5 Reasons to Bet on the Future of Regenerative Medicine
With all of the negative publicity surrounding the booming stem cell industry, one might think that regenerative medicine is nothing more than New Age medical quackery. Nothing could be further from the truth. Regenerative medicine holds a lot of promise for treating everything from osteoarthritis to heart disease. We are just waiting for medical science to catch up with imagination.
If you were a betting man or woman, would you bet on the future of regenerative medicine? And if so, would you bet on a successful future? The smart money says ‘yes’. There is plenty happening in regenerative medicine right now to indicate that its future looks bright.
Here are just five reasons to bet on the future of regenerative medicine being good:
1. There is Money Behind It
If we have learned anything from scientific research over the last 100 years it is the fact that money is the seed that makes the research garden grow. And make no mistake about it, there is money behind regenerative medicine. Both private and public sector entities are lining up to invest in regenerative medicine research all over the world.
In Houston, for example, a new program aimed at helping regenerative medicine startups get going was recently announced. According to the Houston Chronicle, the program will provide startups with up to 10,000 square feet of lab space and access to the kind of scientific and business expertise the startups need to succeed.
2. Doctors Are Already Using It
Regenerative medicine is already being used by doctors around the country for orthopedic and aesthetic purposes. All the negative media coverage aside, there are large numbers of ethically responsible doctors successfully treating patients with regenerative medicine while staying inside established FDA boundaries.
The Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, has trained many of those doctors. They say platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapies can be used effectively to treat osteoarthritis, sports injuries, alopecia, and more.
3. It Has History Behind It
Reason number three is that regenerative medicine has history behind it. It is not new science by any means. The first approved regenerative medicine procedure in the U.S. is the bone marrow transplant for leukemia that has been in use since the 1970s. Bone marrow transplants are stem cell procedures in the truest sense. Likewise, surgeons have turned to PRP therapy to promote faster and more thorough wound healing for decades.
4. It Relies on Natural Processes
Another reason to bet on regenerative medicine is the fact that it relies on natural processes. Where pharmacological and surgical procedures are artificial in nearly every way, regenerative medicine utilizes the body’s natural mechanisms to encourage healing. This makes regenerative medicine less invasive and less risky.
5. It Seeks to Heal Rather Than Cover
Finally, regenerative medicine has a bright future because it seeks to heal rather than just cover symptoms. This is perhaps the biggest difference between regenerative medicine and the pharmacologically-based Western medicine we now practice.
Western medicine in its current form has certainly prospered over decades of research and practice. There is no doubt it has benefited humankind in unimaginable ways. But in recent years we have come to understand that it has its limits. Regenerative medicine seeks to go beyond those limits to find better and more thorough treatments.
Regenerative medicine is the future of medicine around the world. If you are the kind of person who bets on medical technologies, put some money on regenerative medicine research. There is a good chance you will not be disappointed.