stem cell

In search of the Holy Grail of Healing - Part 1


It has been my lifelong journey to find the fountain of youth.  I've spent the last 25+ years exploring natural healing and regeneration.  I came up wanting every time.  Spent thousands of hours, thousands of dollars exploring and researching trending stories, tropical berries, rare earth gases, ionizing waters, vitamin regimens, spinal manipulative techniques, chi activation, functional medicine, meditation and the list goes on.  The pursuit has always been to activate and or release the innate regenerative properties of the body, similar to a time when it was not ever a thought.  You know, like you did when you were twelve.  The ability to heal with great enthusiasm fades as we age, and it's heart breaking.  Just as we transition to a time when we have more time, the so called "golden years" we seem to be instead of ramping up our exploration of this world we are besieged by an onslaught of debilitating illnesses, aches, pains, moans and groans.  

How is it that along our path our bodies decided, without consultation by the way, to fall into a state of not only disrepair but into the lion's den of medical miss-information in the guise of science.  Science, as I have learned is malleable, plastic, persuasive and even deceitful when in the hands of financial concerns of shareholders.  Why is it that you go to the doctors with a belly ache and multiple vials of blood, a CT and Ultrasound and $2,000 later you're told there's nothing wrong with you and you have a stomach virus, instructed to go home and take the medications, rest and everything will be fine - "Thanks for doing business with us!" is what they should say, because that's what you did, you did business with them.

Every century or so a discovery is found that changes everything.  We see a "paradigm shift".  Something is discovered that changes everything, it refocuses the entire science and medical community in a new direction.  This is occurring as I write this letter.  Just think "biotech", how's the biotech industry?  It's BOOM city.  Billions are flowing into the new biology of healing with the re-discovery of cell biology and innate healing.  The science of regenerative medicine is exploding and heading to your town despite the criticism of old hard-liners who do not want anything to change because they are very comfortable doing things just the way things always have been done.  

Change is uncomfortable and requires learning, study and re-tooling.  Those who re-tool and learn what the cell biologists are bringing to light are the early pioneers in regenerative medicine.  Specifically I'm talking about cell therapy.  But more precisely, stromal vascular fraction (SVF).   It is the SVF that is the stuff of legends, teaming with stem cells, progenitor cells, growth factors, cytokines, exosomes, etc.  This stroma is of natural origin, it comes from you within the adipose tissue.  Yes, I mean your fat!  As it turns out your fat is absolutely an amazing organ - and yes it's considered an organ by many biologists.  Strangely enough, it was really the frequent discovery by plastic surgeons that fat is an amazing substance to work with. The fat tissues throughout your body has some amazing properties.  I wont bore you with the details however, feel free to research SVF on you own on the PubMed website, research is no longer the privilege of the educated but is available to anyone willing to put in the time.

The physician's office today producing SVF from the tissues of the patient are wielding an amazing regenerative tool in the fight against damaged, dying and decaying tissues in the body.  It can be deployed (injected) into damaged tissues, it can be deployed intravenously for systemic disease conditions, auto-immune conditions, traumatic brain injury and on and on.  In the near future you will not be given a pill, you'll be deploying your cells.  But here's the kicker.  It's going to be kept out of the hands of your local mainstream medical clinics and hospitals.  Why, if it's so great?  Because, if you think about it, these are YOUR cells.  Not a medication, not a synthetic chemical, not titanium hardware, not another million dollar body scanner.  Can you begin to see why this new paradigm is going to struggle to get to the surface?  Billions are being poured into research by big pharma to find a cell therapy that can be synthesized, bottled and given a lengthy expiration date to be put on the shelf for sale.  Sorry, but you can't synthesize the bodies innate healing powers, it's not reproducible.  It can only be deployed appropriately.  Not to be duplicated.

It's an exciting time to be a pioneer in the field of regenerative medicine and I'm having the best time of my life exploring what is possible.  I see the difference it makes in the lives of those we serve.  I cheer the scientists and biologists who continue to advance this field in the face of heavy criticism of big pharma's influence throughout the medical community and mass media who have billions upon billions at stake.  

Tarek El Moussa, reality show real estate mogul gets out stem cell procedure done for his lower back pain.

We have performed dozens of spine related stem cell procedures over the last couple years.  Having been involved with spine care over the last 20+ I can say I feel more confident than ever dealing with complicated spinal conditions then ever before.  And more and more celebrities are taking notice.


if you are suffering with spine related problems please connect with me and let's talk it over.

There'sa lot to be optimistic about. 


Non-Healing Ulcers and Stem Cells


Fat derived stem cells are an increasing source of cells that have the ability to repair ulcerations from diabetes, radiation induced ulcers, bed sores, and poor circulation says a study published in the Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Treatment with stem cells might be a new treatment option for these patients. Stem cells have the potential to differentiate into numerous types of cells. Over the last decade, stem cell therapy has shown great potential in the treatment of a variety of different conditions, such as orthopedic disorders, inflammatory diseases, hepatic failure, and autoimmune disorders. At the time of writing, adverse events have not been reported; therefore, stem cell treatment is currently regarded as safe. A review including more than 1400 patients found a favorable safety profile of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC), but also highlighted the poor quality of most studies in regard to registering adverse events.  Better safety data collection can be found at the Cell Surgical Network website in California.

