How does regenerative medicine work? I am often asked of this question by my patients.
The body has an innate capacity to heal by replacing dying or injured cells and rejuvenating itself. We have this capacity at any age. The goal of regenerative medicine is to restore structure and function of a damaged tissue or an organ by using the body’s innate ability to heal. This is different from most modern medical treatment modalities which only manage conditions without any potential to actually heal. For example, if you have osteoarthritis and you take ibuprofen to reduce the pain and inflammation or you receive an injection into a joint with a compound such as a steroid or a lubricating agent.
Cellular and stem cell activating treatments are a very big and complex subject because the number of conditions that can be treated is vast. I would like to discuss just a few treatments that we perform as a starter and discuss more in future blogs.
Let’s start with osteoarthritis of the knee, hip or shoulder joints. As we age, we are all going to develop varying degrees of osteoarthritis of the joints. It is part of the aging process due to the normal wear and tear that our joints undergo as we go through life. Some people have it more in the hips, some people have it more in the knees, some people have it more in the hands, but it is a very common malady of humans. Regenerative medicine stem cell activating treatments are aimed at helping to restore structure and function, not just reducing inflammation or blocking pain receptors in the brain. That means that the joint is going to work better and it is not going to be as painful.
Let’s talk about hair loss which is a very common issue, particularly in men. It may not be a health issue, but it is something that bothers a lot of people. Regenerative medicine treatments can help hair follicles that are still alive to produce thicker hair and more hair. If the follicle is dead and totally gone, nothing is going to regrow a follicle. But, if the follicle is still there, even if one little tiny thin hair is coming out, regenerative medicine treatments can help that follicle produce thicker hair and more hairs out of the follicle.
Now, let’s talk about neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia and peripheral neuropathy. Both of these conditions can be improved by regenerative medicine treatments. Let’s take dementia today for example. One very common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Many doctors throughout the world have had excellent success in treating this condition with a regenerative medicine cellular treatment known as neuroregenesis. Though not a cure for the disease, noticeable and measurable positive outcomes usually occur. This treatment can address significant deterioration of brain dysfunction as well as with stages of forgetfulness. The treatment has been able to bring many people who are severely limited back into a more normal life and a more normal interaction with their families. It is also a useful treatment to help reverse aging related minor decline of brain function. For example, when someone feels as if their mind is not as sharp or quick as when they were younger, this regenerative medicine treatment can help.
The important thing to remember is that the goal of stem cell activating treatments is to restore structure and function of damaged tissues and organs. It works in part by the body’s innate ability to heal and rejuvenate. It is a very powerful and proven medical breakthrough.
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Regenerative medicine works by harnessing our body’s innate ability to repair damaged tissue and to restore structure and function to damaged areas of the body. A good example of this is the ability to treat an arthritic joint without surgery or harmful steroid injections. These regenerative treatments are truly a game changer as compared with the standard tools and treatments of modern medicine. For example, drug interventions such as ibuprofen, steroid injections or lubricating injections for joint pain are not healing the cartilage of the joint. At best, they help manage the painful conditions or block the pain temporarily. These interventions do not address the root causes of the pain and have significant side effects. This also applies to many other types of degenerative conditions such as spinal disc degeneration, hair loss or neuronal degeneration which can lead to memory problems. Regenerative medicine on the other hand operates on a completely different principle. The goal of regenerative medicine is to help the body heal and thus enable the body to return as close as possible to its normal function and structure. The same principle applies to all of these structures.
Let’s use the same example of treating an injured or arthritic joint, such as the knee or hip joint. A routine regenerative medicine treatment would be a stem cell activating guided joint injection procedure. Stem cells have innate intelligence and the unique capacity to help in multiple ways. For example, they will recognize the damage to the joint and initiate the healing process.
You might wonder how could stem cells recognize damage to a joint or organ? It is actually an extremely fascinating and well researched phenomenon. There is an innate intelligence in all aspects of our body and in any living organism, including single cells, to assess the local environment. A single cell can sense chemical distress molecules that a damaged cartilage cell releases when it’s dying or injured. Stem cells not only can sense those molecules and will be attracted to the damaged area, they can send out their own molecules to signal other stem cells from the reservoir of stem cells that everybody has in the body, to migrate into the damaged joint and help in the healing process. Stem cells can also excrete molecules that the weakened cell needs to nurse it back to health. Stem cells can even donate mitochondria to damaged cells. Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cells and are essential for cell life. These are very powerful healing properties that stem regenerative medicine treatments have that can help to heal and restore structure and function.
To reiterate, our bodies have an innate ability to repair damaged tissue and heal at any age. Regenerative medicine activates this powerful healing ability of our body.
