There are a number of stem cell clinics, in the United States & Canada that are advertising the use of amniotic and cord blood products. They are suggesting that these are superior to any of the other stem cell products available, including harvesting your own stem cells. Well, the truth of the matter is that these products come from delivery rooms. A person having a delivery would give consent to having some of the amniotic fluid or amniotic membrane, which is around the fetus collected at the time of birth and sent off to a laboratory for the donation.
The individual giving birth has to give consent for that material to be taken away from the delivery room. That material is then processed as it has to be eliminated of any possible infectious capabilities. The material has to be sterilized in a way that if it were injected into your body, you wouldn’t have an immune reaction and reject it. When these biologic materials are sterilized in this way, any living viable cells are completely destroyed by the process.
If this particular product is something that you would be thinking about having injected into your joint, it may contain some proteins or some growth factors, but it certainly won’t contain any living cells.
Any clinic that advertises that this is actually a stem cell procedure is committing fraud. There are no living cells in that product.
The only way we can get living cells to be injected into your joint is if we harvest them from you directly.
So remember that if there’s no harvest, there are no stem cells.
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