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Stem Cell Therapy is under the microscope, but it’s helping these Clovis residents


Promising new Stem Cell Therapy is now being offered in Clovis.

The potential seems unlimited, from restoring damaged knee cartilage, to repairing torn ligaments and much more.

For now, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is only allowing the use of Stem Cells in very narrow specific cases.

Clinics like the one in Clovis are using ‘ Umbilical Cord ‘ Stem Cells, which are donated after a mother gives birth to a baby.

Two local patients say that ‘Stem Cell Therapy’ has changed their lives.  We also examine how the FDA is now scrutinizing possible unauthorized use of Stem Cells. 

It’s Saturday morning at The Body Building in Clovis. Another shipment of umbilical cord Stem Cells packed in dry ice arrives from Biogenix. This is for a patient suffering from acute and painful neuropathy in both feet.

Using a syringe, a nurse practitioner will administer up to 40 million donated Umbilical Stem Cells, that have been screened and tested in an FDA registered laboratory. 

Supporters claim these Stem Cells have the potential to reduce or eliminate pain and even restore damaged cartilage – bone, muscle, ligaments and even organs.

Some wonder if this approved by the FDA.

Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations Section 1271, deals with Stem Cells. In layman’s terms, it says the only Stem Cell therapies approved by the FDA are Stem Cells from bone marrow or cord blood – specifically to treat cancers of the blood or bone marrow.

However, there is an exception for that – if the treatment is being studied under an Investigational New Drug Application – filed with and allowed by the FDA.

Kasey Kahl is the owner of The Body Building – a clinic that also offers restorative cryotherapy, infrared saunas and chiropractic treatments.

He says the results of umbilical Stem Cell therapy is not only amazing, but safe.

“It is borderline miraculous,” Kahl said. “It’s very safe. There are over half a million case studies with Biogenix themselves.”

In February, 16-year-old Buchanan sophomore J.D. Peralta was in a wrestling match in Mission Oaks.

His foot got jammed and his leg was twisted as he went down.

“I immediately felt two pops and just pain,” J.D. said.

J.D. had to be helped off the mat. His season – in fact, his high school wrestling career – seemed over.

Doctors confirmed the worst.

“I separated my ACL; like I tore my ACL and my meniscus,” J.D. said.

An orthopedic surgeon said he needed corrective surgery, but his family opted for something else.

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“I actually got Stem Cells,” J.D. said. “It’s been about 4 to 5 weeks, and I feeling like I’m already almost 100%” 

His parents’ reaction?

“They’re so happy that I got Stem Cell [Therapy],” he said.

His coaches’ reaction?

“They just can’t believe that it’s real,” J.D. said.

At this rate, J.D. plans to be back on the wrestling mat next year – which keeps his dream of wrestling in college alive.

Another example is Brady Hole; he also had Stem Cell Therapy.

“They said I’d walk in and limp out, and I ended up walking in and getting wheelchaired out,” Hole said.

Hole owns a concrete construction company. He’s 41 years old, and has had horrible knee problems since he was 23.

He couldn’t bend his knees or squat – two things he needs for his line of work.

Doctors told him he had the knee of a 70-year old man.

He endured four surgeries and two decades of pain.

“It was the norm, you know? It hurt all the time; so it was the normal deal,” Hole said.

He considered knee replacement surgery but worried about his active lifestyle and complications when he got older.

So when he heard about Stem Cell therapy, he thought, “I had nothing to lose; because I’d already done 4 surgeries, and it didn’t help at all.”

He had Stem Cells injected into both knees.

So how quickly did he feel the results?  

“I mean literally, the next day I could feel the difference,” he said.

We interviewed him about 4 1/2 weeks after his treatment.

“My knee wasn’t popping anymore,” Hole said. “The pain went away, and it just kept slowly getting better and better and better. I swear by it. It’s incredible.”

The FDA is currently in the middle of a three-year review of Stem Cell Therapy. That three period expires in November 2020 at which point many expect the FDA will tighten restrictions on Stem Cell Therapy.

In the meantime, if you’re considering it now, check with the FDA and check with your doctor.

The treatment is generally not covered by health insurance.

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