Body fat good source of stem cells, say doctors


Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that the Department of Health would come out in the coming weeks with the rules to regulate stem cell therapy in the country. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Health buffs may abhor body fat but it is actually a good source for stem cells that can be used to help treat diseases ranging from athritis, diabetes, or even HIV/AIDS in the future, according to a stem cell expert.

Speaking at the first national convention of the Philippine Society for Stem Cell Medicine, Vasilis Paspaliaris, a stem cell expert from Greece, said body fat or adipose tissues have been proven to be rich sources of mesenchyme stem cells, used for regenerative medicine.

“Why fat? What’s the interest in fat? There’s a lot more mesenchyme stem cells in adipose tissue,” Paspaliaris said during the convention at the Manila Hotel.

“Many of you cosmetic surgeons know that fat has been used as a filler for breast enhancements. Everyone knew there was a therapeutic use for fat. And plastic surgeons were quite aware of it. They have seen its rejuvenative effects,” he added.

He said that while mesenchyme tissues could also be found in the skin and the kidneys, “there is 10,000 times more mesancyme stem cells in adipose tissue.”

“And what is a big deal in adipose tissue is that (it’s) easily accessible with a minimal invasive procedure. More importantly, we can take a little amount of fat and we already have enough numbers of cells that we can take back straight to our patients,” he added.

However, Paspaliaris said that the fat person would not necessarily have more mesenchyme stem cells than someone thinner.

“The bigger you are does not mean that you have more stem cells. It just means you have more lipids (or stored energy),” he added.

Dr. Rey Melchor Santos, president of the Philippine Society for Stem Cell Medicine, said stem cells from human embryos or aborted fetuses should not be used.

“(The use of stem cells) coming from human embryos or fetuses will not be adhered to because it is unethical and associated with a lot of problems,” Santos said.

He also urged the public to be wary of beauty parlors and spas that have been offering stem cell therapies without the guidance of licensed physicians.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that the Department of Health would come out in the coming weeks with the rules to regulate stem cell therapy in the country.

“Today, we see the proliferation of `centers’ offering stem cell treatments for medical and aesthetic purposes. Some stem cell programs here have expert personnel and clinical facilities and advanced laboratory equipment and technologies, reputed to be more advanced than other institutions abroad,” Ona said.

“We are concerned, however, that other facilities might not have the minimum capabilities needed to perform stem cell therapies safely and effectively,” he added.

While cell therapy holds promise, it is not yet part of standard of care and is considered an “investigative procedure for compassionate use,” according to Ona.

“Applications of stem cells for the treatment of malignancies, blood disorders, degenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease), metabolic diseases (e.g., diabetes), and immune cell therapy are still under clinical evaluation and study,” Ona said.

“The public must avoid receiving cell preparations that are being offered in the Philippines and elsewhere, such as embryonic, aborted fetal, genetically altered and animal stem cells,” he added.

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  • Pok2

    Why is the DOH only promoting expensive alternatives vice start looking for  cheaper ones like Tawa Tawa for Dengue or the Fabunan Antiviral Injection (FAI) for AIDS and Dengue or investigating Dr. Navarro of Bataan how he cures cancer. The DOH doesn’t serve the interest of the poor but only for the rich. For example, the FAI has been patented and validated by one of the top NANO science team in the world headed by Dr. Ethan will Taylor and they won’t (even PNOY) look at this. We have outbreaks of Chikungunya and only the FAI cures this disease in three days. Please watch Dengue KIller at you tube. The DOH is one of the most corrupt Dept. in our bureaucracy and even PNOY is powerless on them. The EVILS of Pharma giants are so so enormous that puts the lives of the proletariat in constant peril.In this country, if you are poor, your only right is to die when you are gravely ill.  Tuwid na Daan is joke. Ona and Tayag are there to serve their “Pharmaceuticals Masters” who made them filthy rich and very GREEDY.

    • panhase

       Present scientific data for your claims. because at the moment these are just claims, nothing more.

      • Pok2

         Please google “Fabunan Antiviral Injection” and read the thesis of Dr. Elbourakadi, one the assistants of Dr. Ethan Will Taylor and watch Dengue Killer at you tube.  Or call the Fabunan Medical Clinic at 09174924744. Thank you and Godbless panhase.

      • panhase

        Well, I asked you for some scientific data for your claims. To watch a video at youtube is no substitute for that. Where is a study? And it would be nice if it would turn out to be a peer reviewed study.
        Right now it just remains a claim.

      • Pok2

         Did you read the thesis that I mentioned or call or even visit the clinic because they are very transparent and along with thousands of patients that were healed and the numbers of patients they see everyday. Come to Olongapo and you’ll see how Doctor’s envy the man. And it’s NANO ( means new eg. DNA, Stem cell research)  Science. Don’t compare that to old and traditional medicines. That’s old. If you still don’t comprehend, it’s okay. It’s too hard to believe because I used to be like you. Good day Sir!

      • panhase

        Wow, NANO, now that explains it all. And then even some new eg. DNA, Stem cell research. Maybe we can put in even some quantum theory, what do you think?
        That would convince me because all that substitutes for scientific studies di ba?
        Do you know how science works? How it is actually done? And by the way there is no old and traditional medicine as opposed to new and modern medicine.

  • ever green

    nice…..I have more than 50 lbs excess of it……

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