Sunday, November 18, 2012
Several years ago there were reports of Dr. Paul Cheney taking ME/CFS patients to Costa Rica and Panama for autologous stem cell treatments. The stem cells were harvested from the patients' fat or bone marrow and reinjected back into the patient after being manipulated in some fashion. The reported results were uncertain, and very little has been heard since about stem cells for ME/CFS patients.
The adult stem cell treatments of patients of Dr. Cheney were done at Stem Cell Institute in Panama as well as an institute in Costa Rica (which was eventually closed). The Stem Cell Institute is the brainchild of Dr. Neil Riordan. The webage of the Institute is here. Neil Riordan's professional page is here.
The main treatment thrust of the Stem Cell Institute is in other areas than ME/CFS. The Institute focuses on spinal cord injuries, MS and Muscular Dystrophy. The above video follows the treatment of Ryan Benton, a patient with Muscular Dystrophy.
The video was made by Peter Cairns. Peter Cairns and I met Dr. Neil Riordan by chance at a dinner after an XMRV-related conference at the Whittemore Peterson Institute in the summer of 2010. Many researchers and clinicians were invited to this conference to share information on neuro-immune illnesses.