FDA freeing up stem cell access?

FDA freeing up stem cell access?

One of my guiding principles, and the driving force behind my own practice of medicine, is the notion that we all have the right… and responsibility… to maintain control over our own body.

The philosopher John Stuart Mill said it best… “over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

Yet we are continually battling government forces that want to deprive us of those very rights.

Like the right to have stem cell therapy…

Today, new life-saving stem cell therapies are being outlawed throughout the country. Even for the stem cells that come from your own body. Yet there is reason for hope…

There’s been a massive cash infusion of $5.5 billion into new stem cell research in California. The money will go directly to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), which provides funding for stem cell research at universities and research institutes around the state.

Since CIRM was founded in 2004, it has advanced research and treatments for more than 75 diseases .

As a regular reader, you’ve heard me say that stem cells are the future of medicine. I’ve been on the forefront of this revolution along with a handful of other pioneering doctors… and I believe it’s truly game changing.

I’ve had great success in the past treating patients with stem cell therapy, and in many cases have been able to reverse deadly chronic diseases. I’ve even had patients say stem cell therapy has “given them back their life.”

But despite this additional funding for research, the FDA continues to do everything in its power to block your access to stem cells… even the ones that come from your own body.

As a result, many – but not all – stem cell treatments are banned in the United States.

Many conditions are already treatable with proven therapies or clinical trials…

  • Heart disease1
  • Autoimmune diseases, like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis2,3
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases4,5
  • Burns and nerve damage
  • Bone, cartilage, ligament, and tendon damage

But the potential of stem cells goes even further… I believe that stem cell therapy will one day completely eradicate Alzheimer’s disease by altering the cellular malfunctions that cause this devastating condition in the first place.

In fact, experimental stem cell therapies are already available that target the neuronal inflammation, neurofibrillary tangles and plaques that play a major role in the memory loss and confusion that are the hallmarks of the disease.

And thanks to CIRM-funded research, recent advances have already seen type 1 diabetics begin to produce insulin… quadriplegics regain upper body function… and blind patients regain their sight.

Many of these trials are on track to produce new, FDA-approved stem cell treatments over the next few years, for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), schizophrenia, and autism.

Treatments for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, stroke, and wrinkles are already out there.

1 Chen L, Qin F, et al. “Application of adipose-derived stem cells in heart disease.” J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2014 Oct;7(7):651-63.
2 Bhansali A, et al “Efficacy and safety of autologous bone marrow-derived stem cell …diabetes mellitus.” Cell Transplant. 2014;23(9):1075-85.
3 Atkins HL, et al. “Immunoablation and autologous haemopoietic stem-cell transplantation for aggressive multiple sclerosis: a multicentre single-group phase 2 trial.” Lancet. 2016 Aug 6;388(10044):576-85.
4 Drukała J, et al. “Stem cells, … are mobilized into peripheral blood in patients after skin burn injury.” Stem Cell Review. 2012;8(1):184–194.
5 Grymula K, et al. “Evidence that the population of bone marrow…expands in response to neurotoxic treatment.” J Cell Mol Med. 2014 Sep;18(9):1797-806.
6 Fu, W. et al. Characteristics and Scope of Training of Clinicians …Unproven Stem Cell Interventions. J Am Med Assoc. 2019 321;2463–2464.