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Is It Dementia Or Mild Cognitive Impairment?

What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Particularly after we reach a certain age, we have all asked questions like these:

  • “Where did I put my car keys?”
  • “What was it I was saying?”
  • “What was that guy’s name, again?”

In spite of how distressing it may seem, a lapse of memory along these lines is generally normal. So are some changes to general mood. But, for some of us as we get older, forgetfulness and changes in our thought processes is a larger problem. It can be a sign of significant changes taking place in the brain. Between the typical terrain of “brain cramps” and the borderlands of dementia lies a mental landscape known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

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MCI is marked by noticeable changes in mental status that don’t necessarily equate with dementia. It is estimated that as many as 16% to 20% of adults age sixty and older will receive a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment sooner or later.

MCI sometimes increases a person’s risk for dementia. But are the symptoms of MCI preventable? For those who are already experiencing MCI, can those symptoms be reversed? The Alzheimer’s Association says that among the most active regions of scientific study regarding the possibilities are presently in the value of physical fitness and diet, and the reducing risk through the prevention of cardiovascular factors.

But what does any of this mean, really? The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has a vested interest in this question and the study of MCI, because stem cell therapies are being actively considered for chronic memory and cognitive conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. With this in mind, NSI takes a closer look at the mysteries of MCI and what they mean to you.

The Basics Of Mild Cognitive Impairment

Simply put, MCI can happen when mental function declines in some older adults. The Mayo Clinic defines mild cognitive impairment as an intermediate phase that bridges the cognitive decline typical of aging and the onset of dementia. Unlike dementia or other chronic cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, MCI generally doesn’t need medical treatment. Neither does it usually get in the way of daily life. Mild cognitive impairment is characterized by shifts in both memory and non-memory cognitive functions. A diagnosis for MCI typically includes the criteria below:

  • The person complains of cognitive problems.
  • There is decline or impairment in cognition in contrast to the patient’s earlier years.
  • Objective confirmation of impaired cognitive function through sources like family or close friends.
  • Functional activity is generally normal in comparison of someone with dementia.

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Factors In The Risks And Causes Of MCI

So, if you’ve received a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment does that mean that Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia is inevitable? Though MCI does increase the risk of developing more serious neurological conditions, that doesn’t mean you will. It’s believed that 20% to 40% of seniors diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment will progress to dementia. That means the majority of MCI patients don’t worsen beyond mild cognitive impairment. In fact, over time, MCI has been known to lessen and improve in about 20% of the cases.

Those in the know believe that a variety of actions and situations contribute to the onset of mild cognitive impairment. Understanding is still growing and discoveries are still being made, so the exact reasons these factors affect the neurological changes associated with MCI has yet to be determined. But, evidence strongly points to several particular elements. These include:

  • A person’s genetics
  • Free radical damage
  • The body’s inability to process glucose effectively
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Toxins in the environment

It is believed, too, that many of the same kinds of neurological changes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia also invite MCI. These changes include:

  • A decrease in the cerebral flow and/or circulation of blood. This is a contributor to frequent, minute strokes so small that they are barely detectable.
  • The brain cells do not absorb glucose properly for adequate energy
  • The hippocampus shrinks. When this happens, the symptoms of mild cognitive impairment are expressed as memory and/or emotional problems, among other function involved with the hippocampus.
  • Enlargement of the brain ventricles. The ventricles of the brain are a communication network of fluid filled cavities. The gradual enlargement of the ventricles puts pressure on the brain, which may promote the symptoms of mild cognitive impairment.
  • Neuronal damage. Whether from a traumatic physical injury or due to disease, damage to the neurons can promote MCI.
  • A decrease in cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear, colorless liquid surrounding and protecting the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord. Cerebrospinal fluid immerses the brain and spine in nutrients. It also eliminates waste products.
  • And increase in plaque or protein deposits within the brain. The clumping of plaque and certain proteins are also associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Small strokes or other factors that affect adequate blood flow to the brain.

Additionally, the risk factors below have been linked to the development of mild cognitive impairment.

