Dr. Chris Renna discusses the future of non-surgical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other joint conditions
Missy: Dr. Renna, we have been talking a lot about osteoarthritis. Can you tell me, have you and Dr. Wehling developed any treatments for rheumatoid arthritis?
Dr. Renna: Oh it’s a great question. Dr. Wehling has. The focus of my practice is mostly helping people one-on-one but Dr. Wehling is part-clinician, part-researcher.
In the process of developing Regenokine™ he discovered very small protein particles, something called nanoparticles that somehow influence the immune system, particularly in autoimmune patients, very profoundly.
And he worked on that because a number of the people that he saw had rheumatoid arthritis which is even more crippling than osteoarthritis and he was able to create a treatment from these nanoparticles which are called exosomes that can take end-stage or treatment failure, rheumatoid arthritic patients to remission which means relief of symptoms.
And as you may know, there have been people who have been wheeled into Dr. Wehling’s office with crippling rheumatoid arthritis and leave without the wheelchair, which is one of those medical miracles that makes you wonder how reliable this person and these treatments really are, but I have actually interviewed a couple of his treatment resistant rheumatoid arthritis patients who had exosome treatment in Germany and were completely relieved of symptoms.
Now it has not worked as well in people with mild to moderate rheumatoid arthritis. So it must be mostly for very severe or advance cases. His research is ongoing and he is interested in finding ways to modify his exosomes treatment to help those people with just mild or moderate rheumatoid, as well as other autoimmune conditions.
Missy: That sounds very promising. We will look forward to keeping abreast of those developments.
Dr. Renna: Yeah. You have one of those, right?
Missy: I actually do. I am very interested in the exosome therapy which I read about in the book because I myself have atopic dermatitis and eczema and I have also dealt with an autoimmune condition. So I am looking forward to having that treatment.
Dr. Renna: Yeah, honestly that’s good news for you because in these experiments, of clinical application of these exosomes, he has seen people with Crohn’s disease have much longer emissions and he has also seen people with your condition of atopic dermatitis and eczema as well as neurodermatitis just clear up.
Now he wasn’t trying to treat that. He is an orthopedist by training and what he noticed was that people who had these other conditions that he was treating with Regenokine™ and with exosomes, who had other autoimmune diseases such as atopic dermatitis and eczema, they just had a vast improvement in their symptoms. He has even seen people with psoriasis get much better.
The clinical research on that, in terms of understanding exactly what dose to give and who to give it to and how to make that patient selection to make the therapy really worthwhile and reliable, is still in the process. But I would tell you I am very hopeful that he will develop this exosome treatment into modalities that are as effective against the other autoimmune diseases, as he has Regenokine™ in the knee.
Missy: Well that’s very exciting because as you know, these types of conditions are very hard to treat and unfortunately they have difficult medications with side effects that I myself have had to resort to, to actually feel better.
Dr. Renna: Exactly. The treatment is sometimes worse than the disease. The universal treatment for autoimmune diseases or excess inflammation is cortisone and cortisone gives people relief but it does it at a high cost.
Now there’s a whole other family of immune-suppressing drugs given orally and IV for different conditions and unfortunately I think that whenever you just really smash down one of the body’s fundamental systems, it comes at a pretty high cost – all those potential adverse effects and the things we haven’t even seen yet.
So I think that what Dr. Wehling is doing, in terms of mining the human body for things that heal itself, is the way of the future.
Missy: I agree, and any time that I can use a natural alternative of my own blood versus taking medication, I definitely want to try it out first.