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Human Growth Hormone Therapy

How is this COPD treatment different from all others?

Unlike conventional medical approaches which rely on bronco-dilators and steroids, our comprehensive multi-modality regimen is designed to activate and mobilize your own adult stem cells to help fight COPD. This proprietary treatment incorporates powerful bio-stimulation through laser therapy, unique nebulizer treatments using anti-oxidant medication, vitamin derived metabolites, injectable as well as oral stem cell mobilizers and supplements. Supportive diet and exercise are also recommended for when you get home. We’re the only known clinic in the world to use such diverse procedures in attempts to ameliorate the ravages of this complex disease.

 What is a Stem Cell?

Stem cells are cells have the unique ability to duplicate themselves and make new cells that are different from themselves. This ability is what makes a stem cell, a stem cell; they literally “stem” into different types of cells. Stem cells are unique. No other cell in the body has the natural ability to replicate themselves (regenerate) and generate new cell types (differentiate).

Are there different types of Stem Cells?

Two types of stem cells are found in nature (embryonic & adult), which are very different in both function and purpose.

  • · Embryonic Stem Cells – Found in very early embryos, embryonic stem cells have the job of generating the development of an entire 7 pound baby in only 9 months of pregnancy. This involves extremely rapid cell multiplication. This rapid cell duplication causes severe problems when scientists try to utilize embryonic stem cells for clinical purposes. Because of this enormous duplication rate, cellular structure becomes extremely disorganized and unpredictable.  That’s why scientists have not been able to create a single safe clinical use for embryonic stem cells in medicine.
  • · Adult Stem Cells – These stem cells are found throughout the human body from cradle to grave at every stage of our lives. Adult stem cells are in most human tissues – especially blood, body fat (adipose tissue), and bone marrow. The primary role of adult stem cells in a living organism is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are found.

What type stem cells are used in this COPD treatment?

We use only adult stem cells from your own body (autologous) and never use embryonic stem cells.

Why do we have Adult Stem Cells in our bodies? Why are they important?

In just the last ten years (since 2000) scientists have found that adult stem cells are actually the cells that heal us throughout our lives. Scientific peer reviewed medical literature has shown that adult stem cells reside inside human bone marrow throughout our lives. These adult stem cells actually heal our bodies by replacing dead and dying body cells caused by any disease attacks where ever and when ever these attacks occur.  Healing doesn’t happen without adult stem cells. In fact, none of us would survive an illness without them. Adult stem cells are the super “repair system” for the body. They are the “repair system” responsible for all healing and are essential to life and health. 

How do adult stem cells work?

It’s important to understand that all illness or injury involves abnormal cell death and healing is the process of replacing dead cells with new healthy ones. We all have experienced this when we get a skin cut. A scab is formed and before long the cut is repaired with new skin cells. A similar process occurs when we get pneumonia, the flu, or a cold. In the illness phase, cells are dying and we feel sick. When we start to feel better it’s because adult stem cells have replaced the dead cells with new ones until we are well again, just like the cut heals over, disappears and stops hurting.

Does our body naturally use stem cells?
Our adult stem cell healing system never stops replacing dead cells every minute of every day that we live. Stem cells follow inflammatory signals (cytokines) from damaged tissues and have multiple ways of repairing these damaged areas. Unfortunately, we have a limited supply of stem cells. As our stem cell reservoir becomes depleted, our regenerative power decreases, and we are more susceptible to disease, physical disorders and the complications of aging.

How does this Adult Stem Cell healing system relate to COPD? 

COPD causes uncontrolled inflammation of lung tissues. This uncontrolled inflammation damages lung tissue by killing lung cells, which interferes in normal lung function. This uncontrolled inflammation also causes swelling of the bronchial airways causing interference with air movement out of the lungs leading to difficulty breathing. The continuous killing of lung cells in COPD is irreversible with current treatment protocols (inhaler bronchodilators, corticosteroids and supplemental oxygen). Understanding why COPD is irreversible is the key to understanding the true nature of COPD and its inherent connection to stem cells.