  • Aging
  • A family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease and/or stroke
  • Metabolic syndromes such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Tobacco use, drug use, alcoholism
  • Mental health problems, including depression, social anxiety and isolation
  • A sedentary way of life, or insufficient physical exercise
  • An income level that limits adequate health care and/or nutrition
  • The absence of social support and strong relationships for older adults
  • Inadequate sleep and/or sleep-related problems such as sleep apnea

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What The Symptoms Of MCI Look Like

The telltale signs of mild cognitive impairment land midway between the typical cognitive aggravations of normal aging and those linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia. MCI symptoms include:

  • Frequent, consistent memory loss. A person who has MCI might become lost, forget names or dates, or miss appointments more frequently.
  • A change in language and speaking, such as “losing one’s train of thought” or repeating oneself often.
  • A change in thought and judgment
  • An increase in one’s concern about his/her own mental performance
  • An increase in impulsivity, impatience, and/or irritability
  • Mood changes, such as an increase in depression, anxiety, or apathy

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Conventional And Advanced Therapies For MCI

The core situations that cause mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, and dementia are still mysterious. Presently, symptoms management is the focus of conventional medicine, but advanced medical methods such as the potential of neurological stem cell therapy are causing great excitement.

The National Stem Cell Institute cites the findings of one such study published on website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The study was centered on the effects of stem cells harvested from several different areas of the body, including fatty tissue known as “adipose” fat. Adipose-derived stem cells are already known for their notable performance regarding a wide array of illnesses, injuries, and chronic disorders. These stem cells can be are easily harvested from the fatty layer that lies just below the skin. Since the discovery of this potent source of stem cells, there has been an explosion in clinical research as well as the availability of stem cell therapies to the general public.

The success shown in these other areas has launched great interest in how they might be used in neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment. Adipose-derived stem cells are exceptionally potent stem cells that have the ability to become virtually any type of tissue needed by the body in order to repair, regenerate and boost the performance of other cells; from bone to cartilage to blood to skin and muscle. This includes the impressive potential to repair brain cells, and even grow new ones.

In clinical studies of laboratory mice, the adipose-derived stem cells differentiated into cells very much like neurons and astrocytes (an astrocyte is a type of cell found in the central nervous system). The results showed an improvement in blood vessel formation. This, in turn, caused improvement in overall brain function, including cognitive and motor functions.

What does all this mean for the development of neurological stem cell therapy? It holds great potential to bring fresh, regenerative cells directly to the brain. But it is also believed that neurological stem cell therapy may one day give us the ability to grow fresh, healthy neuron cells to replace those damaged by the ravages of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and other neurological illness and trauma.

5 Natural Ways To Practice MCI Prevention

Meanwhile, there are ways to be pro-active in helping to prevent mild cognitive impairment.

  1. Adopt an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

We’ve all heard the term “whole foods” by now. A whole food is defined as one that has undergone as little processing or refining as possible. Whole foods are also as free as possible from additives and other artificial matter.

Whole foods are high in antioxidants and healthy fats. These are known to support mental health, not just in older adults, but in younger people as well. In particular, certain elements of two established dietary regimens that promote whole food habits as well as other healthy eating routines have been combined to form what’s known as the “MIND diet.”

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Elements of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet (an acronym standing for “dietary approaches to stop hypertension”) comprise the MIND Diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay). The DASH element of the MIND Diet is a dietary regimen promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health. It’s designed to prevent and control hypertension.

The Mediterranean Diet is sometimes referred to as “the world’s healthiest diet.” Research indicates that the Mediterranean Diet improves weight loss and the control of blood sugar levels, and reduces risk of depression. It has also been linked to lowered levels of inflammation, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Experts believe the MIND Diet helps in slowing cognitive decline by increasing nutrient-dense, high-fiber, and antioxidant-rich foods into one’s eating habits. Many MIND Diet foods have been shown to aid in protecting the brain from inflammation. This makes the MIND Diet a potentially strong ally in decreasing the risks of developing mild cognitive impairment.

MIND Diet foods include:

  • Vegetables that are leafy and green (romaine lettuce, spinach, kale), cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower), or orange and yellow (peppers, carrots, pumpkins, squash)
  • Berries of virtually any kind
  • Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, mackerel, and sardines)
  • Oils rich in healthy fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts or seed oils)
  • Lean protein (eggs, legumes, beans, pasture-raised poultry)
  • Grains that are 100% whole
  • Wine and coffee (be mindful! Moderation is key)

It can definitely be worth your while to adopt the MIND Diet for brain health. Studies show that people who ate MIND Diet foods averaged cognitive health maintenance seven and half years longer than those eating the fewest MIND foods.

