Volume 1 Issue 8
In This Issue
Science Advisory Board
Roberto Jorge Fernandez
Honorary Professor University Maimonides Argentina Honorary Professor University of Beijing, China
Shimon Slavin, MD
Professor of Medicine Medical & Scientific Director
Carlos Lima, MD
Zannos G. Grekos, MD
Kitipan V. Arom, MD,
PhD, FACS, FACC, FACCP, FRCST
Dr. Roberto Fernandez-Vina,
RSCI’s candidate for Stem Cell “Specialist” of the Year
It was back in 2003-04. Behind the scenes, “Big Medicine,” raking in over a quarter-billion dollars a day in profits, quietly put out the word that Repair Stem Cells could not be allowed to disrupt those profits in North America.
America’s finest stem cell cardio-surgeon, Dr. Amit Patel, then at the University of Pittsburgh, knowing that stem cells could improve the lives of millions of heart patients, chose to prove it and went to South America to lead a clinical trial comparing bypass surgery to bypass plus stem cells.
Dr Vina (pronounced VEEN-ya), of Argentina, who, in 2003, had been the first in the world to organize a trial for implanting stem cells into recent heart attack victims, was an obvious choice for the Patel team. The results were beyond spectacular. By any measure, those lucky enough to get the stem cells were improved, even up to 10 times as much as the bypass-only group. (1)
In 2005, Dr. Vina, before any endocrinologist, was the first in the world to prove in a clinical trial that Repair Stem Cells could significantly improve the lives of diabetes type-2 patients. (2)
In 2006-07, before any pulmonologist, he pioneered stem cell treatments for emphysema and eventually for COPD. Other than diabetes, COPD is one of the fastest growing diseases in the 21st century. (3)
Dr. Roberto Fernadez-Vina, Chairman of RSCI’s Science Advisory Board, is our candidate for the triple crown of Repair Stem Cells: Heart, Diabetes, and Lung stem cell therapies.
(1) That South American Patel clinical trial provided TheraVitae, the world’s first stem cell treatment company, with a second protocol, especially useful for many CHF and cardiomyopathy patients. Two out of every three no-hope, no-option heart patients were improved by the Patel process. No cardiologist in the world can match those numbers without stem cells.
(2) One year diabetes results on 50 Vina patients are available, courtesy of zoacell.com: http://www.zoacell.com/investor/ascsummary.aspx
(3) Dr. Vina became the first major stem cell researcher to effectively treat lung diseases with stem cells. Even today, neither of the world’s two largest centers (XCell in Europe and Beike in Asia) list lung diseases on their websites.
Read on for the latest Vina successes.
….when it came to stem cell therapy for his lung condition; but RSCI thrives on these discussions with bright patients who have done their homework. Read Jack’s report at “Day 16” after stem cells, in Jack’s own words to Dr. Vina and his long-time associate, Dr. Jorge Saslavsky.
“Many thanks, my good doctors, for the care and attention that you provided to me recently in San Salvador. My experience was a very good one and I'm glad to have had the benefit of your treatment. While I'm not keeping a daily log or recording statistics, I plan on making periodic notes regarding my progress. My very first one (see below) is a very good one. I hope my improvement continues. I will be having another PFT toward the end of October and it will be interesting to compare it to the one that I had in June.
With that, I hope you will be interested in my first report, included below. Thank you once again for everything, my good doctors! - Jack
Post-treatment report dated 09 Aug 2009 Day16
Treatment was on 24 Jul 2009
Beginning on 01 Aug and continuing since, I have limited my use of oxygen to sleep and periods of exertion. SpO₂ has consistently remained above 90. For the first week, it averaged about 94, and for the past few days has averaged about 95, with common readings as high as 97. By way of comparison, prior to treatment I eliminated oxygen use only when my SpO₂ was higher than 90 with no shortness-of-breath (SOB) problems. This was probably about only half of my time at-rest. SpO₂ then averaged 92, and if it ever decreased to 90 or below, I restored oxygen. Last night, I slept quite comfortably without oxygen, with no negative effects. While no detailed records were kept, all this seems to be a significant improvement. (I thought the doctor said to expect improvement in about a month, but I'm now wondering if he actually said "within" a month, as this improvement came as something of a surprise to me.) I should note that I did not consciously change my oxygen usage beginning on 01 AUG. I have customarily removed my cannula while comfortably at rest with no SOB, and if my SpO₂ is above 90. It was only in retrospect that I noticed this new pattern.
