The use of adult stem cells is one of the most promising areas of developing medical treatment. An adult stem cell (ASC) is a multipotent stem cell in adult humans that is used to replace cells that have died or lost function. It is an undifferentiated cell present in differentiated tissue. Nonsenescent ASC’s can renew themselves and can specialize to yield all cell types present in the tissue from which it originated including hematopoetic (blood), neural, endothelial, muscle, mesenchymal, gastrointestinal, and epidermal cells. Adult stem cells can be harvested from bone marrow, subcutaneous fat or blood. These adult stem cells can then be stored for future use and eventually reintroduced systemically (intravenously) or locally (inside a joint, e.g.) to treat a wide variety of ailments or to simply prevent diseases including aging. Adult stem cells can also be used for cosmetic purposes in topical formulations or as part of simple procedures to the appearance.
Regenerative and Sports Medicine and Rand McClain, D.O. are collaborating with American CryoStem (OTCQB:CRYO) and Personal Cell Sciences to advance the research, collection, banking and clinical use of ASC’s both in the United States and internationally.
Through their collaboration and the first approved IND (Investigative New Drug) application, Dr. McClain and American Cryostem doctor partners are currently slated to be the few physicians in the U.S. to legally offer ASC collection and treatment through either adipose tissue or blood (or both). In addition, Personal Cell Sciences, also offers a patented topical personalized cosmetic line containing regenerative and growth factors obtained from autologous mesenchymal ASC’s obtained from one’s own fat.
Much research has been conducted on the effectiveness of stem cell therapy in both chronic and acute diseases, as well as injury. Although research is ongoing, stem cells have been used in the clinical setting for over 40 years to treat diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma through bone marrow transplants. Stem cells are also being explored as a regenerative therapy for heart disease and are even being considered for the restoration of blood vessels.
But stem cells aren’t just used to treat disease. Professional athletes have been taking advantage of the effects of stem cells for years to treat sports-related injuries to the shoulder, knee and even neck.
Collecting your stem cells today could be the answer to certain healthcare issues that may arise in the future, especially if you have a family history of diabetes, cancer, or even heart or vascular disease (such as peripheral artery disease, aneurysm or blood clots).
Currently, there are close to 2,000 clinical trials registered in the United States investigating the potential of adult stem cells to treat a myriad of diseases.1Researchers are learning more each day about how the restorative properties of stem cells may help in diabetes, heart and vascular disease, autoimmune diseases, organ regeneration and injured tissues, just to name a few.
There is potential for stem cells to treat many conditions:
Your body is made up of two different types of cells, somatic cells and stem cells.
Somatic cells form the body we see and feel and help it function. There are trillions of these specialized cells in your body: heart cells, lung cells, red blood cells and so forth each carry out a specialized function to keep it running.
Stem cells repair tissues that have been damaged through normal wear and tear, injury and disease, or poor lifestyle choices. These unspecialized cells have a restorative quality that allows them to renew tissues by replacing somatic cells that have worn out or no longer function at optimal levels.1
Stem cells are much fewer in number than somatic cells and somewhat harder to find; they primarily live in the bone marrow, but are also found in the2:
You may already know about storing blood from a baby’s umbilical cord, which contains young stem cells, for therapeutic use in the event of serious illness. But what you may not know is that adults can collect and store their own stem cells too. While your own cord blood may never have been collected, you can still take advantage of the restorative power of your adult stem cells by collecting and storing them now. Adult stem cells have unique characteristics that allow them to repair damaged tissues in your body.
Your adult stem cells are unspecialized, which means they have the potential to develop into many different cell types. Unspecialized stem cells can replicate and each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a specialized function, such as a red blood cell or a brain cell.1
Stem cells can continue to divide for a long period of time to repair and replace worn out tissue. Because stem cells can divide many times, they can produce many cells. Most of the time, however, stem cells are at rest, and are only activated by messages from cell DNA to mount a strong, rapid response to tissue stress and injury. This restorative ability is important in maintaining the youthful functions of all of the tissues and organs in the body.
Because stem cells can repair and replace your body’s damaged cells and tissues, storing them can provide you with access to cutting-edge technologies to combat the effects of aging and treat numerous diseases or injury in the future. However, since your stem cells age as you age and lose their power to repair, the healthiest they will ever be is right now.
