November 30, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell sports medicine

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Remember good old Celltex? That’s the Texas stem cell clinic with the famous patient, former Texas Governor and two-time GOP Presidential hopeful, Rick Perry. It ran afoul of the FDA and headed for the border, setting up shop in Cancun, Mexico. They have since mostly flown under the radar with the exception of their concerning partnership with the US Arthritis Foundation and their PR about a pediatric patient. More recently they are bubbling up again with more focus on their patients. For instance, they are …Read More

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Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, 28, is following in the dubious footsteps of many sports stars turning to questionable stem cell “treatments” to relieve what ails them and potentially extend their careers. Nadal (pictured at right in image from Wikipedia) will receive what appears to be a laboratory-grown stem cell product from Dr. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro. ESPN added some important details to this story: “(Nadal) has a problem typical in tennis with a back joint, he had it at the Australian Open, and we have decided …Read More

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I’ve written in the past (see here, here, and parody here on HuffPost) about how stem cell sports medicine is a dangerous thing. It continues to grow in popularity. There’s a new piece out now saying that Ultimate Fight Championship President Dana White went on a stem cell tourism trip to Germany for a treatment for his Menier’s Disease and it basically made him a new man (emphasis mine): “Well, A-Rod from the Yankees, hit me up and told me that when he was …Read More

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What’s the scoop on stem cell sports medicine? So far the role of stem cells in sports medicine is essentially all hype. We see sports stars getting stem cell treatments  that are not approved by the FDA and have little if any science behind them. I covered stem cell sports medicine in an earlier post that provides more background, but things are rapidly getting worse and more dangerous in 2012. Why are an increasing number of famous people including athletes getting stem cell transplants …Read More