Like Cell (Wu Stem Cells Medical Center) is committed to stem cell research and provides the world`s most advanced stem cell procedures and treatments in Asia`s top neurological therapy center, bringing new hope and a better quality of life to people who suffered from Parkinson`s disease, batten disease, Cerebral Palsy, stroke, spinal cord injury and range of brain injuries.
NAME: Penny Thomas
COUNTRY: U.S.A. (Hawaii)
REASON FOR COMING FOR TREATMENT: Penny had Parkinson`s symptoms for eight years.
DIAGNOSIS: Parkinson`s Syndrome (Diagnosed in 2002) BEFORE THE TREATMENT (May 11, 2006): Penny had uncontrollable shaking. Her muscles were extremely tense. She had high muscle tension and she looked like she was extremely strong but in fact her muscles were weak. When she was walking or doing anything, she would have freeze ups where she would stop and not be able to continue her motion. If she were talking on the telephone, it would be hard to talk on the telephone. She could not read or write because of the tremors. She could not eat by herself. She could not get up out of a chair by herself. She could not brush her hair. She could not get out of the bed by herself. She had trouble turning her neck.
TREATMENT: Dr Like Wu and Dr Xiaodi Han gave her injection into the brain of retinal neural stem cells with a daily cocktail treatment of neurotropic factors. AFTER THE TREATMENT (July 4th, 2006):
Penny`s shaking was greatly reduced but it still came back from time-to-time. She said that after the treatment at the times that the shaking did come back, if she concentrated, she could stop it. The muscle tension had disappeared. Her strength increased. The freeze ups stopped. She could read again. She could write again. She could speak on the telephone. She could eat by herself. She could get out of a chair by herself. She could get out of bed by herself. Her neck could turn normally and she could brush her hair. Dr Like Wu said Penny could have more improvement after 3 months.
July 21st: (From an e-mail from Penny) - I have returned home safely. I am driving once again after passing my driver`s exam. In October I gave up my driving because I did not feel I was safe anymore and it was just adding too much stress to my life. Friends are amazed at what they see they just keep staring at me...my self confidence has returned also. I went sailing the other day... I actually was at the helm of the boat for 2 and 1/2 hours! I feel like I`m a kid again.
October 25th: (From an e-mail from Penny) - Aloha, I have recently returned from traveling for a month on the US mainland visiting friends and relatives. I even attended my 35 year high school class reunion! My how time does change us all and flies by.
I continue to be in a state of great excitement and joy for life. I use to ride horses quite regularly in Colorado, so my friends made sure that I had that experience as well during my visit. I was in heaven!
I saw my 15 year old daughter after not seeing her for 3 months. The first thing she said was "Mom, is that you? You`re so strong!"
I am still swimming with the dolphins in the ocean when they choose to come to swim with me!
I am hoping to be able to start to make some reductions of the medications to see how the stem cells will respond soon. I have noticed that I have been missing some of my meds (because I fall asleep reading) and so am noticing my body seems to be okay with this.
I have also discovered a more natural way to feed the brain L-dopa by an herb known as Macuna puriens. There is a website that has a neuro-program that my doctor is going to help me be monitored and involved with. It will actually help the stem cells I believe to produce the dopamine.
You might want to check out the websites that I have looked at, they are, www.CHKNutrition.com and www.neuroassist.com. I know there is urinalysis every week or two to determine the dopamine levels in the beginning. I think this is a very important step for people to be able to take in order to step away from prescription meds if they can. I tried a sample instead of Sinemet one afternoon, it seemed to work fine in its place, but of course, that was only once.
January 17th, 2007 (from an E-mail): I just returned from spending five weeks in beautiful snowy Colorado where I was hiking (before the snows came) and cross country skiing (after the snows came) at an elevation of 8000 feet. My body adjusted to the elevation and my strength improved even more. My family said that I looked even better than I did the last time they saw me in October that I was more relaxed.
I believe that was because I knew I could stay longer and was there to relax and spend time healing my body even more in the healing hot springs of the area. I am now back in Hawaii and once again swimming in the ocean. I did notice a shift in my energy level when I first arrived home. My medication and amino acid schedule had shifted so, I believe it was due to the time difference and now that I have been home for 5 days I feel back to normal.
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