That was interesting reading. Like you, I thought the idea that the company offered that their patented way of purifying the stem cells was somehow the ONLY way to do it a bit of hubris.
I know other people are purifying stem cells to get the MSC's out, for goodness sake there has been a lot of research on MSC's; they all had to have some way of purifying the marrow to get to them! and as long as someone thinks of another way to do it without using the other company's exact method, well more power to them, and all of us too!
They anticipate a very lucrative market to sell to, That just goes to show you the studies really are that promising.
And now there will be 2 companies offering off the shelf MSC's for transplant. I feel more hopeful than I have in a long time!
I noticed they mentioned the immune priveleged status of the MSC's, they are not something that people react to apparently if from another person.
Mesenchymal stem cells are able to turn into nerves where hematopoietic stem cells are not. Bone marrow has only 1 in 100,000 of the cells mesenchymal stem cells. So if a person just got a bone marrow transplant they are less likely to have a response in the nervous system than someone who had MSC's.
I think this makes a big difference when you read about someone who went to China for stem cells, or who went to Mexico and got cord stems.
It matters a lot what kind of stem cells they got. Most of the time it seems I have read these places use cord blood stems or they get the bone marrow from the person themselves.
The other thing is I think people will need to have it repeated. MS, whatever it actually is, is an ongoing process not a done deal, so the treatment will need to be ongoing too. Thus a proceudre that is not tens of thousands will be very welcome. I wonder what they will be charging?
It seems that it is possible that MSC's given once every 6 months may mean some real fantastic improvements in time, especially if it was combined with aggressive physical therapy to use the damaged /nonfunctional limbs.
I saw a small study that showed that people who'd had strokes up to 6 years previously gained some new function with MSC's, the follow up was so short though that I imagine it could be even better with time.
Pretty exciting! I still do abx, but I need some healing too.