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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.


Written by skepticpedi

December 8, 2008 at 10:41 pm

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  1. Yet another case of quacks using the vail of “cutting edge science” to sell their quackery. Funny how they endorse science when it supports their position, yet totally denigrate it when it doesn’t provide favorable results for them.

    This doesn’t surprise me one bit. I lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for a while and was distraught with how many homeopathic, naturopathic, spiritual healing, and stem cell therapy clinics I saw. Sadly, it is as if the pseudoscience phenomenon has infiltrated the Hispanic culture in full swing. What a great business model: knowingly give patients an unproven therapy and charge them ridiculous amounts of money for it. Yah, real intellectually honest.

    mike D

    December 11, 2008 at 10:25 am

  2. Don’t forget to add “and at no personal risk because of a lack of governmental regulation” to that business model.


    December 11, 2008 at 11:13 am

  3. Seriously! They don’t have anything holding them back… potentially huge rewards with minimal to no punishments.

    mike D

    December 12, 2008 at 11:42 am

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