Dr. Steenblock’s Comprehensive Approach
Dr. Steenblock is a medical innovator who has spent over four decades doing the sort of in-office exploration and experimentation that drives progress in medical science. Conventional doctors follow the “recipe book” (Manuals & books that dictate what is accepted), while innovators use drugs off-label and use established & new therapies in unique ways and combinations.
At Dr. Steenblock’s Personalized Regenerative Medicine Clinic this process is individualized in the sense disease & bodily vulnerabilities, deficiencies and the like are identified and are “matched” to treatments and combinations of treatments that are most likely to affect healing and restoration.
Thanks to this kind of dogged commitment to innovation Dr. Steenblock has gotten results and outcomes that have eluded most other doctors. To him every chronic, intractable or terminal disease and the people afflicted with them have unique attributes and features that need to be identified, and then addressed or otherwise therapeutically capitalized on.
Dr. Steenblock’s “understand the person and the players in their medical issues and afterwards create personalized & targeted treatments” approach to doing medicine includes these elements:
Making sure of the diagnosis
When a doctor sees a patient for the first time he will ask for copies of medical records as part of gathering information and data that, in combination with taking a medical history and doing relevant exams and tests, helps him arrive at a diagnosis (or confirm previously made ones) and create a treatment plan. Dr. Steenblock does all this, yes, but goes far beyond this. How so? He ferrets out previously undetected causes of and contributors to a person’s problems. This medical sleuthing or Sherlock Holmes mindset is what helps Dr. Steenblock come up with answers in situations where others have failed. Not surprisingly his track record of “discerning what has escaped other docs” has earned him the moniker “The doctor’s doctor” by his patients and a great many of his colleagues.
How did Dr. Steenblock come to be a “medical sleuth”? Medical sleuths are not born but made. The truly good ones have agile minds, intense curiosity, critical thinking skills and a sound medical and scientific education. Dr. Steenblock certainly has all this and more. His education and training are a matter of public record: An earned B.S. degree from Iowa State University, then an M.S. in biochemistry and Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degrees from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. His post-doctoral training included three years at Case Western Reserve University, one year at the Oregon Health & Sciences University and a clinical Rotating Internship at Providence Hospital in Seattle, Washington. In addition, he 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). Also — and very integral to doing medical detective work — Dr. Steenblock spent years working in pathology, the science of studying and diagnosing disease.
Estimates vary but it appears around 4% of medical diagnoses are just plain wrong. Some of these patients had “consensus diagnoses” (a medical diagnosis made by 2 or more doctors) that turned out to in error. Needless to say, getting properly diagnosed helped get these folks on the right (as opposed to wrong) road. This is something Dr. Steenblock has in-mind with each and every patient who comes in to see him.
Testing & other assessments:
Dr. Steenblock tests for things that interfere with stem cell mobilization, vitality and activity such as:
Toxic heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, etc: With adults, a DMPS (*2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid) Challenge Test is done in which the patient gets 250 mgs DMPS in 250 milliliters saline by intravenous drip over a two hour period. The patient’s urine is collected for 2-6 hours and sent to Doctor’s Data in Chicago for analysis. Click this link to learn more. This helps determine the presence & levels of toxic and essential elements.
Hormone deficiencies as well as excess, e.g., hyperthyroidism, hyperthyroidism, etc: Hormones as well as lack of certain ones can impact stem cells as well as the tissues they engraft in (Hormones can bring about tissue changes that can dampen or otherwise impede stem cell activity). Dr. Steenblock prescribes hormone panel tests that measure such hormones as DHEA, IGF-1, hGH, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone and prolactin.
Physical stressors including but not limited to hypoxia (low blood and tissue oxygen levels), intermittent hypoxia, nocturnal hypoxemia (serious drops in tissue oxygen levels during sleep), chronic persistent hypoxia secondary to COPD (emphysema), metabolic acidosis (happens in poorly controlled diabetes) or other noxious tissue conditions. To detect & measure the extent of these Dr. Steenblock runs tests that measure carbon dioxide (CO2) blood levels, LDH isoenzymes & lactic acid, pyruvic acid levels, salivary and urine pH. In addition, Dr. Steenblock has patients do a nocturnal oximetry test, electrocardiogram (EKG), and pulmonary function studies.
Infections: Dr. Steenblock looks for active infections whether bacterial, viral, or mycoplasma in nature in gums, sinuses, organs or other tissues, plus smoldering or hard-to-detect low grade infections especially those caused by certain herpes viruses and retroviruses. Among the tests that Dr. Steenblock utilizes when indicated: A computed tomography (CT) scan of the lungs & sinuses to rule out sinus infections and a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) plus a parasite test to rule out intestinal issues including disturbances in bowel ecology. These sorts of infections tend to attract stem cells including those that would ordinarily wind up supporting the body’s own repair and restoration processes.