  1. Exercising and Remaining Active

Are you getting tired of hearing about the benefits of exercise and healthy activity? It may seem like a drum too well beaten, but the beneficial qualities are established medical facts. Exercise promotes blood circulation. It is associated with preventing memory loss and several cognitive elements related to aging. And you don’t have to be an extreme athlete to reap the health rewards.

Simple walking remains one of the best kinds of exercise to maintain, even improve, mental health. Extra benefits happen when you consistently take it outside. But whether on the trail or the treadmill, brisk walking is connected to significant improvement in cognitive health.

Still not a lover of brisk walks? There are plenty of other healthy activity options, including swimming, bicycling, yoga, or the use of an elliptical machine. In any case, your goal should be a routine of at least three to four times weekly for thirty to sixty minutes each time. Exercise briskly enough to raise your heart rate to approximately 65% of your maximum capacity. The Mayo Clinic has guidelines to determine your maximum capacity.

  1. Taking Supplements for Cognitive Health

Consider taking recommended doses of vitamin and mineral supplements to protect your cognitive health. These include:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin D3
  • CoQ10
  • Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Copper
  • B vitamins
  • Folate
  • Vitamin E
  1. Maintain Social Support

Too often overlooked, there is no longer any doubt that strong, healthy relationships with family, friends, and community improve and maintain cognitive functions. Sometimes older people recede from these. Doing so can hasten a decline in both physical and mental health.

  • Staying socially active can include activities like:
  • Spending quality time with family
  • Joining support groups that address stress
  • Staying physically active through walking or exercising with companions
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Reading and/or writing groups
  • Becoming a volunteer
  • Joining a religious institution
  • Adopting interesting hobbies, especially those that include friends or family
  • Playing “memory games,” particularly those that include social interaction
  1. Reduce Particular Medicines and Exposure to Toxins Whenever Possible

It has now been established that tobacco use, often in addition to taking certain medicines, increases risk of memory loss and dementia. So, please: stop using tobacco products.

If you are at risk for cognitive impairment, you will also want to speak with your health care provider about the impact of any medications you are taking. Additionally, over-the-counter meds may seem harmless, but you will want to discuss their effects on people who have MCI or are at risk of developing cognitive diseases or disorders. Check with your doctor if you are taking medications such as Benadryl, Dramamine, Advil PM, or Unison. The same goes for the generic equivalents.

Summing Up Mild Cognitive Impairment

Remember, MCI isn’t necessarily a precursor for more serious cognitive disorders. And there are ways to help in the prevention and progression of it. Generally speaking, those who have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment can care for themselves without need for 24 hour assistance.

But if the symptoms of MCI progress or worsen, intervention may be needed in order to prevent accidents or emergencies. The only true way to monitor MCI for progression is through regular visits with your health care provider. If you or a loved one is exhibiting increased confusion, becoming lost in familiar areas, or poor judgment, these can be a sign that additional aid and/or treatment is in order.

Ensuring that a loved one with mild cognitive impairment has a structured schedule, a living space that has been safety checked, keeps lists for needed items and “to-do’s,” and receives regular reminders for upcoming events and appointments will go a long way in allowing more independent, happier living.

About The National Stem Cell Institute

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is a leading U.S. medical facility dedicated to the safe, effective advancement of regenerative medicine methods such as stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies. Certain neurological stem cell therapy practices are already in effect and FDA guidelines-compliant. NSI maintains constant updating on the latest advances in regenerative medicine.

As such, NSI strongly recommends that patients interested in regenerative medicine procedures thoroughly research any clinics that purport to practice legitimate stem cell therapies. Not stem cell clinics are created equal and not all are properly licensed. Below are tips on how to determine if a clinic or facility is licensed and FDA guidelines-compliant.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. 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.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare 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 procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

A2M Therapy: A New Weapon Against Osteoarthritis?

Haven’t heard of Alpha 2 Macroglobulin (A2M)? You’re not alone. But if you or a loved one suffers from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (RA), this naturally occurring protein found in blood plasma just might be your new best medical friend. A2M inhibits the actions of several types of proteinases. Proteinases are enzymes that break down proteins. But when it comes specifically to osteoarthritis and other kinds of arthritis, A2M therapy is attracting a lot of interest because of its ability to inhibit the action of a particular group of proteinases called Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs).

