Posted 03 February 2012
This product is marketed mainly around the hyping up of the scientist, Christian Drapeau, their Chief Science Officer. The product claims to be “the world’s first all-natural supplement documented to support the release of adult stem cells from bone marrow.” The claims are 1. that StemEnhance releases stem cells from bone marrow, and therefore, 2. that because stem cells have a beneficial effect on the body, that StemEnhance therefore has a beneficial effect.
This is simply sheer nonsense. Firstly, there is absolutely no sufficient proof that StemEnhance releases stem cells in any significant levels, or if it does, whether these stem cells make any significant difference in the body.
In plain language, there is insufficient evidence to confirm that StemEnhance has ANY effect on the body. These are facts and not suppositions. Any claims are purely hypothetical.
Does StemEnhance release a sufficient amount of stem cells? The study that StemEnhance bases all their “proof” of efficacy for their product was elegantly deconstructed and shown to be extremely poor as far back as 2007 on this blog
Furthermore we have purchased StemEnhance and had it analysed for two important toxins, known to occur commonly in algae. Surprise, surprise, we found high levels of arsenic and microcystins!
So not only is their insufficient evidence to confirm that this product works, but their is unsafe toxins present.
|A second critical point: In medicine, and in particular in stem cell research, when a very clinically worthwhile finding is published, a flood of researchers from around the world try to reproduce that finding, or at least get involved in furthering work around that finding. Since Drapeau publication in 2007, absolute silence! Yes, NO other stem cell researchers have paid ANY attention to StemEnhance or the published paper!|
A word on Christian Drapeau. He is an author on a number of research publications on stem cells (most on animals). The studies conducted to date (February 2012), is insufficient to support the claims for StemEnhance. Although Christian Drapeau has bona fide university qualifications, it is our contention that there is a deliberate strategy to portray him as a leading scientist in stem cells and that he is ahead of his time.
The same “branding” has been done with a number of other “scientists”: but being a bona fide scientist does not mean their claims can be believed. For example, In 1987 Peter Duesberg questioned the link between HIV and AIDS in the journal Cancer Research. Prof. Duesberg is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He continues to question this link and continues his activities within the AIDS denialist community.
Until sufficient evidence of StemEnhance’s ability to release stem cells is published in peer-reviewed journals, and until these specific stem cells are shown to have efficacy, the product needs to be be considered as a scam. Extraordinary claims requires extraordinary evidence.
Postings of StemEnhance or stem cells on this blog:
July 2010: Stemenhance, legal in the USA?
July 2010: StemEnhance (explains what this product is)
June 2010: Stem cell charlatans
Sept 2009: StemEnhance: ASA Appeal ruling
April 2009: StemEnhance: 1st ASA ruling