In wonderful WTF news, today the Food and Drug Administration released a cautionary report. It warns those stupid, crazy people trying to ward off the specter of aging, to NOT to buy “young blood” for infusion.
People have been infusing youth plasma as a way to potentially combat normal aging and memory loss to serious diseases like dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or post-traumatic stress disorder.Apparently this has become such an issue across multiple states that it actually warranted an official response from the FDA:
There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent these conditions, and there are risks associated with the use of any plasma product.
YEAH, NO SHIT.
According to the FDA, multiple “establishments” across the nation have been offering infusions of plasma, which were obtained from young donors, to individuals at a cost of up to thousands of dollars per infusion. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood. It contains proteins that help clot blood and can be used for the management of bleeding and clotting abnormalities. The benefits of plasma have long been recognized, especially in trauma settings or in patients whose blood is unable to clot due to medications or certain illnesses.
Preying on the feeble-minded is nothing new, especially when it comes to anything related to anti-aging. There’s something “off” about this, and some of the other rising trends we’ve been seeing, like the rise of anti-vaccination advocates and the unlikely reintroduction of measles.
It’s been known for a while that the anti-vaxx movement has been embellished and inflamed by Russian Trolls online. I would not be surprised if this is another targeted campaign. The targets are just gullible, mindless thinking, feeble-brained idiots.