August 9, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell clinics

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Stem cell injections at unproven clinics are expensive so a lot of patients have asked me: does insurance cover it? Mostly the answer is “no”, but in rare cases there is some kind of coverage. It’s an important question because the average total stem cell injection price tag for an individual customer can easily end up being $10K-$20K or more. The expense adds up in part because the cost per injection (see poll data here) has to be multiplied by the number of injections …Read More

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Scrolling through a stem cell clinic website can be a surreal experience. Going from the top of the page to the bottom can leave one feeling turned upside down. I wonder what the FTC thinks when they see these sites? Usually at the top of the webpage for many unproven stem cell clinics are big claims, glossy pictures of healthy people, and a lot of buzz. However, often if you then scroll down to the bottom there is some very different fine print with …Read More

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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. …Read More

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I’ve been hearing more recently about something called the American Academy of Stem Cell Physicians (variously AAOSCP or AASCP). Its name has the sound of an organization like some traditional medical academy such as the American Academy of Internal Medicine, but my sense is that this is a totally different kind of beast. People have been asking me what’s the story with it. What is its mission? I did find something akin to a mission scrolling down on their homepage: “The American Academy of …Read More