28th April 2011
It has taken 18 months of hard work by the Adult Stem Cell Foundation staff including our many thousands of Honorary Members to now have four Doctors based in Australia and NZ involved in trials of Adult Stem Cell Therapies, says Bruce Lahey Honorary Executive Director.
This has been a real challenge for us as we have had to change the perceptions of many by continually asking the question:
“Why can the 4th biggest economy in the World Germany make adult stem cell therapy available for every citizen and we in Australia and NZ are only just starting to think about it?”
The political and medical will has not been there until now, perceptions are changing, says Mr. Lahey.
These are exciting times thanks to some very dedicated forward thinking medical professionals who have decided that the time has come for unwell people in both our countries to have the availability of these therapies, albeit only in the form of trials at this stage. Hopefully these trials will lay the platform for these adult stem cell transplants to become part of everyday medicine in the near future, says Mr. Lahey.
The Doctors involved to date are as follows:
Dr Ralph Bright – Sydney Australia
Dr Peter Beulink – Christchurch NZ
Dr Dan Bates – Melbourne Australia
Dr Colin Andrews – Canberra Australia
Also banking of your own stem cells, frozen for later use if ever required is now being pioneered here by Dr Andrew Davidson of Stemlife Bank. Each doctor specializes in treating different types of degenerative diseases. These degenerative diseases are now in epidemic proportions worldwide and if successful treatments are not found soon these diseases have the ability to bankrupt our health systems, says Mr. Lahey
Much of this thrust to speed up the availability of these stem cell transplants worldwide has been pioneered by the International Cellular Medicine Society based in the USA with hundreds of doctors being continually updated on the latest research and procedures in this new direction of medical science.
A new area of great significance is the harvesting of stem cells from adipose tissue (fat), as science has now discovered there are many more millions of stem cells stored in adipose tissue than in the bone marrow, says Mr. Lahey. The importance of the this new harvesting technique is there is usually an abundance of fat stored around the body to harvest stem cells from and the procedure is of low cost compared to other treatments requiring hospitalization. These stem cell transplants are day surgery. Our mission has always been to find a low cost model that everyone including governments can afford, and we believe we are on the right track here, says Mr. Lahey.
Can you image the amount of fat (adipose tissue) being thrown away after liposuction every day in our countries. This fat is a valuable resource alive with stem cells that could be used to treat many degenerative disease or frozen for later use by the patient for a small charge. The patient is using their own stem cells so the use of anti rejection drugs will not be required. A drug free treatment for a change. This is why stem cell science including stem cell nutrition is so exciting as it holds great promise to extend the quality of our lives well beyond a 100 healthy years. Stem cell nutrition may hold the key to a new paradigm in preventative health, says Mr. Lahey.
Please contact the Foundation or visit our web site for further information – www.adultstemcellfoundation.org
Executive Director (Honorary)
+61 (0) 7 55 284 662
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