Stem cell research has produced dozens of promising new medical advancements over the last several years. However, with any new treatment comes misconceptions. Many of these myths have kept people from enjoying the pain relief benefits stem cell therapy has to offer. Here are the truths behind the five most common stem cell myths.
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Common Myths About Stem Cell Research Debunked
Myth: Stem Cells Come from Embryos
Truth: We’ll start with the most common concern most people have about stem cell research and therapy. Although stem cells can be derived from embryos, this is not the only place they come from. Doctors can also harvest stem cells from adult bodies. In fact, stem cell therapy uses only the stem cells harvested from your own body.
Myth: All Adult Stem Cells Come From Bone Marrow
Truth: Marrow is one of the most common sources for adult stem cells. However, the number of stem cells found in marrow tends to decrease as the individual ages. There are plenty of other potential sources in the human body like fat tissue.
Myth: The Stem Cells will be Rejected by the Host Body
Truth: There is a slight risk that stem cells from another person may be rejected by the host. This is the case with almost any kind of donated body part or tissue. However, this risk is eliminated entirely when the stem cells being used come from your own body.
Myth: Stem Cell Therapy is Unsafe.
Truth: There are no major risks associated with stem cell therapy. As mentioned above, there is no risk for rejection from the body. Since the treatment is completely natural, complications are also incredibly unlikely. Stem cell therapy is also much less invasive than surgical options for chronic joint pain.
Myth: Stem Cells Can Cure Heart Disease
Truth: There are a wide variety of different treatment options being explored using stem cells. However, stem cells are not a miracle cure for all disorders and there is no currently known stem cell treatment for heart disease. Because our understanding of the applications of stem cells is constantly evolving, a heart disease treatment may eventually be developed.
Stem cells have been proven effective in dealing with many other medical issues including joint pain.
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