Have you heard of stem cell treatments? They have been touted as the miracle cure to all sorts of ailments. From degenerated knees, to heart disease and immunity conditions, stem cells can fix your ills… or can they? A new study from Cell Stem Cell—a scholarly journal—questions these fantastic claims.
Do Stem Cell Treatments Need To Be Regulated?
Stem cell therapies are gaining popularity all over the US, and for good reason. Doctors and scientists all over the country praise the potential of this new leap in medical technology, but there’s a problem. Doctors Leigh Turner and Paul Knopfler—authors of the recent report—claim that most of the stem cell treatments currently available are based on theory and not data. They believe that there isn’t enough data to justify using these techniques on the general public. Yet, the industry just keeps growing.
According to the report, there are 18 stem cell clinics in Beverly Hills, 11 in Austin, and several clinics right here in Georgia. They offer all sorts of therapies, including treatment of currently incurable diseases like Alzheimer’s. But these treatments have not been vetted by researchers. That has professionals like Turner and Knopfler worried.
Without proper research, nobody knows if these treatments are hurting or helping patients. It is a massive public health risk and could lead to both malpractice incidents and pharmaceutical litigation. However, Knopfler and Turner still claim the stem cell industry has the potential to heal the sick, they just want the government to make sure these treatments are safe first. Do you think they’re right to be concerned?
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