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May 2, 2011

Stem Cells – The Controversial Anti Aging Treatment

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The Debate About This Anti Aging Treatment Ingredient

The use of stem cells as an anti aging treatment ingredient has been a hot issue in the field of medicine. The stir arose not because of its success in restoring a youthful appearance, but stemmed from the standpoint that using such a highly regarded “ingredient” for the sake of vanity is frivolous. The controversy surrounding stem cells is not limited to how it is being used. Experts also dispute on how the stem cells are sourced.

Another Stem Cell Controversy

Stem cells are actually a type of undifferentiated cells which have the capacity to differentiate into specialized cell types. They can be obtained from two primary sources: from adult tissues and from embryos formed during the blastocyst stage of its development. The latter origin have been a sizzling issue because extracting embryonic stem cells means that the blastocyst is prevented from developing into a human being. This is not acceptable to many experts and makes it doubly controversial as an anti aging treatment component. However, other experts think that this is allowable since the embryos used are the excess created from in vitro fertilization clinics. When conducting an IVF, several eggs are fertilized in test tubes but only one is implanted into its “mother”.

Far Reaching Potential Not Just As An Anti Aging Treatment

Stem cells gained the interest of researchers and scientists because of its great potential in addressing infinite purposes. Because they are undifferentiated, these cells do not carry a specific role. However, it can be stimulated to specialize so that they can provide a specific task. They can be instructed to become a particular cell that the scientist wishes. It is like a blank check. It does not specify any amount, but if you write a specific figure, what you write becomes its value or use. This capacity to become any cell type gives it the potential as an internal repair system for any organ and makes it useful in restoring any kind of injured tissue. It can become a brain cell, a red blood cell, a muscle cell, and so on.

Stem Cells As Anti Aging Treatment

Over a decade, the use of stem cells in treating various kinds of diseases has progressed and gradually gaining acceptance. In fact, it has even gained popularity as a chief ingredient in anti aging treatments. Stem cells in anti aging treatments are programmed to treat sun-damaged, sagging and wrinkled skin by fostering skin renewal resulting in firmer and suppler skin. Beyond the superficial level as an anti aging treatment, it may be regarded as valuable in repairing tissues whose organs have been damaged by age-related diseases.

The debate on using stem cell as an anti aging treatment ingredient may extend for quite some time until its effects are completely understood and appreciated and the manner of extracting it has been fully settled.

See related articles.

“Stem Cells and Stroke Management”

“Stem Cells: the Future is Now!”

“Telomeres: A Key to Longevity”


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Dr. Joe Jacko

Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio at Grandview Primary Care. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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