TrialSite News a while back surveyed stem cell clinics across America. Titled ‘Stem Cell Research: Promise and Possible Peril,’ we showcased how quacks are running amok in America and the Caribbean, putting patients’ lives in danger not to mention swindling them for life savings. Well, thankfully, Google is attempting to live up to the corporate ethos “Do No Evil” in attempt to not contribute to what can be dangerous operations.
Incredible Promise but Peril is Real
Although stem cell therapy, part of the regenerative health movement, will transform healthcare for the better like with any breakthrough, snake-oil hucksters and peddlers prey on the sick and desperate in what often is illegal profit-seeking behavior.
Transplanted stem cells contribute to lifesaving efforts but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers in September that many stem cell clinics are to be avoided.
Google now gets into the act by seeking to band stem cell ads in a quest to stop allowing “bad actors” to not only post Google ads but also “take advantage of individuals by offering untested, deceptive treatment.” Google’s enforcement of its new policy went into effect in October, 2019, reports Google spokesperson Alex Krasov on ars technica. This will not stop the questionable clinics but may make it just a little more difficult for patients or their loved ones to find them. After all, the Google search engine represents a significant path for consumers/patients to search for health information.