FAQs2019-01-29T07:04:16+00:00
Where do your stem cells come from?2019-01-29T07:00:22+00:00

We only choose to work with stem cell laboratories that are US-based, and are leaders in the industry, who strictly follow FDA guidelines. We believe that the best source of stem cells as of date are of birth tissue origin, thus we provide treatment using cells derived from birth tissue including the umbilical cord and placenta.

While in the mother’s womb, a fetus receives nourishment and oxygen from the mother’s blood. These essential substances pass to the fetus through the placenta and umbilical cord, which connect the mother and fetus. The blood found within the umbilical cord is the baby’s, not the mother’s.

Typically, the umbilical cord and placenta are discarded after birth. But researchers have discovered that umbilical cord tissue and blood are rich in stem cells, such as mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells, and they are the best source of stem cells when comparing various factors, such as the youth of the cells, safety, convenience, low potential for adverse immune rejection, not requiring enzymatic manipulations, high cell viability and differentiation potential, and low potential to cause tumors, as well as lack of ethical controversy.

We also believe that the stem cells derived from a combination of umbilical cord tissue, cord blood as well as amniotic membrane offer the most complete array of therapeutic cell types, and we only work with companies of high integrity, with the strictest screening procedures and the most cutting-edge processing techniques.

How are the stem cells collected?2019-01-29T06:47:03+00:00

Shortly before giving birth, expectant mothers are asked if they would like to cryopreserve the umbilical cord blood/cord tissue of the baby for future use. Vast majority of the mothers say no (mainly due to associated cost), at which point they are asked if they would like to donate the tissue.

When mothers say yes, they are asked to fill out an extensive questionnaire, and the questions include the mother’s personal health history, pregnancy history, family health history (including the baby’s father’s), their own social & travel history, and history of any toxic exposures. The laboratories that produce products for our clinic only accept birth tissues that meet the most stringent criteria, to ensure our products come from the healthiest donors, thus with the most potent therapeutic potentials.

Birth tissues are only accepted from healthy mothers after giving birth to a normal healthy baby in a US hospital, and only birth tissue from C-sections are accepted to ensure sterility. Donors sign a consent form and give a blood sample. The mothers’ blood and the birth tissue undergo extensive testing for HIV, STD’s, hepatitis, CMV, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, etc.

Once the cords are ensured to be free of all infectious diseases and meets all American Association of Tissue Bank standards, the tissue is allowed to be donated. When the umbilical cord and mother’s blood arrive at the laboratory, they would undergo further stringent testing, and all cells are obtained through minimal manipulation, and no chemical reagents are used.

Is it safe?2019-01-29T07:00:10+00:00

Stem cells of different sources carry different safety profiles. Using cells from one’s own body avoids any concerns of tissue rejection, but carries the risks due to invasive surgical procedures. The processing of tissue to obtain stem cells typically occurs at a doctor’s office, and carries its own risks of introducing infectious agents.

Birth tissue-derived stem cells have little surface markers that would make them appear “foreign” to the recipient’s body, but if a product is not pure and contains more mature cells such as RBC’s (red blood cells), there is more of a chance for adverse reaction due to immune incompatibility, which is why using a product that is well-processed and of high purity is important.

Birth tissues are screened before they are accepted for donation and tested before being sent to a stem cell lab. Our laboratories test the birth tissue again before processing, and test the finished product again after the processing is completed. The risk of infectious disease transmission is at the same level as when one receives a blood transfusion or organ donation. Laboratories producing such cells are under the regulation of American Association of Tissue Banks, and they adhere to the same standards as if they are processing blood transfusion and tissue donation products.

What kind of stem cells are in the birth tissue product?2019-01-29T07:00:02+00:00

Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC’s): these are multipotent stem cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types, including osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells), myocytes (muscle cells), adipocytes (fat cells), and have been shown to have the ability to trans- differentiate into many other important cells of the body, such as neurons. They are ideally suited for treating systemic autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, and play a vital role in regenerating injured tissues. They help prevent premature cell death, rescue damaged cells, stimulate local dormant stem cells, modulate the immune system; they have antimicrobial properties, and have been approved internationally (Australia, South Korea, Canada, Japan, etc.) for treating bone damage, coronary heart disease, arthritic conditions, Crohn’s disease, graft vs. host disease, etc.

Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSC’s): these are immature blood-forming cells found in blood and bone marrow, and are highly suited for tissue regeneration. They have revascularization capabilities, help repair endothelial lining of blood vessels, and provide synergistic benefits in concert with the tissue-repairing function of the mesenchymal stem cells. They are able to replenish cells in the circulatory systems such as white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.

Other Mononuclear Cells: including a multitude of multipotent progenitor cells that can differentiate into blood cells, endothelial cells, hepatocytes, myocytes, cardiomyocytes, smooth muscle cells, epithelial cells, neural cells, osteoblasts, fibroblasts, etc.

What are the benefits? How long will it take before I feel something?2019-01-29T06:59:50+00:00

Numerous research studies have shown that stem cells (especially MSC’s) have anti- inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-tumorigenic, and immune-modulating properties. Depending on the conditions a person has, he/she may sense a difference within a day, or may not notice a major difference until a few weeks or even 2-3 months later. For example, pain issues may respond more quickly than neurological issues, as the healing of the nervous system tends to take much longer. Tissue repair and regeneration takes time, and different tissues repair and regenerate at different rates.

How often do I have to do stem cell treatment?2019-01-29T06:59:43+00:00

If the condition treated was caused by trauma, as long as re-injury does not occur, once repair is completed, no further treatment is necessary.

If the condition is chronic, underlying causes need to be addressed. In general the effects of stem cell treatment last 6 months, but when a person address his/her conditions holistically, such as optimizing nutritional intake, hormone balance, and addressing detoxification and other contributors to inflammation, the result can last 9-12 months.

How do stem cells help us fight aging?2019-01-29T06:59:36+00:00

Regenerate Neurons & Improve Brain Function

When we enter adult years, we lose brain cells, by 0.8% each year. By the time we are 70 years old, we only have 55% of our brain cells left. As a result of this reduced number and declined function the cells, older adults often notice memory decline, slowed and dulled cognition, insomnia, or even dementia.

In our natural state, neurons have very limited ability to regenerate, thus the trend of brain aging seems irreversible. However, stem cell research has brought hope, as stem cells can trigger local brain cells to repair and regenerate, and can also differentiate into neurons themselves. There has been significant advancements in treating Parkinson’s Disease using stem cells, as well as treating stroke victims, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, brain atrophy and Alzheimer’s Dementia.

Research have found that stem cells given through IV infusion can cross blood-brain barrier, reverse degenerative changes, repair vascular ischemia and hemorrhage, modify calcified vasculature, thus restore balance and youthful state of the central nervous system. Stem cells can help regenerate new blood vessels, improve brain blood supply, thus supply adequate nutrients and oxygen and remove waste. Studies have shown that the improvement of memory and cognition in Alzheimer’s dementia after stem cell treatment are stable and sustained.

Improve Metabolism

Only through metabolism, can an organism obtain nutrients and energy to conduct all necessary cellular functions. Stem cells are the source of tissue regeneration, and the quantity and quality of stem cells can directly affect our metabolic function. Research have shown that stem cells can improve our metabolism of lipoproteins, effectively lowering total cholesterol, triglyceride, LDL levels, and reduce atherosclerosis.

Stem cell treatment can significantly improve our body’s ability for carbohydrate metabolism, lower blood sugar levels, improve the balance between energy intake and expenditure, thus lower excess body weight in combination with exercise.

Improve Immune Function

Our immune system is our main defense again bacteria, virus, parasites, and cancer cells. Older adults have reduced number and function of these immune cells, thus they have lowered ability to fight off infections, cancer, and other diseases. Lower immune function is another hallmark of aging.

The direct evidence that stem cells can improve immune function comes from the treatment of leukemia through transfusion of healthy stem cells into leukemic patients. Stem cells are also particularly helpful in modulating and keeping the immune system in balance, especially in the case of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s), which have been shown as a powerful tool in treating a multitude of autoimmune disorders.

Recently, stem cells have been used in the treatment of immune deficiency diseases, AIDS, and solid tumors, through their ability to manufacture blood cells, restore immune function, and destroy invading pathogens and cancerous cells.

Reduce Inflammation

A strong inflammatory response is important to our growth and development to help safeguard us against pathogens; however, as we age, levels of inflammation seem to increase, even in the absence of acute infections or other physiological triggers. This leads to declines in organ/tissue function and structural damages.

Inflammatory response has been shown to be a prevailing response that drives tissue damage in the aging process. Extensive studies showed that increased inflammatory markers are highly correlated with disease and disability in the aging population. Many of these markers are elevated even before symptoms of diseases emerge.

