Lesson On Stem Cells Coming To Cabo

Also called regenerative medicine, is it right for you?
BY: DORIS OPEN

We’ve all heard about stem cells and most of us have heard about the amazing things they can do for us. So amazing, it’s hard for us to believe it all.

But there truly are some amazing successes with stem cells, and maybe after we explain what these little guys are exactly, you will have the appropriate amount of respect and confidence in them.

Stem cells got kind of a bad rap back in the George Bush days because, as a religious zealot, he believed stem cells were all from unborn babies and all involved immoral abortions. He also feared women would become pregnant just so they could harvest the fetuses for their stem cells. That was absurd then and we all know it is absurd now, but it seems stem cell therapy has been forever tarnished by his lack of knowledge.

There are stem cells taken from the placenta, the fluid that is produced along with a healthy live birth, and there are also adult stem cells, which are found in all of us, at all ages. These are found throughout our bodies in various types of our tissue such as our bone marrow, brain, blood, skeletal muscles, skin, and liver. These can be used to great effect for many types of repair to diseased or damaged parts such as joints, muscles, and to treat diabetes, osteoarthritis and a host of other chronic diseases.

They can even be injected into the face to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Stem cell therapy and why it can benefit you is what you want to hear about, so here it comes:

There is also the protocol of using our own stem cells as opposed to donor stem cells. If we already have these stem cells in us, why do we need any treatment at all? To enhance their effect, that’s why. As we age, our body’s responses slow down. Stem cells are drawn from the patient’s fat cells or bone marrow and injected into the site of the damaged area where they naturally supplement the body’s stem cells and help the injury heal much faster.

Here is what to expect in a stem cell treatment:

The doctor makes a small incision in one side of a patient's torso to insert a cannula, a foot-long hollow metal needle that's attached to a syringe. From there the cannula is moved vigorously around to break up fat tissue, and then the yellowish sludge is sucked into the syringe. This is basically a mini-liposuction procedure. Next, he separates the sludge in a small centrifuge, adds an enzyme to break down the fat, and incubates what's left for 30 minutes. All of this liberates stem cells as well as proteins called cytokines, that can promote healing. After filtering and washing, he loads about 10cc of this stuff into an IV bag, to be delivered into a vein in the patient's arm. At that point, these new enhance cells are on their own, spreading throughout your body on the highway of your blood stream, seeking out and rejuvenating almost whatever ails you.

These-ready-to-go stem cells can also be injected directly into a joint if that is what is affecting your health. Injecting at the site is of very good use for joints.

People who might benefit from stem cell therapy include those with spinal cord injuries, type 1 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, stroke, burns, cancer and osteoarthritis.

But where stem cells do their best work is in the relief of joint symptoms. These days before considering knee, shoulder, hip or elbow surgery, you might consider the benefits of stem cell treatments. This is a very simple non-surgical procedure with no general anesthesia, and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. The doctor normally uses stem cells from a donor or the patient, either one, and injects the cells right into the joint. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is produced from the patient’s own blood, is mixed with the stem cells and injected into the joint.

The stem cell facelift is a complete facial rejuvenation procedure without involving any surgery. It is a minimally invasive aesthetic treatment using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and is combined with stem cell injections into the wrinkly areas of the face and neck. The stem cell facelift is performed on an outpatient basis, and the face is anesthetized with local anesthesia. The mixture of stem cells and growth factors are injected into the muscle of the face and below the skin surface using very tiny needles. This allows for a more complete rejuvenation of the face and gives a smooth natural texture to the skin. The treatment takes about 50 minutes, and its effects are immediate. It also works as a preventive anti-aging procedure.

If you have further questions or interest, attend the seminar presented by Dr. Jose Medina, a leading authority on stem cell therapy. It’s all happening at the Barcelo Beach Resort in San Jose on February 2nd at 7 p.m.

For a reservation email stemcellseminar7@gmail.com or telephone 624 157 1970

Seminar is free and cookies and punch will be served.