Stem Cell Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

Image of Stem Cell Therapy Patient Marth Phillips

A Miracle for Martha
A woman’s journey of deliverance from pain

By Deanna Kirk Daily Sun Nov 26, 2017 (Link to original story)

The last 12 months have been a giant series of ups and downs, an extreme roller coaster for Martha Phillips.

Last December, her father-in-law battled brain cancer, which affected the lives of all of her close family; and her only brother died very suddenly from a pulmonary embolism. They were buried a week apart.

The battle with Multiple Sclerosis

Martha had been fighting her own battle against Multiple Sclerosis since a diagnosis in 2010. This disease causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues, and the malfunction destroys myelin, the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Phillips’ had seen her own ups and downs in that battle as well, with medications that caused huge weight gain, severe intolerance to heat, and intense bouts with pain. She tried many different protocols and medications, but what seemed to make the most difference was an extreme dietary change, which led to a loss of 72 pounds, acupuncture, adjustments, and regular massage therapy. Under the care of Dr. William “Doc” Davis in Ennis, she went from 10 prescriptions down to two, and did quite well for nearly six years.

But after the bout with all the stress during December 2016, Phillips discovered her body just could not cope with all the continuous stress demands placed upon it, and she suffered a pretty severe setback. She was forced to go on disability from her job.

“The Tysybri I was having infused regularly has a black box warning,” Phillips said. “I had to sign paperwork when I started taking it, that I knew it could kill me.”

The neurologist offered several other choices of medications, but all were either equally as risky with not as many good results, or more risky with even worse results.

“To me, it felt like my only choice was going backwards, and to me that was unacceptable,” she said.

Phillips learned about a somewhat-new innovative treatment for people with Multiple Sclerosis, and it was not being done in the United States yet, but for $25,000 one could fly to Panama City, Panama and have the complete treatment done and stay right in the same hotel where the treatments are done.

The blessings of how all her funding came together to have the treatment were chronicled in a story that ran in the July 8, 2017 edition of the Daily Sun.

But this story is about the trip itself, the treatment, and how her life has been since the trip to Panama.

Life since Panama, and new stem cells

It’s been roughly three months since Phillips returned from Panama. She took her little sister Robine Reeves with her, and the things she noticed right off were 1) the Atlanta airport is awful, and 2) Panama is a lot like Texas with regard to the weather.

“It’s very Americanized — they take American dollars, Spanish is their primary language but it’s OK if you don’t speak it,” Phillips said. “The people in Panama are so super friendly, even the kids. A group of junior high kids got on the bus with us and many of them spoke to us. That was the day Vice President Pence was there, and we, stupid Americans, didn’t know he was there, but his motorcade was very impressive.”

Phillips notice that the Panamanian president’s motorcade also came through that morning, and they watched it all from the rooftop of their hotel where the pool was. And some guy from London had to tell them their own Vice President was there.

“The clinic has a very impressive concierge,” she said. “Someone was there holding a sign with my name on it at the airport. She took us to the VIP lounge and whisked us through customs and the fingerprint deal very quickly and painlessly, and called our driver who works for the clinic. He took us to the hotel, and showed us shopping and restaurants along the way.

“They don’t have really good restaurants, they just look for consistency,” she said.

“The next day, I had a medical checkup and blood work. The second day, they gave me stem cells through an IV. I also had two subcutaneous injections in the groin/lymph region, which were more painful than the IV.”

Phillips also had physical therapy that day which consisted of evaluation, stretching exercises, balance and strength.

“The stems cells they use are umbilical cord stem cells, which women donate when they give birth,” she said. “Since they are brand new, they double every 24 hours. They’re a perfect source because they multiply so fast. I got 1.33 million stem cells.”

The way the stem cells work for MS and some other autoimmune diseases they’re using them for is that they reset the immune system, she said. They do not go in and repair the damage the MS has already done to her brain, but there is scientific evidence that shows if MS stops attacking the body, the body can heal the brain and spinal lesions.

“They believe that because there’s another virus that does the same kind of damage to your brain, but because it does not continue to attack the brain, people recover from it,” Phillips said.

There was another day of treatment just like the previous day, then the following day the sisters flew home. On the day of the blood work and checkup, the doctor discussed diet and supplements with Martha.