Nutritional status & issues: Poor nutrition, consumption of unhealthy fats and simple sugars, binge or heavy drinking, consumption of carbonated beverages especially sugar-laden ones, overconsumption of caffeine, etc. can make many medical conditions worse. In addition, lack of certain nutrients and especially vitamin D deficiency, excess amounts of others such as vitamins K and A can interfere with the viability & activity of stem cells. Generally, Dr. Steenblock does a systematic review of a patient’s diet (This may require the patient keeping a food diary for a period of time. Sometimes specialized testing is done to see if nutritional deficiencies or excesses exist.)
A review of prescription and/or OTC pharmaceuticals and/or illicit drugs: Drug interactions and excessive or wrong drug choices can create medical problems and complicate existing ones and have an adverse effect on stem cell growth, proliferation or function. Dr. Steenblock reviews each patient’s past & present drug & supplement use (or has the patient do this with their family doctor).
A review of herbs, herb-derived compounds, and vitamins: Many herbs, herbal concentrates-extracts and vitamins can negatively impact various medical diseases and conditions as well as influence stem cell growth, proliferation or function. Patients are asked to provide Dr. Steenblock with a detailed list or record of all the herbs, herbal formulas, teas, vitamins and etc. they ingest for review.
Assessing the influence of genetics now & down-the-line: Dr. Steenblock makes use of various highly sophisticated tests to help gauge such things as: (1) how a patient is likely to respond to (a) particular medication(s) Dr. Steenblock feels they might benefit from using; and (2) their risk of developing specific chronic diseases in the future. One comprehensive genetics test Dr. Steenblock often has his patients do is 23andme. This kind of testing makes it possible for Dr. Steenblock to individualize many aspects of the care he provides.
In addition to the aforementioned tests Dr. Steenblock makes use of these: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), C-Reactive Protein (CRP), thyroid panel, uric acid, ammonia (brain cases), erythropoietin (EPO) test if anemia is present, reticulocyte count, iron, Total iron-binding capacity test (TIBC), oxygen % saturation, copper, ceruloplasmin, Antinuclear Antibody Test with reflex, and urine organic acids.
Putting it all together: Creating a Personalized Treatment Plan
Once a patient’s diagnosis is confirmed, modified or even overturned and the results of all tests ordered are in, Dr. Steenblock creates a treatment plan. This is personalized which is to say therapies and treatments are matched to the individual and their unique biochemical, genetic and other characteristics and features as well as that of their particular medical challenges. This process helps insure the patient gets optimal results and has his greatest shot at making significant clinical improvements.
- If heavy metals toxicity is an issue a suitable course of chelation therapy is typically prescribed.
- Hormone problems are dealt with.
- Infections are treated.
- Nutritional deficiencies and unique dietary needs are addressed. This typically entails Dr. Steenblock’s prescribing an individualized therapeutic diet and possibly oral or IV nutritional therapies.
- For patients using prescribed and/or OTC drugs, Dr. Steenblock typically substitutes gentle but effective natural compounds when possible. If drugs are essential, Dr. Steenblock makes sure there are no potential conflicts or interactions between these and any herbs, herbal compounds or vitamins the patient routinely takes (He also looks closely at these herbs, herbal compounds and vitamins to make sure their properties and actions are best suited to maximize patient health and not work to the contrary).
These are but a few of the treatment modalities Dr. Steenblock has available in his clinic that he can utilize as part of personalized care plans:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Therapy (HOCATT) – A special detox and “bad bugs & biofilm eradicating” treatment system.
A word about bone marrow stem cell therapy: Augmenting nature’s own repair & restoration mechanism
When disease sets in and begins to progress the sufferer’s body tries to repair the damage by activating stem cells. Unfortunately, these stem cells are not always up to the job of repair and restoration. The chemical signals produced by the ailing body then attracts circulating bone marrow stem cells. However, as people age their bone marrow tends to be filled with ever increasing numbers of senescent or inactive stem cells. To counter this Dr. Steenblock prods the patient’s bone marrow to make new, more vital stem cells by giving them injections of the FDA approved stem cell mobilizing drug Neupogen® for five (5) consecutive days. How does this work? The mobilization of huge numbers of mostly senescent (poorly functioning/responsive) stem cells from the marrow switches on natural biological processes that result in the production of replacement stem cells. What Dr. Steenblock discovered is that in two weeks time this revved up replacement activity has produced upwards of 10 times more healthy stem cells than were present prior to the Neupogen® injections!
Once a patient’s bone marrow is brimming with robust, healthier stem cells, Dr. Steenblock harvests this and gives it back to patients by intravenous drip or other means. This turns loose more stem cells than would ever be mobilized naturally.
Among the many health challenges Dr. Steenblock has created effective, personalized treatment programs for:
- ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Cerebral Palsy
- COPD (Emphysema, bronchitis, asthma)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)