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    Monday, August 07, 2006

    Stem Cell Tourists: Feeling your age? Go to Barbados:

    Anti-ageing stem-cell injections made from aborted foetal tissue, £15,000. The past 12 months have seen this popular holiday resort become the stem-cell capital of the developed world, treating hundreds of patients in a year.

    .....The clinic is so busy it has a waiting list of more than 1,000 patients for cosmetic treatments and has treated dozens of British women.... The clinic claims that the foetal tissue derived from elective abortions at six to 12 weeks is rich in regenerative stem cells. 'We inject the cells taken from the liver tissue of human foetuses directly into the vein in the back of your hand,' explains the well-spoken English consultant Jenny, who gives telephone consultations to potential patients.

    'The results are incredible. You'll feel and look different after a month because these cells help the body to regenerate itself. The effects last for approximately a year before it needs to be "topped up'' '.

    .... 'It is the most natural form of healing there is - in ten years, everyone will be doing this,' he says. 'You think better, sleep better, and look better. Your quality of life improves and your libido certainly improves.'

    It all sounds so implausible you wonder whether they're really injecting stem cells or just snake oil.

    posted by Sydney on 8/07/2006 07:07:00 PM 4 comments


    wow, cool! So you can just inject random stem cells and they will go about their business without any further help or research? WOW, every alties dream cure. requires no special equipment, just inject and collect :D I predict a all natural, legal in the US, "Herbal Stemcells" product to begin being advertised in my spam email box any second now :D

    By Blogger NephSpouse, at 9:31 AM  

    Is this really true? Has it undergone a lot of research?

    I still believe in the natural way...

    By Anonymous susan, at 11:57 PM  

    Yes, there's a lot that's natural about taking the cells from dead fetuses and injecting them into one's body. Why, it's practically like drinking green tea and eating whole grains! Reminds me of the Countess Bathory, a 16th century woman who bathed in the blood of virgins in order to stay youthful.

    Eerily reminiscent of the mad cow scare in Britain- and CJD in humans. It's most assuredly not natural to consume one's own species. I don't care how it's done. Morality aside, there is so much that isn't known about this procedure.

    The other thing I dislike about this article is that the media once again fails to make any distinction between somatic stem cells (heavily funded by the goverment) and embryonic stem cells. The former have actually helped people- the latter have not helped a soul.

    By Anonymous Dani, at 9:22 AM  

    Hmmm. I think I see a way to finance my daughter's college education. Where can I get some syringes and legit-looking vials of saline?

    /P.T. Barnum

    By Blogger Bad Penny, at 7:41 PM  

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