There has been so much speculation about amniotic stem cell therapy and whether it’s Hope or Hype. The unfortunate twist to the dilemma has been that several companies and providers of competing stem cell therapies have been quick to write articles that are negative about amniotic. While amniotic does have its issues, the interesting fact is that these companies are losing patients in droves as more and more consumers opt to undergo amniotic stem cell procedures.
Here’s some very interesting information. Amniotic and placental tissue has a plethora of regenerative cells, which offer much better quality and quantity than the average person’s bone marrow can. Especially after the age of 50, where stem cell counts drop exponentially and they are less effective at doing their job. Competitors say that amniotic tissue “has no live cells.” For most products, this is actually true. The manufacturer will often radiate the product, which kills all the cells. Or they use too much preservative, which also kills all the cells. But the FDA does not mandate radiation, it doesn’t have to be done during processing.
What’s interesting is that when competitors have “tested” these products, they only look at products that are known to be radiated, and are known not to have any live cells to begin with. Amniotic products, though, do not have to be radiated. If competitors ACTUALLY tested a broad slate of amniotic products, what they would have seen is that there are PLENTY of live cells in plenty of products.
R3 Stem Cell only works with amniotic stem cell products that are not radiated. Outcomes have been amazing, with over 80% of patients experiencing dramatic improvements in their condition. There are simply so many elements in properly processed amniotic fluid that represent an “orchestra” of regenerative elements such as:
- Growth Factors
- Stem Cells
As one ages, the amount of these cells in someone’s bone marrow drops precipitously. So over the age of 50, it really does NOT make sense to undergo a bone marrow procedure! Here is an explanation of those numbers.
It’s not feasible to give up ALL your bone marrow just for the sake of a procedure. No matter how many times you spin the fluid to try and concentrate the cells, there’s just not enough to work with. In addition, studies have shown that aspirating bone marrow with a typical “fat” needle only yields an adequate number of stem cells for the initial 2cc’s obtained.
Since only the initial 2cc’s of any bone marrow aspiration has many stem cells in it, then providers should perform MANY separate passes to obtain anywhere close to a semblance of proper concentration. But this turns into a veritable “Swiss cheese” approach, which is very painful afterwards. Eighty six percent of patients experience significant pain right away. Studies looking at bone marrow aspirations with only one pass have shown a chronic pain incidence of 29% (Fernhough et al.). Think about instituting a procedure with multiple passes?? That just increases the incidence of chronic pain significantly.
When it comes down to it, there is an issue with achieving high enough cell counts versus a very high incidence of chronic pain. There are other potential complications such as nerve and arterial injury, fracture, peritoneal perforation, sacroiliac joint instability, and herniation of abdominal contents through defects in the ilium (Banwhart et al, Spine 1995).
Why risk any of this when there are amniotic and umbilical stem cell therapy options available? All of these complications are avoided with no rejection occurring. Simply call R3 Stem Cell today at (844) GET-STEM so that we can get you scheduled for a free consultation at the closest Center of Excellence to you!
In order to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding amniotic and umbilical cord stem cell therapy, R3 has put together a Consumer Guide. Unlike competitor publications, this Guide ACTUALLY elucidates accurate information on these materials as opposed to the significant complications associated with a bone marrow aspiration. The Guide is available at no charge to individuals by simply clicking HERE or the image below.