Clinical Experience with Stem Cells

What can you do to supercharge your own stem cells?     

Name something you did in life and were successful at. How did you pull this off? Odds are you prepared or readied yourself to do whatever was needed to succeed. The same principle applies to the stem cells in your body. They do a great job of healing when injury or disease strikes, but there are things that can interfere with their activity. Among them are tissues laden with toxic heavy metals, pesticides and other noxious compounds, and things that render them inactive or senescent such as being older and sedentary or having to battle many chronic disease processes at the same time.

If you ask a conventional physician what can be done to remove impediments to activating bone marrow and other stem cells you would likely be met with a blank stare or told something along the lines of “Scientists are working on this but we doctors don’t have anything yet to help with this”.

It is a pity to think of how many people missed their chance for optimal healing and regeneration thanks to this sort of advice.

The truth is, there are many things that can be done to clear the way to get stem cells on the job and working effectively. However, it is imperative to involve a physician who possesses a comprehensive understanding of stem cell biology such as what inactivates them or otherwise impedes their performance, and who has actual (and preferably extensive) clinical experience in their use.

If you do a Google search for private physicians who fit the profile above you will come up with a very short list of names, especially when it comes to those whose involvement with adult stem cells goes back before 2000. One name sure to come up is Dr. David Steenblock. Now consider these facts:

Following receipt of degrees in zoology (BS), biochemistry (MS) and medicine (Doctor of Osteopathy or D.O.), and post-doctoral training including three years at Case Western Reserve University, one year at the Oregon Health Sciences University and a clinical Rotating Internship at Providence Hospital (Seattle, Washington), Dr. Steenblock did an externship at the University of Washington Department of Hematology/Oncology in 1969 which included work with stem cell-rich bone marrow. This program was run by Dr. Edward Donnall Thomas who in 1990 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine & Physiology. This line of clinical work made Dr. Steenblock keenly aware of the existence and therapeutic promise of stem cells (which Dr. Thomas had first described in the 1950s as “primitive bone marrow cells”).

During the ensuing 3 decades the clinical use of adult (nonembryonic) stem cells was largely confined to treating leukemia and a handful of other diseases and conditions. However, by the late 1990s Dr. Steenblock and many other scientist-physicians felt that some adult stem cells such as those found in umbilical cord blood had accrued sufficient evidence of safety and clinical utility to suggest they should be employed to treat a wide variety of other neurologic and non-neurologic diseases and medical conditions in both children and adults. However, the use of cord blood and pure cord blood stem cells outside of FDA approved research and a handful of clinical applications here in the USA was out-of-the-question. These restrictions did not apply to many foreign countries including Mexico. With this in mind, in 2002 Dr. Steenblock began working closely with highly credentialed physicians in Mexico who agreed to utilize pure cord blood stem cells in conjunction with protocols he developed. This line of research-oriented work was done well in advance of similar lines of inquiry and clinical research at such prestigious institutions as Duke University and the Medical School of Georgia. In addition, he helped spearhead a pilot study involving eight children with cerebral palsy treated with cord blood stem cells (in Mexico) in 2004-5 which demonstrated that pure cord stem cells were both safe and produced specific clinical improvements (including the partial resolution of cortical blindness in one male child).

During this time Dr. Steenblock also co-authored one of the very first lay-level English language books on umbilical cord stem cell therapy ever published titled “Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Therapy: The Gift of Healing from Healthy Newborns” (2006, Basic Health Publications)

Then, starting in 2005, Dr. Steenblock pioneered the harvesting and infusion of stem cell rich bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) along with administration of FDA approved pharmaceutical stem cell activators to successfully treat age-related macular degeneration, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS),  osteoporosis, spinal cord injury (SCI), Parkinson’s disease, COPD (Emphysema) and more. This FDA regulations compliant program, which is currently conducted at Dr. Steenblock’s spacious medical clinic in San Clemente (California), has done over 1500 BMAC treatments to-date (2015).

As all this progressive clinical work unfolded, it became clear to Dr. Steenblock that the use of adult stem cells to slow, halt and even reverse various chronic diseases and medical conditions was simply the outgrowth of augmenting the stem cell repair & restoration mechanism present in every person. This makes sense since disease prods the sufferer’s body to attempt to repair the damage by activating stem cells residing in the affected tissues. This process also results in the mobilization of stem cells from the bone marrow and their attraction to diseased  areas. But, as Dr. Steenblock also observed and noted, these stem cells are not always up to the job of repair and regeneration especially when it comes to aging, sedentary or chronically ill people, mainly because their marrow tends to harbor large numbers of senescent (inactive) stem cells. The solution? Dr. Steenblock found that by giving these patients injections of the FDA approved stem cell mobilizing drug Neupogen® for five (5) consecutive days, their marrow purged out the senescent stem cells and then created up to ten times as many healthier, more active stem cells!

And, as you might suspect, things that tend to make people sick and keep them sick, also adversely impact stem cells and their ability to effect repair and restoration. Among these are toxic heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium, chronic viral, fungal and bacterial infections, bowel problems that release endotoxins into the human body, and much more. These are also the very players that Dr. Steenblock has been identifying and dealing with in patients for over forty years.

By now it should be overwhelmingly clear that Dr. Steenblock has a sweeping understanding of stem cell biology including not only what inactivates them or otherwise impedes their performance, but also how to circumvent this. He also possesses over 14 years of clinical experience using umbilical cord stem cells (Mexico) and over a decade using stem cell-rich BMAC (USA).

There are, of course, many additional reasons Dr. Steenblock is the best fit when it comes to insuring that his patients get their best shot at optimized healing: he has a very long track record of doing the sort of innovative, in-office experimentation that has been shown to be a driving force in medical advancement. Also, he has a background that includes formal training and experience in “disease sleuthing” (pathology), and has spent decades creating whole person, comprehensive treatment programs that combine what works in conventional medicine with what works in the realm of complementary-alternative medicine. You can learn more about this by reading these articles:

Getting the Diagnosis Right

Dr. Steenblock’s Comprehensive Approach

Charting a Personalized Course

You are also invited to call 949-229-8551 or use the online form below to request more information about Dr. Steenblock and his celebrated blend of innovation and personalized regenerative medicine including his use of stem cells.