Experimental stem cell treatment for back ache

There is a trickle of medical reports: recovering lost eyesight, getting back on a bicycle after a paralyzing spinal cord injury, reversing muscle degeneration, healing brain injuries, curing epilepsy…
Those reports are stem cell treatments— not a general cure for all, but individual successes.
More significantly, they come with a promise of treating illnesses and injuries, ranging from catastrophic to cosmetic: strokes to diabetes, Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s, cancers to arthritis and baldness to fallen teeth. When will it all happen? During this decade, the researchers claim.Stem Cell Treatments: What are They Used For? see this
Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, used an experimental stem cell treatment for his back ache. (Image on the left © Gov. Perry)
Stem cells from the governor’s own fat tissue were introduced into his spinal fluid. Did it work? The governor would not say.
Cosmetic surgeons are using stem cells for breast augmentation. Instead of inserting plastic pouch, they are growing boobs in place by cell growth.
Again, fat cells from the woman herself are used to grow the new fat. $10,000 to move up one cup size.
Well, there are less ridiculous and more critical uses for stem cell treatment.
Marcus Hilton started going blind when he was 7 years old. He could not see the blackboard, and glasses were no help. As he grew up, he was unable to read or drive and total darkness grew ever so closer.
Thirty four years later, Marcus was injected with embryonic stem cells under his retina. Today, his vision is not 100%, but not only does he watch TV, he even reads the headlines ticker on the screen occasionally. Small progress.
Elsewhere in Europe, a number of human trials are under way.
Infants with a fatal brain disorder continue to hold on after stem cell therapy.
A spinal cord injury victim reports that feeling is returning to the lower part of his body.
Without the necessary FDA approvals, several biotech firms have set up shop in Mexico and Panama. They offer treatments for everything ranging from autism to arthritis and even a massage using a massage chair, MS to diabetes, cerebral palsy to spinal cord injury. Buyers must beware. The treatment may even do some good, but there’s a reason why they moved out of the US.What is Stem Cell Therapy? In Plain English
Human body is an assembly of a hundred trillion cells— brain cells, cells making up heart muscles, cells making up the linings of our lungs and every other part of the body.
The cells die and are replenished by the body. Injury and illness is a result of damaged cells or the replacement of cells going wrong. Cancer, for instance, is uncontrolled cell growth.Stem Cells
Stem cells are a special kind, doing two things: one, they make more of themselves, and two, they change themselves to become other cells needed by the body.
In adults, stem cells repair the body and replace old cells (if everything goes well). In human fetus, the embryonic stem cells are more versatile— they can become any cell they want to be, heart, liver, brain, and so on.Stem Cell Treatment and Therapy
Healthy stem cells are harvested from the body and multiplied in a lab.
Stem cells are generally extracted from the bone marrow (often from the thigh bone), blood or fat.
Then, the stem cells are injected into patient. The implanted stem cells produce healthy cells the body needs. Damaged or destroyed cells are replaced, leading to stunning recoveries from disease and injury.What’s the Catch?
Around the turn of the century, most stem cells came from embryos— from miscarriages and abortions. Following a passionate ethical and moral debate, a compromise was reached: no more harvesting, but the existing lines (collections) of cells will continue to be multiplied. Subsequent generations of these lab-grown cells will be used for research everywhere.
As the embryonic stem cells passed through multiple generations, there was greater risk of contamination and loss of effectiveness. They became less useful even as experimental treatments. This machine Shaitsu 06C Massage Chair can help. Also, introducing foreign cells, even if embryonic, into the body always poses some risk of rejection.
Ethical issues of using cells from a willful termination of a pregnancy to cure someone else’s misfortune could not be settled to everyone’s satisfaction.Adult Stem Cells
The entry of adult stem cells as a viable alternative in the recent years has shifted the debate away from moral questions.
Adult stem cells are harvested from the patient him/herself, eliminating immune responses and rejection. Adult stem cells can also come from a blood relative like a father or a mother.
Embryonic or adult, how the implanted stem cells act is not completely understood, yet. Nor can we shape or control the behavior of injected stem cells.