking Deer placenta stem cells in the form of oral enteric-coated capsule on 5th October 2012. After about one month, some time around the first week of November 2012, we observed the complete absence of tremor.
Though my father’s case was not under clinical observation or study while he was taking the oral deer placenta as stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease, there is no doubt that the current medical treatment or medication has yet to render the results we have seen on my father. Some day when the main stream medical practice finally offers the stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease, the cost will likely be on the high side. How costly will it be? No one can predict. But in all likelihood, it will cost the patient 5 figures out of the pocket.
As mentioned earlier many patients living with the deteriorating conditions or in the end stage of Parkinson’s disease may not have the time to wait for the complete clinical evidence of stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease. Even when the therapy is available, many may not be able to afford the hefty price. An alternative stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease worth considering is the oral placenta of Deer stem cells available today.
Knowing the sources of stem cells used for stem cell therapy is crucial and instrumental to the effect of the therapy. The sources of stem cells directly determine their quality. Other than the sources, there are other factors, such as extraction and handling of the stem cells, which will also affect the quality. However, we will address the sources of stem cells in this article.
When we talk about the sources of stem cells, we are referring to two important area, namely the organism and the locality of the organism. By organism, we mean ‘are the sources of stem cells from sheep, deer or human?’ By locality of the sources of stem cells, we mean ‘where does the sheep, deer or human come from?’ These questions are important because if the organism is mot healthy, so also the stem cells. If the organism comes from a location where the same species is exposed to a lot of diseases or inflicted with diseases, then there is a high probability that the stem cells may contain those diseases. The importance of the issues pertaining to the sources of stem cells can never be over-emphasized as the efficacy of stem cell therapy will be directly affected by the quality of the stem cells, which is directly affected by the sources.
There is another matter concerning the sources of stem cells is ‘which part of the body of organism is the stem cells harvested from?’ This matter is not as controversial as the two issues above because it is universally agreed that placenta is the part where stem cells are most suitable.
Sources of Stem cells – Sheep, Deer Or Human
Sheep and deer placenta are normally used due to their biocompatibility with human. In other words, placenta from these two animals, sheep and deer, is known to be most suitable for the human body and does not trigger allergic reaction. Human fetal stem cells are suitable because they have yet to develop antigenicity, meaning their immune system have not been developed and therefore will not result in the body having an immune response when introduced into the body. In other words, all three sources, sheep, deer and human placenta, are suitable for the human body. However, special considerations have to be taken when human fetal stem cells are chosen. This is addressed further down the article.
Sources of Stem cells – Location
Historically, sheep and deer placenta is produced in Europe, which has to do with the history of stem cell therapy using placenta stem cells. The problem with Europe is the outbreak of diseases, including Mad Cow Disease, Scrapie, and Foot and Mouth Disease. This is a very serious concern because these diseases can affect sheep and deer. If you take a look at the geography, you will find that countries such as China and Switzerland are probably not the places you want to source for your stem cells. The reason is these countries are connected to the European continent. As a result, infected birds, cattle, sheep and other animals can spread to these countries. Ideally, you would want the location of the sources of stem cells to be far away and isolated from the European continent. This would be continents like Australia and New Zealand. In fact, New Zealand will be the ideal location for the sources of stem cells because New Zealand is free from Mad Cow Disease, Scrapie, and Foot and Mouth Disease.
Human Sources of Stem Cells
When we talk about the human sources of stem cells, that is fetal placenta, there are various issues we need to address and deliberate. The most crucial question to ask is ‘is the fetal placenta certified and tested for HIV, Hepatitis, and other viruses?’ We also need to question the legality of the placenta. Are the fetal placenta obtained illegally from some third world countries? Answering these questions is vital to the quality of the stem cells because effective stem cell therapy hinges on good quality, disease free placenta. If the fetal placenta is not approved and comes with the proper certification and testing, you will be exposed to unknown risks should the stem cells be used for treatment. For the time being, it is probably a good idea to stay away from fetal placenta until such time the critical questions have been met with satisfactory answers.
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