Kidney Disease Treated With Placental Stem Cells in Mexico

Imagine that you are a mother and you just gave birth. You can make a very important decision that can affect the lives and health of many people. The placenta (afterbirth) that was the uterine home of your living, loving newborn is no longer needed by your baby. However, the stem cells it contains are valuable to people who are receiving placental stem cell treatments.

These life-giving cells can be used to treat a variety of conditions and diseases such as ALS, cancer, cerebral palsy, dermatomyositis, diabetes, gangrene, hepatitis C, HIV, immune deficiency, multiple sclerosis, migraines, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, retinitis pigmentosa, rheumatoid arthritis, spina bifida, and stroke. But, that’s only if you travel outside the US.

While US researchers and politicians debate the potential of stem cells, over 2,000 patients from the US and around the world have actually been treated and many healed with non-controversial placental stem cells. Thanks to International Stem Cell Institute (ISCI), there’s no need to wait until the FDA approves legislation to receive stem cell therapy. If you are willing to travel, stem cell treatment using non-controversial stem cells from placenta is already available in Mexico.

A 51-year-old Houston woman named Diana Salinas was 32 when she had a kidney biopsy that returned a diagnosis of Nephrotic Syndrome (Glomerulonephrytis Proliferating Type II). This condition causes severe protein loss through the urine. Diana was losing up to 7,000 mgs of protein during a 24-hour period and was very sick. Her nephrologists expected that she would be in dialysis and/or have a kidney transplant within four to five years. She had edema all over her body including her lungs and had been taking 100 mgs of steroids for several years before she decided to try stem cell therapy.

In 1992, Diana came to ISCI in Mexico and had her first human placenta stem cell treatment. The 40-minute procedure requires a small incision to be made in various locations on the body and tissue is placed underneath the skin and closed with a suture. There are billions of stem cells in the tissue that go to work replacing damaged cells throughout the body. Within three months, Diana reported a decline in her urine protein levels. Her US doctors were amazed when her blood tests showed that her kidney function was normal and told her to keep doing whatever she was doing. She continues to have one treatment per year to keep the disease in check. Today, her protein level is 85 mgs in a 24-hour period (normal range is up to 150 mgs) without edema or the use of steroids.

Stem cells are the foundation of normal growth and development of any organism and serve as a biological repair system for the body. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, a nerve cell, or a heart cell. Some research has indicated that placenta stem cells are multipotent which may explain the effectiveness of this treatment.

The placenta tissue, also known as afterbirth, comes from a hospital in Mexico. Once considered medical garbage, this tissue is now being harvested with mothers‘ consent after delivering full-term, live, healthy babies. Since this tissue is taken after the baby is born, the fetus or embryo is in no way harmed by the collection of this leftover tissue. Once the placenta is harvested, extensive testing is performed by an independent lab to ensure the tissue is free of viruses. A certified laboratory performs tissue testing that exceeds the strict standards required by international law.

Since stem cells derived from placenta are not capable of inducing a specific immune response, rejection of the stem cells is impossible. The placenta tissue is recognized and accepted by all patients and does not have to be typed; however, customized and strategic placement of the tissue is used to target specific conditions for each patient.

About ISCI: International Stem Cell Institute was launched in April 2008 as a result of 17 years of stem cell treatment experience. ISCI assists with patient education, pre- and post-treatment support, travel logistics, and financial matters regarding treatment. The company is managed by Rita Alexander, a businesswoman with a desire to bring stem cell treatment to those who are suffering with a condition that has not responded to traditional medicine. Rita’s passion for this treatment comes from her own experience when she found her way back to a healthy life after being brought to her knees by a very humbling illness.

If you would like more information about ISCI or want to arrange a consultation or schedule an appointment, please contact the executive director Rita Alexander at 770-231-3500 or visit

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