CNN and Stem Cell Therapies
The just-released CNN broadcast about stem cell therapy contains both positive and negative characteristics. While CNN is right in cautioning people to be careful of new and untested therapies, they are also wrong in their generalization about stem cell therapy. There are as many different variations and qualities to be considered as there are with pharmaceuticals. A blanket indictment of “stem cell therapy” as “unproven, ineffective and questionable” is the same as stating that “pharmaceuticals (drugs) are unproven, ineffective and questionable.” In the broadcast, Dr Lucie Bruijn, Medical Director of ALSA, makes a similar statement. While we admire her dedication and continuing efforts to seek the accurate etiology of ALS, we also question the ability of Dr Bruijn and ALSA to maintain a currency about newly available treatments.
CNN accurately points out that nebulous claims of possible efficacy should be largely ignored. We are in full agreement and that is one of the reasons ALS WORLDWIDE remains so impressed with the work done at Hospital San Jose Tecnologico Monterrey in Mexico. Their team of world-class neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and stem cell researchers have published their two-year clinical test study of their proprietary stem cell therapy for those with ALS in the February, 2009 Cytotherapy, a peer-reviewed and critiqued medical journal. Read the results of the clinical test at “Stem-Cell Transplantation into the Frontal Motor Cortex in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Patients”