A couple of months ago, I was watching an episode of 60 Minutes entitled 21st Century Snakeoil and watched in horror as the program captured con-men preying on dying victims by offering them the hope and promise of stem cell treatment, all the while robbing them out of their life savings. This episode really hit home with me as I know many of you have considered this type of alternative treatment for your own disease.
If you've done any research on the subject, you too, have undoubtedly received some confusing messages that range from extraordinary to outrageous . But, are the claims of cure that stem cell therapy promise really legitimate, or as 60 Minutes implies, highly organized scams designed to deceive the desperate in an effort to drain their bank accounts?
In light of the recent cloud that is hovering over stem cell therapy, a new website has been developed in an effort to provide patients with information. The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) offers tools to assist patients as they consider a clinic or treatment for stem cell therapy. ISSCR is an independent, non-profit organization that claims to help you evaluate stem cell treatment centers to determine if the treatment they offer is safe and effective.
From questions to ask to the top 10 things you should know about stem cell treatment, this website claims to have it all. They even have a patient handbook and will allow you to submit a clinic that is questionable for review. For more information, visit the ISSCR Website.
Not everyone, however, believes that ISSCR is out for the good of all patients seeking stem cell treatment. In fact, many believe that they have their own agenda, and are in bed with Big Pharma. Understanding both sides is important for patients who want to make an informed decision of whether or not stem cell treatment is for them.
If you want to take a peek at the darker side of ISSCR, read the comments following this post. And, don't forget to leave one of your own. Also, for a personal, stem cell therapy success story, don't miss my Interview with Stem Cell Treatment Pioneer, Barbara Hanson.