Is A2M Therapy Changing How Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis Are Treated?

So, is this new potential weapon in modern medicine’s arsenal the magic bullet arthritis sufferers have longed for? The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading U.S. regenerative medicine facility, is watching the development of A2M in therapies for osteoarthritis and RA with great interest. How does it stack up as a possible new addition to established platelet rich plasma therapies? NSI takes a closer look.

ARTHRITISA2M Treatment Basics

Alpha 2 Macroglobulin is made in the liver, and occurs naturally in blood plasma. A2M uses specific binding sites to snare bad enzymes that destroy cartilage. Once each binding site has trapped the enzymes, both the A2M and the bound enzymes are disposed of naturally by the body. This is a function known as “suicide inhibition.”

When it comes to osteoarthritis and/or rheumatoid arthritis, medical interest in A2M focuses on how it inhibits the group of proteinases known as Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs). One type of proteinase in the MMP group degrades the collagen within cartilage. It’s believed that this is a crucial factor enabling arthritis to destroy joint cartilage.

Obviously, then, turning a naturally occurring protein that obstructs the actions of these MMPs into an effective therapy would be a boon to medical science. But, is it there yet? What do we need to understand about A2M in order to fully develop its medical potential?

Why Medical Science Is Pursuing A2M Therapy To Treat Osteoarthritis & RA

A2M is classified as a cytokine, something that is secreted by the immune system and has an effect on other cells. The existence of A2M has been known for over fifty years, but the discovery of its potential role in slowing the progression of osteoarthritis and RA is new.

A2M can be thought of as the “good guy,” and MMPs as the “bad guys” in conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. When arthritis eats away the cartilage that cushions the joints, MMPs are major players. Chronic inflammation is an “accomplice” of the MMPs when it comes to the degradation that occurs with osteoarthritis and RA. But, healthy joints generally have high levels of A2M. So when there is plenty of Alpha 2 Macroglobulin on patrol, it becomes difficult for the inflammation and cartilage breakdown that are the hallmarks of arthritis to take hold.

Slowing the progression of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Conventional medications have been invaluable allies in fighting the symptoms of osteoarthritis and RA. But the real goal of medical science is to halt or, at least, significantly slow the progression of arthritis. Even better, today’s breakthroughs in regenerative medicine can even reverse arthritic damage in some cases.

Little wonder, then, that the discovery of A2M’s possible role in preventing MMPs from doing harm has researchers excited about how A2M therapy may become part of the latest regenerative medical techniques in combating arthritis. Might it even usher in cures for rheumatoid and osteoarthritis in the future?

HEALTHYWhat Research Tells Us About A2M Therapy

Research has only begun studying the impact that A2M might have as a stand-alone therapy for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. We do know that the regenerative medicine technique of injecting platelet rich plasma (PRP) into affected areas is highly successful in slowing arthritic progression as well as repairing damage and re-growing cartilage. PRP, by its very nature, already contains A2M.

But will isolating A2M and turning it into a therapy apart from PRP treatments prove to be a bonafide cure for osteoarthritis and RA?

Certainly there is scientific evidence that indicates A2M is a key component in halting the progression of osteoarthritis on the molecular level. A2M grabs and stymies the three main chemicals leading to joint and cartilage damage. When A2M entraps these harmful chemicals, our bodies can swiftly remove them.

Current studies are showing how A2M helps block the disintegration of cartilage. In one animal study, researchers injected a concentrate of A2M into test subjects that did not have adequate amounts of A2M already circulating in the blood. When the concentrate was injected around the arthritic joints of the animals, the result was a decrease in arthritis progression.

And an important study conducted by Brown University, collaborating with the National Institutes of Health, showed that while natural concentrations of A2M in joints are inadequate for long-term, effective joint protection, an injection of A2M concentrate protected cartilage by halting progression of osteoarthritis.

Clinically developed concentrations of A2M have also been shown to shield joints

These studies and others indicate that not every joint responds to A2M therapy. However, a test is available that identifies which joints are likely to respond to A2M treatments. The test, called fibronectin-aggrecan G3 complex test (FAC), specifically recognizes a significant level of a particular protein. This is proving to be a highly accurate diagnostic tool for the testing of arthritis.

