Not science: Unproven embryonic stem cell therapy used in India clinic

Family hangs hope for boy on unproven therapy in India.

Cash Burnaman, a 6-year-old South Carolina boy, has traveled with his parents to India seeking treatment for a rare genetic condition that has left him developmentally disabled. You might think this was a hopeful mission until you learn that an overwhelming number of medical experts insist the treatment will have zero effect.

Cash is mute. He walks with the aid of braces. To battle his incurable condition, which is so rare it doesn’t have a name, Cash has had to take an artificial growth hormone for most of his life.

His divorced parents, Josh Burnaman and Stephanie Krolick, are so driven by their hope and desperation to help Cash they’ve journeyed to the other side of the globe and paid tens of thousands of dollars to have Cash undergo experimental injections of human embryonic stem cells.

The family is among a growing number of Americans seeking the treatment in India — some at a clinic in the heart of New Delhi called NuTech Mediworld run by Dr. Geeta Shroff, a retired obstetrician and self-taught embryonic stem cell practitioner.

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This is a controversial and unethical way of treating patients. Dr. Shroff is self-taught. She was not taught how to do science.

Here is a quote from two doctors:

“There is zero evidence for what she is doing being effective,” said Rutgers University’s Dr. Wise Young, a leading U.S. neuroscientist.

“It’s concerning no matter how you look at it,” said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “Frankly it’s the complete wrong way of going about this sort of science.”

The article has more on the medical claims. But Shroff disagreed saying that her results are all that matters.

  2 comments for “Not science: Unproven embryonic stem cell therapy used in India clinic

  1. Massachusetts
    May 19, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    It’s amazing that a self-taught scientist could get her own clinic in this age, even in India. Can you call yourself a scientist if you are self-taught? I guess it depends to some degree on the quality of your work.

  2. June 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Dear Doubtfulnews,
    Thanks you for your post Suddenly, stem cells are everywhere. Once referred to mostly in health journals, these microscopic clusters have made their way into news, research reports, business reports etc. The complexity surrounding these relatively simple cells has increased every second.

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