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Stem Cells

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by deb obrien, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Jenny

    Jenny Senior Member

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    Hear, hear!
  2. Robin

    Robin Guest

    Moderator note: a few posts were removed from this thread because they were obvious violations of the forum rules. We don't permit personal attacks on other members, trolling, or religious bashing.

    The topic involved the political and religious viewpoints of the ethics of stem cells. The topic is fine to discuss, just do so in a civil, respectful manner.
  3. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    A patient of Dr. Cheney's just told me that she will pay $12,000 for her next stem cell infusion in Panama. I don't know if Dr. Cheney has negotiated special rates with this company, or if this is the going rate.

    Sushi
  4. Advocate

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    I read recently that Stanford researchers are doing some XMRV research, and today I read that Stanford researchers are making clusters of cells resembling embryonic stem cell colonies from fat.

    http://www.news-medical.net/news/20...luripotency-in-stem-cells-from-human-fat.aspx

    Stanford researchers use DNA minicircles to induce pluripotency in stem cells from human fat

  5. Mark K

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    next month dr cheney sends another 13 to 14 patients to panama/costa rica for treatment stem cell.
    dr from panama i last week ( i got lucky got him on the phone for free for 1 hr :) imagine that)says they had total of 60 patients in Costarica and panama not counting dr cheney and had great sucess rate..longest cfs who took stem cell now is 4 years no side effects so far only better..80% improved in all symptoms and his neurological improved 90%
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    Dr. Eric Gordon from GMA is also sending 20 or so CFS patients to Panama. Intriguing because GMA has collaborated early and often with WPI and Dr. Gordon is probably aware of Judy M saying it's NOT a good idea to get stem cells until the issue of possible XMRV reinfection of hematopoietic cells (stem cells develop into the full lineage of hematopoietic cells) is resolved.

    Hopefully more of the patients that have gone will report here so we have all this info in one consolidated thread.
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    Excuse my ignorance, but what is GMA? Thanks
  8. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    GMA is Gordon Medical Associates in Santa Rosa, CA.
  9. Jenny

    Jenny Senior Member

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    maryb iherb code TAK122

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  11. Jenny

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    That's odd Mary. It's too long to paste but here's part of it.It may be on Pubmed.

    Anyway here's part of it.


    From Expert Review of Hematology
    Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Autoimmune Diseases
    Claudio Annaloro; Francesco Onida; Giorgio Lambertenghi Deliliers

    Authors and Disclosures

    Posted: 02/23/2010; Expert Rev Hematol. 2009;2(6):699-715. 2009 Expert Reviews Ltd.

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    Abstract
    The term 'autoimmune diseases' encompasses a spectrum of diseases whose clinical manifestations and, possibly, biological features vary widely. The results of conventional treatment are considered unsatisfactory in aggressive forms, with subsets of patients having short life expectancies. Relying on wide experimental evidence and more feeble clinical data, some research groups have used autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in the most disabling autoimmune diseases with the aim of resetting the patient's immune system. Immunoablative conditioning regimens are preferred over their myeloablative counterparts, and some form of in vivo and/or ex vivo T-cell depletion is generally adopted. Despite 15 years' experience, published controlled clinical trials are still lacking, with the evidence so far available coming from pilot studies and registry surveys. In multiple sclerosis, clinical improvement, or at least lasting disease stabilization, can be achieved in the majority of the patients; nevertheless, the worst results are observed in patients with progressive disease, where no benefit can be expected from conventional therapy. Concerning rheumatologic diseases, wide experience has been acquired in systemic sclerosis, with long-term improvements in cutaneous disease being frequently reported, although visceral involvement remains unchanged at best. Autografting has proved to be barely effective in rheumatoid arthritis and quite toxic in juvenile idiopathic arthritis, whereas it leads to clinical remission and the reversal of visceral impairment in the majority of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. A promising indication is Crohn's disease, in which long-term endoscopic remission is frequently observed. Growing experience with autologous HCST in autoimmune diseases has progressively reduced concerns about transplant-related mortality and secondary myelodysplasia/leukemia. Therefore, a sustained complete remission seems to be within the reach of autografting in some autoimmune diseases; in others, the indications, risks and benefits of autografting need to be better defined. Consequently, the search for new drugs should also be encouraged.

