Testing and Assessments
One of the central planks in Dr. David Steenblock’s practice of personalized is to cover all the testing and diagnostic bases. The first step in this process is typically to do a complete physical examination, including routine lab work and any specialized testing Dr. Steenblock deems essential.
Given the fact that each person’s bone marrow stem cells play a crucial way in healing damaged or diseased organs and tissues, Dr. Steenblock also tests for things that interfere with stem cell mobilization as well as their vitality and activity. This includes testing to determine the presence and levels of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, etc. For adults, this is done using a DMPS Challenge Test in which 250 mgs of the heavy metal chelating compound 2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid (DMPS) is added to 250 milliliters (8.45 ounces) of saline solution and given by intravenous drip over a two hour period. The patient’s urine is then collected for 2-6 hours and sent to Doctor’s Data in Chicago for analysis.
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 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 all impede or 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 others as 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 such 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 and deals with any problems that crop up: 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 scores 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)
Please contact us at 949-367-8870 or use the online form below to get more information about Dr. Steenblock and his unique blend of innovation and personalized regenerative medicine.