Crohn’s disease can be a debilitating condition to live with. Symptoms include diarrhea, urgency, fatigue, weak immune system, and joint pain. Due to urgency and frequent bowel movements, activities such as travel and work become challenging. Patients often have blood and mucus in there stool. Other symptoms include lower abdominal cramping, bloating and nausea. Patients have a difficult time gaining weight and get sick often due to a compromised immune system.
Crohn’s Disease Treatments
Conventional treatments include prednisone and biologics, and surgery. Prednisone is usually prescribed during a flare and is short term, although some patients take it daily for long term. Prednisone suppresses the immune system which controls the symptoms, however the long term cost of taking steroids is weakened bones and connective tissue and increased risk for systemic infections. Indeed prednisone is not a viable long term solution for a patient. The biologics are medications that are chemotherapy type drugs taken for long term to prevent flares. Most patients unfortunately do not understand that they are taking a chemotherapy type medication with severe side effects. Many patients will end up with partial or full colectomies. This is a sad ending as now the patient uses a bag and can have lots of infections and imbalances in fluids.
How can a Stem Cell IV help with Crohn’s Disease?
Stem cells are produced in our bodies to help heal and regenerate injured or unhealthy tissue. They also secrete substances that decrease inflammation in the body. In autoimmune disease there is an imbalance in the inhibitory part of the immune system. The immune system becomes over active which causes ongoing inflammation. There are 3 sources of stem cells, umbilical, bone, and adipose tissue. The IV’s used to treat Crohn’s disease have 90 million stem cells and come from umbilical cord. When getting an IV for stem cells, the safest and most effective source is umbilical cord. Adipose tissue is risky due to the size of the stem cells, it’s tendency to turn into fat cells makes it a less than optimal treatment. Both bone marrow and adipose stem cells are large which increases the risk for pulmonary blockages. Umbilical cord stem cells are superior and more safe. They respond stongly to cytokine signaling from injured tissue. This is what makes them great for IV’s. They are small and do not have the risk of causing pulmonary blockages. For a stem cell IV to be effective the patient must receive one million per KG of body weight. Most patients get these treatements out of the country. However, we offer the high number of stem cells for intravenous use right here in Scottsdale.
The treatment is quick and simple and for most patients one treatment is sufficient. To schedule a complimentary consult call 480-535-7868 or go to click here to have the doctor contact you for more information.