Frequently Asked Questions
Be aware that representatives at certain stem cell clinics/companies will claim your stem cells are too old to provide therapeutic benefit when utilized as a treatment. This is simply not true since a vast number of clinical trials have demonstrated the therapeutic effects of stem cells derived from individuals of advanced age. This therapeutic effect has been reliably repeated and well documented in medical literature.
However, many representatives will argue that placental/fetal/umbilical cord cells or cell products are a more appropriate therapy for individuals of a certain age. Unfortunately, this is a marketing ploy with the intent of selling a treatment or “add-on treatment” of little value. Placental/fetal/umbilical cell treatments utilize off-the-shelf products that lack real therapeutic benefit. A recent study demonstrated that these products contained only dead cells or cell fragments. Further, these products contained very low levels of growth factors, levels no higher than ordinary blood. Be highly cautious of any clinic or company that claims to provide living placental/fetal cells as part of their therapy. This likely indicates the cells are from an unknown source and could be contaminated with any number of viral or bacterial pathogens.
A significant percentage of patients come from either out of state or out of country. The procedure is minimally invasive so patients can return home the afternoon of the day after their stem cell treatment.
No, however these experimental treatments are in compliance with the FDA’s latest guidance which defines “homologous use” and “minimal manipulation.” The full guidance document can be found HERE.
Adult stem cell therapy may be able to help the following conditions:
Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Irritable bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, COPD, Diabetes Type 2, Alzheimer’s, Wound Care, Many Auto-immune conditions, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and more.
Keep in mind, there are also many conditions/disease that stem cell therapy is known to be ineffective for. For more information on those conditions, please contact us to speak with one of our Patient Advocates.