Chiropractors and their state boards should stop risky stem cell injections

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Screenshot of Google search results for "chiropractor stem cells"

There are gray areas within the larger stem cell sphere or as I called it in a recent paper “the stem cell ecosystem“, but chiropractors doing stem cell transplants is not one of them. This is unethical and risky on many levels, but the number of chiropractors selling stem cells is increasing rapidly nonetheless. Chiropractors who are selling stem cells should stop and their organizations should prohibit it. The money involved makes it likely that somehow they will have to be forced to stop.

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Screenshot of Google search results for “chiropractor stem cells”

Interestingly, if you search for “chiropractor stem cells” on Google the range of images and websites linked to (see collective image above) include both chiropractic stem cell clinics and skeptics including one image of a duck, which you can probably guess the implication intended from that by that website, Science-Based Medicine. Dr. Chris Centeno’s Regenexx blog also shows up a few times as he is an outspoken critic of chiropractors selling birth-related materials, as I’ve covered in the past.

Why do I believe it is so bad that some chiropractors are doing supposed stem cell transplants? There are several key reasons.

Stem cells are foreign to chiropractic philosophy

First of all, chiropractic medicine is focused on spine and musculoskeletal manipulations. The practitioners also do not have medical degrees and are not simply a different kind of physician. The idea of injecting a biological product into a patient’s blood stream or a joint, etc. would seem foreign to chiropracty and that raises risks for patients.

Lack of training

Second, chiropractors generally aren’t rigorously trained in stem cells. What relevant training do they have? In many cases, none. In other cases, it is likely “quickie” pseudo-training received from the suppliers of sketchy stem cell products like amniotic and other birth-related tissue cells sold as “stem cells.” In other words, with few exceptions a chiropractor handling stem cells is going to be out of their depth.

Treating diseases outside their realm

Third, chiropractors who are selling stem cells are more regularly treating patients with specific illnesses that are far outside their area of chiropractic expertise. Should these folks be injecting stem cells into patients with MS, Alzheimer’s, autism, pulmonary disease, heart disease, etc.? No way. They aren’t experts or specialists in these diseases. They don’t have the know-how to follow up properly, including for potential side effects.

Suppliers and possible profits are main drivers

Finally, it seems to me that the suppliers of the uncertain birth-related products that chiropractors are most often using are a main driver of this phenomenon. I don’t think chiropractors are generally spontaneously going, “Gee, we should use stem cells to better help our patients!” but rather in my opinion it is the suppliers of the products who are saying, “Gee, you guys can make a lot of money this way.” For instance, supplier Liveyon recently focused a lot of emphasis on potential profit for those who use their upcoming new product. Their past “stem cell” product, recently recalled by the FDA due to contamination, was used by some chiropractors.

Overall, chiropractors and their state regulatory boards should stop this. It is not in the best interests of patients. Even if some chiropractors are using unapproved stem cell drugs I kind of doubt the FDA will do anything, but the chiropractic boards should and the FTC should step in as well.

8 Comments

  1. I’m suddenly barraged by offers of free meals in exchange for listening to stem cell therapy sales pitches. The Chiro shows up to introduce himself- takes NO questions. Turns the pitch over to 2 sales people who show a slide show and then urge you to pay for a deep discounted medical interview at the chiropractors office. Chiropractors are not MDs. They cannot inject, prescribe medication nor offer anything beyond the constraints of their practice. This is a scheme to relieve you of your money. Stick with your doctor. He cares about ya.

    • Some chiros team up with MD’s in multi discipline practices and offer legit stem cell therapy, the chiros don’t inject the MD’s do, get over it. Just like practices owned by chiros who employ MD’s who do pain or injections the md does the injection. Perfectly legal and actually much easier for the patient, doesn’t have to run all over the place or wait, can do Pt chiro and medical all at once.

        • I personally know 2 people who went to A Clinic in Pitssburgh run by one of the pioneers in Stem Cell Therapy who absolutely improved dramatically. Results do vary but this is all explained up front. It has to be done properly, do your research, no Chiros inject anything , it’s not allowed under their license, only MD’s. The best therapy for degenerative conditions is Ketogenic Eating, nutritional therapies, acupuncture, manipulation- you prepare the system for success, you set the table, get your physiology in order, detox, repair, then and only then, the stem cell therapy can have a better chance.

  2. I’m extremely torn when it comes to this whole “stem cell debate”, but I can definitely agree that chiros shouldn’t be the ones injecting them. As you said, their practice is supposed to be around spinal manipulations, and I think they should stick to their area of expertise.

  3. ManyChiropractors also are very well versed in functional medicine nutrition acupuncture and the laying on of the hands. And have more tools to help the sick and suffering than MOST MDs.

  4. Amniotic stem cells are a scam. The product these chiropractors are using are dead biological samples. There are no stem cells. It’s horrifying how the public is being duped, and it’s disgusting that the state boards are doing nothing to stop it.

  5. The amniotic stem cells are dead,that doesnt mean the treatment has no value. The growth factors, prp, and hyaluronic acid combo used works real good for most people. It does get tissue regrowth. It is kinda sketchy in that the cells are dead, however, the surgery to harvest live cells from your own body is no joke. The combining of chiropractic and medical for strategic advertising has no bearing on the outcomes. Pretty soon you will see stem cells on every corner like CBD, most dentists already use them, it is not as complicated as it sounds.

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