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Why Bank Your Stem Cells?

Written by Andrew Ripps. Posted in Adult Stem Cells

The only way to assure that you have a supply of adult stem cells when you need them is to bank your and your family’s autologous cells (your own personal stem cells). Not only does this assure you of a source – it assures you of a match.

  • Why your own adult stem cells?

Banking your stem cells and your family’s stem cells is becoming as important as health and life insurance – consider it bio-insurance. When you choose to store your own adult stem cells, you want the best chance for success in your stem cell therapy.

Where applicable, the most natural and effective therapies will use your own autologous cells as the basis for truly personalized treatment for disease and increasingly to sustain and improve vitality as you age.

When stem cell banks look for a “match” for a stem cell transplant, they are only looking to match six key points on the stem cells to your cells. Beyond that, there is little likelihood that you will find the dozens of additional similarities that are important. That is why a patient who has an allogeneic transplant – the cells of others – must take immunosuppressant drugs to minimize the risk of rejection and Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD); an overwhelming and devastating immunological reaction where the alien cells transplanted mount an attack on the body. The reaction can be chronic or acute and can be fatal.12
For more information on Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) click here »

  • Why your family’s stem cells?

Autologous stem cells are always a perfect match for you, right down to your DNA. In addition, your family members share the same genetic and immunological factors often allowing family members to share their cells.

You have a 30% chance of finding a perfect match to your own cells from family members.
When stem cell banks look for a “match” for a stem cell transplant they are only looking to match 6 key points on the stem cells to your cells. Beyond that, there is little likelihood that you will find the dozens of additional similarities that are important.

Not only that, but Public banks take an average of four months to find a match for people. If your medical need is urgent, you may not find cells in time for effective treatment. For ethnic or racial minority groups, the chances of finding matching stem cells drop to less than 10%.13