The Uncertainty of Stem Cell Treatments

For almost a decade, stem cell treatment has held out hope as a treatment for macular degeneration. Hope, but not FDA approved certainty.

Popular Science magazine has just written an article titled ARE NEW STEM CELL THERAPIES MIRACLES IN A BOTTLE–OR JUST A DANGEROUS FORM OF SNAKE OIL?

Their review is mixed and full of unknowns. Some wonderful successes and some failures. Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics, finds the various SVF therapies dubious. “No one has proved they’re safe or effective,” he says. “People are paying a lot of money for these treatments without any assurances.”

After 7 years of chronic back pain, the author was”cured” after a single treatment. But he still worries about recurrence. When you sign up to be a guinea pig, nothing is certain, and only time will tell.

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