Note from Team GR: Have a question about stem cell therapy? We chatted with Dr. Ernesto Gutierrez about its benefits on our podcast! There are our biggest takeaways from the conversation.
Written by Julie Obradovic
On April 19th, I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Ernesto Gutierrez of the World Stem Cells Clinic for our #ChatAutism podcast. Dr. Gutierrez is one of the premier stem cell experts in the world and a leading specialist in using them to treat autism spectrum disorders.
He has worked closely with Generation Rescue for some time, appearing not only on this podcast in the past, but also at our annual Autism Education Summit as a sponsor and presenter. We are thrilled that he will be joining us again as both in Dallas this year!
Stem cell therapy offers significant promise in many areas of health, especially autism. To begin our discussion, however, I asked him to start at the beginning.
1. How does stem cell therapy work?
Dr. Gutierrez shared that our bodies are circulating our own stem cells at all times. These cells function as our own personal repair mechanisms. The hope is that by harvesting them and infusing them into the body to target specific areas, the body can begin to repair those areas in need.
2. There Two Types of Stem Cells: Adult vs. Embryonic
He added that there are two types of stem cells, adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are often considered controversial and are not encouraged for use at this time.
Adult stem cells, however, work quite well he claimed. Contrary to what many people think, for example, stem cells from the umbilical cord actually are adult stem cells already.
3. It Is Not Available in the U.S.
We moved on to discuss why this therapy is not yet readily available in the United States. His clinic is in Cancun, Mexico, where stem cell therapy is approved for clinical purposes.
Dr. Gutierrez suggested that the main obstacle for securing treatment here in the U.S. is the definition of stem cell therapy used by the Food and Drug Administration who considers them to be a pharmaceutical.
By inaccurately categorizing them this way, the therapy has to go through the 10-15 year approval process as a “drug”. Dr. Gutierrez is confident they will gain approval eventually, but unfortunately may continue to take some time to do so.
4. It’s All About the Attitude
We also talked about some of the misconceptions and limitations of stem cell therapy. He shared that although it’s changing, many people have an “all or nothing” attitude about stem cells. In other words, it’s either going to be a miraculous intervention or worthless.
Convincing people that it’s a process and still in the early stages of being tweaked for efficacy has helped alter that belief. It’s not about a miraculous recovery, he claims. It’s about improvement. As he stated, “We are trying to get appropriate improvements in development.”
5. Does insurance cover it?
Sadly, insurance does not usually cover stem cell therapy for autism. It is possible to file a claim and receive some coverage, but it is unusual to receive it. And although a trip to Mexico for a 5-day treatment plan can be expensive, Dr. Gutierrez offers a guarantee that you will see improvements.
We did not have time to discuss the additional promising areas for stem cell therapy, such as autoimmune conditions, anti-aging, and neurodegenerative diseases. For more information about those topics, and/or to learn more about stem cell therapy for autism, we encourage you to visit his website at www.worldstemcellsclinic.com
Reserve your spot at the 2017 Autism Education Summit in Dallas to learn more from Dr. Gutierrez!
Thank you, Dr. Gutierrez for taking the time to share your expertise with our warriors.
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Yours in hope, health, and healing,
National Programs Manager