An ex­pe­ri­ence with re­gen­er­a­tive medicine

The McGill Daily - - Summer In Review -

Sami told his story of bat­tling back pain over the past 10 years ever since he in­jured him­self dur­ing­mil­i­tary train­ing in 2007. He saw “chi­ro­prac­tors, phys­io­ther­a­pists, psy­chi­a­trists, rheuma­tol­o­gists, os­teopaths and vir­tu­ally every health pro­fes­sional [pos­si­ble]”. He had tried “de­com­pres­sion ther­apy, ki­ne­sio­ther­apy, swim­ming, phys­io­ther­apy, non- steroidal anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries drugs (NSAIDS), steroid in­jec­tions, oral steroids, acupunc­ture, Chi­nese ther­a­peu­tic mas­sage,” but none were ef­fec­tive. Ap­a­thetic physi­cians in Canada dis­missed his pain as an il­lu­sion, which se­verely ex­ac­er­bated his men­tal health. Af­ter be­ing un­able to find a cure through the Cana­dian health care sys­tem, he went to New York in Jan­uary of 2016 to re­ceive his first re­gen­er­a­tive medicine treat­ment: Regenokine. Al­though Regenokine re­lieved the pain ini­tially, the heal­ing ef­fects were only tem­po­rary. A few months later, he flew to Colorado where he re­ceived an­other treat­ment at the Cen­teno- Schultz Clinic us­ing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Like Regenokine, the pain-re­liev­ing ef­fects of PRP treat­ment were not last­ing. This past July , he trav­elled to the Cay­man Is­lands to try stem cell treat­ment, which can only be eval­u­ated un­til af­ter a few months. Sami noted that while re­gen­er­a­tive medicine treat­ments worked quite well, they were ex­tremely ex­pen­sive. Since they are not of­fered in Canada, Cana­di­ans who need these treat­ments must go abroad to seek them with­out in­surance. Sami hoped these treat­ments would soon be in­te­grated in Canada­dian heal­h­care as soon as pos­si­ble.

Chi­nese di­rec­tor Diedie Weng “sought to cap­ture the per­sonal ways in which [two] worlds and times met and crashed into each other” in her first fea­ture film, The Bee­keeper and his Son. The film fo­cuses on the grow­ing ten­sion be­tween the younger and older gen­er­a­tions as China be­comes in­creas­ingly in­dus­tri­al­ized. It presents this gen­er­a­tional dis­con­nect through the re­la­tion­ship of Maofu, a young adult re­turn­ing from the city to his fam­ily’s ru­ral bee­keep­ing busi­ness, and his father Lao Yu, who en­cour­ages his son to in­vest his time, en­ergy, and care into the bees. The city had in­vig­o­rated Maofu with sev­eral ideas for grow­ing the busi­ness and in­creas­ing profit, while Lao Yu wishes Maofu would learn the in­tri­ca­cies of bee­keep­ing and han­dle the busi­ness with care. These di­ver­gent goals es­ca­late into a harsh lack of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the father and son. Weng of­ten shows Maofu work­ing alone with a melan­choly de­meanor, em­pha­siz­ing his feel­ings of not be­long­ing and be­ing a dis­ap­point­ment. Lao Yu seems to feel out of touch with the mod­ern gen­er­a­tion, as if a com­mon ground can­not be achieved. While Weng makes con­nec­tions be­tween these ob­sta­cles and the tan­gi­ble gen­er­a­tional di­vide, The Bee­keeper and his Son also sug­gests that per­haps a can­did ex­change of wis­dom and ideas be­tween both gen­er­a­tions can bring about so­lu­tions to shared prob­lems.

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