Stem Cell therapy for Autism has been making its rounds in the medical community. Recently, many parents have been asking and research more about this type of treatment, in the hopes that it could possibly reverse their child’s disorder. Many testimonies have come forth about stem cell therapy for autism but, are they really true? Is there any creditability to these claims of rapid improvement and near to miraculous turn around? Below we explore stem cell therapy for autism and simplify some issues and facts surrounding this topic.
Stem cell therapy has often been spoken of for cancer patients. It also has been widely used for patients with rare metabolic disorders. Eventually, with the success of this therapy seen both in cancer patients as well as patients with metabolic disorders, doctors and researchers began to look for other possible ways to use this therapy. The next set of patients looked upon were those with cerebral palsy. This was so as evidence started to show the benefits of stem cell therapy on neural connectivity in the brain. Eventually, results from various studies came back and it was found that the condition of cerebral palsy had been improved using stem cell therapy. As time elapsed, theories start circulating in the medical community that most of the category of neurological/developmental disorders could be cured using stem cell treatments. As such autism was then the next disorder that research papers centred around due to its increasing prevalence.
Today, much research has been done and various stem cell treatments for autism have been found to be possible effective, with trials still ongoing.. Two types most popularly used in the U.S are Monocular cells from blood cord (CB-MNC) and mesenchymal stromal cells form cord tissue. (UC-MSC). Studies have shown that both these treatments have been shown to improve neural connectivity in the brain as well as immune system function for children on the autism spectrum. While much is still left to be known, many parents have come forward to have their child participate in clinical stem cell therapy trials.
To date, clinical trials for stem cell therapy for autism are still conducted as official treatment and FDA approval have not yet been finalized. As such please be very cautious at promises that stem cell therapy will radically and totally cure autism.
AS a guide, below are some points to research before trying any form of stem cell therapy for autism:
- Has the centre offering treatment made a plan for adverse reactions? In any laboratory or clinical trial setting, all possible adverse reactions may not be known. While the treatment may significantly improve the patient’s condition, there is a possibility that things can go south. Have you researched into these possibilities? Trials, until proven 100% sure and effective, are often left to chance at certain moments, you should go into it knowing the negatives and positives.
- Read the contract of treatment presented to you very carefully, and do not feel pressured to accept or decline immediately. Consult relevant professionals like lawyers and other trusted doctors before giving consent.
- Ask for a third party testing report. Companies offering stem cell treatment should not have issues with presenting legitimate third party reports, reviews and testimonies for their product. If there is any sign of hesitation, do not use their products and offerings.
While there may be reasons to be cautious with any new medical enterprise around, there is also hope to optimistic. As stated above, many stem cell therapy projects have been shown to be effective and relatively safe. There are possible benefits for autism with regard to stem cell therapy. Many parents who have tried it have reported success.
An important point to note when going into any medical enterprise is to carefully measure the baseline (or condition before treatment begins), the condition during treatment and then the condition after treatment. To be sure you get the best out of any treatment, knowing the differences and progress made before and after treatment is essential. Positively judging procedures for their true value comes when thorough documentation of all symptoms at various treatments points are well understood and applied.
We hope you carefully research and consider if stem cell therapy I right for your loved one with ASD. We understand the sensitivity of this issue and so promise to continue to help you in making informed decisions.
Stem cell therapy for autism is still an experimental treatment that is still under research. No clinic can give you promise that you will see gain and/or claim that stem cell therapy can cure autism. Be wary of advice from people who have “done their research” by watching YouTube videos. We recommend reading research papers that are published in medical journals and peer-reviewed via PubMed.