Stem Cell Therapy: Misconceptions

When it comes to Stem Cell Therapy the phrase “Stem Cell” seems to throw up a huge red flag for a lot of people. This is completely understandable. Stem Cell research is fairly new and a lot of people have never even heard of Stem Cell Therapy. You always hear in the news about someone trying to be part of some Stem Cell study as an attempt to cure their medical conditions using Stem Cells. The media isn’t helping . They seem to be doing a horrible job portraying a positive image on Stem Cells because there’s still so much to learn. People believe that all stem cells come from unborn fetuses or they believe that scientists are harming babies or other people in the process to get a hold of stem cells. However, with Stem Cell Therapy this just isn’t the case. There’s so many positive aspects of Stem Cells and Stem Cell Therapy and people should be taking advantage of this new advancement. Here’s the main misconception that seems to be making everyone so nervous about Stem Cells. We’ve boiled it down to people’s biggest fear and gave you reasons why you don’t have to believe all of the hype.

All Stem Cells Come From Embryos:

This is the main misconception and this is far from true. In fact most Stem Cells aren’t embryonic stem cells meaning the stem cells don’t come from unborn fetuses at all. The way that stem cells are portrayed in the media make people believe that all stem cells come from fetuses but it’s not true. Let’s look at the reality of where most stem cells come from.

Bone Marrow:

You can extract stem cells from bone marrow however, the stem cells have to be extracted from an adult only. This is not a very invasive process but it’s not the most simple process.

Amniotic Fluid:

Stem cells from amniotic fluid are similar to bone marrow. They can both  be harvested from the donor. However, these stem cells have to be harvested during a woman’s pregnancy. As you may or may not know this is a very common source of Stem Cells for Stem Cell Therapy. In fact stem cells from this source are the most common for degenerative medicine such as Stem Cell Therapy.  The most common stem cells that are extracted during this region are called Mesenchymal Stem Cells. They are obtained from the amniotic fluid as well as the amniotic membrane and cause no pain to the donor.

Teeth:

Your teeth are also a source of small amounts of stem cells. These are the same stem cells that you can use for degenerative medicine as well. Researchers found that in the center of your tooth there is a “tooth pulp” which actually contains some Stem Cells. These particular stem cells are called mesenchymal stem cells which usually develop into teeth, bones, cartilage etc. This means that the stem cells from your teeth are the perfect candidate for Stem Cell Therapy. However, when it comes to Stem Cell therapy, there are more preferred sources of stem cells that are more plentiful.

Umbilical Cord Blood

This is also one of the more preferred sources of stem cells for Stem Cell Therapy. The reason this is preferred is because the stem cells are plentiful and obtaining the stem cells are noninvasive. Not only is the procedure non invasive to the woman giving birth, but the the child isn’t harmed at all during the process either.

As we all know the umbilical cord is essentially useless after the mother gave birth. The medical staff typically would just discard the umbilical cord. However, the blood that comes from the umbilical cord is teeming with Stem Cells. These cells are perfect for degenerative medicine such as cartilage repair in the joints.

How do they obtain these?

You may be asking, how does the hospital obtain these stem cells from the umbilical cord. When a mother gives birth at a hospital there are obviously parts that are left behind. These parts include umbilical cord, blood etc. Unless you don’t request to keep these parts it will become property of the hospital. This is how Stem Cells are typically obtained for Stem Cell research and Stem Cell Therapy. As you can now see, the idea that all Stem Cells come from unborn fetuses is entirely a misconception.

 

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