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Stem Cell Releasing Products Could Be Dangerous.

Updated on June 18, 2010


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Stem Cell Releasing Products Could Be Dangerous.

The body is an amazing balance of cycles and systems. When out of balance, the results are not usually good. When I first found a lens here promoting a stem cell releasing product, my first thought was "stem cells don't belong in the peripheral blood system in large quantities".

In 1994 I was a aware that Super Blue Green Algae is Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, and that in many oceans, that's red tide. Yup, toxic.

Now, the Klamath products are safety tested, and indeed, pass tests. However, you can only test for what you know to test for.

I'm not saying that StemEnhance is carcinogenic, but I do think that there are potential dangers in increasing your bone marrow stem cell release.

Below I will present the health benefits and safety of Spirulina, another cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). If you're looking for natural health supplements, Spirulina could be exactly what you're looking for without the risks.

I also just searched, and found that the only algae product listed in the clinical trials Phase III ("Comparative studies to verify the effectiveness of diagnostic, therapeutic, or prophylactic drugs, devices, or techniques determined in phase II studies") is Dunaliella algae, and another algae product in official clinical trial (phase not listed) is ProAlgaZyme. I'll be exploring these more also, as it's always good to have a truly safe alternative treatment.

Bone Marrow Stem Cells Are Part of a Delicate Balance, Not a Magic Bullet! - If you have enough CD34+ cells in your peripheral blood, your hematologist may thin

Check out StemEnhance: The Rest of the Story for a very well written indication of the problems.

Here's the intro paragraph:

The following story first appeared as a Wellness Update on February 14, 2007. On February 24, 2007 I received a lengthy response from Christian Drapeau, the creator of StemEnhance. He assured me that he has research ready for publication that will demonstrate that StemEnhance continues to regularly stimulate bone marrow stem cell release when taken over a two year period. Unfortunately he expressed a total disregard for the potential toxicity of the product and a complete lack of appreciation of the manner in which bone marrow stem cells promote cancer growth and metastases. Mr. Drapeau's remarks are posted in their entirety following the original article, with my comments in blue.

Why would you want so many stem cells being released on a regular basis? Check out StemEnhance: The Rest of the Story

Stem Cell Releasing Products Could Be Dangerous.

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    • eugenecepf2 3 years ago

      Like most other supplements that promise things too good to be true!!!

    • vancongkhanh 5 years ago

    • anonymous 5 years ago


      From the Natural Institute of Health

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      THE TRUTH!!! From our own government

      Sorry you are dead wrong and dangerous.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      good info, thank's

    • kathysart 5 years ago

      good info

    • Squidmarm 6 years ago

      @nicholasjosephlim Do you not read English? I say it "could be" dangerous, because the organism is exactly the same organism as that of red tide.

      And I suggest you learn the difference between a clinical trial run by the Federal Drug Administration of the U.S.A. and what is known as "anecdotal evidence". Just saying.

    • Squidmarm 6 years ago

      If you read, I do document everything I say. Learn to use Pubmed ( for looking up references.

    • kpcwriting2 7 years ago

      Great lens about the dangers of stem cell releasing products. Most manufacturers only list the positives, its good to see that you are offering readers the truth backed up with clinical data. Good job. Keep them coming.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Stated up Front:

      Bias - I worked for a Pharmasudical company. It did not place me on "their side", quite the reverse.

      I came to reailze that the only reason one should take meds in the 1st year of sales would be in the case of a life threatening condition.

      Rare adverse effects only show up when large numbers of people have taken the drug. Caution is the best bet.

      That being said, the same need to be applied to ALL medications, be they "natural" or synthesized.

      I want to see the studies that support this product.

      I am sure the manufactures are not simply asking me to believe that they are different from the Pharma companies that I frankly do not trust.

      Lets see the data.

    • Squidmarm 8 years ago

      "is a new system of the body that we have discovered"

      Yeah, right. Do you understand anything about how stem cells operate in the body? Do you understand the system of blood cell production? How about immune response? How about stress response?

      Show me the data.

    • anonymous 9 years ago


    • anonymous 9 years ago

      The way I see it is that if a supplement is plant derived non toxic

      the body will use what it needs and discard the rest. Un the other hand

      All human embryonic stem cell lines approved for use in federally funded research are contaminated with a foreign molecule from mice that may make them risky for use in medical therapies. Researchers at UC San Diego and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla report that if the stem cells are transplanted into people, the cells could provoke an immune system attack that would wipe out their ability to deliver cures for diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes.

      Please do visit my lens

      Enemies of Cell to cell communication


    • compugraphd 9 years ago


      The body heals itself. Drugs, by and large (in general), suppress the body and suppress its healing systems. Nutritional supplements generally work with the body. BUT (and this is a big but) you can't just pick a nutritional supplement willy-nilly -- you either need a good alternative medical practitioner and/or you need to read a lot (many different sources -- and pick ones that don't have a vested financial interest in your choice). I do both. And even with that, I sometimes have to reject something I've already started taking (like, for me, Ginkgo Biloba worked but caused me to be irritable, so I stopped taking it).

      It sounds to me as though your detractors are having a knee-jerk reaction. You don't sound to me like you're pushing drugs -- just an "eyes open" way of choosing supplements. IMHO.


    • Squidmarm 9 years ago

      "Working in a health food store" is called anecdotal evidence. The surgeon general warns against cigarette smoking because valid epidemiological studies showed the health risk of smoking.

      No epidemiological studies have been done on BGA/AFA/StemEnhance, no Phase II clinical trials have been done for efficacy, and no one knows what the long term effect of BGA ingestion may be. There is even less information on what the consequences of an increased stem cell release to the peripheral blood system might be.

      Simply searching PubMed for keywords like spirulina safety and then Aphanizomenon flos-aquae safety should make anyone sit up and ask some questions. Understanding the differences of the two organisms should make anyone want to understand more about their claims.

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      In response to Paul: Guess what? When someone has a peanut allergy, they better stay far away from it. When a cow has mad cow, better not eat it. I think it's pretty wonderful for someone to tell the truth about products so people can have all the information and make informed decisions. This page isn't about bashing anything or any body (nor is the author sarcastic in making her point--an intelligent discussion doesn't need sarcasm). Facts are helpful for people to weigh their choices and come to a decision. I appreciate the advice to consult with your own medical professional (including naturopaths!).

    • Squidmarm 9 years ago

      So the surgeon general shouldn't warn about smoking just because some smokers live to 90 years old? No single cigarette kills you.

      It smells like you're intimidated by science. Science, unlike MLM's, can help you understand the physical world, and thus how to choose the right natural medicines in a world of marketers trying to put blindfolds on the public.

    No way, Monkeybrain!

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      • anonymous 2 years ago

        davidbb....sorry, but you're way out of your league here dude. I used to sell this EXACT product back in 1976 when it first came out. It was called "BLUE GREEN ALGAE" and was collected and packaged in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where I lived at the time. I not only SOLD this product, but also took it for THREE years. It did absolutely NOTHING for me! The company was sued after one of their EMPLOYEES became very ill from taking the algae. She totally shut them down. Even the original developing doctor left the company at that time. He is NOW part of the company once again. It is the SAME company selling the SAME PRODUCT since 1976. I'm sorry to inform you, but this IS a huge scam and there is NO definitive or reliable research data that this product helps cure anything especially in regard to stem cell production. Do a LOT more investigative, substantial research before you aggressively come onto the scene and try to tell people that something like this is "REAL" and that it works. You simply do not know or understand what you're talking about.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        You lost all credibility when you said that AFA is from the ocean - it's NOT. It's a freshwater algae. You really should get more educated about the product you are reviewing. Or is the deception intentional?

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        so why do we need all this medicine? billion dollar industry or real way to cure people? you decide.

