Eight Things You Need to Know About Stem Cell Treatments
Stem cell research is constantly and rapidly evolving, why just recently scientists have successfully taken the skin cells from a mouse and produced eggs which in turn produced baby mice. This may someday allow for couples to forget about the ticking biological clock or even allow for designer children.
To address some of the misinformation that flows about stem cell treatments, here are eight things that you need to know:
- There are stem cells, which satisfy a specific purpose. Stem cells come from various parts of the body and are formed at different times of a person’s life. Embryonic stem cells are rather controversial; they exist only during the human development whereas adult stem cells or “tissue specific” stem cells, although created during the embryonic stage, stays with a person through life.
- There are at this time very few stem cell therapies, which have become widely accepted. The number of diseases that can positively react to stem cell intervention is quite limited, and even clinical trials are restricted. The most productive treatment at this time is blood stem-cell transplant, which treats diseases of the immune system and of course, blood.
- Stem cell treatments can easily cause a placebo effect on a patient. The desire to believe in stem cell therapy can readily cause a person to feel well or to feel less pain. Even a positive talk with the doctor can have placebo effects, as can the effects of supporting therapies, such as diet.
- Stem cells have to be given instructions before they can work well. One of the more well-known stem cell treatments is a bone marrow transplant. The process is successful because the stem cells are being instructed to do what they normally do and that is to make blood. The research that is ongoing is focused on getting stem cells to behave in a way which is foreign to them.
- Stem cells taken from your own body are not necessarily safe. You will not have an immune reaction to your own cells, but while the cells are out of your body and being manipulated, the characteristics could change or may even lose their viability due to bacteria, viruses or pathogens that cause diseases.
- When all else seems to be failing, participating in an unproven treatment can prove risky. The potential of suffering complications are very high and the chance of seeing a benefit is very low.
- As stem cells fulfil a specific function, they cannot be expected to replicate cells from tissues other than themselves. The chances of a common stem cell therapy are remote; treating diabetes and Parkinson’s disease with a common treatment will not prove successful.
- Stem cell research is promising, great advances have been made and science promises even greater advances. The successes that have been witnessed show how powerful stem cell therapy can be.
In summary, stem cell therapy may or may not be the answer to your condition. Close communication with your physician and a full understanding of the risks and potential benefits should be assessed before treatment begins.
About the author:
Thom E. LobeÂ is a world renowned physician, surgeon, author and researcher at Regeneveda. Experience his state-of-the-art Beverly Hills anti-aging treatments and find out why more and more people are coming to us and saying â€œRejuvenate Me!â€