You have probably scoured the internet for information about treating your medical condition that you’re currently suffering from. You went to your doctor and they gave you certain medications, only to experience that they really do not provide you with long-term relief.
So, you turn to something experimental that uses stem cells as the main ingredient. You search for information about these cells and you’ve discovered their potential for regeneration and recovery.
Although it is true that stem cells have the potential, their utilization in the field of medicine remains to be discovered. That means that most stem cell treatments are deemed experimental, with the exception of bone marrow transplants.
One of the huge promises of the use of stem cells is to regenerate lost or damaged tissues and in some cases, the complete regeneration or restoration of organs.
In fact, if you search the internet, you will find stem cell therapies that promise to treat various medical conditions, including, but not limited to, Diabetes, Lyme Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Ataxia, Parkinson’s and so much more.
You have to remember that the clinics that offer these use a business model which means that they will do whatever they can to lure you into getting their treatments- no matter if they are experimental and dangerous.
People often resort to these types of treatments because their current therapy and treatment plans do not work and the only way for them to (hopefully) get treated is to bite the bullet and go with these kinds of resources.
Governing scientific bodies such as the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), for example, deem people who look for such experimental treatments as stem cell tourists- ill-informed people who take whatever treatment there is for their condition, despite the lack of evidence for its safety and efficacy.
Why People Resort to Experimental Treatments
There is a huge demand for stem cell treatments even though there is insufficient data to suggest that such treatments are deemed safe and effective.
Think of it this way: the clinic and their physicians employ a business model where the institution has the means to help cure the condition of a supposed patient.
The patient, in turn, has the money and resources to get those treatments, which means that their relationship, you could say, is interdependent.
Although stem cell treatments are given in various clinics all over the world, such institutions still offer orthodox medical treatments as well such as cosmetic surgery, dental care, fertility treatment, and so much more.
The Innovation Model
Now, you might find that some countries offer more stem cell therapies than that of Western countries, particularly in the United States. You often find stem cell treatments offered in clinics found in developing and emerging countries such as China, Singapore, and India.
That is because they employ a different model as opposed to the Innovation model used in the United States, for example.
For a treatment to be deemed as FDA-approved, it should undergo a certain process to ensure its safety and efficacy. Other than that, if something doesn’t undergo the same process, it will not be sold to the general public and will be deemed as an experimental treatment until proven otherwise.