Stem Cell Hucksterism

It is a problem when lay people are brought up to believe that there is a high tech medical solution for everything. This unthinking belief leaves many vulnerable to anyone with a white coat that promises to treat their illnesses.

For many years, the “science will solve everything” propaganda machine has been touting the future wonders of “stem cells.” Now that people are primed to be mesmerized by the anyone who claims to have a “stem cell” solution to their or a loved one’s problem, sales are good.

So good, that stem cell researchers are alarmed enough to take steps to stem the tide.

Below are excerpts from an article from Science Daily

ScienceDaily (July 1, 2010) — Leading stem cell researchers from institutions around the world are issuing warnings about unproven stem cell therapies being marketed on the Internet and have launched a website to educate and protect patients seeking such treatments. Often conducted outside of the United States, most of these therapies have little or no benefit — and can be dangerous as well as costly.

“Many people are going into the hands of predators,” said Irving Weissman, MD, director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and immediate past president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, or ISSCR. “They often mortgage their homes or borrow money to go abroad for these so-called treatments. They are away from their loved ones when they should have been together during the last months or years of their lives.”

Weissman is the senior author of a report on this subject — “Patients Beware: Commercialized Stem Cell Treatments on the Web” — to be published in the July 2 issue of Cell Stem Cell. The report, which analyzes the potential risks to patients and outlines practices and guidelines to assess the validity of Internet claims, was produced by an ISSCR task force that he helped to establish…

more via Stem cell scientist leads effort to prevent fraudulent treatment

here is a link to the Patient Handbook on Stem Cell Therapies

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