How Easily Misguided

Jail cell
You wouldn’t believe what I have watched. An email invitation to watch a movie called From Jail Cell to Stem Cell (FJCSC)” and the subtitle says “The Next Con for The Ex-Con”. I was not sure what these titles meant but I watched the movie. It was a shocking story about how the stem cell documentary film series called, “Healing Miracles” (HM), that I watched a couple of years ago, (I mentioned it in my blog too) was a Hoax. Some of the doctors being interviewed in HM may be legit, however most of them have no special credentials to be called “expert”.  Healing Miracles is sponsored by Stem Cell Institute of America (SCIA) whose CEO was an ex-con, Brent Detelich.
Unfortunately, many of us were unaware of the true purpose of the HM series, which was to promote the business of the Stem Cell Institute of America, which currently does not have a web presence under the name. In the movie FJCSC, Dr. Mercola, an osteopathic physician, admitted that he failed to do due diligence on what kind of stem cell “doctors” he was dealing with.  Some of the doctors in HM lied about their credentials such as creating fake universities where they obtained their PhD. Moreover, many doctors and researchers suggest that there are NO living stem cells in amniotic/placenta stem cell therapy and umbilical cord blood stem cell therapy.
I am sure there are legal and effective stem cell treatments out there and patients who were able to be treated for their conditions. However, since this is not a pill or potion which you can stop taking, someone injects you with a billion living cells, some of those cells are never going away, and you don’t really have control over them. So, if you inject living cells from another person who carry some damaged DNA, you might end up carrying them too.
We are easily misguided with false information on the internet. It is hard to find the truth from whatever information is available. Even smart medical professionals can fall into traps by overly trusting forums, which may have testimonials from people paid to travel from forum to forum, spreading the word of the spammers. Also, we should not be deceived by a domain that ends in .org to be a sign of veracity. These days anyone can buy a .org domain name. When doing your research, check the sources or other articles on the website to see if the entire website devotes itself to the benefits of stem cell treatments with little information on their own scientific research in a reputable scientific journal.
I may have mentioned in a different blog post, that the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) offers an important and helpful service of vetting so-called stem cell treatment centers for consumers by examining the legitimacy and scientific validity of such places.  An additional resource for patients is the website of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. However, I highly recommend Paul Knoepfler’s site. He is a stem cell researcher at the University of California Davis School of Medicine who spends his limited free time policing the internet for false advertisements and misinformation from rogue stem cell clinics.
What I’m most disappointed about after I watched FJCSC is that some doctors who are interviewed in various health summits, are focusing on making profits rather than helping patients.
To your health!

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