A few years ago while living in Thailand, I came across a group of doctors promoting stem cell treatments. A couple of doctors who had ties with a hospital in Bangkok were pioneering the selling of the treatment in the Philippines. It was very new then and was being sold as the “fountain of youth.” They were importing the vials from Germany – supposedly containing stem cells, and were discussing cheaper sources from China. During that time, stem cells were still sourced from sheep. Despite the treatment being in its infancy stage, there were already many buyers in the Philippines amongst the elderly elite who can afford the premium price. When I got reassigned to another country, I totally forgot about stem cell treatment. So when I got the invitation and read about how stem cell treatments are now PROVEN to be a LIFE-SAVING CURE, I knew I had to attend the forum.
If I could go back in time, I would go back to have Izzy and Maximus’ cord blood banked. Because of my early exposure to stem cells being just for beauty treatments, I did not pay much attention to it when Cordlife started selling the service here in the Philippines. I know some of our friends banked their baby’s cord blood. But the sceptic in me refused to buy. I researched about it online and the information I found before I gave birth to Izzy is so much different than the information found now in many websites. If I had known that the technology and applications of stem cell treatments would move so swiftly – I would have banked Izzy and Maximus’ cord blood.
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As with anything medical, caution must always be considered and reliable sources of information should be everyone’s top consideration. Cord blood banking and stem cell treatments come very expensive, so it’s important to check facts and sources. I would highly recommend that you do your own research and CONSULT WITH EXPERTS before purchasing. Ask all the questions you want to ask. Consider also the roster of the company’s past clientele and their reputations.
Here are a few basic information about stem cells lifted from Cordlife‘s brochure. I will not try to explain these with my own words. This is medical in nature, highly technical, and I do not want to accidentally misinform anyone just because I tried to explain this myself. Though the topic has been clearly discussed during the forum, and a lot of my questions answered – the answers were explained and discussed by a licensed doctor. So yes, I’m lifting information from Cordlife so as to disseminate proper information.
What are stem cells?
Cord blood is a rich source of Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs), which are responsible for replenishing blood and regenerating the immune system. HSCs are known as ‘precursor cells’, as they have the unique ability to differentiate into the different types of cells found in the body, name:
- Red Blood Cells – which transport oxygen
- White Blood Cells – which produce antibodies and fight infections
- Platelets – which assist in blood clotting
Diseases treatable with stem cells today.
Although stem cells found in cord blood can also be obtained from other sources such as bone marrow, thousands of parents including medical professionals, are saving their baby’s cord blood. A recent study reported that as many as 1 in 217 individuals may need a stem cell transplant in their lifetime. These cells have been proven useful in the treatment of diseases, including:
- Certain cancers, e.g. leukemia and lymphoma
- Inborn errors of metabolism
- Blood disorders, e.g. thalassemia
What can stem cells do for your family?
The stem cells from your baby’s cord blood will be a perfect match for him/her. It may also be a source of genetically related stem cells for someone else in the family. There is 60% higher chance of finding a cord blood match, compared to sourcing for a bone marrow, among the family.
There have already been many successful cases where stem cell transplants from banked cord blood have saved lives. Science and technology is advancing everyday. The information I read a few years ago are not the same information available now. When I researched about cord blood banking before Izzy was born, there are still many questions that were unanswered. But now, the success stories are very encouraging. They have moved from research and testings, to successful treatments, to CURES!!! So cord blood banking is something you might want to consider for the future of your baby. Who knows how much more advanced the applications can be in the future, and how many more sickness and ailments stem cells can treat!
These are the diseases currently treated with stem cells:
- Blood Cancers
- Solid Tumors
- Immunodeficiency Disorders
- Metabolic Disorders
- Non-Malignant Blood Disorders
“Worldwide Clinical Trials. With the advancement of stem cell research, the potential for future use of stem cell grows. Below are diseases for which stem cell treatments have shown to be beneficial, but have yet to be implemented as a standard treatment. Some of these stem cell transplants only slow down the progression of the diseases, but do not produce a cure. For other diseases, the stem cell treatments may result to a cure, but the optimum dosage and usage of the stem cells is still under study.”
“A mother’s love is like a circle, it has no beginning and ending.
It keeps going around and around, ever expanding.”
– By: Art Urban
Who knows. This might be a life-saver for your family in the future.
Stem Cell Forum in Edsa Shangri-la, organized by Cordlife and Rotary District 3800
In this photo: Myself, Momblogger Noemi Dado, Neva Arboleda-Santos of ManilaMommy.com, Frances Amper-Sales of MommyTopaz.com, Christine Dychiao of ManilaFashionObserver.com, and Jackie Go of GoJackieGo.com
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