Dr. Linette Williamson - Stem Cell Therapy in Encinitas, California
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative medicine developed to fix damaged cells within the body by reducing inflammation and modulating the immune system. This phenomenon makes stem cell therapy a viable treatment option for a range of medical conditions. Stem cell therapies have been used to treat autoimmune, inflammatory, neurological, orthopedic conditions and traumatic injuries with studies performed on use for Crohn's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, COPD, Parkinson's, ALS, Stroke recovery and more.
While stem cell therapy does not necessarily provide a cure for these conditions, the premise is to allow the body to heal itself well enough to reduce the symptoms of the conditions for extended periods. In some cases, this result can significantly increase the quality of life for patients as well as delay disease progression.
Where do stem cells originate from?
Stem cells can be obtained from many different sources. These include adipose (fat tissue), umbilical cord tissue, placental tissue, umbilical cord blood, or bone marrow.
How are stem cells administered?
Stem cells can be administered in a number of ways; IV Stem Cell Therapy (Intravenous administration), Intrathecal (directly into the spinal canal), Site injections into problem areas (Knee, hips, hands, etc.).
How does stem cell therapy work?
Mesenchymal stem cells use their self-renewal, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, signaling, and differentiation qualities to influence positive change within the body. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) also have the capacity to self-renew by dividing and becoming numerous specialized cell types present in a particular tissue or organ. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells, meaning they present no ethical problems, MSCs are not sourced from embryonic material.
Stem cells target inflammation
The therapeutic uses of stem cells as a possible treatment for a range of conditions has been immensely explored, the number of clinical trials conducted with Mesenchymal Stem Cells has increased significantly over the past few years.
Stem cells have a special, inherent property that attracts them to inflammation in the body. Studies have demonstrated that stem cells can regenerate damaged or diseased tissues, minimize inflammation and modulate the immune system promoting better health and quality of life. Mesenchymal stem cells do this by influencing tissue repair via paracrine effects (cell signaling in order to change the behavior of existing cells) or direct cell-to-cell contact.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the body's raw materials-- cells from which all other cells with specific functions are produced. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells that have self-renewal, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, signaling, and differentiation qualities. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), self renewal ability is characterized by their ability to divide and develop into numerous specialized cell types present in a specific tissue or organ.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be sourced from a number of tissues including adipose tissue (fat), bone marrow, umbilical cord tissue, blood, liver, dental pulp, and skin.
MSCs are commonly utilized in the treatment of various diseases due to their self-renewable, differentiation, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties. In-vitro (done in a lab setting) and in-vivo (occurring in a living organism) studies have supported the understanding mechanisms, safety, and efficacy of MSC therapy in clinical settings.
Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to become new types of cells
A stem cell can become many different cell types in the body. The process of stem cells maturing into new types of cells is called differentiation. This process is the most important element of stem cell therapies, as the cells become the type of cells required for one's body to heal.
Stem cells are also self-replicating; this ability allows the cells to multiply into identical copies of themselves. For instance, if stem cells were used to treat a neurological injury, cells administered during treatment can turn into nerve cells, and then multiply to make exponentially more nerve cells on their own. This ability to multiply drastically increases the effectiveness of stem cell treatments over time.
How is stem cell therapy used?
Stem cell therapy might be able to treat orthopedic, inflammatory, autoimmune and neurological conditions, with studies conducted on use for Crohn's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, COPD, Parkinson's, ALS, Stroke recovery and more.
Stem cells do not always provide a cure for these conditions. The goal is allowing the body to heal itself well enough to minimize the symptoms of the conditions for long periods. In some cases, this alone allows for a substantial increase in quality of life for patients.
Will the body reject stem cells?
Cord-tissue acquired mesenchymal stem cells do not have any risk of rejection within the body. They are youthful, immune-privileged, undifferentiated cells that have no rejection in the body because they have yet to be "claimed.".
There are no blood products related to them either, removing the need for a donor match; they are universally accepted. These cells look for inflammation in the body and start to heal the damaged tissue. Mesenchymal cord tissue-derived stem cells have been administered countless times at clinics worldwide without instances of rejection.
Linette Williamson, MD is an Integrative Medical Doctor, who specializes in helping her patients and Stem Cell Therapy in Encinitas, California
Identify lifestyle factors that affect their everyday medical issues. Dr. Williamson uses cutting-edge testing to find imbalances that are related to your health problems. She will spend time with you to find out what specific issues you have and help you develop a specific plan that is unique to you.
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