“He started describing a high fat, low carb diet, and I said, ‘Do you mean a keto diet?’ and he said ‘Yes,’” she said. “He said I would be throwing my $25,000 down the drain if I did NOT follow this diet and take supplements.”

Phillips had already followed this diet in the past, but wasn’t following it very strictly at the time.

Her supplement list looked something like this: 2000 mg per day of Magnesium; B vitamins; CoQ10; Stemkline; Probiotics; and a lot of it is supposed to be for energy as well as for brain health.

“When I went to Panama, I was taking 10 prescriptions,” she said. “I am taking one now, 90 days later.

“That all actually happened within the first two weeks.

“I feel amazing. I feel like I can conquer the world. I’ve had more energy than I’ve had the entire time I’ve had MS.”

Philips said when she made her trip to Panama, her thought was if she could get rid of enough of the pain and fatigue in order to return to work, she would be happy.

“But I got SO much more — I actually have no symptoms right now.”

She’s also no longer a slave to heat intolerance. Before, when she went to CrossFit, she had to wear a cooling vest full of ice packs and stand in front of a giant fan or A/C unit in order to work out. The least little bit of heat would cause her to become very, very sick.

“The first time I worked out after my transplant, Nick (Biles) came over to check on me, and I cried and said ‘I can’t remember the last time I worked out without heat intolerance,’” she said.

The heat intolerance makes the MS Symptoms you have temporarily worse until your body cools down. That can happen with one degree of change in body temperature, she said.

“It’s really weird to me now, to learn how to live without thinking about all those things,” Phillips said. “For so long, I’ve had to consider all sorts of eventualities in every scenario I find myself in.”

Stem Cell Therapy for Autism – Dimitri W’s Story

For more information about stem cell therapy for autism please CLICK HERE.

Dimitri’s parents discuss his progress after his first round of stem cell treatments for autism in Panama.

Interviewer (I): Today is August 4th, 2017. Please give your name.

Dimitri (D): Dimitri

(I): Your last name?

(D): Weaver

(I): Your age?

(D): Six

(I): Mom, his diagnosis?

Mrs. Weaver (MOM): He was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.

(I): Ok, so this is his second stem cell treatment?

(MOM): Second stem cell treatment, yes, about a year apart.

(I): Can you describe his improvements?

(MOM): I’ve definitely seen a lot of growth since last year, mostly in language [and] comprehension. He started school last year. He’s reading. We’ve notice a lot of changes with being able to sit still and focus at school. We’re still struggling in that area but last year we weren’t sure if he was going to be able to go to kindergarten and he’s doing well. His first year, he’s now participating in sports. He just started karate, and doing really well with that. Mr. Weaver

Mr. Weaver (DAD): I think that, yeah, he’s had a lot of remarkable changes in the past year. He’s done really well with kindergarten as you’ve said.

(MOM): Overall, the teachers that saw him last year for evaluation for his IEP – and then we had an IEP meeting this May, not even a year apart. They said he looks like a different child. So they weren’t expecting the growth that he’s made this year in school.

(I): Anything else you would like to mention? (MOM): We haven’s seen any regressions or any negative, no side effects. All we’ve seen is growth. That’s why we’re here again this year. It’s been all positive for us.

(DAD): It’s been a great experience.

Heart failure patient has 3 normal EKGs after stem cell therapy

I was diagnosed 20 years ago. My heart was stopped up. I have 11 stents in my heart. When they put in (stents) nine, ten and eleven they blocked an artery and caused me to have a heart attack. Then 4 years later, I went to the doctor and he did an EKG and he said he needed to do a nuclear scan. That was in May 2011. In July of 2011 he did a nuclear scan and then called me and told me there was nothing else he could do for me.

A friend of mine in Corpus Christi told me about stem cells in Panama. So I checked into it and I came down in October of 2011 and had a treatment.

[Mr. Gray received multiple doses of human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells over the course of several days.]

I didn’t feel anything for 30 days. Then I started feeling better and really felt good. I went to the doctor in January of 2012. He did an EKG and walked in and said, “What have you done?” I said, “What are you talking about?” He said, “You have a normal EKG. You’ve never had one of these before.“ So I asked my wife, “Do you think I ought to tell him?” This was in St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson Mississippi; the one that had caused me to have the heart attack. So I asked her, “Reckon I ought to tell him I had got stem cells?” She said, “Yes.” So I told him. He looked like I had cut his throat. He was white as a sheet and he wanted to know, “How did they do it?” and I told him.

