Peter Nygard is a Finnish-born Canadian fashion designer, worth $800 million, who Jarjar mentioned has convinced the Bahamian government to change their laws and allow EMBRYONIC stem cell treatment to be provided at clinics in their country.
What Nygard is doing is a bit different from AAPE. Nygard, to my knowledge is not using or selling any Adipose-Derived Stem Cells or AAPE extract. Nygard is doing something with embryonic stem cells which is definitely not legal in the US.
Nygard is funding a clinic to provide custom Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) stem cell therapy to himself and patients who come to his clinic in the Bahamas.
SCNT is basically making a clone of yourself, but instead of letting the clone grow into a human, you culture the cells into something like a zygote or blastocyst, and then extract EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS from it. These embryonic stem cells contain all your own DNA, and they are stem cells, so if injected into your body, they could (potentially) regenerate your tissues and organs.
The way it works is, a somatic (body) cell is taken from the patient, and its nucleus (with a copy of all the patient’s DNA) is removed. Then a human ovum (egg cell from a female’s uterus) has its nucleus removed, and the patient’s nucleus is put inside the ovum. (The human ova are actually discarded cells from In Vitro Fertilization treatments done at IVF clinics for women.) The ovum “reprograms” or “resets” the DNA in the patient’s nucleus to start generating pluripotent embryonic stem cells, which if a real embryo were allowed to develop, would migrate to different parts of the body and, through cell signaling and positioning, start generating the developing organs and tissues.
Then this ovum is shocked so that it starts dividing (by mitosis) and turns into a ball of cells – the first step to becoming a cloned organism. When the ball of cells gets big enough, it starts generating human stem cells inside of it (which have all the DNA from the original patient). These are embryonic stem cells, not adipose-derived stem cells.
Embryonic stem cells are probably the most “powerful” stem cells because they are completely pluripotent, haven’t differentiated at all, and can potentially recreate any organ – with the right positioning and chemical signaling.
Peter Nygard is 70 years old. He still has most of his hair (although it’s gray), so he’s not doing this primarily to get his hair back. He’s doing this to regenerate his muscles, rejuvenate his bodily organs, and to “look younger”.
So when Jarjar says that Nygard is doing exactly what the Korean doctors are doing with Adipose-Derived Stem Cells, he’s not. He’s even going a step further, by having cloned embryonic stem cells with his own DNA injected into his body, which by the way is completely illegal in the US, EU and all other developed Western countries. (I’m not making a value judgment about that here, I’m just stating a fact to show the contrast between SCNT and AAPE. The latter is apparently lawful in more countries and even apparently being done now by various clinics in the US, although whether that will pass FDA scrutiny and where it actually stands with the FDA right now, I don’t know. I think there are probably serious moves going on at the FDA right now to restrict or ban it, but I think the regulations applying to AAPE in the US at the moment are somewhat ambiguous.)
Nygard also claims he’s going to build clinics to offer this SCNT treatment in Macau, Thailand, and other countries.
As I see this, the treatment would be extremely expensive, because you have to buy the discarded IVF ova from an IVF clinic, and then even with those ova, only a small percentage of them can be successfully injected with a patient’s nucleus and be cloned. Apparently the success rate is very low, in some cases around 1%. The process is highly labor intensive and not efficient, and cannot be automated.
Here’s a video on what Peter Nygard is doing in the Bahamas…
Here’s an article on nuclear reprogramming and stem cell creation:
One option: See if Mr. Nygard would be interested in opening a “hair practice” at his clinic, which would provide AAPE and even perhaps SCNT therapy, injected into the scalp, to those who could afford it. This way, a completely new clinic would not have to be built, the new Bahamian law could be used, and doctors from around the world who are interested in this field of clinical research (like Dr. Nigam) could participate. Just a thought…