Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke

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What Is A Stroke?

The blockage of blood supply to a part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures causing bleeding lead to stroke.

Neurons in the brain are damaged when they are deprived of oxygen. This can result in the following symptoms: sudden numbness, muscle weakness, mostly on one side of the body, trouble in speaking or understanding speech, seeing, walking, coordination; or possibly death.

The two forms of stroke are:
  1. Ischemic stroke—results from interruption of blood supply to the brain.
  2. Hemorrhagic stroke—results from rupture of a blood vessel in or around the brain.

How Stem Cells Can Help Stroke Victims

Stem cell treatment focuses on the root of the problem and not just the symptoms and attempts to repair the brain damage itself and thereby recover functions.

According to an article in Scientific American, scientists have shown how stem cells can slow down nerve cell death after a stroke--and it's not by replacing the damaged cells.

Injecting stem cells into the brains of mice that recently suffered a stroke can reduce nerve cell (neuron) damage by up to 60 percent, according to new research.

But the stem cells do not simply replace damaged tissue as previously believed. Instead, the new stem cells trigger adult brain cells to switch gears and block a stroke-induced immune response that causes nerve damage.

"It is a paradigm shift," says Sean Savitz, a neurologist at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, who was not involved in the study. "The original idea is that you put cells in there and it would reconstruct the cells that died. … The beauty of this is there's not just one mechanism; they are acting in many different ways."

Over the past 10 years, he says, research has shown that stem cells have the potential to reduce inflammation, morph into new nerve cells, and stimulate production of fresh blood vessels (to nourish cells) and axons (the long fingerlike projections that neurons use to send information to neighboring cells).

Study co-author Darwin Prockop, director of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine, says that previous studies have shown that stem cells can reverse neurodegeneration in the brain caused by disorders such as Parkinson's disease. But scientists were not quite sure how.

"This is the first time really that the mechanisms were laid out," Prockop says.

The finding, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

Prockop and his team induced strokes in six mice by blocking their carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain. When blood is cut off cells panic, triggering the immune system, which goes into overdrive, attacking and destroying healthy tissue.

One day after causing the strokes, the researchers injected human stem cells into the animals' brains. (Prockop says the group used human stem cells because mouse cells are a lot harder to isolate and grow in the lab—though similar results have been seen when animal cells were used.)

Specifically, he says, the stem cells prompted the brain's immune cells (called microglia) to calm down and call off their assault on healthy nerve tissue. This resulted in 60 percent less damage to neurons in the brains of treated animals compared with those who did not receive stem cell infusions. In addition, the treated mice performed better than their untreated peers on a battery of movement, cognitive and behavioral tests.

Potential Benefits for Stroke Victims
from Placenta Stem Cell Therapy

Our stroke protocol goes far beyond the research described above. 

The Placenta stem cell and related protocol for stroke takes an overall system-approach to combating the variety of stroke symptoms and underlying causes. Placenta / Stem Cell Therapy (PST) and their unique growth factors have an amazing health impact on stroke conditions because besides providing powerful placenta stem cells and growth factors for damaged cell repair and regeneration they also enhance, repair and regenerate these Three Major Biological Systems in the body:

IMMUNE SYSTEM: (IMMUNOMODULATING THERAPY)

The scientific community is focusing much attention on this complex system because so many illnesses result from aberrations in this area. These are the auto-immune diseases (Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Multiple sclerosis etc.) Many conditions like tuberculosis (TB), shingles or chronic infections start when the Immune system is down because of many conditions such as stress, steroid therapy, cancer therapy, or AIDS. PST provides all the vital substances and growth factors but without the toxicity due to their perfect balance in an organ (placenta) that is not designed or manipulated by humans. These substances, along with the increase in "Natural Killer" (NK) cells (these cells are responsible to attack cancerous or infected cells while they are circulating in our body)reset the Immune system the way it was when we were younger.

If this system is in top condition, the degenerative illnesses are delayed or stopped, the auto-immune conditions are helped and chronic infections are better controlled. The fact that the immune system is "awake" is the reason this therapy is now considered a preventative measure against cancer.

HORMONAL SYSTEM:

Studies done in men and women have shown that after the placenta is implanted, the hormonal profile is reset to the way it was years before. In men, there is a noticeable improvement of the initial rates of male hormones, and a new glandular balance that gives more energy and increases the libido. Recent discoveries about Prostate enlargement involve an alteration in sexual hormones as the main reason the prostate grows out of control. This explains why the PST can help this condition tremendously.

In women, the treatment appears to be an interesting alternative to Estrogen Replacement Therapy, given that there is a conversion of minor androgens to estrogen, and an increased secretion of progesterone without the possible side effects.

The fact that the placenta has so many Growth factors, explains why Placenta Stem Cell Therapy (PST) patients are noticing the same improved anti-aging benefits usually attributed to HGH replacement therapy, such as:

Increased resistance to common illnesses, higher energy levels, better memory, increase of muscle mass and diminished visceral fat, preserved or improved bone density, lowered blood pressure, increased exercise performance, etc.

CIRCULATION SYSTEM:


As we all know, the most important nutrients that the body needs to be alive and healthy are, Oxygen and Glucose, and those are delivered by millions of blood vessels all over the body. With aging the circulation becomes less efficient, and if you add other factors like smoking, being sedentary, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other lipids, the result is that very important organs like the brain, heart, skin and ultimately the whole body suffers the effects of that inefficiency: poor memory, drier and paler skin, no energy and basically all the signs of aging appear. One of the first signals of improvement with PSC therapy is that the skin color becomes pinker and warmer after just two or three days of the implants, and the skin texture is better in just 3 to 4 weeks. That effect could be explained because of the Vascular Growth Factors that the placenta has along with the millions of Stem Cells.

With this dynamic PST therapy most patients start noticing improvement during and shortly after treatment.
 
Improvements seen are as follows:
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Improved blood circulation in the periphery of limbs
  • Improved coordination and body posture
  • Ability to stand with less assistance
  • Improved hand movements and fine motor skills in the fingers
  • Improved leg movements
  • Improved speech and decreased features of facial palsy
  • Improved sensation in the face and limbs
At the Optimum Health Regeneration Center, we focus on the best options to treat the source of your condition that will improve the quality of your life NOW and in the future!

If you, a loved one or someone you know suffers from a stroke then fill-out our short information form to see if you are a candidate for placenta stem cell therapy. 
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