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What Stem Cells Can Do for Your Ulcerative Colitis

It is estimated that more than 750,000 people in North America are affected by ulcerative colitis (UC), according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Though there is no known ulcerative colitis cure, many people treat their ulcerative colitis with medications. Unfortunately, these treatments vary in effectiveness, and many patients continue to suffer from many painful symptoms.

However, a new ulcerative colitis treatment is available to help those who suffer from the debilitating condition. This treatment uses a patient’s own stem cells to help provide ulcerative colitis pain relief and healing. Could this stem cell ulcerative colitis treatment be right for you? Read on to learn more about ulcerative colitis, traditional treatment options, and the latest advances in stem cell therapy for ulcerative colitis.

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that causes the body’s gastrointestinal tract to become unusually inflamed. Over time, this inflammation can cause damage to the GI tract. Like Crohn’s disease, acute ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), although there is a key difference when it comes to ulcerative colitis vs. Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis occurs only in the large intestine and rectum, while Crohn’s disease can impact any area of the GI tract but usually affects the small intestine.

Patients with ulcerative colitis usually develop it between the ages of 15 and 30, according to NIH. While several symptoms can indicate a patient has ulcerative colitis, the root problem is the inflammation and the pain and damage that come when it causes colon ulcers and sores to develop.

What is the Main Cause of Ulcerative Colitis?

Inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis are caused by defects in the immune system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Instead of the immune system protecting the body by attacking only foreign things like bacteria or viruses, the immune system becomes triggered by other elements, causing the gastrointestinal tract to become inflamed.

What are the Early Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis can be extremely painful to those who suffer from it. UC symptoms are the same as many of the signs of Crohn’s disease and may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Frequent Diarrhea
  • Stools containing blood, mucus or pus
  • Rectal pain
  • Fever

How Serious is Ulcerative Colitis?

Apart from being a miserable condition to live with day to day, ulcerative colitis can have serious negative effects on a person’s health. A large amount of ongoing bleeding in the colon can cause anemia. The intestine can lose some of its ability to absorb nutrients and water, leading to unhealthy levels of weight loss. Increase inflammation can lead to problems in other parts of the body as well, including the liver, kidneys, eyes, joints, and skin.

Then there’s the big question: Can a person die from ulcerative colitis?

The answer is yes. People with ulcerative colitis are at greater risk of developing colon cancer, particularly if they have had ulcerative colitis for 8 years or longer or if their entire colon is inflamed. In rare instances, ulcerative colitis can cause toxic megacolon, where the colon widens and harbors a bacterial infection that can be deadly.

How is Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed?

Physicians may use a colonoscopy along with imaging technology to form an ulcerative colitis diagnosis. They may also use blood tests or stool samples to rule out other possible causes for the inflammation, such as infection.

How to Treat Ulcerative Colitis

Is there a cure for ulcerative colitis? Unfortunately, there is no known ulcerative colitis cure, according to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. However, there is more than one kind of treatment for colitis, according to the CDC. The primary methods of ulcerative colitis treatment include medications such as steroids to fight against inflammation, and vaccinations to help prevent infections. In some cases, ulcerative colitis surgery may be required to remove the parts of the large intestine that have become damaged.

And then there are stem cells. According to an article published in the medical journal Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology, “stem cell therapy is emerging as a promising treatment alternative” that could avoid the pitfalls of medications, reduce the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, and reduce the need for surgery to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

How do stem cells hold the key to ulcerative colitis treatment? Adult stem cells can be found circulating around inside our bodies, but they exist in particular abundance in our bone marrow and our adipose (fat) tissue. Stem cells also have a unique ability to produce or turn into whatever cells are needed to carry out repairs in the body: muscle cells, blood cells, tissue cells, etc. All that it takes to set this healing process in motion is to extract stem cells from one of the stores in a patient’s body, isolate the cells, and inject them back into the body wherever treatment is needed. The stem cells are then able to help repair and restore the cells and tissue at the injection site, leading to a potential reduction in pain and symptoms.

Stem cell therapy is not suitable for everyone, but it has shown promising results for a wide range of patients with various medical conditions. To learn more about stem cell therapy for ulcerative colitis and to find out whether you could be a candidate for this groundbreaking treatment, visit NSI Stem Cell today.

Rotator Cuff Injury? Stem Cells vs. Surgery

Before You Risk Surgery for Rotator Cuff Injury, Take a Good Long Look at Today’s Stem Cell Therapies

The human shoulder is a marvel of nature. It’s the most flexible joint in our bodies, and it can safely be said that -without it- civilization may well have taken a less advanced path. But the shoulder’s remarkable flexibility is precisely why it’s so susceptible to rotator cuff injury.

The National Stem Cell Institute, one of the U.S.’s leading regenerative medicine clinics, reports that rotator cuff injury is among the most common joint conditions among their patients. There’s a very good reason why.

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Is Our Modern Environment Promoting Type 2 Diabetes?

Diet and Exercise May Not Be the Only Things Affecting Your Diabetes

By now, almost everyone knows that a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle contributes to the risk of type 2 diabetes. Far less known by the public are some surprising, lesser-known environmental factors that can also affect diabetes and may even be the reason some people develop it. But what can be done about them? Continue reading “Is Our Modern Environment Promoting Type 2 Diabetes?”

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

How Are Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Used?

Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, the powerhouses behind many of today’s most advanced regenerative medicine practices. This has made the banking of umbilical cord blood stem cells an invaluable way to help family members combat future diseases and injuries that may happen. Disease and injury, after all, are part of life for everyone. For many people, though, umbilical cord stem cell banking sounds a bit scary and maybe even unethical.

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Stem Cells Help Neurological Disorders

The body’s nervous system is very involved system and is one of the most complex seen in the entire human body. It is comprised of the Central Nervous System (CNS), and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). The CNS is made up of the brain and spinal cord and works like the main central processing unit of the body. The PNS is all the branching nerves that run throughout the body to send and receive messages from the body and the brain. Together, the CNS and PNS control everything from your breathing, digestion, and heartbeat to walking, talking, and memory.

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What are Growth Factors: Don’t Confuse Them with Stem Cells

Are Growth Factors and Stem Cells the Same Thing? Exploring the Difference

Today we are living longer and staying healthier well into our advanced years thanks to modern developments in medicine. The introduction of regenerative medicine has ushered in an era the likes of which has never been seen in medical history. Among the key elements helping to drive this exciting age are therapies based on platelet rich plasma, stem cells, and growth factors.

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New Alzheimer’s Therapy Stem Cells

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is one of the most devastating neurological conditions that affect millions of people across the world. It generally manifests in mid to late adulthood and is marked by a sudden and drastic decline in mental sharpness and memory power. The brain’s neurons become damaged to the point they can no longer work as they should. An effective Alzheimer’s treatment is one of science’s holy grails, and many doctors believe it is destined to be found through stem cell therapy. Alzheimer’s disease treatments have come a long way in recent years, and thanks to new stem cell treatments and therapies it is no longer the incurable and untreatable death sentence that it was just a decade ago. Here at NSI Stem Cell, we are committed to helping individuals and their families suffering from Alzheimer’s regain the quality of life this disease has stolen from them.

Symptoms of AD

When the disease first becomes noticeable in an individual, the only noticeable symptoms tend to be mild confusion or increasing forgetfulness. However, the disease can quickly progress, and in time the disease worsens. The brain functions continue to degenerate to the point that it robs a patient of most of their memories. If a person does not get Alzheimer’s help in the form of treatments or therapy, they will experience a drastic worsening of symptoms including severe disorientation, problems speaking, difficulty with writing, social withdrawal, and severe bouts of anxiety and depression. Patients suffering from this disease can lose their ability to think and reason, make decisions, have clear judgment, stay focused on assignments, maintain conversations, and perform even simple tasks. They become completely dependent on others for everything and are unable to live and function on their own. This is why it is such a debilitating disease and why stem cell research and the search for a new treatment for Alzheimer disease has been forefront for many medical professionals.

Stem Cell Therapy At NSI Stem Cell

“Scientists believe that for most people, Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time. Less than 5 percent of the time, Alzheimer’s is caused by specific genetic changes that virtually guarantee a person will develop the disease. Although the causes of Alzheimer’s aren’t yet fully understood, its effect on the brain is clear. Alzheimer’s disease damages and kills brain cells. A brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease has many fewer cells and many fewer connections among surviving cells than does a healthy brain” (Mayo Clinic). Stem cell therapy is now widely available throughout the U.S. at advanced medical clinics like NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida. It has already changed the face of many treatments as varied as Diabetes and TBI to MS and Hair Loss. Now we have the exciting promise of a future that is free from Alzheimer’s Disease and a way to help heal the devastating damage. NSI is keeping a close eye on the developments that may one day lead to a cure for this and many other neurological disorders, injuries, and diseases. Though they are still new compared to other treatments, Alzheimer’s disease treatments using stem cell therapy are showing great promise!

Natural Alzheimer’s Treatment Using Stem Cell Therapy

Adipose-derived stem cells can be easily harvested from a patient’s own fatty tissue. They have the ability to become virtually any type of tissue needed by the body in order to repair, regenerate, and heal on a cellular level. Unspecified stem cells can differentiate into blood, skin, muscle, nerve, and potentially even brain and neuron cells. This means stem cells have the potential to repair brain cells, and even grow new ones. This is a huge step forward in the treatment of not just Alzheimer’s, but other neurological diseases as well.

Until recently, Alzheimer’s has always been considered to be incurable with little to no treatment options. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, due to “the widespread nature of AD pathology, cell replacement strategies have been viewed as an incredibly challenging and unlikely treatment approach. Yet, recent work shows that transplantation of neural stem cells (NSCs) can improve cognition, reduce neuronal loss, and enhance synaptic plasticity in animal models of AD…Patient-derived (cells) may help to advance our understanding of disease mechanisms. Likewise, studies of human embryonic and neural stem cells are helping to decipher the normal functions of AD-related genes; revealing intriguing roles in neural development” (NCBI). What does all this mean for Alzheimer’s treatment through stem cell therapy? It holds great potential to bring fresh, regenerative cells directly to the brain.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to understand that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for natural healing. They can repair everything in the body from ligaments and tendons to neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t fully trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures.

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. This has drawn patients from all over the world including professional athletes and celebrities.

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.

Stem Cell Treatments for Hair Loss- Regrow Hair Easily

Hair loss affects countless numbers of people, male and female, across the country every year. With cases ranging from minor thinning to major sudden loss of hair, this is an issue that can drastically affect a person’s feeling of self-esteem.

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How Stem Cell Therapy Can Change Your Life

There have been many amazing developments over the last five to ten years in the medical field, particularly in the area of disease treatment and recovery. One of the greatest advancements is in the application of stem cells.

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Stem Cell Therapy and Benefits for Surgical Applications

Stem cells were first discovered more than 20 years ago and since that first great medical breakthrough, we have discovered even more amazing things about these naturally occurring cells and how we can use them to improve our lives.

More and more people are discovering what stem cells can do for them and as the word about these powerhouse cells spread we are seeing more and more people coming to us in their time of need. When people grow tired of living in pain and are desperate for relief they turn to stem cells because the traditional means of medication has not worked for them and they want to avoid worst-case scenarios like surgery.

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