DAVID GRANOVSKY

‘stem-cell tourists’ (& alphainventions)

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 21, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Dr Insoo Hyun, from the International Society for Stem Cell Research, based in the United States, echoed the concerns of experts in Scotland.

“My sense is this is a growing problem,” he said. “There are a number of studies showing a proliferation of these stem-cell clinics popping up across the world. Patients need to know there are no proven therapies using embryonic stem cells.”

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‘stem-cell tourists’
Moira Ogilvie travelled to China for treatment
Moira Ogilvie travelled to China for treatment
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Case study: Treatment trips cost me £10,000 – but I’m convinced they work

AUDREY Hynd-Gaw has twice left her home to travel abroad for stem cell therapies to treat her multiple sclerosis. In the first treatment three years ago, she had stem cells from donated umbilical cord injected under the skin near her temples and spine in Ireland.

Then last year, she travelled to Cologne where she had a therapy which involved removing her own stem cells (autologous adult stem cells), treating them and then putting them back by lumbar puncture.

She has spent more than £10,000 on the two trips, but believes they have helped slow down the progress of her disease and given her more energy. She says she would like to go again.

“I think it has worked for me,” the 39-year-old said. “It could be a placebo effect but if it works, that is fine with me.”

Mrs Hynd-Gaw was diagnosed with MS 20 years ago, and felt she had no other option but to try the treatments as her condition got worse. “I just feel I have to try anything I can.”

The artist, of Prestwick, who has a 10-year-old son Cameron, said researchers needed to take a chance and start using more experimental treatments if science was ever to progress.

“There has been a lot of debate about these treatments. But I think if they are only going to do tests on rats and mice, they are never going to make a breakthrough with MS.”

Mrs Hynd-Gaw said she had never been misled or misinformed about the treatments, and was never told she would be cured.

“I want people to know that there are options out there for them, though they are not without risk.”

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And don’t forget that the “The Stem Cell Blog” (https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com) can now be found under the Health category of AlphaInventions.com

Regards-

David Granovsky
STEM CELL BLOGGER
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com

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