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MLB Pitcher & dubious stem cell treatment recipient, Bartolo Colon, busted for steroid use

Last year then NY Yankees pitcher, Bartolo Colon, received a dubious stem cell treatment in his home Dominican Republic. Colon seemed to bounce back from an injury after the stem cell treatment and some attributed this to his stem cell treatment. Other famous athletes including other pitchers and NFL players have since then also gotten similar …

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Eerie parallels between thalidomide & dubious stem cell treatments

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I keep seeing these eerie parallels between thalidomide & dubious stem cell treatments. What’s the first rule of medicine again? Do no harm! Rushing new medicines such as stem cell treatments to patients without appropriate preliminary studies to try to make money is like playing Russian Roulette with patients. Some of the time, everything will …

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FDA crackdown on dubious stem cell clinics actually helps companies offering legitimate therapies

A while back, I did a post on the FDA audit report of Celltex and I think I made a mistake in the title of that post: Surprising FDA audit report of Celltex a blow to for-profit adult stem cell industry. What I meant was the dubious stem cell industry. The title I used was too vague …

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Advice to dubious stem cell clinics: shape up or shut down today

Imagine for a moment that you are out in open water swimming peacefully in the ocean off of…let’s say for the heck of it, the coast of Mexico. You’re out there paddling around in your nifty swim trunks sipping one of those neat drinks with the little umbrellas. Suddenly you jerk out of your inflatable …

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Surprising FDA audit report of Celltex a blow to dubious stem cell clinics

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As I first reported, the FDA conducted a two-week audit of Texas adult stem cell firm, Celltex, sometime in April. Today I received a copy of the so-called “483 report” of that audit. It is basically a summary of problematic issues that the FDA says need to addressed. The FDA report is cause for some …

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Scandalous stem cell behavior?

Whether it is people or cells, how much control do we really have over their behavior? Very little. The Secret Service is at the center of a huge international scandal involving prostitution and potentially compromised nationally security. Clearly, the Secret Service failed to do their incredibly important job of protecting the President and national security, …

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SEC rules in favor of Pepsi on bogus stem cell propaganda complaint over 293 cells

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What’s the deal with the Pepsi stem cell myth? Does Pepsi have stem cells or ingredients from stem cells in it? No. Does the Pepsi corporation use embryonic stem cells to make Pepsi? No. These are myths. Nonetheless, pro-life extremists have been targeting Pepsi because of these fake connections between Pepsi and stem cells as …

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Balancing hope and danger with dubious stem cell treatments: a report from Canada

I’m a stem cell researcher and I’m very excited about the potential of stem cell therapies, but my excitement is mostly directed to the future. I’m also a cancer survivor and I know what it is like to get a grave diagnosis and how important hope is and sometimes patients and their families need hope …

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My message to sellers of dubious stem cell treatments: time to quit

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Over the past year the FDA and FBI have stepped up their actions related to sellers of dubious stem cell treatments. Most recently we have seen arrests of “Drs.” Morales and Stowe as well as others. Mr. Stowe, who is not a medical doctor, remains a fugitive of the FBI. Has the FBI now effectively …

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Anonymous stem cell scientist frankly answers questions about the field

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Here an anonymous stem cell scientist frankly answers questions about the field in an interview with me. Of course I have to ask you about the recent U.S. court ruling essentially declaring all federal funding of human ES cell work illegal. What’s your take on this? ANSWER: The ruling has so many flaws in it. …

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