November 30, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

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I wrote last week about the Nebraska and Iowa state Attorney Generals filing lawsuits against stem cell clinic firms and three individuals also named as defendants. Although I went into detail about the individuals including leader Travis Autor and the firms, I didn’t yet go into much depth on the state lawsuits themselves in that post. For more on this critical part of the story I needed some expert input so I turned to attorney Beth Roxland for a Q&A. She has unique expertise …Read More

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I thought I’d take a look again into the world of stem cell supplements since it’s been a few years. What I found now in 2020 wasn’t a pretty picture. This post has several sections so feel free to jump to sections below via the table of contents here. Supplements in general Stem cell supplements claims Supplement ads and products Stem-Kine Regenexx Supplements Big picture take-home Note that “supplements” here refer to things people can ingest to somehow supposedly help their stem cells, not …Read More

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As of October 1, Google was supposed to have banned ads for unproven stem cell clinics and products. This was according to their own new policy. How’s that going? How’s this new Google approach to unproven stem cell marketing working out in the real wild world of the web? To test it, I did over a dozen common searches that in the past would bring up first or second-page results on Google containing several ads for unproven stem cell firms. Overall, for more than …Read More

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Marketing of unproven stem cells has exploded in the past 3 years including some ads for things that sure seem like snake oil to me. Overall, it’s likely that hundreds of thousands of dollars if not more than a million are being spent on advertising of unproven stem cells. While in the past I’ve generally tried to avoid using terms like “snake oil” about stem cell interventions and products, there are some instances where in my opinion it likely applies. Here’s an official dictionary …Read More