Research has demonstrated that COPD disrupts the bone marrow adult stem cell healing process due to interference with the normal chemical signals needed to activate and perpetuate the healing process. Research suggests that COPD actually suppresses the production and mobilization of adult stem cells from the bone marrow. By comparison, COPD patients have fewer healthy adult stem cells in their blood. Also, by interfering with the chemical signals of the healing process, adult stem cells are less capable of producing new lung cells for damaged tissue replacement, the crux of the healing process.

How does your treatment work?

Our treatment of COPD is aimed at reversing this chemical signal interference so that the bone marrow is stimulated to produce and release more adult stem cells. This increases their number in the blood and clarifies the chemical signals for adult stem cell attraction to the site of lung tissue injury. This is believed to chemically signal their transformation to new lung cells and their engraftment into injured lung tissue in the hope of rebuilding and repairing normal lung structure.

Are these stem cells manipulated? No.

What do growth factors do?

Growth factors stimulate and activate stem cells to move out of your bone marrow and into the bloodstream. Growth factors also assist in the multiplication and viability of the stem cells. 

Are there any side effects from treatment?

As in any medical procedure using drug treatments there may be a possible allergic reaction to some of the agents administered. There is a small risk of possible infection that is minimized by proper clinical protocols.

Are there any moral or religious issues in Adult Stem Cells treatment?
Since no embryo is used, most religious organizations have no ethical issues in adult stem cells use. Most moral and ethical controversy centers on fetal and embryonic stem cell research and/or treatment. Some churches actually encourage research and the use of adult stem cells in the treatment of human disease.

How long are procedures / daily office visits? What do they consist of?

Treatments are administered as an outpatient over three consecutive days in the doctor’s office.

Day 1) [About 11/2 Hour]  * EKG, Pulmonary Function Test, Vital Signs, Administration of Stem Cell Enhancer, High Powered Laser Treatment, Stem Cell Activation and Mobilization, Nebulizer Treatment, Consultation with Medical Doctor
Day 2) [About 2 Hours]   * High Powered Laser Treatment, Vitamin Infusion, Administration of Stem Cell Enhancer, Stem Cell Activation and Mobilization, Nebulizer Treatments
Day 3) [About 11/2 Hour]  * High Powered Laser Treatment, Nebulizer Treatments, Instructions, Follow up, Consultation with Medical Doctor

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy aims to bio stimulate injured and dysfunctional tissues. Laser therapy employs the use of a laser beam to activate certain areas of the body in order to gain very specific types of response. The type of response that can be obtained is dependent upon the strength of the laser beam. The stronger the laser beam, the more penetrating it can be into the body. Clinical studies and trials of laser technology have shown several beneficial effects such as accelerated tissue repair, cellular reproduction and growth, increased energy to cells, increased formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, increased metabolic activity, and reduction of inflammation.

Is Laser Therapy Safe?

Yes. The laser we use was cleared for use by the FDA in 2003. Treatments are pain free, side-effect free, and actually allow your body to stimulate blood flow, cell repair, and tissue growth.

Are these procedures FDA approved?

 
Our multi-modality treatment which includes high powered laser therapy and autologous stem cell activation and mobilization are not FDA approved treatments for any condition. These treatments are in compliance with all known regulations and are provided as a practice of medicine.

Are these procedures covered by health insurance?

No. Health insurance does not cover the costs.

Is there a post treatment protocol?

Yes. The doctor typically prescribes a regimen which includes specialized nebulizer treatments, supplements, diet, exercise, and vitamins.

How long will it take to see results?
Every patient is unique and everyone responds differently. There’s no guarantee of results or what might be achieved or how quickly results may be observed. Results vary. It is different for everyone as every person has individual degrees of illness. Long term studies have not been conducted; however, patients that do report positive results usually do so within the first three months of treatment. Patients that do report positive results are exceptional and do not represent the typical experience

Are follow up treatments necessary?

Some patients do return for follow up treatments. This is a decision between you and your doctor. Follow up treatments are entirely optional. We do offer reduced rates on follow up treatments.