Burton Feinerman, M.D.

Background synopsis - My background is in pediatrics and family medicine with further training in, immunology, hematology, and oncology. I am also a member of the Academy of Anti-Aging medicine, The Society for Cellular Research, and a member of the Society of Tissue Engineering.

1. Question - Your advice to the first Pioneers was to avoid X-Rays in the first six months after stem cell treatment. Is this true for CAT scans also?
? Yes. The radiation used to perform CT Scans is much heavier than standard X-Rays. Probably between six months and one year following stem cell therapy it would be nice to evaluate any changes.
2. Question - Your diet does not say that eggs are restricted. Are they? If a person does not follow your suggested diet and supplement protocol, will it affect results and to what extent?
  • Patients receiving stem cell therapy can eat eggs. The diet and supplements are recommended to enhance the engraftment and survival of stem cells.

3. Question - Will medications for other conditions affect the stem cell treatment? Should a person try to be off of Prednisone, for example, before treatment if possible?
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system before stem cell transplants may actually assist in their engraftment. Patients that regularly take prednisone may continue to do so.

4. Question - If the stem cells haven't improved your condition as well as you would like, would a second treatment improve your results?
  • If a second treatment is necessary, larger doses of stem cells from umbilical cord blood should be used along with stem cell growth factor. Prior to a second treatment, G-CSF should be given to stimulate autologous stem cells in their niches.

5. Question - Why do live cells (from animals) seem to give a more immediate boost, but then deteriorate, whereas human stem cells seem to improve one's condition more slowly. The regeneration is not supposed to disappear wwith stem cells as the "better feeling" does with live cells. Is this correct?
  • Live cells from animals will only result in a rejection of those cells followed by a serious graft vs. host reaction that can be life threatening or very debilitating.

When umbilical cord stem cells are given they must first engraft into the local tissue environment, then proliferate in numbers to repair and replace damaged tissue.

6. Question - Are you currently working on any protocols to submit to the FDA? Are you sharing any of your information with anyone so that clinical trials could become a reality in the U.S. and elsewhere?
  • It is our intention to request to do clinical trials in a foreign setting. We shall then follow these trials asking for similar work in the USA with FDA approval. We wish to work in countries that are knowledgeable and friendly towards stem cell research.

7. Question - Should a person with COPD continue taking the same medications that they took prior to stem cell therapy or do you recommend others? Is it possible to eventually not have to be on any medications whatsoever?
  • Prior to stem cell treatments patients on Singulair, Advair, and Spireva can continue with their medications pre and post treatment. The target is to gradually try to reduce or eliminate these medications after stem cell treatment. The biggest goal is to see the gradual reduction or stopping of supplemental oxygen.

8. Question - How many months or years can a person expect to see improvements in their condition? Should they continue the supplements and diet for this time period? Will improvements fade?
  • Improvement should occur during the first six to twelve months following stem cell therapy. If this is not the case, laboratory and X-ray studies should be done to decide if a second booster should be done.

9. Question - Do different diseases require different amounts of stem cells in the transplant process? How do you determine what quantity to give?
  • Different diseases may require different doses of stem cells. The amount of cells used depends on the length and severity of the disease. For example, patients with Alzheimer's, Parkinsonism, spinal cord injuries, ALS, Diabetes I, Multiple Schlerosis, chronic Kidney disease in renal failure require very high doses.

10. Why do you think anti-aging supplements are so important in your protocols? Has your background in this type of medicine helped you with your current work?
  • As previously stated the use of specific supplements helps to insure the survival and engraftment of the stem cells.

Thank you Dr. Feinerman for the information in this Question and Answer format from the Forums.