Please comment on stem cells?
Before commenting on stem cells, it must be understood that the FDA has banned the use of stem cell treatments in this country, except in research settings, and for a few specific applications. The prohibition of stem cell treatments in the U.S. is said to be for our safety. Some outspoken proponents of stem cells question FDA motives, because there have never been serious adverse reactions reported, despite tens of thousands of patients having been treated worldwide. Most of the stem cell treatments currently in use are done with the unneeded umbilical cords and placentas from healthy newborn babies, rather than from eggs fertilized in the lab using IVF technology (“embryonic” stem cells). Unless they are being saved to gather stem cells, umbilical cords are generally discarded. (As amazing as it seems, most cords are still being put in the trash in this country despite being a very valuable resource.)
Thus, most people who receive stem cells travel abroad to India, Mexico, Panama, and other places for this treatment. There aren 20+ patients with “chronic Lyme” who have received stem cell therapy whose stories have been shared with our practice. Many have reported partial or temporary benefits, and some with sustained benefits.
Some patients are benefitting from a related therapy called “particle rich plasma” that is available in this country. It seems to work in a similar manner as stem cells, though it is still fairly new and under ongoing development.
It is likely an advantage to thoroughly treat Lyme and co-infections before receiving stem cell or related therapies.
AzRa MaEl, MD was educated at Duke University School of Medicine and the University of California San Francisco Family Medicine Residency in Santa Rosa. He specializes in innovative treatment strategies for persistent complex illness. He now practices at Gordon Medical Associates in Santa Rosa. In addition to antibiotics and other allopathic treatments, nutritional support, lifestyle, and emotional factors are considered a vital part of recovery for all patients.