60 Minutes exposes stem cell con men

21 Apr

Autism News Beat has a post, Avoiding false balance, 60 Minutes nails con men. It isn’t autism specific, but it does have to do with a type of “therapy” that comes up a lot in autism: stem cells.

60 Minutes, a U.S. television news magazine did a “sting” operation. They had patients go into the stem cell clinics and expose the charlatans. The patients were real, they have ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

The clinic run by a man named Larry Stowe claims to be able to cure cancer, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s disease and more…

He is a chemical engineering Ph.D. who claims he has cures for chronic diseases with herbs and vitamins, custom vaccines, and stem cell injections.

(below are the videos. Thanks to codeman38 for providing this link to the text)

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/player-dest.swf
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Here is part 2

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/player-dest.swf
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4 Responses to “60 Minutes exposes stem cell con men”

  1. codeman38 April 21, 2010 at 17:43 #

    CBS’ accompanying text article for the videos, for those who have difficulty with video for whatever reason (like the fact that CBS still can’t bother to include the captioning that the show was broadcast with):
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/04/16/60minutes/main6402854.shtml

    • Sullivan April 21, 2010 at 19:05 #

      codeman38–

      thanks a lot for that. I tried to figure out how to turn CC on and failed. I’ll include the link in the article.

  2. BTDT April 22, 2010 at 12:12 #

    Dr. Frank Morales was also featured in the 60 minutes piece and he does seem to have a direct connection to autism. He is a contributor to the book “Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism, 2010-2011”, and there is a blog called “Recovering My Son From Vaccine Injury” that describes treatment of an autistic child by Dr. Morales.

    • Sullivan April 22, 2010 at 19:49 #

      BTDT,

      thanks for that. Somehow I figured that they must have a line into getting money from the autism community.

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