So... it may not be the weight after all that's wrecking your knees?

Could the extra weight that most Americans are carrying around just be inconsequential to their knees wearing out prematurely?  Remembering, correlation does not imply causation.  Meaning, maybe the extra weight really has nothing to do with those bad knees?  The gut microbiome is once again suspect in another condition, osteoarthritis.  This isn't new, I've been reading about and experiencing this with daily patient interaction for years.  Your gut bacteria have a lot to say about your general inflammatory markers, or the degree at which your body maintains a constant low grade inflammatory condition.  The end result - osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis, autoimmune, degenerative joint disease, etc...

The solution - better diet, exercise, stay healthy, sleep... easy right?  Nope, in fact getting regular exercise, adequate sleep, a healthy diet and positive view of the future and life in general is one of the most challenging aspects of the human condition.  But you can do it!

Never underestimate the importance of motion palpation

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Over the years I have personally witnessed time and time again a misdiagnosis.  The classic case is the individual with said "hip pain" and diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis of the hip as seen on an x-ray/MRI and the recommendation of complete hip replacement.  I have learned to never take that diagnosis at face value.  More often than I can count, after a complete physical examination I find the real culprit to be the lower spine, facet damage, bursitis or one of the sacroiliac joints.  Yes, they may indeed have some degenerative OA of the hip but if that's not causing the pain, then what good is it to perform a total hip replacement only to observe the patient when the surgery is complete and the pain remains!

This phenomenon can easily be related to any other joint in the body as well.  I'm always shocked after the exam when a patient remarks, "Why didn't my doctor do that?" and I say, "Do what?" "You felt around and moved me around in different positions until you found my problem, my doctor never touched me." Wow, just wow.

 I don't understand the omission of the physical exam by many doctors.  Getting a second opinion is always a good idea when something like spine surgery or a total joint replacement is recommended.  And with the advancements of today, options like stem cell therapy is proving to be a major game changer and making the spine surgery/joint replacement folks very nervous.  Don't get me wrong, joint replacement surgery will never go away as there are times when it is completely necessary.  But, necessary is becoming less and less common.

Stem cell transplant 'game changer' for MS patients

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You may be familiar with "bone marrow transplant", it's been a regular practice in medicine since the 50's.  But did you know in reality this is a stem cell transplant?  In this article you'll hear of the amazing results they are getting with stem cell transplant.  What you may not know is that this is available in the U.S.  The only difference in our office is that we do not chemically destroy your immune system.  we instead simply infuse your stem cells intravenously every 3 months over the course of the year up to two years.  In this way we are able to avoid the very dangerous practice of decimating your immune system with chemotherapy drugs, while still giving your stem cells an opportunity to "reset" your immune system.  The idea is to "reset" or "reboot" your immune system so as to stop attacking your nervous system which is the cause of the symptoms associated with MS.

Are all stem cell clinics the same?

With the explosion of stem cell clinics across the globe over the last few years, combined with limited resources from regulatory agencies both foreign and domestic. How do you know if you're dealing with the real deal?

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it is completely possible to start a stem cell clinic doing everything right from the start and do excellent work and help people tremendously. It is also possible to cut corners, use known bogus amniotic fluid or placental stem cells to make a quick buck, fill the coffers full of gold until word gets out, then off to the next unassuming town.  It's happening all around the country making a bad name for those who are using sound science behind their operation.  It's very inexpensive to get a bogus clinic up and running, it's VERY expensive to get a legitimate clinic up and running. Physicians aren't cheap, the tools of the trade aren't cheap.  The guided imaging tools aren't cheap.   So, there's one good clue. Do they have 200k+ invested in imaging? Look around, take a tour of the office and observe, if it looks really expensive it usually is. Do they have a 100k+ invested in their in-office lab?  Just ask to see their lab. Do they have a physician\medical officer? If they have these 3 things their is a good chance they're doing things right and you can be optimistic about your results. Of course with any medical practice there's little substitution for experience. Do they have lots of happy patients that refer to that office? For more information or need some helpful guidance feel free to contact me. I'm very passionate about this work and want to see it protected from corruption. 

