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Amniotic Stem Cells

Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy – Is it The Real Deal?

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:

  • Cytokines
  • Growth Factors
  • Stem Cells
  • Exosomes
  • Secretomes
  • MicroRNA

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.

How Exercise Can Help Combat Foot Arthritis?

 Foot Arthritis

Have you been struggling to walk in late? Have you experienced aches and pains in the ankle or foot? If yes, you may have foot arthritis. Osteoarthritis is one type of arthritis caused by wear and tear to the joint. You may find that the joint starts to swell and in time, there may be some deformity. Arthritis is an umbrella term for one hundred or more diseases which affects the joints. Translated, arthritis simply means joint inflammation although, for many people, the word arthritis incites fear as these conditions have the potential to impact life on many levels.

 

Unfortunately, arthritis can be extremely painful, especially when affecting weight-bearing joints. The bones begin to grate against each other and this leads to the soft tissues of the joints also breaking down. Osteoarthritis is often associated with age. It’s certainly the most common of the arthritic conditions and is a degenerative disease.

 

Taking control of osteoarthritis.

 

Although seeking medical advice is paramount, there is much that can be done to keep osteoarthritis at bay. This includes exercising the joints to keep mobility. It is important to be gentle and to only exercise as much as you can without feeling pain. The joint may feel stiff and inflexible but, do this several times a day at least. Any movement is better than none. It is so important to retain as much flexibility as is possible. Yoga as an exercise system can ensure flexibility of the whole body and works well to combat arthritis generally and it will certainly help alleviate the potential for future joint pain.

 

The following are specific exercises to help offset the potential for foot arthritis and these include:

 

  • Toe pull – place an elastic band around all the toes and then, working against the resistance of the band, spread your toes wide. Repeat this up to 10 times.
  • Toe curl – If you have small circular objects or, marbles, spend some time trying to pick the marbles up using your toes only.
  • Achilles stretch – Standing up, place your palms flat on the wall and then, lean towards the wall. Place one foot back and one forward. Both heels should be on the floor and this stretches the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. Repeat three times.
  • Ankle alphabet – Sitting in a chair, place both feet flat on the floor. Lift the foot with arthritis from the floor and with your foot extended, try to slowly trace all the letters of the alphabet. Repeat this on the other foot too even if there is no sign of arthritis.

 

Look after your feet.

 

When you have osteoarthritis, comfort will suddenly mean everything. You must look for shoes that provide support and that fit properly.

 

  • Choose rubber soles for extra cushioning
  • Make sure the shoe is flexible
  • Ensure that the fit is correct
  • Avoid slip-on shoes

 

On a day to day basis, there is much that you can do to stop osteoarthritis from becoming worse. But, it is important to have a medical assessment to ensure that the condition is monitored. Arthritis can be a progressive condition and pain management is important as well as treatment to prevent it from becoming worse. Physical therapy may be useful to work alongside your exercise regime and you can also use arch supports or pads to help support your feet when walking.

 

There are many different types of medical treatments available and this will be discussed in full when you have your doctor’s appointment. It is worth considering stem cell therapy if offered as it has been providing excellent results for arthritic joints. Degenerative diseases now tend to heal much quicker and stem cell therapy promotes natural healing because it promotes the repair of tissues within the joints, thereby increasing mobility and flexibility.

Coping with Painful Elbow Arthritis

Painful Elbow Arthritis

Elbow arthritis is not as common as arthritis that affects other joints. The hands, hips, and knees tend to suffer more but the disease is still very painful in this area of the body and in some ways, can be more damaging to everyday functions, especially if both elbows are attacked.

Three types of arthritis may affect the elbow.

• Osteoarthritis
• Rheumatoid
• Post-traumatic

Osteoarthritis is relatively uncommon in the elbow joints but can cause much in the way of misery as it tends to make straightening out the joint very painful. Often linked to sports or heavy repetitive labor, it has a simple wear and tears effect on the joint. It would normally only be active in the one elbow that had the most strain.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the main culprit when it comes to elbow arthritis and can be extremely painful. It also can be even worse because it can affect both elbows at the same time, making normal daily activities awkward and painful. There is usually swelling with rheumatoid arthritis and this increases the pressure on the joint. It has a far-reaching effect on daily life.