I go to pulmonary rehabilitation three times a week. My normal drill consists of four different exercises which usually take about 110 min. to complete. Prior to treatment, my custom was to use an oxygen flow rate of 2L/m for very light activity (e.g., normal walking) and 3L/m for exercise. My latest session was on Fri., 07 AUG. I did my customary 30 min. on the treadmill (this is my hardest exercise, so I usually do it first) and then proceeded to the UBE (arm crank) drill. About 10 mins. into that I glanced at my oxygen tank and noticed that I had never turned it up to 3L/m. I was stunned that I had done my treadmill drill at 2L/m and actually felt good all the way through it (I'm usually a bit fatigued and SOB after 30 mins.). This is just one incident, but I think it's a noteworthy one. In addition, I was always exhausted after rehab prior to treatment, and ordinarily took a nap afterward. This past week, I have actually felt good afterward and have had ample energy left over. This is a novel experience for me. In fact, on Wed., 05 AUG, a few hours after therapy, I decided to eat out (that's somewhat uncommon for me) and I didn't even take my oxygen tank inside. For the first time in ages, I felt almost like a normal person.** At this point, I am extremely pleased with my treatment and my progress.
Next week we hope to have a report from Jack’s travelling companion, another pulmonary patient treated by Dr. Vina.
**An interesting choice of words. As RSCI states at every opportunity: “There are no cures. RSCI’s goal is to bring its patients halfway back to a normal life. Sometimes we hit 25%, sometimes 50%, a few times more than 50%.....and, about one-third of the time, there is little or no improvement.”
…and his mom agreed. She fought tooth and nail with the know-nothing-about-stem-cells home doctors and their “transplant only” mentality. Then she implored cautious stem cell doctors---until one, a veteran of over 100 stem cell heart mini-surgeries, said OK. He felt that, win or lose, stem cells were preferable to a transplant---especially a transplant which might never arrive.
“Bobby” is still, and always will be, a heart patient. But RSCI’s goal is not “a cure.” Rather it is to bring the patient’s quality of life halfway back to normal. Bobby seems to be getting closer to that goal. This week from his Mom:
August 10, 2009
I've attached Thursday's Echo report as well as May & June's. Still scary to look at, things are serious but nowhere near as scary as they were in May!
The heart size in Bangkok was 10.07cm, 9.1cm in May, 9cm in June and is now 8.7cm. The Aortic root was 4.7cm and is now 3.6cm. Small steps but in the right direction.
(Not THAT small suggests a USA cardiologist—DM)
It has always been hard to judge Bobby 's improvements without test results because he was so well and active before the cells, in spite of his serious condition. But there was one small sign before Bangkok; he would get pain around his liver if he did too much activity. Last week he walked a considerable distance from his school to the local Rec centre and played 2 games of badminton with his classmates. No pain on the walk there, or during the games, or back.
All of his blood tests were normal except the liver which the Doc said was now only just outside normal range. But his Thyroid medication was halved. He's been on that medication since March 5th when he was hospitalized for excessive fluid. He has had monthly blood tests since then with the Thyroid being checked, so for it to be halved now, it must have improved. The Doc say's his condition now is the best they have ever seen him.
I also follow Dr Stephen T. Sinatra's Metabolic Approach** to Cardiology and I believe the nutritional supplements are working hand in hand with the stem cells. I wrote to Dr Sinatra and he actually replied with a program for Bobby. He believes in Stem Cells and also that money is behind the medical profession's denial of their abilities!