Adipose tissue is an excellent source of autologous ADSC and can be harvested easily compared with bone marrow-derived stem cells (BMSC). Adipose tissue has in recent years surpassed bone marrow as the preferred source of mesenchymal stem cells. Besides being abundant, far easier to harvest, and with a lower risk of complications for the patient, adipose tissue additionally contains about 40 times more stem cells than bone marrow. A simple liposuction of the abdomen or inner thigh performed under local or general anesthesia is sufficient to harvest the required number of ADSC without any significant risk of complications. ADSC can be either freshly isolated or cultured. The culturing takes several days or weeks, and cannot be performed as a same-day procedure nor is culturing available inside the US.  Currently culturing ADSC's is not allowed in the US under federal regulations.  However, with the adipose collection and processing following the procedures outlined by the Cell Surgical Network, culturing may be unnecessary given the high yield of ADSC collected in these facilities across the nation.  For a complete list of facilities that offer this service click here


How to BOOST your own stem cell production


I'm often asked, "What can I do nutritionally to increase my chances of success with my stem cell procedure?"  This has lead me down some interesting paths of research over the years and one technique continues to outshine the others, by a long shot.  And honestly, I've only had 2 patients take me up on it.  It is FASTING, in fact a 5 day water fast, ouch... I know you didn't want to hear it, nobody does.  Just the thought makes people cringe.  Knowing instantly that they can't conceive of that kind of self torture, and instantly decide - nope, not going to happen.

Here's the good part.  It's really not that hard, once you get passed  the first 48 hours the rest is a breeze, kinda.  It's still hard but the rewards are indisputable given all the research that surrounds this age old therapy.  Utilized over the ages by all the great physicians.  In fact, On October 3, 2016, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for “discoveries of the mechanisms for autophagy.”  The reason it works says Omer Yilmaz, an MIT professor of biology, a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, is that fasting invokes all the restorative components of the body while eating up and destroying dead cells, dying cells and genetically damaged cells in a process called autophagy. Google it, or click the links above.

Even better.  There are much less dramatic ways to induce the same autophagy without the extreme 5 day water fast.  It's called intermittent fasting.  This is when you go several hours between meals, and the farther apart the meals the better.  An example, eating your last meal at 7pm and then skipping breakfast (no it's not the most important meal of the day) and waiting until early afternoon before your next meal, say at 2pm.  This creates a 5 hour eating window for you to get in the calories you need while invoking the autophagy principle in the prior 19 hours of fasting.  Sure, the autophagy works better the longer you go without food, but for those who just can't imagine going a whole day without something, or perhaps for other medical reasons such as not taking your meds on an empty stomach.  Then this method may be just what the doctor ordered.

Feel free to comment below.  Would love to hear your experiences.


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


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.

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?


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.

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.  


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


Hip Joint Disease


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


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chronic knee-cap pain

Doug. 54 yrs.   Poor guy, he's in his 50's and excited about the recent snow in the mountains and getting excited about skiing at Steven's Pass.  Started doing some leg exercises and strength training and started getting really severe knee pain under the knee cap.  That was 2 weeks ago and not improving.  Admits he's had knee pain off and on for years but never this bad.

This side view of the knee cap revealed a dark line and a pointy part at the top of the cap.  Do you see it?  This is the beginning of advancing OA of the patellofemeral joint (the space under the knee cap)  What to do?  Stem cell injections of the space under the joint has been extremely well tolerated, and mostly painless procedure that will allow him to gradually over 5 months, regenerate his own knee.  He agreed with the procedure and we're scheduling him for Amniocyte injection next week.  Will keep you posted on Doug's results. :)

This side view of the knee cap revealed a dark line and a pointy part at the top of the cap.  Do you see it?  This is the beginning of advancing OA of the patellofemeral joint (the space under the knee cap)  What to do?  Stem cell injections of the space under the joint has been extremely well tolerated, and mostly painless procedure that will allow him to gradually over 5 months, regenerate his own knee.  He agreed with the procedure and we're scheduling him for Amniocyte injection next week.  Will keep you posted on Doug's results. :)

osteoarthritis of the knees

Had a consultation today with Robert (great name) a 75 yr old gentleman with moderate to severe degenerated knees.  You can view the x-ray below.  So, what's the recommendation?

Because he's also having a variety of health issues, we discussed the benefits of adipose derived stem cell with the added benefit of an IV of his own stem cells infused through the circulation following his knee injections.  He agreed and wanted to move forward.  Will let you know his results in 8 weeks following the procedure. 

Stay tuned!