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Unproven Therapies

 

This section provides a non-exhaustive list of "unproven therapies".  The list does not represent in any way an endorsement of these therapies.  Furthermore we recommend against partaking in any  therapy that does not adhere to scientific best practices and therefore patient safety and well-being and does not contribute to scientific progress. 

 

However, it should be noted that there is a fine line that divides unproven therapies that follow scientific best practices and those that do not.  In order to ensure that scientific best practices have been adhered to, it is important to consult any scientific publications that are available before enrolling.   

 

 

 Unproven Therapies

Identification

Location Comments

CELLS4HEALTH/ X-CELL CENTER www.cells4health.com

Mr Kleinbloesem

Current: LEBANON

 

Past (locations shut down by local  authorities):

Turkey ; Azerbijan ; Cologne & Dusseldorf, Germany

Update 2012: After the X-cell centers in Germany were shut down by the German Health authorities in 2011 (NEWS), X-cell center has taken back its original name ''Cells4health'' and  is now offering Stem Cell treatments in Lebanon. CEO, Mr Kleinbloesem, is former CEO and founder of x-cell center in Germany.

 

Cells4Health have a record of stem cell therapies administered in Turkey and Azerbijan which have resulted in a loss of function for at least three patients.

Although the CELLS4HEALTH/ X-CELL website and brochures claim efficacy of their treatment for SCI, no data is made available to the scientific community for peer review. A clinical trial was planned to take place as of 2011 to underpin the claimed efficacy but has not taken place so far.

 

Type of therapy:  Bone Marrow Autologous Stem Cells.

 

BEIKE BIOTECH

www.beikebiotech.com

 

Shenzen, China

Type of therapy:  Umbilical Cord Autologous Stems Cells & Intrathecal Bone Marrow Autologous Stem Cells.

 

Patients are recruited via http://www.stemcellschina.com where anecdotal testimonials are published.  However, there is no scientific efficacy data published for their Spinal Cord Injury patients.

NUTECH MEDIWORLD

dr Geeta Schoff

www.nutechmediworld.net

Delhi, India

Type of therapy:  Embryonic Stem Cells

 

Only anecdotal testimonials available from a handful of patients.  No scientific data is published by NuTech Mediworld.

Dr HUANG

Bijjing- China

Beijing, China

Type of therapy:  Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OEC) and Schwann Cells

 

A double blind randomized clinical trial was performed in 2008-2009 although no results have been published as yet.  

 

 

Dr Carlos LIMA

Lisbon- Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Type of therapy:  Olfactory Mucosa Autografts

 

Dr Lima made the following publication in Sept 2009.

 

The procedure is proven to be safe - However, the efficacy is not yet proven.

 

DR AL ZOUBI

www.stemcellsarabia.netd

Jordan

Type of therapy:  Autologous Adult Stem Cells

 

Transplanted purified stem cells into eight patients (6 males and 2 females) with complete thoracic level injuries. The stem cells were isolated from the blood of the patient (i.e., autologous).

 

There is currently no scientific data showing efficacy of the treatment.

 

NEUROVITA

Pr S. Brukhovetsky
http://www.neurovita.ru

Moscow, Russia Type of therapy:  Autologous Adult Stem Cells

NICHI-IN CENTRE for Regenerative Medicine

JAPAN

INDIA

www.ncrm.org

 

Japan, Chennai India

Type of therapy:  Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells

 

Only anecdotal information is available in patient testimonials.

SPECTRUM CELL CLINIC

Dr Sunil Waghmare
MUMBAI

Mumbai, India

Type of therapy: Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells using multiple route techniques (anterior spinal artery, intrathecal and intra-lesional).

 

Only one anecdotal testimonial to date.  No scientific data for efficacy.

THERAVITAE CO., Ldt.

Headquarter in Israel

Procedures in Bangkok

www.theravitae.com

Bangkok, Thailand & IsraelType of therapy:  Autologous Adult Stem Cells

MEDISTEM INC/ STEM CELL INSTITUTE

 

http://www.cellmedicine.com/

 

Panama City

Type of therapy:  Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells and Human Umbilical Cord Blood.

 

Cells are administered intravenously and intraethically.  A course of 16 injections over the a 4-week period is standard.

 

Anecdotal patient testimonials are available at http://www.cellmedicine.com/testimonials/?catid=14

 

TIANTAN PUHUA HOSPITAL

www.puhuachina.com

 

Beijing, ChinaType of therapy:  Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells

VIGENDO

Singapore

www.vigendo.com

Singapore

Type of therapy:  Umbilical Cord Blood derived Stem Cells

 

Cells are administered by one of a combination of a) transplanting directly into the site of injury b) intravenous injection c) intraethically via lumbar puncture or d) directly into the brain via a stereotactic brain injection.

 

Anecdotal data available showing 98 patients out of 136 have shown significant results using the CT-guided stem cell transplant.  

 

STEM CELL REJUVENATION CENTRE

Phoenix- USA

www.stem-cell-center.com/

USA

Type of therapy:  Autologous Adipose Stroma-derived Stem Cells

 

Cells are administered intraethically via lumbar puncture.

 

To date there has not been any evidence of efficacy via scientific or anecdotal channels. 

 

Medra Inc

www.medra.com/

Dominican Republic, US, Georgia and Germany

Type of therapy:  Human Fetal Stem Cells.Cells are administered intravenously (blood stream) or subcutaneously (under skin).

 

There are number of anecdotal patient testimonials on the website.  There is very little evidence of efficacy.

 

There is also a BBC report on this clinic.  See here:

 

 

  

Other known unproven therapies being offered for Spinal Cord Injury include:

 

  • Dr Fabio Solano (Costa Rica)
  • Dr Mahmoud El-Sherbini (Cairo, Egypt)
  • Dr Hooshang Saberi (Tehran, Iran)
  • Zandcell (Halmstad, Sweden)
  • Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (Ahmedabad, India)
  • Stem Cell Therapy International Inc.  (Tampa Florida USA & Ukraine)
  • Prasat Neurological Institute (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Hospital Luis Vernaza (Ecuador)
  • Dr Rabinovich (Russia)

 

This list will continue to grow as Stem Cell Tourism becomes more popular and until legitimate clinical trials begin to show efficacy.  If you have any concerns or questions about a therapy that you suspect is unproven please feel free to send an email to research@escif.org.  

 

If you do decide to undertake any of the therapies list above, we strongly recommend that you inform your neurologist, SCI doctor or physiotherapist in order to arrange an appraisal of your current functionality. This will allow them to measure any change following the intervention. In this way the SCI community will be able to gather some information about the therapies that the clinics and organisations offering them are presently unwilling to share.

 

Latest page update in March 2012 by the Regenerative Research Working Group. For comments or questions, pls email

research@escif.org

 

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