Clinically developed concentrations of A2M have also been shown to shield joints from a protein complex that makes joints to achy. These studies also indicate that A2M therapy not only relieves osteoarthritis pain, but it hinders or outright prevents joint height degradation, promotes tissue growth, and supports overall joint restoration.

What All This Means About Repairing Arthritic Damage & Relieving Pain

All in all, the studies point to therapeutic injections of A2M concentrate inhibiting the disintegration of cartilage and shutting down the caustic, inflammatory proteins that collect in arthritic joints. And early practical clinical application indicates that early intervention may actually minimize or prevent osteoarthritis that develops due to joint injury.

We know that platelet rich plasma therapy, which naturally contains A2M along with multiple other regenerative and anti-inflammatory components, is exceptional in the treatment of muscle, ligament, tendon, and bone injuries. PRP therapy is already in use in conjunction with adipose (fat)-derived adult stem cell therapy to reduce scar tissue associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Will A2M therapy be a natural extension of today’s regenerative medicine?

These regenerative techniques have already been practiced in the United States for many years for the restoration of healthy tissue, the reversal of arthritic damage, and the reduction of inflammation and pain. Sports doctors and professional athletes –including notable pros like tennis champion Rafael Nadal and Masters winner Tiger Woods- have known about PRP therapy for years, and have used it to prevent surgery and return more quickly to competition.

ATHLETEFor the average American suffering from osteoarthritis or AR, adipose (fat)-derived adult stem cell and PRP therapies have helped patients return to improved daily activities and a healthier, happier life. The National Stem Cell Institute reports an increase in patients being advised by physicians to seek out PRP and stem cell therapies as a viable, minimally-invasive alternative to surgery.

So, Is A2M Part Of Our Regenerative Medicine Future?

The science behind regenerative medicine has been with us for almost 80 years now, and the application of this medical method has been practiced in the U.S. for about 50. But it wasn’t until the discovery of easily accessed adipose-derived adult stem cells and the development of platelet rich plasma therapy that its use became widely available and affordable to the general public.

Much still needs to be firmly established about A2M’s potential role in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis before leading clinics like NSI will choose to develop pure or near-pure A2M concentrate as a therapy and add it to their list of safe, well-established therapy lines. Meanwhile, the National Stem Cell Institute continues to watch with keen interest to see if research and clinical trials continue to build on the present evidence.

More research is needed, but the potential is exciting

BLOOD PLASMA

For the time being, NSI advises caution regarding early claims by ethically dubious facilities that offer concentrated A2M therapy injections. NSI does agree with present research that has established A2M’s crucial role in maintaining healthy joints. But, until sufficient A2M studies and trials have been performed, PRP and stem cell therapies are proving to be the most advanced methods for the significant slowing of osteoarthritis and RA progression as well as repairing the damage, restoring function, and relieving pain.

This is because PRP and stem cell therapies have already been shown to raise A2M levels in joints, reduce arthritis pain, slow arthritis progression, and to be exceptionally safe and effective procedures for a wide variety of injuries, illnesses, and chronic conditions, including:

  • Arthritis or Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament Tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Bulging or Herniated Discs
  • Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Sacroiliac Conditions
  • Sciatica and/or Sciatic Nerve Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck, Lower Back, Shoulder, or Knee Pain
  • Instability or Balance Issues
  • Stiffness, Flexibility, or Range of Motion Problems

Regenerative methods are already changing the way the medical community practices medicine. Today, we know that the human body holds innate potential for generating its own cure for an ever-growing list of injuries, aliments, and chronic disorders. Will A2M prove to be the key to yet others like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more?

Time will tell, and the NSI is watching with great interest.

About The National Stem Cell Institute

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is a leading regenerative medicine facility located in the United States. It is home to physicians, clinicians, and medical professionals that have undergone post-graduate training in regenerative medicine procedures and/or auxiliary practices such as nutritional counseling and functional rehabilitation that aid healing and promote health during and following PRP and stem cell therapies.

This integrative approach to regenerative medicine means that every team member focuses on seamless, safe, and effective patient care. The health and comfort of patients is NSI’s first priority.

