Regenerative Medicine Center Opens at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences

The Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine Focuses on Non-Opioid Treatments of Pain

(Tempe, Arizona, October 2, 2018)–Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences team will cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine on November 15 at 4:00 p.m. This affiliation between SCNM and Neil H. Riordan, PA, PhD, a research leader in stem cell therapy, will accelerate the development of this safe and innovative option for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. The Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, and housed in SCNM’s LEED Platinum certified Community Commons.

Regenerative medicine, particularly autologous stem cell therapy, utilizes a patient’s own stem cells to promote healing, reduce inflammation and stimulate tissue repair. People with acute and chronic pain, including elite athletes, may benefit from the growth factors, natural anti-inflammatory activity, and regenerative properties of autologous stem cell therapy.

Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at an annual cost estimated at exceeding $620 billion, the many of whom are currently treated using opioids. This has led to wide-spread abuse and addiction to prescription opioids and illicit drugs including heroin. Opioid addiction and abuse has been attributed to 37,000 deaths each year nationally and 1,763 deaths of Arizonans from opioid overdoses in the past fifteen months. Stem cell therapy promises to limit the reliance on opioids thereby decreasing the potential for opioid addiction and abuse.

Neil Riordan, PA, PhD, is a pioneer in the field of applied stem cell research. In addition to collaboration with major universities in the United States, research and patient care is currently being conducted at Dr. Riordan’s other laboratories and clinics in Dallas, Texas and Panama City, Panama. He is an author on more than seventy peer-reviewed research publications, including clinical studies that explore stem cell therapy’s potential in treating conditions such as autism, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr. Riordan is the author of two books on stem cell therapy: Stem Cell Therapy: A Rising Tide – How Stem Cells are Disrupting Medicine and Changing Lives and MSC (Mesenchymal Stem Cells): Clinical Evidence Leading Medicine’s Next Frontier.

We welcome any questions or comments. Please contact Kirsten Texler at k.texler@scnm.edu for more information.

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A leader in inspiring, teaching and providing multiple modalities in the scope of naturopathic medicine, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine not only educates but also elevates society’s awareness of the power of holistic medicine. Campus highlights include a fully accredited four-year naturopathic doctoral program, a robust medical clinic open to the public, a dedicated pain relief and regenerative medicine center, innovative and inspirational public events, an on-site medicinary and multiple opportunities for ground-breaking research. Additionally, the SCNM Sage Foundation highlights the focus on philanthropy instilled in students and faculty as they provide care for underserved communities in seven satellite locations. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine is dedicated to the idea that every person deserves high-quality fully integrated healthcare and creates an impact on the world through providing a private non-profit education in the culturally rich state of Arizona.

UFC Champion TJ Dillashaw discusses how stem cell therapy in Panama cleared up his psoriasis

UFC bantamweight World Champion TJ Dillashaw discusses a side effect of his stem cell treatment at Stem Cell Institute in Panama with its founder, Neil Riordan, PA, PhD during dinner in Panama.

Dr. Riordan – I am talking about the last time you were down here.

TJ – I’ve been learning a lot about what the stem cell therapy did for me. Stuff that I didn’t even know it was going to do until I listened to you on the [Joe Rogan] podcast [with Mel Gibson]. And one was it got rid of my psoriasis.

Dr. Riordan – And where was your psoriasis?

TJ – My scalp. I had it for like six years. I thought changing my diet and all this stuff would help it out but I think what really helped it was coming down and getting stem cells.

Dr. Riordan – And how long was it after you got treated that you felt the difference?

TJ – Shoot. I didn’t notice for probably a couple months, I think is when I figured it out. I had it really bad but a couple months later it was completely gone.

Dr. Riordan – Wow.

TJ – I had it for six years, you know? Yeah.

Joe Rogan Interview with Mel Gibson and Dr. Riordan

Joe Rogan interviews Stem Cell Institute founder Neil Riordan, PA, PhD and award-winning actor, director and producer Mel Gibson, who first brought his father to Panama at the age of 92.  Mel discusses his father’s miraculous recovery.  He is now 99.  Dr. Riordan discusses stem cell therapy using human *umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells including their application in conditions like multiple sclerosis and autism.

*umbilical cords are donated following normal, healthy births

Video: Stem Cell Therapy in Panama with Dr. Riordan and Mel Gibson

Host Michael Beattie discusses stem cell therapy using *human umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUCT-MSCs)  at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama with renowned applied stem cell scientist and founder, Neil Riordan, Pa, PhD and acclaimed actor, director and producer Mel Gibson.

Dr. Riordan discusses the miraculous progress of a spinal cord injury patient and pilot whose doctors said that he would never walk again.  He talks about where the stem cells come from, how they work and why they can treat so many seemingly different conditions.  Dr. Riordan explains how umbilical cords, and subsequently, hUCT-MSCs used at the Stem Cell Institute are carefully selected using molecular screening.  He also discusses why mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cords function better than MSCs from adults, especially as they age or if they are suffering from a disease like multiple sclerosis.  For example. MSCs from a newborn multiply exponentially compared to MSCs from an older adult.