Your stem cells continue to divide throughout your life to keep your body operating in optimal condition. However, the DNA contained within those cells can become damaged. Stem cells with damaged DNA are unable to effectively repair and maintain the body’s tissues, contributing to the aging process. Excessive damage can cause rapid aging of cells and organs, leading to a poor quality of life and health.1
Accumulated damage to cells can also lead to cellular senescence, a permanent condition where cells stop dividing (or replicating) altogether. Senescence contributes heavily to aging and the diseases of aging.1
Not only does stem cell function deteriorate with age, but the number of circulating stem cells also decreases.1 This loss of both function and number make it difficult for stem cells to respond to the maintenance and restorative demands placed upon them throughout a lifetime.2-8
Collecting and storing your stem cells at an earlier age helps to isolate those stem cells with the least amount of DNA damage, allowing them the opportunity to replicate and function at their highest restorative potential in the future. Younger stem cells have key characteristics that make collecting them now beneficial to you in the future:
It’s never too late to collect your stem cells: StemBank has successfully collected stem cells from people aged 21 to 80. Preliminary research with Rutgers University on collecting stem cells from older individuals is promising.
Regenerative and Sports Medicine has one goal in mind: to provide you with options for a healthy tomorrow. Our adult stem cell collection program utilizes advanced collection methods and state-of-the-art storage facilities. Our collection program has been developed to procure the best stem cell collection possible for you.
At Regenerative and Sports Medicine, we use apheresis or liposuction to collect your stem cells. Compared with other collection methods, such as via bone marrow, apheresis is not only minimally invasive and virtually painless, but is also highly effective in collecting stem cells. Below is a comparison of collection methods:
Once you decide to make one of your best investments—in you—by collecting your stem cells today, your personal advisor at Regenerative and Sports Medicine will contact you to schedule the first step in unlocking the door to unlimited potential health.
The collection program begins with finding out some basic information about you, your lifestyle and the current state of your physical health. One of our providers will interview you and record your medical history. We’ll take note of any diseases that may be prevalent in your family, such as cardiac disease, cancer, diabetes, neurologic diseases or autoimmune disorders.
You will also undergo a complete physical examination conducted by one of our providers. Your blood will be drawn so we can complete a full blood cell count, including blood typing and screening. Once these simple tests are completed and you are cleared for collection, your provider will work with you to schedule your collection date within the next 30 days.
Our expertly trained team will walk you through the steps, and of course, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout the entire process.
We want your cells to be in the best condition possible prior to collection. healthycell™ plus is a patented cell health formula created by CellHealth™ Institute. healthycell™ plus has over 90 of the highest quality phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals to help create the ideal environment for your cells. Telegenesis is another formula created by LCR Health designed to enhance DNA repair. You will receive a 30-day supply of each to help your cells be at their highest function and number at the time of collection, which will help both your body and your collection results.
Three days prior to your collection date, you will receive your first injection of Neupogen® (filgrastim), an FDA approved stem cell mobilizing agent that has been used safely in patients for more than 20 years. You will receive a once-daily injection (the amount of which will be based on your weight) for three days at our office in Santa Monica, CA.
Neupogen is a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) that mimics a naturally occurring process in your body stimulating the bone marrow to release stem cells into your peripheral (circulating) blood. Not only does this aid in collecting a larger number of stem cells, but our most recent research has shown that Neupogen tends to mobilize only high quality stem cells. This is extremely important since, as we age, a higher number of our cells become senescent (non-replicating). Neupogen mobilizes those stem cells that are high functioning and optimally replicating (non-senescent), which allows for a healthier stem cell collection for you to use in the future.
After completing cell mobilization therapy with Neupogen®, your stem cells will be collected from your blood via apheresis, a safe and virtually painless process similar to donating blood.
Apheresis collects your blood through two intravenous lines, separates the stem cells from other blood cells, then returns your red blood cells back to your body. This process lasts approximately three hours, during which you can relax comfortably with access to WiFi, teleconference capabilities or entertainment services such as Netflix.
