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Mumbai: Model cum Bollywood actress Lisa Ray is on a global mission these days. After having battled cancer through stem cell transplantation, the actress has become the global advisor for the same.
Fourteen months of battling multiple Myeloma has not killed her indomitable spirit.  She's cured, and jokingly refers to herself as a "cancer graduate." She sports the cancer haircut and the bangle, which she is wearing, says a lot about her attitude.
"Its inspired by an Indian bangle, there is a lady in Vancouver who is also cancer survivor and she gave it to me," said Lisa.

And her new life is all about doing things she is passionate about, having put the uncertainty of cancer behind her. Lisa Ray is on a hurricane tour of three days in India to promote Stem Cell Technology.
"Its one of the most important things I can do now- right here. The fact that I'm speaking to you is because of my stem cell transplant. So its my way of expressing my gratitude, and paying it forward for all this support I got, speak about my experience with cancer and stem cell therapy as much as possible," she added.
Lisa, who is last remembered for films like 'Water' and 'I Can't Think Straight' recently, refused to be a participant on the TV reality show Bigg Boss 4, but hopes to make a comeback in Bollywood.
"I will be starting work on something in November. I can't really talk about it right now. So let's wait and watch"
And there's more in her kitty.   The Indo-Canadian Actress is writing her first book. An autobiographical narrative which in the final stages of completion, we hope the book is as lucid and candid as she is.

Posted: 10/28/2010 1:45:04 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
Mr. Jim Smith, 17 years a heart patient, was treated with VesCell stem cells in Bangkok in April, 2010. Three months later, Jim shows signs of improvement.  He says, “I feel more vital, with brighter eyes, mind, and spirit. I'm virtually rendered speechless to describe my new lease of life.”
His journey was a hard one – 17 years of ill-health, medical testing leading to questionable diagnoses and useless harmful drugs. “I have a long history of heart disease, which began noticeably in December 1993,” he confided.  “My condition is caused by a family history of vascular diseases, hypertension, hypercholesteremia, and severe sleep apnea. Unfortunately, I’d inherited all these risk factors and, had I known earlier, I wouldn’t have felt the compunction, much less the devastating effects of heart disease, had I not added 18 years of cigarette smoking to the deadly mix.” “Sadly, I was told by a heart specialist that even a perfectly healthy lifestyle wouldn’t have prevented me from having a heart attack somewhere in my 50s, but smoking had definitely accelerated the process.“ “Only a month after my 30th birthday, I was rushed to the local hospital’s emergency department twice in four days with severe, pulsating pain in my chest, arms, and shoulders.”
On this trip to the hospital, Jim was incorrectly diagnosed with esophageal reflux, but four years later, after suffering the same symptoms, he found out he’d really had two heart attacks, not acid reflux, and was now suffering another. “This time I was rushed to a different hospital, where I was correctly diagnosed with a severe heart attack caused by two completely blocked heart arteries and a third blocked at 90%. The attending cardiologist told me in exact terms, that I’d require emergency quadruple bypass surgery to restore blood flow to my heart, so obviously I agreed. In fact, I was ecstatic to hear that I would survive. “
“So, within a few hours on a very early Sunday morning, a medical team had congregated to perform the grueling five-hour procedure. Odd perhaps, but I was feeling happy and excited about the surgery.” “Unfortunately, bypass surgery couldn’t repair the severe scar left on my heart by the heart attacks and the damaged tissue had left me constantly fatigued and breathless for the next 12 years.” During those years, Jim reinvented himself. Following the surgery, he physically worked on his condition, working out, trying to lead a normal life. Jim enrolled as a full time student, graduated, and began private practice as a psychologist, hoping to share his knowledge on the subject of the humanities in a broader, refreshing manner.
But then his whole world was overturned. “In December 2008, I was playing cricket at a Jimtmas gathering with my university colleagues, when I suddenly collapsed in a heap. I’d eaten lunch and consumed two light beers on a warm summer’s day, shortly before running between the wickets and heading for the outfield. It was then that my colleagues noticed me “go down like a cowboy in a Western gun battle.”
“Amazingly, it seems the stars had aligned for me that day, when I was saved by a quick-thinking and skilled friend and colleague. She’d resuscitated me within seconds of going down and miraculously kept the blood flowing through my brain with ongoing CPR, until both the fire brigade and ambulance had arrived a few minutes later.“ “An hour of resuscitation onsite undoubtedly appears to have helped convince me to hold onto life, so once I was fully stabilized, the paramedics immediately transported me to a hospital’s intensive care unit. I remained there for 24 hours, covered by an ice blanket, which aimed to cool my body and reduce my heart’s function to a bare minimum. I remained in hospital for nine days and had a defibrillator fitted in my chest. “Having narrowly escaping this time, Jim had thought he was free and clear, but in 2009, he felt he had hit bottom.
“Following my last VF in December 2009, I’d become increasingly helpless and hopeless in the need to control both my heart’s predictability and overall quality of life. The sense of helplessness I experienced with taking drugs to curb one problem, only to have them cause others, had left me feeling claustrophobic and believing that perhaps my relatively young life at 46 had reached its tether. I began to feel as though my light was dimming slowly, but markedly.” After much personal introspection, years of pills, medical appointments, and treatments,  Jim’s internet search brought him to adult stem cells and their use in treatment of heart disease through VesCell, a process of using one’s own blood to create stem cells. He had a glimmer of hope.
Jim contacted VesCell in early 2010, seeking options for his heart condition. “I have a deep concern and personal interest in stem cell therapy because of my heart condition, so I wished to explore the possibilities the procedure may hold for me. “

