Understanding the basics of stem cell therapy (Last part)-A A +A
Health In Focus
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
LAST week, I did an introduction on the use of and how stem cells can be beneficial in the treatment of illnesses, and how, this breakthrough in medical science should be handled with caution as well.
It is good to bear in mind that, one treatment modality may be good for one patient, and may not be so for another patient.
It is not uncommon for patients to feel well after a given treatment: one?s mind set and positive outlook and optimism can do wonders in one?s response to a given treatment.
It may also be that at that time when the patient claimed to have felt better, that the natural fluctuations of the disease itself may be in occurrence; thus, the caution on the use of testimonials as a means of promoting something as a tool to advertise.
Stem cell therapy, just like other discoveries in medicine and science, takes years to become perfected, for it to become ready for actual use in human beings.
Research and studies and clinical trials don?t produce results overnight. As a general rule, the process involved is long and tedious, and requires animal models before it is administered to humans.
The sad fact is, there are instances, when even before the completion of the pre-clinical and clinical trials, that there are very enterprising individuals that they would start to use and market the therapy way ahead of a completed test.
It is thus, to one?s advantage, that before trying out on something new, to get the correct information from your doctors and possibly get a second or a third opinion.
Just because stem cells come from your own body doesn?t mean that they are safe. There will always be risks that go along with any procedure.
Complications, that may be immediate or long term is something to consider. It is best to weigh risks and benefits.
Remember that you stand to lose more by trying an unproven medication or treatment.
What is beautiful though in stem cell therapy is that, it promises to be one powerful tool with a potential to cure many ailments.
To try something new is adventure... but when it comes to health, anything that?s new should be used with utmost care.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 28, 2013.