One of the joys of becoming a parent is knowing that you’re giving the gift of grandchildren to your own parents. They get to have all the benefits of a baby without having to change (most of) the diapers or send Jr. into a time-out when he throws a tantrum because you won’t buy him an iPhone until he’s three. If you live nearby, you may even be lucky enough to have built-in babysitters. It’s clearly a win-win situation.
But of all the benefits of grandchildren — having someone new to love and cuddle, seeing your family’s history and traits passed down to a new generation, imparting your hard-earned wisdom and knowledge to young minds — there’s one that neither you nor your parents have probably yet considered:
Your children may one day save your parents’ lives.
How is this possible? It is possible when you bank your baby’s umbilical cord tissue with GlobalCord. There, the cells are kept frozen and ready for use when needed by your baby, your parents, or another close family member.
Stem Cell Banking Beats a Savings Account
Grandparents may buy Savings Bonds or open a Dedicated Savings Account to help your children fund their future, but another kind of banking is just as important to the long-term health and longevity of your family: stem cell banking. And there is no richer source of human stem cells than the umbilical cord tissue of your newborn baby.
What Are Stem Cells and How Can They Help You?
Stem cells are undifferentiated basic cells that can morph into many different kinds of specialized cells. Just as your newborn baby may one day “morph” into a doctor, lawyer, artist, or entrepreneur, stem cells can “grow up” to be blood cells, bone cells, cartilage cells, and more.
The types of stem cells found in the umbilical cord lining membrane — the outermost layer of the umbilical cord — include both mesenchymal and epithelial stem/progenitor cells.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Mesenchymal stem cells obtained from cord saving can be morphed into:
Cartilage Cells: If your mom (or dad) has rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or another disease or syndrome that results in the destruction of joints, mesenchymal cells that have been morphed into cartilage cells may be able to repair the damage.
Bone Cells: Bone cells can be used to repair broken bones, replenish bone tissue lost to age and/or conditions such as osteoporosis, and provide relief for osteoarthritis.
Nerve Cells: New nerve cells can be used to grow or repair nerves that were damaged by trauma or aging. They are even able to produce essential neural chemicals that may be missing as a result of certain disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.
Fat Cells: These can be used to reconstruct and repair the body after surgery by filling in dents or rounding out roughened contours.
Epithelial Stem Cells
Epithelial stem cells can be morphed into:
Skin Cells: Thanks to epithelial stem cells, skin grafting may become a thing of the past. At CellResearchCorp, the parent company of GlobalCord we have used epithelial stem cells to create a 3-dimensional, organotypic skin equivalent. This can be used to replace skin lost to burns, wounds or other traumas or disease.
Liver Cells: Epithelial stem cells can be prodded into becoming liver cells so that we can develop drugs that will treat liver disorders. Liver cells that develop from stem cells may one day even replace damaged liver tissue.
Pancreatic Islet Cells: Pancreatic islet cells that are morphed from epithelial stem cells can be used to produce insulin to control diabetes mellitus.
There's More for Mom on the Horizon
CellResearchCorp is actively involved in research and development for novel uses of stem cells for therapeutic purposes to help your family stay strong and healthy. In addition to the programs listed above, other areas of R&D for therapeutic umbilical cord stem cells include:
- Corneal resurfacing
- Haemophilia A
- Heart disease
- Hearing and balance disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Cosmeceuticals for anti-aging CALECIM®
Future research includes looking into the ways in which stem cells may be used to help in the treatment or prevention of diseases such as cancer.
The Only Cord Bank Approved to Help Your Folks
To ensure that your baby’s cord will be ready to help your mom, dad, your baby or another family member, be sure to bank it with GlobalCord.
Umbilical cord lining tissue banked by non-licensed cord blood banks may not provide the stem cell yield or quality that CellResearch Corporation’s proprietary and patented protocols can provide — this may affect its suitability for future therapeutic use. In addition, these blood banks and medical institutions that offer CellResearch Corporation's patented protocols — which include ALL cord lining stem cell therapies — are at risk of patent infringement.
GlobalCord is operated by CellResearch Corporation and its partners. Cords banked through GlobalCord are covered by CellResearch Corporation’s patent licensure which extends to 41 territories around the world, including the U.S.A.
Contact us today to find out how to store your baby’s cord tissue, so that her stem cells are ready when and if she, your parents, or another family member needs them. You can also email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.