Thursday, November 10, 2011

Post 43 - XCell Resurfaces (sort of)

Those of you who have followed this blog since its start in August of 2009 will remember its main purpose was to chronicle everything involved in my stem cell therapy at the XCell Clinic in Cologne, Germany in September of that same year. I started out very hopeful the treatment might result in a reversal or even a cessation of the symptoms associated with this nasty disease.

As it turned out, the treatment had little, if any, positive impact on my condition. As time went by after the treatment, I became more critical of the clinic’s operating methods, especially their patient follow-up procedures, which in my case consisted of one automated Christmas card and one, poorly worded questionnaire asking about my post visit condition. I quickly lost confidence in the accuracy of the survey when I realized that XCell listed me suffering from Multiple Sclerosis rather than MSA. I wrote and corrected them but never received an acknowledgment.

By now, most readers know XCell has closed their doors and filed for bankruptcy. I thought I had heard the last from them until a few weeks ago when I received an email message from one of the doctors who claimed he was a founder of XCell. He intimated that the problem was just a misunde standing between the German Health Dept and XCell which would be resolved soon.

Rather than wait for this resolution to take place, this doctor proudly stated the remnants of XCell had joined a clinic in the Bangkok, Thailand area and would resume stem cell therapy procedure there.

I’ve concluded there must be a fortune to be made in “medical tourism” particularly stem cell therapy. Why else would XCell resurface so quickly in a location where regulations seem lax and medical oversight appears less strict than Europe?

ADDED 3/11/12: I just found the original e-mail, dated Nov 2011, from Dr. C. Kleinbloesem who claimed to be XCell's last CEO and falsely maligned Medical Director, who was wrongly forced out of office.

His "dedication" to the field of stem cell therapy has led him to form a new organization, Cells4health GmbH which has set up shop in Beirut, Lebanon, where their website: looks remarkably like XCell's - right down to the same prices.

I guess the "Business climate" is less restrictive in Lebanon.


  1. Ugh, really? That sounds suspect. I wonder why he contacted you, was it because he thought people they already disappointed would want to try again? If the procedure hadn't succeeded because of something with the method, then I could see reaching out. I wonder which this is.

    1. I wondered the same thing. You'd think they would aviod contact knowing I would be a client with negative comments.

  2. You raised a very good and important question. Thank you for sharing this information with us. Could you also provide the name of the doctor from who you received the email? I would like to know, because I want to avoid their new clinic. Thanks.

  3. The names and titles of the two people who signed my message were:
    Dr. C. Kleinbloesem CEO Cells4health GmbH
    M. Kleinbloesem- van der Kolk Director Customer Care Cells4health GmbH