Wellness and Anti-Inflammatory Program
Inflammation is part of a complex biological response of the immune system to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. The function of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissue damaged from the original insult and to initiate tissue repair.
While acute inflammation is initially good, silent chronic inflammation can cause most harm. It gradually weakens the immune system making it increasingly prone to dysfunction and contributing to the development of chronic illnesses. Chronic aches and pains is an example of the harm caused by chronic inflammation.
The Wellness and Anti-Inflammatory Program at the Maharaj Institute is designed to identify the triggers of inflammation, correct them and then regenerate the immune system to its healthy function.
At the Institute, patients have access to an array of laboratory tests specifically requested to explore known factors that trigger inflammation. Some of these tests are:
Immune Risk Profile
The Institute offers you access to a comprehensive way to look at aging and the immune system. The Immune Risk Profile measures:
- Innate & Adaptive Immune system
- Accelerated Aging Markers
- Pro & Anti Inflammatory cytokines
- Cancer Killing Activity (Natural Killer Cell Function)
Studies now show that individuals with an abnormal Immune Risk Profile have increased morbidity and shorter life spans. Populations with a normal Immune Risk Profile have been shown to live well into their advanced years, many past 100 years of age.
If an abnormality is identified, the Institute will work with you to implement a targeted treatment designed to repair accelerated aging factors and boost immune function. Once the abnormality has been corrected, the healthy immune cells can be stored long term for future use if needed.
Monitoring the Immune Risk Profile, Cancer Killing Activity and other tests of immune dysfunction is especially valuable to cancer survivors for a proactive approach with the goal of reducing the risk of recurrence.
Comprehensive Viral Screening
Latent viruses within the body can have a major impact on health and wellness. Although dormant viruses may not present symptoms, they often weaken the immune system, leaving the body susceptible to other attackers. Through comprehensive viral screening, viruses that are actively damaging the immune system can be identified and treated, providing much needed relief for a damaged immune system.
Food Antibody Testing
It has been estimated that a high percentage of the population suffers from food intolerance. By identifying which foods and/or drinks are causing inflammation within the gut, they can then be strategically eliminated from the diet, thereby reducing stress on the immune system.
The standard American diet leaves many individuals deficient of necessary micronutrients, including vitamins and minerals. Such deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer and cardiovascular disease (JAMA, June 19, 2002 – Vol 287, No 23). Testing micronutrient levels gives key information about specific deficiencies and levels of deficiency, providing clear guidance for supplementation therapy.
Comprehensive Gut Microbiome Analysis
Evidence suggests that local and systemic health issues alike may begin as imbalances in the gastrointestinal microbiome function. The stool test provides immediate, actionable clinical information that aids in the identification of root causes of digestive discomfort and immune dysfunction while supporting identification of targeted treatments.
Toxic Metal Screening
Heavy metal toxicity is a key factor of overall health assessment that is often overlooked. From environmental hazards to diet, individuals are exposed to toxic metals and are often not aware of it. The signs of heavy metal toxicity are often missed, allowing the problem to compound further on its own. Once metal toxicity is defined through testing, there are effective treatment options to remove the excess toxicity.
Male & Female Hormonal Panel Screening
As the body ages, the hormonal status and endocrine function takes an increased role in the quality of life. For some people, changes in the hormone levels over time can lead to weight gain, high blood sugar, insomnia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease symptoms, and many other ailments. For women in particular, hormones play an increased role in the likely development of breast cancer. Keeping the hormones in balance can greatly improve health prospects and keep life in balance.
Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and Cord Tissue Banking
It comes as a surprise to many patients in need of a stem cell transplant that approximately 70% of patients do not have a matching donor in their family. The good news is that a baby’s stored umbilical cord blood stem cells can be used not only for the child but also for a close family member if ever needed. Umbilical cord blood stem cells can be used for transplantation into their siblings and parents without the need to be perfectly matched: a 4 out of 6 (67%) match with umbilical cord blood is equivalent to a 100% match with an adult donor.
The Maharaj Institute offers parents the chance to privately store the stem cells present in the cord blood and cord tissue immediately after their baby is born.
Transplants of cord blood stem cells have been found to cure more than 80 different diseases. Most of the diseases treated by stem cell transplant are rare among children; however recent trials with cord blood have shown promise for stem cell therapy treating more common childhood conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism and others.
For more information about umbilical cord blood banking and stem cell storage, call (561) 752-5522 or visit the Stem Cell Cryobank LLC .
Adult Peripheral Stem Cell Collection & Stem Cell Banking
Why should you collect your peripheral blood adult stem cells?
Collecting your peripheral blood adult stem cells today is like creating a time machine for your immune system. It’s a bit like a computer back up; by banking your stem cells, you have a “backup” to help restore the bone marrow and a compromised immune system through adult stem cell therapyif ever needed.
All body cells age, including the stem cells. The pool of stem cells in the bone marrow is continuously undergoing a process of self-renewal and differentiation. During this process, there is always the risk of genetic damages and/or other cellular damages.
Just the act of aging is enough reason to collect and store your stem cells in a cryogenic bank. As people age, so does their immune system, thereby increasing the risk of infections and the potential development of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Another reason why stem cells should be collected and stored is that with aging, the number of functional stem cells decreases. Further, as people get older, their stem cells also tend to lose their ability to differentiate into new cell lines, including much-needed immune cells.
The good news? By collecting and banking your stem cells—especially while you are healthy—you are collecting a large number of stem cells and an array of differentiated cell lines, including the ones committed to form immune cells. Banking those cells provides the assurance that those frozen cells will not age and they will be available for you at a later date should you ever need to reset your immune system.
It is exactly the same rationale behind why patients routinely donate blood to themselves prior to going into a major surgery. You have a backup of your own blood in case you lose a significant amount of blood during the surgery with no risk of getting infected with HIV or hepatitis B or C after the transfusion.
The process of stem cell collection at the Maharaj Institute is very safe, relatively painless and is similar to collecting other blood components, such as platelets and plasma, which is done routinely at blood centers across the US.
The Maharaj Institute has been collecting, storing and reinfusing peripheral adult stem cells safely and successfully for over a decade through an easy three step collection procedure.
Adult Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Collection Procedure
The stem collection process begins with a visit to the Institute where you will have a comprehensive blood donor evaluation. This initial consultation includes a history, physical examination and blood tests, which are required to occur within 30 days prior to the harvest date.
Adult stem cells mainly reside in the bone marrow. In order to collect a large number of stem cells, the bone marrow is stimulated to mobilize the stem cells from inside the bone marrow out into the blood stream where it is easily accessible. This is accomplished by giving subcutaneous injections of a stem cell stimulating growth factor for five consecutive days. This mobilization process enables the easy collection of stem cells from your blood on the sixth day.
The process of collection of stem cells is called “apheresis.” Quite simply, blood is channeled through a needle or catheter in the patient’s arm and circulated to a blood separator machine. The blood is efficiently separated so that mononuclear white blood cells and peripheral blood stem cells can be transferred to a collection bag which will be transferred to the lab and frozen for later use in adult stem cell therapy. The remaining blood components (plasma, red blood cells, platelets) circulate back to the patient through a return line. The entire collection procedure takes approximately four to six hours to complete while the patient relaxes in a comfortable room. After the procedure, the individual will be able to return to work, school, or other normal functions.