WHAT IS WELLNESS AND AGING?
Wellness refers to the state of the body and mind which are in harmony and balance with itself and each other. In wellness, the body and mind will thrive, exude positivity and creativity, and are ready to accept challenges
Aging is a natural process when the number of cells dying each day start to outweigh the new cells being created to replace the former. New cells are formed from progenitor cells which in turn are formed by stem cells. Stem cells dwindle with age and therefore the effects of aging are really the effects of reduced due to diseases, illnesses, environmental factors such as smoking and heavy drinking, lack of exercise, malnourishment and mental depression.
WHAT ARE STEM CELLS AND HOW DO STEM CELLS HELP IN WELLNESS AND HEALTHY AGING?
Stem cells are cells that have the capacity to regenerate and replicate itself as well as to differentiate into many other specialized cells and tissues in the body. The role of stem cells is to provide new cells to replace the old, dying and damaged ones every day. In order for this strategy to work, you must receive enough stem cells which are in the tens to hundreds of millions. It is not possible to obtain these much stem cells therefore the stem cells are expanded in a clean and sterile laboratory before injecting back. This way, you will ensure the same consistent stem cell quality and numbers each time and every time.
WHY HUMAN AND NOT ANIMAL STEM CELLS?
Humans differ significantly from animals. Animal stem cells are also considered old technology and will not ever be able to function in the human as stem cells to provide new cells for specialized organs and tissues. In fact they are hunted down by the immune defense cells in the human body and destroyed altogether. Therefore, any effects noticed by the patient is transient and most probably related to its associated growth factors in the serum. However should the animal stem cells overwhelm the host immune system then it will cause a severe reaction. There have been consistent reposts on the safety issues of using animal stem cells. This is why animal stem cells are currently prohibited in many countries.
Furthermore, animal placental stem cells were used which contain a mix-bag of cells. A lot animals were required to procedure a single treatment. This older technology which does not provide pure stem cells and required animal to be sacrificed has now been superseded by more humane and advanced technological methods.
WHAT ARE MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS?
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are human stem cells which have so far demonstrated the greatest ability to turn into other tissue type including the nerves, the heart muscle, blood vessels, cartilage, bone, collage producing cells, fat tissue, insulin-producing cells, kidney cells, liver cells and skin. In addition, the MSCs carry with them a host of growth factors and hormones which help the host cells to recharge and rejuvenate. Therefore the MSCs do not just replenish stem cells but also salvage and revive any dwindling stem cells in the host
MSCs are currently the most widely researched stem cells in clinical studies and have been extensively studied in patients with heart disease, stroke, sports injuries and arthritis and autoimmune disease.
WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE BEHIND IT?
There is a wealth of information about the benefits of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the treatment of various disease, In all these cases, treatment with MSCs results in reduction of organ damage, restoration of function, improvement in total wellbeing andgreater energy. These effects have been noted in varying degrees with patients with severe heart failure, major heart attacks, strokes and other neurodegenerative diseases, head and spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal disease and injuries, autoimmune disease and diabetes. If the MSCs could help treat such severe organ damage in ill patients, therefore it could potentially be much better employed to prevent the organ injury or disease in the first place.
ARE STEM CELLS SAFE?
Stem cells are safe when obtained from your own body for your own use only. When using another person’s stem cells there is a theoretical possibility of a host versus graft reaction. This has not been seen with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and so MSCs are widely used in allogeneic treatment. Animal stem cells and embryonic/fetal stem cells potentially have more hazardous complications such as cancer formation and severe reactions.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE GO FOR SUCH THERAPY?
This varies with your age and prevailing conditions such as smoking, diabetes etc. Normally we recommend to receive the treatment one to three times a year.
Stem cell therapy for specific conditions may be given concurrently during this time whereby the cells are directly injected into the organ or area concerned in order to provide the maximal effect of healing. Stem cell dose will vary depending on the severity of the condition.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS AND COMPLICAIONS?
The most common side effect is low-grade fever which happens in less than % of the cases. Reaction against allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell infusion has been reports in less than 1% while new or recurrent cancer directly related to MSCs infusion had not so far been reported.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The testimonials of benefits include improved sense of wellbeing, greater energy and stamina, improved memory, improved libido, less bone and joint pains, firmer skin and new coarser and darker hair. Clinically it has been documented that intravenous infusion of allogeneic MSCs in patients with severe heart failure resulted in greater heart strength, less breathlessness, improves exercise capacity, lower requirement for insulin doses (for diabetes patients), improved kidney function and reduced hospitalizations. In order studies, MSCs have increased bone mineral density and reduced progression of osteoporosis, accelerated recovery in stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries and improved remission or delayed progression in patients with allergic and autoimmune disease such as eczema, multiple sclerosis and lupus.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO MAINTAIN WELLNESS AND HEALTHY AGING?
Wellness and healthy aging is not influenced by stem cells alone. You must help yourself by watching your diet. Fresh and organic produce rich in essential vitamins, mineral and anti-oxidants and consumed in moderate quantities is important. So is regular physical exercise and adequate sleep. This healthy lifestyle is more important than stem cell or any other wellness and healthy aging strategies. On the other hand, mental streets, excessive consumption of food or drinks, too much sugar or fried foods, a sedentary lifestyle and smoking will sap your energy that stem cells alone will not be enough to compensate for.
IF I DECIDE FOR THE THERAPY, WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP?
Please first make sure you fully understand the nature and objective of stem cell therapy. You may visit any one of our expert panel of doctors directly. Alternatively you may enquire from us to refer you to the nearest available clinic or hospital.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS