Before we even begin, let’s get one thing straight. If you had an immediate gut level reaction to the words “Stem Cells” I can assure you that you thought about a total different type. The regeneration stem cells discussed below are from human umbilical cords with which there are no ethical concerns. (We are actually making a healing use of what would otherwise be waste.) There will be more about stem cell sources later. If you did not hear the show Saturday, I recommend that you listen to it to hear the full exciting story about astonishing recoveries from serious joint problems. Two examples of many are Deanna’s crushed elbow and Dr. Young’s healed meniscus tears in his knee.
Human Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Therapy (HUCST) uses the same power that creates the body to heal it and allow for regeneration. Stem cells are a mind-blowing miracle of life. These generic cells seek out areas of the body that are inflamed or damaged and then become whatever type of specialized cell is needed at that location.
When we are born, we are endowed with an enormous number of stem cells. That is because they are needed to flood the baby’s body, building tissues and organs of all types. Unfortunately, as we age, we have fewer of these cells and therefore have a harder time rebounding from stresses and injury. By the time we are teenagers, we have only 10% as many stem cells as we did originally. By the time we are age 50, we only have ¼ as many as a teen. And on it goes. Our own stem cells can be gathered with types of surgery (into blood marrow or liposuction). In addition to the relative scarcity of cells from those sources, I personally wonder if our aged stem cells have not accumulated damage like our other cells have done and might therefore be less vigorous. There is another approach where doctors inject young stem cells.
When stems cells are placed into a suffering joint, in the vast majority of cases, damage to ligaments, tendons and bone is soon repaired.
Is this some wacky new idea? Far from it. If you search “stem cells” on pubmed.gov, the website returns 274,208 scientific articles. (The research started in the early 1900’s.) To narrow it down, search for “stem cells joint” and you will still see 3,572 articles. However, I think that the most motivating proof of the procedure is in the success stories like the ones discussed on the radio interview.
It is a real breakthrough that a system (very much like a blood bank) has been developed to collect, safety-screen, protect and distribute umbilical cord blood. The umbilical cord is the richest source of stem cells in terms of numbers, offering powerful regeneration potential. It is also the least contaminated source and provides the most vibrant stem cells. There is no concern about rejection, allergy or introduction of DNA from others.
As one of my listeners/readers, you can receive a no-pressure consultation to find out if your health problem might be helped with regenerative medicine using Human Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Therapy. That consultation would normally cost $200, but until midnight Sunday 4/23 (I was able to negotiate an extension) there is no charge—if you tell them Martie sent you. Follow the link to YoungVitality.org or call 888-521-0055. (Doctors interested in offering this method can also call the same number.)
During the radio show on this topic, I received calls asking if stem cells could help various other health problems besides the structural issues mentioned above. The best way to answer those questions is to do a search on pubmed.gov. If you find something of interest, you can call the toll-free number (888-521-0055) to inquire about out-of-state doctors who can help with approaches other than joint injections. (Texas isn’t quite there yet.)
Nature is a fabulous healer, but sometimes we can give her a hand.