A brief epilogue regarding the scientific information portrayed in “Super Stemmys – Doris and the Supercells” …
Much of the book was based on my time spent at the first non-clinical trial stem cell treatment facility in the world in 2004. What I saw practiced and researched there at that time and in the next few years was the use of stem cells that were autologous (patient derived) from the bone marrow and non-differentiated (non-specific). The cells were then differentiated into cardiac stem cells and then introduced into the heart muscle via injection. Symptom reduction and therapeutic benefit was reported in about 65-72% of patients.
This is similar to the “Injection of Autologous CD34-Positive (stem) Cells for Neovascularization and Symptom Relief in Patients With Myocardial Ischemia” trial that was researched in the US in 2004 at [Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California], [Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston] and [Minneapolis Heart Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota] http://clinicaltrial.gov/ct2/show/NCT00081913?term=stem+cell+heart&rank=58
The book is as accurate as possible given that:
*adult stem cell treatment therapy for chronic disease is a relatively new science
*new discoveries are made almost every day
*the book is written at a 6th grade level so some scientific detail had to be simplified
*the content of the book was reviewed by an oncologist, a biochemist, a GP, many stem cell doctors/scientists, a neuro-scientist and a many others
“A Brief History of Stem Cell Treatment for Heart Disease” – http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/stem-cell-treatment-for-heart-disease/
“Do Stem Cell Treatments Work?” – http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/do-stem-cell-treatments-work/
Patient Case Study – James Eilert. James was treated in 2006 and I include him because he is one of the best documented cases. There were many others in 2004, 2005, 2006 but they don’t have as much data or press on them: http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/heart-muscle-health-aspects-vescell-adult-stem-cell-therapy/ http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/adult-stem-cells-fix-the-heart-part-1/
If you need more information, I can put you in touch with James.
There are also ~318 other clinical trials dealing with adult stem cell treatment of heart disease – clinicaltrials.gov
There are a number of heart treatment centers currently treating patients – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information