STEM CELL REGENERATION TREATMENT GIVES NEW HOPE TO PATIENTS FACING LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESSES.
By Dr. Burton Feinerman, M.D.
From primetime news to the front page of the national papers, stem cell research is everywhere in today’s media. This revolutionary medical treatment advanced medical technology in a way that has enabled doctors, such as myself, to combat previously incurable diseases. The emerging developments in stem cell therapy, gene therapy, tissue engineering, and nanotechnology now offer new hope to millions of people. For the first time, patients suffering from conditions such as autism, lupus and Alzheimer’s can benefit from a series of treatments and improved quality of life.
Both through my training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and as director of the StemCellRegenMed center—a pioneer of stem cell regeneration in South Florida—I’ve been able to help patients fight off serious diseases and improve their quality of life. Everyday we work with patients coping with neurodegenerative diseases ranging in seriousness and severity. Treatment for patients suffering from Parkinson or Multiple Sclerosis, for instance, is done with neuron stem cells, brain neurotrophins, nerve growth factor, and glial cells administered safely into the central nervous system and brain via the spinal canal. Many of these patients will also receive gene therapy, which is focused on repair of brain and spinal cord cell damage and regeneration of healthy new cells.
Through stem cell regeneration, people with chronic obstructive lung disease have been able to increase their quality of life significantly. The procedure uses autologous stem cells derived from the patient’s own blood to regenerate new, healthy lung tissue. Countless patients undergoing this treatment have benefited from improved breathing during exercise; sleep without shortness of breath; and many no longer require oxygen to breath. We’ve also been successful in treating diabetes, which much like lung disease is pervasive and inhibiting to one’s daily life. For this particular treatment, stem cells derived from a patient’s own bone marrow and the pancreatic islet where insulin is produced are used to regulate blood sugar levels. Following a round of successful procedures, we’ve found that a number of our patients are able to control blood sugar levels without the use of insulin injections.
Stem cell regeneration has proved beneficial for children too. In recent months, children with Tay-Sachs, a recessive genetic disorder that results in the deterioration of mental and physical abilities in small infants, have successfully received stem cell treatments and gene therapy to lessen the abnormal gene mutations causing the disease. Results have been dramatic.
Beyond its efficacy in the realm of life-threatening illnesses, stem cell regeneration has helped pioneer a new wave of anti-aging skin treatments that target damaged tissue. The patient’s very own stem cells are extracted and later administered through painless, microinjections to the face and neck. The procedure is deceivingly simple and yet results can last for years. This technique is not only safer than using traditional artificial fillers, it’s also superior in results.
As medicine continues to evolve, the value of stem cell regeneration is immeasurable. My colleagues and I have been able to witness first-hand the transformative powers over a patient’s overall well being. From improving our daily lives to prolonging the lives of our loved ones, medicine has only just begun to uncover the true merit of stem cell regeneration.