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Archive for December 8th, 2008

Follow-Up on Bogus Mexican Stem Cell Clinic…..

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I recently posted on a Mexican clinic which is offering unproven and potentially dangerous treatments to credulous and desperate folks, many of which live in Houston. The clinic is taking advantage of a very powerful component of the general public’s current understanding of modern medical treatments: the perception that any therapy involving stem cells is cutting edge and effective for wide variety of ailments. The truth is that many people understand the science behind stem cells like they do the science behind quantum mechanics, which is to say that they don’t. Consequently, there are a growing number of quacks and charlatans employing stem cell centered pseudoscience just as many more have put the mystery and intrigue of quantum mechanics to use in fooling patients.

On December 4th, Reuters put out an article on this very topic. It describes the concern of the International Society for Stem Cell Research over so-called “Rogue” stem cell clinics. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

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Written by skepticpedi

December 8, 2008 at 10:41 pm