Stem Cell Treatment for Autism May Open Door to a More Promising Future
It’s widely known that stem cells are used to treat and in some cases cure diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis, Nerve pain, Cardiomyopathy, Parkinson’s, Colon Cancer, etc., all with proven results. Well, how many of you know about treating autism with Mesenchymal Stem Cells and/or CD34+ cord blood cells? Surely many parents have heard of stem cell treatments being used for autism and became instantly skeptical, this author sure did. While reading testimonials from parents who had opted to use Stem Cell Treatment on their autistic children interest was definitely aroused.
Parental Claims About Autism Stem Cell Treatment
The declarations that are made by parents as to how this treatment helped their children autism, literally made my skin crawl all while giving me faint hope. There aren’t any severity lines like there are with other treatments. The claims made by parents include children that range from severely autistic [ASD level 3] all the way to the mildest forms [ASD level 1]. Given that information what parent wouldn’t be curious when you add it in with reading of the potential to greatly improve things such as their child’s:
A few parents even claimed that this treatment literally caused their nonverbal child to speak within days of the first treatment. One thing was for sure, research had to be done and I had to know more about this possibility.
How This Treatment Works
The base claim of this treatment is that once administered the umbilical stem cells travel throughout the autistic child’s body searching for damaged cells and tissue. Once the stem cells find an area of damage they attempt to repair it, leading to the results listed above.
The actual treatment involves taking donor umbilical stem cells, called Mesenchymal Stem Cells [and at times donor Cord blood cells, called CD34+] and administering them to an autistic patient. There are three different ways to administer the stem cells, they are intravenously, subcutaneously, or intrathecally. None of which sound like very fun ways to treat an autistic child. I loathe having to take my son into a facility to have an IV put in, let alone to have his skin cut open or fluid put into his spine daily for a week. Scary thoughts, but I digress.
The typical treatment can be administered on one of these three schedules and usually takes about an hour:
Monday- Friday [One week]
-4 intravenous infusion of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells
- Monday-Friday [One week]
- -2 intravenous infusions of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells
- -2 intrathecal infusions of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells
Monday-Friday [Two weeks]