NSI’s mission is to advance patient quality of life through the most advanced developments in regenerative medicine technology, in order to reverse illness, whether physical or neurological, and heal tissues while avoiding invasive surgery and potentially risky medications.

Regenerative medicine facilities are popularly known as stem cell clinics. Regardless of what they are called, the National Stem Cell Institute strongly urges patients interested in regenerative medicine to thoroughly research clinics and medical facilities in order to ensure they are under the care of licensed medical professionals that have been trained in regenerative medical methods.

Below, NSI offers information and tips on what to look for in a licensed stem cell clinic. Those who have questions are encouraged to contact NSI.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. 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.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare 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 procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

Facts About Kidney Failure And Disease

More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure. When these critical organs are healthy and working, they are essential in helping the entire body keep clean, strong, well-fueled and running properly. That’s why kidney failure (also known as renal disease) is such a high health risk. Renal disease prevents impurities from being cleansed from the body. Waste accumulates and wreaks havoc.

Have You Or A Loved One Experienced Kidney Failure? This Information Can Help.

familyThe kidneys’ chief purpose is to help detoxify the body

We’re all born with two kidneys. Each is approximately fist-sized. The kidneys sit beside the spine, one to the left and the other to the right, near the waist and just beneath the ribs. The kidneys’ chief purpose is to help detoxify the body by filtering out the waste products it produces.

Kidneys’ role in health goes beyond filtering waste

These can include a variety of waste products such as excess fluids, leftover particulates in the digestive track, and surplus sodium and electrolytes, to name a few. But they also play a function in helping control blood pressure, removing drugs and other toxins, regulating hormones, and even in maintaining healthy, strong bones.

Little wonder, then, that kidney failure is never taken lightly in the medical field. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), one of the leading regenerative medical clinics in the United States, has seen many cases of renal disease. Waste products and the build-up of fluids, nausea, difficulty in thinking clearly, and fluctuating levels in blood pressure are all telltale signs of kidney failure.

The basic causes of kidney failure include:

  • A sudden, serious drop in blood flow to the kidneys
  • Heavy blood loss, an injury, or a bad infection known as sepsis that reduces blood flow to the kidneys
  • Insufficient fluid intake (dehydration)

But all of these can be the result of any number of illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions. In the U.S. today, diabetes and hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) are frequently the main culprits behind kidney failure. However, these two are by no means the only promoters of renal disease. An unhealthy diet or high levels of inflammation within the body have also been connected to kidney failure.

So, what steps can you take to be pro-active in lowering your odds of kidney failure? You can begin with these:

  • Eat whole foods that have ample electrolytes, like potassium and calcium
  • As much as possible, prevent exposure to certain toxins and chemicals such as heavy metals and industrial chemicals
  • Maintain a healthy weight

A More In-Depth Look At Kidney Failure

Kidney failure happens when the kidneys don’t function well enough to keep someone living. Common markers of this are:

  • A loss of the ability of the kidneys to excrete waste
  • The inability to concentrate urine
  • The loss of the ability to conserve electrolytes
  • The inability to maintain fluid balance

To date, no treatment has been discovered that permanently stops progressive renal disease. But advanced medical trials using methods like stem cell therapy have made headway in management techniques that are showing early promise for improved quality of life. Meanwhile, there are several self-management techniques that those who suffer from kidney failure can adopt to keep as healthy as possible.

In addition to stem cell therapy trials, there are several types of conventional treatment employed to help slow the progression of kidney failure and relieve the symptoms. These include medical techniques that:

  • Clean the blood (hemodialysis)
  • Help prevent dehydration
  • Help prevent fluid retention
  • Remove waste from the digestive tract (peritoneal dialysis)

Ultimately, at this time, replacing the diseased kidney with one from a healthy donor is the only thing that stops the progression of renal disease. But the news isn’t all dire. Many patients diagnosed with kidney failure continue with a healthy quality of life for years without the need for dialysis or transplant.

Neither of those options is necessary unless the diseased kidney causes infections, uncontrollable high blood pressure, or become cancerous. And continuing trials and research into regenerative therapy methods, such as those using the patient’s own adult stem cells, are paving the way for advanced treatments that appear to be just over the medical horizon.

