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Corona Scammer Awards!

coronavirus scams

There’s nothing like a good national crisis to bring out the
best and worst in people. The same happens with medical companies.
So today we’ll highlight some of the worse coronavirus scammers
out there. Let’s dig in.

The Genesis of the Scams

The treatment idea here is that COVID-19, in some patients,
causes a lethal cytokine storm. So what’s that? Cytokines are
chemical messengers between cells. Some of them can cause
inflammation or swelling. Hence a cytokine storm means that there
are too many of the chemicals which cause inflammation.

This cytokine storm in COVID-19 causes the lungs to fill with
fluid. It’s this inflammatory fluid that causes the need for
ventilators in the worst patients. Hence, preventing or treating
this cytokine storm could save lives.

MSC Research

There have been a few small studies that show promise that
mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) could help patients who are in the
ICU with coronavirus. One small study was published of 7 patients
who were given 50-100 million, culture-expanded MSCs (WHICH ARE NOT
AVAILABLE FOR USE IN THE US) (1). The study showed some promising
results but used MSCs that were genetically modified to be focused
on the receptor the virus attacks. Again, these are NOT available
for use in the US!

The Corona Scammers

These are all, in my opinion, companies that are taking
advantage of people’s fear right now.

Joy Kong, M.D.

This is what greeted me this morning:

Who’s that?
Joy Kong, a psychiatrist is Los Angeles who runs a company called
Chara Biologics that has long claimed it’s selling an umbilical
cord, mesenchymal stem cell product (MSC)
. However, our
research and that done by the CSU Translational Medicine Institute
could never find any living and functional MSCs in her CharaCore
product. In addition, her company received a
nastygram from the FDA about marketing a product that she claims
contains stem cells WITHOUT FDA APPROVAL.

So here Joy is inhaling stem cells to coat her lungs and prevent
a cytokine storm? So is any of this real? First, Joy’s “stem
cell” product contains no MSCs, so if she’s using her product,
then what she’s claiming is false. In addition, there is no
product being legally sold in the US right now that has live and
functional MSCs, so unless she’s not at home where she should be
and is located in another country that allows these products to be
sold, this is also a scam. Given that she has multiple other pics
of herself on this Instagram feed at home in LA and this one
matches, then, in my opinion, this is a scam.

Doug Speil, M.D. and Duncan Ross, Ph.D.

These two are principles in a company called Kimera which grows
stem cells in culture and then collects the exosomes produced by
the cells for communication. What is an exosome? See my video
below:

The fact that we have very little understanding of what exosomes
do to actual patients and have few if any clinical trials showing
that they help any condition, hasn’t stopped the company from
putting up an entire web-site on the use of exosomes in
COVID-19:

This combined with many different posts by Donna Spiel on
Linkedin about how the company’s principles are promoting the use
of exosomes to treat coronavirus earns the company, in my opinion,
a corona scammer award. Why? We don’t have a shred of evidence
from actual clinical studies that this MSC exosome product will
help patients with coronavirus. However, that hasn’t stopped many
providers from buying and using this stuff in the worried well.
Rather than discouraging that use, the company seems to be
embracing it.

Countless Antiaging and Functional Medicine Doctors

There have been a bevy of corona scammers out there who are the
usual anti-aging and functional medicine physicians who see a good
business opportunity in freaked out patients. In my opinion, this
is one example:

dr kelly burkenstock coronavirus

What is the “Corona Bundle”? What you don’t see here is a
well-researched position paper on why specific supplements in this
bundle could help and why they might do nothing. Hence, it plays
off of people’s fears and lack of knowledge and doesn’t allow
them to make an informed decision.

The upshot? As my wife said the other day, this crisis will
bring out the best and worst in everybody and every company.
There’s a reason you don’t see Regenexx offering coronavirus
treatments to keep people out of the ICU. We have no data that
offerings like that would be real. Until we do, we won’t get
involved in this unethical gravy train.

__________________________________

(1) Leng Z et al. Transplantation of ACE2- Mesenchymal Stem
Cells Improves the Outcome of Patients with COVID-19 Pneumonia.
Aging and Disease.
2020 , 0 (0): 216-228 https://doi.org/10.14336/AD.2020.0228

The post Corona Scammer
Awards!
appeared first on Regenexx.

coronavirus scams

coronavirus scams

There’s nothing like a good national crisis to bring out the
best and worst in people. The same happens with medical companies.
So today we’ll highlight some of the worse coronavirus scammers
out there. Let’s dig in.

