Stem cells have taken the medical industry by storm ever since they were discovered because of their versatile and amazing applications in the field of regenerative medicine. They can be used as an alternative treatment method for patients suffering from joint pain, ligament or tendon damage, and back injuries.
However, there’s a long way to go in discovering all the applications of stem cells as there’s still ongoing researches and clinical studies. This doesn’t prevent the rise of some myths surrounding stem cell research—and we’ve debunked them in this blog.
Myth: Stem Cells Can Live Forever
The underlying belief that there will be an unlimited number of stem cells available due to their self-renewal capabilities leads people to believe that they might be immortal. This belief is backed with the observation that the life span of bone marrow stem cells exceeds the lifespan of the donor animal by a significant amount. While these observations might hold true; they are still in no way proof that stem cells are immortal.
Myth: Stem Cell Therapy is Illegal
Stem cell research carries a lot of social and ethical concerns with the masses, most of them believing that the practice might be done illegally. However, stem cell research is conducted under very strict rules and regulations, adhering to the International Society for Stem Cell Research.
Adult autologous stem cells are legal for use if they’re being used on the same day as they’re extracted. Embryonic stem cells are only used after 4–5 days of creating the embryo and only with the explicit permission of the donor.
Myth: Bone Marrow is the Best Stem Cell Resource
While stem cells collected from the bone marrow are definitely extremely useful, they’re not the most abundant source of stem cells or the most effective. With age, stem cell quantity in the bone marrow decreases drastically, while stem cells found in the adipose (fat) tissue remain constant throughout our life and are also the most abundant source.
Myth: Stem Cell Therapy is Unsafe and Unproven
Contrary to popular belief, the risk when using only adult stem cells is minimal. Stem cells extracted from your own body have a negligible chance of being rejected by your body as it will recognize it as part of your own tissue. There are also reduced chances to catch transmittable diseases when using stem cells from your own body.
As far as its effectiveness in the application is concerned, studies have shown stem cell therapy to be successful and useful in treating diseases such as osteoarthritis of the knee.
Stem cell research can be an extremely pivotal factor in the progression of regenerative medicine. With the correct application it could treat musculoskeletal disorders with ease, already proving its worth as an alternative treatment for joint and ligament damage.
SEMI encourages the research and use of stem cells with its regenerative medical injection therapy and we would like to prove to you why these myths are nothing but a hoax created to deter progression.
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