The subject of stem cells is a hot topic these days so its probably about time for a thread...

I did contact a stem cell advocate in the Los Angeles area a few years back looking for information on the subject. You have to admit, it does sound exciting.

After a few days, I had a reply and they asked me "What are you waiting for?" This coming from an over aggressive marketing type sales person, it reminded me of shopping for cars.....Of course things came to a screeching halt.

There are a couple of things that I want to mention first....

1) The shots cost roughly $10,000 and there is no guarantee. If you are Mel Gibson and have that heavenly bank account, I guess your golden.

Should I continue?

2) I want to see studies and proof (Could use some help) And not just for spine, I will take anything....
3) Are stem cells FDA approved? Any therapies at all?
4) Not covered by any insurance
5) Now, everyone and their brother offers these shots....Is everyone qualified now? This is a good question.
6) Anytime you make an incision, or do an injection, there is the possibility of infection....

Here are a few links below, after minimal time searching...

FDA cracks down

Dr Chris Centino MD Should you get your disc injected?

Is this stem cell fraud?

TED Timothy Henry MD Cardiovascular.... Must watch!