1)All Stem Cells Originate in Fetuses
This is probably the most persistent misconception about stem cell therapy. The reality is that no commercially available stem cells come from embryos or fetuses in the United States. That is because medical researchers are shifting their attention to stem cells found in gestational tissues as well as adult donors. Gestational tissues like umbilical cords, placentas and amniotic fluid are currently being used to treat a number of ailments like arthritis and non-healing wounds. These tissues are normally discarded after birth but can now be stored for future lifestyle restoring treatments. However, most adult stem cells are derived from the patient’s own body via blood, bone marrow, or fat tissue.
2)Stem Cells are Unregulated
This couldn't be further from the truth! Stem cell research is regulated by the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most states have additional legislation surrounding the research and use of adult-derived stem cells. In fact, the FDA has been very involved in developing guidelines around the safety and processes associated with HCT/P’s (Human Cellular Tissue Products).
3)Stem Cells Can Cure Any Disease
On the opposite end of the spectrum are those who are OVER-confident in adult-derived stem cells. While new uses for stem cell therapy emerge frequently, every process requires years of clinical trials and research for the ultimate safety of the patient. Currently, stem cells are considered especially effective for a broad variety of musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions, including major and minor joints, soft tissue, degenerative disc disease, tendonitis and tears (shoulder, rotator cuff, hip, elbow, Achilles), fractures, sprains, cartilage defects, spine and back, and osteoarthritis. In addition, stem cell therapy is also proving effective for treating bursitis, headaches, and is used in many numerous cosmetic procedures.
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