“Now I owe her my life”

Now I owe her my life

Dr. McManus is an amazing doctor to help with any and all medical needs. I have been coming here for weight loss, allergies and Ondamed. Being a 30 year smoker she suggested that we try the Ondamed treatment and now I owe her my life. After one treatment I have not wanted nor craved a cigarette and have been smoke free for two months. My husband is now under her care for Eczema. She is working closely with him to help solve his issues. We highly recommend The Woodlands Institute to help with all your needs.

-SS

By |2019-08-27T19:16:34-05:00July 25th, 2019|General, Testimonials|

GX Sciences Nutrigenomic Testing

By Nancy Mehlert, MS

GX Sciences* is proud to introduce the most comprehensive nutrigenomics test available to validate your specific nutritional supplement needs. The scientific study of individualized genetics and nutrition is known as nutritional genomics or “nutrigenomics”. Nutrigenomic testing accurately identifies each patients’ genetic protein variations to identify sites of metabolic weakness. These key proteins are involved in enzyme conversion, nutritional delivery and signaling pathways in the cell. Expert physicians have designed a genetic panel that evaluates up to 55 of the most common, research backed, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that can affect a patient’s ability to regain and maintain their metabolic functionality. Abnormalities in specific polymorphisms can negatively affect many physiological and metabolic processes. Overcoming these metabolic weaknesses with the right supplement allows each patient to overcome their genetic weaknesses (SNPs) and maintain optimal health.

“As a practicing physician, the ability to test your individual, unique genetic footprint takes a lot of the guesswork out with regard to customizing a treatment regimen that gets you the best results”, says Dr. McManus, MD.  “We all have some minor genetic variants, aka mutations called SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) and 75% of all people have significant variations in the most important nutritional metabolism pathways that affect how we function.”  For instance, MTHFR mutation affects how our bodies activate and utilize B vitamins.  This in turn affects how well a person detoxifies, makes and clears hormones and neurotransmitters.  This means a  person would be more likely to have mood disorders, insomnia, cancer, heart disease, etc.  Two other common SNPs are the GAD and COMT.  These can cause lifelong anxiety.  The good news, and the reason to want to know, is that there are work-arounds for a variety of SNPs.

GX Sciences differs from 23&me in that it tests for many more relevant mutations and offers recommendations to address them. They offer several panels from which to pick and choose!  Check out this chart HERE to determine what panels are most relevant for your current health concerns.

You can pick up a saliva kit at our office, or we can ship a kit to you.  Prices range from $179 to $499. Turnaround time for results is typically 3 weeks. JOIN US THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH FROM 5:30 TO 6:30PM FOR A DISCUSSION ABOUT GENOMICS WITH GUEST SPEAKER, BRAD MULLENS, FROM GX SCIENCES. THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL OFFER TO ATTENDEES!!

* https://www.gxsciences.com/nutrigenomictest-s/113.htm

*Gx Sciences maintains your genetic information privately. They never have and never will sell, give away, trade or use personal information in any way other than to ship your package, call you about a shipment or offer you special discounting. No e-mail addresses are sold, traded, etc.! This has been a long standing company policy that will remain unchanged. Have peace of mind that your genetic information will never be shared.

By |2019-08-30T11:24:40-05:00July 25th, 2019|Articles, General|

Autoimmunity Explained

By Mila McManus, MD

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, there are more than 150 different diseases on the autoimmune spectrum[i].  In America, almost one in six people have an autoimmune disease.  To understand autoimmunity, it is necessary to start with discussing foreign invaders and inflammation.

Inflammation is designed to be a necessary process. It is a natural response when the body identifies a foreign invader or threat.  Examples of threats include:

  • Injury
  • Microbes, such as bacteria, viruses, molds or parasites
  • Chemicals and heavy metals
  • Undigested food particles that have made their way into the body through a leaky gut

When a threat is detected, the body creates antibodies to find and mark the invaders. Antibodies attach to, and highlight, the foreign invader so that the immune system can see it and attack it.  Inflammation is the result of the battle within.  Under healthy circumstances, once the threat is removed, the battle is won, and the inflammation dissipates.

