What a great article about Kadi DeHaan! As you know, I have been pointing out the disparity of media coverage regarding real, safe and successful adult versus pie in the sky and misleading possibilities of embryonic stem cell therapies expected in 10-20 years. You have put your finger on an instant classic. The article title for this story is:
Strength and determination help paralyzed woman walk on 21st birthday
So I certainly applaud her strength and determination and there is no doubt that without them this amazing accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible. I want to take nothing away from her…
And yet, out of respect to the thousands of other SCI patients who have shown equal strength and determination, often for much longer than Ms DeHaan has, I feel it is my duty to add that it was probably not as much her qualities of strength and determination but rather the ADULT STEM CELL THERAPY that she received 7 times in 3 years that truly allowed her recovery. -dg
April 25, 2009
“They Don’t Know What Else is Out There”
Filed under: adult stem cell awareness, alternative sources — chelseaz @ 4:33 pm
She really nails it here when she says that when you mention stem cells many people assume you’re talking about embryonic and “don’t know what else is out there.” Either they are totally unaware of any alternatives or they think that ESCs are the only ones capable of treating patients. For example, a survey last year found that more people think that embryonic, rather than adult, stem cells have already resulted in cures and treatments.
The reality, of course, is that ACSs have had tremendous success in human patients with various diseases and disabilities whereas ESCs have successfully treated nothing significantly – in mice, let alone humans! And yet the ESCR hype remains. Some now even go so far as to guarantee the disease fighting power of therapeutic cloning
It should be quite obvious by now that results don’t really matter so long as it looks like something is being done to maybe, someday, possibly eradicate disease and suffering. Unfortunately in this case that something involves the intentional use and destruction of tiny human beings.