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    Beike Uses Research Forum to Showcase its Stem Cell Therapies

    Beike Uses Research Forum to Showcase its Stem Cell Therapies
    By: China Bio Today Friday, August 01, 2008 9:53 PM
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    Recently, Shenzhen’s Beike Biotechnology held the first annual 2008 China Stem Cell Stem Cell Technology Forum, a gathering that was attended by over 300 of the world’s most renowned stem cell biologist and researchers. The Mandarin-language conference included many participants from China, while others attended from the United States, Canada, India, Australia, and Malaysia. The focus of the conference was on advanced induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell research and therapeutic uses of stem cells. The event was held at the China Medical City complex in Taizhou, China and chaired by Dr. Sean Hu, who also serves as Chairman of Beike Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

    Beike is a controversial company because it has already begun treating patients with injections of stem cells, usually a combination of umbilical cord cells and stem cells derived from each patient. Beike claims to treat over 250 patients per month, a total of more than 3,000 so far. Approximately 70% to 80% of the patients report themselves satisfied with their treatments, and the treatments have the ability to produce at least some therapeutic effect in 86% of its patients, according to statistics provided by Beike.

    Beike has not submitted its techniques to the rigors of a double-blind clinical test. Nor has it done the otherwise necessary animal testing. Nevertheless, the company points to its success with the majority of its patients as sufficient proof that its stem cell therapies are a valuable addition to the medical arsenal.

    Beike charges its patients between $20,000 and $30,000 for several rounds of stem cells injections, which it says can help cure diseases such as Alzheimer’s, atoxia, heart conditions, multiple sclerosis, optic nerve hypoplasia, and spinal muscular atrophy . Although most patients come from China, its therapies draw significant numbers of patients from the West. The former Lord Mayor of Manchester, Audrey Jones, for example, flew to China for a round of stem cell injections to treat her cerebellar atrophy and came back to England proclaiming herself much improved. Before the Beike therapy, she was confined to a wheelchair. Now she plans to walk into Manchester City Hall without aid. Beike’s web pages are replete with similar success stories for a wide variety of diseases (www.stemcellschina.com).


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    The opportunities for change by Beike at hospitals in China are extraordinary. My son has received stem cells there twice. Met a quad from Romania who was on his 4th round of stem cells and another who was on his second round. The hospital we were in was treating about 25 patients per month. 4-5 patients were treated for blindness from birth. 4-5 were quads, 2 paras, 2-3 with various brain injuries, several with Ataxia, 2 with ceberal palsey. The reason these people were there is because the medical field where they lived could no longer provide them with any tools for change. Using stem cells, then now have hope and opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6 Shooter
    The opportunities for change by Beike at hospitals in China are extraordinary. My son has received stem cells there twice. Met a quad from Romania who was on his 4th round of stem cells and another who was on his second round. The hospital we were in was treating about 25 patients per month. 4-5 patients were treated for blindness from birth. 4-5 were quads, 2 paras, 2-3 with various brain injuries, several with Ataxia, 2 with ceberal palsey. The reason these people were there is because the medical field where they lived could no longer provide them with any tools for change. Using stem cells, then now have hope and opportunity.
    How's your son doing? Did he get better? Was too expensive? 6 Shooter, thank you for the information, we learning so much from each other here, we get best information because comes directly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manouli
    How's your son doing? Did he get better? Was too expensive? 6 Shooter, thank you for the information, we learning so much from each other here, we get best information because comes directly.
    Receiving stem cells is quite an experience, especially in a foreign country. There are many risks involved and some gambling as well. First, one has apply and be accepted. Currently, don't think Beike takes people who are 10+ years since injury, but it is still worth trying. Second, they only accept patients who have neurological issues such as spinal cord injuries, Ataxia, ALS, MS, stroke, various brain injuries, and now for blindness since birth. Once accepted, you to pay the entire cost, up front at least 4 weeks before the trip. The cost varies depending upon how many umbilical cord stem cell injections you want. The base price includes 5 injections, typically 4 spinals and one IV (around $25,000). Extra injections are about $4000 each. It seems that the folks with brain injuries get two IVs and one less spinal. You will be in China for 4-5 weeks and living in a hospital room. Most patients travel with family members and/or caregivers. No food is provided which costs extra. But, an interpreter comes around twice a day to take food orders, and food is delivered to your hospital room. But, general medical care is provided along with accupuncture, electrical muscle stimulation, and 2+ hours of physical therapy 5-6 days a week.

