Multiple Sclerosis: How Stem Cells May Help
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
If you have or know someone who has multiple sclerosis, you understand how painful of a disease it is. Multiple sclerosis attacks a patient’s body through their myelin sheath, a layer that forms around nerves in the brain and spinal cord, that over time causes nerve deterioration and often permanent damage to the nerves. Nerves serve an important role in the body by sending sensations and impulses to different muscles, the brain, spinal cord, and organs. Because of the nature of damage multiple sclerosis causes, patients can experience pain in the ligaments, muscles, tendons, and soft tissue along with neuropathic pain from damaged nerves.
Symptoms can vary, but a few examples include:
- Numbness or weakness in limbs
- Partial or complete loss of vision
- Tingling or pain in different areas of your body
- Sensation of an electric shock with neck movement
- Loss of coordination or an unsteady walk
- Slurred speech
- Fatigue or dizziness
- Crawling or burning feeling
- Silent symptoms including depression and other mental impairment
What is Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapy?
A pluripotent stem cell is the earliest form of cell. Their genetic makeup has not yet been limited and so they still have the ability to develop into all the different cell types of the body. This means that their DNA can express signaling molecules that no other cell can express and that they can reach all cells of the body. These specific pluripotent signals, also called pluripotent exosomes, hold the key to tissue regeneration, along with a wide range of other applications. Stem cell therapy is the utilization of these cells for their regenerative, rejuvenating, and repairing capability. When injected into a treatment point on the patient’s body they naturally stimulate the regeneration process. Stem cells are natural to the body, meaning there is low procedural risk and minimal concern for negative side effects. But how can pluripotent stem cells benefit those with multiple sclerosis?
Stem Cells and Multiple Sclerosis
Common treatments for multiple sclerosis offer no cure but instead focus on ways to slow the progression and bring symptomatic relief. The use of these therapies is not harmless in that they may cause life-threatening diseases in the future. One example of this is the corticosteroids which are used in MS treatment to reduce symptoms and slow the progression, although this hasn’t been proven to be effective. The side effects of this kind of treatment include high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and an increased chance of infection.
Stem cells help in the treatment of MS via mechanisms that are not all understood.
Our understanding is that its first beneficial effects are in balancing the immune system without removing the recipient’s immunity. While corticosteroids fully block the immune system to prevent the attack on the nerves, they also remove all defense against bacterial and viral infections. Pluripotent stem cells express immunomodulatory molecules but do not stop the immunity against pathogens. While they stop the attack on the nerve myelin shield, they also stimulate the repair of the damaged ones. The combination of both effects leads to a significant slowing down of the progress of the condition as well as a reversal.
At the Stemaid Institute Baja California, we offer a comprehensive therapeutic plan that combines the removal of any and all toxins and parasites that could be at the origin of the autoimmune disorder along with the use of pluripotent stem cells to regulate the immune system and repair the damage caused by the disease by rebuilding healthy functional neurons.