Dec
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Holy Blessing

The birth of a new born is a Holy Blessing from God. As science progresses we try very hard to always ethically balance what God has given us to its fullest potential. Even though I was not raised Catholic I did attend a Parochial school, so my roots have been very spiritual. My parents conceived the first perfect matched sibling to provide me with a life saving cord blood transplant in 1989. Many ethical professionals questioned if this was morally correct? Always willing to do whatever it took to protect and save me, they defended their actions. They viewed me as their blessing from God. Believing it was within God’s power to give them the knowledge and match I desperately needed to survive!
This blog is dedicated to the first Vatican-sponsored conference held in mid-November 2011. This will help shine more light on the true value of adult stems cells found in priceless umbilical cord blood. A very powerful quote from Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem;
“We want to create the road map of the future of adult stem cell research. We want to lay the groundwork of a collaboration between the patrons and the scientists to advance research and reduce human suffering. The long-and short-term initiatives around this partnership is that they can also help Church leader, politicians and educators to understand this cultural paradigm shift, regenerative medicine, that is arising in medicine. We hope that we can get not just Church leaders, but also minister of health and the scientific community to work together to advance the research and transfer stem-cell therapies safely from the laboratory to the clinic.”
Another quote from the same conference, Dr. Peter Hollands with the University of Westminster, London;
“In this conference we were shown a little video asking the general public about stem cells and every one of them – to a man – had no idea. Some people thought it was to do with vaccines disease. So public education is key and this is something I’ve worked on a lot over the years.”
Umbilical Cord Blood is a blessing from God! It is unique as the Child it created, don’t throw it in the trash. Educate yourself and help protect the future of your family and child.

Together We CAN Help Save Lives!

Natalie Curry

Nov
0

Speechless

Breathing and speaking is something we all take for granted! Not to mention we can’t survive without the ability to deliver oxygen to our lungs. This blog is dedicated to all of the patient’s who suffer from tracheal cancer or other dangerous condition affecting the windpipe! The treatment for this is extremely difficult and dangerous. Another sad reality, sometimes it is too late for standard surgery or therapy. That is what is beautiful about this new break thru using stem cells.

A 36 year old man from Africa was condemned to die, but luckily for him a professor of regenerative surgery from Sweden built an entirely synthetic and permanent windpipe from stem cells. There was no rejection by the patient’s immune system, because the cells used to seed the artificial windpipe came from the patient’s own body. This is the beginning of a new form of therapy that will only continue to grow.

Cord Blood is the richest source of adult stems cell and it discarded at birth as normal procedure. Educate yourself and others about the importance of saving your babies cord blood. These priceless stems cells are the future of medicine.

Together we can help save lives!

Natalie Curry

Nov
0

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year! It is special in many different ways and is the platform for the official Holiday Season to begin. So often, people forget to be thankful for priceless things in your life and that is your family. Money and material things come and go within your life but the irreplaceable commodities are the ones that you love and love you back. There is no price you can pay for health but you can do everything within your power to protect the future of your family. For many of you that will be reading this blog, I have had my most difficult year of my life. It has comes with my biggest challenge both medically and mentally. I will be reflecting and sharing with you my journey in my upcoming blogs. It has reminded me how very important family is and their unselfish dedication to see me thru. So, as we enter into this Holiday Season I ask you to stop and truly celebrate the things that money can’t buy, your loved ones. CorCell is my personal choice of private cord blood banks and they too are taking the opportunity to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving Season by offering an additional discount of $200 off enrollment. If you happen to be a member of one of CorCell’s Insurance Partners you can combine this discount with the standard $350 off for a total of $550. Call 1-888-882-2673 or visit www.CorCell.com to obtain more information and details of the dates available for this promotion. Life is priceless; so make sure to be prepared to protect the ones you love. Stems cells saves and improves lives, don’t throw them away.

Together We CAN Help Save Lives!

