Beware of a company that treats everything from MS, to ALS, to arthritis with stem cells.

It is the obligation of anybody using stem cell therapy to track and report his or her data. I run a large registry with a designated medical researcher using the same outcomes criteria I used as director of a joint replacement program at a major university. I also have access to a full time bio-statician to analyze data. In August, I will report that data on-line and begin publishing the Outcomes in peer reviewed publications. My mission statement is musculoskeletal care of the aging athlete.

What prompted this tirade is the increasing marketing bombardment by Regenerative Medical providers offering false hope and information based on faulty science. Fat stem cells are not better than bone marrow stem cells for osteoarthritis   In fact, for an osteoarthritis application, about 10 papers where fat and bone marrow cells were compared showed that the bone marrow cells were more suited to the application. The big issue with fat stem cells is that the closer the cell source is to the target tissue to be repaired or helped, the more likely it is that the cell will work. So bone marrow cells are involved in helping and maintaining joints and the fat cells from your stomach are not. I highly recommend the reading of a Blog written by Dr. Chris Centeno, the founder of Regenexx for a more complete explanation

http://www.regenexx.com/2014/07/checking-the-facts-about-fat-stem-cell-therapies-breaking-down-the-slick -marketing/

This is a common problem with clinics offering fat based stem cell therapies as there is scant evidence that this therapy is effective for arthritis at this point. Rather than conceding that fact, most clinics will -quote research that looks great on the surface but falls apart once you dig just a little deeper! So whom can you trust?

Prior to the dawn of contracted medicine, a patient had a doctor in whom they trusted and confided. When there was a need for a specialty referral, the family physician made the recommendation. Now that patient chooses health care based on a contract or even worse, an app. Perhaps in the evolving era of Cellular Orthopedics one might be guided by the message in Robert Browning’s classical poem Rabbi Ben Ezra…”Grow old along with me/The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made”. One of John Lennon’s final songs written “Grow Old with Me” appeared in the album Milk and Honey.  For stem cell experience, updates and questions, make an appointment with this senior.

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