The Stem Cells They Don’t Want You to Have: How the New Stem Cell Debate Will Shape the Future of Medicine
In 2005, our practice developed a ground breaking new medical procedure using the patient’s own stem cells grown in a lab to bigger numbers to help treat arthritis and other orthopedic conditions. This procedure is similar in principle to existing fertility treatments (like IVF) that are regulated as medical procedures. In 2008, we received a letter from the FDA stating that instead of using our patients own body parts to help heal them, we were in fact creating a new drug that needed a 100 million dollar drug approval.
Thus began an incredible journey that was the catalyst for this book.
NOTE: This book applies only to our cultured stem cell procedure (Regenexx-C), which we ultimately needed to perform outside of the US due to FDA’s nonsensical position. It doesn’t apply to the same day procedures (Regenexx-SD, -SCP, or PL) that can still be performed in the U.S.
What’s covered in the book?
- Is your body yours to govern?
- Should the federal government have control over your cells?
- Do you have the unalienable right to use your cells to save your life?
- Should new therapies only be developed in a top-down approach by big companies, or should new treatments also be developed by our doctor using a bottom-up approach?
Here is a press release on the new book:
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Innovative Doctor Takes on FDA’s Cells=Drugs Policy, Releases Telling e-Book
Broomfield, Colorado — August 1, 2012 — For Dr. Christopher Centeno of the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, the Federal Drug Administration’s controversial policy on stem cells is not just politics — it’s personal. He has seen first-hand the benefits stem cell injections provide his patients with painful orthopedic conditions. Centeno began incorporating stem cell injections into his patients’ treatment regimen after conducting extensive studies on their effectiveness within his practice.
His patients experience undeniable results without the invasive surgery and painful, exhaustive recovery that is representative of traditional knee-replacement procedures. But, in 2008, he hit a wall when the FDA issued his practice an untitled letter based on its 2006 decision that people’s cells weren’t their own to use as they saw fit. In a move that defied the logic of conventional medicine and science, the FDA classified stem cells as drugs in certain applications.
The agency instituted a one-word edit to legislation governing the use of stem cells that changed the way doctors and their patients could use stem cells. It’s a change that now defines not only the future of stem cell therapy, but of medicine as a whole.
“Stem cells offer more hope in combating modern-day illnesses than perhaps any other single treatment route,” Centeno says. “I feel I have a moral obligation to fight this fight and ensure that people retain their constitutional right to use their own body parts to improve their health and quality of life. It’s what inspired me to write the book.”
Centeno continues to respect the limits of the law in running his practice, offering only FDA-allowed stem cell procedures at his U.S.-based clinic in Broomfield, just outside Denver. He offers stem cell treatments the FDA currently doesn’t permit at his clinic in the Cayman Islands.
Learn why Centeno and many others in the medical field believe the FDA’s Cells=Drugs policy will define health care, by downloading The Stem Cells They Don’t Want You to Have: How the New Stem Cell Debate Will Shape the Future of Medicine.
ABOUT THE CENTENO-SCHULTZ CLINIC
The Centeno-Schultz Clinic is based in Broomfield, Colorado, and is a leading provider of non-surgical pain management. www.centenoschultz.com