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Undifferentiated cells, the basic cells that can become a specialized cell and continue to produce it, are called stem cells. These cells can be used for a variety of medical advancements, procedures and research. For example, stem cells can be used to become cartilage to replace damaged cartilage in someone’s knee. The use of stem cells can spur differentiating opinions. Many believe in the ability to cure and treat the human body using stem cells. Others do not believe in the practice of stem cell research.

Before deciding how you feel about stem cell, it is important to review all aspects of the subject. Keep reading for a brief list of the pros and cons of stem cell, particularly as it relates to stem cell therapy.

woman assistant in laboratory with multi pipette in the clinic, the research of cancer stem cells

CONS:
Because stem cell therapy is so new, many of the therapies and techniques are experimental or still being researched. One of the main disadvantages is that it will take time for all of the kinks to be worked out and for stem cells to be used widely as treatment.

In addition, because the use of stem cells is still relatively new, the long-term effects of stem cell therapy are not fully known.

Adult stem cells only make the cells of their origin. For example, cells from a brain would only be able to generate brain cells. This greatly limits the cells uses.

If cells are embryonic, there is a chance that the cells will be rejected if they are not used for or within that same body.

Researching stem cells includes destroying the blastocysts. Blastocysts, are formed during the laboratory fertilization of a human egg.

PROS:
From what is known about stem cells, there is great hope that they can be used to treat a variety of diseases that currently do not have cures. Some of these diseases, for example, are Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

The more that is learned about stem cells the more is also learned about the growth and development of human cells. This knowledge would also benefit those who are affected by infertility, miscarriages, or birth defects.

Ideally, future drug testing could be done directly on the cells rather than on animals or humans.

When stem cells are used within a patient’s own body, the risk of rejected is far less than using organs, tissues, or cells from someone else.

Stem cell therapy offers a way to correct damage to the body without undergoing painful surgery. This is particularly true when stem cells are used to eliminate pain. Stem cells can be used to repair damaged skin, muscle, cartilage or bone cells. They replicate themselves, reduce inflammation, and can even fight cell death. Using stem cells to heal the body essentially gives the body an opportunity to heal itself.

The philosophy of Generational Healthcare is that of total wellness through narcotic-free and non-surgical procedures. If, after reading the pros and cons of stem cell, you think stem cell therapy may be the right course of action for your own pain management, give Generational Healthcare a call today. Stem cell, along with other therapy methods and a knowledgeable staff, can get you pain-free and restore your quality of life.