As we age, our stem cells also age, and they may not be as effective as controlling excessive inflammation in our body. Stem cell treatment, especially ones using MSC’s, has a strong anti- inflammatory and immunomodulatory effect, and has been shown to significantly decrease inflammatory markers. So in this sense, by calming the inflammation that’s at the root of many modern chronic diseases associated with aging, we are able to help slow the aging process.

Will stem cells help my condition?2019-01-29T06:52:53+00:00

These are some of the conditions that stem cell treatments have been shown evidence of benefits in:

Osteoarthritis
Autoimmune Disorders (122 known, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis)
Neurological Diseases (Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injuries etc.)
Type I & Type II Diabetes
Cardiovascular Diseases
Erectile Dysfunction
Dermatological Disorders
Lung Diseases (COPD, asthma, etc.)
Liver Cirrhosis
Kidney failure
Athletic Injuries
Degenerative Disc Disease
Cancer
Premature Ovarian Failure
Autism
Migraines & Tension-Type Headache
Alcoholism
Hearing loss
Pain Management
Wound Care, Limb Salvage
Anti-Aging (such as skin, hair, energy improvement, etc.) Age-related frailty

What are the potential side effects from using birth tissue stem cell products?2019-01-29T06:53:30+00:00

Patients who receive treatment at our clinic rarely notice any side effects, and this could be the result of the high quality product that we use in our clinic.

Studies have shown very robust safety profile for clinical use of birth tissue-derived stem cells. We are determined to provide the very best products in the country to our patients, which is why we use products from two of the best laboratories in the country.

For patients using birth tissue products from certain other companies, about 5-10% may notice mild flu-like symptoms, such as sneezing, sniffling, watery eyes, chest tightness, shortness of breath, malaise, or low-grade fever, but typically these symptoms are transient, lasting between 1 to 3 days.

Can stem cells cause cancer?2019-01-29T06:54:04+00:00

There have never been any documented cases that show umbilical cord-derived stem cells to cause or promote cancer. These cells are further differentiated enough that they do not have the potential for disorderly growth (which results in teratomas), such as what had been seen with embryonic stem cells. There has actually been evidence that stem cells of umbilical cord origin have anti-cancer properties. The potential for teratomas fuels part of the controversy for the use of embryonic stem cells, in addition to its obvious ethical implications. Stem cell therapy has been investigated as a form of treatment for cancer, with some encouraging results. Historically, stem cell transplant (in the form of bone marrow transplant) has been used as a treatment for leukemia (blood cancer) since the 1960’s.

What are some of the misconception associated with stem cell therapy?2019-01-29T06:54:49+00:00

Many people do not know that hundreds of studies have demonstrated that stem cells are safe, and tens of thousands of patients worldwide have been infused with stem cells with no adverse reactions. The United States is a still the world leader in stem cell research despite certain bans in the Bush era.

A lot people have heard about embryonic stem cells, which is not allowed for clinical use in the US, due to its ethical concerns and safety issues (potential to cause tumors), despite its powerful potentials.

Currently cell therapy in the US is available by utilizing cells obtained from a person’s own bone marrow, fat tissue or blood, as long as they are minimally manipulated. However many people do not know that minimally manipulated cells can also be obtained from birth tissue, and these cells offer the best of both worlds: compelling therapeutic potentials due to their youthfulness, excellent safety record for decades, and it is free from ethical controversies.

Advice for Potential Patients2019-01-29T06:55:48+00:00

1. Get informed on how stem cell therapy can work for you.

2. Schedule a consultation to determine your eligibility for stem cell treatment and receive comprehensive evaluation of your health

Your information will be thoroughly evaluated, and require approval that your treatment falls under a homologous functional use of stem cell therapy.

3. Upon pre-approval you will receive a treatment protocol based on your condition. And we will schedule your infusion date and location.

This will establish the dosage per IV infusion, number of treatments, and/or localized site injections.

4. Payment: Currently stem cell therapy is patient-funded. Some insurance will cover specific spinal injury treatments.

Through our research, we have seen cost of treatment as high as $30,000 or more abroad and similar pricing in major hospitals in the US. Here are some typical cost examples for your reference:

OUTSIDE USA:
South American Facility: $30,000 average cost of treatment plus transportation, for adipose and umbilical cord stem cell treatments.