Antibodies find the foreign invader by identifying the unique protein molecules of the invader. This can be complicated, much like trying to distinguish poison ivy from another green, leafy plant.  You have to know what distinguishes poison ivy from other plants that look very similar.

Problems arise when foreign threats multiply and/or become persistent.  As small battles turn into full blown war, inflammation, stress and confusion increases. The immune system is now hyper sensitive and operating in high alert.  Antibodies begin to make mistakes and fail to distinguish the nuanced differences between the proteins in healthy, human tissue and the proteins of the foreign invader.  Mistakenly, antibodies attach to human tissues (for example, thyroid tissues or joint tissues), marking them for attack, and causing the immune system to attack its own. This is autoimmunity.

Autoimmunity develops over time, in a sequence, from chronic, on-going exposure and inflammation. As tissue damage accumulates, degenerative processes escalate, and symptoms are increasingly manifesting. The autoimmune process moves from unnoticeable to an organized disease pathology.

Autoimmune diseases can strike many parts of the body, making symptoms vary widely, and making diagnosis sometimes difficult.  Interestingly, the same foreign threat can manifest differently in different people. For example, a gluten sensitivity may result in compromised brain function for one person.  In the next person, it may manifest as constipation, while yet another person, as liver disease and neuropathy. For yet another, it may affect the thyroid. Some suggest that the place of attack is simply your weakest link in overall health, caused by genetics, lifestyle factors or environmental factors.

Conventional Medicine will tell you it is genetic, and nothing can be done except to minimize the severity of symptoms. You will be directed to a specialist who treats the specific damaged tissue.  Standard treatment protocols involve reducing inflammation with steroids, biologics, and even cancer drugs such as methotrexate.

Functional Medicine will seek to stop the cascade of events which lead to autoimmunity.  The root of the problem lies first with the foreign invasion and resulting inflammation. A Functional physician will address the entire chain of events rather than one tissue that has been attacked.  For example, important interventions include:

  • Addressing gut health
  • Identifying and reducing toxic burden
  • Uncovering and addressing food sensitivities and allergies
  • Supporting and strengthening immune function
  • Identifying if pathogenic microbes are involved and address them
  • Improving diet and nutrition in general
  • Obtaining a genetic profile to address mutations that affect how the body functions

Other supportive modalities include:

If you want to read  more about autoimmunity, we recommend the following books:

Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, MD

Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry, MD

Wahls Protocol by Terry Wahls, MD

The Autoimmune Fix, by Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN,DACBN


[i] American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, “list of Diseases: Autoimmune and Autoimmune-Related Diseases,” http://www.aarda.org/autoimmune-information/list-of-dieases/.

By |2019-07-29T13:47:24-05:00July 25th, 2019|Articles, General|

Bacon Curried Deviled Eggs

Servings: 12 Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

6 pastured eggs

3 tablespoons uncured bacon bits

1 teaspoon curry (or more to taste)

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. 1. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium so that the water is rapidly simmering, then add the eggs and cook for 8 ½ minutes (2 minutes longer if X-large eggs).  Drain and when cool, peel the eggs under cold running water.  Allow the eggs to cool completely.
  2. 2. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise.  Carefully remove the yolks from the whites and place the yolks in a bowl.  Mash the yolks with a fork, add curry, mayonnaise, salt and pepper then whip with a spatula or wooden spoon until smooth and creamy. Fold in the bacon bits. (Oscar Meyer, EPIC and Kirkland have uncured bacon bits in a bag)
  3. 3. Place the egg white halves, cavity side up, on a platter and evenly spoon the mixture into the cavities.  Top each filled egg with additional bacon bits, chopped herbs, scallions and/or sliced olives.


By |2019-07-29T13:41:23-05:00July 25th, 2019|General, Recipes|

What is Peptide Therapy?

It’s not a supplement, and not a typical drug, so what is it?

by Guest Contributors Bryana Gregory, PharmD, RPh and
Kim Bennett RPh

A peptide is a short chain of amino acids that are linked together and can be thought of as a small protein.  In our bodies, these proteins typically act as signaling molecules.  They bind to receptors on cell surfaces and tell other cells and molecules how to function.