Post-traumatic arthritis is where some trauma has damaged the elbow in the past and arthritis has set in. A dislocation or a fracture can often lead to torn and damaged cartilage and painful arthritis can develop from that.

Most people tend to cope with elbow arthritis better than when the lower body joints have been attacked, this is because elbows are rarely weight-bearing and most activities do not require the complete range of movement. Carrying a dinner plate from the kitchen to another room can be done with a locked elbow but if walking, the leg joint still needs to bear the full weight. That said, it is important to not detract from the pain and anxiety elbow arthritis can cause.

So, what can be done to help or cure elbow arthritis?

The first port of call in the treatment of any form of arthritis will be medication to ease the swelling and to block some of the pain. You may be experiencing some of the symptoms listed below:
• Locking of the elbow joint
• Swelling around the joint
• A grinding sensation when straightening the elbow out
• An inability to gain the full range of movements

Physical therapy will help to give back some movement and, steroid injections can ease the pain, but relief will not last long. If patients are not responding well to pain medication or treatment, surgery is often the next step. The removal of degenerated cartilage is often carried out, but a complete replacement of the joint is quite often the only option.

Stem cell therapy is now a very effective way of treating all degenerative diseases that affect joints. There are very few side effects with this kind of treatment as the body is basically being used to treat itself. Stem cells are taken from one part of the body and introduced to the damaged area. Stems cells promote healing growth and this treatment has been very successful in treating elbow arthritis.

This treatment is becoming more successful every year and may well be the way forward in the future of dealing with arthritis.

R3 Stem Cell Founder Appears on Longstanding Radio Show Stepping In

For over 20 years, Nurse Jackie Tucker has been the host of Stepping In on KSCO in Santa Cruz CA. She discusses current healthcare topics with respected members of the healthcare community nationwide.

When R3 Stem Cell Founder and CEO David Greene, MD, MBA was asked to participate with Jackie on a recent show, he immediately said yes. “This is information people really want to hear, and Jackie’s got a great audience. She’s very professional and her reputation is stellar, so it took me about a nanosecond to say yes!”

Jackie asked questions about PRP and stem cell therapy, including applicability to several conditions. Amniotic stem cell therapy was discussed, along with opportunities for stem cell therapy to treat arthritis, tendonitis, burns, COPD, kidney failure and Alzheimer’s. The show lasted almost an hour.

To hear the entire show, simply click below!

Do Amniotic Stem Cells Work?

amniotic fluid stem cells pros and cons Amniotic stem cells are a mixture of stem cells that can be extracted from the amniotic fluid and amniotic membrane after a pregnant woman has delivered her baby. The amniotic fluid surrounds the fetus during development in the uterus and it is contained by the amniotic membrane.

Since the amniotic fluid and amniotic membrane are collected after the baby is delivered, as they have usually been discarded in the past, there is no danger to the child when doing so. Therefore, the use of stem cells derived from amniotic tissues is considered to lack the ethical problems associated with the use of stem cells derived from embryos collected after induced abortions.

Stem cells that are derived from tissues such as the amniotic fluid and amniotic membrane, as well as those from the bone marrow, are used in medicine for the following reasons:

  • To help stimulate proteins to reduce the inflammatory process in certain conditions that lead to pain, tissue damage, and disability.
  • Differentiating and developing into tissues of the body such as skin, muscle, cartilage, bone, nerve, and heart and kidney tissue to repair areas damaged by diseases and injuries.

Advantages and disadvantages of amniotic stem cells

Amniotic stem cell pros and cons need to be looked at in order to decide whether using such tissue has benefits that outweigh any risks associated with its administration.