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MS sufferers get renewed hope with stem cells

Several trials continue to show real results with MS. And not just temporary relief but actual cure. It would be fantastic to see this as the approved treatment for MS as well as several other autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

Follow the link for more information on the most recent study from Time magazine.  

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No Tamaflu? No Problem - why take a drug when you've got...

Tamaflu

Move over...

take Tamaflu and you could get...

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • nosebleed,
  • eye redness or discomfort,
  • sleep problems (insomnia), or
  • cough or other respiratory problems.

These and other negative side effects are possible when taking this prescription drug.  A whole lot better idea is to take Quercetin.  

As described by Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist.  Quercetin is as effective without the side effects!  Wow, did you know that?

And further, Dr Mercola also goes into great depth in explaining the benefits of Quercetin here.

So, the next time you hear on the local news there's a shortage of Tamaflu, just remember that is designed intentionally to rally the troops to demand more Tamaflu!  The Feds and State health departments will get pressure from well meaning citizens to demand that we be prepared for next flu season by spending your tax dollars in the 100's of millions to stockpile Tamaflu!  Save the war-cry and just get Quercetin.

"No added sugar for me please" more and more evidence indicating "type 3 diabetes" as the cause of Alzheimer's

Evidence to support the idea of a "type 3 diabetes" continues to gain traction as the cause of Alzheimer's disease.  Multiple studies now lead scientists to confirm this connection.  

Another reason to go low carb (as if you needed another one)

Maintaining low blood sugar is associated with an increase in circulating stem cells.  To achieve this you need to maintain high insulin sensitivity.  When cells of the body become insensitive to circulating insulin your blood sugar can elevate and remain elevated throughout the whole day.  Stem cells are your bodies circulating signaling cells to heal and regenerate injured or sick tissues.  A decrease in these cells is associated with accelerated aging and osteoarthritis and other degenerative diseases.  To reference the article click here

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Still waking up to an alarm clock?

There's a better way to wake up!  How many times have you heard your alarm clock going off and immediately had some negative thoughts.  Or, it's going off and you fumbling around looking for the snooze on your phone, you knock it off onto the floor, you try to ignore the buzzer and pull the covers over your head and try to get in a few extra winks.  There's a better way.

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Can I Use My Own Stem Cells To Regenerate My Cartilage?

Can Stem Cells Regenerate Cartilage?

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can naturally transform into many tissues including bone, cartilage, and fibrous tissue. There are hundreds of studies of animal models where these cells have been shown to help repair cartilage.  In fact, as of this morning there are 1,789 such studies listed in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. So from a conceptual standpoint, we have good prima facie evidence that this can work.

When looking at different stem cell sources, the two most commonly used today are bone marrow and fat. Of the two, there’s much better evidence that Adipose (fat) derived MSC's are capable of cartilage repair and regeneration then bone marrow. So if you had to choose a stem cell source for the purpose of regenerating cartilage, Adipose (fat) would be your best choice. This is why we use adipose derived stem cells for all of our stem cell procedures.

The Myth of Cartilage Loss as a Primary Source of Pain

Cartilage is the shock absorber that lines the end of your bones. One of the hallmarks of arthritis that’s easy to see on x-rays and MRIs is the loss of cartilage. Given the orthopedic community’s obsession with cartilage loss, you would think we had solid evidence showing that loss of cartilage in a knee is directly associated with increased pain and disability. In reality, there is little evidence that’s actually true.

The largest government funded research studies to date do not relate more cartilage loss to pain. In other words, there are lots of people walking around out there with “bone on bone” knees who don’t have much pain and seem to get along just fine. There are also people with normal cartilage on their MRIs who are in tremendous pain.

Cellutions Alternative to Knee Meniscus Surgery / Meniscectomy

Knee pain is a very complex thing that goes beyond the structure seen on an MRI. For example, the orthopedic surgical community has drilled into the heads of patients now for a generation that a torn meniscus on the MRI of a middle-aged person is a big deal. However, based on multiple research studies this seems to be more of a marketing message created to sell unnecessary surgeries than anything that’s based in scientific reality. In essence, a meniscus tear seen on an MRI of a middle aged person who has knee pain is about as important and clinically meaningful as the wrinkles on their forehead.