The use of peptides as part of a standard medication regimen has recently gained attention due to the fact that peptides are safe, effective, and have targeted functions in the body resulting in minimal to no side effects.  In the past, peptides have only been available through injection therapy.  However, at Physicians Preference Pharmacy, we compound our peptides in sublingual tablets which dissolve under the tongue.  These dosage forms are non-invasive and allow for an easier dosing schedule.

What Conditions Does Peptide Therapy Address?

Peptides are numerous and variable in chemical structure, therefore their uses and effects are wide-ranging.  Peptide therapy addresses numerous conditions including immunosuppression, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Irritable bowel syndrome, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, and brain fog.  At Physicians Preference Pharmacy we name our peptides based on their function; however, the scientific peptide names are also included below.

Peptides offered at Physicians Preference Pharmacy:

Optimizer Peptide (CJC-1295/Ipamorelin)

The Optimizer combination peptide, which contains both CJC-1295 and Ipamorelin, has been found to be more effective than using either ingredient alone.

CJC-1295: As a growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) analog, CJC-1295 has been shown to steadily increase growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1).  CJC-1295 stimulates growth hormone secretion with no increase in prolactin, leading to fat loss and increased lean muscle mass, as well as increased protein synthesis.  A benefit of using CJC-1295 in a daily sublingual tablet versus weekly injection is that daily dosing provides GHRH around the clock, promoting growth hormone release in the early morning hours, mimickimg the body’s natural rhythm.  CJC-1295 also promotes slow wave sleep, or deep sleep, which is important for muscle growth and memory retention.  Studies have shown that since slow wave sleep decreases significantly with age, the use of CJC-1295 promotes the GHRH response, which induces deeper sleep especially in middle-aged adults and older.

Ipamorelin: A growth hormone releasing peptide which stimulates the body’s own natural production of growth hormone, ipamorelin promotes strength, anti-aging processes and healing.  Ipamorelin works in a pulsatile fashion so the side effects associated with direct human growth hormone (HGH) do not exist, and can therefore, be used long-term. Benefits of Ipamorelin include an increase in lean muscle mass, decrease in body fat, regulation of blood pressure, increased testosterone production, smoothing of wrinkles, healthier skin, increased bone strength, and improved quality of sleep.

Unlike some of the other peptides which stimulate the release of growth hormone, Ipamorelin does not produce unwanted side effects such as intense hunger or spikes in cortisol and prolactin.

Side Effects: Occasional irritation under the tongue, headaches (usually disappears after a few days)

Contraindications: Recent cancer

Dosage and Route: Optimizer is compounded into sublingual tablets, which dissolve under the tongue. This combination peptide is most beneficial when dosed at bedtime, at least 90 minutes after the last meal of the day, as it prompts the body to release growth hormone during sleep and mimics the body’s natural release of growth hormone. It is recommended that Optimizer be taken once daily on an empty stomach.

Additional Information: Your provider may order a blood test prior to prescribing this peptide.

Function Peptide (PT-141)

The Function peptide, which contains PT-141 or Bremelanotide, is used to help improve sexual function in both men (erectile dysfunction or impotence) and women (sexual arousal disorder). PT-141 was developed from the tanning peptide, Melanotan 2, which is a synthetically produced variant of a peptide hormone naturally produced in the body that stimulates melanogenesis or an alpha-Melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH). MSH activates certain melanocortin receptors in the process of exerting its effects.  MSH exerts potent influence over lipid metabolism, appetite, and sexual libido.  PT-141 has been shown to exhibit libido-enhancing effects by activating the melanocortin receptors MC1R and MC4R, but not skin tanning.  Unlike Viagra and other related medications, it does not act upon the vascular system, but instead directly increases sexual desire via the nervous system.

Side Effects: Occasional headaches, nausea and flushing. Men have reported that headaches experienced from popular Erectile Dysfunction drugs like Viagra and Cialis were more intense and lasted longer than those experienced with PT-141. 

Dosage and Route: PT-141 is compounded into sublingual tablets, which dissolve under the tongue.  It is recommended that PT-141 be taken on an empty stomach.