Since then I have had 3 normal EKGs. The last one was about 2 months ago.
Well, I had another treatment about 11 months later and it fixed my kidneys the second time. The first time it fixed my heart. It didn’t do anything else but then the second time it fixed my kidneys. I had horse shoe kidneys and I was operated on when I was 33 years old, 35 years old and now I’m 69. My kidney had grown together and my kidneys have been bad my whole life but now they’re fine.

Stem cells “make her feel happy” – Stem Cell Therapy for Autism

Stem-Cell-Therapy-for-Autism-IconFor anyone with reservations about what the Stem cell Institute / stem cells can do, I have an 8 year old daughter that received her first Treatment 6 months ago. Prior to treatment she could speak but her speech was generally limited to asking for basic needs, and being trapped in cartoon dialogue for hours at a time. She would only eat a very limited few foods, she was generally unaware of others, didn’t express feelings or emotions, she was fearful to try doing new things, she had many sensory issues.

Within days of receiving her first treatment, she started asking us complex questions and we had real dialogue exchanges. She started venturing outside her comfort zone and trying new things like going on boat, kayak, tubing, etc. (none of which she would do prior). She started branching out and trying new foods, and at this point tries new things to determine how they taste and feel. She has become very social and has made friends at school, even though she has significant social delays and doesn’t always understand how play and interaction should happen, she tries and wants to play with others.

The most impressive change is that she is now much more connected to her surroundings and to events happening around her. She is also now capable of expressing feelings and emotions in an appropriate way. Prior to stem cells she could Say I love you, but it was in the same tone and voice inflection that was said to her. Now it’s her voice on her terms.

We just came back from a second treatment and are hopeful for more healing. We still have a ways to go, but are so happy with how much progress she has made.

Additionally I want to add that she looks forward to the treatments, she asks if she gets to get stem cells. In her words, she says, “they make her feel happy.” – Loreea Gallagher

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Stem Cell Treatments for Autism – Danny Briones

Danny Briones discusses his son’s improvements following *umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cell treatments at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama.

For more information about autism treatment in Panama, please visit: https://www.cellmedicine.com/stem-cell-therapy-for-autism/

*umbilical cord tissue is donated after normal, healthy births

Stem Cell Treatments for Autism – “Oh my god the speech!!! He’s TALKING I mean real speech and conversation!!! Today was crazy!!!”

This new facebook update on Anthony Guerriero says it all:

Autism Stem Cell Patient Anthony Guerriero

“Oh my god the speech!!! He’s TALKING I mean real speech and conversation!!! Today was crazy!!! Anthony was TELLING us all about his birthday, what he wants to do, counting down the days, what presents he wants, what he wants from Santa vs his birthday, all about Halloween and what each of us is going to be (Mommy is Blue toad, Bella is princess peach, daddy is luigi and Anthony now wants to be Mario), telling us what all the costumes are and what he’s wearing, what he did in school today, what he’s doing tomorrow for his last day, what he wants to play with and with who, what he wants for dinner (tried a new food too), how many days til we go to Maine, what we’re going to do there!!!!!! And on and on. Crazy crazy crazy!!! All spontaneous!!! All TALKING !!! It’s happening big time!!!!! WOW!!!”

Anthony Guerriero FB Comments 8-4-15

Anthony Guerriero FB Comments 8-4-15

Visit Anthony’s Facebook Page Here

Read original news story about Anthony here: Autistic Woodbridge boy making strides after stem cell treatment in Panama

Bixby family raises money for son with cerebral palsy to receive second round of stem cell therapy

Stem Cell Recipient Easton WallaceBIXBY, Okla. – A Bixby family has new hope for their three- year-old son with cerebral palsy. Easton Wallace went to Panama last year to receive stem cell therapy. Unfortunately, the therapy is not FDA-approved in the United States.

The Wallace family held everything from spaghetti dinners to golf tournaments to raise the money for their son’s first treatment. His mother believes it was worth it. She says Easton is learning to talk and gain upper body strength. That is why she is hoping to raise enough money for a second treatment.

“He’s the happiest little boy ever. He can make anyone smile. He’s always smiling,” says Cassie Wallace.

