A Controversial Start Up Promising To Sell “Youth Blood” Is Opening Its First Clinic In NYC

Caitlin Horsfield Caitlin Horsfield

Now if this isn’t the closest thing to True Blood you’ve ever heard of…

According to a recent article, a California based startup known as Ambrosia Medical will be opening a flagship location in New York City where you can fill your veins with the blood of young people by the end of this year.

The company was created by Stanford graduate Jesse Karmazin and has recently completed their first clinical trial designed to assess the benefits of young blood transfusions. According to Karmazin, the hope is that the procedure will help combat aging by rejuvenating the body’s inner organs.

Back in 2017, Ambrosia enrolled people in the first US clinical trial designed to find out what happens when the veins of adults are filled with blood from the young. The results of said study- which consisted of transfusing patients with 1.5 liters of plasma from a donor between the ages of 16 and 25 over two days- have not yet been made public but Karmazin told Business Insider in an interview that the results were “really positive.”

Blood transfusions have obviously already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are used in normal and necessary medical procedures every day. As such, Ambrosia’s approach to the treatment has been to continue marketing themselves as an “off-label” treatment.

And people are eating it up. Promises of eternal youth have always intrigued human kind and Ambrosia has hit a nerve with folks looking to achieve it. Since their website went live last week, over 100 people have been added to their newly created wait list.

Researchers from across the country have begun to chime in. First off, the 150 patients who participated in the first trial actually paid upwards of $8,000 to be a part of it, making it hard to determine the legitimacy of the findings. Additionally, Stanford University neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray, who led a 2014 study of young plasma in mice was recently quoted saying, “there’s just no clinical evidence [that the treatment will be beneficial], and you’re basically abusing people’s trust and the public excitement around this.”

We’re skeptical but intrigued, especially because the center will be opening so close to home. For $8,000 though, you might as well sign up for a gym membership and take a trip to Whole Foods and reap the benefits of something that has actually been proven to improve health and bodily function.

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