The Problems with Regenerative Medicine 

1. Lack of “evidence”
2. Lack of follow-up
3. It’s a young field and with any young science, uncertainties outweigh discoveries. And with this, there are vulnerabilities 
4. Everyone is marching to their own drummer and not listening to others
5. Many want to protect information. They are not telling their whole stories. Or worse, they are fighting against others telling other stories that might be contradictory to their earlier “discovery”
6. Science is never settled
7. Some want to remove choice until there is perfect clarity. But to get to clarity, people must make choices
8. Interventional vs. Process
9. There are exploiters
10. More and more therapies; more and more noise (information overload, for patients and doctors)
11. More important than ever before: Patients are taking control of their own care. Not necessarily because they want to, but primarily because they have to. In order to get control, patients are seeking clarity, choice, and confidence.
I’m toying with a new eBook. Instead of writing 2 separate eBooks as I did with the 11 Mistakes Patients Make with Regenerative Medicine and 10 Mistakes Doctors Make with Regenerative Medicine, I’m going to write one book that is for both Patients and Doctors and can help them continue to navigate the complexities of regenerative medicine.
This blog post may possibly turn into a future eBook, likely to be entitled The Problems with Regenerative Medicine.
The eBook will not speak to mistakes individuals – whether patients or physicians – make, but issues with the entire field of medicine, let along regenerative medicine.
To be clear, RHM believes in the power of regenerative medicine and the amazing opportunity to help one’s body heal itself. However, medicine has become “too scientific.” (A topic we’ll cover in a future blog post.)
Unfortunately, we’ve lost the art of medicine. 
As such, there continues to be this battle between the science of discovery vs. the (seemingly lost) art of medicine.
In a field where anything short of destroying life (the use of, and destroying, embryos) should be considered and pursued, more and more voices continue to shout down others for “wrong-think.”  
Granted, there are some charlatans out there, but the idea that “consensus” is more important than the pursuit of truth is only one of the many problems facing the field of medicine.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon him not understanding it.

Upton Sinclair
I use this quote to refer to two kinds of people:
The person who chooses not to understand the field of regenerative medicine and therefore belittles it, calling it “snake oil” or a “cash grab” for those unscrupulous players.
The person who, while at one time a trail blazer in the field of regenerative medicine, has become so stuck to their “product” that all other paths to helping the body heal itself are “wrong.”
Scientific thought, scientific research, and scientific practice have evolved and greatly changed throughout the 6,000+ years of written human history. Why is that people seek to find “evidence” when they have nothing to sell and look to find “consensus” when they are looking to protect what they have to sell. 
The field is too big. The problems too vast. The suffering too wide to be playing political games. 
As Tommy Lee Jones’ character, K, says to J, Will Smith’s character in Men in Black, after J was coming to terms with alien life on earth,
1500 years ago, everybody knew the earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew the earth was flat. And 15 minutes ago, you knew that people were alone on this planet. Imagine what youll know tomorrow.
25 years ago, helping the body regenerate was science fiction.
10 years ago, helping the body regenerate was hope.
Today, helping the body heal itself is real.
But if we stop scientific exploration because of “consensus,” none of us will get to see what tomorrow will bring.