Could Banking Your Stem Cells Save Your Life?

I want to tell you about a new banking system I heard of recently and before you hit the snooze button, please give me a minute as this has nothing to with your savings account and everything to do with saving your life: banking your stem cells. Those stem cells, as it turns out, could perhaps one day provide a miraculous medical treatment to regenerate an organ for you, strengthen your immune system or even treat your disease. I'd call that a savings you might want to bank on or at the very least . . . learn more about!





Banking stem cells is a relatively new option albeit an expensive one (always a catch!), but may be considered quite mainstream in the future (hopefully bringing the cost down). Stem cells have been used to treat many diseases already and have been used in thousands of medical procedures, too. Scientists are hoping stem cells that you bank now could be multiplied in a test tube later and used to treat diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, spinal cord injuries, heart failure, stroke, and many other conditions. All that from tiny little cells.




10 Stem Cell Facts & How Banking Them Can Help You

You can familiarize yourself with some of the very basics of those stem cells below as well as learn how it might matter if you bank them for yourself and your family. Make sure to click on the many links to more in-depth information on this fascinating and potentially life saving process.


1.  Stem cells are highly useful as they can become any kind of body cell. Stem cells for a baby growing in the womb create organs, nerves, blood and bone. After birth, these cells can be found in all kinds of tissue.

2.  Stem cells can replicate themselves creating an almost endless supply.

3.  If you choose to bank your stem cells, when treatments are available, your stem cells could be used rather than facing the issue of donor cell rejection (in the case of a transplant). The cells could possibly be healthier as well as they would have been collected from a younger, disease-free version of you.

4.  Banking cord blood stem cells from new babies has been around for a while and many parents are choosing it for possible treatment for their children for certain forms of leukemia and problems concerning the immune system, joints and connective tissue.

Amniotic stem cell banks also exist working on the same premise as cord blood. Here is how that could help.

Tap here on How to Find A Private Cord Blood Bank.


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5.  You can even save your child's baby teeth,  wisdom teeth, etc. not for a keepsake but for possible valuable stem cell use later in life.

Check this out for more thoughts on banking teeth.


6.  Many parents decide to donate their child's cord blood to a public cord blood bank for free, which makes it available to anyone who needs it now as it could provide a match working much like the national bone marrow donation system.

Click here and here for more information on donation.


7.  Some scientists think the younger you are when you bank your stem cells, the better. However, some think it really does not matter the age when you take a sample.  See the section below on "Considerations for The Future" for more details on this.


8.  Certain medical therapies make use of a stem cell's unique ability to transform into other cells for corneal transplants and even partially rebuild tracheas.

See a recent news clip on that here and, tap here for a recent case where stem cells helped a man heal after a cardiac arrest.


9.  Stem cell medicine is still considered in its infancy. Making the right kind of cell remains challenging and so far only a few procedures are FDA-approved. It will be several years before a wide range of diseases can be treated with stem cells but the science is progressing.

10.  Some experts questions if stem cell banking is worth the cost as the fees can cost hundreds of dollars per year and thousands of dollars over time.





Where You Can Bank Your Stem Cells Now

If you like this ideas of being ready for the future use of stem cells and are willing and able to pay for it, some companies in the United States are offering that choice.  There are many companies that provide stem cell banking services, but here are some of the companies I came across that you may want to check out. Tap on the name to take you to the site.



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The Procedure to Bank Your Stem Cells

Banking your stem cells is not particularly complicated and some tissue samples can even be taken at a doctor's office. Here are the steps:
  1. Find the best stem cell bank for you and your situation.
  2. A physician usually takes a small square of skin, a blood sample, a piece of fat via liposuction or possibly bone marrow, too. 
  3. The cells are sent to a facility where they are examined for any contamination or infection.
  4. If all tissues pass inspection, they are placed in cold storage at the bank you chose. When and if needed, the cells can be removed from cold storage, cultured and used for the proper therapy.   
  5. The cells can be reintroduced into the body intravenously or injected into the location where they are most needed to assist in the healing.





Considerations For Future

Although banking your stems cells for the potential to cure you is an enticing prospect, it could prove unnecessary as advances in biotechnology are creating a possibility of turning any cell from the body, even your skin, into a stem cell. These stem cells are referred to as induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS).

Banking stems cells is expensive but the IPS process is even more expensive, hitting in the neighborhood of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Ouch!  Much like the stem cell banking hopefully decreasing in cost at some point, most likely so will the IPS costs as well.

Another interesting fact regarding IPS is that at this time, studies are showing IPS created from older people do well for their uses so perhaps extracting stem cells from only younger individuals only will not apply.

So, what do you think? Have you banked your children's' cord blood or donated it? Would you or have you considered banking your stem cells? Please jump in and add to the conversation.

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16 comments:

  1. I thinking being able to bank your stem cells should not be so costly... the way that it is set up right now is that mostly the wealthy can afford it... which is sad, I think it should be more available to others as well... great article xox

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    1. I do hope the costs can come down. I am hopeful, Launna. Most medical procedures in the beginning are more expensive and I do hope less expensive ways to do this can be developed. It would be great if it could become a standard for everyone or at least a choice for all. Thanks so much for adding in here. Always like hearing from you!

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  2. Alright, you got me on this one.. so far I've been marveling at how your posts always parallel my thoughts, interests and topics of concern.. this one, I've never even HEARD of! Color me educated! ;-) Great post my friend! - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Ha! Keeping you on your toes, am I? Glad we are online friends to do so. I do enjoy your ideas, too, Gingi.

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  3. I've read about banking stem cells and I think it's probably a good idea if one can afford it. I know I read up on so much about banking blood cords when both my children were born. And I felt so guilty so not doing it! It's such a tough decision and thanks for shedding more light on this topic.

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    1. Yes, it not an easy decision as it is expensive, indeed! The donor angle is something that is such a great idea, though, and I hope I have made more aware of it. Perhaps the banking teeth is not as expensive as cord blood and I understand many dentists are incorporating this into their businesses now.

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  4. I can't put my stem cells in an account at Wells Fargo? LMFAO!

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  5. I knew I could count on you to crack us all up! You should do stand up! Thanks, Gigi! You all must stop by her blog - she is hilarious!

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  6. This is an important topic that needs to be explored and considered by all of us. Being informed allows us to weigh the pros and cons in order to make the best decisions for ourselves.Thank you for enlightening us about the benefits of banking our stem cells at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I’m pinning and sharing!

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    1. Yes -- a big decision, certainly. I enjoy keeping my readers in the know of choices, though. Thanks for coming by!

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  7. This is a great option and how far has technology come wow but it's so costly only the rich seem to be able to do it or those that have saved up for it. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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    1. Yes! We do hope those costs come down

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  8. This is very deep for me. Not sure what to make of it to be honest. #wowlinkup

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    1. It is a big topic to consider! Just like to keep my readers abreast of the options. thanks for adding in.

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  9. Interesting information especially When you see all that children who are alive today because of cord blood banking, cord blood banking and preserving changes everything. This may not be too relevant, but you only get one chance to do this. I also run a website with some useful information about stem cells and cord blood banking. If you want you can check list of top stem cell banking platform listed at : https://www.topteninsider.com/stem-cell-banking

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