About Cellular Therapy
In recent years, research into the use of cellular therapy in regenerative medicine has been accumulating. The concept behind this form of therapy is that putting your own cells into a patient’s body may help regenerate diseased or damaged tissue. However, because cellular therapies are fairly new, there is inevitable hope and skepticism among the medical community about the long-term effectiveness and safety of these therapies. This research has offered compelling data to back up claims that cellular therapies will prove medically revolutionary. Indeed, several studies have concluded that the approach is promising, particularly when certain types of cellular therapies (autologous mesenchymal cells) are used to rejuvenate the body.
As excitement about the potential of cellular therapy has grown, so too have the options for gaining access to cellular therapies. Unfortunately, not all therapy options and facilities are created equal, and many patients looking to capitalize on novel breakthrough therapies are instead falling victim to therapy scams. Concerns from skeptics have been compounded by these cellular therapy scams in which unscrupulous providers tout procedures that could be dangerous and implement these so-called therapies in unsuspecting patients.
How to Stay Informed
On one end, there are those that believe anyone can visit a seminar over the weekend and learn how to extract, isolate and administer cells without any risk to the patient. On the other side, there are those medical professionals that believe if they cannot throw a pill at it or cut it open, they cannot help the patient. Both ideas are irresponsible. It is this callous behavior towards the welfare of the patient that gives the field of regenerative medicine a negative name. Patients must be careful, do their research, and not fall prey to these scams. Patients should look for a center that is backed by decades of scientific research, and performs lab processing techniques in a highly controlled lab by a qualified lab biologist, not a chiropractor or physician. Another precaution to take is to adhere to the regulatory landscape of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA has acknowledged cellular therapy scams and the danger associated with them and has consequently increased its commitment to monitoring the use more closely. The goal of the FDA when it comes to cellular therapy is to protect people from clinics that could impose harm on them.
For patients and consumers, navigating the cellular therapy provider options can be daunting, but choosing the right provider is critical to ensure that patients receive safe, scientifically research based therapy and therapy that is likely to improve their health and provide symptomatic relief. The easiest way to ensure that a cellular therapy is legitimate is to confirm that it is in accordance with FDA regulations.
Why GIOSTAR Chicago
Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research, GIOSTAR, is the pioneer and leader in regenerative medicine. GIOSTAR has been at the forefront of cellular therapy research for close to two decades. Headquartered in San Diego, GIOSTAR has expanded to other locations, the newest of which is in Glenview, Illinois outside of Chicago, which focuses on cellular therapies for musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative conditions.
GIOSTAR is the leader in developing the most advanced cellular therapy-based technologies, supported by prominent scientists and physicians trained at Harvard, Stanford, and other leading universities. As a leader in the field of regenerative medicine, GIOSTAR’s vision is to provide cost-effective, safe, customized, and extensively researched cellular therapy to those suffering from degenerative or genetic diseases.
GIOSTAR protocols are developed based on the research of highly renowned scientists and incorporate the expertise of those with deep knowledge of regenerative medicine. Those administering cellular therapy at GIOSTAR undergo extensive and ongoing clinical training, using only licensed cellular products. Additionally, GIOSTAR Chicago’s lab is state-of-the-art and offers patients only the best with the expertise of a lab biologist trained in cellular therapy. This combination of evidence-based scientific techniques and highly trained professionals make GIOSTAR’s approach unmatched.
GIOSTAR operates within the guidelines of the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT). All procedures are also done in accordance with FDA regulations CFR21 Part 1271 (1271.15.b). Visit the GIOSTAR Chicago website for more information about its status with the FDA.
Because every patient’s condition is different, GIOSTAR assesses a patient interested in cellular therapy through a thorough screening process. They subsequently make a decision about whether to rejuvenate the patient based on an analysis of how the therapy will impact the patient’s health and quality of life. Not all patients that apply are accepted for therapy. GIOSTAR prioritizes the patient above all else.
In addition to its collaboration with and support from some of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, GIOSTAR’s commitment to each of its patients sets it apart from other cellular therapy providers. Rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach, GIOSTAR customizes its therapies to the individual patient to ensure that the therapy that each patient receives is optimized to help them in a safe and cost-effective way.
Research in the field of regenerative medicine has looked at a number of different types of cellular therapies to rejuvenate a variety of conditions using distinct protocols. While some therapeutic approaches appear to be clinically promising, the doctors and staff (including chiropractors) are not properly trained and lack extensive research in the field. Patients interested in cellular therapy are safest at clinics like GIOSTAR, where the realities of both the research and each patient’s condition are accounted for every step of the way.