Mel Gibson discusses his father’s miraculous recovery, literally from his deathbed after receiving hUCT-MSCs at the age of 92.  He’s currently 99 and still going strong having been treated in Panama several times since then.  Mel also discusses his personal experiences in Panama.

Watch all this and more.

*umbilical cord tissue harvested after normal, healthy births

Stem Cell Therapy at Stem Cell Institute on PBS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth this Sunday! PBS KERA TV-13

Brenda Watson Show. KERA
PBS TV (KERA 13) in Dallas-Fort Worth – Go inside our clinic and lab in Panama, and watch interviews with 3 patients. The other episode follows a knee patient through the treatment process at Dr. RIordan’s orthopedic stem cell clinic in Southlake, Texas. Sunday, January 29th from 12pm – 1pm.

Stem Cells I

Riordan-McKenna Institute – Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedics

Take a journey with marathon runner and knee patient Jim Morella as he undergoes a stem cell augmented arthroscopic knee procedure. Peer inside the operating room as Dr. McKenna harvests stem cells from Jim’s bone marrow, prepares them, and injects them into his knee. Tag along with Brenda as she interviews Jim at home following his recovery.

Dr. McKenna discusses Jim’s case with Brenda and explains why stem cell injections alone are not necessarily the best solution to knee problems, including Jim’s. He also touches upon the FDA’s current role regarding regulations.

Dr. Riordan talks about how the proprietary amniotic membrane tissue product used by RMI can enhance bone marrow stem cell therapy and the safety aspects of such treatments.

Dr. McKenna Stem Cell Augmented Surgery 3

Stem Cells II

Stem Cell Institute in Panama: Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and More…

Brenda Watson takes you inside the Stem Cell Institute and Medistem Labs in Panama. If you have ever wondered what stem cell therapy is like in Panama, this show is for you.

See inside the laboratory and clinic as Brenda follows three patients through the treatment and recovery process: Sam Harrell (MS), Juan Jose Ballareno (Spinal Cord Injury) and Todd Rinehart (RA).

Meet the team as she interviews key players:

Neil Riordan, PhD, Founder and Chief Scientist of Medistem Labs, explains how the Panamanian government regulates stem cells in Panama. He discusses how HUCT-MSCs work on RA before delving into the subject of clinical trials in Panama and the USA.

Medical director, Jorge Paz Rodriquez, MD discusses how HUCT-MSCs work and why they can be transplanted without immune system rejection.

Rodolfo Fernandez, Medistem Panama Laboratory Director talks about tissue selection and processing.

Arnold Caplan PhD from Case Western Reserve Visits Panama

Professor Arnold Caplan from Case Western Reserve with Dr. Riordan and friends during his recent trip to Panama. Dr. Caplan is known as the “Father of the Mesenchymal Stem Cell” although these days, he prefers the term “Medicinal Signaling Cells”.

Arnold Caplan in Panama 2016

View Dr. Caplan’s Video Lectures on Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Study Shows Bone Marrow Stem Cells Help Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow

A study published in the Jul-Dec 2014 edition of the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine entitled Bone marrow injection: A novel treatment for tennis elbow concludes that a single injection of bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) into the elbow lead to significant improvement of patients suffering from tennis elbow.

The study followed 30 patients for 12 weeks and concluded that treatment of tennis elbow patients with single injection of BMA showed a significant improvement in short to medium term follow-up.

Perhaps more importantly, it concluded that, “In future, such growth factors and/or stem cells based injection therapy can be developed as an alternative conservative treatment for patients of tennis elbow, especially who have failed non-operative treatment before surgical intervention is taken.”

Fast forward to the present where at RMI, we are augmenting BMAC with *AlphaGEMS, a proprietary, pliable tissue allograft (transplant) derived from human placental amnion, which functions as a biologic structural matrix to facilitate and enhance tissue healing and repair. AlphaGEMS contains 108 different growth factors including WNT-4 and prostaglandin.

Prostaglandin inhibits inflammation, which occurs after injury and marks the beginning of the healing process. The faster we can tame this inflammation, the sooner the body can move on to the next phase of healing, regeneration. It’s important to note that AlphaGEMS has more than 60 times the amount of prostaglandin compared to other products.

WNT4 is arguably the single most important molecule required for wound healing. AlphaGEMS has more than 10 times the amount of WNT4 as competing products.

For more information about BMAC and AlphaGEMS at the Riordan-McKenna Institute Click Here.

If you are suffering from tennis elbow and would like to be evaluated for treatment, please start by completing our online medical history. Once we receive it, our staff will contact you to answer general questions and guide you through the rest of the application process, which usually includes a in-office evaluation with Dr. McKenna for local patients or a free telephone consultation for those who live further away.

