First a disclaimer. I am a stem cell writer/author/advocate. While you may think this means I have an agenda (I do, to help patients get better), I am very careful to site real data sources for my info. My “opinions” are based on science. [For example, I am uninterested in embryonic stem cells because they will not produce treatments for decades, they cause cysts and tumors and they require immunosuppressive drugs.]
Many of my sources are from my own blog so if you find this too self-referential or if you find any data lacking on a specific subject, please ask and I will tell you where I got my original data from. Please feel free to comment on my blog. It is an open forum on the benefits of adult stem cell treatments. I welcome all intelligent and rational communication and my site is not monetized so I make no money if you go there, comment or otherwise.
Ok, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Let’s clear it up.
ADULT STEM CELLS or ASC –
SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from blood, umbilical cords, bone marrow, placenta fat tissue, muscle, nasal neurological, breast milk, menstruation, dental pulp, lungs, eyes, brain and many more
PURPOSE IN BODY•they are the body’s natural healing cells
OBSTACLES+SIDE EFFECTS•virtually zero side negative effects, many positive side effects
TREATMENT HISTORY•used in bone marrow transplants to treat cancer for 40 years, can currently treat 130+ diseases safely and effectively (CP, MS, Autism, Diabetes, CHF, PAD, etc)
For example, blood derived stem cells are a very valid source of stem cells and many treatment centers and clinical trials using blood derived stem cells for years with extremely positive results. The first stem cell treatment center in the world generated significant therapeutic benefit for over 62% of their congestive heart failure patients. These are called no option CHF patients because their only recourse is a heart transplant. 62% of “no option” CHF patients derived significant therapuetic benefit, sometimes doubling their Ejection Fractions (amount of blood pumped out by the heart). But this is anecdotal, let’s talk data.
What data is their showing that stem cell treatments work?
Anecdotal and 10′s of thousands of patients treated aside…as of late 2009, according to the National Institutes of Health, there were and are ~2600 stem cell clinical trials around the world –
Of those ~2600, there are ~2591 mentions of adult stem cells.
Of those ~2591, about half of them (~1300) are actual adult stem cell clinical trials.
Currently, as of today, there are 3,989 clinical trials under keyword search “stem cell” illustrating the safety and efficacy of utilizing stem cells to treat chronic and terminal diseases. Many are from reputable colleges and hospitals around the world, some in the US like Duke U., Northwestern, etc.
How about for Autism? (I apologize, my data has not kept current but as of late 2009)
Please also look at the 29,500 scholarly papers submitted on “stem cell” plus “autism” minus embryonic. These are up to date:
I hope this was informative. If I can be of any assistance on specific diseases or questions, please feel free to ask.