Collection of your stem cells with this technique yields all 3 stem cell types and also what we call non senescent or very healthy stem cells, a result not normally found with standard bone marrow collection.
Your stem cells from fat can be collected in two manners. They can be collected at the same time you undergo apheresis after completion of cell mobilization with Neupogen™. This theoretically will yield a better quality from stem cells from fat. Your stem cells from fat can also be collected without mobilization via a simple liposuction procedure under local anestesia. Collected adipose tissue is sent to our laboratory for processing and storage. They are then available to you upon your request.
(Note that as of June 1, 2021, the FDA has issued a statement prohibiting the use of stem cells obtained from adipose tissue or umbilical cord tissue for use in any treatments other than for topical use.)
Dr. McClain will be available during your collection to share research on cellular health, stem cells and cellular nutrition. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about stem cells, their collection and storage process, or even the future of therapies using stem cells.
The procedure itself will take place at our headquarters, Regenerative and Sports Medicine located in Santa Monica, CA.
Our facility is located less than 10 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. We can arrange transportation and accommodations for you if necessary. Your normal daily activities can be resumed immediately following your collection.
Approximately four weeks following your stem cell collection, our medical team will contact you to review your stem cell collection results. Determined by advanced flow cytometry, these collection results include the total number, and, in the case of those collected via apheresis, of various stem cell types. You will receive your personal stem cell results as well as contact information for Regenerative and Sports Medicine, should you need your stem cells in a medical emergency.
At present processing of adipose tissue derived stem cells takes approximately 3-4 weeks. Stem cells obtained via apheresis are available for use (injection into joints, e.g.) the day of the procedure and any day thereafter. Note however that in all cases, once stem cells are stored, except in emergency, the time it takes to have them returned and processed for treatment (typically 2-5 business days) must be considered.
Once your stem cells have been collected, they will be securely stored in liquid nitrogen vapor at minus 180 degrees Celsius in a state-of-the-art cryopreservation facility. Our chosen facilities, New York Blood Bank for apheresed stem cells and American Cryostem for adipose derived stem cells, are secured with continuous monitoring and alarm systems, back-up generators and cooling systems, and is compliant with strict FDA cGMP guidelines. Your stem cell collection will be stored and traced through a system designed to return stem cells only to the patient from whom they were collected—you.
Because there are different ways to use stem cells in therapy, your cells will be stored in varying amounts:
In the event that you need your stem cells, simply call the number on your Regenerative and Sports Medicine collection card and your cells will be made available to you. Regenerative and Sports Medicine will ensure that your stem cells are transported using state-of-the-art equipment so they arrive safe and ready to be used. Through its affiliation with PCT (Progenitor Cell Therapy), Regenerative and Sports Medicine offers emergency, on-demand medical transportation of stored cells via a specialty air carrier serving over 100 cities worldwide.
Regenerative and Sports Medicine is the first to offer regenerative medical therapy to individuals legally using adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells as well as apheresed blood-derived combined hematopoietic, endothelial and mesenchymal stem cells.
Collecting, banking and using one’s own adult stem cells. Regenerative and Sports Medicine’s focus is on Personalized, Preventive, and Proactive, medicine of the future—today.
At Regenerative and Sports Medicine, we know that your stem cells are your future. With our cutting-edge stem cell collection method, state-of-the-art storage facilities and LCR Health’s continuous research in cell health, you can be confident when choosing Regenerative and Sports Medicine that you have chosen a reliable partner for life.
Regenerative and Sports Medicine uses Neupogen® to mobilize and collect optimally replicating (non-senescent) cells to allow for a healthier stem cell collection for you to use in the future.
Regenerative and Sports Medicine program uses an apheresis method to collect stem cells for long term storage, allowing for the collection of three different stem cell types: hematopoietic stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells and endothelial progenitor cells. Although stem cells can be collected from adipose tissue (fat cells), this method principally collects only adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells.
Regenerative and Sports Medicine is a committed to developing and delivering the highest quality products that will enable and empower people to live healthier lives, longer. Regenerative and Sports Medicine focuses on cellular health, combining products such as healthycell™ plus and Telegenesis with cell health services and holistic lifestyle education.