Stem cell therapy is a cutting-edge area of medicine, which can seem nearly magical in its results. Thousands of qualified doctors and researchers work hard to ensure that patients get the best possible medical care, and stem cell therapy has promising results. But, like all new areas of medicine, it can be difficult for stem cell therapy to be seen as completely credible. Why? Because of the entry of chiropractors and other alternative health practitioners into the field.
While chiropractic therapy can be a valuable pain relief tool for many patients, it can become dangerous when chiropractors extend too far beyond their own training and skill. Some chiropractors have begun to offer more medicalized services, including medical weight loss, hormone replacement anti-aging therapies, and stem cell therapies. While these treatments are in use throughout the medical world, they are usually overseen by a highly trained and experienced MD or DO physician.
Orthopedic stem cell therapies have experienced a popularity growth of epic proportions, as patients seeking pain relief find help through the treatment. While stem cell therapy, when appropriately supervised and administered, can bring wondrous results, it can also become a public health and safety issue when administered by those who are not trained or equipped to do so.
Often, the patient’s own stem cells are harvested to perform stem cell therapy. But underqualified and under experienced chiropractors and alternative health practitioners may not have the ability to do so. Instead, they often turn to amniotic stem cells, an off-the-shelf answer to stem cell procurement. Unfortunately, there is no such product that has been approved as safe for medical use by the FDA.
Processed amniotic fluid and tissue products were often claimed to be amniotic stem cell products, but independent testing revealed that the products only appeared to have living stem cells. These so-called amniotic stem cells were actually only dead tissue, and about as effective as a sugar pill. To unsuspecting patients, however, amniotic stem cell products looked like a cost-effective answer.
The Stem Cell Institute of America (SCIA) is one of the leading chiropractic practice management groups, which was responsible for adding medical services such as stem cell treatments with amniotic stem cells. Further investigation into the company found that the president of the company had been previously convicted of healthcare fraud for billing insurance companies for services never rendered.
This company’s product, PalinGen Flow, was being used in chiropractic offices across the country for stem cell therapy. This amniotic product was found to have no living cells by the Interventional Orthopedic Foundation (IOF). The SCIA continues to administer dead amniotic tissue under the guise of performing legitimate stem cell therapy with living and active stem cells. The legitimacy of their claims and the ability of the care providers to even administer the treatments are questions that should seriously concern those in the stem cell therapy field.
According to their own claims, the SCIA is providing living stem cell treatment to patients, using products that have been found to contain no living stem cells. It would appear that stem cell fraud is a new issue to be faced, and providers like the SCIA are wrongfully providing false treatment to hopeful patients.
At 5280 Stem Cell, our highly trained and board-certified physicians are responsible for your stem cell therapy. We offer affordable, advanced treatment options that can help patients avoid invasive surgeries while promoting the body’s natural ability to heal. Our Colorado stem cell therapy doctors are dedicated to effective pain and injury relief for each of our patients.
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