We discussed joints, now let’s talk about hair. As we age, many of us start losing hair follicles. They become less effective in producing hair, they produce thinner hair and eventually die. Some of us are lucky enough not to have thinning hair, but it’s a very common issue that most people face. Regenerative medicine is a powerful treatment that can potentially increase the amount of hair per follicle and the thickness of the hair. If the hair follicle is completely dead, such as when the scalp is bald and there are absolutely no hair follicles, it’s not going to replace those hair follicles with new hair follicles. But, in the initial stages of thinning hair when the hair follicles produce less hair and thinner pieces of hair, the regenerative treatment has the significant potential to reverse the thinning process.
Another great treatment with regenerative medicine is to help improve brain function in patients with various dementia conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Regenerative medicine helps to restore various neuronal interconnections and helps nourish various nerve cells back to health. It is not a cure for the condition and is not going to turn someone with dementia whose brain is severely compromised back into how they were when they were young. However, it’s a very promising and exciting treatment with significant clinical evidence of slowing down and often improving memory loss.
In order to determine if a patient will benefit from oxygen ozone injection therapy, I look at a number of factors. The history is extremely important. That is one of the most important aspects of determining if a patient will benefit. It is important to ask specific questions about the patient’s pain, and when it started, as well as other pertinent questions. During the history, I also observe the patient. I observe how they walk, sit and how they move which are also very important.
Doing a guided physical exam is extremely valuable with palpation techniques. For example, I look for involuntary muscle spasms when I am doing certain maneuvers. It is an additional indication of problems, rather than just relying on the patient saying, “Oh that’s painful,” or not. Sometimes the patient is not aware of these minute pain triggers.
Then, of course, I look at the diagnostic testing reports. I don’t look at the diagnostic tests first. I only look at the diagnostic testing reports after I do my history and physical examination, and formulate an opinion on what is most likely causing the patient’s pain. Then, I look at the diagnostic test report(s), because in a significant number of cases, the issue that is noted on the testing is not necessarily the cause of the patient’s pain.
I have talked about this before in previous podcasts or blogs, but I’ll just briefly mention it again. Studies have been done to demonstrate this, that if you take 1,000 people who are asymptomatic, they have no back pain or pain in general. They are doing well and they are functioning great; you do an MRIs on each of them, you are going to find herniated discs on 200 or more of those patients. Those herniated discs are not causing pain at all. You can’t just jump to the conclusion that their pain is always caused by herniated discs.
I determine what pathology is causing their symptoms and I treat that pathology appropriately. This approach enables me to remove the cause of the pain. I have patient coming with their multiple tests and multiple doctors’ conclusion that they need back surgery but I determined it’s not a disk issue causing the pain but the hip issue. I remove the hip cause, the pain is also removed.
Many people consider medical oxygen ozone injection therapy to be a miracle treatment for pain because oxygen-ozone injection therapy often works when multiple other treatments have not helped. The vast majority of our patients come to us after they’ve tried multiple other treatments and their chronic pain issues that just are not getting better.
For example, in a recent podcast interview, I mentioned several patients whose stories are on my website. There are patient stories about not only the ozone injections removed their severe back pain due to injury or disc herniation and enable them to go back to their beloved sports. There are other stories about this treatment enabled them to avoid surgery of the knees, shoulders and spine. I encourage you to visit our site to read these remarkable stories from our patients. I discussed some of these stories in the previous podcast interview so I won’t go into details here. Their stories can be found here: http://www.alternativedisctherapy.com/patient-stories/
The bottom line is that ozone not only works, but the benefits last for a long time. It works because it restores the normal cell function, removes inflammation and it promotes continued healing.
Ozone has so many health benefits. Throughout the world, many, many people seek treatment with ozone for a variety of medical conditions and for general health benefits. I’ll just list a few of them here.
Ozone boosts the immune system. It kills pathogens in the body such as unwanted bacteria, fungi, parasites, and spirochetes. It improves oxygen delivery to the tissues by increasing blood flow and increasing red blood cell membrane flexibility.
It also ramps up the body’s ability to deal with oxidative stress. This an extremely important point because oxidative stress is something that every life form on the planet is exposed to and it could be extremely destructive. Ozone will increase the body’s natural ability (and natural is a very important point) to cope with these stresses.
We can take free radicals as an example. To treat free radicals, a lot of physicians or health providers will recommend antioxidants, which are very good and effective. I personally take them, such as Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q, and alpha lipoic acid. However, antioxidants are basically a one-on-one reaction. It could be multiple molecules, I’m just using one-on-one as an example. They do their job and then they are done and they don’t self-regulate. Whereas the enzymes that we have in our body, the natural enzymes, they are like little factories that could deal with thousands of free radicals per second and deactivate them.
There are two very important points: there are two sides to an oxidative and a reduction reaction. It is called a redux reaction and it is oxidation and reduction. Both are equally important. Enzymes will perform both of these reactions. The other thing to note is that enzymes are self-regulating. So, enzymes, once they do their job, will stop the reaction. If we get rid of the free radicals that are threatening ourselves or other parts of our body, the enzyme is not going to keep working if it is not necessary. It will stop or slow down because they are a natural part of the body, and have feedback loops just like anything in the body and they will self-regulate. Those are very important points.