Stem Cell Details

So just what is the process all about?  After arrival at the clinic the nurses do their best to quickly get a urine specimen (not easy since we are all fasting) but seems most of our kids were successful in giving one.  Then they draw blood – and in event he toughest cases they did great.  After the that the physicians – generally 2-4 of them examine the patients.  Once they have their history, physical and lab back they determine whether stem cells are appropriate and which combination of cells would be best.

Stem cells from this point of view are from one of three main types also known as germ layers: 1) ectoderm, 2) mesoderm, or 3) endoderm.  In autism, the patients generally get all three stem types but the concentration may vary from patient to patient. the rationale is related to the need for brain, gut and immune healing.  The graphic below can help to guide you through the cell types.


And to further help you see this process in stem cell development see this graphic.


One of the philosophies expressed by Prof Karpenko goes like this: stem cells from designer laboratory creations and embryonic cells created by artificial fertilization have no history of regulated function as healthy human cells.  By contrast, fetal derived stem cells have been taught by the system how they should behave. This just means they have been given their regulatory instructions on how to act like a team player.  He believes this is important and I tend to agree with him on this. 

Immediate effects of stem cell transplantation

The doctors at the clinic informed me we would most likely see immediate effects which could last up to 10 days.  These effects are thought to foreshadow future more permanent changes to come. This is an intriguing observation.  My take is that these effects are largely mediated by cell signaling chemicals in the suspension of the stem cells – rather than by the direct action of stem cells.  This would be especially true for the brain effects. 

I was able to observe an immediate decrease in self-stimulation and hyperactivity in my step-son with his treatments.  It was so profound that on the day we were supposed to get the second application (and it is nearly always a 2 day process separated by a day between) he actually asked to go to the clinic to see the doctors to get his shot. The physicians at EmCell claim they see this routinely where the children act much differently within 2 days.  As hard as that is to accept, I was able to observe it first hand. Another immediate effect is improved appetite and energy.  Also observed within this first few days in improved sensory integration and functioning – especially for touch and auditory dysfunctions.  Exactly how this happens so fast is hard to understand but it may have a lot to do with anti-inflammatory effects or other cell mediators. 

In my own case, I noted the ability to walk all over Kiev with out any knee pain or swelling.  My right knee has had 11 operations secondary to football and snow skiing injuries. Normally it would swell significantly and also be very uncomfortable. It generally wake me up a few times at night with pain (I have had little to no knee pain since the procedure).  I also observed a remarkable increase in exercise tolerance – and I was able to climb the 100 or so steps to the top of the hill where the giant “Motherland”: statue oversees the city of Kiev without any significant shortness of breath. These effects are interesting, but the clinicians at EmCell feel the main effects related to the transplant take place after 6 weeks.

I will keep you posted.

About Dr Bradstreet
Dr Bradstreet is a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and received his residency training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona. He is extensively published in the peer-reviewed literature on subjects of autism, oxidative stress, mitochondrial disorders, virology, hyperbaric oxygen, and toxicology (especially heavy metal chelation). He is trained in the the isolation and use of stem cells.

14 Responses to Stem Cell Details

  1. Barbara C. Smith RN CCM says:

    I have secondary progressive MS. Have you seen any cases of progress with MS patients and stem cell therapy? My doctor, Dr. Rebecca Boyd has been encouraging me along this route until the time she begins to do stem cell therapy herself. Thank you,

    Barbara C. Smith RN CCM

  2. John M says:

    Are you considering or even preparing to offer stem cell implantation and if so what is your ETA?

    • John M says:

      Also, what is the overall status and possible near term state of clinics offering stem cell therapies in the US?

  3. Nicole says:

    Dr. Bradstreet, Can you comment on the different types of stem cells used in treatment for autism? From my limited knowledge Dr. Shroff in India is using embryonic stem cells, Panama is using embylical cord stem cells and EmCell in Keiv is using fetal stem cells. It also seems as if each clinic is using different protocols, injection sites, IVs and or injections.

  4. Sheri says:

    Dr. Bradstreet – We are interested in Stem Cell treatment but how does one know that the Stem Cells that are being used in the treatment at EmCell are safe for our little ones? Also, how does one eat GFCF while doing the treatment in Kiev?

    • It goes without saying that I would not use these cells for myself or my family if I did not believe they were safe. GFCF is relatively easy in a meat and potatoes country.

    • When I sought out this treatment for my family I spoke directly to the doctors involved in process. The cells are screened in an identical way as the blood transfusion and organ transplants. They come with a pedigree of testing and sourcing. I think the doctors at EmCell are very scrupulous and ethical and to the extent they can be measured as safe they are. Eating in Kiev is simple. The general quality of the food is great. The grocery stores have lots of choices and your basic meat and potatoes food is easy to come by. Beyond that you would need to carry with you special foods. That is no issue just requires and extra bag.

  5. Robert says:

    Are the parents of the ASD children that went to Kiev with you going to post on the progress their children are making? It has been a while now, surly they are responding to treatment by now… Eager to hear.
    Thank You

    • We are about 2 months into it for the children treated. That is still very early but we are all seeing positive changes in mood, language and general health. For some it is dramatic. More on this to follow.

    • I will try to pull together their comments – but it is still only 2 months and a few days so from a neurodevelopmental process this is very early.

  6. Ruthie says:

    Dr. Bradstreet, is it possible that we could travel all the way to Kiev to find out that our daughter would not be a candidate for stem cells after labs and history taken? Could we have a screening before? Thank You, Ruthie

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