Easton Wallace is a typical toddler. He loves playing outdoors and spending time with family. But unlike most other kids, Easton is living with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which affects every aspect of his life.

“He can’t sit unattended. He can stand up. He can’t crawl or walk or anything like that,” says Cassie. “He has trouble with his fine motor skills, eating.”

It’s hard for Cassie to watch her son struggle. But she says Easton’s infectious smile and loving personality give her strength.

She told 2 Works for You, “I try to be positive. We are just trying to everything we can for him to give him the best life possible. He has such a positive attitude. He’s so happy and determined. So I think that makes it easier.”

Cassie says a big part of giving Easton the best life possible, is taking him to Panama to receive Stem Cell therapy. She says the $20,000 treatment is not covered by insurance.

Easton’s first treatment was last December. Cassie say it’s working

“He’s repeating everything. He’s putting more words together. It’s really been helping.”

Cassie showed 2 Works for You video of Easton pushing himself in a device called a “pacer” for the very first time. She says this was a big day for their family because they never know for sure what milestones their child will get to experience. That’s why she and her family are trying to raise enough money to cover the expenses for another trip to Panama in December of this year.

The family is organizing another golf tournament in Sapulpa on August 29 at Clary Fields Golf Club. The event is called the “Easton Open.” There is still time to sign up by calling 918-248-4080.

You can also donate directly to the cause by logging on to Easton’s give forward page here.

Original Story and Video on KJRH Tulsa Website

Colton’s walking after stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy in Panama

Colton is planning on coming to Panama for follow-up treatment later this year. Here is a video of him walking from June 2015.

And here was Colton in 2014 about one year prior to the video above. This video was taken a year after his first treatments in 2013.

To keep up with Colton’s progress on Facebook, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/ColtonMittmanFundraiser

Update on Glenburn Boy Who Underwent Stem Cell Therapy for Autism in Panama

 

JUN 8, 20155:54 PM EDT
By JOY HOLLOWELL

In 2009, an 8-year old Glenburn boy became the first child in Maine, and one of less than a hundred nationwide, to undergo stem cell therapy to treat his autism.

TV5 has followed the journey of Kenneth Kelley as he travelled to Panama for treatments.

It’s been about two years since his last transfusion.

Joy Hollowell checked in with the now 14-year old to see how he’s doing.
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Like most brothers, 16-year old Philip and 14-year old Kenneth Kelley enjoy challenging each other on video games.

“Who is better?

Kenneth points to Philip

Typical teenager is how most would describe Kenneth…something his parents couldn’t be happier to hear.

Kenneth was diagnosed with autism when he was two.

“Many reputable people told us that he should be put in an institution,” explains Donald Kelley, Kenneth’s father. “And that just made us more determined to find a cure for him. We knew there was one out there somewhere, there had to be.”

Like many parents of autistic kids, Donald and Marty Kelley went to numerous doctors and tried countless treatments, including installing a hyperbaric chamber inside their home.

They had read about stem cell therapy. but the clinic was in Panama, and it was still a relatively new therapy.

“Seeing doctors who tell you things that finally after a while you meeting everybody and you say to yourself, well yeah, OK, yeah, I’ve heard this before,” says Donald Kelley, expressing his frustration.

The Kelleys would spend the next two years researching stem cell therapy for autism, including visiting the clinic in Costa Rica.

“This was different,” says Donald Kelley, “this was totally different.”

Kenneth underwent his first cord blood infusion at the age of 8. That very next morning, The Kelleys say they saw a difference. Within a year, Kenneth was reading and communicating. He went back five more times, until the age of 12.

“The improvements that we saw with Kenneth were amazing,” says his father. “To see your child become you know, enjoying life.”

“Before stem cells, he was just off the charts most of the time,” says Kenneth’s brother, Philip. “Screaming, kicking. I don’t remember him ever actually having a conversation with me. He’s gone from more of a person that I had to take care of to a friend.”

8-year old Caroline calls her big brother a dolphin.

“because he’s very playful and he’s very nice and intelligent,” she explains.

“It was a true blessing that he got as far as he did,” says Donald Kelley. “And that he’s where he is today.”
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The Kelleys say for now, Kenneth is done with treatments. However, they would consider going back, depending upon their son’s progression.

They tell other parents of autistic kids to never give up.

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