Scientists have long been fascinated by the power of stem cells, which has led to current stem cell treatment. These adaptive cells have the potential to develop into different kinds of cells, depending upon what the human body needs them to be. They act as a personal repair system, uniquely able to regenerate damaged tissue. Better yet, stem cells divide without limit, giving the body a fighting chance to fight degeneration. While scientists have long suspected the potential of stem cells in healing, 1973 was the first time physicians were able to successfully perform the first stem cell transplant between unrelated patients. Stem cell therapy has mushroomed since that time as physicians realized that the same stem cells used to fight diseases such as leukemia can also treat Alzheimer's disease, COPD, heart disease and other degenerative conditions.
Executive Director of the International Cellular Medicine Society (ICMS), David Audley, was asked what patients should look for in a stem cell therapy program. Audley gave a three-part answer. "Transparency. It should be obvious what they're getting. They should hear about possible outcomes and how the stem cell treatment they're receiving has worked for other patients. Oversight. They should find out if their doctor has anyone looking over his shoulder to make sure things are being done right. And they need follow up. That doctor should not just treat them and send them on their way. A patient should know that someone will be following up on their case."