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E68: Stem cell lesson from Dr. Tom Nabity

October 6, 2022

Here's an interview with a #Michigan doctor on the topic of stem cell harvesting and banking. Watch the video version on the Michael Angelo Caruso YouTube channel at

Dr. Tom Nabity runs the Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine. He is a non-surgical, orthopedic physician who specializes in pain management, including stem cell therapy.

One of its services is harvesting stem cells from patients so that those patients can heal more quickly from future age-related maladies such as:

- Bone fractures (broken hips, compression fractures)
- Heart attack recovery
- Stroke recovery
- Alzheimer's and dementia
- Slowing of the aging process

Important: This podcast does not offer official #health or medical advice. Consult your doctor before undertaking any medical procedure.

There are four types of stem cells:

1) Embryonic
2) Umbilical cord from a donor
3) Autologous from fat
4) Autologous from bone marrow*

*Michael had stem cells pulled from his bone marrow (upper pelvis).

The procedure: The doc uses ultrasound to identify a good, safe entry place, then sterilizes the location. A numbing agent is introduced. A diamond tip needle is inserted (about a half-inch in Michael's case).

The doctor can use a hand drill or a power drill for the insertion of the needle. He uses a syringe to harvest the bone marrow, which is actually 60 ccs of blood.

The large vials are then sent to the stem cell bank to be cryogenically stored at super cold temperatures stored. Dr. Nabity uses Forever Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The going rate on stem cell banking costs about $250 per year. Michael thinks of it as an investment in his health. There are still lots of unanswered questions, such as:

- What happens when lots of people start living longer?
- What about people who can't afford to bank their own stem cells? - Will reintroducing stem cells work the way we want it to?

Reach Dr. Nabity at

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