I’ve heard that in Thailand they use stem cells to cure different health conditions for years now. Not sure if it’s not a scam. Specially I’m interested in S-cells therapy for diabetes type 1.
Theoretically, stem cell transplants could potentially be a cure for diabetes in the future. However, such treatments are years away from clinical studies. There is a lot of interest and excitement about the use of stem cells for several diseases, but research is still in its infancy. ( Americans should thank George W Bush and the religious right wing branch of the Republican party for lagging behind the rest of the world in this important research. )
"Stem cell treatments" that are offered in some countries such as Mexico, Phillipines and Thailand can only be considered experimental, or more often outright fraud at this point. For example, I have a wealthy elderly patient who spends a lot of time in Mexico where he started "stem cell treatments" for his congestive heart failure. He brought several vials of a red liquid back and wanted me to continue his treatments. I had it analyzed and it was basically just vitamin B12 injectable. He paid several hundred dollars per vial for something that retails for a couple of dollars.
So…the science is not there yet.
Crooks will promise you anything to get your money
February 21 2010 10:46 pm | Cure for Type 1 Diabetes