About Stem Cells
First, let me explain that I did not JUST receive stem cells. I went to Infusio in Beverly Hills, CA where they have a Lyme treatment program that focuses on providing a foundational approach to healing and optimizing the cellular terrain prior to the patient receiving stem cells. The 2-week, 4-5 hour/day intensive program includes daily intravenous therapies, immune modulation therapies, opening up detox pathway treatments, heavy metal chelation, other optimizing therapies, and finally, a stem cell procedure at the end of the 2 weeks.
To learn more about the details of their program, you may visit their Integrative Lyme Disease Program Brochure or contact them directly.
What Are Stem Cells?
From Infusio's website,
"Stem cells are the life's "library" and "construction workers". They are responsible for the renewal and healing of the entire body. Stem cells can be guided into becoming specific cells that can be used to regenerate and repair diseased or damaged tissues in people. A stem cell is one that has the potential to replicate and differentiate into a different type of cell. This means that stem cells have the ability to multiply and then change into various types of tissue based on several factors present in their environment."
I was told by Philip Battiade, the doctor and founder behind Infusio, that diseased patients have a sort of malfunction of utilizing their own stem cells and their stem cells are in a sense, "dormant". Once harvested, activated, and injected back into the body via intravenous fluid, they can "go to work" and recharge other stem cells for the repairing process. Within the 100-day period post-stem cell transplant, the stem cells replicate ten times every ten days. This means that billions are replicating throughout this period to repair and rebuild the immune system and affected areas of the body. Once the immune system is working properly, the body has the ability to naturally fight off infections that are causing such harm -- yes, even biofilms and cyst-form of Borrelia and all of its coinfections.
What Type of Stem Cells Are Used?
From Infusio's website,
"The term stem cell is very broad and there are many different types of stem cells. It is important to make a distinction between embryonic and autologous (one's own) stem cells. Autologous adult stem cells can be gathered from various areas in the body such as bone marrow, umbilical cord, or from circulating blood."
Infusio's program utilizes Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) which is an extract derived from the patient's own fatty tissue that contains stem cells as well as other important cells, exosomes, and growth factors. Studies indicate that SVF does much more than simply repair. Its application triggers a systemic response, activating the body's ability to regulate cell function and promote healing. SVF and its use in cell therapy is well researched and there isn't a risk of rejection since they are extracted from the patient's own body.
What is the Procedure?
There is a mini liposuction procedure for the stem cell harvest and it is relatively painless. It is performed under local anesthetic in a procedure/surgical room. Once the fat has been extracted, it is immediately processed. It is centrifuged and concentrated. Then, enzymes are added and the cells are incubated then washed and filtered until the stromal vascular fraction is produced. This process takes approximately 90 minutes or less. I was sore immediately after and needed about 4 padding changes the rest of the day due to the leakage, but was able to sleep without a bandage at night.
What Happens After the Procedure?
I received another set of IVs the next day on my last day of treatment. I was advised that the next 100 days the millions of stem cells will be replicating ten times every ten days. This period is critical for the new stem cell development. This means that this period could bring on a new set of symptoms or periods of the body trying to regulate itself as the stems replicate. It is advised to do as little as possible as far as medications or supplements, and to simply rest. From their Integrative Lyme Disease Program Brochure:
"You may wonder how will you feel during that time. I have observed two different groups of patients. The first group feel quite well when they leave my clinic and continue to feel better each day. The second group seems to go through a period of ups and downs, feeling good for a few days and then crashing. This can last for a few months until they stabilize and start to feel the benefit of the cell therapy."
Gentle exercise is recommended if one is able during this time. After the 100 days (give or take a few weeks), the stem cells stop replicating. The doctor informed me that this is where the "real magic" begins - where the stems truly go to work and begin repairing the immune system and all body areas. It may take up to a full year to see maximum results and during this 1-year period, it is not recommended to add in other antimicrobials, mold- or metal-targeting therapies. The 1-year period is provided for the stem cells to do their work.
As of 2017, Infusio reports an 80% success rate (patients returning to a normal, functional state), 15% not improving or stagnating, and another 5% with no provided feedback.
As a patient that went to Infusio, I cannot comment on other stem cell clinics since I have never been through other programs. All I can say is that I encourage you to do your research carefully and to read as many patient testimonials as you can.
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