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Thread: 2nd Installment - 10 Questions for Dr. Jeff Peimer

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    Default 2nd Installment - 10 Questions for Dr. Jeff Peimer

    1) Is there a limit to the diseases that can be treated with stem cells
    • There is definitely a limit. It seems that stem cell therapy is best suited to degenerative conditions in certain organs and functional systems. Certain diseases respond better than others. This area is still being investigated and a definite answer is not available.
    2) Do you believe certain supplements will improve the engraftment process and if so which ones?
    • Supplements will improve general cell health and the wellbeing of the person and are recommended by the AMA. Whether they will improve engraftment is debatable, but one would think that if a person is superbly healthy in terms of cell health then engraftment should, in theory, be enhanced. Generally speaking the kinds of supplements that one should take should be organic and in food-state. We should all be taking Omega 3 oils since we get so little in our diet and this should come from North Atlantic salmon. Certain supplements are under investigation for their effect on certain diseases, e.g. alpha-lipoic acid and diabetes, which is looking promising.
    3) Can you explain in layman's terms how the cells go from being inserted via IV or injection to finding their way to the affected part of the body?
    • Stem cells should be given IV. Once they enter the bloodstream they are attracted by chemicals released by inflamed or damaged tissue and ?home? to those areas. Some of the cells will engraft if conditions are suitable and some will enter the bone marrow where they will wait until they are signalled by those same chemicals. They will also leave the bone marrow in response to the chemical release and travel through the blood stream to the affected areas to engraft.
    4) Do you think having a flu or pneumonia shot is safe within the first 6 months of having stem cell therapy?
    • This is probably safe, but since you are paying so much for a treatment and since so much is dependent on the success of the therapy, why take any risk? I would suggest that you have those shots 3 months prior to therapy.
    5) Do you believe that post stem cell treatments such as hyperbaric therapy or lasers, avoiding certain foods, etc. could enhance the affects of the stem cell treatment?
    • There is no proof as yet that any of these measures work, but the avoidance of alcohol, cigarettes, saturated fats and other toxins is a good idea. It is always good to have some alternative therapies like reflexology, acupuncture and massage and take good supplements. Maintaining good physical health with exercise is essential.
    6) What would a doctor hope to see on the first Xray after stem cell therapy to show that the stem cells are working? Is 6 months a good waiting period before having Xrays and breathing tests for lung patients?
    • There is no official rating or follow-up system for lung disease and stem cell therapy, but a chest x-ray and lung function tests would be a good way of doing it. I?m not to keen to expose my patients to any radiation, especially one that penetrates through the body. We do our first follow up at 3 months with a lung function and lifestyle assessment. Lung changes would be those of the disease that is being treated, e.g. in COPD you would expect less hyperinflation, less translucency and more vascular markings in an x-ray.
    7) How long do you feel that the stem cells will continue to improve a person's condition before it would be decided if a booster is needed? Do some diseases require several treatments?
    • We usually wait until a year has passed to decide on whether a booster is indicated. Progressive degenerative diseases will require boosters since the disease process will continue. The frequency of booster doses depends on the speed of the progression. In a disease like ALS, where response is limited, we recommend more frequent boosters, but this a problem as far as cost and travel is concerned.
    8) Some stem cell doctors say to avoid dairy products after stem cell treatment. Would this include whey that is found in some foods?
    • I would only recommend that if a patient has an allergy to dairy. Whey is a good source of protein ? we recommend a diet that is high in protein and good fats.
    9) Are you currently working towards getting any stem cell procedures approved for clinicals in the United States? Will your company try to get FDA approval or the equivalent in countries such as the UK? What are your future plans?
    • Our plans are to treat patients and give hope. We are not trying to get FDA approval nor are we applying for trials. We follow research progress very carefully and have scientists in two countries who we consult on a regular basis. We are embarking on a very exciting venture with a European university and will publish that in due course and we are also opening in a new venue soon with full government approval. Watch the website.
    10) Do most of your patients see improvements for whatever disease they are treated for or will some not benefit?
    • Some do not benefit. We have found that in patients who present late the responses are poorer. These are the ALS patients and ones who have had MS for a very long time with significant neurological losses. The cerebral palsy children are the most exciting to treat since they respond the best. Cardiac failure patients also respond well if they do not wait too long.

    Dr Jeff Peimer MBChB (UCT) - Consulting Physician

    Jeff Peimer is a qualified medical practitioner with 15 years experience in family medicine, and a special interest in degenerative disease and cytology. He is the primary consulting physician for the company (Regenecell) with the mandate of matching patient needs to optimal solutions. This involves liaison with the producing laboratory, patients and caregivers, as well as consulting with treating doctors and the facilities. The process encompasses detailed treatment and research protocols allowing data collection for increasing the company?s knowledge base. Jeff?s priority is to ensure that ?The quality of care is never compromised?, so that patients and their families can feel that they are in the best hands possible ? from enquiry to post-treatment follow-up. Jeff is involved in the collection of treatment data under strict protocols ? a world first for a company of this nature.

    Company Biography

    Regenecell is committed to bringing the benefits of bioscience to our patients, by providing therapy with umbilical cord stem cells of the highest possible quality.
    Treatment is delivered by medical practitioners who are guided by strict protocols, ensuring an uncompromising level of quality care for an optimal outcome.
    Substantial patient improvement from stem cell therapy has been documented, showing that this treatment is safe with minimal risk.

    With Regenecell, the process is an accountable one with the same stringent ethical guidelines applying to stem cell treatment as to any specialised mainstream medical procedure. All doctors that treat for Regenecell are required to be in good standing with their local medical association. For that reason, patients may need to travel to a suitable location for treatment. Regenecell is actively involved in the collection of data for scientific progress, and does not advertise anecdotal accounts by individual patients. Regenecell has established the Stem Cell Collective - a forum that facilitates the sharing of information, promoting the progress of regenerative medicine.

    Last edited by Technocracy; 06-16-2008 at 05:43 AM.

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