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This Is How Stem-Cell Therapy Treats Serious Brain Injuries

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Stem cell therapy and optimizing hormone levels as part of a multifaceted treatment plan focused on reducing neuroinflammation reveals exceptional potential to treat TBI, CTE and PTSD

By Eric Stoffers

More than 2 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year. Professional athletes, military veterans, first-responders, and many others suffer severe anxiety and depression and other debilitating symptoms as a result. Many more report symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is the result of a series of head injuries, such as recurrent concussions, sustained over months or years.

Both of these types of injuries have long been known to be associated with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. But research reveals that physical brain injuries may actually cause PTSD and depression, yet remain undetected and untreated.

Mark was treated for CTE, chronic pain, neck, back, and shoulder injuries and health optimization

Reducing neuroinflammation is essential in treating TBI, CTE, and PTSD

As the CEO of BioXcellerator, a leading stem cell therapy and research center, we’ve successfully treated many professional athletes for injuries like these. For example, we’ve treated UFC Champion Chuck Liddell, NFL Quarterback Jim McMahon, and two-time Super Bowl Champion Mark May using advanced stem cell therapy – an approach that poses less risk than surgery and fewer side effects than medications. And as I’ll explain, we’re pioneering new treatment approaches that extend the value of stem cells based on new research in brain health.

Stem cell therapy works because it promotes healing by amplifying our body’s natural ability to fight disease, reduce inflammation, and regenerate damaged tissues.

But others who don’t enjoy celebrity status are also exceptionally susceptible to such injuries and many never receive treatment – including veterans and first responders. That’s why I’m working with several non-profit foundations to help veterans get access to treatments.

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High-potency stem cell therapy: Based on the body’s natural repair processes

At BioXcellerator, we treat a wide variety of diseases, disorders, as well as orthopedic and spine and disc injuries using stem cells. Our proprietary protocol uses mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from donated umbilical cords. That’s because research shows that these cells have the best potential for healing. Once these cells are tested and screened for specific biological markers, we reproduce these cells into infusions of millions of high potency stem cells that studies suggest offer better results than other stem cell treatments.

As we continue to treat patients with excellent results — especially for brain injuries — it’s clearer than ever that stem cell therapy works because it’s based on the body’s natural repair processes. After an infusion of high-potency stem cells, the body knows what to do with those cells and uses them to repair damaged brain and nervous system tissues.

Jim was treated for chronic pain, back and knee injuries, degeneration and health optimization and CTE

Our research also shows that these benefits extend beyond treating specific injuries. When the body is given extra stem cells, those cells are used to improve modulation of the immune system and reduce harmful inflammation. This improves overall wellness, of course, but it’s exceptionally beneficial to the brain. Indeed, too much inflammation can not only prevent healing from brain injury, it can also cause symptoms of psychological disorders such as PTSD and depression.

Are there other treatments based on the body’s natural healing process that can help ease inflammation, and thus promote more rapid healing? Absolutely. That’s why we’re keenly focused on improving outcomes based on a multi-faceted treatment plan that includes:

  • Comprehensive testing, to evaluate hormone levels and blood biomarkers

  • An anti-inflammatory diet, plus immunity and cognitive-enhancing supplements and nutraceuticals

  • Optimizing hormone levels that research shows can help reduce neuroinflammation

  • Stem cell therapy to promote healing of the brain and entire body, and reduce neuroinflammation

  • Support from a team of friends, family, and mental health professionals

We continue to refine this program based on the work of Dr. Mark Gordon. His research and results clearly demonstrate exceptional potential for even more effective therapies by creating an optimal environment for the brain to heal itself.

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Dr. Mark Gordon: Dedicated to helping veterans recover

As founder and medical director of Millennium Health Centers, Dr. Gordon wrote Traumatic Brain Injury - A Clinical Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment, a book that explains the science of brain injury and its impact on athletes, veterans, and other patients.

I’ve had the privilege to speak with Dr. Gordon to discuss his work because we share a similar mission – helping veterans and active-duty military personnel. You see, Dr. Gordon works with the Warrior Angels Foundation, an organization that helps those who serve our country recover from brain injuries.

Both Dr. Gordon and I know that in many cases, veterans may be diagnosed with a psychological disorder such as PTSD, but may not be screened for a physical brain injury that may actually cause PTSD symptoms. If that’s the case, the physical injury is rarely treated and patients continue to suffer.

Inflammation: A subtle, yet profound, threat to brain health

Our work at BioXcellerator clearly shows that stem cell therapy can help heal brain injuries, but Dr. Gordon’s work not only reveals why stem cells help, but also how other treatment protocols can offer patients even more effective therapies.

