About treating addiction with fat cells and up-regulation of CXCR4 to improve homing
I was reading the blog of Dr. Joseph Purita yesterday (January 7th 2014), who reported recently about his trip to the Swiss clinic in Moscow and the discussions he had with Russian doctors at that clinic. Highly interesting was his report that those doctors, besides treating addiction patients the traditional way, they also used fat cells for this purpose. From his blog: link here for whole article:
I was intrigued that they seemed to be having excellent success treating addiction problems by using mainly fat stem cells.Once the SVF is produced it is than treated with growth factors derived from platelet rich plasma (PRP). What happens with the PRP is that it is clotted in a test tube. Once the PRP is clotted it releases its growth factors. The growth factors are mixed with the SVF and they are given intravenously. Intravenous stem cells are used to treat a number of conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, cardiac problems, neurological conditions and a variety of other conditions. I spoke to the Russian doctors and they feel the stem cells travel to many parts of the body including the brain. This apparently helps with the addiction problems. Their feeling is that addiction is a multi-faceted problem affecting many different portions of the body. One wrinkle that was done in Moscow was that we also used intravenous bone marrow aspirate. As I have stated many times fat tissue has more mesenchymal stem cells while bone marrow has more hematopoietic stem cells. The patient that was treated with IV SVF and bone marrow stem cells was a stroke patient. He apparently had a good result from SVF alone so it was hoped that the combination would have an even better effect.