    General Aspects
    The prevalence of autoimmune diseases (ADs) in developed countries ranges between 2 and 7%, along with geographical differences and inclusion criteria.[16] Namely, the term AD encompasses a rather wide spectrum of diseases, differing by clinical and possibly pathogenetic features.[5,7,8] A gross conventional distinction recognizes limited/organ-driven and systemic ADs, although a considerable degree of overlap exists between the two groups and some ADs do not fit in either.[47,9] In the former group, a 'peripheral' dysfunction is commonly held to play a major role, whereas in the latter, a 'central' immunological compromise is regarded as the pathogenetic clue.

    Over the last few decades, investigation on experimental models has allowed a deeper insight to be thrown into the possible pathogenetic mechanisms of some ADs and has prompted the search for newer therapeutic approaches.[1012] The first step has been favored by the selection of AD-prone strains of laboratory animals, notably New Zealand Black (NZB) mice, who can develop systemic ADs bearing resemblance to systemic lupus erythematosus; in this setting, AD may be transferred to other mice strains through hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from NZB mice, whereas allogeneic HSCT from non-AD-prone mice strains is able to cure ADs in NZB mice[1315] AD-prone mice strains are considered the paradigm of spontaneous, systemic ADs and the possibility of transmitting or curing AD through allogeneic HSCT is regarded as a hallmark of stem cell disorder.[16] In the opposite corner, other investigators have been able to induce in non-AD-prone mice AD varieties similar to their human counterparts, such as experimental allergic encephalitis (EAE) for multiple sclerosis (MS) and experimental adjuvant arthritis for rheumatoid arthritis (RA)[17,18] The same authors and other groups showed that experimentally induced ADs could be treated with syngeneic HSCT, suggesting an antigen-driven pathogenetic mechanism,[1821] In non-AD-prone mice strains, various experiments have shown that AD can be transferred from affected to healthy animals by syngeneic HSCT; conversely, syngeneic HSCT from healthy animals was able to cure some, but not all, AD varieties.[2224] Therefore, these results prompted two gross types of ADs in experimental animals to be distinguished: spontaneously occurring ADs, possibly deriving from a hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) disorder, which can therefore be cured through allogeneic but not syngeneic HSCT; and antigen-induced ADs, as experimental ADs, where autoreactive clones can be silenced by syngeneic HSCT.[17,2527] Although spontaneous ADs bear resemblance to human systemic ADs and experimental ADs to limited ones, it is unclear whether these models apply to human disease and, in an affirmative case, which pathogenetic model corresponds to each single human AD.[26] Some milestones in the history of experimental ADs are summarized in Table 1 .

    Anecdotal reports have shown that patients simultaneously suffering from a hematological disease and an AD could be cured, or at least achieve a durable remission, of their AD as well as their neoplastic disease by means of HSCT.[12,2830] These results were more commonly achieved after allogeneic HSCT, but similar cases have been reported also after autologous HSCT. Moreover, some AD varieties proved to be more liable than others to derive a benefit from HSCT and, also within the same disease, results were heterogeneous. On the other hand, ADs, both spontaneous and induced by priming agents such as cyclosporine and interferons, are fairly common complications after autologous HSCT, performed either for neoplastic or even ADs.[3138] However, post-HSCT, ADs are most often clinically self-limiting or are sometimes accounted for by laboratory findings devoid of a clinical counterpart.[39] Worth mentioning is that organ-specific AD prevails among post-HSCT ADs,[40] whereas the preponderance of patients undergoing autologous HSCT because of an AD are affected by systemic varieties of ADs.[41] The lack of a common study design is a main explanation for the contradictory results mentioned to date, but, at the same time, the view is reinforced that AD varieties behave differently as to biology and response to treatment.

    Studies on thymic lymphocytes after autologous HSCT have shown that, after a burst sustained by pretransplant memory cells, the organ is repopulated by likely harvest-derived naive T cells, and also the T-lymphocyte repertoire may significantly differ before and after autografting, thus suggesting the possibility of achieving an immune resetting through autologous HSCT, which in turn may exert a potential benefit on AD patients.[4245]

    Finally, in a subset of AD patients with refractory disease life expectancy is so shortened to be comparable with that of oncohematological patients suitable for autografting.[46,47] In these patients, the dismal prognosis might reasonably counterbalance the risk of transplant-related mortality (TRM), at least in the setting of autologous HSCT. Nevertheless, long-term effects of autologous HSCT, notably secondary malignancies and metabolic syndrome, must be weighed in order to make a suited riskbenefit balance.

