This country is flooded with Johnny-come-lately private practice docs rushing to make a buck by treating patients with a variety of maladies using stem cells from various sources, most being derived from tissues harvested from fat, peripheral blood or bone marrow.
Most in my estimation lack experience and depth of knowledge about basic stem cell biology much less how to properly use them in a clinical setting.
I, on the other hand, have been using bone marrow treatments for many years. In fact, I did my first bone marrow aspiration in 1968 and in 1969 studied in the department of hematology at the University of Washington’s hospital under E. Donnell Thomas, MD who shared the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering (bone marrow) cell and organ transplantation work.
I began to specialize full-time in the use of stem cells for a variety of diseases and medical conditions in 2006 and since 2001 have supervised or given stem cells to over 7,000 patients.
Based on my knowledge and experience, I believe that stem cells are bodily “seeds” it needs to maintain health and heal itself and by virtue of this have to be preserved and supported, i.e., one has to remove toxic substances and heavy metals from the body’s “soil” (body tissues & organs), and provide this bio-soil with the right nutrients and essential substrates. When stem cell rich tissue such as that from bone marrow is used to treat patients, it is vital to administer the most healthy, vigorous stem cells available to treat those areas of the body that need repair the most.
Recently I have developed a new method that makes this “bio-soil preparation and plating” process even more effective which I dubbed “Youngering”.
If you are thinking of having a stem cell treatment, ask the doctor or his staff these questions.
1) Do you test the stem cells for endotoxins?
2) Do you do a gram stain on the cells to check for contamination?
3) If fat stem cells are being used, do you or your lab people use collagenase or other enzymes to digest the fat?
Fat stem cell treatment promoters tend to tell patients that their method is the best since they typically don’t know of anything better.
In addition, during the past year aggressive marketing companies have been telling doctors that they can buy amniotic stem cells to give to patients despite the fact these products have only growth factors on them and no stem cells.
4) Ask the fat-stem-cell-using doc or his staff if they use a flow cytometry device to determine the type and number of stem cells they are giving their patients.
5) Ask the doc or her staff to divulge the number of CD34 positive cells they are giving patients.
Anyone contemplating being treated by a doc who cannot provide this information should head for the nearest exit, as this basic cell type is important in terms of helping restore and regenerate aging, diseased or injured tissues and organs.
Docs or their staff should also be able to provide precise numbers of mesenchymal stem cells (also called “stromal cells”) in a given treatment or course of treatments (Be advised, Wharton’s jelly and fat contains more mesenchymal stem cells than CD34 positive stem cells).
And finally, the best clinical results are obtained by giving a ratio of 1 CD34 positive (stem cell) to 4-8 mesenchymal stem cells.