Recently, I experienced one of those days that made me feel very proud about the use of stem cells. It would have been accurately described as “a perfect game”, just like my friend, stem cell patient, and famous baseball player Tony “Tany” Perez, often would say.
Of the 12 patients I examined yesterday (6 weeks after the implantation of their stem cells and as required by our protocol), all of them responded extremely positively to their treatments and none of them had any reported adverse side-effects. I reiterate (as I have done numerous times in the past) that these amazing results are somewhat unusual and basically unparalleled, even when compared to modern medicine standards.
Like I have consistently mentioned on many of my previous articles, the unlimited capacities of autologous stem cells and platelets never ceases to amaze me.
While at our StemCell Miami Institute (one of the few in the world) we specialize in treating orthopedic related illnesses like: osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder and issues related to the spine, there are times when we also try to help patients in need of treatments that are outside of the “true realm” of our medical specialty. Such is the case with Denisse, a close family friend and owner of a busy Nicaraguan restaurant in the city of Doral, where she unfortunately poured (by accident) a pot of hot oil all over the back of her legs, causing her a painful second degree type burn.
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.
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: 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.
Respuesta del Dr. Ramon Castellanos De StemCell Miami sobre la reciente polémica suscitada por un artículo publicado en el periódico The New York Times:
Recientemente, el New York Times publicó un artículo sobre 3 mujeres que aparentemente habían quedado ciegas después de recibir un tratamiento de células madre, en una clínica operada en los Estados Unidos. Una asidua lectora de esta columna (Vivien R.) me escribió preguntando mi opinión, después de ver un programa en la televisión sobre el tema. Hay varios aspectos importantes que quisiera compartir con ustedes y con Vivien, los cuales no aparecen reflejados en el artículo del NY Times.
Según el artículo, un oftalmólogo del prestigioso Instituto Bascom Palmer, testificó que (después de examinar la retina de los pacientes) aparentaba haber “un crecimiento excesivo de células” los cuales causaron (en su opinión) que las pacientes perdieran la visión.
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.
Como siempre digo, las células madre han devenido sin duda alguna la Revolución de la Medicina del Siglo XXI.
Esta revolución influye y ha influido positivamente en la vida de numerosas personas dentro y fuera de los EEUU, a la vez de también causar un gran impacto en todos los aspectos de la vida de mis pacientes. Hoy quisiera hablarles del impacto en el ámbito de la espiritualidad.
Hace dos días, leí con interés una carta de mis colegas de la Asociación Americana de Médicos del Dolor, en la cual se informaba que a partir de Julio del 2016 se negaban (en el estado de Oregón), los bloqueos para controlar los dolores bajo la cobertura de seguros médicos. En su lugar, las autoridades de salud de Oregón han recomendado el uso de masajes y acupuntura.
Esto no es una broma, sino uno de los múltiples ejemplos de una mentalidad completamente retrógrada y también de cómo nuestro gran país continúa “perdiendo terreno” cada día. Lamentablemente, esto provoca que la mediocridad se vaya apoderando de muchas de nuestras instituciones como un cáncer que se perpetúa, bajo la mirada indiferente de muchos y bajo la complicidad de otros.
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.