7 November 2007
The Stem Cell and Autism Connection
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are primal cells that can divide and differentiate to
become like any other more specialized cells in your body. The three
types of stem cells are embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells and
cord blood stem cells.
Embryonic stem cells are the most controversial because they are
harvested from human embryos, while the other stem cells can be
obtained from adult tissue or from the umbilical cord and placenta of
newborn babies and their mothers without damage to them.
Why use stem cells for children with autism?
Children with autism suffer from two major conditions:
2. Immune dysregulation
Hypoperfusion is decreased blood flow to the brain, meaning that the
brain does not receive enough oxygen and cannot function normally.
Any time there is not enough blood flowing to the brain, the brain
cells become inflamed and make more nitric oxide. This opens up the
cells to receive too much calcium, which damages the mitochondria
(that make the energy for cells). As a result, the brain cells die
from lack of food.
Immune dysregulation in children with autism means that their immune
systems do not respond normally to stimulation. When the body signals
to the immune system that it needs help (like when the brain becomes
inflamed) the proper immune response and subsequent healing do not
occur in children with autism.
Instead, children with autism often have continually suppressed
immune systems, chronic inflammation and suffer from autoimmune
An autoimmune response happens when your body does not recognize your
cells as your own and actually attacks the good cells. Autoimmune
disorders include Crohn's disease and multiple sclerosis, in addition
Immune dysregulation is very apparent in the gastrointestinal health
of children with autism.
Most suffer from symptoms ranging from diarrhea, gas, and bloating to
intestinal lesions and inflammation of their gastrointestinal system.
Researchers have discovered that two kinds of stem cells can
specifically address the hypoperfusion and immune dysregulation that
are characteristic of children with autism.
The Stem Cell Therapy - Autism Theory
Dr. Fabio Solano has used CD34+ stem cells from cord blood and
mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) as a successful autism treatment.
Cord blood CD34+ stem cells injected into the patient improve blood
flow to the brain, which supplies the brain with more oxygen and
results in improved central nervous system functioning.
Mesenchymal stem cells are used to heal immune dysregulation in
people with Crohn's disease and can also suppress the inflammation in
children with autism and address their fundamental immune abnormality.
Using these two kinds of stem cells together can heal both the brain
and the gut for a unique treatment that has great potential!
To learn more about the research that Dr. Leonard Smith and his
colleagues performed, go to the Journal of Translational Medicine to
read Stem Cell Therapy for Autism.
Leonard Smith, M.D., is a renowned gastrointestinal, vascular and
general surgeon as well as an expert in the use of nutrition and
natural supplementation. His research on stem cell therapy as an
autism treatment is ground breaking, but he still believes that it is
only one part of conquering the autism epidemic. Donna Gates and Dr.
Leonard Smith are teaming up to create a better solution for autism
that combines stem cell therapy with a healing Body Ecology diet and
Patricia vs. Autism
Dr. Fabio Solano regularly treats patients with CD34+ stem cells and
mesenchymal stem cells.
In fact, you can see the progress of one of his young patients on
YouTube! Patricia Cabrera is a young girl who has had successful stem
cell therapy to treat autism.
Under the supervision of Dr. Solano, her healing is remarkable, and
her verbal and interpersonal skills visibly improve. For Patricia and
other patients, stem cell therapy is an amazing solution that offers
hope for a normal life.
Is stem cell therapy a viable autism treatment?
Stem cell therapy appears to be a safe way to treat autism, though it
does take several treatments over the course of a year and may not be
covered by insurance.
Stem cell therapy does have the potential to help a large number of
children with autism; however, it is a major intervention, and
children with autism need to be healthy from the inside out.
As Dr. Smith says, "Stem cell therapy is the dessert, not the main
course," and nutrition and lifestyle should support optimal health.
Indeed, autism is a complex disorder, with complex causes. Even
doctors are not sure exactly why it happens.
I believe that a subset of children have genomic variations in their
detoxification pathways as well as serious immunologic issues. In
addition, children whose mothers had candida, viruses or heavy metal
toxins in their blood during pregnancy pass those issues on to their
children. Then, these children with already weak immunity are exposed
to toxins through vaccinations.
Exposure to candida, viral infections and heavy metals puts some
children more at risk, and with the continual environmental and
dietary toxins in our modern world, we are seeing more and more
neurological disorders in both children and adults.
To learn more about the causes of autism read
The Root Causes of Autism: A Supposed Mystery That is Not So
Fortunately, the human body is very flexible, and autism does not
happen to everyone. I do believe that we can heal this condition,
from the inside out.