In my opinion, one of the hardest things to accept is a new type of medical treatment, particularly when it changes the philosophy, parameters and overall results that we are expecting and basically used to receiving. Stem cells are undoubtedly, no exception to this rule.
About 6 weeks ago, Eduardo K (a Cuban doctor with a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburg in internal medicine and nephrology), brought his wife Maria to our institute, in order to assess the possibility of using stem cells to cure the severe chronic pain in her ankle. A pain so severe, that it was basically hindering her ability to walk and Dr. K also expressed his extreme hesitation & concerns about having his wife be involved in an invasive ankle surgery at this stage of her adult life.
Como decía en uno de mis artículos, las capacidades de las células madre y las plaquetas son insospechadas. Aunque nuestro instituto se dedica particularmente a problemas ortopédicos como osteoartritis de rodilla, cadera, hombro y problemas de la columna vertebral (uno de los pocos fuera y dentro de Estados Unidos), hay ocasiones que ponemos a disposición nuestro conocimiento fuera.
In 1991, a frozen man was found in the Swiss Alps, conserved almost completely intact, for over 5000 years! They gave him the name: Ötzi and until today, he retains the honor of being “the most studied human” in history. Mostly because scientists have conducted numerous studies on him over the years (including: hundreds of X-rays, DNA tests & CT scans etc.) in order to find out his overall lifestyle, learn more about the foods that he ate and even what ailments he suffered back in the Stone Age.
The copious studies reflected that this ancient “Ice Man” must have been around 46 years old, was about 1.50 cm tall and ate a diet rich in red meats. In addition, they found that he suffered from lumbar spine issues and also (it was speculated) that he must have suffered from strenuous pains in his knees and spine.
En el 1991, se descubrió congelado en los Alpes un hombre conservado casi intacto, por más de 5000 años. Recibió el nombre de Ötzi y hasta la fecha, ha tenido el honor de ser el humano mas estudiado en la historia. Cientos de radiografías, tomografías y pruebas de ADN se le han realizado a través de todos estos años para conocer el tipo de vida, cómo se alimentaban y de qué enfermedades sufrían nuestros ancestros.
Recently, the New York Times published an article about three women that apparently had lost their vision after receiving a Stem Cell transplant in a clinic operating in the United States. A faithful reader of my weekly newspaper column, wrote to me about this concerning issue (Vivien R) and asked for my opinion on the matter, since she had also seen a TV newscast that discussed this rather unfortunate situation. There are several important key aspects pertaining to this issue that I would like to share with you and particularly with Vivien, many of which were not clearly addressed in the NY Times article.
The newspaper article stated that an ophthalmologist from the prestigious Bascom Palmer Institute, testified that (after examining the patient’s retinas) they appeared to all reflect an “excessive cell growth”, and thus, he stated that (in his medical opinion) this “abnormal growth” was the probable cause for these patients to have unfortunately lost their eyesight.
In the almost 3500 cases that I have conducted on knees, hips, shoulders and spine in the last 14 years, I have never found an “excessive cell growth” in any of my patients. My medical philosophy and the FDA’s recommendation of using “minimal manipulation” would not produce such abnormal cell growth, since the patient’s own body would automatically control for that sort of abnormality not to happen.
However, only when cells are being cultivated, is when you could have the possibility of such unstoppable / abnormal cell growth occurring. Unfortunately, we can only speculate at this point about what truly transpired in these cases, since the article did not provide sufficient information about the level of manipulation used on any of these procedures and/or if these stem cells were actually cultivated or not, in the three particular procedures mentioned. The NY Times article also stated that the injection / procedure had been conducted by a “Nurse Practitioner” and not by a medical doctor certified to practice medicine in the United States.
With more than 30 years of experience as a doctor, in addition to possessing a Master’s degree and two medical specialties, I am considered as one of the true pioneers that spearheaded using stem cells, as a valid alternative to cure pain. Note that in our StemCell Miami institute, 100% of the stem cell transplants are solely performed by me personally, although I am very fortunate to also possess a top-notch medical team by my side, which assists me with each procedure.
Up to date, we have performed countless successful procedures without having one single negative effect in any of our patients. I think I can recall possibly only a handful (or less) of my patients that did not improve (significantly) after their procedures, in comparison to the thousands of patients that are extremely happy with their results and the tremendous improvements in their overall quality of life. I am personally very conservative as a medical professional and would rather not experiment, even if I am only slightly unsure of the outcome that we would obtain. Furthermore, the safety of our patents is always our number one priority and is of utmost importance with every procedure that we conduct at our StemCell Miami Institute.
While other institutions throughout the world, do perform riskier procedures (that include using animal cells, as well as placenta and embryonic derived cells etc.), we would like to strongly reiterate that at our institute, we only perform procedures using the patient’s own (autologous) adult stem cells.