Natalie Curry

Sep
0

Stem Cells for Dogs


It is no secret the value stem cells have in the various treatments for humans but now we are seeing them being used in the treatment of animals as well.  This is a gigantic step forward for veterinary medicine and for many pet owners who regard their fury friends as part of the family.  On July 19th, Bernie, the pit bull, was found by police officers stranded on a rooftop.  Bernie suffered third degree burns on his paw pads and spine.  Dr. Boyd Wagner, veterinarian and owner of the Wyomissing Animal Hospital, said, “I don’t think I’ve seen anything that bad in 25 years.”  Dr. Wagner decided to regrow Bernie’s paw pads with stem cells with the help of Celavet Inc., a California-based biotechnology firm that specializes in stem cell research in horses, cats, and dogs.

Bernie’s case was the first of its kind, using another animal’s stem cells to grow specialized types of cells.  Wagner said, “the stem cells increase the re-epitheliazation at a faster pace and a more uniform pace.”  Essentially, stem cells would be injected into Bernie’s pads to help heal at a quicker rate.  Stem-cell treatment in animals is a growing trend, hopefully sooner rather than later it will be available everywhere.

 

Jul
0

Stem Cells and Hair Loss

Hair loss affects roughly 56 million people in the United States alone. There are many causes for hair loss including age, illness, stress, and hormones; all of which we will most likely encounter. It is nondiscriminatory; affecting men, women, and children. Until now treatment for hair loss was extremely expensive or most likely ineffective.

Thanks to a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an innovative long term treatment is being developed through the use of stem cells.

The study focused on the stem cells that are responsible for the growth of hair follicles.  They discovered that in the case of balding, the stem cells that prompt the growth of hair had become inactive.  The study seeks to discover a way to reactivate the damaged stem cells initiating the regrowth of hair.  According to Dr. George Cotsarelis, Assistant Director of Dermatology a the University, the study shows that stem cell transplantation can be used as a hair loss treatment in the future.

These promising studies give hope to those who are dealing with hair loss for a multitude of reasons. WIth continued dedication and progressive thinking, hair loss will become a thing of the past.

 

Natalie Curry

 

 

Jun
0

The Vision of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB)

As discussed in my webinar with Dr. Kramer in late January, All Eyes on Cord Blood, stem cells from Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) are being used to treat debilitating eye and vision disorders in premature babies.

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding disorder that primarily affects premature babies. ROP is caused by an abnormal growth of blood vessels that damage the retina.  Every year about 15,000 babies are affected.  Two teams from the Centre for Vision and Vascular Science at Queen’s University Belfast are researching different methods of treatment for babies affected by ROP.  The team led by Dr. Derek Brazil is aiming their focus at the potential for stem cell treatments from the babies’ own UCB. Dr Brazil believes it may be possible to protect babies from ROP, and save their sight, by treating them with a special type of stem cell taken from their own umbilical cords. Dr. Brazil and his colleagues were awarded a two-year grant from children’s charity, Action Medical Research, to pursue this life changing work.

CorCell, A Cord Blood America Company, partners with many Insurance Institutions to provide important literature and discounts to their members encouraging them to understand the value of UCB. Visit their website to see if your Insurance Company is a current partner @ http://www.corcell.com/insurance-partners/ or call 1-888-882-2673.

Umbilical cord blood is continuously proving itself invaluable.  Don’t risk tossing it in the trash when you may need it for a treatment or cure.

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

 

Mar
0

Placenta Blood and Cord Blood Collections-Quantity Matters

Lately I have received many questions about the role placenta blood plays at the time of a cord blood collection. Some have even asked if it is necessary to save and preserve the placenta?

  • The Placenta is an organ that is about the size of a fist.  It’s job is to connect the baby to the uterine wall which enables the baby to receive all of the nutrients it needs to be healthy. It is enriched with the same stem cells that are found inside of your baby’s cord blood.