        Anything to help lower the drug industry profits will be deemed dangerous, like herbs and alternate healing, which have been around thousands of years before modern medicine. So modern medicine cure the black plague ect; but who/what caused it? think people....think

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        You have no idea what you are talking about! I've used StemEnhance aggressively now for over 6 years and I get a little younger everyday, bioloagically speaking!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        here is the truth. A highly respected INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL JOURNAL which makes it's studies available o the worldwide medical and scientific community. This study was completed in 2007 and has since held up to all scrutiny both medical and scientific. This is from the Natural Institute of Health, the government body that regulates ALL Health Care! TRUTH!!!!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        You think you know? What you think has no place in a serious scientific discussion. Please leave medical decisions to professionals. I doubt Mr Drapeau disregarded any safety issues, he probobly just disregarded you. If you care as much as you say you do, go to school and become a doctor or research scientist so you wont be advising based on your own limited knowledge. Look at how this supplement was discovered, yes discovered not made by intention. Also for real information see the "Journal of Cardiovascular Revascularization" The published an independent study on the product. Caution only ead if your mind is open to the truith, not just people who feel good about knowing and sharing bad things with people they don't even know.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i like eating apples

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        hey fuck all you bitches

      • nicholasjosephlim 6 years ago

        If you say it is dangerous, how do you explain the thousands of testimonies of how StemEnhance has helped people recover their health? Example there are two people that I know who have testified that they have recovered from almost being blind.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Oh, please...Where do you get off making those kind of undocumented statemennts when you clearly do have a clue?

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        you do not know too much stemenhance works ans I have helped hundreds of people, it is a new system of the body that we have discovered, get on the band wagon and start helping others

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        You betray your bias against AFA in making baseless statements such as "bone marrow stem cells promote cancer growth and metastases".

        Stem cells are the basis for every cell in the body. Without the constant production of stem cells throughout our lives, we would quickly die.

        A colleague of mine has a family friend who had a massive heart attack and went to Thailand to have his own stem cells cultured and reinjected into his body at enormous expense to cause his heart to rebuild. The procedure worked. From a death sentence by his cardiologist, he returned to his prior routine of running five miles daily.

        The body regularly releases millions of stem cells into the body. Why would a person want so many stem cells released on a regular basis? To ensure continued health, and with an elevated release, to hasten the repair of damaged tissue and bring new life to a dying body. This is not unusual.

        I understand that there are people like you who are afraid of something that can do that. That something is your own body. You are afraid of your own body. Taking a supplement that can enhance one's stem cell count without drugs or surgery or trips to foreign countries for exotic procedures is something that should be heralded, not scorned, as you have done.

        I am a lifelong user of various products from the health food store. Dietary supplements have kept me off pharmaceutical drugs, have kept me from having surgery, and have helped me to live a more normal life. I have taken spirulina, chlorella, and many others, and now the AFA extract in StemEnhance.

        I'm not a distributor like I'm sure you'll accuse me of being. I'm just a product user. And I'm very glad to have found this product.

        Keep your blatant attempts to discredit the product to yourself. You're not going to change my opinion; I know the product works, and in the meantime, you're damaging the chances for other people to benefit from a natural increase in their body's stem cells. And all because you want to sell them on spirulina.

        There's nothing wrong with taking spirulina, but to use fear and misinformation to steer people to it is disgraceful. Shame on you!

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        I've worked in a health food store many years, and there are numerous products that people will react to. Just not meant for them. StemEnhance is legal and the people have the choice to choose between suffering or hearing the words "might" or "maybe"...I've talked to numerous health food store owners that have sold B.G.A. for many years, and hardly ever hear anything negative about it. Don't think you can compare it to cigarettes..Yes, they should stay away from B.G.A. if they are the odd person that gets sick from it, just like the one that reacts to peanuts, meat etc..

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        Smells like you are linked to the pharmaceutical industry...People like you grow on trees, but, thankfully help spread the world of products that might help one's condition.

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        Might as well take peanuts off the market, because they can kill some people. Might as well remove spinach (salmonella), beef (mad cow disease), chicken (bird flue).