Additional Information: Most men who have used Function report that they achieved erections after 2 to 3 hours of use. Depending on how the body responds, the benefit of Function may last anywhere from 5 to 12 hours. In women, the effects may take weeks to months to achieve the full desired effect. Because of the difference in response for men and women, men may be dosed on an as needed basis, whereas women should be dosed daily.

Repair Peptide (BPC-157) 

BPC-157, also known as Body Protecting Compound, is made by the body in very small amounts within gastric juices, where its function is to protect and heal both the upper and lower portions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  For this reason, BPC-157 is useful in the treatment of ulcers, esophageal irritation and symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. BPC-157 hastens the recovery of torn muscles, detached tendons, and damaged ligaments.

Side Effects: None reported

Dosage and Route: Repair is compounded both as a capsule and sublingual tablet.  The capsule is specific to repairing the GI tract whereas the sublingual tablet has been shown to repair gut function but is primarily used to repair tendons and muscle tissue following surgery or injury.

It is recommended that Repair, in both capsule and sublingual tablet form, be taken on an empty stomach.

Brain Peptide (Semax)

Semax is frequently used for its neurogenic, neurorestorative, nootropic (cognitive enhancing) and neuroprotective effects.

Benefits of Semax include:

  • Activation of the serotonergic and dopaminergic centers in the brain by increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which supports the survival of existing neurons as well as the growth of new neurons and synapses.
  • Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like properties
  • Helps with treatment of depression and ADHD
  • Helps with insomnia and calming “racing thoughts”
  • Improves circulation – helps protect the heart from damage after a stroke or heart attack
  • Improves memory
  • May help alleviate pain by preventing the breakdown of enkephalins, which regulate the pain response

Side Effects: None reported.  No known signs of addiction or symptoms of withdrawal.

Dosage and Route: Brain is compounded into sublingual tablets, which dissolve under the tongue. It is recommended that Brain be taken on an empty stomach in the morning, and add an additional tablet in the afternoon if brain fog persists.

Rejuvenation Peptide (Epitalon)

Epitalon is used for its anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic properties.  Epitalon has been shown in animal studies to affect melatonin secretion as well as telomerase activity.  Epitalon may also be referred to as epithalone, epithalon, LS-72251, or CID2192042. 

  • Anti-carcinogenic:

Epitalon has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors by preventing the occurrence of early-stage tumors via the pineal gland.  With an inverse relationship occurring between melatonin secretion and malignant tumor growth, epitalon has been found to activate melatonin secretion and therefore decrease the incidence of tumor growth.

  • Promotes normal deep sleep patterns:

The pineal gland, which secretes melatonin, is responsible for sleep patterns.  Epitalon stimulates production of melatonin through its action on the pineal gland, increasing the ability to achieve deep sleep, which supports a healthy immune system.

  • Anti-aging:

The aging process is largely dictated by the long-term maintenance of our DNA, specifically related to preserving the chromosomes.  Chromosomes, which are responsible for our genetic makeup, have telomeres on their ends, which shorten each time that cell division takes place.  However, with aging, telomeres shorten extensively, and eventually cell division stops.  Studies have indicated that the shortening of telomeres is linked to age-related diseases which may lead to deterioration and early death.  Telomerase, an enzyme produced naturally in the body, helps to decrease the progressive shortening of telomeres which may lead to age-related diseases.  Telomerase production does decline with age.  Epitalon helps to reactivate telomerase production, strengthen and lengthen telomeres and promote longevity.  Ultimately this production of telomerase decreases cell death and degeneration, while extending the lifespan of our cells and protecting against many age-related diseases.

Side Effects: None reported

Dosage and Route: Rejuvenation is compounded into sublingual tablets, which dissolve under the tongue. It is recommended that Rejuvenation be taken on an empty stomach daily.

