5 Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

5 Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy uses a patient’s own stem cells to help repair damaged tissues and repair injuries. This therapy is a part of the regenerative medicine field that is rapidly growing. Stem cell therapy is used to reduce joint pain, increase motion and flexibility, and treat tendon and ligament tears.

What is a stem cell?

Before we explain some of the benefits of this therapy, it may be helpful to know a little bit more about stem cells in general.

According to the National Institute of Health,

“Stem cells are important for living organisms for many reasons. In the 3- to 5-day-old embryo, called a blastocyst, the inner cells give rise to the entire body of the organism, including all of the many specialized cell types and organs such as the heart, lungs, skin, sperm, eggs and other tissues. In some adult tissues, such as bone marrow, muscle, and brain, discrete populations of adult stem cells generate replacements for other cells that are lost through normal wear and tear, injury, or disease.”


With so many treatment options out there, you may be wondering what benefits choosing stem cell therapy provides. Because stem cell therapy utilizes biologic material harvested directly from the patient’s body, the general benefits include minimal risk, minimal recovery time and minimal worry. Below are 5 more specific benefits to be aware of.

Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks

Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure. The stem cells are harvested from the patient’s bone marrow from the iliac crest (pelvis).

Minimal post-procedural recovery time

One of the most time-consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself but the recovery time. With stem cell therapy, recovery time is minimal.

No use of general anesthesia

Do you dislike the way general anesthesia makes your feel? Or do you simply get anxious at the thought of being put under? Stem cell therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anesthesia.

No risk of rejection

Due to using biologics extracted from the patient, there is no risk of rejection.

No communicable disease transmission

As the cells originate within your own body, there is no risk of spreading disease from or to another person.

If you feel you could benefit from stem cell therapy, you can find help at our office. Call 419-214-1860 to book a consultation.

5 Myths of Stem Cell Therapy

5 Myths of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is an amazing feat of modern medicine. It also has no shortage of controversy surrounding it. The truth is that many of the concerns and objections about stem cell therapy are due to common myths and misconceptions about the treatment. We hope to set the record straight so our patients in Toledo, OH, know exactly what to expect from a stem cell treatment.

Myth 1: Embryonic Stem Cells Are Used in Treatment

This is probably the highest source of controversy surrounding the use of stem cells. While embryonic stem cells are a source of stem cells, many treatments do not use these cells. Modern stem cell research has demonstrated that adult stem cells can be found throughout the body and be employed for treatment. Treatments at our facility make use of the patient’s own adult stem cells derived from adipose (fat) tissue. These cells are harvested from the patient and then placed where they are needed to repair tissues and assist with healing.

Myth 2: Stem Cell Research Is Illegal

One misconception among the general public is that the law regulates the application of medicine, when it generally does not. Only drugs and medical devices are regulated by the FDA. Adult stem cells are not considered a drug or medical device because they are harvested from the patient and then restored to the patient without being changed. Only cultured stem cells are considered a drug and subject to regulation. None of this makes these practices illegal, and all the stem cell treatments at our clinic are perfectly in compliance with all laws and regulations.

Myth 3: A Stem Cell Treatment May Be Rejected

This myth is common because some people may correlate a stem cell treatment with an organ transplant. There is a risk of rejection in organ transplant because the organ is not from the person’s own body; it is derived from a donor. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are the patient’s own natural cells. There is no chance of rejection when using a person’s own stem cells for treatment.

Myth 4: Stem Cell Treatments Are Not Proven

While stem cell therapy does represent cutting edge medical technology, there is plenty of research to support its use for pain management. A variety of well-founded clinical trials have been conducted on stem cell therapy for a variety of conditions including the management and treatment of chronic pain. The trials concerning stem cells are published by the government and are readily available online for all consumers.

The use of stem cells has proven to be both a safe and effective means of treating many conditions. These cells allow the body to heal and regenerate in ways that were thought impossible before. Stem cell technology provides a natural alternative to the use of drugs and surgeries, which may be more harmful and invasive.

Myth 5: Each Case Is Treated with the Same Stem Cell Therapy.

There are different types of stem cell therapies. Each case should be treated as a standalone case. The patient’s medical history and maturity of the disease should be considered. As these factors vary among patients, the mode of implantation of stem cells should be specific to each case.

The affiliates of the Stem Cell International are devoted to advancing access and quality care in the area of adult stem cell regenerative medicine in order to help people suffering from a variety of inflammatory and degenerative conditions. For more information, call Stem Cell International at 419-214-1860.

