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What are stem cells?

Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is alive.

When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell or a brain cell.

Stem cells offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat a myriad of diseases, conditions and disabilities, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Stem cells can be derived from aborted fetuses, embryos, umbilical cords, placentas and bone marrow. Many adult tissues also contain stem cells that can be harvested.

Embryonic stem cells, as their name suggests, are derived from embryos. Specifically, embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in vitro — in an in vitro fertilization clinic — and then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors. They are not derived from eggs fertilized in a woman’s body.

In August 2001, the Bush Administration announced that federal funds could be used to support stem cell research only on those human embryonic stem cell lines already in existence. No new embryonic stem cell lines could be created in the United States. As of March 2004, just 15 eligible lines were available for distribution to researchers.

Source: The National Institutes of Health

The procedure used by Dr. Alfredo Estrada

Stage 1

Ozone purification treatments are administered that purify toxins in the blood, tissues and organs and deliver an oxygen boost to cells in the body. This also helps and protects the newly implanted stem cells so a much higher rate survive.

Stage 2

Umbilical cord blood stem cells, which have been separated into specific types of cells best suited for the patient’s condition, are applied by direct injection to the infected organ or by IV, or both methods, depending on the condition being treated.

Stage 3

A special growth factor formula that enhances and speeds up the regenerative process is administered by direct injection or IV.

Patients are treated at Estrada’s 15-bed private hospital in Monterey, Mexico. The procedure takes three days.

By The Daily News

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