"Doesn't sound like they are killing babies but using cord
tissue from new borns."
Looks to me you did not read your own article.
Or you guys an apologist for this evil?
Nothing to see here, move along, right?
The Institute for Regenerative Medicine
The Treatment: Anti-ageing stem-cell injections made from
aborted foetal tissue, £15,000 The past 12 months have
seen this popular holiday resort become the stem-cell
capital of the developed world,
treating hundreds of
patients in a year.
The upmarket clinic opened last year in one of the
island's most luxurious hotels - Villa Nova - afterUkrainian stem-cell researchers, who have been secretly
pioneering stem-cell studies with aborted human foetuses
for 20 years, teamed up with U.S. investors backed by the
Caribbean tourist industry.
The aim was to attract wealthy British and American stem-
cell tourists for treatment, avoiding the strict ethical
barriers to such treatment enforced in Europe and America.
The clinic is so busy it has a waiting list of more than
1,000 patients for cosmetic treatments and has treated
dozens of British women. The promise: The clinic claims
that the foetal tissue derived from elective abortions at
six to 12 weeks is rich in regenerative stem cells. 'We
inject the cells taken from the liver tissue of human
foetuses directly into the vein in the back of your hand,
' explains the well-spoken English consultant Jenny, who
gives telephone consultations to potential patients.
'The results are incredible. You'll feel and look
different after a month because these cells help the body
to regenerate itself. The effects last for approximately a
year before it needs to be "topped up'' '.
Despite criticism from Church leaders and religious groups
on the Island, Barnett Suskind, chief executive of IRM, is
unapologetic about the treatment he carries out. 'It is
the most natural form of healing there is - in ten years,
everyone will be doing this,' he says. 'You think better,
sleep better, and look better. Your quality of life
improves and your libido certainly improves.' The
reality: 'The science behind the treatments on offer at
IRM is based on the theory that stem cells from aborted
foetuses may search out damaged and dead cells in the body
and work to repair and replace them,' says Dr Stephen
Minger, director of stem cell biology at King's College,
'But what this clinic is doing raises serious issues. For
a start, it is not regulated by any medical board and
there is no documented evidence or controlled clinical
trials to back up their claims. More worryingly, there is
no proof that the tissue is obtained from truly elective
abortions rather than financially induced ones.
'Research shows that they openly import foetuses from
poverty-stricken provinces in Ukraine and Russia, preying
on the financially desperate to treat vain Western women.'
Destination: Moscow: The Cellulite Clinic.
The treatment: Anti-ageing injections of stem cells from
aborted foetuses into thighs, buttocks and stomach -
£10,000 to £15,000 for a course of six.
More than 50 clinics, including this one, have sprung up
in Russia's capital over the past three years to meet the
demand from wealthy Russians and Westerners alike who
flock to the global capital of cosmetic stem-cell therapy,
where clinics use loopholes in the law to administer
Nearby Ukraine is home to Emcell, the world's largest
clinic that has openly experimented in stem-cell therapy
for the past 15 years and administers hundreds of anti-
ageing therapies a year.
The promise: Treatments range from the injection of stem
cells from animals such as cows and pigs to injecting
cells taken from the umbilical cords or livers of aborted
human foetuses. 'Foetal tissue has been shown to be highly
rich in regenerative stem cells which, when injected into
helps the body fight the ageing process,' says Dr
'I have had patients who leave my clinic after a course of
injections looking and feeling ten years younger than when
they came in.' The reality: RUSSIA and the Ukraine
currently top the world abortion league, with more of the
operations carried out here than anywhere else on earth.
Evidence gathered by the Moscow police department has
shown a growing black market in aborted foetuses, which
are smuggled into Russia from the Ukraine and Georgia.
Here, poverty-stricken young women are paid 200 U.S.
dollars to carry babies up to the optimum eight to 12-week
period - thought to be best for harvesting stem cells.
They are then sold on to cosmetic clinics.
'The cavalier attitude of Russian cosmetic surgeons is
grotesque,' says Dr Minger. 'The origin of the cells is
ethically immoral. Furthermore, they don't bother to test
for compatibility between the cells injected and the
patient who receives them. Medical risks from
complications can include infection, tumours and rejection
of foreign tissue.'
Destination: Dominican Republic
The treatment: Foetal stem-cell injections from £15,000.
Malibu psychiatrist William Rader, 67, previously owned a
string of private clinics in LA dedicated to treating
eating disorders. He recently founded Medra to offer stem-
cell treatments to wealthy clients who wanted to combine a
holiday on the exotic La Romana beach resort in the
Dominican Republic with their stem-cell therapy.
He has arranged for hundreds of patients to be injected
with cells taken from six to 12-week-old aborted foetuses
since the clinic opened its doors. Initial consultations
are done at Rader's LA surgery at Malibu beach.
Arrangements are then made for patients to fly out to the
luxury resort in the Dominican Republic to have the
treatment administered. The promise: According to Medra's website, the foetal stem cell 'detects and then attempts
to repair any damage or deficit discovered in the body, as
well as releasing growth factors, which stimulate the
body's own repair mechanisms.
'Stem-cell therapy is the future. It's just unfortunate
that there is so much opposition to it in the West,' Rader says.
The reality: Debra Huff-Rader, director of physician and
patient relations, is deliberately vague when I ask where
the foetuses are sourced, saying only that they are from
the former Soviet republic of Georgia. But she invites me
to speak with Rader himself.
'Because Rader is acting outside America, his work falls
outside U.S. regulations on stem-cell therapy,' says Dr
Minger. 'Patients risk at best wasting a lot of money on a
treatment that is not proven in clinical trials and at
worst one that is putting their health at serious risk.'