Your knowledge about placenta blood is very important. Especially If you plan to collect your baby’s cord blood. When collecting cord blood  it is important to get as much blood as possible to help increase the chances of a higher yield of stem cells. If possible it is best to collect the cord blood while the placenta is still in uterine. This allows for the natural contractions to increase the flow of blood, resulting in a higher yield. However there are circumstances that will not allow you to leave the placenta in longer.  If you have an emergency or a C-section your entire birthing process will be different. The Good News is that neither of these situations should prevent you from collecting cord blood.

Like I mentioned above your Placenta blood stem cells are identical to your baby’s cord blood stem cells. Some banking institutions have began to offer tissue (such as placenta) preservation and storage. I believe the best way to get a large yield of stem cells, is to let the placenta flow naturally into the cord.  By doing this, you will not need to bank both the cord blood and placenta.

I hope that this helps to answer your questions! If you have more questions regarding stem cells and or cord blood, please check out my other website- http://www.allaboutcordblood.com

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

Mar
0

With Love

I know you are probably familiar with the Movie and or Play called “Rent” and it’s very popular and  highly emotional anthem. “Seasons of Love”.  I hadn’t heard it in a while and was listening to it on repeat today. It really makes you think about what is really important in your life!  It’s theme is all about measuring your life in love. With all of the amazing opportunities people have today,  I feel like sometimes the important things get taken for granted.

Don’t waste your life doing things that make you unhappy, and do all of the things you have dreamed about doing in your wildest dreams.  Don’t let not one day go by without telling those special people that you love them because you never know what could happen tomorrow.  Everyone has tough times and when that happens put that smile back on your face, pick your self up and keep going. Remember that nothing great ever comes easy and that YOU create your own happiness.

I just wanted to share with you what I was feeling today and hope that you will feel the same way. The world can be a scary place, but if you have the gift of  LOVE then together you can face all of your biggest fears!

With LOVE,

Natalie

Mar
0

The Price Question?

Cord Blood Banking Raffle Winner and I

Cord Blood Banking Raffle Winner and I

I know that I have discussed the price involved in cord blood banking numerous times before. After giving my speech at the Pregnant New Yorker event earlier this week it occurred to me that price is still the number question people have about cord blood banking. It is very misunderstood so many people are scared away immediately because they think they can’t afford it.  My hope is to encourage you to educate yourself about your choices. Prices range from bank to bank and most all of them offer several payment options.  CorCell cord blood bank even has partnerships with nine different insurance companies that will work with you  to help lower your costs.

It is all about priorities. I am sure that when you are starting a family or having children saving for their future is one of your greatest concerns. Have you thought about what you would do god forbid someone in your family becomes ill? The same way you prepare for financial unknowns you can prepare for medical crisis’s by saving your baby’s cord blood.

If price is what is holding you back from making this decision; opt to bank your baby’s cord blood vs:

  • Going to Starbucks daily
  • Television Cable
  • Dinning out
  • Vacationing

It is small changes like this  that could help you save money to bank your baby’s cord blood.

Most people believe that cord blood banking is thousands of dollars per year and that is untrue. You will pay one larger sum up front to the bank for enrollment /processing/ storage. After that (depending upon what payment option you use) you will pay close to $100 a year or close to $30 a month. It is really a small price to pay to help ensure your families healthy future. I hope that this helps clear things up and that you will ask questions and do research to find the best bank for your family.

If you have any questions regarding cord blood/ stem cells please visit  the Q & A section on allaboutcordblood.com

To learn more about the payment option’s with CorCell please visit CorCell.com

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

Jan
0

The 23rd Anniversary of the Very FIRST Cord Blood Collection

January 14th is a day that will go down in history forever. It is the day of the very first cord blood collection which means it is my youngest sister, Emily’s birthday. I hope you enjoy my latest webinar featuring special guests, Nahla Abbo and her brave son, Cal. Watch to learn how stem cells saved Cal’s life and can help save many others!

Please mark your calendars NOW for my next webinar with special guest, Dr.Kramer Topic- All Eyes on Cord Blood. on Friday January 28th at 4:00pm EST on allaboutcordblood.com

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