What Is Apheresis? A Deep Dive into this Lifesaving Blood Purification Process

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Apheresis is a revolutionary treatment that offers the potential to completely transform your health. A growing body of research is now starting to confirm the vast range of medical applications for this powerful, cutting-edge procedure. 

What Is Apheresis? 

Apheresis, also called therapeutic apheresis, is an in-depth outpatient procedure that involves the removal of blood from the body via IV access. Plasma is separated and filtered through a special column, and cleaned blood is returned to the body.  

Therapeutic apheresis works to remove degenerative, pro-cancer, and pro-inflammatory compounds that contribute to the progression of life-threatening illness — allowing the body a chance to deeply detoxify, while enhancing the effects of other therapies and supporting optimal healing. 

The Latest Apheresis Research  

I have been researching and administering apheresis for several years, particularly for the treatment of cancer, chronic kidney disease, and other complex, inflammatory conditions. In fact, I pioneered the use of this revolutionary treatment at my clinic, Amitabha Medical Clinic, in Santa Rosa, Calif.  

The apheresis device currently used in my clinic is an FDA-approved system for removing unhealthy cholesterol in people with genetically based elevations of low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Many chronic diseases produce damaging oxidized lipids and inflammatory compounds that result in unhealthy cell function and further the progression of illness. Reducing the levels of these circulating compounds with apheresis, in conjunction with intravenous therapies and other treatments, provides a powerful therapeutic intervention with significant health benefits.  

I am currently engaged in new apheresis research and development with leading medical institutes. I’m excited to share that I recently received a grant to develop apheresis treatments from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). My goal is to create advanced apheresis columns for targeted filtration of highly specific disease-causing compounds. 

Apheresis and Galectin-3 

A primary area of focus for the NIH investigation is the effectiveness of therapeutic apheresis on acute kidney injury (AKI), a condition with long-term risk of kidney problems and even early death. More specifically, I am focusing on the selective removal of a specifi inflammatory protein from blood plasma called galectin-3 (Gal-3). 

As you have heard me discuss many times, Gal-3 is an important mediator and key driver of organ inflammation and fibrosis in a wide range of acute and chronic progressive conditions. Increased plasma Gal-3 levels are associated with AKI and sepsis development in critically ill patients. In turn, depletion of Gal-3 has significantly decreased AKI rates and increased survival in large pre-clinical and clinical studies. 

Therapeutic Apheresis and Cancer 

In the treatment of cancer, my apheresis protocols are designed to: 

  • Enhance efficacy of chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer protocols 
  • Reduce surgical inflammation 
  • Lower the levels of circulating compounds that contribute to disease progression 
  • Promote optimal recovery 

By dramatically lowering these degenerative compounds, apheresis reduces hyper-viscosity and inflammation in the circulatory system — and increases oxygenation, limits tumor-promoting signaling and supports optimal immune response. 

Apheresis Offers Hope for Many Other Conditions  

In addition to cancer, we have seen significant clinical success using apheresis in the treatment of the following conditions: 

  • Chronic kidney disease 
  • Lyme disease and co-infections 
  • Autoimmune conditions 
  • Cardiovascular disease 
  • Blood disorders such as myasthenia gravis, leukocytosis, and sickle cell disease 
  • Toxic body burden through removal of disease-provoking components and toxins such heavy metals and excess galectin-3 (mentioned above) 

Apheresis Side Effects 

While apheresis is regarded as a safe procedure, it may still carry some potential side effects, including allergic reactions, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and low blood pressure. In some cases, patients may be given mineral supplements during the procedure to help with these symptoms. 

Whether you’re seeking relief from autoimmune diseases, neurological disorders, or other complex medical conditions, apheresis may offer a promising solution. My focus is to empower you with knowledge, ensuring you have a clear understanding of this innovative therapy.  

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