July 13, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Dr. Oz

5 min read

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

3 min read

For me it’s been a wild week of grant and paper writing, grant review, going over data, and more, but finally I had a chance to watch this week’s Dr. Oz show on stem cell clinics in full last night and I give it an A+ grade. A show producer went undercover with an MS patient to a number of stem cell clinics and let the clinic people’s words do the talking about what’s most important to the clinics: money and not patients’ well-being. The guests on the …Read More

2 min read

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

4 min read

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