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10 Stem Cell Myths Debunked

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10 Stem Cell Myths Debunked by Dr. Sammy Tao (Texas Regional Health and Wellness)


Missing out on the simple things like playing with your kids, gardening, or even taking a walk on a nice day?

For people who suffer from chronic pain, this is their reality. Normal daily activities are constantly out of reach for those who suffer from chronic pain, whether they experience it in their knees, back, or multiple joints. Often times, they get too dependent on ineffective methods of reducing their pain without identifying the root cause.

For example, many turn to pain medication to alleviate their pain. However, medication isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and many people become disillusioned when it fails to work.  Alternative treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and chiropractic therapies are available, but they still do not provide permanent pain relief. Surgery is definitely an option, but it requires a long recovery and has prohibitive factors like time lost at work and cost.

If you’re feeling at a loss, this is where stem cell therapy and treatment may be your prime option. Most of you have already done your research on this type of regenerative medicine and have developed your own opinions based on the facts out there, so we are going to tackle some myths about stem cell treatment and therapy.

Myth 1:  There is only one type of stem cell treatment.

There are actually multiple types of stem cell treatments. The different types depending on where the stem cells are from, so you can pick between fetal/embryonic, amniotic fluid, placenta, autologous (your own body), and human umbilical cord therapy as your many options.

Myth 2:  It is unethical and illegal.

Although fetal/embryonic stem cells are illegal in the U.S. and extremely controversial, HUCT (human umbilical cord therapy) cells are donated from healthy babies and mothers.  It’s actually the least invasive method of extraction.

Myth 3:  It doesn’t work.

As with all medical procedures, stem cell therapy is a regenerative process, so there are no promises for results. However, compared to surgery’s success rate of 43-45%, the success rate for stem cell therapy is an astonishingly high 85%.

Myth 4:  Stem cells from your own body work best.

The quality and performance of stem cells are actually dependent on your age and health since your own stem cells tend to be highly variable. In fact, they might not be powerful enough to generate a substantial difference compared to stem cells extracted from other sources.

Myth 5:  There is a risk of rejection.

HUCT derived cells contain no known proteins that can cause rejection in a patient. Research has shown that umbilical-derived stem cells are not susceptible to malignant transformation in a serum-free medium, thus making them safe for a patient’s therapeutic use. (Liveyon)

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Myth 6:  Stem cells only help with certain diseases and degenerations.

The successful usage of stem cell therapy has been recorded for certain diseases. However, this list of diseases stem cells can treat is very extensive and include:

  • Parkinson’s
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Wound healing
  • Diabetes
  • Cancers
  • Crohn’s disease

The list can go on as research is still being conducted for the use of stem cells in both utilization and collection. One day, research may be able to prove that stem cells can heal ailing hearts, repair damaged muscles, reduce inflammatory bowel disease and improve transplant outcomes.

Myth 7:  There is downtime after the treatment.

There is actually zero to no downtime after the treatment, and the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting. While you may have to refrain from participating in extreme sports/activities for a few weeks (as we would recommend after any medical procedure), normal daily living activities should not be impacted.

Myth 8:  It is too expensive and I can never afford it.

While stem cell therapy is not covered by insurance, the costs will vary and depends on each patient’s treatment plan. However, surgery will generally cost more, even if it is covered by insurance.

When it comes to seeking medical relief, you will need to ask yourself the hard questions. Is it worth for you to live a life with pain?  How much does your pain cost you when you can’t work or enjoy life?

Myth 9:  I hate needles, and the procedure seems painful.

We strive to deliver experiences as comfortable as possible for our patients. While you may hate needles, we use an topical anesthetic during the procedure to help numb the pain. As a result, most patients do not feel pain and only minor discomfort at worst.

Myth 10:  It will take longer to see relief of my symptoms.

Fortunately, most patients experience a significant reduction in pain in 4-6 weeks. Some patients feel pain relief in as little as 7 days!

By tackling these myths, we hope to empower you in making your decision to end your chronic pain with stem cell therapy and treatment.  Please give us a call at 281-208-7335 for a free 15-minute consultation. Our team at Texas Regional Health & Wellness is ready to help you feel your best and to help you get back to your daily activities with your loved ones.

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References
(2018).  Why Choose Liveyon.  Retrieved from Liveyon
Heart and Vascular Team.  (2012, December 21).  Cardiac Stem Cells May Treat Heart Failure. Retrieved from Cleveland Clinic