    The umbilical stem cells are from infants born in the previous few weeks. The stem cells have been processed in the lab and are flown 3 days a week to the city where you are staying. The stem cells are fresh and never frozen. When the cells arrive at the hospital, the patients are already waiting for their injections. Up to 10 patients receive stem cell transplants in any one day. The procedure takes about 20 minutes. One can receive up to two injections in a week. If one gets sick or has a fever, no injections till the body is back to normal. This will cause some to have to extend their stay (happened to us and a real pain).

    The gamble is that nothing really changes in the first 4-6 weeks after one returns home. This is because the cells are infant and must mature during this time period. After 4-6 weeks, the cells begin their differention. Whether they are already in place and have substituted a dead, dying, or injured cell, I do not know. But, after 4-6 weeks, change begins to occur and shows up as functional change in the injured person. (Note, the timing is different for persons with Ataxia and changes are noticable while there receiving stem cells. I noticed this in therapy working with my son and watching others change before ones eyes.)

    As far as my son is considered, he is fine and more motivated to use his standing frame each day. He uses weights at the same time to exercise his arms and shoulders. We have also purchased an exercise bench and he uses that to do bench presses and work his new functioning pectorial muscles. We will be looking for change to appear around September. I don't ask him too much as it seems to frustrate him.

    He starts back to college and will take 4 classes beginning in August.

    Can provide more detail if asked and people are interested.

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    A bit more about the procedure. Spinal injections are usually done in the afternoon as the stem cells are flown in the same morning. At times due to weather at the lab, the plane leave late and the injections are performed in the afternoon or evening. My son had one of his spinals at 10:00 PM due to the plane leaving late from the lab due to weather.

    Patients are scheduled about 20-30 minutes apart. About 1 1/2 hours before the scheduled spinal, a nurse will come in and start an IV flowing with saline or glucose. No food or water is allowed 2 hours before your scheduled procedure.

    Two nurses or staff will wheel your hospital bed to the procedure room and 30 minutes later return you to your hospital room. Patients usually receive some small amount of a sedative and local anesthetic is given in the area of injection.

    After returning to your hospital room, nothing to drink for two hours and no food for 4 hours. One must lay flat on the bed for a total of 6 hours to avoid a serious migraine headache. So, from start to finish, the whole process takes about 8-9 hours.

    The spinal procdure involves removing some spinal fluid and incerting stem cells in a volume equal to the amount of spinal fluid removed. This procedure is an attempt to keep the pressure in the spinal fluid the same from before the procedure and after as well. Migraines are due to a negative pressure from less amount of spinal fluid which has a tendancy to pull the brain downward, so I am told.

    For those seriously contemplating this procedure, one has to deal with a filling bladder during this 6 hour head down position due to the IV fluids. Since you cannot sit up, you will need some assistance to draing the bladder multiple times.

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    Congratulations to Beike

    The Repair Stem Cell Institute would like to congratulate Beike for the excellent work they are doing in the field of stem cell treatments. Throughout history, experimental treatments have been performed in academic settings and huge advancements in knowledge have been the result that all of mankind has benefited from. Beike is following this trail blazing attitude and doing so while maintaining an extremely high level of quality and standard of care and placing the needs of the patient at the forefront of their focus. We would like to join the academic institutions, their government and their world-wide patient base in voicing our support of their efforts in innovative technologies in general and stem cells specifically. We hope their example can be matched by many other treatment centers; to ultimately provide great benefits to science, medicine and the patients who are without significant treatment options and may be helped by stem cell treatments today.

    Visit our website, click on "Treatment Centers" and see what the Repair Stem Cell Institute was saying about Beike even before their P.R. was released. Without a doubt, they are the World’s #1 stem cell treatment center.


    Keep up the good work!

    David Granovsky
    Senior Editor
    Repair Stem Cell Institute
    www.repairstemcells.org

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    I have no comment except I wish it could be done here at 1/2 the cost and the results were better for everyone.

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