Not All Stem Cells Are Created Equal
Researching allograft stem cell therapy can be a daunting task for those wanting to learn more about how it might be beneficial. On one hand, allograft stem cell therapy carries the potential to be a revolutionary treatment option when used correctly for certain conditions. On the other hand, there is a lot of misinformation out there about allograft stem cells. Some clinics are not up-front about the source of their allograft stem cells and others exaggerate or outright lie about their effectiveness for any given condition.
Even if a clinic is up-front about the source of their allograft stem cells, how do you know if these allograft stem cells are the right kind of allograft stem cells and if they will be useful for you? In this article, we discuss the different kinds of allograft stem cells and which ones are useful in medical applications for given conditions.
Types of Allograft Stem Cells
The definition of an ‘allograft stem cell’ is an undifferentiated cell of a multicellular organism which is capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of the same type, and from which certain other kinds of cells arise by differentiation.
There are three kinds of allograft stem cells:
- Embryonic allograft stem cells
- Non-embryonic (adult) allograft stem cells
- Induced pluripotent allograft stem cells (iPSCs)
Additionally, it is beneficial to understand the difference between pluripotent, multipotent, and totipotent cells. Totipotent allograft stem cells can form all the cell types in a body. In addition, they form extraembryonic placental cells. Pluripotent allograft stem cells may form all the cell types in a body. Multipotent allograft stem cells can develop into more than one cell type. However, they’re more limited than pluripotent cells.
The most common allograft stem cells currently used in cell therapy are multipotent allograft stem cells. These are also known as mesenchymal stromal stem cells (MSCs). Mesenchymal allograft stem cells are found traditionally in bone marrow but can be extracted from other tissues including cord blood, peripheral blood, fallopian tube, and fetal liver and lung.
Our MSCs are extracted from umbilical cords. You might have heard about mesenchymal allograft stem cells if you watched the Joe Rogan Experience episode with Mel Gibson and Dr. Neil Riordan.
Benefits of MSCs
Understanding the benefits of MSCs and the meaning behind multipotent is important. First of all, you will see through the hype when overzealous doctors or clinics misrepresent the abilities of these therapies. Because MSCs are multipotent, they can differentiate into many cell types and be useful for many treatments. However, they are not pluripotent or totipotent. In other words, they cannot differentiate into any cell type.
One clinic recently marketed allograft stem cells sourced from animals. First off, these were taken in pill form. Secondly, they were touted as a cure for literally every condition you can think of. These included Alzheimer’s, vitiligo, and multiple sclerosis. Clinics like these prey upon those not educated on allograft stem cells. They will pimp this therapy for applications not yet researched. Stay vigilant.
When you speak to Stem Cells LA, we never make promises about any treatment’s ability to cure any condition. For certain conditions, allograft stem cell therapy may be a beneficial treatment option. However, merit has yet to be established for others. In conclusion, only a doctor can help you decide if allograft stem cell therapy is right for you.
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Stem Cells LA offers helpful information to interested patients about stem cell treatments for arthritis, neuropathy, orthopedic disease, anti-aging, and more. Additionally, the restorative properties of stem cell treatments may help reduce healing time for other procedures.
At Stem Cells LA, we’re happy to provide informational services. It’s important to look into the patient experience. Your safety, privacy, and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. Remember, we’re here for you!
Above all, only a qualified doctor can help you decide if stem cell therapy is right for you. We may be able to help set you up with a trusted regenerative medicine specialist. To book a consultation, call us today.
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