January 21, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Dr. Oz stem cells

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Last year an odd pub  made the big claim that the interstitium is a new organ. I didn’t buy that. Now an over-the-top stem cell advertisement that recently ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune (U-T) is piggybacking off of the supposed “interstitium as new tissue” claim to make all kinds of other claims about some mystery “stem cell” pill. You can see a picture at left of the ad that a The Niche reader sent to me. The word “cure” there is like a …Read More

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Stem cells are appearing more often in pop culture including movies like Spiderman, newspaper articles (and advertisements), just about a year ago on Dr. Oz, and now yesterday for the first time that I remember in the New York Times (NYT) crossword puzzle. There I was doing the NYT puzzle last night while munching a quick bite and that “aha moment” when an answer comes to you was amplified from me because the answer to 31 down was “stem cells.” You can see the …Read More

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Over the years and in particular after Dr. Oz’s show a couple weeks ago, I’ve heard from many patients who are absolutely convinced that stem cell therapies do in fact work and are safe. They have been focused particularly on hematopoietic stem cell therapy (HSCT) for MS but also other investigational applications using a variety of stem cell types including adipose stem cells. Almost without exception the kind of stem cell therapy that patients are referring to in these cases are not conclusively proven to work …Read More

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American stem cell clinics put thousands of patients at risk each year through hawking expensive, unproven and unapproved medical interventions, and now Dr. Oz is reportedly taking them on in a new show set to air tomorrow.  Those running the clinics have affixed the buzz phrase “stem cells” onto a whole range of stuff ranging from A (actual stem cells, but unproven) to Z (zombie cells; aka not really living cells of the stem cell variety.) While at times in the past the Dr. …Read More

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Controversial TV physician Dr. Mehmet Oz hasn’t had a great year what with his disastrous testimony before Congress. (2020 Update; Dr. Oz recently had a good show on stem cell clinics so that’s something. I discussed issues with his staff prior to the show.) Now Dr. Oz has been slammed by a group doctors from across the country. Update: Orac points out that these doctors have some of their own baggage when it comes to science. They reportedly want him removed from Columbia because of …Read More

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the religious right hailed the discovery of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Headlines blared from the extreme right on the Internet such as, “Embryonic stem cells obsolete”. Even the same kind of thing, saying, “The stem cell debate is dead”. You see opponents of embryonic stem cells (ES cells) figured that the appearance of iPS cells, made from skin rather than blastocysts leftover from IVF, on the scene could be used as a propaganda weapon …Read More