I’ ve seen stem cell clinic ad right after ad pop up in the mainstream media in my own home town in The Sacramento Bee paper, but others are sprouting too and a friend sent me a particularly striking stem cellular advertisement from a recent copy of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Not only does this stem cell clinic state you can come to a free stem cell seminar, but also you obtain a free lunch and $1, 000 off an originate cell “ treatment” of some kind if you go to the workshop.
The clinic in question seems to be called Advanced Health Center . The providers described are Dr . Max Wirjo, M. D. as well as Drs. Brian and Jeff Coyle, D. C., F. The. S. B. E. I’ m not familiar with these folks, yet looked them up on the web. Wirjo seems to be an anesthesiologist. The Coyles, perhaps brothers, are chiropractors. On a little research I couldn’ t find any other links between these types of three providers and stem cells on the web at least. What type of stem cell experience do they have?
The particular ad makes a number of potential medical claims including the marketed offerings can “ fix” a number of medical troubles (see the big “ FIX IT! ” in the ad). The particular offering is described as effective, which is a medical claim, and fact is called “ most effective”. There are also claims associated with “ long lasting” results. It is at least indirectly intended that the stem cell therapy being marketed can develop new cartilage, ligaments, and muscle, which is a very big claim. On their website on the stem cellular therapy specific page , claims are once again made in videos from R3 Stem Cell.
Does this seminar being promoted fit into the group of what I call “ stem cell clinic infomercials”, that i wrote about recently in a Stem Cells and Translational Medicine article here ?
When I see an ad like this, other questions spring to mind. What data if any is behind it? The number of patients will be experimented upon? How much patients pay? Do you know the risks and potential negative outcomes? Have they discussed to the FDA?
Have you all seen advertisements like these? If so please send my way. Thanks.