Adult stem cell research is proving its value in finding new methods to treat serious diseases and injuries, but people should be cautious about those clinics springing up.
The use of adult stem cells has helped many patients worldwide, while research on human embryos has failed to produce any treatments. Still, adult stem cell clinics have in some cases become snake oil salesmen, resulting in the harm of their patients.
Dr. David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute tells OneNewsNow some of them are not using purified stem cells and have not done studies or published their results, and it is hard to tell what training they have had.
"There are a lot of very good clinics out there who have done their studies, who have approved protocol, even FDA-regulated protocols in many cases," Dr. Prentice reports. "And they're all getting kind of painted with this same broad brush."
So Dr. Prentice advises people to ask the hard questions, including the clinics' degree of success and failures with patients, before undergoing any treatments.
"Most of these clinics are really well intentioned and probably are getting some good results for patients," he recognizes. "But I'm concerned for patient safety as well as for the efficacy."
Dr. Prentice adds that the Food and Drug Administration needs to step in, set standards, and let the public know which clinics are living up to those requirements.