My guest for this episode, Dr. Harry Adelson, is an expert on stem cell injections. He knows all about using stem cell injections to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain. Harry has performed over 4,000 procedures, making him one of the world’s true experts on this subject. His innovative approach involves injecting a blend of stem cells into an injured place, allowing the body miraculously heal itself. He’ll explain how this works on today’s show.
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The Mission Log:
- [03:54] - How did Harry get involved with stem cells? He describes his background in rock climbing, and mentions his experience in being treated with prolotherapy.
- [06:24] - We hear about how Harry learned about the use of bone marrow stem cell injections into arthritic joints, and how this led to his exploration of stem cells.
- [08:22] - Harry explains what stem cells are and what makes them unique.
- [10:41] - Orion clarifies in simpler terms: the stem cells are basically like the ace in a deck of cards, because they can be anything.
- [10:56] - What kinds of conditions can stem cells treat?
- [13:10] - Harry’s area of specialty is treating musculoskeletal pain rather than using stem cells in the brain, he explains, but there are quite a few other areas (including the brain) that can be treated with stem cells.
- [17:19] - Harry talks about the treatments that he has done on Dave Asprey and his whole family.
- [19:48] - We learn about the “P-shot” (or, as Orion calls it, the “privates shot”), which Harry explains is very popular in South America.
- [21:26] - Can stem cells help with hormonal imbalance and adrenal fatigue? Harry answers that this isn’t his area of focus, but he has had patients tell him all kinds of fascinating things that suggests the treatments have a positive systemic effect.
- [22:38] - Harry explains that results vary and some patients aren’t helped by his treatments. After that disclaimer, he explains that they do help most people, and gives an example of a great recent case.
- [23:49] - The biggest risk in injecting stem cells is infection, Harry explains, but the risk is extremely rare and not unique to stem cell therapy. He then talks about a case in cosmetic surgery when a combination of stem cells and cosmetic filler went wrong.
- [25:44] - Harry talks about the types of stem cells that he uses in his practice.
- [29:17] - It’s been about a year since Harry started using his new combination of stem cell types, so it’s still too early to tell exactly how successful it is.
- [31:38] - Harry discusses banking stem cells, as well as a new technology that involves culture expansion of your own stem cells.
- [33:18] - How do the facilities in the US compare to those in other countries?
- [34:30] - There’s no reliable way to measure the quality of stem cells in a clinic, so Harry doesn’t routinely do it.
- [36:47] - Our genetics, lifestyle, and diet can all affect our genetics. Dr. Harry discusses how the combination of genetics and lifestyle can impact our stem cells.
- [40:07] - Harry talks about his recommendations for Orion, given the general wear and tear she mentions in her body.
- [42:21] - We hear in more detail about the process of getting a procedure at Harry’s clinic.
- [45:08] - At what age should we bank our stem cells? As early as possible, Harry answers, because our stem cells age as we do.
- [45:50] - Harry doubts that these treatments will be covered by insurance. He explains that his procedures currently cost $6,000 to $15,000.
- [48:12] - What are Harry’s three top tips for living a stellar life? The four pillars to health are emotional balance, sleep, exercise, and diet, he explains, then gives his three tips: 1. Take care of your mindset and don’t blame others for your own suffering. 2. Bank your stem cells. 3. Adopt an attitude of gratitude.
- [52:28] - Where can people find Harry?
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