Please read this info!! I think you need to get your neuro and doctor to weigh in as to their opinion. However the decision is ultimately yours and I wish you the best!!! I HOPE that if stem cell treatment is effective that in the next 2-4 years it will be offered in in the U.S. in a safe manner so that may be something else to think consider.
Toronto, Canada, December 4: Canadian researchers from the University of Alberta, Canada, said on Wednesday that costly and unproved stem cell therapies for various diseases are being sold directly on the internet to patients and doctors.
Beware of websites promoting stem cell therapies, experts warn
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In response, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) released guidelines for both scientists and regulators and has also developed a patient handbook for people considering stem cell therapy.
According to the guidelines, "The International Society for Stem Cell Research is very concerned that stem cell therapies are being sold around the world before they have been proven safe and effective."
The new study conducted by stem cell experts from the University of Alberta, Canada, found that through websites such clinics present treatments as safe and effective with no medical evidence to back up their assertions.
Researcher from Children's Hospital, Boston, George Daley, who contributed to the ISSCR guidelines, said, “I think these websites are dangerous. They overpromise effectiveness and safety of the therapy and under-inform about risks. Overhyped marketing direct to patients is putting patients at risk of financial exploitation at the very least, and physical danger at the worst.”
For the study, team led by Timothy Caulfield, looked at the 19 clinics in countries around the globe, including China (Beike Biotech), Russia and Mexico, where websites advertise expensive treatments costing about $21,500 (€16,600, £14,100). These treatments that infuse stem cells into the blood and brain are sold directly to consumers over the Internet.
The diseases being treated were multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's, Alzheimer's diseases, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy [paralysis of a muscle or group of muscles] define, autism and muscular dystrophy. Study authors said that patients should be skeptical of these services and must talk to their doctors before pursuing such treatments.
Mr. Caulfield said that the stem cell treatments do hold great promise but many of the stem cell therapies offered by these clinics are not ready for use in patients yet.
ISSCR, representing professional stem cell experts, said, "Too often rogue clinics around the world exploit patients' hopes by offering unproven stem cell therapies, typically for large sums of money and without credible scientific rationale, oversight or patient protections.”