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Debunking Myths about Stem Cells

Posted by Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES on 10 September 2018
Debunking Myths about Stem Cells

Stem cell research is one of the fastest growing fields of medical science, however, it's still held back by a number of ungrounded myths about stem cells. Most stem cell research controversy stems from these false stem cell myths. Don't be taken in by reactionary media personalities, here are the real facts behind stem cell myths.

Stem Cell Myth 1: Stem Cells Only Come from Embryos

One of the most nefarious myths about stem cell research, the stem cell research controversy over embryonic stem cells in the mid-2000s caused untold harm to the movement for stem cells across the world.

The truth is embryonic stem cells are just one type of stem cells. There are many different types of stem cells and ways to harvest them ranging from blood withdrawals, to bone marrow, to body fat to donated umbilical cord blood. Even urine has been used as a source of stem cells. Additionally, with the advent of induced pluripotent stem cells as a major source of research stem cells, stem cell harvesting is becoming more and more scalable every day.

Stem Cell Myth 2: Stem Cells are the Ultimate Cure-All

While every day brings exciting news about the latest frontier of stem cell research, ranging from saving endangered species to creating natural dental fillings, it's important to remember that scientific progress is a long road, especially when it comes to medical sciences.

We can't promise that stem cell therapy will cure your every ailment, however, we've seen significant success using different types of stem cells to treat chronic joint and muscle pain, including conditions like arthritis. Just read our testimonials.

Stem Cell Myth 3: Stem Cell Therapy is Dangerous

This is a common myth about stem cells we get asked about by our patients. Any medical procedure is dangerous if conducted by an unqualified doctor at an un-sanitized clinic. At RegenerVate, each of our physicians is highly trained and experienced at administering stem cell treatments. They hail from respected universities ranging from the University of Toronto to Oxford and adhere to the first rule of medicine: Do No Harm.

Because we harvest our patient's own stem cells, there is no risk of rejection or infection from an unknown donor. No dangerous drugs are used during our treatments, and unlike surgical methods, our patients are back on their feet within hours.


To further demystify myths about stem cells and to learn about how we use our patient's own stem cells to treat chronic pain, schedule an appointment at RegenerVate today.

Author: Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES
About: Dr. Stoddard is a sport medicine and injection physician in Toronto and is the Medical Director of RegenerVate. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sport Medicine. His injection training, including ultrasound, PRP and Prolotherapy, was primarily done in the USA. He is a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), is married and a proud father of two boys. He is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.
Tags: Stem Cell Research

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