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Common Triggers of Asthma Attacks

Common Triggers of Asthma Attacks

If you suffer from asthma, then you know how much it can interfere with your daily activities.  Asthma is a respiratory condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed.  Extra mucus is produced and breathing is made difficult. Coughing, chest pain and wheezing are also associated with asthma.

This condition is very common. There are over 3 million cases of asthma a year in the US. While avoiding an asthma flare-up may not be possible to avoid completely, it is helpful to know some of the most common triggers of attacks.


Allergies are one of the leading causes of asthma attacks. It accounts for about 60% of flare-ups. This can include cat allergies, pollen, ragweed, mold, dust mites, and grasses. It is best to limit exposure to these allergens. Ask a friend if they have a cat before entering their home. Check the weather for pollen count before planning an outdoor activity.


Exercise-induced asthma is another common trigger of asthma attacks.  When you breathe, your nose typically warms and humidifies the air before it enters your lungs. During exercise, the faster breathing can hinder this process causing colder than usual air to enter your lungs. Try slowly warming up your body before starting any physical activity.


Getting sick certainly never makes life easier.  That holds true for your asthma attacks.  The common cold, flu, and respiratory infections can all cause flare-ups of your asthma.

Strong Fragrances

Have you ever walked into a beauty store and felt the intense aroma of multiple perfumes hit your nose at once? This can be uncomfortable for anyone but especially if you suffer from asthma. Candles, strong smelling cleaning products, and smoke can irritate the lungs and have the same effect.


Cold air is the enemy when you have asthma, so it is better to stay inside during winter months.  That said, summer has its difficulties as well. During the hot summer months, pollution and pollen counts are high.  These are also common asthma triggers.


Strong emotions such as fear and anxiety can lead to changes in breathing.  This can also cause an asthma attack.  Try to find a relaxation technique that works best for you.

There is no cure for asthma at the moment, but there are treatment plans that can greatly affect the intensity and consistency of asthma symptoms. Medications are the best help with this condition and it’s important you are taking the right ones. Our physicians here at Stem Cell International can diagnose and ensure you are receiving the most effective medication for your asthma condition. If you’d like our help, please give us a call so we can set up an appointment.  419-214-1860

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Tips to Staying Active with Multiple Sclerosis

Tips to Staying Active with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) a disease that affects the central nervous system.  Some of the common symptoms of MS include muscle weakness and spasms, tremors and fatigue. Due to these conditions, it can be hard to stay motivated to exercise or stay active. However, physical activity and movement can be so important when trying to control your MS. Finding that motivation is crucial. If you or someone you know are affected by MS, we encourage you to try the following tips for staying active.

Avoid Heat

Heat has been known to bother someone with MS.  It is worthwhile to make the extra effort to stay cool to avoid this irritant. Try exercising in the morning when it is cooler.  If it’s summertime, try exercising indoors where it is air-conditioned.  If you become overheated, there are several cooling vests or packs that can help you deal with the heat. Also, always remember to drink plenty of cold water when exercising.

Get in the Water

Speaking of staying cool, aquatic exercise can be a great option for someone with MS. Try giving water aerobics or swimming laps a chance. This will allow you to get some great exercise, increase your endurance and enjoy the benefits of being in the cool water.

Get Some Sleep

Fatigue is commonly considered one of the most interfering symptoms of MS, limiting daily activities.  To try and combat this, try to make a sleeping schedule and really stick to it.  Your body will get used to the routine.  Also, remember to drink a lot of water during the day.  The less dehydrated you feel, the more energy you will have.

Make an Exercise Friend

Having someone to exercise with not only helps make you accountable but also provides a social element that can be great therapy for your state of mind.  Consider joining an exercise studio that specializes in group classes.  Yoga, Pilates or spinning are great for groups. Instructors at these studios are very motivating.  They also often have class “challenges,” such as attending a certain number of classes a month, that can help with motivation.  If you can learn to have fun exercising, you want to go back for more.

Our expert physicians can diagnose a patient and deliver a customized plan that satisfies the individual’s needs. Contact us today so we can schedule a consultation and see how we can best go about handling your multiple sclerosis. 419-214-1860


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Fed Up and Tired of Stiff Joints?

Fed Up and Tired of Stiff Joints?

These days, many people find themselves experiencing stiff joints. Whether you’re struggling with stiff joints that produce knee pain, elbow pain, or some other substantive issue, now is the time to address and resolve the problem. Read on to learn more about stiff joints and what you can do to start feeling better now.