“Who knows what the cells can do on one so young?” Remember that is what we have always said! If it works so well on the elderly, imagine its potential on a teenager. I'll be happy if they can just hold him where he is now because I'm not exaggerating when I say, he's fantastically well!
Take Care Don
**RSCI recognizes Dr. Sinatra as one of America’s top “Integrative Medicine” MDs. Integrative means combining non-invasive alternatives with the best and least invasive standard medical treatments. Our opinion is that if Bobby is following the program, he is better for it. Heart patient should consider subscribing to his newsletter: http://www.drsinatra.com/MainSite/Newsletter.aspx
***If you would like to communicate via email with Mom, write a brief email to don@RepairStemCells.org which he will forward to her. The decision will be hers.
“Be patient and wait for a trial here in the United States”
I am searching for a research program/clinical trial that my son may be able to take part in. I just recently found the Repair Stem Cell Institute's website and thought maybe you could point me in the right direction.
“Sam,” who is now over 15, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 200X. We were told that he probably wouldn't make it through the week after his accident, but he is still here and fighting. He started out in a coma, then was in a vegetative state and now is in a minimally conscious state. We have been through so much, have tried H-Bot treatments are doing Botox therapy for his spasticity..............I will try anything because the fight he has put up and the determination I see in his eyes, he wants to recover and deserves every chance.
I had contacted Dr. XX about going to Latin America for stem cell therapy, but our doctors here in the US discouraged me and told me to be patient and wait for a trial here in the United States. It is hard, but I have listened to them. Now I am on a mission to find a doctor or research facility that is working with stem cell therapy or regenerative medicine for TBI. Do you have any advice, suggestions, are doing any type of that research, know of any facility that is........................I have that "mother's intuition" that this may be our answer to getting Sam back.
I look forward to hearing back from you. I know you are extremely busy, but if you are a parent, you probably know the desperation I am feeling. Thank you so much for your time.
Dear USA Mom:
If you cannot handle the truth, trash this email now.
There are 3 points here.
1. Your know-nothing-about-stem-cells doctor just told you (because he doesn't know any better) to watch your son expire with no recovery because he himself has nothing for him. "Don't get stem cells, continue with my useless pills and tests and therapies."
We know that out of 77,000 worldwide clinical trials listed today by the NIH, there are 2000+ involving stem cells. We estimate about half are for actual stem cell treatment of specific diseases. Of those thousand there is exactly one FDA-approved TBI stem cell trial going on now.
Had you come to us in early 2008, you would have applied for what is probably the one existing TBI trial in the world, certainly the only one in North America. The details are at:
Look it over and you will see the qualifying rules, at least one of which (age) would have excluded your son. Even so, they are overstocked with fully-qualified patients and are no longer recruiting.
At least 5.3 million Americans, almost 2% of the U.S. population, currently live with disabilities resulting from TBI. (Brain Trauma Foundation---2007) The above trial has ten patients. That makes the odds against participation 530,000 to 1: THAT is the value of your USA doctors’ advice.
So you need to hope and pray for a second miracle to come along, searching www.clinicaltrials.gov every day for TBI stem cell trial #2, hoping and praying they will take patients over 14 years old, and that he qualifies under all the rules, and that you can beat these insurmountable odds. Mom, look at the qualification for that trial below and see how many ways Sam fails to qualify.
Something like that is going on at Duke Univ. today. Dr. Kurtzberg is following FDA protocols with 2006 science and is helping cerebral palsy kids using their own umbilical cord stem cells. Now we get to point 2.
2. Imagine you are the mother of one such CP child. You apply. You are turned down because you are not one of those lucky enough to have your child's umbilical cord cells frozen and stored; perhaps one in fifty do. After all, $3000 is a lot of uninsured money to pay, and you can be positive that it will always be "uninsured."
OK, let's make you "lucky." You were rich enough to store your child's cells, and you apply.
Sorry, but there are several rules for any clinical trial, maybe ten tests to pass and ten exclusionary rules. Of course, Dr. Kurtzberg must follow her specific rules to the letter, and only one child in 20, probably fewer, makes it through.
