Debunking Myths About Stem Cells
Stem cells carry amazing regenerative properties, making them a popular and successful means of treatment for physical, degenerative, and neurological ailments. While there is an abundance of research proving the efficiency of stem cell therapy, there are still many misconceptions surrounding this type of treatment.
Let’s debunk some of the common myths regarding stem cells so that we may help put your reservations to rest.
1. Stem cells are solely harvested from embryos.
Stem cells can be gathered from embryonic tissue, but this is not the only method of acquiring these cells. Adult stem cells are also found in bone marrow and adipose tissue which can be harvested from the hip, leg, or heel. In addition, one of the best sources of stem cells is actually from donated umbilical cords of live births.
2. Treatment utilizing stem cells is illegal.
The use of embryonic stem cells and adult mesenchymal stem cells gathered from bone marrow, amniotic and umbilical tissues is legal for medical purposes in the United States, as long as they adhere to guidelines for approval and regulation defined by the FDA.
3. The use of stem cells is rejected by the Church.
This is not so. The Church does not support the use of embryonic cells in stem cell therapy as this goes against the sanctity of human life. The use of adult stem cells and the research of their capabilities, however, has been approved as an ethical treatment of medical conditions by Pope Benedict XVI, providing “remarkable contribution to promoting and safeguarding the dignity of man.”
Think of this, before the use of stem cells for treatment was possible, umbilical cords were simply thrown away after a live birth. Sadly, most still are.
4. Stem cell therapy utilizing embryonic stem cells is the most effective treatment.
Embryonic stem cells are not commonly used in the treatment of injuries and disorders. Adult mesenchymal stem cells are more often utilized and have been found effective when used to treat a variety of issues. Obviously, we do not use embryonic cells and we believe strongly that adult and umbilical-derived cells have more than enough power to heal.
5. Stem cell therapy requires a long recovery period.
Recovery time varies depending on the patient and the condition being treated – but traditionally, the patient can return to their regular activities and responsibilities within a few days of the stem cell therapy treatment. Gradual and incremental improvement is expected as this is a natural remedy. As with most natural treatments, you should not improve overnight; rather, as your body adapts and grows with the regenerative possibilities, improvement should be spread over months for full recovery.
At Warner Orthopedics & Wellness, we believe that the use of mesenchymal stem cells can help to aid in a successful recovery from many medical conditions. We only use stem cells gathered from the patient’s own bone marrow or from donated tissues of live births, never embryonic cells.
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