Common Causes and Symptoms

There are several factors that can lead to an individual experiencing stiffness in the joints. One is injury to the joint. For example, an inflammation or injury to a region like the bursae can generate pain. This pain can then limit joint movement and cause stiffness. Joint pain is sometimes referred to as arthralgia.

Another issue that can cause joint pain is disease of the joint. An example would be arthritis, which is a disease that causes stiffness and inflammation of the sufferer’s joints.

Some symptoms of joint pain include:

  • swelling
  • redness
  • tenderness
  • warmth
  • tingling
  • numbness

How to Alleviate the Problem at Home

While joint stiffness can be painful and inconvenient, it’s important to know that there are a wide range of solutions for the problem. Some of them include:

Hot and Cold Therapy

Hot therapy is ideal for individuals who are suffering from arthritis pain. Warm baths and showers (especially when taken in the morning) can decrease stiffness in the joints. You might also use a heating pad or electric blanket in the evening to help keep the joints loose. Another method you might implement is cold treatments. These treatments could involve the use of a bag of frozen vegetables or gel ice pack. Applying the pack or bag to joints can generate quick relief for inflammation.

Lose Weight

Unfortunately, being overweight can make the pain experienced from stiff joints worse. This is because the excess weight puts pressure on the joints, especially the ankles, hips, and knees. Losing weight can help reduce this extra pressure, thereby decreasing the experience of pain.

Some other at-home remedies include:

  • light exercise
  • meditation
  • massages
  • herbal supplements

When You Should See a Doctor

If you experience infrequent or mild joint pain, you may not need to see a doctor. However, individuals who experience joint symptoms for three days or more should definitely consult with a physician. Also note that experiencing several episodes within a month is a clear indication that you need to obtain a diagnosis from a trained medical professional.

Don’t Delay – End Pain Today!

Whether you’re experiencing knee pain, shoulder pain, or some other form of discomfort, it’s time to do something about it. You can use some or all of the strategies outlined above to begin reducing pain now. However, if the pain persists, visit our clinic now to attain the precise, professional care you need and deserve. Call us at 419-214-1860!

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What Can I Do About Osteoarthritis Pain?

What Can I Do About Osteoarthritis Pain?

Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that causes stiffness and pain in the joints. It can be difficult to control, but you can minimize pain and maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper treatment and pain management techniques.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that attacks cartilage, the rubbery material that cushions bone ends and absorbs shock in a healthy joint. It is sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease and makes the cartilage stiff and less elastic, which increases the likelihood of cartilage damage. When the cartilage begins to wear away, it reduces its ability to function properly, and pain results as the tendons and ligaments in the joint stretch. Eventually, the cartilage may wear away enough that the bones in the joint rub against each other. Osteoarthritis can affect most joints in the body, but it is most common in the hands, feet, knees, hips, neck, and back.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness in the joint
  • Joint aching
  • Pain after periods of overuse or inactivity
  • Bony enlargements in the joint that may or may not be painful
  • Loss of joint motion

Coping with Osteoarthritis 

Managing pain and increasing joint mobility are two of the main goals when dealing with osteoarthritis. The following pain coping strategies can be used to reduce joint pain.

  • Exercise: low impact exercises, such as walking, swimming, and bicycling, are a great way to reduce pain, strengthen the joint, and increase flexibility.

  • Weight control: extra weight puts additional stress on joints, so maintaining a healthy weight helps relieve osteoarthritis symptoms. Even losing as little as 10 extra pounds can take extra stress off your joints!

  • Hot and cold therapy: the application of heat promotes blood flow and circulation and the application of cold can reduce inflammation and swelling – both which help joint stiffness.

  • Massage: a massage may help increase blood flow and warmth, and is a great way to help you relax and find relief from the pain.

  • Joint protection: take steps to protect your joints, like wearing supportive shoes, alternating between sitting and standing, or wearing proper joint support.

  • Stretch: stretching helps increase range of motion in your joints.

Osteoarthritis treatment includes a number of approaches designed to control pain and improve joint function. For instance, we offer Alpha-2-Macroglobulin (A2M) for osteoarthritis and inflammation. This non-surgical treatment utilizes A2M protein molecules to inhibit the breakdown of cartilage. These protein molecules are found naturally within the body and attach themselves to destructive proteins in order to remove them from the joint. A2M ultimately boosts the natural healing process by stopping cartilage deterioration as well as support tissue growth to rebuild the structure and strength of the joint. Always work with your doctor or an orthopedic specialist when seeking osteoarthritis treatment. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, come by and see us. We can help you manage the disease and live a healthier life. Call 419-214-1860.

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