Let's make you lucky again. Your child qualifies! Great, right? Not exactly. Because....
There are limits to the number of patients in the trial (decided in 2006) and the "lucky" late qualifiers are on a little-or-no-hope waiting list.
Keep in mind that Dr. Kurtzberg is a pioneer deserving of praise and she certainly has RSCI's respect. However, her science was up to date in 2006, has already been passed on two continents and will be all-but-obsolete if it leads to real treatments sometime in 2014-16, which, based on FDA's profit-protecting policies, I strongly doubt.
Now project that Duke experience to my optimistic assumption for a second TBI stem cell trial. Add one more optimistic assumption---this time 50 patients. This reduces your brilliant home doctor’s odds to a mere 100,000 to 1! And you PAY this guy?
3. RSCI has strict standards as to which centers it recommends. There are only eight, and only two of them treat TBI. The cost averages around $25,000.
Our policy is to not comment on any stem cell center not on our list. Some are OK, a few are less than competent, and there are even those who grab the money and run.
That is why we exist. We recommend only the world's finest stem cell researchers who are treating patients outside clinical trials somewhere outside North America. While we know there are no cures, we know that roughly two times out of three, our patients recover to a more normal life. Some only 25% of the way back, some 50%, and a few, more than 50%.
Our mission is to teach, to advocate, and to refer our patients to the world's top stem cell research doctors for treatment. Please take these two courses and learn, so when the time comes, you will know more than 95% of the world's doctors on the subject and won’t listen to one who would rather Sam suffer and die young while waiting for a never-to-come trial.
STEM CELLS 101: If you do nothing else, take this 19 minute FREE video course at: http://repairstemcells.org/Education/Stem-Cells-101.aspx
STEM CELLS 102: When you finish reading this WORD.doc, you will know more about the subject than 95% of the world's doctors.
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RSCI wishes you the best of luck.
A father looking for the best for his child with autism quit his job, sold his house in Florida and moved to Western New York looking for better public schools. This is only the first in a long line of sacrifices he's made, sacrifices that are all worth it, he says because the radical medical treatments they've been using are working.
Eight year old Matthew Faiella was diagnosed with autism at 18 months and at the time; the doctor's long term prediction did not give the family much hope.
"When they told me, they go, 'just be ready to institutionalize him' and I broke down and cried in front of the doctor. I looked at her and said, not my son, not on my watch," says Daniel Faiella, Matthew's father.
He started tireless research and two years ago decided to start treating his son in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
"We tried it out and he went from two word sentences to complete sentences," says Daniel.
With Matthew's dramatic improvement, his father learned of another treatment in Costa Rica where his son would be injected with stem cells. It was not approved to treat autism here in the United States.
"Weren't you scared of what might happen to him?" asks Kristin Donnelly.
"Of course, scared, and fear, but I don't let fear control my life," Daniel answers.
And the family decided time was precious.
"I don't have 20 or 30 years for my son," he says.
Daniel says his son is still getting better and will return to Costa Rica for another treatment this fall. This time the stem cells will be injected into his spine.
It's drained their savings, but not their spirits. And now another sacrifice for their son. Daniel Faiella quit his job, sold his home in Florida and moved to Western New York. All to put Matthew in the best public school possible.
"How are you guys going to make it?" Kristin Donnelly asks.
"I don't know, sometimes it keeps me up at night but I believe, have faith and believe I'll find a job," he says.
Adding he will never regret giving his son a chance.
"You do whatever you can for your child - nothing, spare no cost," Faiella insists.
Check out the Faiella family blog: http://recoveringmatthew.blogspot.com/
We asked the President of the Western New York Chapter of the Autism Society of America about Matthew, his recovery, and treatments. Kathy Elss wrote us this statement:
"Parents need to research and weigh all options and costs and understand that not all treatments work with all children. Autism is many disorders and parents who have tried various therapy options without improvement should not feel that they have failed. That said, Matthew appears to have made significant progress.