        Blue Green Algae is not meant for SOME individuals. Yet, it would seem that the good outweighs the bad with BG Algae. Can testimonials of people on StemEnhance be ignored? Pain free, better eyesight, diabetes improvement, skin disorders disappearing etc..Maybe you should spend more energy concentrating on educating the people about the real killers? Like Vioxx etc..

      Closed Guestbooks on many stem cell related lenses on Squidoo

      Or why the marketers don't want you to know the truth.

      I got started on this lens because of another lens I read. I added a comment, but the comment was never approved. The lensmaster decided to email me a response. I'm posting it here, because another stem cell lens I went to also only posts approved comments.

      Hi Be,

      Hey, you're famous!

      Someone was just checking out your Squidoo lens "Flow Cytometry Courses" and wrote you the following note...

      ">>The point of stem cells is that when they divide, one stays a stem cell, and the other goes on to become what the body needs. Pluripotent stem cells are CD34+ , but this cell membrane marker is also how we distinguish "blasts" in acute leukemia!

      Please list the references from your upper text box. Stem cell research is fascinating and important.<<

      Thank you for your inquiry! We do have references to our articles, below each article. The scientist who have discovered this also have articles published in medical journals. There is more information about the stem enhancing product through the manufacturer.

      New England Journal of Medicine September 8, 2005. Volume 353:999-1007. Number 10

      Circulating Endothelial Progenitor Cells and Cardiovascular Outcomes By

      Nikos Werner, M.D., Sonja Kosiol, M.D., Tobias Schiegl, M.D., Patrick Ahlers, M.D., Katrin Walenta, M.D., Andreas Link, M.D., Michael Böhm, M.D., and Georg Nickenig, M.D.

      Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine paper published. Mobilization of human CD34+CD133+ and CD34+CD133- stem cells in vivo by consumption of an extract from Aphanizomenon flos-aquae - related to modulation of CXCR4 expression by an L-selectin lignand? By Gitte S. Jensen, Aaron N. Heart, Lue A.M. Zaske, Christian Drapeau, Niraj Gupta, David J. Schaeffer, J. Alex Cruickshank. Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine Volume 8, Issue 3, July-September 2007, Pages 189-202.

      Triple-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study of the Effect of StemEnhance on Bone Marrow Stem Cell Mobilization by Christian Drapeau, MSc.

      Thank you so much for your feedback!" --W. Connell

      P.S. Want even more feedback from your visitors? Try out the Guestbook and QuickPoll modules.

      Stemulite Claims:

      Beware the Leap Between Animal Models and Your Body's Balance

      Stemulite, another stem cell enhancing product NOT based on AFA also claims that its ingredients "can be used as a potent recruiter and mobilizer of stem cells from the bone marrow."

      Here's a paragraph explaining one of their formula's ingredients: "Once stem cells become resident of a tissue system (such as a muscle group) or organ they quickly multiply and replace old tissue with new juvenile cells which are able to mature in a matter of hours or days into the same tissue type that was earlier dysfunctional. If the genetic component of the tissue is normal, the new cells continue replicating indefinitely, completely and perminately (SIC) eradicating the problem. In the case of fitness training, the stem cells are recruited in great numbers to mobilize in muscle systems replacing fat and adding brand new muscle."

      Okay, let's look at this more carefully.

      "Once stem cells become resident of a tissue system (such as a muscle group) or organ they quickly multiply and replace old tissue with new juvenile cells which are able to mature in a matter of hours or days into the same tissue type that was earlier dysfunctional." This has not been shown conclusively in humans, and even the rat data is contradictory.

      "If the genetic component of the tissue is normal, the new cells continue replicating indefinitely, completely and perminately eradicating the problem."

      If. That's a big if today. Secondly, if new cells continue replicating indefinetly, they are called immortal, and a clone. In cancer, cells are immortal clones. In our tissues, there is a natural aging process of cells that takes place.