INSIDE USA:

West Coast Facility: $15,000 for adipose only treatment
Major West Coast Hospital: $30,000 and up for adipose and umbilical cord stem cell treatments Midwest Facility: $12,000- $16,000 for adipose only treatment.

What is the treatment process?2019-01-29T06:57:01+00:00
  1. We recommend at least a basic panel of lab tests so that basic health screening is conducted, and progress can be followed after stem cell treatment. The most basic panel should include CBC, CMP, lipid panel, TSH, free T3 and CRP. More advanced panel can include nutritional tests, advanced lipid, thyroid, and male/female hormone panels.
  1. Please follow Pre- and Post- Treatment recommendations that will be sent to you, and adhere to a healthy diet, free from sugar, refined carbohydrates, fried and processed food. Avoid soft drinks. Drink plenty of water. Try to eat whole foods with plenty of vegetables and fruits, preferably organic.
  2. We also recommend a detox protocol to be started prior to your infusion, which will help reduce your body’s toxic load, reduce inflammation and improve its ability to properly respond to stem cell treatment. Gentle detox such as colon cleansing or infrared sauna will be helpful.
  3. On the day of your Stem Cell treatment, especially for IV infusions, please drink plenty of

    water, preferably completing 6-8 glasses at least an hour prior to the procedure.

  4. Upon arrival for your treatment, you will be asked to read about your procedure and then sign an informed consent.
  5. Your IV infusion, joint injections and other procedures will be performed by a licensed medical professional, and will be comprised of a protocol which includes placing you on a device that helps promote microvascular circulation, and the addition of certain vitamins into your IV regimen.
  6. We will follow up with you periodically after the infusion, and will also ask that you keep a journal to track your progress.
  7. We will discuss your lab results with you and provide recommendations. We will be with you each step of the way to help you achieve optimal health.
  8. Re-evaluation of your progress will occur at 1 month and 3 months, at which time we will determine whether booster infusions would be necessary. Patients are usually able to maintain their gains from the therapy for at least 6 months after the initial treatment, or even longer depending on the person’s underlying health state and their effort at maintaining their health. In some cases, further infusions may not be needed. However, for general anti-aging purposes, we recommend an IV infusion at least every 6 months, although some patients prefer to do so every 3 months.
What is the treatment process?2019-01-29T06:57:01+00:00
  1. We recommend at least a basic panel of lab tests so that basic health screening is conducted, and progress can be followed after stem cell treatment. The most basic panel should include CBC, CMP, lipid panel, TSH, free T3 and CRP. More advanced panel can include nutritional tests, advanced lipid, thyroid, and male/female hormone panels.
  1. Please follow Pre- and Post- Treatment recommendations that will be sent to you, and adhere to a healthy diet, free from sugar, refined carbohydrates, fried and processed food. Avoid soft drinks. Drink plenty of water. Try to eat whole foods with plenty of vegetables and fruits, preferably organic.
  2. We also recommend a detox protocol to be started prior to your infusion, which will help reduce your body’s toxic load, reduce inflammation and improve its ability to properly respond to stem cell treatment. Gentle detox such as colon cleansing or infrared sauna will be helpful.
  3. On the day of your Stem Cell treatment, especially for IV infusions, please drink plenty of

    water, preferably completing 6-8 glasses at least an hour prior to the procedure.

  4. Upon arrival for your treatment, you will be asked to read about your procedure and then sign an informed consent.
  5. Your IV infusion, joint injections and other procedures will be performed by a licensed medical professional, and will be comprised of a protocol which includes placing you on a device that helps promote microvascular circulation, and the addition of certain vitamins into your IV regimen.
  6. We will follow up with you periodically after the infusion, and will also ask that you keep a journal to track your progress.
  7. We will discuss your lab results with you and provide recommendations. We will be with you each step of the way to help you achieve optimal health.
  8. Re-evaluation of your progress will occur at 1 month and 3 months, at which time we will determine whether booster infusions would be necessary. Patients are usually able to maintain their gains from the therapy for at least 6 months after the initial treatment, or even longer depending on the person’s underlying health state and their effort at maintaining their health. In some cases, further infusions may not be needed. However, for general anti-aging purposes, we recommend an IV infusion at least every 6 months, although some patients prefer to do so every 3 months.
Advice for Potential Patients2019-01-29T06:55:48+00:00

1. Get informed on how stem cell therapy can work for you.

2. Schedule a consultation to determine your eligibility for stem cell treatment and receive comprehensive evaluation of your health

Your information will be thoroughly evaluated, and require approval that your treatment falls under a homologous functional use of stem cell therapy.

