What Are Stem Cells?
by Debi Ast, Co-Founder at Thrive MD - Vail Colorado on Jul 15, 2013
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What Are Stem Cells? Stem cells are unique because they have the ability to become any type of cell in your body. ...
What Are Stem Cells? Stem cells are unique because they have the ability to become any type of cell in your body.
Their ability to multiply and morph into various types of cells is what makes them so valuable. You currently have adult stem cells within your body and their role is to maintain and repair surrounding cells. We are now able to harvest your unique adult stem cells & place them into other areas of your body that need repair.
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Stem cell therapy relies on the body’s own natural healing abilities to repair tissue in affected joints. This technique begins by taking a patient’s own stem cells found in adipose (fat) tissue, concentrating the cells into a small injection, and then reintroducing them into the area of concern.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells have the ability to become any type of cell in your body. Their ability to multiply and morph into various types of cells is what makes them so valuable.
All Stem Cells Have Three Main Properties:
1. They can divide and renew themselves for extended periods of time.
2. They can morph into specialized cell types.
3. They are unspecialized (which allows them to be a blank slate for morphing into specialized cells).
There are three main types of stem cells and, depending on the source, they are all harvested differently.
Three Types Of Stem Cells:
Umbilical Cord Blood & Placental Stem Cells: These stem cells are extracted from birth and preserved for future use, for the benefit of the child. The harvesting of umbilical cord blood and the placenta is completely safe and becoming more and more common.
Embryonic Stem Cells:These stem cells are generated from fertilized, frozen eggs at in-vitro fertilization centers. The stem cells are not harvested from eggs fertilized within a human. Much controversy still surrounds the use of embryonic stem cells for research, but these cells are continually sought after due to their immense versatility.
With their potential for unlimited replication and pluripotency, embryonic stem cells are a likely source for innovating regenerative medicine and curing diseases.
*We do not harvest or use any embryonic stem cells here at Thrive MD."
Adult Stem Cells: They are harvested naturally from your own body and are undifferentiated cells found among differentiated cells within your body. Their primary role is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are located.
You currently have adult stem cells within your body and their role is to maintain and repair surrounding cells. Deriving stem cells autologously (from one’s own body) provides the least amount of risk and is a safe and effective way of allowing your body’s stem cell supply to heal an ailing joint or injury naturally.
What to Expect During Stem Cell Therapy? Visit http://thrivemdvail.com/stem-cell-treatment-procedure/ to find out!
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