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Old 30th December 2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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What to do About Dr Julian Whitaker

I recently received an email from an old friend who has had MS for the last 30 years. She was enthusiastic about a new clinic in Newport Beach Ca. It turns out it is run by Dr Julian Whitaker who claims he can harvest pluripotent stem cells from fat tissue and use them to treat MS. You may remember he debated Michael Shermer a few years ago near TAM, http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/...t-freedomfest/

There is some evidence that pluripotent cells can be harvested from fat, http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...from-fat-cells
There seems to be some research on rodents but so far I can't find any clinical trials addressing stem cells and MS.
Whitaker's clinic only has one other doctor who is a plastic surgeon listed. It would seem that he would need a much larger staff and lab to extract stem cells. Has anyone else heard of this clinic? What should I tell my friend?
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Old 30th December 2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Morchella View Post
........What should I tell my friend?
To ask for the papers in support of this claim, and to seek a second opinion.
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Old 30th December 2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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Julian Whitaker is an alternative medicine practitioner who operates the "Whitaker Wellness Institute" in California. While he does have an MD from Emory, and did some post doc work, he never took the time to complete his residency.
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Whitaker promotes chelation therapy, is a vaccine denialist, and practices "anti-aging medicine". Note that "anti-aging medicine" is a specialty not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Whitaker recommends using human growth hormone to slow down aging. He is also a mental illness denier, putting him in the same league as Scientology. Apparently, vitamins can cure mental illness. Whitaker is a huge promoter of vitamins curing everything. He also believes he can cure asthma in 4 days, as well as thinking he can make you almost immune to cancer. His newsletter, which is full of such tripe such as claiming he can cure arthritis in three days, is on Quackwatch's list of non-recommended publications.
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Originally Posted by American Council on Science and Health
Whitaker has declared that the human body is a perfect self-healing machine, that illness is not natural, and that bacteria do not develop a resistance to "God's antibiotics." He recommends "treatments organ-ized medicine doesn't want you to know about," "miracles of healing censored by the medical establishment," and "cures that greedy drug companies and FDA bureaucrats don't want you to have." He claims that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is secretly working to outlaw "nutritional healing." According to him, consumers need protection not only from that agency, but also from the American Dietetic Association, HMOs, insurance companies, The National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the medicopharmaceutical establishment.
He's a quack peddling crap for money.
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Old 31st December 2013, 10:18 AM   #4
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Dr Whitaker injected my friends spinal cord with what he says are stem cells. Are you allowed to do this on humans without clinical trials? She claims that after only two weeks her MS is showing signs of fading. She's a true believer in this stuff. What gets me is that she is desperate for any kind of improvement which makes her the perfect target for ghouls like Whitaker. If he really is able to extract stem cells which I doubt then his injecting his patients without proper trials invokes a new mengelian low.
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Old 31st December 2013, 03:08 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Morchella View Post
Dr Whitaker injected my friends spinal cord with what he says are stem cells. Are you allowed to do this on humans without clinical trials? She claims that after only two weeks her MS is showing signs of fading. She's a true believer in this stuff. What gets me is that she is desperate for any kind of improvement which makes her the perfect target for ghouls like Whitaker. If he really is able to extract stem cells which I doubt then his injecting his patients without proper trials invokes a new mengelian low.
If he's an MD and if the patient agrees, he can inject the spinal cord area with something.

Your friend may be desperately looking for signs of improvement... we know that MS goes through "phases." As to whether it works, there isn't any current research on this. Supposedly there is a clinical trial in the works: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264892.php
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Old 31st December 2013, 03:35 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Morchella View Post
Dr Whitaker injected my friends spinal cord with what he says are stem cells. Are you allowed to do this on humans without clinical trials? She claims that after only two weeks her MS is showing signs of fading. She's a true believer in this stuff. What gets me is that she is desperate for any kind of improvement which makes her the perfect target for ghouls like Whitaker. If he really is able to extract stem cells which I doubt then his injecting his patients without proper trials invokes a new mengelian low.
Your friend is putting her health and possibly her life into the hands of a crank who is not qualified to do what he is doing. Chances are he isn't injecting stem cells at all but rather pharmaceuticals like steroids which is a trick of the crank trade. Unfortunately even if she realises she is being duped, she will feel too foolish to report the quack.

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Old 31st December 2013, 03:36 PM   #7
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A bit late but one thing you should do is get the patient to write down what they can and cannot do because of MS. Then compare that with what the patient can and cannot do in a few weeks. That may give a different result to what the patient and the doctor says is happening.
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I have to know....when he writes it like that, is he trying to suggest that we don't have organs, or that they don't function the way we think they do, or what? The mind boggles.
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Old 4th January 2014, 11:20 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Morchella View Post
Dr Whitaker injected my friends spinal cord with what he says are stem cells. Are you allowed to do this on humans without clinical trials? She claims that after only two weeks her MS is showing signs of fading. She's a true believer in this stuff. What gets me is that she is desperate for any kind of improvement which makes her the perfect target for ghouls like Whitaker. If he really is able to extract stem cells which I doubt then his injecting his patients without proper trials invokes a new mengelian low.
Here is his medical license info:

https://www.breeze.ca.gov/datamart/d...or=e76f7d8.0.0

If what you say is true, he may be violating some sort of state rules or regulations on the procurement and processing of potentially biohazardous material, as well as performing human experimentation without appropriate IRB approval. Someone may want to look into this and determine whether a report should be filled to the appropriate state agencies. If wrongdoing is found, this may be enough for them to suspend his license to practice medicine.

Of course, I've heard stories about doctors in California who have offices in both the state and Mexico. Often their patients are seen in California then invited to come to their clinics in Mexico for the more... ahem... "exotic" treatments they offer.

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