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About Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse — repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. More on Tennis Elbow from AAOS.

About: Bone marrow injection: A novel treatment for tennis elbow

Abstract

Objective:

The objective of this prospective study was assessment of efficacy of bone marrow aspirate (BMA) (containing plasma rich in growth factors and mesenchymal stem cells) injection in treatment of tennis elbow.

Materials and Methods:

A total of 30 adult patients of previously untreated tennis elbow were administered single injection of BMA. This concentrate was made by centrifugation of iliac BMA at 2000 rpm for 20-30 min and only upper layer containing platelet rich plasma and mononuclear cells was injected. Assessment was performed at baseline, 2 weeks, 6 weeks and 12 weeks using Patient-rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) score.

Results:

Baseline pre-injection mean PRTEE score was 72.8 ± 6.97 which decreased to a mean PRTEE score of 40.93 ± 5.94 after 2 weeks of injection which was highly significant (P < 0.0001). The mean PRTEE score at 6 week and 12 week follow-up was 24.46 ± 4.58 and 14.86 ± 3.48 respectively showing a highly significant decrease from baseline scores (P < 0.0001). Conclusion:

Treatment of tennis elbow patients with single injection of BMA showed a significant improvement in short to medium term follow-up. In future, such growth factors and/or stem cells based injection therapy can be developed as an alternative conservative treatment for patients of tennis elbow, especially who have failed non-operative treatment before surgical intervention is taken.




*Tissue used for AlphaGEMS is donated after normal, healthy births. Once it has been fully tested for infectious diseases, sterility and a few other things, the tissue is processed by using proprietary methods developed by Neil Riordan, PhD.

What are the sources of the stem cells used at Stem Cell Institute in Panama?

Lately, especially on our Facebook Page many people are asking us, “What is the source of the stem cells?”

Stem cells under fluorescent microscope.At the Stem Cell Institute, we use two types of stem cells. Primarily, we use allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells harvested from human umbilical cord tissue. In addition to allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells, our spinal cord injury protocol uses autologous (patient’s own) stem cells harvested from bone marrow.

Umbilical cord tissue is donated by mothers after normal, healthy births.

All donating mothers are tested for infectious diseases and have their medical histories screened. We obtain proper consent from each family prior to umbilical cord donation.

All mesenchymal stem cells harvested from umbilical cords are screened for infectious diseases to International Blood Bank Standards before they are approved for use in treatments.

A small number of umbilical cords (about 1 in 10) pass our rigorous screening process.

Dr. Riordan on the Umbilical Cord Selection Process at Stem Cell Institute

“Through retrospective analysis of our cases, we’ve identified proteins and genes that allow us to screen several hundred umbilical cord donations to find the ones that we know are most effective. We only use these cells and we call them ‘golden cells’.

We go through a very high throughput screening process to find cells that we know have the best anti-inflammatory activity, the best immune modulating capacity, and the best ability to stimulate regeneration.”

What are the advantages of treating with allogeneic human umbilical cord tissue (HUCT)-derived mesenchymal stem cells?

  • Anyone can be treated since HUCT mesenchymal stem cells are immune system privileged. Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) matching is not necessary.
  • The stem cells with the best anti-inflammatory activity, immune modulating capacity, and ability to stimulate regeneration can be screened and selected.
  • Allogeneic stem cells can be administered multiple times over the course of days in uniform dosages that contain high cell counts.
  • Umbilical cord tissue provides an abundant supply of mesenchymal stem cells.
  • No need to collect stem cells through invasive procedures such as liposuction or bone marrow collection
  • There is a growing body of evidence showing that mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cords are more robust than mesenchymal stem cells from other sources such as fat.

The body’s immune system is unable to recognize human umbilical cord tissue (HUCT)-derived mesenchmyal stem cells as foreign and therefore they are not rejected. HUCT stem cells have been administered thousands of times at the Stem Cell Institute and there has never been a single instance rejection (graft vs. host disease). Umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells also proliferate/differentiate more efficiently than “older” cells, such as those found in the fat and therefore, they are considered to be more “potent”.

Watch Professor Arnold Caplan from Case Western Reserve University explain how this works.

MS patient’s quality of life improvement “unbelievable” after stem cell therapy

Cathy Duke's Testimonial - with comment

“Thank you everyone for your kind words. Stem cells did not cure my MS, but they have improved my quality of life so much it is unbelievable. I have always had the support of my family and friends, and for this, I have been VERY appreciative. Stem cell therapy has given me a new quality of life and I thank God, my family and Dr. Neil Riordan at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. Life is good :-)”Cathy Miller Duke

“Last year on this day, my mom wasn’t able to participate in the Mackinac Bridge walk because, at exactly this time, she was in Panama receiving stem cell therapy, hoping it would improve her quality of life. Today, she was able to participate and walk that bridge…without a cane. (And apparently, she walked backwards a little jogged some too!) So proud of you mom!”Michelle Duke Thompson