APPLETON – A doctor who runs a stem cell therapy clinic in Appleton has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about using illegal marketing and treating patients with products derived from human tissue in ways not approved by the agency.
Michael Johnson, a board certified chiropractic neurologist, is the founder and clinical director of Optimal Health Stem Cell and Wellness Institute, located on South Memorial Drive.
According to an Oct. 1 letter from the FDA to Johnson, his clinic’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel all claim many different conditions can be treated with products derived from human umbilical cord, adipose tissue and amniotic membrane. Some of the diseases and conditions specifically listed by Johnson — such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, emphysema, autism, chronic pain and fatigue — are not approved by the FDA to be treated using stem cell therapy, according to a July 22 post on the FDA’s website.
The FDA has not approved stem cell treatments for any orthopedic, neurological or cardiovascular conditions, according to the agency’s website.
“Such unapproved uses raise potential significant safety concerns,” the letter states. “Moreover, because at least some of these products are administered by higher risk routes of administration, including intravenously and intrathecally, their use, if contaminated could cause a range of adverse events.”
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