Immune Peptide (Thymosin alpha-1)

Thymosin alpha-1 (Tα-1) is a powerful modulator of immunity and inflammation.  Studies have shown that Tα-1 plays a role in decreasing the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases by decreasing continual inflammation and supporting immunity.  Tα-1 levels in the blood are found to be significantly lower in those with chronic inflammation or autoimmune diseases, therefore, with the replacement of Tα-1 the immune response becomes better regulated.  Tα-1 regulates the immune response by primarily acting on cells of the innate immune system, therefore acting as an endogenous regulator of both inflammatory and adaptive immune responses.  In mice studies, giving Tα-1 has been shown to increase natural killer (NK) cell activity in mice with cancer, but not healthy mice, proving the selective action on those who may benefit from Tα1 therapy.

Benefits:

  • Improved tissue repair and healing
  • Improved host defense to infection
  • Reverses immunosuppression due to chronic infection
  • Increases antioxidant and glutathione production
  • Boosts Natural Killer cell function
  • Binds neurotoxins and endotoxins
  • Cardiac regeneration and protection post-myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, etc.
  • Neurologic regeneration and protection in post-stroke, traumatic brain injury, Lyme, Alzheimer’s, neuropathy, Parkinson’s, etc.
  • Stimulates stem cell activity and proliferation
  • Increases longevity
  • Side effects minimal even at 100x the prescribed dose

Side Effects: None reported

Dosage and Route: Immune is compounded into sublingual tablets, which dissolve under the tongue. It is recommended that Immune be taken on an empty stomach daily.

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Note on all peptides: No known interactions with other drugs.  All the above listed peptides may be taken concurrently.  Use of these peptides have not been studied in women who are pregnant or lactating and should be avoided.

By |2019-07-05T11:46:10-05:00July 5th, 2019|General|

PROLON: Fasting-Mimicking 5 day diet Plan

This 5-day meal program provides scientifically researched micro- and macro-nutrients in precise quantities and combinations that nourish you but are not recognized as food by your body and therefore mimics a fasting state.  It is the first and only meal program that has gone through clinical trials at the University of Southern California and has been patented for its anti-aging effects. Valter Longo, the designer of the fasting mimicking diet (FMD), has shown in his research that specific diets can mimic fasting, enabling the body to safely experience the rejuvenating effects of a prolonged fast. The benefits of the FMD include:

  • Feelings of improved focus, clarity and energy
  • Fat focused weight loss, especially of belly fat
  • Enhances cellular function by triggering stem cell-based regeneration which continue for up to 5 days after completion of the ProLon FMD
  • Enhances cellular function by triggering autophagy, the process of cleaning up aging and damaged cells
  • Supports maintenance of healthy levels of blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure as well as markers of inflammation.

The diet includes everything you need for each day in a box.  Just open, heat and eat!  Included are delicious meals and tasty snacks which are prepackaged and ready to go.  No shopping required. Ask your medical provider and see information below to determine if ProLon might be right for you.

Ready to get started? Order here!

Enter code ProMMcManus and validate.

The ingredients in ProLon are considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS). ProLon is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and has not been evaluated as such by the FDA. Information provided athttps://prolonfmd.com/fasting-mimicking-diet/

ProLon® is a low-calorie diet. Do not start if:

  • You are allergic to nuts, soy, oats, sesame, or celery/celeriac (ProLon®contains these)
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have dietary restrictions or a fever, cough, diarrhea, or signs of an active infection
  • You have an active infection or are at risk of recurring infection
  • If you are underweight per the chart below, or have experienced protein deficiency or are malnourished:
4’11”-5’2” and under 100 pounds
5’3”-5’4” and under 105 pounds
5’5”-5’7” and under 115 pounds
5’8”-5’10” and under 125 pounds
5’11”-6’0” and under 135 pounds
6’1”-6’4” and under 150 pounds  

The ingredients in ProLon are considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS). ProLon is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and has not been evaluated as such by the FDA. Information provided at https://prolonfmd.com/fasting-mimicking-diet/

By |2019-07-03T16:26:11-05:00June 12th, 2019|Articles, General|

Stem Cells-The Future of Medicine or Dangerous Science?

by Mila McManus MD

I began learning about the miracles of stem cell therapy several years ago at a functional medicine conference. I saw pictures of scarred heart tissue from a heart attack that disappeared after the injection of stem cells.  It was quite amazing. I didn’t pay much attention to the potential applications in the real world until some information landed in my lap about a year ago. Since then, I’ve been doing a lot of research, watching a docuseries and other videos, reading books, studies and articles feverishly, attending lectures at conferences, and sharing notes with colleagues.  Today I’m presenting some details about what stem cells are and what they do, as well as the risks, benefits, uses, and controversy.

