Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT YOUR KIT
- The first is to Enroll in our program online. Once you have completed the enrollment process, our staff will review your application, follow up with you and send your Kit to the address provided.
- The second is to contact one of our recommended physicians and inform them that you wish to bank your stem cells with The BioBox. Our physicians should always have our Kits in stock and will reserve one for you. On the day of your procedure, the physician will provide you with the Kit, which contains Enrollment Packet. Please complete the Enrollment Packet in its entirety and return with your collection Kit.
- The third, if you prefer, you may call and speak with a staff member, at 1.800.490.0924. A staff member will be available to assist you Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 6:30 pm PST.
Please coordinate your appointment with your doctor directly. When scheduling your appointment, please inform the physician’s office that you will be storing your cells (bone marrow or adipose) with The BioBox.
On the online application, you will be able to indicate which BioBox recommended physician will be performing your procedure.
If you prefer to have your operation done with your personal physician, please let us know so that we may register them in our system. If you would like your Kit mailed to you to take on the physician’s office, just let us know.*
*Please notify us in advance with a minimum of 7 business days of your procedure date
ABOUT STEM CELLS
Stem cells are considered the “building blocks”, as it serves as the repair system for the body. They have the remarkable ability to divide and form into various different specialized cells in order to replenish other cells and repair the body. When an emergency caused by injuries, lesions, stroke, or programmed cell death, stem cells are released into the blood stream in large quantities and are attracted to the organ or tissue that needs them trying to repair the damage.
Stem cells are categorized into 2 groups of cells: embryonic and somatic (adult). While they are both types of stem cells, they are different in nature. Embryonic stem cells are only found in a 5-day preimplantation embryo while a somatic (adult) stem cell is found in many different organs and tissues throughout a the body during a person’s life.
Adult stem cells are essential to our bodies, as they generate replacement cells for those that are lost through every day wear and tear, injury or disease. Typically adult stem cells can divide into muscle, heart, pancreatic, brain and bone marrow cells.
- Macular Degeneration
- Graft-versus-Host Disease
- Male Pattern Baldness (an autoimmune disease)
- Multiple myeloma (Kahler’s disease)
- Hodgkin disease
- Bone fractures
Currently, stem cells are used for2,3,4,5:
- Diabetes Type I & II
- Cardiomyopathy (failure of the heart due to stroke)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Auto-Immune Diseases
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Neurological damage from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or stroke
- Bone regeneration
- Chronic Inflammation
- IBD (Irritable Bowl Syndrome)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Myasthenia Gravis Disease
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