      There is no proof that an increased stem cell release to your peripheral blood system is a good thing. Please be careful.

      Aphanizomenon flos-aquae aka Super Blue Green Algae - My axe has been grinding since 1994

      Just because it's "natural" doesn't mean it's healthy for you.

      Spirulina is safe, nutritional, and scientifically interesting.

      It just floats on your drinks and doesn't dissolve, but it's good for you.

      Spirulina is another cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae that has been grown as a food and nutritional supplement for years.

      Unlike the safety aspects of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, spirulina species have repeatedly been shown to be


      the vitamins, minerals, and proteins to be bioavailable,

      and even to be interesting genetically!

      Below I present links to scientific abstracts and online information to show you that whatever you're looking for that's safe in Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, you'll find in spirulina.

      Read Up On Spirulina - To Your Health! - The only controversy is whether the claims are too grandiose.

      You can't overdose on it.

      It's not contaminated with possible neurotoxins or possible hepatotoxins.

      It's good for what ails you. And believe me, if you like any of the sea vegetables, you can enjoy the taste of spirulina, also.

      To Summarize

      What's the name of your blud-green algae?

      To sum, if you are looking for anti-cancer, anti-viral, immune system strengthening, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and even heavy metal scavenging activity in a natural supplement, try Spirulina. Stay away from AFA, Super Blue Green Algae from Klamath Lake,Aphanizomenon flos-aquae for safety concerns.

      If you think that increasing your bone marrow stem cell circulation by 30% sounds like a keen idea, please speak with your local hematologist or fully trained naturopathic ND. You don't have to take my word for it. Your body knows best which cells need to be made at any given time.

      My Stem Cell Guestbook - Your comments, please

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          daviddaly 5 years ago

          @daviddaly: Hi squidmarm, here's the link if you have time: spirulina health benefits Best regards

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          daviddaly 5 years ago

          Hi squidmarm, I'd just like to bring to your attention a spelling mistake at the end of the article: 'What's the name of your blud-green algae?' - I think it should be 'blue-green algae'? Thank you for a very nice, interesting and informative lense. Also perhaps you could check out: for more information. Best regards.

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          kathysart 5 years ago

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          Squidmarm 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Stem cells are a very, very important part of the next generation of cures for illnesses and organ replacement, but not in an uncontrolled release. Thanks for dropping by.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I always thought that stem cell releasing medications are the next generation of Alzheimer's or HIV cure. I didn't realize it would have some ill side effects. Thanks for sharing this lens! DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Great argument about the benefits and cons of stem cell releasing products. Thanks for sharing!

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          Squidmarm 8 years ago

          [in reply to totalsuper] I'm not a salesperson for spirulina. Do some searches on Pubmed and see for yourself that red tide and AFA are the same organism.

          Name calling is easy when you don't do your homework.

          Monkeybrains is about flame wars, silly. it's the whole point of them!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          You said: "In 1994 I was a aware that Super Blue Green Algae is Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, and that in many oceans, that's red tide. Yup, toxic."

          You are trying to link two unrelated conditions in an attempt to divert attention to spirulina. Trashing one product with a false claim is an inappropriate way to start a dialogue about another product.

          I have taken AFA, spirulina, chlorella and several other similar products and found them all to be useful for improving my health.

          They are NOT toxic. You are a fearmonger and a bad salesperson for spirulina. The dietary supplement industry has enough pressure from the pharmaceutical drug industry without those of us, including you and me, who support alternatives to drugs and surgery fighting over whose product is better.

          I am not a salesperson for any of these companies, but I do take these products, and I don't appreciate you starting a flamewar over the issue.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          You've proven your point to me! And I love the fact that you provide excellent information on a healthy alternative! Great Job! Welcome to the Natural Medicine Group.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          What I like about your page here is that you are not *selling* me anything. You are coming from a place of genuine concern for people no matter what is popular or trendy. One of my favorite quotes: "What's popular is not always right, what's right is not always popular."

          Please keep up the good works. Your opinion means a lot.