We’re back with another informative post here on the Seattle Stem Cell Center Blog! This time around we want to take a look at one facet of stem cell science that gets a lot of interest– amniotic stem cells. We focus on using adult mesenchymal stem cells only, found in fat cells and exosomes to boost stem cell strength and activity which has no genetic material or DNA. We do carry mesenchymal stem cells taken from the lining of the umbilical cord called Wharton’s Jelly. This is considered a tissue and has a very high screening requirement and we feel is a safer and more powerful option than amniotic stem cells, especially given the recent contamination outbreak as twelve people were hospitalized in the US from contaminated amniotic stem cell treatments with a result in a nationwide recall.
Amniotic Stem Cells -What Are They?
Any mixture of cells that are gathered from amniotic fluid and or membrane are “amniotic stem cells”. Much like other stem cells they can develop into a number of different tissues, including bone, muscle, skin, cartilage, even cardiac and nerve tissues! Amniotic stem cells must be frozen and the number of live stem cells in amniotic fluid is minimal to none after this process. Clinics that use amniotic stem cells will tell you how many stem cells are in the “dose” but they often to not do a cell count prior to your treatment as we do.
How Are Amniotic Stem Cells Harvested?
The name ‘amniotic’ gives us a clear picture of where those cells are found of course, but did you know that amniotic fluid is produced from the urine of the growing baby? The next logical question is ‘Just how do we get that?’ That process is called ‘amniocentesis.’
Amniocentesis was originally developed as a manner of determining the sex of the fetus, and later it was developed for its most common use as a way to determine any possible chromosomal abnormalities or genetic disorders. But that’s not all!
That same process is used for getting amniotic stem cells. In the procedure, also known as amniocentesis, a local anesthetic is given and then a needle is inserted through the abdominal wall, then the womb, until it enters the amniotic sac. Then the fluid is withdrawn. Wharton’s Jelly is harvested from donated placenta and umbilical cord from healthy live births in the USA. Wharton’s Jelly is the lining of the umbilical cord. After the stem cells are harvested, screened for safety they are then manufactured in the same way a medication is.
Why Use Umbilical Cord aka Wharton’s Jelly Stem Cells?
A common thing I hear from patients and when I am giving lectures to physicians is, “Aren’t amniotic stem cells better than my old and sick stem cells from my own body?”
Amniotic stem cells and Umbilical Cord stem cells are certainly “younger” but what exactly does that mean? Younger stem cells have two main attributes; they are able to replicate and turn into other cells and tissues at a faster rate and there are a larger number of them. They are adult stem cells which ensures that they are free from the risk of tumor formation and cancer associated with embryonic and fetal stem cells.
Why would I use my own old Stem Cells?
It has been shown in research that your own stem cells have a communication system to find and heal your own body. For example, when you cut your right index finger, your stem cells communicate with your body and they grow new skin on your right index finger where it is needed and not on the end of your nose! This cell to cell communication is an essential guiding system to help a stem cell treatment be targeted to where the problem is in your body.
If Umbilical Cord Cells are Younger can I combine them with my own stem cell?
YES! We often have patients that want to do everything they can to get the best outcome possible. There is a lot of research that shows your own stem cells are effective. By banking your own stem cells you are able to overcome the low quantity (they are grown for you in the lab) but they still have the perfect guidance system for you. It is possible to safely combine youthful Umbilical Cord Stem cells, your own stem cells and exosomes to create a supercharged stem cell treatment.
Interested in a treatment? Wondering if stem cells are right for you? Suffering from any of a number of conditions that have taken the Vitality out of your life? Or, do you simply want to prepare yourself for any future treatments with our stem cell banking process? US Stemology and Seattle Stem Cell Center can help with all of these and more, as well as give the holistic care to heal the body, not just the injury. Fill out our health intake form or reach out for a consultation today. US Stemology and Seattle Stem Cell is a part of a national clinical trial, and you can be sure that your results will be worthy of it.