By the time we returned the next day, each of our individual
anti-inflammatory proteins were in a concentrated solution and ready to be injected into our joints. My mother-in-law and I received daily injections into
our knees of our naturally produced -- but now highly aggregated -- protein. The shots resemble those that orthopedists and primary care doctors give in
the United States, except that their syringes are loaded with steroids (or some other substance aimed at providing limited and short-term relief and which is
generally covered by insurance in the United States).
The procedure took less than 15 minutes. We left to explore the town, travel by train in the region, but always to return, on time, for the next day's appointment.
There were no restrictions on movement. The
experience was more of being a tourist than a patient.
Six weeks later, I was on a 10-day hike, carrying weight, like I couldn't for many years prior.
For me, the treatment effect lasted about 3 years, during which I continued to exercise more than the
normal person (but I had given up impact and torque sports like basketball, tennis, and downhill skiing years earlier). For my mother-in-law, she had
significant relief but did require a knee replacement one year later. She has done quite well with a new knee.
Last fall, I threw a football for several hours with my teenage nephews. In the days afterward I developed a hot and painful right shoulder tendinitis. I
already had intermittent, mild tendinitis in both shoulders but this post-football inflammation was not to be ignored. With rest, ice, and
anti-inflammatories I got better but not well. Despite physical therapy I still had limited range of motion, pain and could not sleep on the right
shoulder. I decided it was time to again see about Regenokine. Might as well get booster shots for
the arthritic knees while the tendinitis in my shoulders was treated.
But this time I did not need to go to Germany. I could be treated in southern California by Dr. Chris Renna. He recently trained with Wehling and began offering the anti-inflammatory treatment in his offices in Santa
Monica. The protein injection treatment does not require, nor have, FDA approval. Obtaining approval in the States could take five years
and tens of millions of dollars. Besides, some say that opposition could quickly mobilize since it would compete with medications, joint injections and
surgery. This is unfortunate since the result is that it remains inaccessible and unaffordable to far too many who could benefit, perhaps even avoiding
more invasive and costly interventions.
This past May, I arrived at LAX and went straight to having X-rays taken of both shoulders and knees in a nearby imaging
facility. I then saw Chris Renna and his daughter Gina Renna, who runs the practice, and had my blood drawn just like in Dusseldorf. Instead of
four days of treatments, this time, I would have six. Each day, at a scheduled time, I went to the Wilshire Boulevard office, quite serene in its feng shui,
and had injections in all four joints.