So if cartilage loss and meniscus tears usually don’t have much to do with why a knee hurts, what does cause this issue? Frankly, we’re just beginning to unravel this medical mystery. Luckily, we do know a few things:

  1. There is a toxic “witches brew” of chemicals that live inside the joint that cause swelling and continue to break down the structure.
  2. There are nerves inside and around the joint that along with the nerves in the spinal cord become “sensitized” to pain signals. These same irritated nerves can cause bad chemicals to be dumped into the joint.
  3. The bone in the joint can accumulate many tiny microscopic fractures and this leads to bone swelling, which can also lead to pain.

What’s really interesting is that of the MRI findings listed above (cartilage loss, meniscus tears and bone swelling), only bone swelling, or what’s called a bone marrow lesion (BML) is linked to knee pain!

In addition, some cases of knee pain that we have seen have not come from the knee at all but from a mechanical problem from the lower spine.  In this case, the knee pain is better resolved with the referral to a local chiropractor.

So what to do if your knee pain is caused by a BML (bone marrow lesion)?  It only makes sense to inject into the knee the best known source of stem cells that can repair ALL of the injured tissues bone, cartilage, fibrous tissues, synovium, and the fluid.  The best known stem cells are derived from the SVF.  

SVF - Stromal Vascular Fraction:  When the fat is removed from the abdomen, it is then quickly escorted to our lab where the fat is minimally manipulated to efficiently and carefully extract all of the stem cells.  At the end of all processing, we are left with a type of "soup":  This is the SVF and is a rich supply of not only stem cells but all the necessary co-factors, growth factors, cytokines, and other factors not even fully understood yet, that make up the magic "soup" that regenerates the joint.

How do we get the stem cells?

The stem cells we harvest are from a "mini-liposuction" procedure.  The extracted fat is then processed to concentrate the stem cells as the therapy for degenerated joints of the body or to be used intravenously for systemic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, MS, lupus, etc...

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We have perfected this process to get the highest stem cell count available without culture expanding.  

Hip Joint Disease

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Diseases of the hip joint can be quite hard to handle. Diseases of this kind require a constant use of pain relievers. Medicine over the years have advanced, but an efficient and fast treatment of hip joints has not been yet. The best method so far has been surgery. However, it comes with a lot of side effects, such as degeneration. Also, the hip bones are replaced with artificial implants, which is not always reliable.

On the other hand, stem cell therapy is an efficient and reliable alternative, for the treatment of hip joint conditions.

What Are Hip Diseases?

Hip diseases are the disorders that affect the bones of the hip joint. It’s a joint that holds the head of the femur, to the pelvic bones. This joint essentially carries the weight of the upper limb and the trunk. Inside the joint, are cartilages and ligaments that bind the femoral head to the bones of the pelvis. This joint allows the lower limb to move in different directions, such as forward, backward, and laterally. The joint is composed of capsules, femoral head, and cartilages. Any problem with any these would incapacitate the hip joint. The hip joint is important of the body, so whatever disease afflicts it, makes the whole body weak.

Reasons For Hip Diseases

There are a lot of things that could lead to hip joint disorders. This could range from mechanical injuries such as road traffic accidents, home accidents, traumas, autoimmune diseases, and infections. Examples of hip disorders are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable hip syndrome, etc. The most treatment for hip joint disorders has been surgery, most especially for disorders caused by injuries or accidents. However, surgery isn’t a pleasant procedure

