Cellular therapy is a vastly different approach to certain "conventional" medical therapies, and generally misunderstood by a medical community and lay public unaccustomed to readily accepting drug (chemical) therapy!
To begin with, one must accept that everything in the living body is in constant motion: electrons, protons, and other elementary particles of each atom, all atoms, all molecules, all cell organelles of every cell, as well as all fluids, representing between 55% and 75% of body weight (depending upon age). In addition, that there is electromagnetic radiation associated with all such movement - a subject almost completely neglected by medical science - and finally every cell in your body is programmed to die, doing so before you die. (The sole exception may be certain neurons.)
All cells of our body are continuously replaced, albeit each with different speed. In every disease, the principal cells of a diseased organ(s) die faster than the sick body is able to replace them. When the quantity of principal cells of a diseased organ(s) drops below certain limit, such organ(s) dies. If it is a vitally important organ, without which one cannot live, such as heart, or brain for example, and surgeons cannot replace the dying organ(s), the sick organism will die too. Current medicine knows of one treatment only when it becomes mandatory to replace dead cells, tissues, or organs: stem cell transplantation.
Transplantation of organs from human donors, such as heart, kidney, liver, etc., has become fairly common. These are life saving surgical procedures, usually done as a "treatment of last resort". Besides the surgical risk, there is always a problem of rejection: the body of the recipient patient rejects a transplanted organ from another body with guarantee, and the only way to prevent it is by taking immune-suppressants for the rest of patient's life. These drugs can stop a rejection for some time, but only at the expense of serious, often life-endangering, complications. Further, some organs cannot be transplanted, such as brain, immune system, so that many diseases cannot be treated by organ transplantation.
Stem cell transplantation has historically preceded organ transplantation by several decades. It will dominate the 21st century medicine. The primary main reasons are:
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