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Stem Cell Therapy & Stroke

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

Stem cell treatment for stroke survivors.


Since I am not a doctor, I will refer to the experts…. 

There has been ongoing research In the field of STEM CELL THERAPY for stroke survivors. Stem Cell Therapy involves the use of stem cells to repair damaged tissues and promote recovery after a stroke.


One recent study published in 2020, focused on the use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from bone marrow. The study involved a small group of patients who received intravenous infusions of MSCs within 36 hours of their stroke. The researchers found that the treatment was safe and feasible, and the patients showed improvements in functional outcomes and neurological deficits. 


Another study published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine in 2021 explored the use of human neural stem cells in stroke patients. In this phase 2 clinical trial, the researchers investigated the safety and efficacy of injecting neural stem cells directly into the brain of stroke survivors. The results showed that the treatment was safe, and the patients exhibited improvements in both motor and neurological functions deficits.


Another study published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine in 2021, explored the use of human neural stem cells in stroke patients. In this phase 2 clinical trial, the researchers investigated the safety and efficacy of injecting neural stem cells directly into the brain of stroke survivors. The results showed that the treatment was safe, and the patients exhibited improvements in both motor and neurological functions. 


It's important to note that while these studies show promising results, stem cell therapy for stroke is still in the experimental stage, and more research is needed to determine its long-term safety and effectiveness. It is always recommended for stroke survivors to consult with their healthcare providers to discuss the latest research and potential treatment options available.


My personal view from speaking with stroke survivors, who have incurred stem cell therapy, there are a few things I would like to say. THESE COMMENTS ARE NOT TO BE DEEMED TRUE FOR EVERYONE.  IT’S ONLY A RECOUNTING OF THEIR EXPERIENCES AND KNOWLEDGE.

  1. “I did quite a bit of research on the topic post-stroke, and spoke with some stem cell experts, and learned the type of stem cell therapy that is more effective than “intravenous” which is called “intrathecal” (intra-thekal), which means the repurposed stem cells are injected via the spine AND intravenously.  Since the FDA hasn’t approved this protocol, patients must travel to Germany or Mexico to obtain such treatments.  Thus, it’s currently very expensive.”  

  2. “I didn’t do enough research and ended up paying $20,000 for intravenous stem cell treatment by an American doctor who wasn’t an expert in the field.  I later learned about the intrathecal method, as well as the need to inject at least 500 million stem cells to get any potential results.  He injected 80,000. So, do your research! 

  3. “I’ve studied the breakthrough research that occurred first in Berkley, CA and later in other parts of the world called Genome Editing and CRISPR-Cas9, which will create healing opportunities for many types of diseases and traumatic events within 5-10 years.  So far, it’s been successful in treating Sickle Cell Anemia; and in 2007, a patient received gene therapy for severe beta-Thalassemia (blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin). Blood stem cells were taken from his bone marrow and treated with a retrovirus to transfer a working copy of the beta-globin gene. The modified stem cells were returned to his body, where they gave rise to healthy red blood cells.If you wish to learn more about this technology, visit this link and or read the bestselling book about it: “Code Breaker” by Walter IsaacsonBTW, that CA scientist who ‘broke the code’ is a woman - Jennifer Doudna! :-)


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