STEM CELLS: ARE MORE BETTER?

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When people think of regenerative medicine, it is often associated with stem cells. Stem cell therapy is taking the regenerative medicine world by storm… but should stem cells get all the credit? The question we are asked most often, by physicians and patients, is “what is the cell count of the product?” It’s a common misconception that stem cells are the only component needed in regenerative medicine to kickstart the healing and regenerative process and the higher the cell count, the better. However, it is the patient’s own stem cells that do the work, not the stem cells contained in products; these cells serve as a vehicle to deliver signaling molecules. While we agree that cells are an important part of regenerative medicine, equally important, if not more important, are the “dream team” components of regenerative medicine, chemical messengers comprised of growth factors and cytokines, that enhance the body’s natural ability to heal and regenerate. In addition, collagens, proteins, hyaluronic acids, and peptides assist in harnessing the body’s power of true healing.

Many companies are utilizing procedures that extract the patient’s own stem cells via adipose (belly fat) or bone marrow aspirate (a small plug of bone usually taken from the ilium (hip bone). These procedures are considered invasive, have a higher risk of infection and may cause additional pain to the patient. What many “stem cell” companies fail to mention is that your cells are as old as you are. As we age, the number of cells and the quality of our cells drastically diminish. With a decrease in cell quality, a person of advanced age will not heal and regenerate as a young child would. New Life Regenerative Medicine products are derived from birth tissues, which means the components in these products are at day one strength.

344 Steps: The Benefits of Regenerative Medicine

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Migdalia’s Story

Meet Migdalia, a New Life Regenerative Medicine® recipient. One year ago, Migdalia would end each workday elevating and icing her knees to assist with the immense discomfort she felt. Her orthopedist told her she would need two total knee replacements; her cartilage had degenerated to the point that she was bone on bone. After having arthroscopic surgery in the ’90’s to correct a torn ACL, Migdalia was afraid to undergo another surgical procedure, especially on a knee that had already been through so much. Determined to find another avenue to help with her pain, Migdalia researched alternatives to having another surgery, came upon New Life’s website and learned about regenerative medicine therapy. Migdalia immediately scheduled an appointment with a New Life Regenerative Medicine Center of Excellence. The physician administered a mixture of bothRESToR and RENyTE into each of Migdalia’s knees. The process was simple and immediately after she was told to resume her normal day to day activities. One week later, she felt some relief but still had discomfort after a long day. One month later, her discomfort was gone, and she could attend her son’s wedding in Thailand and climb up 344 steps at The Golden Mount Temple with zero pain. Thanks to New Life Regenerative Medicine products and especially to her physician, Migdalia can enjoy her life to the fullest.

Obtained from birth tissue, New Life products contain components such as cytokines, proteins, stem cells, and growth factors, all that have proven to be beneficial for a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions in areas of the knees, hips, shoulders and other joints.

By administrating directly into the damaged joint, these components work to enhance the body’s natural ability to regenerate and replace damaged tissues and accelerate long-term healing and recovery.

Over time, regenerative medicine can result in a variety of joint improvements, such as increased range of motion, improved mobility and decreased pain, which allow patients to return to their normal, active lifestyles.

For those patients where surgery is the only option, administrating regenerative medicine directly into the surgical site immediately post-op can help speed healing, reduce inflammation and decrease the overall recovery time.

Added benefits of regenerative medicine include faster healing while being assured of patient safety and outcome.

 

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