Advantages:

  • The amniotic fluid contains an abundance of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that stem from the fetus.
  • These MSCs have a higher expansion potential than the ones derived from the bone marrow which means that more new tissue cells can be derived from the amniotic fluid.
  • These stem cells have an enhanced stability and plasticity compared to adult stem cells allowing them to develop into healthier cells needed for tissue repair.
  • Amniotic stem cells can be used to reconstruct birth defects such as diaphragmatic hernias in children, as well as repairing a premature amniotic membrane rupture during pregnancy.
  • There’s no risk of the patient rejecting the stem cells.
  • The amniotic stem cells contain hyaluronic acid that helps to lubricate the cartilage around joints.

Disadvantages:

  • Amniotic fluid doesn’t contain a lot of embryonic stem cells.
  • If there are pathologies that need to be treated while the mother is still pregnant with the fetus, then an amniocentesis needs to be performed. This is a technique where a needle is inserted into the uterus through the amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid is then collected. This does carry a small risk of causing a spontaneous miscarriage or premature labor.

Efficacy

In one literature review study regarding the most recent progress in stem cell therapies and indications in the specialty of orthopedics, the following observations were made:1

  • Stem cell therapy has been successfully used for managing major orthopedic issues such as bone-joint injuries, ligament-tendon injuries, osteoarthritis-cartilage defects, and femoral head osteonecrosis.
  • Stem cells have been used in bone tissue engineering and were combined with scaffolds to provide better and faster tissue healing.
  • A recommendation was made that more and efficient studies would need to be conducted to evaluate the safety of stem cells.

With that being said, the general consensus looking at patient outcomes is that stem cell therapy is a very safe and effective form of treatment.

Stem Cell and PRP Therapy for Heel Pain from Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain from plantar fasciitis affects millions of Americans. Current, traditional treatment options include NSAIDS, night splints, cortisone injections, stretching and orthotics. All too often the heel pain becomes chronic and patients end up deciding on potentially risky surgery. Even if no complications occur, the outcome is pretty much a roll of the dice.

But all is not lost. Research is now showing that PRP and Amniotic stem cell therapy works very well for chronic heel pain from plantar fasciitis. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO explains the evidence available. Call us today for top treatment at (844) GET-STEM!

 

Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy is for Real

I realize there are plenty of critics who write negatively about amniotic fluid treatment in regenerative medicine. Rather than writing a LONG blog post about why amniotic stem cell therapy is for real, here are some bullet points. Please watch the video below and you will understand why the treatment is the real deal.

  1. When processed properly, amniotic fluid DOES have viable stem cells. There are plenty of companies that radiate their product during processing, but the FDA does not require that. The video explains this nicely.
  2. You have to keep in mind those who consistently speak negatively about amniotic are promoting a competing product. So when you put it in perspective you can understand why they would want to find something negative. Amniotic stem cell treatment does not require harvesting, the treatment is fast, results have been fantastic and no rejection occurs.
  3. Naysayers harp on the fact that amniotic fluid is not FDA approved. The funny thing is it cannot be FDA approved because it is regulated as a biologic. It cannot be FDA denied either.

The bottom line is amniotic fluid in regenerative medicine has shown amazing outcomes. Another thing you will notice is you don’t need sedation for a harvesting, and the treatments are less expensive predominantly as a result. Watch the video below, then call (844) GET-STEM for treatment!

 

Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Conditions

While there is not a ton of research on stem cell therapy for shoulder pain, some studies have been published. This includes stem cell therapy for rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, SLAP lesion, shoulder arthritis, cartilage defects and more. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO Dr. David Greene explains outcomes that have been shown in the research. If you or a loved one needs stem cell therapy for shoulder pain conditions, call (844) GET-STEM today!

 

Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease Back Pain

Stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease is available and works according to recent research studies. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO David Greene MD explains the current research results. If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic back pain due to degenerative disc disease, call R3 Stem Cell today!

Stem Cell Therapy for Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis of the hip or knee often leads to chronic, debilitating pain. To date there have not been enough nonoperative treatment options that provide effective relief. Stem cell therapy is proving to be a viable option. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO David Greene MD goes through the research on the topic. Call us for treatment today!

 

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