Michelle Brown, 30, mother of two and resident of Lincoln, Illinois who is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease has recently gone to Mexico for stem cell treatment. According to the ALS Association’s website, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which attacks motor neurons traveling from the brain through the spinal cord. As the motor neurons are lost, voluntary muscle movement becomes increasingly difficult to maintain.
At present, there is no proven form of treatment to cure or reverse the effects of the disease. But, there are some in the field of medicine who believe stem cell treatment can make a difference.
Brown’s first stem cell therapy Mexico treatment, completed in February, involved lamb stem cells.
Her and other patients from the U.S. have been seeking Tijuana stem cell treatment, and seeing very positive results. Brown reported after her first treatment, that though progress has been slow, and not so noticeable to others, she herself has felt improved strength in her legs, being able to roll over in bed all on her own.
The U.S. government does not currently offer funding for stem cell research, but Brown and others hope to change America’s perspectives on the controversial topic.
“The misconception about stem cell treatment is that all stem cells are embryonic, and that’s not true,” Brown said. “There are stem cells in umbilical cords and other places. I would just ask that people really research and look into stem cell treatment beyond what they hear.”
For more information on some of the stem cell treatments being done in Mexico, like those offered by the Biogenetics Institute