On Stem Cell and Ketamine Therapy with Dr. Joy Kong, MD

In America alone, there are currently well over 1 million practicing physicians. Several thousand more are currently making their way through medical school, being taught traditional therapies for disease that include medication as the #1 source of treatment.

But America is not alone in this decades-long trend. Europe, Asia, and the U.S. are, as a matter of fact, the most prolific producers and consumers of pharmaceuticals around the globe. There is big money to be made in this field, but little to show in the improvement of chronic illness.

So why, in a world that is ever-improving in technology and science, have we not shifted gears and moved away from the same tired treatments of disease? You know, the little white or blue pills that come in the child-proof bottles? The answer is, if you can keep a chronically ill patient on a medication for an extended period of time, this activity translates into large sums of cash for Big Pharma. We hate to be the ones to point to the elephant in the room, but this is the sad truth.

Fleeing the repressive government control of China, Dr. Joy Kong left her country and found her way to the United States. She was looking for freedom to learn, to live, and to serve in unique ways not permitted in her previous home. After becoming a UCLA-trained, triple board-certified physician (American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, American Board of Addiction Medicine, American Board of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine), Dr. Kong used her unstoppable work ethic and drive to change the broken traditions of western medicine.

Switching Gears

A few years into medical school, Dr. Joy realized her education was necessary, but not complete. Her curiosity began to lead her into the research, Zoom meetings and private conversations limited only to those who are willing to open their minds to treatments not taught in universities. It was through these encounters that Dr. Joy became encouraged by the groundwork findings in Ketamine and Stem Cell Therapy. Both offered potential for reversing of symptoms in several neurological diseases, including autism, anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, chronic pain, and OCD.

When asked about Ketamine’s effectiveness in treating depression, Dr. Joy responded enthusiastically. “This has been exciting me so much because I think the world is in a dark place, partially from our ignorance. If we don’t understand why we’re here and who we really are, then it’s very easy to get lost. Ketamine experiences give you a glimpse of who you might be, sometimes completely different of what your assumptions were.” (Possible Quoteable on this last sentence?)

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This thinking leads us to wonder, “Could an entire nation, and possibly the entire human species benefit from Ketamine?”

*As anxiety and stress dissipate, so will our national and global strife.

*Ketamine is a pure molecule, developed from both organic and inorganic compounds. (4:00) It is not completely clear how ketamine works to relieve symptoms of depression, but the slow intravenous infusion of ketamine causes a delicate sequence of events in the brain that triggers rapid growth of neural connections, or ‘rewiring’ that has an antidepressant effect.

*With most medications, the effect of a drug usually only lasts when it is in your system. When you take Ketamine, it triggers reactions in the cortex that enable brain connections to permanently regrow over time.

*Ketamine has been FDA approved since the 1970’s, and is used often for anesthesia purposes. It is considered to be very safe, even at much higher dosages commonly used in therapeutic situations.

Ketamine is Not for Everyone

Dr. Joy was forthright in admitting that Ketamine is not currently used to treat schizophrenia and other psychoses that disassociate the sufferers from reality.

“This population has a difficult time holding onto this dimension of reality already. So if you give them something that can potentially remove them from this realm, and allow them to experience other realms, it’s very difficult for them to come back.”

However, there seems to be an ever-growing list of mental illnesses that fall into the Special K column:

*Ketamine has shown to be extremely powerful in “knocking out” the fear of death in terminal patients, and removing suicidal thoughts. (8:15)

*Regeneration of neurons and enhanced synaptic growth in the nervous system is also a positive effect of Ketamine use.

*Dave points out that everyone is typically suffering in some degree, at any point in time. Is Ketamine recommended for people who aren’t necessarily diagnosed with a medical condition?

*Typically these moderately depressed individuals use Ketamine every one to three months with success in finding increased purpose and connection.

*In the Netflix documentary “How to Change Your Mind,” several psychedelics are explored and critiqued.

