If it bleeds, it leads.

Popular news shows like to start with something sensational or frightening in order to keep their audience tuned in. The need to do this is so entrenched with them that, in the absence of any current scandal, they’ll happily recycle earlier work and present it as if it had just happened.

Such was the case with a news program in the USA. They grabbed headlines in April 2010 with their exposé miniseries of “stem cell snake oil” in which they showed hidden-camera interviews of U.S. citizens who were pretending to be American medical doctors practicing in other countries. Those charlatans were quickly shut down and imprisioned.

More hoopla about a stem-cell exposé in August 2012 turned out to be re-runs of the 2010 programs, which the TV network re-ran yet again in January 2013. We’d like to think that couldn’t find any new charlatans, but it’s more likely that they just didn’t bother to look for more.

Charlatans have exploited experimental medicine for centuries and, as experimental medicine goes, stem cell therapy has been the flavor of the decade. To discredit the field on the basis of the work of con men does no good, neither for the honorable practitioners nor for patients desperate for our evolving therapies. Journalists need to learn how to distinguish between true and false, especially when they report on scientific discoveries.

Any news channel won’t need hidden cameras if they come to ProgenCell. We are real medical doctors, board-certified. All of our permits are in order. We follow ISO 9000 procedures. We have been treating patients with autologous stem cells successfully, without a single adverse event.

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