Advertisement for "Stem Cells: The Next Big Thing" - goes on to say that "Specialists using stem cells from the patient's body can offer treatment for people suffering from lung diseases like COPD, etc." - "with clinics located in Dallas, Scottsdale, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Tampa" - "call 800-561-9438 to find out if you qualify".
How is using untested cell therapies on unsuspecting patients "great"?? Who even knows what is going into patient's bodies. These clinics are not allowed under current regulations but so far the FDA enforcement has been limited.
"Unsuspecting patients" - are you suggesting that these patients do not know what they are doing? - at least, they know it's their own stem-cells (auto safer than allo imo) - results have been very promising to date, isn't that "great".
My question is how these clinics perform these procedures without authorization and have the audacity to actually advertise in a magazine for such a procedure.
Unsuspecting in the sense that there are no standards as to the quantity, quality or purity of the mixture being put back into their bodies. There is also no placebo controlled clinical evidence to support the efficacy of these heavily marketed therapies. Slick marketing and the placebo effect keep these clinics in business until proven otherwise, IMHO.
Regarding TIG - sold it yesterday as it was a short term trade. ATHX is still the company I think has the most potential for significant appreciation in next couple of years Although that certainly doesn't mean I think it will only go straight up.
The fact that these stem cell operations exist is great. The fact that they require regulation is also great. Governments around the world becoming attune to cell therapy? Definitely great. Unfortunately, however, when you're dealing with an old and outdated, lackadaisical and careless, poorly perceived company that cannot execute and is headed by Marc "The Clown" Hedrick, all the "great" in the world is totally irrelevant.