Thank You DR.Vincent Giampapa
One of the most difficult things for any parent to experience is to watch one of your children begin to fail physically because of a disease determined incurable at this time. We went through this downward spiral knowing that there was truly nothing we could do yet would be willing to go to any length to at best mitigate the grasp of this situation.
At about age 38 our son was finally diagnosed with Muscular Sclerosis or MS. We learned that there were no cures and at best a series of specialty drugs offering the hope of stopping the progression of the disease and providing some degree of quality of life. We went through the entire cast of procedures and to make all matters worse, our son developed the JC virus, a terminal brain virus, as a side effect of the drugs. This meant that we had to stop all procedures for an entire year and just pray that the progression of the disease would not continue at a quicker pace.
Let me detail the effects of the disease on our son as each patient experiencing MS develops symptoms and problems differently. The disease in problem with the body’s immune system and the body literally destroy the myelin sheath (the covering of the nerve cells) causing what can best be described as electronic short circuits between the cells anywhere in the body. In our son’s case the effects of the disease as it progressed were:
- Very frequent severe migraine headaches
- The 3rd, 4th, and 5th finger of his left hand were in a constant fist clinch and unable to be opened
- Loss of all feeling in first one foot then the other
- A constant left leg with what can be best described as “asleep”
- A diminution of the range of motion of the neck settling at about a 15% range of motion. To move more he had to turn his entire upper body
- His mind became very “foggy” and he began the loss of short-term memory
- His speech suffered and he developed a stutter during periods of severe episodes
These were the very visible effects of his MS. They resulted in his use of a cane and at times 2 canes. A conflicting problem occurred as his feet had no sense of feeling as in touch causing the falling and unsteady walking but his heels were, in his words, on fire when he walked on them.
Our son is a very strong powerful athlete playing football, wrestling, ice Hockey and was an avid weight lifter who could bench press well over 300 pounds even in high school. He was reduced to having his 3 children carry things like a bag of groceries for him. As expected his stamina was non-existent and he slept more and more. We felt a lot was because of the disease and an equal result of the depression that comes with it.
All through this he had his God-given loving sense of humor and never complained or allowed pity to be a part of his life.
After 10 years of this slow downward spiral, the last 8 being quite severe, his organs began to misfunction. The two organs effected were his stomach and his bladder. The bladder alternating between uncontrollable to non-functioning. During this time he gained a minimum of 50 pounds all due to water retention.
It was at this time that after reading about and discussing the potential of stem cell therapy advances in cancer and some immune system diseases that we approached experts in the field of cell and gene therapies. We were blessed having many professional professors and physicians and members of the leading biotechnical companies. We spent many hours of discussing and reading papers from Dr. Vincent Giampapa and many of his associates. Dr. Giampapa provided us with papers and books and articles and web information which we devoured.
After family discussions with our son and his wife, who also did even more research using her P.T. and drug manufacturer sales position background, we decided to place ourselves in the hands of Dr. Giampapa and his team of world class scientists consisting of physicians and PHD’s.
We decided to “try” this stem cell therapy. It seemed such an amazingly logical conclusion. Using the body’s own mechanisms to resolve the problem not merely attempt to mitigate the symptoms. ALL of the current therapies centered their time and pain and immense expenditures of money on monthly infusions costing in the range of $10,000 per month- minimally and offered such miniscule results all of which were aimed at the symptom and not the correction of the problem.
Our son had blood drawn and the 3 types of stem cells were extracted. They were run through 20-21 different processes and finally were grown in the laboratory. An approximate 1 inch of a matching umbilical cord tissue was obtained. The laboratories extracted the 3 types of stem cells from that powerful umbilical tissue. They also were grown in the laboratory until the combination of the two sources totally approximately 300 million strong stem cells.
We had to fly our son and his wife to the clinic in Mexico where it is legal for our American and foreign physician team to reintroduce the 300 million new stem cells into his body. He received about 20 million stem cells directly into his spine and went to the resort hotel to rest. That afternoon he returned to the clinic where some 200 million stem cells were infused into his body over a few hours. The next day her again returned to the clinic for the remainder of the 300 million stem cells to be infused. He returned to the resort hotel where he spent time with his wife. The clinic team of 9 doctors and nurses and medical specialists were monitoring his case. His wife served as the “care-giver-in-charge”. I would like to digress for just a moment to convey that this disease is as impactful of the main care giver and family as it is on the patient. It is truly a family disease.
I can now report on what can only be considered miraculous. It is so easy to say “something is a miracle”. But consider the following:
- Within the first 12 hours he regained feeling in his left foot
- Within the same 12 hours his left leg felt “tingly”
- He reported the fog was lifted form his brain and thoughts
- His voice was strong and not stuttering
Within 24 hours:
- His neck movement was almost normal
- His level of pain dropped from his normal 10 out of 10 to ZERO
One week after the procedure we all went to his high school daughter’s school Christmas concert. He walked the length of the auditorium (no cane no limp and fair speed). Walked back up after the performance
One week later he and his wife and their teen daughter vacationed in Hawaii for a week where he not only walked for 2 miles to and from the volcano trial but along with his wife and daughter went scuba diving,
The results were so astounding. We look forward to the next 5- 51/2 months when we are told that the full measure of the benefits can be expected. We do not know the duration, the final status, but can only report on the O N L Y therapy that has been attempted that has shown any results. This is not some non-scientific program promising wild results and using piles of organic remedies or herbs and other holistic procedures. It is grounded in pure solid scientific facts. It uses the body’s own developmental stem cells and organizes them and places them back into the body carrying all of the body’s DNA markers as developed in the womb. In short it is using the body’s nature to rebuild and correct itself.
In our lives my wife and I have been blessed to see the beginnings of what is hopefully the dawn of the new age of scientific medicine. We have personally had a friend go through this same procedure entering with stage 4 multiple myeloma ( the very cancer that took my mother’s life) and our friend is right now 4 years cancer free! The possibilities are endless.
This is so logically amazing. From my personal business mind the cost of this procedure was less than the annual cost of the medications he was on for TEN YEARS! Yet no insurance is ready to cover this. No FDA approvals are in place. Countless billions are spent in drug development each year and yet all of those billions cannot do for one patient what our one procedure did for our son. Needless to say he is NOT on any medications. Why would he be?
The drug industry has always talked about the “Search for the magic bullet.” We have found it.
It is the combination of next age stem cell therapy plus love of a family, love from the community, and prayers from everyone who knows my son. Such an amazing formula!!!
Thank you Dr. Vincent Giampapa. You have given back to my wife and I our son. To his sisters you have returned their brother. To his wife her husband she so desperately could return to her. To his sons the father they so looked up to as their model. To his daughter the dad she is so attached to. And to anyone who knows him you have allowed him to continue to spread his spirit and his giving soul they were so longing to seem revived.
With our deepest gratitude,
Joe and Jackie Macaluso