Beware of Pay for Play Chiro News Articles

By /

amniotic stem cell scam

We all see them, sponsored articles in our local online news site. Chiropractors around the country who are involved in scamming the elderly with amniotic “stem cell” treatments promising to regrow knees with end-stage arthritis often use this method to advertise their services. This morning I’d like to review one and show you how it’s misinformation at best and outright fraud at worst.

The Chiropractic Amniotic Stem Cell Scam Machines

Chiropractic clinics, as well as naturopaths and acupuncturists, are now running scams whereby they claim that amniotic fluid or membrane products (or umbilical cord) have millions of live stem cells. They often promise to regrow someone a new knee and use a nurse to inject these substances. The problem is that the same or similar products that a nonprofit tested only have dead cells. In addition, nobody that I know who is credible and who has used these products has seen them regrow anything in a severely arthritic knee.

The state attorney generals’ offices around the country have begun to take notice as have numerous news outlets. For example, the AG in North Dakota recently shuttered a chiro clinic that was running this scam. To learn more about these scams, see my video below:

Join us for a free Regenexx webinar.

Today’s Pay for Play Amniotic Scam

This pay for play article was placed in the Joliet, IL, Herald-News by a Dr. Frank Ostir. In this piece he claims:

Ostir also promotes amniotic stem cell therapy to conquer joint pain. He explains, ‘Within 15 minutes, a patient with arthritic knees can be injected with amniotic stem cells, and begin the healing process that’s more than three times faster than standardized care.’ The stem cells are derived from caesarian section deliveries, screened, and certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Ostir adds, ‘There are 30 times more stem cells per volume in amniotic stem cells than adult stem cells. They also have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, plus human growth factors. They speed up the body’s own healing abilities, with no risk of tissue rejection.’”

So let’s examine this chiropractor’s claims one by one.

Within 15 Minutes, Pain Relief That’s 3X Faster Begins!

I can find no credible reference for this statement in any peer-reviewed publication. In fact, all of the amniotic fluid or membrane products that we have used (as a dead scaffold for actual living stem cells) or our colleagues have injected usually cause a flare-up in the patient’s condition before they have any effect. Hence, this statement seems to be pulled from thin air.

The Tissue Is Screened and Certified by the US FDA!

Amniotic tissues are specifically NOT screened and certified by the FDA. In fact, they are 361 tissues that are part of a voluntary registration system. This consists of filling out a form online, and this process takes 45 minutes. While the FDA reserves the right to inspect your facilities one day in the future, they do not test or certify that these tissues are free of communicable diseases. That is done by the tissue processor.

Join us for a free Regenexx webinar.

There Are 30 Times More Stem Cells in Amnio than in Adult Tissues!

This sentence is so poorly written that I’ll have to extrapolate that this chiro is speaking about amniotic fluid. So here’s that comparison:

So it’s not remotely true that amnio has more stem cells than adult tissues, like bone marrow, have (reference for above). In fact, scientists working for the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation already made this same argument to a PhD working for one of these amniotic tissue companies.

What Should Be Done About These Scams?

As I pointed out, the state attorney general offices are beginning to crack down. The same clinic that was busted in North Dakota also has clinics in San Diego and Denver, and each was the subject of investigative TV reports. Will the chiropractic boards act next? The nursing boards? The FDA? The FTC?

The upshot? I’m getting fatigued pointing out the chiro stem cell scams. There are literally new ones that crop up every week. Hopefully, more physicians will get vocal and more regulatory agencies will act to shut these guys down.

If you have questions or comments about this blog post, please email us at [email protected]

NOTE: This blog post provides general information to help the reader better understand regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal health, and related subjects. All content provided in this blog, website, or any linked materials, including text, graphics, images, patient profiles, outcomes, and information, are not intended and should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always consult with a professional and certified healthcare provider to discuss if a treatment is right for you.

Get Blog Updates by Email

By submitting the form, you are agreeing that you read and consent to our Privacy Policy. We may also contact you via email, phone, and other electronic means to communicate information about our products and services. We do not sell, or share your information to third party vendors.

Category: Latest News
Copyright © Regenexx 2021. All rights reserved.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address

9035 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000
Westminster, CO 80021

Phone

*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.

LinkedIn
Email
TO TOP