3. Upon pre-approval you will receive a treatment protocol based on your condition. And we will schedule your infusion date and location.

This will establish the dosage per IV infusion, number of treatments, and/or localized site injections.

4. Payment: Currently stem cell therapy is patient-funded. Some insurance will cover specific spinal injury treatments.

Through our research, we have seen cost of treatment as high as $30,000 or more abroad and similar pricing in major hospitals in the US. Here are some typical cost examples for your reference:

OUTSIDE USA:
South American Facility: $30,000 average cost of treatment plus transportation, for adipose and umbilical cord stem cell treatments.

INSIDE USA:

West Coast Facility: $15,000 for adipose only treatment
Major West Coast Hospital: $30,000 and up for adipose and umbilical cord stem cell treatments Midwest Facility: $12,000- $16,000 for adipose only treatment.

What are some of the misconception associated with stem cell therapy?2019-01-29T06:54:49+00:00

Many people do not know that hundreds of studies have demonstrated that stem cells are safe, and tens of thousands of patients worldwide have been infused with stem cells with no adverse reactions. The United States is a still the world leader in stem cell research despite certain bans in the Bush era.

A lot people have heard about embryonic stem cells, which is not allowed for clinical use in the US, due to its ethical concerns and safety issues (potential to cause tumors), despite its powerful potentials.

Currently cell therapy in the US is available by utilizing cells obtained from a person’s own bone marrow, fat tissue or blood, as long as they are minimally manipulated. However many people do not know that minimally manipulated cells can also be obtained from birth tissue, and these cells offer the best of both worlds: compelling therapeutic potentials due to their youthfulness, excellent safety record for decades, and it is free from ethical controversies.

Can stem cells cause cancer?2019-01-29T06:54:04+00:00

There have never been any documented cases that show umbilical cord-derived stem cells to cause or promote cancer. These cells are further differentiated enough that they do not have the potential for disorderly growth (which results in teratomas), such as what had been seen with embryonic stem cells. There has actually been evidence that stem cells of umbilical cord origin have anti-cancer properties. The potential for teratomas fuels part of the controversy for the use of embryonic stem cells, in addition to its obvious ethical implications. Stem cell therapy has been investigated as a form of treatment for cancer, with some encouraging results. Historically, stem cell transplant (in the form of bone marrow transplant) has been used as a treatment for leukemia (blood cancer) since the 1960’s.

What are the potential side effects from using birth tissue stem cell products?2019-01-29T06:53:30+00:00

Patients who receive treatment at our clinic rarely notice any side effects, and this could be the result of the high quality product that we use in our clinic.

Studies have shown very robust safety profile for clinical use of birth tissue-derived stem cells. We are determined to provide the very best products in the country to our patients, which is why we use products from two of the best laboratories in the country.

For patients using birth tissue products from certain other companies, about 5-10% may notice mild flu-like symptoms, such as sneezing, sniffling, watery eyes, chest tightness, shortness of breath, malaise, or low-grade fever, but typically these symptoms are transient, lasting between 1 to 3 days.

Will stem cells help my condition?2019-01-29T06:52:53+00:00

These are some of the conditions that stem cell treatments have been shown evidence of benefits in:

Osteoarthritis
Autoimmune Disorders (122 known, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis)
Neurological Diseases (Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injuries etc.)
Type I & Type II Diabetes
Cardiovascular Diseases
Erectile Dysfunction
Dermatological Disorders
Lung Diseases (COPD, asthma, etc.)
Liver Cirrhosis
Kidney failure
Athletic Injuries
Degenerative Disc Disease
Cancer
Premature Ovarian Failure
Autism
Migraines & Tension-Type Headache
Alcoholism
Hearing loss
Pain Management
Wound Care, Limb Salvage
Anti-Aging (such as skin, hair, energy improvement, etc.) Age-related frailty

How do stem cells help us fight aging?2019-01-29T06:59:36+00:00

Regenerate Neurons & Improve Brain Function

When we enter adult years, we lose brain cells, by 0.8% each year. By the time we are 70 years old, we only have 55% of our brain cells left. As a result of this reduced number and declined function the cells, older adults often notice memory decline, slowed and dulled cognition, insomnia, or even dementia.