Jim submitted his medical records, was approved and began to prepare for is journey to Bangkok for treatment. “Despite my knowledge of the hospital’s credentials, once I’d arrived there in mid April this year, I was almost stunned to find an amazingly modern hospital with ever-attending, pleasant, and courteous staff members. Just arriving at the Bangkok hospital had made me feel better, so I was sure that my up-lifted mood would play some role in improving my chances of optimal improvement after the long-awaited procedure.” Jim’s treatment was deemed a success, and he returned home to his everyday life to wait and see what happened.
“It was May 28th, exactly one month from the date of my ASC injection. I remember leaving the house that morning and, while heading for the train station, it had dawned on me that for the first time in maybe 15 years, I hadn’t propped myself on the bed for 10 minutes to meditate. Morning meditation was a ritual I’d developed to help me wade through the day.”
“I realized that I hadn’t sat down to meditate that morning, because I hadn’t needed to. As I noted in a few of the testimonials I’d read early this year, the patient had experienced symptom relief as early as a month from the day of his/her procedure. And now, exactly one month after my procedure, it had happened to me! You wouldn’t believe how the treatment just crept up on me, when, as if by magic, I was without fatigue for the first time in maybe 15 years. Not to mention, the palpitations had all but ceased at the same time, while the associated cough had disappeared, and some blood had come rushing back to my face.” “My breathlessness also seemed to have all but disappeared, and here I am at the end of September, 2010, still feeling the amazing effects of VesCell. There’s only one more detail, of course, and that’s whether or not my new stem cells will hone in and repair the problematical scar tissue that’s causing the VF’s. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see in time and remain open to the possibilities, yet again.” Jim just had his six month checkup back in Bangkok and his stem cell cardiologist confirmed his results.
“This is a revolutionary treatment and I take this opportunity to congratulate you all for potentially making a profoundly positive impact on those with the greatest needs of hope and life, with “a deep concern and personal interest in stem cell therapy because of my heart condition.”
VesCell™ uses a patient’s own adult stem cells to treat Heart Disease and is a viable alternative for patients who either cannot undergo or choose not to undergo the standard treatment such as Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), heart transplants, or receiving maximal therapy. The company focused on using stem cells from the patient’s own blood in order to treat a variety of disorders, especially cardiovascular diseases. The company has developed a proprietary stem cell technology called VesCell™ that is currently being used by hospitals in Thailand to treat patients with heart disease. The company has treatment centers in Latin America and Europe.

