Addressing the significant cost of opioid use through Stem Cell applications
Exciting news regarding the ability of Stem Cells to reverse opioid tolerance has recently been hitting the airwaves.
Currently, there are just short of 200 million opioid prescriptions handed out across the United States yearly. Such a spate of opioid prescriptions can have devastating effects for those who get hooked on the drug.
On average, 130 people die of opioid addiction in the United States alone on a daily basis due to a physical dependence on the drug. The cost of opioid misuse to society is thought to be in excess of $78.5 billion a year which includes health care costs, lost productivity, treatment and the involvement of the criminal justice system.
This epidemic is largely a result of the negligent assurance of the pharmaceutical companies in the 1990's that patients prescribed opioids would not become addicted while also experiencing effective pain relief. This not only is thought to have cost a lot of significant number of lives but indirectly destroyed many others in the process.
Today, the problem remains as dire as ever and critical conversations are being had on a daily basis to stem the negative impact that opioid intolerance is causing to many of the world's citizens. There appears to be no solution in sight from conventional healthcare facilities and this is illustrated by the fact that within 16 major US cities opioid overdoses increases by 54% within the space of a year.
To date, opioid therapy conducted in mainstream society has failed to stem the epidemic. As a result, medical researchers have been keen to find more effective methods of treatment as opposed to the current opioid therapy options available for those experiencing severe opioid addiction.
Due to the serious epidemic that society is confronted with, understanding how to lower opiate tolerance has been a key focus in medical research for decades.
Thanks to recent scientific studies, there is growing confidence in the effectiveness that stem cells can provide to those with a severe reliance on opioids for pain management and relief.
The study which has caused the greatest buzz is that conducted at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The researchers hypothesized that Stem Cells could help reduce the severity of opioid tolerance, along with hyperalgesia as a result of their anti-inflammatory capabilities.
The research involved creating a tolerance to opioids within lab rats and mice via the injection of morphine over a 4 week period. After the rats and mice had been fully injected, they were administered with a controlled amount of Stem Cells.
The results were staggering.
Within only a few days, tolerance was reversed and the injections were deemed to be completely safe. The major organs of all rats and mice continued to function normally and no sign of organ failure or difficulties were identified. Furthermore, normal weight gain, movement, fluid and food intake was also observed.
As a result of the research findings, the researchers were able to conclude that Stem Cells have tremendous potential in reducing the significant issue that is opioid reliance in modern society.
Because Stem Cells are well-known for providing healing effects in assisting the body to repair damaged organs, it is no surprise that significant pain reductions are also experienced. As pain is reduced it is only natural that the body would not require pain-relieving opioids that patients would have previously found necessary for pain management and to reduce the pain they were experiencing.
Without getting too scientific, the reason that this work is because Embryonic Stem Cells produce unique microRNAs that are absent from all other types of cells. Their role is to provide chronic pain patients with a repair response within most affected organs. The result is restoration of receptors to their normal state and, therefore, allowing pain to be remedied in the absence of reliance on opioids.
Through their own treatment with a range of patients suffering from many unrelated symptoms, Stemaid Institute Europe has been able to draw similar conclusions to those of the Cleveland Clinic researchers.
Stemaid Institute researchers discovered that patients who had received treatment for Lyme Disease, Arthritis and other chronic illnesses had been able to drastically reduce their opioid intake following treatment at the institute.
It was also observed that opioid tolerance was also able to be reduced without the usual withdrawal symptoms such as extreme discomfort.
At the Stemaid Institute Europe, a targeted protocol is undertaken to assist clinic patients with reducing their opioid intake levels. This protocol involves a combination of Stem Cells and specific Chinese Herbs that are known to be effective when paired with receptors to reduce pain but in the absence of addiction.
The length of treatment will vary depending on the patient's condition, and medical history.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2019.
Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention 2018.