As we know, the medical industry continues to evolve over the decades. But not everything put into practice today was readily accepted at first, including recent medical breakthroughs.
Take for instance what happened to Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren 33 years ago. Their theory that bacteria can cause stomach ulcers was not well received by their peers or within the medical industry. Why? Their peers argued that it was impossible for bacteria to live in an acidic environment found in the stomach. Determine to prove his point, Marshall drank a petri dish that contained bacteria, including Helicobacter pylori. From his experiment, he found that his initial symptoms and infection was indeed, stomach ulcers.
On October 3, 2005, Marshall and Warren were awarded The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of “the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease”. Because of that discovery, it has helped the prevention and treatment of gastritis and peptic stomach ulcers.
In short, there have been many recent medical breakthroughs that were looked down on initially before receiving the recognition as improving medical practices.
We discuss four recent medical breakthroughs that were initially rejected below.
1. Bone Marrow Transplant
After World War II, the idea of bone marrow transplants became popular when doctors and scientist were looking for more effective treatment options to those suffering from leukemia. Bone marrow was very susceptible to radiation, which was the treatment at the time. In 1956, Dr. E. Donnall Thomas performed the first successful bone marrow transplant between identical twins, where a healthy twin gave their bone marrow to the other twin who suffered from leukemia.
Prior to this, performing bone marrow transplants were somewhat controversial because of the high mortality rate from the transplant. M. Teresa de la Morena, MD explains, “Five decades ago, the concept of bone marrow transplantation to treat humans with inherited disease of immune function, marrow failure syndromes, and leukemia was met with much skepticism, degrees of enthusiasm, and many disappointments…Certain death due to the primary disease, characterized the outcomes of individuals who were considered for transplantation. Consequently these patients became the sickest on the medical wards, and the physicians caring for such patients were posed with many questions regarding the benefits of such attempts.”
However, as this procedure continued to evolve, in 1968, Dr. Robert Good used a bone marrow transplant to treat a non-cancer patient and in 1973, the first bone marrow transplant was performed between unrelated patients. From its evolution, bone marrow transplants are now considered a standard treatment for patients suffering from inherited immune system disorders, leukemia and sickle cell anemia.
2. Antiseptic Handwashing
Before Louis Pasteur’s discovery that infectious diseases were spread by germs, Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis saw the importance of antiseptic techniques for doctors when treating patients. However, many of his peers dismissed the practice.
During the 19th century, Semmelweis worked in a Vienna maternity ward and noticed that many patients were being infected by puerperal fever. How? The doctors and students were performing autopsies and then, due to lack of sanitation, infecting new mothers in the maternity ward.
From that discovery, Semmelweis advocated that the students and doctors disinfect their hands before helping the new mothers. His hand-washing policy significantly decreased the puerperal fever mortality rate in the maternity ward.
3. Balloon Angioplasty
In 1977, Andreas Grüntzig developed a functioning balloon catheter and with it, was able to perform a successful nonoperative dilatation of a coronary stenosis on a conscious 38-year-old Swiss man. It was a year prior, when at the annual American Heart Association meeting, Grüntzig was told by other doctors and peers that his tool would never work.
But the news didn’t stop his pursuit to treat patients suffering from coronary disease with his mechanism and to do so while the patient was conscious. Today, the balloon angioplasty mechanism is commonly used to treat patients with peripheral arterial disease.
4. Regenerative Medicine
According to the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure, regenerative medicine “is based on the principles of stem cell technology and tissue engineering in order to replace or regenerate human tissues and organs and restore their functions.” As mentioned above, the first successful cell transplantation happened in 1956 as a bone marrow transplant from one identical twin to the other. In 1998, scientists were able to isolate stem cells from developing human embryos.
As such, these cells were instrumental in helping regenerate cells as well as improve healing after illness or injury — all without the side effects or invasiveness of surgery. However, the means of harvesting these stem cells became controversial. It wasn’t until 2006 when scientists discovered how to harvest from a patient’s own cells.
About Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are a naturally occurring cell type that can be found all throughout the human body, and it is these cells that make it possible for the body to regenerate and heal itself after an injury or illness. Stem cells can help to repair many other cell types, such as skin, muscle, nerve or even bone cells.
Thanks to continued study and research, stem cells can now be harvested from adult patients and used in their stem cell therapy. Today, adult stem cells can be found in concentrated areas throughout the body including bone marrow, blood, muscle tissue, and adipose tissue. By using your own cells, it can help improve recovery and your health.
Our mission at NSI Stem Cell is to improve the quality and quantity of the lives of our patients by using the latest regenerative medicine technology to reverse disease and repair tissue while avoiding invasive surgical techniques and harmful medications.
What Makes NSI Stem Cell the Top Stem Cell Clinic in the World is Demonstrated in 5 Key Areas:
Highly trained and experienced, board certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on almost 15,000 patients with incredible results.
Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
Leading scientific researchers who follow advanced scientific guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics.
Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full service health care center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting edge therapy that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked and helped them avoid surgery and side effects of other treatments.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics and see for yourself why people travel from all of the globe for therapy you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate for their world renown stem cell therapy. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.