What are Stem Cells?

Stem Cells

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are a very basic and unspecialized type of cell that has the ability to become more specialized types of cells (for example, cartilage, muscle, and nerve). They are essential for healing and replacement of injured and worn-out cells. As we age, our stem cells weaken, so healing is slower and not as effective. Stem cells can be harvested from our adult tissues, but these weaker adult stem cells are not our best choice. Instead, we use young placental stem cells because they are vigorous, “pluripotent” (able to become almost any type of human cell), and make more healing chemicals than older stem cells.

 

How do you get your stem cells?

These placental cells are harvested and concentrated from placentas and umbilical cords donated by healthy and carefully-screened mothers. None of our tissue is taken from aborted babies.

 

What kids of things do stem cells do?

Placental stem cells: (1) make specialized cells needed for growth and repair, (2) make hundreds of important chemical messengers, and (3) recruit, activate, and invigorate your own older stem cells.

Stem cells release hundreds of chemicals: potent growth factors, anti-inflammatory chemicals, peptide messengers, immune system modulators, different types of RNA, and many more. These chemicals stimulate healing, growth of new cells, and calm damaging inflammatory and immune processes. Stem cells activate and recruit other cells to join in the healing processes. Some of these processes take months to reach peak effect, but we often see dramatic improvement within a few weeks.

 

What kinds of problems do stem cells help?

For example, stem cell injections can quiet injurious inflammation, stimulate healing of torn cartilage, and even make new cartilage cells in damaged joints. In many cases, stem cell healing of “bone-on-bone” arthritis significantly reduces pain, allows much increased activity, and helps patients avoid joint replacement surgery. Similar benefits are observed in a variety of auto-immune, diabetic, brain, lung, and heart conditions. According to reports from Asia and Europe, stem cell injections have brought Covid-19 pandemic patients back from the brink of death.

 

Author
Edgar Suter, MD Edgar Suter, MD Edgar Suter, MD, is the Medical Director and Quality Assurance Officer at Vibrant Health Care, a premier regenerative medicine practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Suter has exceptional knowledge and expertise in medicine, with years of experience in primary care, emergency medicine, nuclear medicine, radiology, and neuroscience. Dr. Suter completed his undergraduate education at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. He obtained his medical degree from the University of California School of Medicine in Davis, California, and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Suter also studied neurological disorders at the University of California Los Angeles Brain Research Institute. He has over 35 years of experience in medicine, making Dr. Suter one of the most well-rounded, qualified regenerative medicine physicians. He and his Vibrant Health Care team bring cutting-edge technology, advanced treatments, and minimally invasive therapies to patients.

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