Posted: 10/27/2010 3:22:39 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
Nashik-based basketball coach Sachin Salve was 19 years old when his limbs began to feel strained and he could not walk or run properly. Over the next few years, the basketball player could not even bend his knees. He later found out that these were early symptoms of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD), an incurable disorder that affects the voluntary muscles, mainly the muscles around the pelvic and shoulder region.
Salve did not lose hope despite the fact that muscular dystrophy has no known cure.
He put his faith in a new theory that was doing the rounds in the medical fraternity — stem cell therapy. He opted for it in April and it has not only reduced the pace of his muscle degeneration but now he can perform his day-to-day activities better.

“Earlier, I could not shampoo my hair or even read the newspaper. Being in crowded and narrow areas scared me because I would lose my balance,” said Salve.

But on Friday, he was able to travel by bus alone from Nashik to Mumbai for his monthly appointment.

LGMD is caused when certain proteins in the muscles are missing or malfunctioning and this leads to muscle degeneration. The stem cells, which were injected into the fluid around Salve’s spinal cord and affected muscles, took the form of the missing proteins and slowed down the rate of muscle degeneration.

“Before the therapy, I would tire after four hours on the field, now I can go on for 12 hours at a stretch,” said the coach proudly as 14 children trained under him were selected for the state team this year. Out of the 14, one made it to the national team. All the teams he coached have won local and district-level tournaments.

The stem cell therapy is followed up by physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help rehabilitate patients. “Since he is a basketball coach, most of his exercises included throwing a ball. These exercises help mobilise the stem cells to areas where they are most needed and yields better results,” said Dr Nandini Gokulchandran, head, clinical reaserch at Neurogen, a clinic in Chembur.

For Salve, who used to avoid award ceremonies out of the fear of climbing the steps to the stage, the therapy has brought in a new bounce in his step.
ED NOTE: If you or a loved one suffers from any form of Muscular Dystrophy, send Don an email: don@RepairStemCells.org --- put TREATMENT in the subject and Muscular Dystrophy in the message, and he will send you whatever info you wish.
Posted: 10/6/2010 10:27:13 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
Diane Stuttard had her lower left leg broken after being hit by a car while she walked home after a night out in 2001.
Both the tibia and fibula were shattered and she faced having the leg amputated after 11 operations.

However, she then contacted Anan Shetty, a leading orthopaedic surgeon, after seeing a Sky News report about him using stem cells to save the leg of a climber.

During her operation, at the private Spire Alexandra Hospital in Chatham, Kent, stem cells from her bone marrow were taken and mixed with a gel called Surgifill, which trapped the cells against the fracture. Within days they started to form healthy new bone, healing the break.

Surgeons also lengthened her leg by cutting into a healthy section of bone, injecting the stem cell mix and using an orthopaedic scaffold to gently pull the bone apart at a rate of almost half an inch (1cm) a month.

Although it is not the first time stem cells have been used in bone reconstruction, it is the first time the combination of stem cells, Surgifill and the leg lengthening technique has been used anywhere in the world.

She told Sky News: "I was advised to have the leg amputated by the surgeon in Leeds, but thankfully I said I wanted to wait until I had exhausted all avenues. I'm glad I did because this stem cell technique has come up and now it's my chance to get it right."

Mr Shetty said: "I am confident the fracture will join up. We managed to cut out all the dead bone and get into bleeding bone, which means that it is healthy. We also managed to use stem cells that will stimulate the bone to grow quicker."

The doctors and patient will have to wait 18 months before they can be sure the leg has healed properly.
Posted: 10/6/2010 10:24:40 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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