60 Minutes: 21st Century Snake Oil
Capitalizing on the promise of stem cells to revolutionize medicine and cure almost any disease, modern day snake oil salesmen are promising to treat the incurable and charging tens of thousands of dollars, "60 Minutes" reports.
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#1 Apr 18, 2010
CBS 60 MINUTES PRODUCER DAVID GELBER- AN UNETHICAL LIAR
In 2008, I was scammed by a fraudulent stem cell company known as Medra, which is owned by Dr. William C. Rader. For over a year, I and a friend’s lives have been consumed in researching and gathering information to prove and expose this fraud and his affiliates. The proof is contained on the Ripoffreport.com and can be viewed by entering Medra in the search engine. At this time, producer David Gelber of CBS 60 minutes was contacted and given all the Medra information, my personal experience and the experiences of other Medra patients, who had been scammed. Prior to our initial conversation, Mr. Gelber was unaware of stem cell fraud and he became intrigued. He investigated the information I had provided and subsequently, assured me that 60 Minutes would be covering the Medra story. For almost a year, Mr. Gelber and I corresponded via email on numerous occasions, and he updated me on the progress of the story, all the while leading me to believe that Medra would be exposed. However, instead of covering the Medra story, Mr. Gelber found another fraudulent stem cell company and threw the Medra story under the bus, without informing me. This was an underhanded scheme of deception, betrayal and fraud. The man, who is exposing conmen, is a conman himself! Mr. Gelber knew that if he told me that he was omitting the Medra story, I would take it to another media venue and this would jeopardize his story. He lied to appease me and keep me silent because CBS wanted to be the US network forerunner in exposing stem cell fraud. If the Medra story broke out before his, CBS’s story would not have the impact on television viewers as an original expose’ on stem cell fraud. It was one thing to be conned by a fraud, but to have been conned by an ostensibly ethical and respected producer was much worse.
Furthermore, Mr. Gelber, destroyed the hopes of Medra patients who had been scammed once, and were anticipating some sort of justice from 60 Minutes. Mr. Gelber did not just betray me but 1000’s of Medra victims. To add insult to injury, he made me into the liar, since I had promised Medra patients that 60 Minutes was going to expose Dr. Rader of Medra.
The cause that I and my colleague had worked so hard to make into reality was sabotaged by a powerful and corrupt corporation. Being conned twice, in such magnitude, is a hard pill to swallow. Thanks to Mr. Gelber, he has confirmed my loss of faith in mankind. He may get kudos and an achievement award for his story, but he will have to live with his conscience, if he has one.
#2 Apr 18, 2010
The recent 60 Minutes segment made comparisons to Stem Cell Treatment Centers as “snake oil salesmen.” This is a very important broadcast that reflects exactly what the Repair Stem Cell Institute (RSCI) is doing and why the Institute was created.
RSCI was created to help navigate the misinformation and confusion associated with the almost 500 treatment centers around the world. Many of these treatments centers are inexperienced, use untested protocols or are merely “in it for the money.” RSCI was created to assist the patient interested in stem cell treatment but daunted and worried by the overwhelming mass of information and misinformation , we created a set of rigorous standards by which these treatments centers have been assessed. Only those facilities that have a proven history of success, safety, service and integrity meet the exceedingly high standards of RSCI. http://repairstemcells.org/Treatment/RSCI-Sta...
Stem Cell therapy is a young and rapidly evolving science. New information appears everyday and the typical patient has no hope of wading through and evaluating the plethora of information that has come before and continues to be generated by doctors and scientists around the world. Only RSCI can help to find the best treatment center for you, your condition and your situation and give you the confidence to make an educated and informed decision when choosing stem cell treatment protocols, treatment centers and doctors that will perfectly cater to your needs and concerns.
For more information on the history and latest details on the stem cell clinical trials and studies that have proven safe and effective treatments for heart disease, go here: http://repairstemcells.org/Resources/Download...
For more information on treatments for heart disease, go here: http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/heart-dis...
For ALS (lou Gehrig’s disease), go here: http://repairstemcells.org/Treatment/Treatmen...
For MS, go here: http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/multiple-...
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To check for availability of treatments and request information on these diseases and many others, go here: http://repairstemcells.org/Treatment/Diseases...
David Granovsky, Author
• SUPER STEMMYS – DORIS & THE SUPERCELLS!• http://bit.ly/StemCellBook4Kids
• THE STEM CELL BLOG • http://bit.ly/TheStemCellBlog
#3 Apr 23, 2010
THIS IS JUST ANOTHER FRAUDULENT STEM CELL COMPANY THAT IS ADVERTISING TO RECRUIT PATIENTS. DO NOT AND I REPEAT, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. THE ONLY THING THEY SELL IS FALSE HOPE.
#4 May 29, 2010
Dr Radar is a genius. Anyone who says he is a fraud does not know his work. He saved our son . It is not false hope .. It works. If you choose to read these blogs you are just getting tons of misinformation talk to other parents who have children he helped
#5 May 29, 2010
isn't most of conventional medicine - a place in which false hope has been institutionalized? IATROGENIC care, being a patient of conventional medical care is the leading cause of death in the US. The number of people who die EVERY DAY in the hands of conventional health care is equivalent of 4 747s drop out of the sky each and every day.
SO, I know very little about stem cells and make no claims as to this doctor's work in the field. What I do know is that 3/4 of all money spent on health care in this country is spent on chronic care. A condition is chronic because the sum total of products and services offered to not resolve the medical issue. That is why the condition is chronic.
Think about it.
#6 Dec 2, 2012
The "60 Minutes" segment does indeed reflect what the Repair Stem Cell Institute (RSCI) is doing -- ie, selling snake oil.
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