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Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

Where the hell are the approved IRB (Investigational Review Board) studies as claimed for years? The Stem Cell Centers have been asked many times to provide them. They HAVE NOT!
They are in SW Ontario, Canada this week and used FULL PAGE ADS to fill up hotel seminar rooms. Are they registered as foreign agents with Health Canada, Customs and Border Security Canada? What happens to those patients who develop illness or injury from these experimental procedures when they visit the U.S. or other countries where this organization has affiliates? What are their qualifications?

Posted by Terry Polevoy on 03/08/2019 at 5:15 AM

Re: “A Reporter Tries Future Fit and Lives to Write About It

Hi there Oracle. Just saw your comment. Seven Days' advertising and editorial staff operate independently of each other. The writers pitching the stories, the editors assigning them and the proofreaders checking them before they go to press often don't know whether a featured business is or has been an advertiser. We often write about new businesses when they open, but don't assign stories because a business is advertising, and we never let any of the subjects of our stories review the content before it's published. The sales team doesn't get to see the stories in advance, either. We assume that readers understand this (especially given the content of some of our reviews!).

In the announcement of our new series, "Hooked: Stories and solutions from Vermont's opioid crisis," we did note the three underwriters that contributed funds for that specific project. Though they're supporting that content, they have no influence over it. We'll disclose that at the end of every story in the series.

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Posted by Cathy Resmer on 01/21/2019 at 12:46 PM

Re: “What’s the Safest Way to Consume Legal Cannabis? Experts Weigh In

Indeed, cannabis has many health promoting benefits which is not widely unknown due to its ridiculous class one designation and lack of study. Juicing cannabis leaves is reported to relieve many health conditions. I have often settled an asthma attack w a hit off a pipe. It's time to restore the status of this amazing plant as it once was, revered and utilized for many ills.

Not to mention the also ridiculous disparity between alcohol vs cannabis by the establishment in regulation: the former known to be exceedingly dangerous, yet easily obtained, and the cause of untold trauma and tragedy in America; the latter usually benign if not benefic, yet its use severely and harshly penalized.

Posted by Marna Ehrech on 01/19/2019 at 8:58 AM

Re: “At a Vermont Brain Bank, Researchers Wrap Their Heads Around PTSD

I really appreciated this article. As someone w different kinds of brain trauma, only recently diagnosed but originating in part from childhood, I am eager to learn more about the topic. I'm glad to know this resource is so close by
Thank you!

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Posted by Marna Ehrech on 01/19/2019 at 8:37 AM

Re: “A Reporter Tries Future Fit and Lives to Write About It

I was prepared even eager to conclude that this place should be called Flim Flam Fit . A place for people with too much time and money, eager to part with the latter to prove how special they are . I'm not sure if I've fully changed my mind but it certainly is a humorous and well written article .

Posted by Rich ard on 01/19/2019 at 7:52 AM

Re: “A Reporter Tries Future Fit and Lives to Write About It

There should be a disclaimer that this business is a Seven Days advertiser. The same goes for any business that is covered or reviewed by Seven Days.

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Posted by The Oracle on 01/17/2019 at 10:53 AM

Re: “A Reporter Tries Future Fit and Lives to Write About It

I can't tell if you prefer your treadmill, or appreciate it despite its apparent inferiority as a workout machine, or actually have a much darker understanding of "unconditional love" than I do... Either way, great read! Future FIt sounds intensely effective.

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Posted by BTVong on 01/17/2019 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Utterly Mark

Facilitated Communication has been demonstrated to be an unreliable form of communication. See Frontline program "Prisoners of Silence" on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sO9LyXuOQY&t=590s&frags=pl%2Cwn

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Posted by Linda Rosa on 01/07/2019 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Toll on Call

I will be forever greatful to this man for Saving my baby daughter Cierra Gaboriault's life. She Will be 30 Next August. Im just glad I had him as a second opinion You have always been my Hero
Love To You Always
Lori Royea

Posted by Lori Royea on 11/16/2018 at 7:52 AM

Re: “How Psychotherapy Can Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Interesting

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Posted by Chris M. Springfield on 11/14/2018 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