    Relying on the aforementioned experimental data and on the rather feeble clinical evidence, different research groups set sights on finding out whether HSCT, either allogeneic or autologous, might be a suitable strategy to treat ADs.[4,5] Allogeneic HSCT may completely substitute the recipient's immune system with the donor's immune system and exert a graft-versus-autoimmunity effect, leading to cure of the AD.[48] The diffuse application of this approach has been hindered by the fear of a high rate of TRM, which may result in a loss rather than a gain of survival in patients who, even with advanced disease, still have a median life expectancy of 3 years.[46,47] Moreover, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) may induce clinical patterns mimicking ADs. As a consequence, autologous HSCT has found more extensive acceptance and interest. No different from autologous HSCT for neoplastic diseases, the original purpose was to destroy all autoreactive immune cells,[49] and consequently to achieve 'cure' by inducing tolerance;[5052] finally, a less troublesome target was identified in its ability to counteract AD progression through a 'resetting' of the immune system.[30,49,5355]
  12. Peggy

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    Cheney's next group

    I thought Dr. Cheney had also suspended getting more patients treated until more news about XMRV, but apparently he's sending another group down there in March (according to someone who just posted here), so that's interesting -- I wonder if his two recent conversations with Judy M. about XMRV changed his opinion? Does anyone know the answer to this?

    As I understand it, stem cells would typically be screened for the pathogens that the Red Cross would screen for, so theoretically if the CDC is actually worried about the blood supply and XMRV, screening for XMRV will occur as soon as there's some consensus on the right screening labs, since the Red Cross already includes other retrovirus/infectious disease screening for the national blood supply.

    There was a case last year in the medical literature of someone with HIV/AIDS seroconverting to HIV-negative after receiving stem cells because he received a stem cell transplant from a donor with natural HIV resistance, so I don't think it's possible for stem cells to eradicate the XMRV retrovirus IF someone was lucky enough to get the right donor: otherwise it would probably just be the improvements in immune parameters that would give one a fighting chance against XMRV, since obviously there are people in the population carrying XMRV who are not sick with ME/CFS so it's possible to keep it suppressed somehow, though nobody yet knows how or for how long.
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    Hello everyone, I had a few questions for Molly regarding preparation for receiving the CS infusion.

    1) Aside from attending Cheney's lecture, were there any other resources you found particularly helpful in learning about the CS infusion process?

    2) You mentioned earlier that you spent 90 days working on your gut. Would you mind giving a brief overview of your protocol?

    3) Finally - one of the worst problems I (and probably most others) have with this disease is the inability to do any intense exercise without crashing for weeks. Are you currently able to do hard exercise without fearing a long crash?

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think you have helped a lot of people by doing this and I hope you continue to improve.
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    Why can't we access our own stem cells if they harvest stem cells from fat?

    If the mesnchymal stem cells are harvested from the patient's own body fat, why can't the body just use those stem cells?:confused:
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    I saw my Lyme doc last week and he brought up Cheney's use of stem cells, said he/Cheney has been having good success with them, and then he mentioned stem cells they can make from yourself. Autologous stem cells, I think? He thought I should consider doing this when I'm done addressing some of my current issues (bartonella and biofilms) in order to help regenerate my body. It'll be awhile before I could get to doing this but I thought I'd start researching now. I'm a bit confused because my Lyme doc gave a talk last year at a Lyme conference where it sounded like he was not recommending stem cells due to the risk of cancer. I assume autologous stem cells would not have that risk? Can anyone point me to where I might research more about this?

    Thanks much! Sunny
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    Molly,

    Congratulations.

    The progress you've made since your stem cell treatment sounds like a minor miracle.
    It's great to hear that your cognition, stamina and ability to bounceback are all improving.

    And thanks for reporting your experience so extensively and answering so many questions. Stamina, right there.
    A huge help to those of us just beginning our own research.

    I also have had high EBV, CMV and HHV-6 titers as well as high RNAsel.

    Hope today you're doing something more fun than fielding queries so I won't inundate you with a million questions now.
    (read: I would love to ask a million questions about your treatment). Like Dhearns, I'd love to know what other
    resources aside from the Cheney lecture helped in your research, and also curious about your 90 day gut protocol prior to treatment.

    I may try to gather up a group of folks that are very interested in learning more and perhaps
    we could pool our questions and save you some time.

    Thanks
    Patrick
  18. cfs since 1998

    cfs since 1998 *****

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    Does anybody know in what parts of the body a CFS patient gets the stem cell injections?
  20. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I believe that Dr. Cheney's patients get the stem cells as IV pushes.

    Sushi

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