One of UD‘s colleagues has joined the board of a company that “offers plant stem cell-based facial creams and beauty products.”

My colleague’s beauty product line “stimulates your own stem cells.”

Amazing.

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5 Responses to “‘The term cosmeceuticals is not recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and thus not subject to its regulatory scope. What this means is that not one of these products are required to prove the validity of the science it preaches for it products. To date, none of these companies have published any significant data in the literature that proves their effectiveness. Furthermore, no stem cells could even survive long-term embedded in a cream, let alone be guaranteed to work on all individuals (your body would be more likely to reject foreign cells).’”

  1. Bernard Carroll Says:

    LOL. The plastic surgeon you cited from the Boston Magazine has an obvious conflict of interest in dumping on cosmeceuticals. That nullifies his opinion. As for the Stem Pearls stem cells, did you take the time to read they are really special? They come from “the Uttwiler Spätlauber… a rare-variety Swiss apple tree that was planted in the middle of the 18th century. It is renowned for its excellent storability, without shriveling.” You’re not impressed? Neither am I. The whole thing is snake oil.

    What’s alarming is that an academic like your colleague can associate himself with such an outfit while keeping a straight face. We need a new William Tell to shoot down this hand waving nonsense.

  2. Dr_Doctorstein Says:

    My day is brightened by the thought of UD and Dr. Olan chatting it up at some future faculty soiree.

    Also, what’s up with this? — “The Wall Street Journal news department was not involved in the creation of this content.” Is this the WSJ’s version of “sponsored content”?

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Barney: I hear that anti-shriveling property has Viagra interested…

  4. Bernard Carroll Says:

    Margaret, you know what they say… an apple a day!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Total bs, of course, but…. Plant “stem cells” (we don’t call them that) are completely different than their animal equivalents, and probably could survive the cream, depending on what exactly is in it and how it is processed. Did you hear about the 30,000 year old plant tissue they dug up from the permafrost and regenerated via tissue culture? Seriously hardcore stem cells.

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