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Are my stem cells too old to work?

Dear Dr. Raff,

My doctor told me that my stem cells are too old to be productive in cell regenerative therapy. I am 76 years old. Is this true?

No, it is not true. Bone marrow is the place where stem cells reproduce the exact duplicates of themselves. One of our past stem cell’s patient is now 87, who had been treated last year for knee pain and limited movement. He stated that his knee has exceedingly enhanced, least pain and better fluidity. Everything is much better, even his golf game.

Sincerely, Dr. Raff

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Regenerative Cellular Therapy (stem cells) and Knee Pain

Many joints in your body such as hips, ankles, shoulders, and wrists can move in many directions, but not the knees. The knee is a hinge-like joint that moves in only one direction and is kept in alignment by many ligaments and tendons. Twisting the knee and athletic side blows cause devastating injuries by tearing and loosening support structures that keep the hinge aligned. When this happens the knee joint rapidly starts to deteriorate resulting in pain on movement and swelling of the knee area.

Regenerative cellular therapy (stem cells) is an in-office one-day procedure that has been extremely helpful in stimulating the body’s natural healing and repair, resulting in a return to almost, if not complete function, and avoiding major surgery. This is great for younger athletes but, even greater for the senior citizens for surgery and anesthesia represents an increased risk.

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Alternatives to Joint Surgery

Dear Dr. Raff,
I am 70 years old and have tremendous pain in my knee and hip. My orthopedist says I need a joint replacement, but I dislike surgery. Are there any other alternatives?

This is an important question especially for those over 60 years – old who suffer from severe ankle, knee, hip, lower back, neck, shoulder, elbows or any other joint pain and limited motion. Joint replacement surgery is an option for improving mobility and reducing pain. However, in spite of technical improvements, it still remains major surgery with a potential for complications and serious risks. The recovery time can often be several months or longer.

Yes, there is an alternative treatment. Due to the fact, that joints and ligaments have the least blood supply of any body tissue, the healing process from the injury or wear and tear is minimal. Doctors develop a treatment called prolotherapy for proliferation, which helps improve the blood flow to injured areas. The two forms of treatment are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and whole blood. PRP is a treatment where we take some of the patient’s own blood and separate out some of its components. The components are injected back into the damaged areas, which help stimulate more effective blood flow. An even more effective treatment is extracting stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow and fatty tissues, and then reinjecting them into damaged joints or ligaments.

Stem cells provide a much more powerful healing force especially for older patients or more severe situations, and it usually takes one treatment to alleviate the pain and improve mobility. Whole blood or PRP can be used for less severe cases but may require several treatments depending upon the patient’s response.

Both treatments are outpatient or office procedures which are extremely safe and are increasingly used to help avoid the major surgery of joint replacement.

Sincerely, Dr.Raff

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Immune Stressing Drugs

Many patients are being advised to take some of the newer drugs in order to treat their Autoimmune Diseases such as Arthritis, Psoriasis, RA and others. They are effective at reducing the some of the symptoms. How do these drugs work and are there any side effects?

The answer is that these drugs act by suppressing immune system which reduces the symptoms therefore they make us more prone to infections and other side effects. It is not known what the long-term complications of these drugs May yet be. By suppressing the immune system with these drugs the underlying issue are not being solved.

Is there an alternative approach to these autoimmune conditions? I think so. It is the malfunctioning of our own immune system, in the first place, which misreads our tissues such as thyroid gland, joints, skin and others as foreign material. This malfunction is often the result of foreign and toxic material which is entered into our bodies from the environment. These toxins such as Lead, Mercury and other toxic metals can disrupt our DNA and alter the proper function of many of our bodies systems.
A much better and safer approach would be to test for the presence of various environmental toxins and remove them so as to allow our bodies to return to normal function. This is the purpose of Chelation Therapy which has been in effective use for well over 60 years. Although not emphasized in today’s health care, it remains the most effective and safe treatment in many conditions related to the environment. Chelation treatments should always be done under the supervision of an experienced medical doctor. Most of the detox formulas found on the internet, especially the oral ones have very little benefit in these situations.

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Beware of Flu Shots

Flu vaccine is one of the weakest, giving protection for 2-3 months against specific strains of flu. Those over 60 years of age tend to have weaker immune system, which have protection for up to 6 weeks, and only in 65-75% of people. Flu shots should be taken as late as possible, end of November – early December to cover the “flu season.” So why are drug stores pushing “early flu shots” in August to October? The benefit is long gone by the time it is really needed.