My most recent MRI results showed that the lesions or scars on my spine have disappeared and there are no new lesions! Unfortunately there is an active area in the back of my brain that influences my ability to sit or stand up straight. I’m not able to stand up even as long as it takes to brush my teeth.
Stem cells are cells that can self-renew to produce more stem cells. Adult stem cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues.
Autologous stem cell process is a medical procedure in which stem cells are collected and later given back to the same person. Several million stem cells are extracted from a single fat biopsy. When the patient’s own tissue is used as the source for cells, rejection of the transplanted tissues is minimized, potentially maximizing the effectiveness of the transplant. The extraction technique requires minimal handling of the cells and the cells are transplanted the same day. Read more about the process here by clicking here.
Question 1. Is there any way the activated stem cell enriched blood can be put directly into the active lesions in my brain?
Answer: A needle can’t be put directly into the brain but the stem cell enriched blood goes through the blood brain barrier to bathe the entire brain because anywhere the blood flows the stem cells will go.
Question 2. Will this treatment work for a child born with Leukemia?
Answer: This treatment done for MS is unlike treating leukemia, cancer treatment is different. The stem cells are the same but because it’s a cancer it grows and typically the bone marrow will have to be eradicated then the bone marrow will have to be replaced with healthy stem cells. That treatment is more complicated and directed by pediatric doctor.
Question 3. What other ailments have seen positive effects?
Answer: Stem cells can help an array of different conditions. It seems that what helps the best are in neurologic conditions, autoimmune conditions in general like MS, Parkinson’s, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Also conditions that this type of stem cell treatment helps is a stroke, for example car accidents cause bleeding in the brain.
Question 4. Are you doing any research?
Answer: Dr. Balshi is not doing experimental research but they are recording results as proof of effectiveness. He’s slowly recording and documenting evidence in hope that someday this can become the standard of care.
I’m going to continue with these stem cell treatments every 6 months until I can walk without a walker.
Each person who undergoes stem cell therapy may have a different result. Disability can be reversed, pain abated, and future attacks warded off. This may be more successful in some than in others. If you are interested in talking to Dr. Balshi to see if you’re a good candidate for stem cell treatment, you can call his office (561) 272-6000.
For the fun of it, tell Dr. Balshi that you found out about his service on MSrelief.com!