Autism is not JUST a genetic, neurological and behavioral condition, but in some children involves chronic metabolic, gastrointestinal and even immune issues, some of which are TREATABLE."
Thanx to www.wgrz.com in Buffalo, NY.
The heartfelt story of D in California
The year was 2005---May, to be exact. A heart patient in California was told by her cardiologist that she needed an angioplasty. Very common—and very profitable to doctors and hospitals and medical device companies. Angioplasty is a surgical technique of mechanically widening a narrowed or obstructed blood vessel; typically as a result of atherosclerosis. The device companies make theirs by selling outrageously-priced stents to be part of the process---stents long known to be toxic---but they bribed the FDA to ignore the honest doctors who protested and now sell them by the thousands while paying commissions to doctors to prescribe them.
D stared at the doctor and didn’t say much as she walked out. What she didn’t say was that she had undergone TWENTY FOUR ANGIOPLASTIES and would rather die than get that useless-to-her operation for the 25th time…..and she knew nothing about the toxicity of the stents.
On her own, she found TheraVitae, the only company in the world treating no-option heart patients with stem cells in 2005. She applied on the internet and soon got a phone call from the founder of the company in Bangkok. In June their cardiologists approved her medically for stem cells, and she arrived there in July. The procedure was a success. Within a month she shocked her angioplasty-pushing doctor with her lively appearance and energy---long missing from her life despite 24 wonderful modern procedures called angioplasty.
Two years later---July 2007---she wrote:
“As I sit here typing this I am in still in amazement of the gift of life that God saw fit to make available to me through VesCell (TheraVitae’s brand name) Adult Stem Cell Therapy. My life has certainly changed for the better; I live an almost near normal life now.
But, what is normal? I have been able to see my premature great-grandson have his second birthday, an event I never thought possible. I have seen the seasons change and enjoyed the beautiful desert sunsets. I have spent many hours on our patio just sharing and talking with my husband. I have enjoyed countless time with my family and friends. I have been able to vacation with just my sisters and myself enjoying our lives together.
I suppose all these things are “normal” but when you never thought you would be able to do these things, I call them miracles.
When you have been at the bottom and felt you had no hope and you take that chance that just maybe you will be one of the few to see a new dawning in your life that is when there is an inner strength and the faith to seek new area for healing.”
FAST FORWARD TO JULY 2009, as D, now in her sixties, becomes TheraVitae’s first four-year, no-relapse patient:
“My anniversary is fast approaching and I will have made the four year mark after ASC's. Still never ceases to amaze me that something so simple is so magnificent. Life is great and continues to get even better. I still get a little tired when I do too much, but don't we all? People are so amazed that I am so healthy and look so well. And they always say, "It was from your own stem cells, how awesome is that?" It seems as if our country, the United States of America would just go forward with the knowledge that is here, so many more people could benefit from this wonderful treatment. Since I have had my treatment, I have had three new great-grand children, seen my two youngest grand children graduate from high school and managed to go to school myself. I have taken courses in Advanced Medical Terminology, Billing and Coding and Medical Transcription.”
REMEMBER D THE NEXT TIME “MODERN MEDICINE” TRIES TO CON YOU BY CALLING HER TREATMENT “SNAKE OIL.” THEY WOULD RATHER YOU SUFFER AND DIE THAN REDUCE THEIR PROFITS. THAT IS WHY THEY SPENT A BILLION DOLLARS TRAINING YOU TO “ASK YOUR DOCTOR;” USUALLY A DOCTOR WILLING TO PRETEND HE KNOWS SOMETHING HE DOES NOT…A DOCTOR WHO WILL TELL YOU THAT THE STEM CELL IMPROVEMENTS IN YOUR LIFE STYLE ARE SNAKE OIL AND THAT YOU SHOULD STAY ON THE CONSTANTLY DOWNWARD (BUT VERY PROFITABLE) PATH HE HAS HAD YOU ON FOR YEARS. 25 ANGIOPLASTIES INDEED!
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