Monday, April 13, 2009

The Denver Post needs to do a little digging

The Denver Post has an article which profiles woman named Leah Potts who suffered a spinal cord injury tens years ago and has gone to India for “human embryonic stem-cell transplants.” Potts is preparing to go to India again for another transplant at the price tag of $75,000.

If reporter Claire Martin ( had done a little digging she would have discovered that Potts received treatment at the clinic of Geeta Shroff. Shroff is a former fertility expert who claims to have stumbled upon a limitless supply of embryonic stem cells from one embryo which can somehow be injected in any patient with no adverse effects. She claims she hasn’t come across a disease which her embryonic stem cells can’t treat. Sound too good to be true? It is.

If Claire Martin had done some research she would have also discovered that every reputable stem cell researcher in the world doesn’t buy for a second that Shroff is actually injecting patients with embryonic stem cells. She has never once documented her work or provided any proof that she’s actually injecting patients with embryonic stem cells. Shroff is a scam artist who used the outlandish hyping of embryonic stem cell research and the hopes of patients to line her pockets.

60 Minutes even did a story on Shroff where embryonic stem cell researcher Hans Keirstead shared this:
LIZ HAYES: Now, if you're still thinking what Dr Shroff is doing here might work, you should know this — none of her patients receive immunosuppressants or anti-rejection drugs. And, without them, her treatment is not only useless, it could also be harmful.

DR HANS KEIRSTEAD: They are not immunosuppressed which means that, for certain, the patients that receive the cells are rejecting the cells. That is an adverse reaction. And, I think that most researchers in my position in first and second world nations are very, very disturbed at renegade, rogue researchers squirting cells that are unqualified into humans.
Here's what Dr. Wise Young, a spinal cord injury researcher thinks about Geeta Shroff:
"She's also a scam. She has no background in stem cells, has never done anything in stem cells, never published anything in stem cells, and all of a sudden she comes out with something that she claims are human embryonic stem cells. They've not allowed anyone to look at these things, they've provided no evidence that these are human embryonic stem cells. And what is also not being published is there are multiple lawsuits against her by people who claim that she has done nothing, and there are a number of investigations. Geeta Shroff herself would take patients and tell them that she's going to cure them — even before she sees them and examines them."

Dr. Shroff is taking advantage of injured and sick people by bilking them of tens of thousands of dollars and then injecting them with something which clearly isn’t embryonic stem cells.

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