Why Surgery Is Not The Best Option For Hip Joint Diseases

  1. It’s a painful process: The surgical procedure for the treatment of joint diseases always causes a lot of discomfort for the patients.
  2. It’s limiting: Most patients are usually not able to return to their former life. For example, if an athlete undergoes a hip joint procedure, that would most likely be the end of his/her career. In facts, patients are often advised to desist from activities that are too physical, so they don’t hurt themselves again.
  3. Slow recovery: It takes a long time for patients to recover from a hip joint surgical procedure. This depends on the age of the patient. However, it can range from six months upwards, and years with many rounds of physiotherapy sessions
  4. Replacing the joint is only a fraction of the battle: Replacing the hip bones, or fixing an artificial implant is just a fragment of the picture. People who undergo hip joint corrective procedures, do have a disruption in their body shape and balance for life.
  5. Constant use of pain medications: Patients must take a lot of drugs to relieve the discomfort, that comes after the surgery. Also, these drugs come with a lot of side effects, that the patient has to live with. Some of these side effects are nausea, vomiting, headache, gastrointestinal problems, and addiction.
  6. It’s expensive and not reliable: Apart from the fact that, patients might need more than one procedure, to be able to live a normal life, the outcome might not be for too long. As an illustration, there have been reports of the degeneration of artificial implants, some years after surgery. Coupled with this, the surgical procedures are costly. The cost might be unbearable for patients who do not have a solid insurance package.

The reasons above alongside other points not stated here necessitated the need for an alternative. This is what stem cell therapy for hip joint disorders represents.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy For Hip Disorders Work?

Stem cells have proved to be the best alternative for the treatment of hip joint disorders. Stem cell therapy has complimented for the failures of surgical procedures. Below are some of the benefits of using stem cell therapy for hip diseases

  1. They are natural, and without side effects, as compared to surgery: Stem cells are the body cells that are capable of regeneration, and this is what makes it the ideal treatment for hip diseases. When introduced into the affected place, stem cells develop to form new tissues.
  2. It’s a painless procedure: As compared to surgery, stem cell transplant is a procedure that bears no discomfort of any sort. In fact, a patient can leave immediately after the procedure, if he/she so wishes.
  3. Short recovery time: It doesn’t take months to recover from stem cell therapy for hip joint diseases. The cells only need some time to develop and proliferate into the tissues of the hip joint
  4. It’s not limiting: As earlier mentioned, the most patient that undergoes a surgical procedure for their hip disorders, do not return to their former way of life. They are prohibited from any serious form of physical activity. This is not the case with stem cell therapy. As an example, George Chaung, a 56-year-old athlete, broke his hip while skiing. His doctor advised him to undergo surgery, but he decided against that and settled for stem cell therapy. After some series of stem cell treatments, George Chaung did not just return to skiing, but he also picked up another cycling and went ahead to win medals in this sport.
  5. There is no evidence of side effects: While surgery is accompanied by side effects such as degeneration and discomfort, stem cell therapy is without any complications and side effects such as emboli and infections.
  6. No rejections: The process of stem cell therapy is completely natural. The transplanted cells are usually gotten from the patient. This is why the procedure is without any form of tissue rejection and complication.

The stem cells can be readily extracted from the patient. The most common way of getting these stem cells is by collecting them from fat using a "mini lipo-suction" procedure.  Stem cells are cells that are capable of regeneration and self-renewal. Also, stem cells can also repair injured tissues. These features make them suitable for the treatment of hip diseases

References

Darrow, M. (2017). Are stem cells a realistic option for the athlete with knee osteoarthritis? – Dr. Marc Darrow is a Stem Cell, PRP,Prolotherapy Expert in Los Angeles.. [online] Dr. Marc Darrow is a Stem Cell, PRP, Prolotherapy Expert in Los Angeles. Available at: http://www.stemcellinstitute.com/stem-cells-for-knee-osteoarthritis-in-the-active-sports-minded-patient/ [Accessed 13 Dec. 2017].

Gaurav K. Goswami, M. (2017). Is Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis Safe and Effective?. [online] Arthritis-health. Available at: https://www.arthritis-health.com/treatment/injections/stem-cell-therapy-arthritis-safe-and-effective [Accessed 13 Dec. 2017].

https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org. (2017). Mayo Clinic finds surprising results on the first-ever test of stem cell therapy to treat arthritis. [online] Available at: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-finds-surprising-results-on-first-ever-test-of-stem-cell-therapy-to-treat-arthritis/ [Accessed 13 Dec. 2017].

StemCell ARTS. (2017). Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Injuries and Arthritis – StemCell ARTS. [online] Available at: http://stemcellarts.com/commonly-treated-conditions/stem-cell-therapy-for-knee-injuries-and-arthritis/ [Accessed 13 Dec. 2017].