So in conclusion, the moral of this story is that you must be very careful about where you go and who performs a stem cell transplant procedure on you or your loved ones. Please don’t believe everything you see or hear! I highly recommend for you to also conduct a thorough investigation / research and examine the credentials of the doctor & clinic where you are getting these treatments done, before you decide to move forward with them…so please, I urge you investigate first!!!
So if you, a family member, or friend needs to be evaluated to find out if Stem cell treatments are a viable option, please call us at (305) 598-7777. Remember that by mentioning this article the first consultation is free. If you want to contact the doctor directly, please do so via email: email@example.com or for more information visit our website: www.stemcellmia.com or follow us on our Facebook Page & Twitter @StemCellMia or you can also watch our amazing testimonial videos on our YouTube channel.
Two days ago, I read a letter from my colleagues at the American Association of Pain Management Physicians, which reported that as of July 2016, (in the state of Oregon), blockages to control pains were denied coverage by several insurance companies. Instead, the Oregon health authorities have recommended the use of therapeutic massages and acupuncture in lieu of blockages.
This decision is unfortunately no joke, but rather only one of many examples of an oblivious & retrograde type mentality, and basically serves to clearly demonstrate how our great country continues to “lose ground” every day in the healthcare arena. Regrettably, this antiquated mindset ultimately causes mediocrity to take over many of our medical institutions, under the indifference of many and under the complicity of others.
With all due respect to the ancient art of acupuncture and the technique of therapeutic massages, these treatments are only proven to represent a viable (temporary) alternative for moderate pain control, but never as a true solution to treat any type of chronic pain.
I have spent almost 15 years researching new alternatives for the treatment of chronic and perennial pain. I have explored many treatments from blockages, therapies, pills and injections, to what I now call: The Medical Revolution of the 21st Century: Stem Cells.
If someone would ask me: “Why use stem cells?” I would explain to them that it is a very effective way to control pain, and is a medical treatment alternative that is basically unparalleled nowadays. These incredibly powerful cells (of which our body is organically armed with from birth) have the important function of regenerating and repairing damaged tissue, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or even age.
For example, last week I met with Berthy, a 65-year-old woman treated with a successful marrow and fat stem cell transplant to treat her severe arthritis related knee pain we conducted about 4 months ago. During her visit, Berthy recounted that she had recently accompanied her husband to a renowned clinic in South Florida, where the issue of stem cell use had arisen, and the doctor at the medical institution had told her: “they only work on patients up to 50 years old.” She immediately showed him her knee and told him that at age 67, she was perfectly fine after her recent stem cell transplant. The doctor was astonished, and with a shrug he replied, “they must know more and have more experience than we do in that area.” Berthy is currently arranging a trip with her husband to travel to Asia and realize their dream of walking The Great Wall of China.
We as a society must begin to “think big,” and focus on the future and support the latest advances of modern medicine. Also, we as patients should demand the right to be offered the most advanced treatments and not simply resign ourselves to a health authority mandate or a medical professional that would impose an ineffective or mediocre type treatment.
We could speculate on the reasons behind the Oregon insurance situation, but the reality is that it is far better to look to the future and demand the option of extensive stem cell application, recognizing it as a feasible and true solution to treat arthritis of the joints and the spine. To that fight, which is really “thinking big” … we must all unite!
So if you, a family member, or friend need to be evaluated to find out if Stem cell treatments are a viable option, please call us at (305) 598-7777. Remember that by mentioning this article the first consultation is free. If you want to contact the doctor directly, please do so via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information visit our website: www.stemcellmia.com or follow us on our Facebook Page & Twitter @StemCellMia or you can also watch our amazing testimonial videos on our YouTube channel.
Jeannine C. is a licensed Zumba instructor that currently resides in Key Largo, Florida. Approximately a year ago, she started suffering from a progressive pain on her right knee, that (unfortunately) even after engaging in multiple physical therapy sessions and taking endless pain medications, the excruciating knee pain continued to bother her, to the point that she had to stop undertaking in her “true life’s passion”: being a Zumba class instructor.
Jeannine first decided to seek the advice of a medical professional / orthopedic surgeon, which after evaluating her condition, quickly recommended that she needed to undergo a complete knew replacement surgery. The almost devastating news, left Jeanine in a sad state of total despair & hopelessness, since she understood that having such type of invasive procedure, also required an extensive post-surgery rehabilitation process and strenuous physical therapy sessions.
In addition, having this type of surgery would ultimately mean that Jeannine would not be able to teach her beloved Zumba classes for an extended period of time, since she would basically have to “learn how to walk properly” with her new prosthetic / knee implant.
Furthermore, she was extremely concerned about the many possible complications and adverse post-surgery reactions including: lung blood clogs, possibly developing a myriad of dangerous infections and/or concerns of adverse type reactions to undergoing general anesthesia etc.
