Archives for the month of: March, 2013

Popular news shows like to start with something sensational or frightening in order to keep their audience tuned in. The need to do this is so entrenched with them that, in the absence of any current scandal, they’ll happily recycle earlier work and present it as if it had just happened.

Such was the case with a news program in the USA. They grabbed headlines in April 2010 with their exposé miniseries of “stem cell snake oil” in which they showed hidden-camera interviews of U.S. citizens who were pretending to be American medical doctors practicing in other countries. Those charlatans were quickly shut down and imprisioned.

More hoopla about a stem-cell exposé in August 2012 turned out to be re-runs of the 2010 programs, which the TV network re-ran yet again in January 2013. We’d like to think that couldn’t find any new charlatans, but it’s more likely that they just didn’t bother to look for more.

Charlatans have exploited experimental medicine for centuries and, as experimental medicine goes, stem cell therapy has been the flavor of the decade. To discredit the field on the basis of the work of con men does no good, neither for the honorable practitioners nor for patients desperate for our evolving therapies. Journalists need to learn how to distinguish between true and false, especially when they report on scientific discoveries.

Any news channel won’t need hidden cameras if they come to ProgenCell. We are real medical doctors, board-certified. All of our permits are in order. We follow ISO 9000 procedures. We have been treating patients with autologous stem cells successfully, without a single adverse event.

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The biggest problem with incurable conditions is that they’re incurable. Standard treatments for such cases usually obligate the patients to spend the rest of their lives taking drugs that don’t make them better and often produce unpleasant side-effects.

Conventional wisdom has a saying about this sort of thing. “If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.” If you’re okay with that, keep doing it. If not, it’s time to do something else.

Here at ProgenCell, autologous stem cells are often used in conjunction with standard treatments. Your own stem cells don’t interfere with your drug regimen: they can only help. You can keep doing what you’ve been doing and yet do something else at the same time. The worst that could happen is that you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting – the best is that you’ll get better and you won’t need to keep taking all those drugs. Contact ProgenCell today and find out what stem cell therapy can do for you.

One of the most troublesome words in regenerative medicine is “cure”. Pill-pushers and regulatory bureaucrats warn darkly than any practitioner in the field who would dare to use that word is guilty of fraud. And yet, more often than not, the word is used by patients whose treatments were successful.

To be fair, regenerative medicine does not cure any disease – it can only potentiate the body to heal itself by regenerating damaged cells. The amount of such potential can be unpredictable. Not only are stem-cell protocols different from one clinic to another – as doctors, our responsibility is to make our protocols as effective as possible – but patients’ bodies differ as well. Sometimes there is a lot of healing, sometimes not so much.

Success comes down to the patient’s expectations. Charles Dickens used financial terms to describe the effects of expectation in a famous line from David Copperfield. “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.”

Each patient has different expectations. An Australian patient with coronary artery disease came to ProgenCell for a course of three treatments after years of bypass surgeries and chronic medications, the effects of which did not live up to his hopes. He underwent one stem-cell procedure in Tijuana that reduced his symptoms, by his estimate, about thirty percent: not cured but noticeably improved. He returned four months later for his second procedure. He has been very satisfied with the results and continues to improve. He talks about his experiences in these two short videos:

Lately, we’ve noticed that some of the clinics that limit themselves to liposuction for their stem cells have been disparaging bone marrow as a reliable source – they’re calling it “old-fashioned”. Don’t they see the fallacy in their reasoning? There’s nothing old-fashioned about our bone-marrow protocols. A medical technique younger than the Internet can hardly qualify as old in any sense.

So what’s really going on here? Why is a more recent technique with a sketchy track record being promoted as being thoroughly modern at the expense of a better-established and more broadly effective technique?

We can only speculate from what we’ve seen. After all, here at ProgenCell, we also have studied to derive stem cells from adipose tissue. There are a number of reasons why this isn’t our preferred option.

We have found this technique to be more invasive and more painful. The concentration of serviceable stem cells isn’t as great in adipose tissue than in bone marrow. The wound created by the process attracts stem cells away from the condition being treated. And we have also found that the stem cells in adipose tissue are applicable to some conditions but not others, so it’s not true that it is a one-size-fits-all solution.

We have also found that in some instances could be easier and less expensive to do the so-called “mini-liposuction” than it is to harvest bone marrow. And this is most likely why the adipose-only clinics promote liposuction. At ProgenCell, we insist on putting the patients first – first in comfort, first in effectiveness – even if that means being called old-fashioned.

If you have been considering stem cell therapy for your medical condition, click here to find out what ProgenCell’s tried-and-true protocols can do for you.
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