The study of stem cell therapy is rapidly growing. In 2016, Stanford researchers found outstanding results demonstrating the power of stem cells in treating patients of stroke, the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Even before the stunning revelations from the world’s most prestigious institution, Dr. David Steenblock, D.O. from San Clemente, CA has already treated thousands of stroke patients, as well as those with other chronic diseases, using an innovative and personalized approach. His findings in coupling hyperbaric oxygen (chamber) therapy (HBOT) with regenerative medicine through stem cells has led to significant positive outcomes where patients have soon discovered renewed autonomy and increased facility of daily life. His dedication to the field has earned him the reputation of “The Stroke Doctor.”
There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the US, two-thirds of which are suffering from permanent damage. Statistics from the Virginia Department of Health show that stroke kills an estimated 140,000 Americans each year. There are two types of strokes: an ischemic stroke occurs when there is a blockage in an artery that is preventing blood supplies (oxygen and nutrients) from reaching the brain that then leads to brain cells dying and causing a stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood-filled pouch that either leaks or bursts in the artery floods the entire tissue around it with blood. The latter has a higher fatality rate and the prognosis in those cases are poorer.
After a stroke, the human body experiences a loss of oxygen flow and often paralysis in certain areas. Thanks to regenerative medicine, there are existing treatments that can mitigate the severity of the strokes and even greatly increase the chance of survival. However, new discoveries have found that stem cell therapy may not only prevent strokes from occurring entirely, but have also been found effective in the treatment and healing in the aftermath. Dr. Steenblock’s innovative process has several stages that ensure the best results. Infusions of new and healthy adult stem cells into the bloodstream, which circulate and participate in a repair and restoration process are injected and assist to restore the damaged tissues. He couples this process with hyperbaric oxygen therapies which introduce a higher oxygen flow through the body, building and repairing blood vessels and capillaries which serve to heal affected processes and organs.
Initially used to treat decompression sickness in divers, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is defined as the breathing of 100% oxygen at a pressure higher than atmospheric pressure. According to a study presented by Emily R. Rosario and Neurology Research International, “over the years the far-reaching potential has been recognized and has been approved for a variety of purposes including wound repair, anemia, carbon monoxide poisoning, osteomyelitis. In addition there has been a great deal of interest in the use of HBOT for brain injury, stroke and cerebral palsy…(and) based on the hypothesis that injured or inactive neurons would benefit from increased blood flow and oxygen delivery, which would act to metabolically or electrically reactivate the cells.”
All strokes can lead to significant impairment in brain functions, in which symptoms will be manifested throughout the body based on which part of the brain is injured and what it controls. For example, a stroke patient can experience weakness or paralysis if the area of his brain that controls strength is damaged. Other symptoms can include, sensation problems, vision loss, or speech impairment. Dr. Steenblock uses the acronym BE FAST (Balance, Eyes, Face, Arms, Speech, and Time) to identify symptoms of a stroke. “The sooner you get at treating the stroke victim after the stroke, the better,” says Dr. Steenblock, “There is a process of brain degeneration that occurs slowly after the stroke over the next year. During this one year stem cells, hyperbaric oxygen, brain growth factors and special anti-oxidants can bring the patient’s functions back much better and further than if you wait until after one year after the stroke…(although) ask me if there is any hope after all of these years and the answer is often – yes.” Recognizing any loss or impairment in any of those areas requires an immediate call to 911. Time is of the essence when it comes to treating strokes.
During his 40 years of practice, Dr. Steenblock has treated over 2000 stroke patients with a remarkably high success rate, deservedly earning him the nickname Stroke Doctor. “In 1999 I published a study that showed that over 90% of my chronic (3 years past the initial stroke) patients had significant improvements in at least one of their problem disabilities. In 2001, I began treating my stroke patients with stem cells and found that my results in general were as good with stem cells as the results from daily hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Many of these cases were video taped and these are still to be found on Youtube. Through the treatments administered by Dr. Steenblock’s team at Personalized Regenerative Medicine, patients have experienced significant improvement, sometimes within just two weeks. One of his patients, Mr. Fall, speaks of his experience in a heartfelt testimonial video. “I feel a lot stronger now,” Mr. Fall says within just a few days of therapy. “I think it made all the difference knowing that we were in the right place and with the right doctor,” his wife says.
Dr. Steenblock is on a continuous quest to find new and innovative ways to improve stem cell therapy. He has created individualized treatment programs for patients with all sorts of debilitating ailments that can benefit from his regenerative treatments. He has additionally formulated a product called Stemgevity, which is a stem cell mobilization dietary supplement, and has been recently featured in a number of publications with accolades to his work and career. Dr. David Steenblock, D.O. is a formative expert on stem cell treatments and regenerative medicine, and his reputation as ‘The Stroke Doctor’ has carried through corners of the globe by word of mouth to help many patients throughout the world. For more detailed information about the process visit his website.