Stem cell therapy works in part because additional stem cells help reduce excess inflammation. Dr. Gordon’s work in this area demonstrates that inflammation in the brain can cause a wide range of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Indeed, reducing inflammation in the brain can help far more patients recover from brain injuries – even those sustained years ago.

Acute inflammation is normal. It’s the body’s natural signaling system that something is wrong, which is why it causes pain. But chronic inflammation that doesn’t cause acute pain isn’t benign at all – especially if a patient with a physical brain injury is never treated.

Why do so many patients remain untreated? One reason is that until recently, technology hasn’t been available to accurately detect these injuries. As Dr. Gordon points out, CT and MRI scans of patients who have sustained an obvious injury – in some cases, even losing consciousness – often turn out “normal.”

That’s unfortunate because not only does Dr. Gordon’s work show that excess brain inflammation can cause profound psychological symptoms, those symptoms can last for many years. Injuries sustained 10 or 15 years ago can still cause inflammation that leads to depression, anxiety, and other disorders.

Marvella Stewart was in a car accident that has created chronic pain and halted most of her daily lifestyle routines

The Millennium Protocol: Focuses on reducing neuroinflammation

Improved testing and a new perspective on how to better treat these injuries – especially those suffered by veterans – offer new hope to many patients. But what specific steps can patients take to relieve inflammation caused by brain injuries?

Dr. Gordon has developed the “Millennium Protocol” based on his research into optimizing brain health. This protocol includes:

Restoring hormone balance

Research shows that maintaining an appropriate hormone balance is essential to brain health. In fact, Dr. Gordon’s data suggests that up to 75% of patients with TBI lose critical pituitary hormone function after their injury.

More importantly, declining hormone production can continue for months or even years after an injury. That’s why Dr. Gordon often recommends a treatment protocol using clomiphene, DHEA, and other supplements to increase hormone production. If supplements aren’t effective in achieving optimal hormone levels, hormone replacement therapy is an option, but it’s essential that the body produce the right hormones in the proper balance to control harmful inflammation in the brain.

Anti-inflammatory diet

The idea that we have a “gut brain” isn’t just a “gut feeling.” Your diet really does regulate a wide range of neurotransmitters essential to brain health. That’s because certain foods (and some medications) cause too much cytokine activity that, in turn, causes more inflammation. But other foods are beneficial because they help regulate cytokine production and ease inflammation.

To be clear, Dr. Gordon’s anti-inflammatory diet isn’t one specific regimen, but instead based on the specific health profile of each patient. Overall, however, this diet tends to emphasize more fruits and vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats – and suggests limiting consumption of red meat, processed foods, and alcohol.

Supplements: Nutraceuticals that modulate inflammation

The Millennium Protocol includes supplements that Dr. Gordon’s research shows can help modulate inflammation. Like diet, there’s no one general list of supplements because each patient’s needs differ based on results of a biomarker test panel.

In general, however, Dr. Gordon’s research shows that zinc, quercetin, and other nutraceuticals that include tocopherols, polyphenols, N-acetyl cysteine, and eicosanoids can be effective at controlling harmful inflammation – and he cites many peer-reviewed studies that confirm his research.

Exceptional results: Improved brain health after even serious injuries

The results Dr. Gordon reports based his Millennium Protocol are impressive. Not only do they demonstrate success, they also support the approach we’ve developed at BioXcellerator to extend stem cell therapy into other treatment protocols. These offer a more holistic approach to treating patients – emphasizing the role of hormones, an anti-inflammatory diet, and nutraceuticals — as part of a multi-faceted treatment plan.

More than 60% of Dr. Gordon’s patients respond to treatment in as quickly as one to four weeks — with even more improvement in the months and years ahead. That makes it even clearer that not only can stem cells help heal brain injuries, these other treatments offer exceptional potential.

Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page were treated for shoulder injuries, herniated discs (degenerative disc disease), chronic pain, health optimization and CTE

What did these athletes say about their results?

  • Chuck Liddell, who said he was depressed, lacked motivation, and lived in chronic pain, “BioXcellerator stem cell therapy transformed my life.”

  • Jim McMahon, who said he experience headaches, constant body pain and even suicidal thoughts, “BioXcellerator has given me my life back, the results are truly miraculous."

  • Mark May, who suffers from chronic back and neck pain and CTE because of repeated concussions over his collegiate and NFL career, “It’s only been a day, but my neck feels better. Last night was the first night that I slept in one place in many years.”

Too many of our nation’s veterans and others suffer depression that far too often leads to suicide. That’s why I look forward to working with more groups who help these heroes who have served with honor heal and enjoy brighter lives in the years ahead.

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