Definition of stem cells:

Stem cells are the cells in our bodies that act as our raw materials.  They can self-renew, meaning that they can create more new stem cells, or they can differentiate into (i.e., turn into) other types of cells, such as blood cells, bone, muscle, and organ tissues.

Types of stem cells:

There are 2 main types of stem cells.

  • Hematopoietic stem cells give rise to all types of blood cells
  • Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) form bone, muscle, fat, heart tissue, etc.

Where stem cells are sourced from:

  • Bone marrow
  • Adipose (i.e., fat) tissue
  • Embryos (illegal in the US)
  • Umbilical cord blood or tissue
  • Amniotic membrane and fluid
  • Menstrual blood/tissue

Couple of fascinating facts about stem cells

  • Doubling time (i.e., how long it takes for stem cells to replicate themselves) slows as we age. In a fetus, stem cells double every 24 hours.  In a 35 year-old, they double every 48 hrs.  In a 65 year-old, they double every 60-72 hours. This means that, at the end of 30 days, 1 fetal stem cell will become 1 billion cells, and 1 stem cell from the 35 year-old will become only 32, 000 cells, and 1 stem cell from a 65 year-old will yield a dismal 200 cells.
  • The number of stem cells declines with age.  In newborns, 1 out of every 10,000 cells is a stem cell.   In an 80 year old, 1 in every 2 million cells is a stem cell (see graph)

Benefits of stem cells:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Modulate the immune system (strengthen it when/where weak, and dampen overactivity)
  • Anti-microbial
  • Regenerate tissues
  • Anti-aging due to ability to repair damaged tissue
  • Stimulate angiogenesis (i.e., formation of new blood vessels, which then carry oxygen and other nutrients to tissues for healing and optimal function)
  • Stimulate your own stem cells to work better and harder

Risks of stem cell therapy:

  • Infection (extremely rare. You are at risk from infection any time you have any type of injection with a needle)
  • Lack of benefit for various possible reasons
  • Growth of unwanted tissues
  • Transient fever or flu-like symptoms

Various applications for which stem cells have been used and/or studied

  • Cancer treatment
  • Chronic inflammation (e.g., autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia)
  • Arthritis in various joints
  • Healing of torn ligaments and tendons
  • Neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimers, Parkinsons, stroke, etc)
  • Aesthetic procedures (e.g., improving skin appearance, facilitates better results with face lifts)
  • Autism
  • Diabetes
  • Emphysema
  • Wound care
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Heart disease, heart failure

The Controversy surrounding stem cells:

