CORD BLOOD, STEM CELLS & AUTISM
My name is Michal and I am a mother of four children, three of them on the autistic spectrum.
In my search for different treatments for them, I came across the world of umbilical cord blood and stem cell treatments.
I took my children for treatments with both umbilical cord blood stem
cells and with mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) and saw progress in their abilities which deepened my desire to learn about the subject as much as possible.
As part of my search, I entered dedicated Facebook groups.
In the groups for treating children with autism using stem cells, I constantly saw new entrants who are first exposed to the world of regenerative care and asked for some explanation and guidance.
For their benefit, I have written this website.
I hope it will be of use.
Why are umbilical cord blood/stem cells a possible treatment for autism?
I have umbilical cord blood. Can I use it to treat my child?
Treatment for autism using cord blood
Children with autism suffer from a higher-than-normal level of inflammation in the body.
Umbilical cord blood reduces inflammation in the body, thus allowing a developmental leap.
How can I get cord blood treatment for my child?
You can go to a research clinic or to a private one.
Each clinic has its own conditions for carrying out the treatment and the process of bringing the unit to them
There is autologous cord blood - saved at the child's birth and there is a matched sibling's cord blood.
There are research clinics and there are private ones, each has its own requirements for treating using cord blood.
How is cord blood given to my child?
The treatment can be given either intravenously (IV) or intrathecally (IT)
I did not keep my kids' cord blood. What can I do?
It is possible to join cord blood research in your country (if they have any) or around the world.
Research has its own pros and cons.
Learn about them here:
There is a parallel possibility of using autologous or donor stem cells.
For children with autism, this option shows similar outcomes as cord blood treatment
What are mesenchymal stem cells and what types are used to treat autism?
For the treatment of autism, mesenchymal cells are taken from the umbilical tissue of a young woman giving birth or from the child's bone marrow.
Does cord blood / Stem cell therapy always help?
Most children will show some improvement, some will show small ones, and some up to significant ones, but not all children will improve.
What should I check in order to choose a good clinic?
There are many private clinics that offer the treatment, but since there is no regulation on the subject, each one provides a different treatment.
What are the different parameters and what do they mean? Read here...
What are Stem Cells?
How do stem cells work?
What are exosomes?
Exosomes are small vesicles desecrated by the cells and can induce communication between different cells.
Are exosomes relevant to autism?
Due to their size, exosomes can cross the blood-brain barrier and reach the brain.
In the meantime, they have been successfully tested on autistic mice...