Shades of Burzynski: Davide Vannoni’s Stamina Foundation is under fire from scientists for claiming to have accomplished all manner of medical miracles. Vannoni claims that he’s the victim of a conspiracy by big pharma to silence him. Vannoni is a psychologist, by the way.
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A three-year-old Italian boy who suffers from a rare and incurable degenerative disorder called Krabbe disease received a stem cell injection last Saturday. It was his sixth dose, and according to the person who developed the treatment, Davide Vannoni, the boy has obtained “very good results.” Under normal circumstances, any claims of improvement in this boy’s ability to move around and develop mentally would be more than welcome. But Vannoni’s assertions — that his stem cell injections can reverse the effects of any number of fatal diseases — aren’t supported by peer-reviewed studies or clinical trials. And he isn’t backed by a drug company or a university either.
In fact, outside of his small circle of associates, he has received very little support from the scientific community.