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    Unfettered by regulation, India pulls ahead on stem cell treatments

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    Unfettered by regulation, India pulls ahead on stem cell treatments

    A controversial New Delhi clinic deploys advanced therapies that are unavailable in the U.S. to cure Americans suffering from MS, diabetes, paralysis, Alzheimer's, Lyme disease and cerebral palsy.
    By Mridu Khullar — Special to GlobalPost
    Published: October 9, 2009 14:35 ET



    NEW DELHI, India — In December 2007, Californian Amy Scher got on a plane to India, wheeled herself into the Nu Tech Mediworld hospital in New Delhi, and started the first phase of an experimental embryonic stem-cell treatment.

    Her American doctor had warned her against this untested procedure. But 27-year-old Scher was making no progress with conventional medicine, and she was fed up with the constant visits to hospital emergency rooms.

    Scher suffered from chronic Lyme disease, which had gone undiagnosed initially, causing serious damage her nervous system. After researching her options for months, talking to several people who had benefitted from these treatments in India, and reading up about therapies available stateside, Scher decided the American medical system couldn't help her. She chose to travel to India.

    For eight weeks, she was injected with stem cells and underwent extensive physical therapy. The treatments cost an average of $20,000 to $30,000 for a first round of injections. They were not covered by insurance.

    Today, Scher's U.S. physician, Dr. Steven Harris considers her "asymptomatic." He is uncertain whether the disease has been eradicated, or if it’s just dormant, but he says the treatments appear to have helped.

    From India, Scher brought back a SPECT scan, which measures blood flow in the brain. Before India, Harris says, the blood flow in her brain was impaired. "At the end of her stay, a repeat scan showed normalization of her blood flow — in effect, an improvement in brain function." Scher no longer takes nerve stabilizers or cardiac medication. The chronic pain, a constant companion since 2001, is gone.

    Unknown risks

    But some scientists and stem cell researchers in the West believe that patients like Scher are putting themselves at a huge risk by coming to India to get these experimental treatments. The problem, they say, is the lack of legislation governing the use of stem cells in the developing world.

    The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) allows the use of embryonic stem cells if the condition or disorder is considered incurable. But Dr. Satish Totey, Chief Scientific Officer at Stempeutics, a private stem cell company, and the Secretary of the Stem Cell Research Forum of India (SCRFI) believes there needs to be tighter regulation.

    "There is nothing in those ICMR guidelines that can actually be called a guideline," he says.

    Unlike in the West, there has never been a controversy about the manipulation or destruction of human embryos in India, giving the country’s doctors a head start in the field.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chasb View Post
    oops! sorry. hope they will put it together.

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    manoulli,

    I am sorry but this article is misleading and inappropriate. It appears to be referring to the work of Geeta Shroff. There is no evidence that her treatment with so-called embryonic stem cells has done anything for anybody. She uses the breathless media articles like this to hype her therapy.

    Geeta Shroff charges a lot for injecting this mystery cell preparation. I understand that the cells are injected intramuscularly. If so, it is just a placebo injection. No cell survives intramuscular injection. I am not convinced that any of the people with spinal cord injury who have gone to her have had any recovery that they would not have gotten back spontaneously.

    The more obscure the disease, the better... Lyme disease is the perfect disease for her type of treatment. The cause is unknown. Some people don't get better and seem to get worse. No treatment seems to work but many people do get better. When they do, everybody professes that it is a miracle. In my opinion, this article is irresponsible.

    Wise.

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    Wise, your the man; now when your trials start; something is really rolling.

    thank you very much as someone who is striving for all of us. We read your posts and I for one see truth and sincerity.

    T.J,

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    Ya, it sucks because I have to wait and see if Wises method works(which I see no reason why it shouldnt based on the animal studies ). Because I have a C4 injury and I have to wait for the initial trial.
    Wise, if that trial is successful, about how long will it take to initiate another trial for higher injuries
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    Quote Originally Posted by lunasicc42 View Post
    Ya, it sucks because I have to wait and see if Wises method works(which I see no reason why it shouldnt based on the animal studies ). Because I have a C4 injury and I have to wait for the initial trial.
    Wise, if that trial is successful, about how long will it take to initiate another trial for higher injuries
    lunasicc, if the initial trial is successful, people will be rushing to apply to all types of spinal cord injury. Wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Young View Post
    lunasicc, if the initial trial is successful, people will be rushing to apply to all types of spinal cord injury. Wise.
    Wise when you say people who do you mean doctors or injured?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KIM View Post
    Wise when you say people who do you mean doctors or injured?
    KIM,

    I think that it will be both, of course. There are many people waiting in the wings with doctors who are willing to try various therapies. I suspect that if a well-run phase 3 trial were to show that the treatment restores substantial function, many people (doctors and patients) will go to great lengths to try the therapy. People are so ready for anything that works, don't you think?

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    When you will give the results of phase3 trials Dr Young?

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