In the U.S. and in other places around the world, uncertified for-profit stem cell clinics advertise curing people with MS or many other diseases to attract business. This practice is known as “stem cell tourism” and often targets people with chronic diseases. Many of these clinics cannot provide medical evidence that the type of stem cell therapy they offer is beneficial or safe.
Stem cell clinics outside the U.S. may not be held to strict sanitary guidelines and are allowed to operate without oversight over the safety and proven efficacy of their procedures. Complications from incorrectly performed stem cell procedures can include stroke, MS deterioration, severe infections, seizures, spinal cord tumors and can be life threatening.