The Genesis of the Scams

The treatment idea here is that COVID-19, in some patients,
causes a lethal cytokine storm. So what’s that? Cytokines are
chemical messengers between cells. Some of them can cause
inflammation or swelling. Hence a cytokine storm means that there
are too many of the chemicals which cause inflammation.

This cytokine storm in COVID-19 causes the lungs to fill with
fluid. It’s this inflammatory fluid that causes the need for
ventilators in the worst patients. Hence, preventing or treating
this cytokine storm could save lives.

MSC Research

There have been a few small studies that show promise that
mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) could help patients who are in the
ICU with coronavirus. One small study was published of 7 patients
who were given 50-100 million, culture-expanded MSCs (WHICH ARE NOT
AVAILABLE FOR USE IN THE US) (1). The study showed some promising
results but used MSCs that were genetically modified to be focused
on the receptor the virus attacks. Again, these are NOT available
for use in the US!

The Corona Scammers

These are all, in my opinion, companies that are taking
advantage of people’s fear right now.

Joy Kong, M.D.

This is what greeted me this morning:

Who’s that?
Joy Kong, a psychiatrist is Los Angeles who runs a company called
Chara Biologics that has long claimed it’s selling an umbilical
cord, mesenchymal stem cell product (MSC)
. However, our
research and that done by the CSU Translational Medicine Institute
could never find any living and functional MSCs in her CharaCore
product. In addition, her company received a
nastygram from the FDA about marketing a product that she claims
contains stem cells WITHOUT FDA APPROVAL.

So here Joy is inhaling stem cells to coat her lungs and prevent
a cytokine storm? So is any of this real? First, Joy’s “stem
cell” product contains no MSCs, so if she’s using her product,
then what she’s claiming is false. In addition, there is no
product being legally sold in the US right now that has live and
functional MSCs, so unless she’s not at home where she should be
and is located in another country that allows these products to be
sold, this is also a scam. Given that she has multiple other pics
of herself on this Instagram feed at home in LA and this one
matches, then, in my opinion, this is a scam.

Doug Speil, M.D. and Duncan Ross, Ph.D.

These two are principles in a company called Kimera which grows
stem cells in culture and then collects the exosomes produced by
the cells for communication. What is an exosome? See my video
below:

The fact that we have very little understanding of what exosomes
do to actual patients and have few if any clinical trials showing
that they help any condition, hasn’t stopped the company from
putting up an entire web-site on the use of exosomes in
COVID-19:

This combined with many different posts by Donna Spiel on
Linkedin about how the company’s principles are promoting the use
of exosomes to treat coronavirus earns the company, in my opinion,
a corona scammer award. Why? We don’t have a shred of evidence
from actual clinical studies that this MSC exosome product will
help patients with coronavirus. However, that hasn’t stopped many
providers from buying and using this stuff in the worried well.
Rather than discouraging that use, the company seems to be
embracing it.

Countless Antiaging and Functional Medicine Doctors

There have been a bevy of corona scammers out there who are the
usual anti-aging and functional medicine physicians who see a good
business opportunity in freaked out patients. In my opinion, this
is one example:

dr kelly burkenstock coronavirus

What is the “Corona Bundle”? What you don’t see here is a
well-researched position paper on why specific supplements in this
bundle could help and why they might do nothing. Hence, it plays
off of people’s fears and lack of knowledge and doesn’t allow
them to make an informed decision.

The upshot? As my wife said the other day, this crisis will
bring out the best and worst in everybody and every company.
There’s a reason you don’t see Regenexx offering coronavirus
treatments to keep people out of the ICU. We have no data that
offerings like that would be real. Until we do, we won’t get
involved in this unethical gravy train.

__________________________________

(1) Leng Z et al. Transplantation of ACE2- Mesenchymal Stem
Cells Improves the Outcome of Patients with COVID-19 Pneumonia.
Aging and Disease.
2020 , 0 (0): 216-228 https://doi.org/10.14336/AD.2020.0228

The post Corona Scammer
Awards!
appeared first on Regenexx.

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