An Up Close Look at Stem Cell Treatments

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Many people have heard about promises made by advocates of stem cell treatment. There are many clinics that are dedicating themselves to IV vitamin therapy, stem cell therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in an effort to enhance the lives of people who are getting on in years.

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1. An Up Close Look at Stem Cell TreatmentsMany people have heard about promises made by advocates of stem cell treatment. There are manyclinics that are dedicating themselves to IV vitamin therapy, stem cell therapy and hyperbaric oxygentherapy in an effort to enhance the lives of people who are getting on in years.No one has ever said that death can be avoided, but research and experience seem to indicate that oldage can be made more comfortable by a combination of healthy living and therapy of one sort oranother. Are the treatments safe and effective?There are different stem cells that are formed at different times in ones life or come from differentparts of the body. Embryonic stem cells are existent only in the early stages of life; there are variousstem-cells that stay with the individual for life that first appear in fetal development.The human body makes use of specific, tissue related stem cells to fit a specific purpose. They arelimited in their potential and are usually resulting from the cells from which they came. As a simpleexample, the cells found in bone marrow are the cells that are required to make blood, while cells in thebrain, called neural cells, make more brain cells. A neural cell may not necessarily make blood no morethan a stem cell from bone marrow make brain cells. It has yet to be proven that stem cells can solve allproblems.It is unlikely that a single cell can be harvested that can solve all problems, embryonic stem cells,however, are showing promise but unfortunately there is still a great deal of social stigma associatedwith the research. The most promising treatment in the meantime is with stem cells harvested frombone marrow. These cells have proven to be beneficial in treating immune system disease and showpromise for treating bone, skin and corneal disease and injuries. This stem cell treatment is consideredsafe by the medical community.