The War Between Big Pharma and Natural Solutions

“History always shows where the light is at,” and the battle between the pharmaceutical industry and the naturopathic field is raging. (14:30). “Six years ago when I got into anti-aging medicine, definitely a light bulb went on in my mind when I found out that aging is a prequel to disease.”

*Discovering how to halt the aging process is key to stopping disease potential. From the get-go, stem cell research was embraced by scientists who were studying longevity and disease reversal and prevention, including Dr. Gary Kaplan.

*Dr. Joy highlights the research of one doctor who had used umbilical cord blood stem cells for a child with autism. The study reported about 40 positive changes in the child via his teacher, who noted the improvements. Stem cell research in treating autism has been an extremely promising field of study in the last decade.

*Stem cell infusions (IV administered) are showing improvements in social skills, eye contact, less procrastination, and other symptoms connected with autism.

Blinders On, Blinders Off

As a newly certified psychiatrist, Dr. Joy had been a board certified psychiatrist for 7 years by the time I encountered stem cell therapy, and beside autism, there are very little research available regarding the effect of stem cell therapy for mental illness. The often-ineffective traditional practices continued to be passed down to students.

*Prescription drugs still dominate the treatment options for psychiatric care.

*The process of becoming approved by the FDA is long and cumbersome.

*Using fetal stem cells in the United States is illegal, but other nations such as Ukraine use fetal cells as a means of income. Some women to purposely become pregnant for profit, unfortunately, and abort their babies early. (22:15)

*U.S. stem cell research uses umbilical cord stem cells, which are derived after a healthy full-term pregnancy and delivery.

3 Forms of Legal Stem Cell Therapy in America

“2 of the 3 are from a person’s own body: Fat derived stem cells, and bone marrow derived stem cells. The other one includes the whole umbilical cord and amniotic membrane…the fluid and placental tissue.”

*Stem cells were first discovered in bone marrow, which has been the precursor to other stem cell sources.

*Bone marrow, however, isn’t the best source of stem cells. (24:15)

*Fat derived stem cells, called mesenchymal stem cells, are considered the “gold standard” or medicinal signaling cells to trigger the body to go into healing mode.

*Mesenchymals are located everywhere in our bodies, ready to receive signals to jump into action from our blood supplies.

*These particular stem cells do not typically keep company in the bone marrow, however, nor are they found in useful quantities in umbilical cord blood.

*Because fat requires ample amounts of blood supply and vessels, the prized mesenchymal cells congregate there.

*Umbilical cord fat and vein tissue is a prime location for M. cells.

The Upside of Bucking the System

*Traditional pharmaceutical treatments for chronic illnesses have not been stellar. People are desperate for new treatments that show promise. (30:11)

*Dr. Joy reports that stem cell therapies are helping patients with organ degeneration and many other diseases aggravated by inflammation.

“I’m seeing drastic improvements in patients including them getting off oxygen and their medications.”

*By calming neural inflammation, the brain’s function can be improved.

*There is not enough research showing improvement in bipolar and depression issues using stem cells. These illnesses may be more commonly caused by “wiring issues” in the brain and nervous system.

*Stem cell therapy is only legal when the tissue is transplanted without expanding (reproducing) the cells or manipulating them in any way during the process. To change or expand the cells would require FDA approval.

*Many foreign countries allow the expansion and growth of cells to profit from huge numbers of stem cells. However, “When you start expanding the cells even at 10 times the number of original cells, you’re actually losing potency.” The quality drops as the numbers of cells expand.

“When stem cells divide, they often split into a stem cell, and a “daughter cell” which isn’t as nearly as potent. After serial expansion, the cells lose some of their potency and also express surface markers that may lead to immune rejection, the cells, then, lose their potency and their differentiation ability, which is their ability to attack and repair a diseased organ. Staying in the U.S. and taking advantage of more potent stem cells will probably cost half as much.”

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