  • There are currently thousands of ongoing studies using stem cell therapy for various diseases
  • Big Pharma wants its piece of the pie
  • Large universities are fighting for patents to get their piece of the pie
  • Researchers are working on manipulating stem cells to become patentable drugs
  • Embryonic stem cells are controversial in their own right and are illegal in the US. They are still used in other countries
  • Story of people going blind with stem cells-this was about 3 patients undergoing experimental injections of stem cells directly into their eyes.  The theory is that it was a chemical preservative in the stem cells that caused the blindness, and not the stem cells themselves
  • Tumor growth with stem cells—has been only with use of embryonic stem cells
  • They are NOT FDA approved (they are natural, and therefore not under the jurisdiction of the FDA)
  • Most uses of stem cells are considered ‘off label’
  • Yours vs theirs argument: Proponents of “autologous adipose” derived stem cells (i.e., cells obtained from your own fat tissue) argue that it’s better to use your own cells than those of another person (e.g., umbilical cord from a healthy full-term newborn) because you run the risk of contracting a communicable disease, particularly one that hasn’t even been discovered. While that’s a valid theoretical risk, it’s important to note that 1) no such infection has ever been reported, and 2) umbilical cords are obtained only from healthy, full-term, prescreened newborns and mothers.  Furthermore, the tissue banks test for infectious agents beyond what blood banks do for blood transfusions.  The argument on the allogeneic side (using other people’s cells) is that MSCs lose activity and potency with age, so why use old dysfunctional cells when you can use young, active, and robust cells.  Studies have proven, in vitro, that younger MSCs work better than older ones.
  • Injection of expanded cells is not legal in the US (yet).  Expansion means that cells are obtained and then cultured for several days to increase the volume of cells by orders of magnitude (e.g., from millions to billions). One can culture the cells in the US, but then the patient must travel to another country to have those cells injected or infused.
  • According to Dr Neil Riordan (published in 2017), “over 40 studies published on the use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in a wide range of chronic and acute health conditions have been found to have no serious adverse reactions. In particular, there have been no adverse events reported with the use of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells, which appear to have the highest safety profile among the four most commonly used MSC types: bone marrow, fat tissue, menstrual blood, or umbilical cord.”
  • Dr. Riordan also stated in his book that in 2012 a meta-analysis was conducted that included 8 randomized controlled trials of patients receiving MSC treatment for a range of disease conditions. The only adverse reaction that the analysis detected was transient fever. They found NO evidence of cancer, immune reaction, organ system complications, toxicity, infection, or death.

If you’d like to learn more about regenerative medicine, call us at 281-298-6742.

References:

Stem Cell Therapy: A Rising Tide by Dr Neil Riordan

The Healing Miracle docuseries

stemcellsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/sctm.16-0492

cellmedicine.com

predictivebiotech.com

By |2019-06-21T12:09:42-05:00June 2nd, 2019|General|

“I am thankful…”

I am thankful…

Hi Doctor M:

Lately I’ve been thinking about TWIHW and thought you might need a word of encouragement. No matter how well things are going there is always some frustrations, disappointments and serious challenges along the way. Whenever these things happen to me, I can get discouraged. I used to save notes I would get from people [that] I had helped. If I was sliding down hill emotionally I would read some of them and it would remind me and help me to get reoriented in my thinking for the better. It was not an egotistical thing but an encouragement to help me realize that things were not as bad as they seemed to be. I have, as well as many, many others, a deep appreciation for you and the work you do. You are genuinely a real person who, as a doctor, has a deep concern for the well being of your patients and are willing to do whatever it takes to help. You have used and continue to use all of your attributes to improve the health and welfare of all your patients. You are very, very smart and proactive but not obnoxiously pushy. You have a kind heart and a gentle demeanor. The love you have for your work and people really shines through to all those around you. An interviewer once asked Luciano Pavarotti about any criticism he received after all the hard work he did performing. His response was that it was not work for him because it was something he enjoyed and loved to do, so any criticism was swept aside. I think that is the way you are. If you are not, then it is the way you should be. Sweep the criticism aside. I am thankful as are many, many other people for you and all that you do willingly and graciously. You keep hitting home runs and we all greatly benefit from them.
May the good Lord give you the strength, ability, courage and enthusiasm to continue what you are doing and peace of mind and heart while you are accomplishing wonderful things for others.

P.S: Maybe you should keep this for a rainy day.

Sincerely,

J. S.


By |2019-07-01T14:01:48-05:00June 1st, 2019|General|

Fresh Strawberry Salsa

Low Lectin Salsa, by Claudia Curici from www.furtherfoods.com

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

4 large organic strawberries (or 6-7 smaller)

3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

1 to 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped cilantro

Juice of ½ lime

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions:

  1. 1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. 2. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  3. 3. Refrigeration for 15-30 minutes will allow seasonings to infuse and intensify.

Serve with Beanitos, Siete Chips or Mary’s Gone Crackers. Works well with avocado also.  This would be a nice topping for chicken breast or fresh fish.  This recipe is quite fool-proof – numbers and measurements do not need to be exact to be delicious.

Each serving: Calories: 67; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g; Sodium 36mg; Potassium: 107mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Fiber 1g; Sugar:3g; Protein: 0g.

By |2019-06-02T11:01:03-05:00May 23rd, 2019|General, Recipes|
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