Kidney failure is a serious medical condition

But make no mistake. Kidney failure is a serious medical condition. It takes a holistic medical approach to slow the progression and make optimal improvements to the patient’s quality of life. And it requires the person living with renal disease to be fully involved and pro-active. In addition to medical interventions, nutritional counseling is essential in helping those with kidney disease get plenty of crucial nutrients, while functional rehabilitation can help them learn healthy lifestyle habits that keep them active and enhance daily life.

Be On The Lookout For These Symptoms Of Kidney Failure

Sometimes, it can be difficult for a person to recognize the symptoms of kidney failure. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may be prone to renal disease, keep the following signs in mind:

  • Tenderness or a throbbing pain in the area of the kidney, below the rib cage or in the back or abdomen
  • A change in your pattern of urinating: more than usual, less than usual, or not urinating at all
  • Seeing blood in your urine, or changes in the color of your urine
  • Retaining fluids that cause swelling in the legs, ankles or feet
  • Your face and eyes appear puffy and swollen
  • Indigestion, nausea, loss of appetite, or vomiting
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Cognitive impairment (confusion, anxiety, or “brain fog” for example) and mood changes

However, once again, keep in mind that a diagnosis of kidney failure –though very serious- does not necessarily mean you will need to undergo dialysis the rest of your life or that you are at risk of imminent death. Overall health, age, and the number of risk factors present all play a very important role in slowing the progression. Today, it is more possible than ever to live an active and fulfilling life with proper management of renal disease.

Risk Factors And Causes

Risk factors in renal disease include:

  • Diabetes
  • Anemia
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease or failure
  • Any form of kidney damage or disease, including kidney stones
  • Sepsis, an infection that causes a slow-down of blood circulation

While a diagnosis of chronic renal disease does not always lead to a diagnosis of kidney failure, if not taken seriously and treated promptly, it can contribute to kidney failure.

Electrolytes also play a crucial role in the health of your kidneys. An unhealthy diet can cause electrolyte imbalances, a deficiency in nutrients, elevated levels of inflammation, and fluctuations in blood pressure. There is also a very strong connection between unhealthy weight gain and kidney failure.

how to prevent kidney failure

As we age, the risk of renal disease increases

For many people with a history of prostate disease, liver damage, or liver disease, the risk of kidney failure can be a concern. This is because these types of diseaseaffect how well the body can rid itself of waste, and process toxins, drugs, hormones and chemicals.

Any time someone experiences a trauma or injury to the kidneys that results in rapid blood loss, the possibility of kidney failure arises. Likewise low immune function that is caused by illnesses, particularly those that are viral in origin, can give rise to renal disease. Elevated levels of emotional stress, frequently occurring infections, or frequent fatigue are also factors in lowering your immunity.

The Connection Between Kidney Failure, Surgery, And Medication

Today, especially since the development of regenerative therapy methods such as stem cell or platelet rich plasma therapies, undergoing surgery is consider a last resort rather than a first one. This is because, while some surgeries remain necessary, one of the risks of surgery is the onset of kidney failure.

Likewise, medications can lead to kidney disease. The over-use of antibiotics and pain medications can increase risk, and drugs such as ACE inhibitors should be closely monitored. Talk to your doctor. Any time you can safely and effectively get by with less dosage, it’s usually a good thing.

What You Can Do To Naturally Treat & Help Prevent Kidney Failure, Damage Or Disease

  1. Adopt a Kidney Friendly Diet

Renal disease affects the body’s ability to process protein, water, salt, potassium, and phosphorous. A diet that takes kidney health into consideration is important in the management of kidney disease. For those with kidney failure, a kidney friendly diet is an essential part of working toward the best possible outcome.

There is now strong evidence that suggests poor nutrition increases kidney disease and patient mortality, even after therapy for kidney disease is initiated. This is because poor diet puts stress on weakened or damaged kidneys. Poor nutrition can also contribute to a variety of health issues that can accompany kidney failure. These include anemia, fluctuations in cholesterol levels, heart damage and bone metabolism dysfunction.

KIDNEY 2 - HEALTHY DIET

It’s important for patients to be pro-active in their health

That’s why it’s just as important for patients to be pro-active in their health nutritionally as medically. Nutritional counseling is an excellent start for examining how you eat today and how to make your eating habits work in your favor to maintain optimal nutrient levels and a healthy weight.

