Originally Posted by Finndog
curious, is this approved anywhere in Europe? Why no clinics there? Lets not throw the FDA under the bus here for requiring a company to justify their products offered to the public especially when they are asserting a cure-all product. The FDA does have it's issues but it protects consumers from fraud, deceptive marketing, counterfit drugs and more. I am not a dr nor a lawyer but it does seem that when you remove blood and modify it, it does become a different material that what is was from the start.
They've been doing it in Europe for years. Pro athletes (including many skiers) go there to get treatment. Peyton Manning tried it on his neck last year.
I think this is a good excerpt ... it shows that, you're right, there aren't the studies on this, but also, that it does work for some and it really doesn't seem to be dangerous.
..."There is no secret that we are way behind Europe and some other places when it comes to stem cells," said David Geier, a South Carolina-based orthopedic surgeon and spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "But we like to try things, to be quite honest, that have a high likelihood of working. . . . There just haven't been the randomized, double-blind studies that show these treatments work."
Anecdotal evidence, however, seems good enough for athletes with the means. Geier said the only thing other than a possible infection at the site of stem-cell injections is money lost over a failed round of stem-cell therapy that can cost thousands of dollars.
"The biggest risk is that it doesn't work," Geier said.
Mark Adickes, a former NFL lineman turned orthopedic surgeon, said he'd like to have stem-cell therapy as an option.
"I hope some university has the opportunity to set up clinical trials," said Adickes, FOXSports.com's medical expert. "I think all physicians want that. I look at the research on the subject from around the world and I don't see how bankable stem cells (stem cells taken from the patient) pose any risk in an orthopedic procedure. Like anything else in medicine — including antibiotics or pain pills — it may work on one person and not work on another. Everybody responds differently. Stem cells could be the same way."....