October 19, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Snake oil stem cell sports medicine: A-Rod, Kobe, Dana White

stem cell sports medicine
Stem cell sports medicine.

I’ve written in the past (see here, here, and parody here on HuffPost) about how stem cell sports medicine is a dangerous thing.

It continues to grow in popularity.

There’s a new piece out now saying that Ultimate Fight Championship President Dana White went on a stem cell tourism trip to Germany for a treatment for his Menier’s Disease and it basically made him a new man (emphasis mine):

“Well, A-Rod from the Yankees, hit me up and told me that when he was hurt Kobe called him and they both went to Germany and did this stem cell stuff. Right. So he says listen bro, I don’t know if this is going to help you, but I’ll tell you what it’s worth a shot. Well long story short, we had the fight out in Sweden. I went to Germany. I got the stem cells. Dude, I am 100 percent cured. I am 100 percent a new guy, man. I’m working out again. I’m doing all the things that I used to do. I’m traveling. My life is back. All they do is they go in there, they take your blood, they incubate it, they spin it and add stuff to it. I don’t know what the hell they do, I’m no scientist. I’m a million bucks now, man. I couldn’t feel better.”

There is no reason to believe that any of this actually works and is safe.

Reportedly the stem cell procedure has White feeling like “a million bucks.”

Is that what it cost too?

Now apparently White is going to spread the word about stem cells all around the sports world. Great….

Who exactly are these German doctors and what the hell are they doing?

How long before someone gets injured or killed from this snake oil?

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