Dee Woods: Stem cells the cornerstone of healing

By Dee Woods

We've heard the pros and cons about stem cell research, but many people are not aware that adult stem cells are offering tremendous strides in medical advancement and healing.

Many people believe stem cell research is referencing embryonic stem cells, but that's not correct. Many scientists believe fetal stem cells are not the wave of the future, simply because there is a problem with tumor growth. Now, adult stem cells are working wonders in the advancement of modern medicine, according to Dr. Julian Whitaker.

Whitaker writes of a 15-yearold boy who wanted to become a scientist, but his teacher thought it was a foolish endeavor. The teacher, not recognizing the genius of the boy, wrote: "I believe Gordon has ideas about becoming a scientist; on his present showing this is quite ridiculous it would be a sheer waste of time, both on his part and of those who would have to teach him."

Sir John Gordon, is now 79 years old and shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work on stem cell research. I guess you could say his teacher was way off base.

Whitaker explains exactly how adult stem cells work. "The primary function of adult stem cells, which reside throughout the body, is to maintain and repair tissues. Their innate brilliance lies in their ability to zero in on areas of damage or degeneration."

He explains the cells are first signaled to go into action by inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the body's cry for help. The stem cells then migrate to wherever they're needed. They also take cues from surrounding cells to restore and to regenerate, according to Whitaker.

"Adult stem cells are being used to treat a wide variety of health challenges across a broad range of clinical specialties," he writes. "Non-embryonic adult mesenchymal stem cells obtained from your own fat have the ability to repair a variety of cell types and help regenerate damaged tissue. Stem cells seek out areas of injury and disease and accelerate the body's natural healing response."

Believe it or not, cardiologists have already used a patient's stem cells to regenerate muscle tissue in heart attack patients. Stem cells are also being used for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke and other neurological conditions, according to Whitaker. They are being used in orthopedic conditions and for hair restoration as well.

Thus far, bone marrow mesenchymal cells have been used, but Whitaker explains that with all the medical advancements it is far easier to use the body's fat cells, known as adipose-derived stromal vascular cell therapy, as the safest treatment. Whitaker explains that it was discovered that mesenchymal cells are abundant in our own fat and that even newer technologies make it possible to remove fat and separate the stems cells to isolate high numbers of viable cells, and merely return them back into the body via IV or injection. This generally does not require hospital stays, and can be done as an outpatient procedure. There is no concern for rejection because the cells are your own.

As with everything else in the world, there are times when such methods don't work, but that's true with every so-called "cure" we have, both natural and conventional.

Seeing science working in this fashion is truly an exciting step forward. There is a Stem Cell Treatment Center in Newport Beach, Calif. Learn more by going to

Another lesson is that we must not allow another human being to discourage our own valiant goals. We wouldn't have this technology and Gordon wouldn't have been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine if he had been deterred by that "educator."

Dee Woods is available to give presentations about alternative health treatments and healthy living. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .