A method of stem cell treatment recently praised as a cure for Multiple Sclerosis has come under fire, despite findings that show it halts or, in some cases reverses, the effects of the disease.
Doctors took bone marrow stem cells, purified them, treated patients with chemotherapy, and reintroduced the stem cells in order to essentially erase the body’s memory of ever having the disease.
Initial findings were published in the Lancet on June 9, 2016, indicating that the stem cell treatments were given to 24 patients ages 18-50 in three different hospitals in Canada. The patients were studied for three years after the treatment. While MS symptoms in 7 of the patients continued to worsen, they were halted in 8 of the patients, and reversed in 8 others.