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Honored to Be Named a Top 50 Functional Med Doctor by Josh Axe

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I remember a friend of mine telling me years ago that even though I had an MD after my name, I reminded him more of a chiropractor. That was in fact a high compliment as I’ve never been a fan of the traditional “bull in the china shop” medical approach. This past week, Josh Axe, DC, who runs one of the most popular health sites in the Internet named me to his top 50 functional-medicine-physicians list. I also took this as a high compliment.

How Are Stem Cells Functional Medicine?

Stem cells right now live in the weird spot between traditional and alternative medicine. On the one hand, there are many drug companies gearing up to figure out how to make stem cells drugs pay the bills. There are countless universities performing both basic bench science as well as clinical trials. So very much traditional medicine. Having said that, the physicians using stem cells have taken a different path. They use these cells as a tool to try to help the body heal, which is very much an alternative-medicine concept. So sometime in the next few years, traditional medicine is going to have to go through its biggest overhaul since Hippocrates. It is going to have to adopt portions of alternative-medicine philosophy (like the the body can, in fact, with the right help, heal itself).

In the meantime, we have “Functional Medicine.” This term has been used to bridge the gap between traditional pharma-centered medicine and its research base and alternative medicine focused on self-healing. Hence, functional-medicine doctors use both—research and self-healing using diet, exercise, supplements, and now platelet rich plasma and stem cells.

Dr. Josh Axe

I first met Josh as a patient. He wanted to use his own stem cells to try and solve orthopedic problems that were preventing him from getting the most out of his body. I’ll let Josh tell his own story here:

The upshot? I’m very proud and honored to be on Josh’s list. Not only because I’m not a fan of traditional medicine but also because it’s guys like Josh who have defined a new trend in medicine—you can heal yourself if you take care of yourself!

The Regenexx-C procedure is not approved by the USFDA and is only offered in countries via license where culture-expanded autologous cells are permitted via local regulations. 


    Sarala D. Johnson MD says

    It is always a relief to observe the wonderful advances that Dr. Centeno has made with Regenexx (following the daily blogs). However the focus seems more on the "young stem cells" cultured from the middle aged and younger athletes.
    What about older persons who had been athletes in their youth and are not physically as fit currently, due to osteoarthritic issues, but who have maintained some physical stability and strength by toning exercises.(not walking)?


    Chris Centeno says

    Sarala D. Johnson MD,

    Thank you! Not our focus. The vast majority of our patients are treated with same day stem cell procedures and a good percentage of those patients are older. Stem cell procedures are dose dependent, not age dependent and because our procedures are customized to each patient we control the dose and as well as other factors. The only one area where age is an issue is severe hip arthritis. But there other essential components necessary for safe and effective stem cell treatment. Please see:


    diane allen says

    what about a injection that was not guided by x ray can that also help my area has a office that injects but doe not x ray and when i asked about the location of the injection they said it GOES to where it is needed
    i had a stem cell injection to knee but was not a guided injection was above the knee what is that all about i read that it should be a guided inection to a certain spot now wondering


    Chris Centeno says


    Hoping it does some good! While blind injections keep a provider's overhead low, reduce the training needed, and give people who aren't qualified the opportunity to enter the field, unfortunately, that's simply not true. Some types of injections require fluoroscopy, and some types are best guided by ultrasound, but guidance is needed as getting the right dose of the right type of stem cells precisely where they need to be, is very important. These are the things to look for for safe and effective Orthopedic Stem Cell treatment. Please see:


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    Chris Centeno

    Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…

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