The best diet for you depends on the state of your kidney health. Generally speaking, you should load your diet with foods that are nutrient-dense and high in antioxidants and certain types of electrolytes. Even for those who don’t have renal disease but are still prone to kidney stones or renal risk factors, adhering to a diet that cleanses the kidneys is great.

Foods that aid the cleansing of the kidneys include:

  1. Cranberries
  2. Blueberries
  3. Celery
  4. Burdock root
  5. Green leafy veggies
  6. Beets
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Avocado
  10. Bananas
  11. Citrus fruits

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  12. Stay Hydrated

It is just as important to stay hydrated as it is to adopt a kidney friendly diet. Dehydration can put you at risk for kidney problems. This is particularly crucial to pay attention to if you:

  • Vigorously exercise or engage in high-energy activities
  • Live where the climate is hot
  • Drink tea, coffee, or other caffeinated beverages (caffeine is a diuretic)
  • You are prone to sweating more than average
  1. Watch Your Potassium, Sodium, and Phosphorus

Whole foods that help you manage your potassium intake include:

  • Apples
  • Cabbage
  • Green beans
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Avoid high-sodium foods such as:
  • Pre-packaged food
  • Frozen meals
  • Soup that is canned
  • Fried food
  • “Fast” food
  • Meats and cheeses that are processed

Limit your consumption of phosphorus by decreasing foods like the following:

  • Dairy products
  • Legumes or beans
  • Nuts (peanuts in particular)

KIDNEY 2 - HEALTHY DIET

Watch Your Dependency on OTC Medications

All too often, overuse of OTC’s is passed over by people as a problem. But they can contribute to your risk of developing kidney failure when abused. So limit them as much as possible. OTC meds that can promote renal disease if overused include:

  • Tylenol
  • Advil
  • Motrin IB
  1. Quit Smoking and Avoid Alcohol

Yes, no doubt you’ve heard this many times. Kicking the habit of tobacco use and anything above moderate alcohol consumption (1 to 2 alcohol units daily) opens up a world of medical risks, not the least of these being kidney failure.

Use Herbs and Supplements to Prevent Renal Disease

First, a word of caution on this topic. If you have already been diagnosed with kidney failure, it is very important that you consult with your medical provider before trying herbs or supplements. This is because many of them are metabolized differently after the onset of renal failure and may worsen your condition.

But if you have not yet developed kidney failure, want to prevent adding to kidney damage, and your doctor give you the green light, the following herbs and supplements may be helpful.

  • Magnesium aids in the prevention of forming kidney stones
  • Vitamins B6 and E help to reduce urine levels of a crystal-forming mineral known as calcium-oxalate
  • Cranberry extract also helps in the reduction of urinary calcium levels
  • Aloe vera, too, is helpful in reducing the formation of urinary crystals

There are also two types of essential oils that have been linked to the reduction of kidney stones. These are citrus and helichrysum oils. They are believed to support the detoxification of the kidneys and liver. To use an essential citrus oil like lemon, lime, wild orange or grapefruit, add two drops in a glass of water two times a day. Helichrysum oil can be used as a topical treatment by rubbing some across the lower abdomen two times a day.

Never Go It Alone When It Comes To Kidney Failure And Disease!

Renal disease and kidney failure are potentially life-threatening. Never try to self-medicate or treat kidney disease without the expertise of a medical professional. Do not mistake the information in this article as a means to replace your relationship with a trusted physician.

Much is being done with regenerative medicine techniques

Today, many in the medical community think of therapy for kidney failure or disease as a multi-faceted approach. Much is being done with regenerative medicine techniques, along with sound conventional methodology and healthy lifestyle changes, to advance the potential of stem cell therapy as a future treatment for renal disease.

The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is actively pursuing the development of stem cell application regarding kidney failure and disease. Following FDA guidelines on stem cell therapies, NSI has already helped patients with varying degrees and stages of kidney disease improve their quality of life. So optimism is high. However, certain criteria must be met in order to know if a patient is a good candidate for stem cell therapy regarding renal disease.

It is also critical that people interested in the potential of stem cell therapy for their condition carefully research regenerative medicine clinics that claim to offer these therapies. Below are tips for ensuring that you are working with a legitimate, licensed stem cell clinic.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. 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.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare 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 procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

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