Education seems to be on the mind of a growing list of presidential hopefuls so I decided to focus on the continuing educational theme. Today, you can complete a college degree and even grad school on line; this week. I am offering a tuition free short course in cellular orthopedics.

To protect the viability of stem cells and maximize their ability to restore well being to an arthritic joint, clinical studies over the last decade have clearly shown that direct injection is the preferred method to transplant cells. Those same clinical studies have documented that these stem and progenitor cells contained in bone marrow have immense potential to improve tissue and organ function. The key is to keep them viable after harvesting as laboratories and my studies have correlated symptomatic relief with higher cell counts and higher viability. Regenexx has contributed to what it takes to maximize stem cell viability; namely, avoidance of smoking, certain categories of pharmaceuticals such as statins, minimal alcohol consumption, and exercise with healthy eating. To summarize, stem cells cannot be transported from state to state, city to city, or even from facility to facility. Now you understand the Regenexx directive regarding what to do and what to consume prior to and for six weeks following a Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate intervention. See the Regenexx Web Site for more information at:  www.Regenexx.com

As I have written in my blog many times, top researchers are increasingly concluding that “stem cells” are not the main event but rather part of a multi-dimensional therapeutic solution. Osteoarthritis is caused by any number of triggers including trauma, disease, aging cartilage programmed to die (apoptosis), mechanical forces and congenital predilection to name a few. Your joints’ enemies are called metalloproteinases (MMPs) and aggrecanases which don’t only just degrade the cartilage; they also contribute to a toxic joint environment. Stem cells have been shown not only to restore damaged cartilage, but to inhibit inflammation; they are one component though of a more complex treatment approach with Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate.  To summarize, while adipose tissue may contain stem cells (Stromal Vascular Fractions), fat doesn’t come close to comparing with the the Growth factors and Cytokines to neutralize the MMPs and the aggrecanases when compared to Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate.

The major scientific work we depend on for basic science guidance comes from Mark F. Pittenger, Ph.D. Simply put, Dr. Pittenger said that Mesenchymal Stem Cells reduce inflammation and lay the foundation for tissue regeneration and repair. Since his landmark publication, we have learned that there is more in the Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate than mesenchymal stem cells that may alter the bio-immune response of arthritis. To summarize, there is science and there are false claims by charlatans and those with proprietary interests and hidden agendas. We need to do more scientific studies and that’s why I have integrated patient care with clinical research; a cellular orthopedic practice based on Outcomes and not undocumented claims.

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