Why I Don’t Want Stem Cell Therapy For My Knee in the US (Where I Am Going)

The idea of getting stem cells was one that I had had for a period of time given and not a decision that was made lightly.

If you have read any of the things that I have posted online, including either the story about the 14 day water fast that I did or the or the timeline I have made of autophagy that shows some of the things you and  your body will be experiencing when you are fasting, it should hopefully be very clear that I seek out a lot of information prior to make decisions that could potentially affect my health for years to come.

My first recollection of looking into this were in 2016 and 2017 when I first started looking for reviews from people that had had stem cell therapy for their knees, at which point I remember that I wasn’t finding much – it wasn’t before 2018 and 2019 that I really thought there were credible reviews that came out of people with their experiences, and the evidence that came out starting in 2020 and 2021 really started to convince me that this could be the right decision for me.

I knew it was a rather substantial idea, and getting injections in my knee wasn’t exactly a thought I was overly excited by, however, the promise that stem cell therapy did seem to present looked impressive, to say the least.

However, I figured that if I was going to get an injection in the knee, I might as well get the best one which is a stem cell therapy.

My desire to have the procedure done in the first place comes from the fact that I managed to have a rather severe injury when I was about 16 which kind of always bothered me to some extent.

The more I looked into it, the more I saw how stem cell therapy could actually help repair and treat a range of different knee issues including;

  • bone on bone knee
  • cell and cartilage regeneration
  • knee pain
  • arthritis
  • meniscus repair
  • shoulder repair
  • hip repair
  • nerve damage

and that it was often being used as an alternative to knee replacement surgery, for elderly as well as anyone else who may have issues as a way of regenerative therapy.

And with many places like Panama and Mexico offering seemingly promising treatment options, there was a lot to think about. It became obvious that if I was looking at stem cell treatment in Panama or Mexico, it costs between $10,000 and $30,000. There was no doubt that this was going to be an expensive treatment.

From everything I was able to look up online, there was no doubt that in my mind that stem cell therapy has the potential to work for knee injuries.

At this point, I was still considering whether or not the solution would be to get the treatment done in the US, however there was a significant reason why I chose not to do it.

I simply would in fact not be able to get it done the right way. I wouldn’t be able to get the types of cells that I would be hoping for, nor that I would be able to get them in the quantities where the results really start showing.

Yes, it is due to ancient legislation enacted under Bush that the market for stem cell therapy is as limited in the US as it is; really quite a shame if you ask me. Unfortunately the mentioned legislation has resulted in the possibilities for treatment being extremely limited in the US.

So, what are the types of stem cells that I would be interested in?

Different types of stem cells

What I didn’t know before I started looking is that there are in fact different kinds of stem cells, and that they aren’t all equally potent or able to provide the same types of benefits. Even if they provide the foundation for the tissue and organs in our body, it’s really within the last few decades that it has become obvious that Mesenchymal stem cells, or sometimes abbreviated MSCs, are the ones that have the biggest potential to make a meaningful improvement on things like the kind of wear and tear as well as injuries, and they’re the ones that the various clinics are using.

Even if all stem cells are capable of self-renewing and altering themselves in order to become other cells, the various types of stem cells still have their various limitations.

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