To make matters worse, the orthopedic surgeon also clearly explained to Jeannine that there was a rather unfortunate possibility that (even after the surgery) she would not to be able to conduct her Zumba classes to the full extent or level of high intensity that she was used to before, due the likelihood of risking an early “wear and tear” type complication, loosening of the newly implanted prosthesis, or even the dangerous risk of this surgery causing Metalosis (a putative medical condition involving deposition and build-up of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body. Metalosis has been hypothesized to occur when metallic components in medical implants, specifically joint replacements, abrade against one another and could cause an adverse toxic reaction in the body).
Fortunately, Jeanine had recently heard about the amazing results that one of her Zumba students had experienced with a recent Stem Cell transplant in her knee, which allowed this student (only 6 months after her implant) to not only almost eliminate all pain related issues, but also helped to greatly improve her level of mobility and overall muscular strength, positively enough that she was encouraged to return to her usual (rather strenuous) physical regimen, including re-attending her Zumba sessions!
So Jeannine (after hearing the amazing testimony of her student) started vigorously researching about Autologous Stem Cell treatments and nearby medical institutions (to her Key Largo hometown) where these innovative procedures where being conducted. Luckily, Jeannine quickly learned about Dr. Ramon Castellanos and his proven track record (of almost 15 years) successfully conducting this type of orthopedic procedure and thus, quickly arranged to have the StemCell Miami team evaluate her painful condition.
After her initial consultation and thoroughly evaluating all her medical records and most recent MRI, Dr. Castellanos and his team of experts unanimously determined that she was an ideal candidate to have her own Stem Cells transplanted into her injured knee, and that is exactly what occurred at our institute early yesterday morning.
What we are expecting to happen after Jeannine’s procedure, is that her own newly transplanted stem cells would quickly start identifying the damaged tissue / cartilage area (what I often colloquially refer to as a “bump in the road” in the case of the damaged cartilage) and then having these new cells integrate with her old damaged cells (currently in a dormant state of hibernation) and basically just “bring them back to life!”
In other words, basically “wake the old cells up”, so they can start regenerating the damaged cartilage in her knee and consequently, basically healing the impaired knee naturally (identically to what happened to her Zumba student).
So if you, a friend or family member would like to learn more about Regenerative Medicine, PRP & Stem Cell treatments, please contact StemCell Miami at: (305) 598-7777 to schedule a consultation. For additional information, you can visit our website: www.stemcellmia.com or subscribe to our YouTube channel @Stemcellmiami, or also follow us on Facebook & Twitter. If you would like to ask the doctor a specific question, please do so via his direct e-mail address: email@example.com
En mi opinión, una de las cosas más difíciles para aceptar de un nuevo tratamiento, es cuándo este cambia la filosofía o parámetros previos, con el cuál se estaba acostumbrado a medir los resultados anteriores. En otras palabras, cuándo revoluciona todos nuestros conceptos previos. Las células madre no son una excepción a esta regla.
Hace 6 semanas, trajo a su esposa Eduardo K. un doctor cubano que aún tiene cátedra en la Universidad de Pittsburg cómo profesor auxiliar de medicina interna y nefrología. En esencia, nos vino a ver para evaluar la posibilidad de utilizar las células madre en su esposa para un dolor crónico de su tobillo y pie en vez de someterla a una riesgosa cirugía.
Mis estimados y queridos lectores, hay situaciones en la vida que están ocurriendo alrededor de nosotros y la mayoría de las veces no tenemos la posibilidad de saber cómo pudimos influenciar en la vida de una o un grupo de personas. Sin embargo, hay veces que somos capaces de unir estos puntos y este es la interesante historia real de cómo las células madre pudieron conectar a un grupo de personas.
La semana pasada, tuve la posibilidad de implantar las células madre a una paciente (María S) de Suiza, ya que no es nada poco común en nuestro instituto atender pacientes que vienen de alrededor del mundo. Hemos tratado una gran variedad de pacientes de países como: Ecuador, Bolivia, Santo Domingo, Curazao, Perú, Venezuela, México, Argentina, Chile (muchos de ellos son futbolistas profesionales) o Brasil (incluyendo un campeón de automovilismo) y la lista corre interminablemente, pero curiosamente, tener pacientes de un país desarrollado Europeo (como Suiza) no es algo muy común en nuestra práctica.
Earlier today, I was talking to a patient (Victorio) in the procedure room, while extracting his stem cells from bone marrow and fat. This procedure is performed under “conscious sedation”, which means that the patient is awake during the entire procedure (and is under no pain), unlike the case when using general anesthesia during a surgery. During this time, the patient is fully capable to speak with the doctor, as he is guided through the complete procedure. For many people, this is a great advantage to surgery, which many times is rather invasive and the patient is completely unaware of what going on and also possess the risk of anesthesia induced negative side-effects.
We had already successfully implanted Victorio’s stem cells on his right shoulder two years ago and since then, he had successfully recovered his mobility (almost completely) and without the need to undergo a complicated and invasive surgery.