In our natural state, neurons have very limited ability to regenerate, thus the trend of brain aging seems irreversible. However, stem cell research has brought hope, as stem cells can trigger local brain cells to repair and regenerate, and can also differentiate into neurons themselves. There has been significant advancements in treating Parkinson’s Disease using stem cells, as well as treating stroke victims, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, brain atrophy and Alzheimer’s Dementia.

Research have found that stem cells given through IV infusion can cross blood-brain barrier, reverse degenerative changes, repair vascular ischemia and hemorrhage, modify calcified vasculature, thus restore balance and youthful state of the central nervous system. Stem cells can help regenerate new blood vessels, improve brain blood supply, thus supply adequate nutrients and oxygen and remove waste. Studies have shown that the improvement of memory and cognition in Alzheimer’s dementia after stem cell treatment are stable and sustained.

Improve Metabolism

Only through metabolism, can an organism obtain nutrients and energy to conduct all necessary cellular functions. Stem cells are the source of tissue regeneration, and the quantity and quality of stem cells can directly affect our metabolic function. Research have shown that stem cells can improve our metabolism of lipoproteins, effectively lowering total cholesterol, triglyceride, LDL levels, and reduce atherosclerosis.

Stem cell treatment can significantly improve our body’s ability for carbohydrate metabolism, lower blood sugar levels, improve the balance between energy intake and expenditure, thus lower excess body weight in combination with exercise.

Improve Immune Function

Our immune system is our main defense again bacteria, virus, parasites, and cancer cells. Older adults have reduced number and function of these immune cells, thus they have lowered ability to fight off infections, cancer, and other diseases. Lower immune function is another hallmark of aging.

The direct evidence that stem cells can improve immune function comes from the treatment of leukemia through transfusion of healthy stem cells into leukemic patients. Stem cells are also particularly helpful in modulating and keeping the immune system in balance, especially in the case of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s), which have been shown as a powerful tool in treating a multitude of autoimmune disorders.

Recently, stem cells have been used in the treatment of immune deficiency diseases, AIDS, and solid tumors, through their ability to manufacture blood cells, restore immune function, and destroy invading pathogens and cancerous cells.

Reduce Inflammation

A strong inflammatory response is important to our growth and development to help safeguard us against pathogens; however, as we age, levels of inflammation seem to increase, even in the absence of acute infections or other physiological triggers. This leads to declines in organ/tissue function and structural damages.

Inflammatory response has been shown to be a prevailing response that drives tissue damage in the aging process. Extensive studies showed that increased inflammatory markers are highly correlated with disease and disability in the aging population. Many of these markers are elevated even before symptoms of diseases emerge.

As we age, our stem cells also age, and they may not be as effective as controlling excessive inflammation in our body. Stem cell treatment, especially ones using MSC’s, has a strong anti- inflammatory and immunomodulatory effect, and has been shown to significantly decrease inflammatory markers. So in this sense, by calming the inflammation that’s at the root of many modern chronic diseases associated with aging, we are able to help slow the aging process.

How often do I have to do stem cell treatment?2019-01-29T06:59:43+00:00

If the condition treated was caused by trauma, as long as re-injury does not occur, once repair is completed, no further treatment is necessary.

If the condition is chronic, underlying causes need to be addressed. In general the effects of stem cell treatment last 6 months, but when a person address his/her conditions holistically, such as optimizing nutritional intake, hormone balance, and addressing detoxification and other contributors to inflammation, the result can last 9-12 months.

What are the benefits? How long will it take before I feel something?2019-01-29T06:59:50+00:00

Numerous research studies have shown that stem cells (especially MSC’s) have anti- inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-tumorigenic, and immune-modulating properties. Depending on the conditions a person has, he/she may sense a difference within a day, or may not notice a major difference until a few weeks or even 2-3 months later. For example, pain issues may respond more quickly than neurological issues, as the healing of the nervous system tends to take much longer. Tissue repair and regeneration takes time, and different tissues repair and regenerate at different rates.

What kind of stem cells are in the birth tissue product?2019-01-29T07:00:02+00:00

Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC’s): these are multipotent stem cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types, including osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells), myocytes (muscle cells), adipocytes (fat cells), and have been shown to have the ability to trans- differentiate into many other important cells of the body, such as neurons. They are ideally suited for treating systemic autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, and play a vital role in regenerating injured tissues. They help prevent premature cell death, rescue damaged cells, stimulate local dormant stem cells, modulate the immune system; they have antimicrobial properties, and have been approved internationally (Australia, South Korea, Canada, Japan, etc.) for treating bone damage, coronary heart disease, arthritic conditions, Crohn’s disease, graft vs. host disease, etc.

Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSC’s): these are immature blood-forming cells found in blood and bone marrow, and are highly suited for tissue regeneration. They have revascularization capabilities, help repair endothelial lining of blood vessels, and provide synergistic benefits in concert with the tissue-repairing function of the mesenchymal stem cells. They are able to replenish cells in the circulatory systems such as white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.

Other Mononuclear Cells: including a multitude of multipotent progenitor cells that can differentiate into blood cells, endothelial cells, hepatocytes, myocytes, cardiomyocytes, smooth muscle cells, epithelial cells, neural cells, osteoblasts, fibroblasts, etc.

Is it safe?2019-01-29T07:00:10+00:00

Stem cells of different sources carry different safety profiles. Using cells from one’s own body avoids any concerns of tissue rejection, but carries the risks due to invasive surgical procedures. The processing of tissue to obtain stem cells typically occurs at a doctor’s office, and carries its own risks of introducing infectious agents.

Birth tissue-derived stem cells have little surface markers that would make them appear “foreign” to the recipient’s body, but if a product is not pure and contains more mature cells such as RBC’s (red blood cells), there is more of a chance for adverse reaction due to immune incompatibility, which is why using a product that is well-processed and of high purity is important.

Birth tissues are screened before they are accepted for donation and tested before being sent to a stem cell lab. Our laboratories test the birth tissue again before processing, and test the finished product again after the processing is completed. The risk of infectious disease transmission is at the same level as when one receives a blood transfusion or organ donation. Laboratories producing such cells are under the regulation of American Association of Tissue Banks, and they adhere to the same standards as if they are processing blood transfusion and tissue donation products.

How are the stem cells collected?2019-01-29T06:47:03+00:00

Shortly before giving birth, expectant mothers are asked if they would like to cryopreserve the umbilical cord blood/cord tissue of the baby for future use. Vast majority of the mothers say no (mainly due to associated cost), at which point they are asked if they would like to donate the tissue.

When mothers say yes, they are asked to fill out an extensive questionnaire, and the questions include the mother’s personal health history, pregnancy history, family health history (including the baby’s father’s), their own social & travel history, and history of any toxic exposures. The laboratories that produce products for our clinic only accept birth tissues that meet the most stringent criteria, to ensure our products come from the healthiest donors, thus with the most potent therapeutic potentials.

Birth tissues are only accepted from healthy mothers after giving birth to a normal healthy baby in a US hospital, and only birth tissue from C-sections are accepted to ensure sterility. Donors sign a consent form and give a blood sample. The mothers’ blood and the birth tissue undergo extensive testing for HIV, STD’s, hepatitis, CMV, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, etc.

Once the cords are ensured to be free of all infectious diseases and meets all American Association of Tissue Bank standards, the tissue is allowed to be donated. When the umbilical cord and mother’s blood arrive at the laboratory, they would undergo further stringent testing, and all cells are obtained through minimal manipulation, and no chemical reagents are used.

Where do your stem cells come from?2019-01-29T07:00:22+00:00

We only choose to work with stem cell laboratories that are US-based, and are leaders in the industry, who strictly follow FDA guidelines. We believe that the best source of stem cells as of date are of birth tissue origin, thus we provide treatment using cells derived from birth tissue including the umbilical cord and placenta.

While in the mother’s womb, a fetus receives nourishment and oxygen from the mother’s blood. These essential substances pass to the fetus through the placenta and umbilical cord, which connect the mother and fetus. The blood found within the umbilical cord is the baby’s, not the mother’s.

Typically, the umbilical cord and placenta are discarded after birth. But researchers have discovered that umbilical cord tissue and blood are rich in stem cells, such as mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells, and they are the best source of stem cells when comparing various factors, such as the youth of the cells, safety, convenience, low potential for adverse immune rejection, not requiring enzymatic manipulations, high cell viability and differentiation potential, and low potential to cause tumors, as well as lack of ethical controversy.

We also believe that the stem cells derived from a combination of umbilical cord tissue, cord blood as well as amniotic membrane offer the most complete array of therapeutic cell types, and we only work with companies of high integrity, with the strictest screening procedures and the most cutting-edge processing techniques.

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