To respond to the previous comment: I'm the lab technician for Vermont Regenerative Medicine currently. Besides the training that I received from my predecessor, I was also sent to the Regenexx home office in Broomfield, CO, for several days to with their lead tech and to make sure that my training was both thorough and up to the Regenexx standards.
As for my pay, I don't perceive myself to be underpaid - I may not have an accurate perspective on lab tech hourly salaries, but I am making consistently more money than I had in my previous job (which I had worked for ten years, with 8+ hour days and weekends). I also feel that my work and presence is valued at Vermont Regenerative Medicine; I am committed to our staff and to our patients, making certain that I am producing high quality product, with as little pain and stress as possible for all involved.

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Posted by Gretchen Williams on 11/09/2018 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

Preparation of a stem cell sample from a patient requires skill and extensive experience in order to get a high stem cell count that is viable for re-injection.
At Vermont Regenerative Medicine, the lab technicians who have prepared stem cell samples for patients in the past are not well trained and are paid very little to do this skilled work despite the exorbitant cost that patients pay. There should be some standardized level of training and accountability for those who provide this treatment.

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Posted by dougp on 11/09/2018 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

Hi my name is Dan I'm the patient care advocate at stem cell centers and if there are any potential patients or those that just have questions about stem cells or how our clinic operates please feel free to give me a call and we can discuss your questions with zero obligation

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Posted by stemcellcenters on 11/08/2018 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

Our clinics use the FDA approved source of Stem Cells, derived from a patients Bone Marrow. We treat 1 Veteran a day for free in all our clinics nationwide because we believe in giving back to the communities we serve. We have been setting up the framework for 4 different Double Blinded, Placebo Crossover studies with the help of Rgnmed, a data collection company in Germany, in which Stem Cell Centers will be funding the entire study and patients do not have to pay less than at profit clinics but rather, it is totally free for those that are accepted into the study. Our goal is to treat 1500 patients in these studies over the next 12 months. I am not sure where our actions justify being called snake oil. We are the only clinics in the country, that we know of, that are doing these Golden Standard studies on Stem Cell Therapy at the clinic level. There is a place for this therapy, both in academic laboratories as well as at the clinic level. Universities receive Federal Funding for their studies, Clinics are funded by patients who have no other solution for their Pain. Just like Dr Fenton, we make no promises on outcomes and do not accept everyone for care. We do see a high enough percentage of patients responding to warrant providing this amazing treatment for those that have no other options.

At Stem Cell Centers we are always available for comment or question.

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Posted by stemcellcenters on 11/08/2018 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

I'll try this again... I'm interested in hearing about the research and I didn't see any ads in any of the papers but I would like to know more about it. I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet, rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative disc disease so I imagine that they won't help me. I am getting Medicare and Medicaid. Hopefully this time my comment will go through

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Posted by Gi Grape on 11/08/2018 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

I didn't see any ads in any of the papers but the only one I read is 7 days comments and articles. I'm interested in hearing more about the research. I'm on disability and get Medicaid and Medicare benefits but they probably won't help me. I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet, rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative disc disease.

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Posted by Gi Grape on 11/08/2018 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

The only way to get "true" stem cell therapy, you must get stem cells in the millions. This is through culturing bone marrow in the Caymans, or adipose-derived (fat) here in the US, yes I know it's not FDA approved but it is what it is. That's it! Nothing else will give you millions of stem cells for a procedure.

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Posted by Robert D. Bean on 11/08/2018 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

To clarify: Seven Days was NOT paid for the Stem Cell Centers ad that appeared in this story. It was reprinted simply to illustrate the type of advertising that's been done in Vermont in recent months.

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Posted by Ken Picard on 11/08/2018 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

P.S. "shifting the paradigm" is so 1990s. If you want to use buzzwords from this century, try "underscore", "due diligence", "solutions", or perhaps "security breach".

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Posted by The Oracle on 11/08/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

If it worked, plenty of "big pharmaceutical companies" would be jumping on the bandwagon to profit from it. Don't trust anyone that buys full-page ads in the Burlington Free Press! Speaking of that, did Seven Days get paid for the stem cell ad featured in this article?

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Posted by The Oracle on 11/08/2018 at 8:32 AM

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