Adult stem cell research is creating waves around the world – nothing in the world of medicine today has ignited more passion and hope as the adult stem cell, described as the “architects of our body and repair masters of our tissues and organs.” (The Stem Cell Dilemma, by Leo Rurcht, M.D. and William Hoffman.)
What is the excitement all about? Extensive adult stem cell research has resulted in the use of adult stem cell therapy in the treatment of a whole host of degenerative and debilitating diseases. Adult stem therapy is not to be confused with the controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells. In adult stem cell therapy, the adult stem cells are taken from the bone marrow in the patient’s hipbone. After collection the stem cells are isolated from the bone marrow and tested in a certified laboratory for quality, quantity and vitality of stem cells. The stem cells are cleansed, concentrated and then injected back into the patient’s damaged tissue. As they are the patient’s own stem cells, rejection does not occur. This is the opposite with embryonic stem cells (from another person) where rejection is a possibility.
The injecting of millions of extra adult stem cells directly back into the patients’ damaged tissue enables the stem cells to work their magic where they are needed most. That is what adult stem cell therapy is, in simple terms!
In theory, the body has its own repair system. If body tissue is damaged, adult stem cells head for the damaged area to accelerate the healing process. However, day-to-day processes in the human body also rely on stem cells: our erythrocytes only live for about 120 to 130 days, by which time they have become too old, inefficient in the transportation of oxygen and have to be replaced. This task is taken over by the hematopoietic stem cells found in the bone marrow. According to theoretical calculations, about 350 million new erythrocytes are formed every minute. Most of the other somatic cells are also replaced regularly: liver cells after 10 to 15 days, white blood cells after 1 to 3 days.
That’s in theory. In practice, due to unhealthy lifestyle choices and environmental influences, we need help to support a healthy stem cell population and proliferation in our body. Healthy or not, all of us need to help the cells in our body to continuously renew them so we can combat the effects of aging.
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Some of the diseases that have been treated with adult stem cell therapy: