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OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

Until she was 15, Morse had 20/4,000 vision in one eye and only light perception in the other due to optic nerve hypoplasia, or an underdevelopment of the nerve that transmits vision signals from the eye to the brain. She could make out human figures but not see details, could only read if the paper was within inches of her eye, and could only watch TV standing with her nose pressed to the glass…

After raising $15,000 from community donations, the mother and daughter set out for China on July 4…

She received spinal injections of cord blood stem cells each week for six weeks. After her third treatment, she realized she could read and knew the treatments were working…

More info on OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS:

Treatment with adult stem cells, due to the amazing transformation from blindness to sight, are some of the most powerful success stories in adult stem cell treatments.

·         Macie Morse from Colorado before stem cells had 20/4000 vision in one eye and in the other eye she only had “light perception,” she could only make out light.  Also, she could only watch TV with her nose pressed against the glass. After treatment she had 20/80 vision in one eye and the other is 20/400+.  She is now driving her family’s van and enjoying her new driving permit. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/stem-cells-optic-nerve-hypoplasia-victory/

·         Jakob Bielski from Canada received stem cell treatment because he couldn’t see at all and had no response to light.  After the Cord Blood Stem Cells Were Implanted he has some vision, can respond to visual information and responds to light.

·         Dakota Clarke’s mother said “It’s been worth every single penny to see the changes in her.”

·         Coby Fend’s mother said ““We are talking about going back — we’d almost be crazy not to, because right now it’s the best thing going in the entire world.”

·         Connor Corkern’s mother said: “He’s doing great. He is doing wonderful. It’s like we’ve got a totally new baby.”

·         Cameron Petersen’s Grandma said: “There was nothing for Cameron before this treatment. Now, his world is limitless.”

·         Lydia Black’s father said: “the treatment is already having a huge effect on her life, and he is glad that she was able to receive stem cell treatment…”

·         Savannah Watring’s mother said: “She said hello to herself in an elevator (after seeing her reflection). It blew everyone away. We weren’t expecting that.”

·         Xavier Carballo’s ophthalmologist, Dr. Jack Guggino of Tampa, said he did a baseline exam on the boy before the trip to China and after his return. Before the treatment Xavier could only detect hand motion at 1 to 2 feet, and after the treatment he could count fingers at 3 to 4 feet.  “As far as Xavier is concerned, there has been definite and measurable improvement, neurologically and ophthalmologically,” Guggino said.

·         Lawrence Brown III looks at the number “10” on a family laptop and tells his mother Georgina Brown what the number is as part of a daily exercise to see if his sight is improving. For most people, it is insignificant.  But for Lawrence, 16, who has been blind since birth, it was an exceptional moment.“They call it a really good placebo effect,” Lawrence said. “Whatever, if it’s a placebo effect, I want some more.” https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/stem-cell-therapy-shows-results-el-paso-times/

·         Blind Man Can See Again After Stem Cell Therapy – A man blinded after having ammonia squirted in his eye is now able to see again thanks to adult stem cells taken from his own body.  Russell Turnbull, 38, from England had therapy using stem cells taken from his other eye in a research study in London.

·         A study in the New England Journal of Medicine on 112 patients with corneal damage from chemical burns whom received treatment.  After adult stem cell treatment, a permanent restoration of a transparent, renewing corneal epithelium was attained in 76.6% of eyes. The restored eyes remained stable over time, with up to 10 years of follow-up (mean, 2.91±1.99; median, 1.93).  https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/chemically-burned-eyes-repaired-with-stem-cells/

VIDEO: Meet Sam, a visual artist who was confronted with the one thing a man in his profession fears most: Compromised vision. In his case his ability to see clearly was being undermined by age-related macular degeneration (AMD.) His Doctor harvests and uses a patient’s own stem cell-rich bone marrow to help effect healing. Sam discerned improvements in his vision within the first ten days following his treatment and siz weeks later the vision in his left eye had improved while that in his right eye was now normal.

If you or a loved one interested in receiving FREE information on currently available stem cell treatments for OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS, please contact me at dsgrano@gmail.com or for other options, go to: CONTACT ME

“OPTIC NERVE TREATMENT ABANDONED” or “HOW TO REGRET FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE”

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on January 21, 2010 at 11:45 am
“OPTIC NERVE TREATMENT ABANDONED” or
“HOW TO REGRET FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE”

It saddens me to see people who are on the brink of improvement for their child’s condition are turned away at the door by anti-adult stem cell nay-saying UK doctors. This event will reverberate in their lives for years to come…and unfortunately I believe the parents will regret their choice for years to come. (my comments in red) -dg

Imogen James

Imogen James has a condition known as Optic Nerve Hypoplasia

The parents of a girl with sight problems have given up plans to take their daughter  for stem cell therapy.

Lauren and Nick James’ daughter Imogen suffers from an underdeveloped optic nerve which makes her virtually blind.  Her parents believed this treatment would work miracles on their daughter’s sight.  They raised over £28,000 to pay for the operation but will now return the money and give the rest to charity.

‘Former Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patient and Stem Cell Recipient Dakota Clark is Doing fantastic’

Imogen James was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia which is congenital condition (i.e. present at birth). It means that Imogen is virtually blind and can only see things if they are extremely close to her. Lauren first heard about the stem cell treatment a year ago which filled her with hope.  “A year ago we met with Dakota Clark’s family who’d just been to China for stem cell therapy and they had given rave reviews, [saying] how fantastic it was and how Dakota had started walking, her eyesight was better, her speech was better and she was doing fantastic. “I’ll admit at the time I thought, ‘wow this is unbelievable’ so that gave us the boost.”

Stem cell therapy aims to replace or repair damaged cells but according to the NHS ”the range of diseases where stem cell treatment is proven treatment option is still quite small”.

A few comments about this:

  • Adult or Repair “stem cell treatment is (a) proven treatment option” in over 170 diseases (not very small)…in about ~2000 clinical trials, ~30-40,000 scientific papers and thousands of success stories.
  • Nat’l Health Services or NHS provides treatments to patients so their commenting on competing medical options  is extremely suspect and a conflict of interest.
  • I recently commented on an NHS article on MS with “More Info about MS and Stem Cells – https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/multiple-sclerosis-and-stem-cells-need-more-info/My comments were removed.

They needed to raise £30,000 to pay for the operation and the flights.  After raising £28,000 in a matter of months, the family was all set to go ahead and had booked flights for December 2009.  So close…so close…

But then the doubts set in. “Obviously during that time we were doing a lot of research ourselves but the more and more we dug into the stem cell therapy the more answers I wasn’t finding.  “I was finding a lot of questions, but I wasn’t finding any answers and unfortunately the company we were going to see, they were sort of evasive with the answers in a way, but I found out from speaking to doctors in the UK that they don’t have the answers either – no-one has.”  The treatment itself involves using an intravenous drip to feed the stem cells into the body, or by using a lumbar puncture .

I have seen the answers that this treatment center (one of the most reputable treatment centers in the world) gives.  They are respectful and honest and they are unwilling to make forward looking or optimistic statements.  Interested patients receive the facts and nothing more.  They will give you the results and experiences and data but no guarantees or promises because they can not and will not out of responsibility to their patients and their own integrity.  This is not evasive, this is the way it should be!

I feel terrible for the Jameses.  I wish them the best and hope Imogen’s condition improves every day.  I hope they don’t regret this decision for the rest of her life…but I’m afraid they will.  I hope they don’t become convinced in 2 months that stem cells are the way to go…but I’m afraid they will.  I hope they have read everything available on stem cell treatment of optic nerve hypoplasia [ https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/?s=optic+nerve ] …the story of Macie Morse who went from legally blind to driving a car, the story of American Idol candidate Devin Riley, the story of the 40 or 50 more (and counting) ONH, SOH and MD (macular degeneration) patients whose sight has improve considerably since stem cell treatment and whose quality of life improvements are off the charts.

In retrospect, I hope they haven’t.  If they have seen all of this evidence and come so close and then still turned away is as bewildering to me as it is tragic. Sigh… I wish I could help them…maybe I still can. I don’t know… Perhaps they will see this and read all of the information available.  I’d like to help if I can…

“But few have spoken of the actual pleasure derived from giving to someone, from creating something, from finishing a task, from offering unexpected help almost invisibly and anonymously.”  Paul Wiener quotes

-David

https://i2.wp.com/img180.imageshack.us/img180/7520/youcanleadahorsetowateran2.jpgYou can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

[something that you say which means you can give someone the opportunity to do something, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to – Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. ]

STEM CELLS & OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA VICTORY

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 16, 2009 at 2:20 am

Life Of Blindness Now Getting Clear For Teenager

By Hallie Woods, Fort Collins Coloradoan -FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) ― Feb 15, 2009 6:10 pm US/Mountain

Macie Morse turned 16, got her learner’s permit and got behind the wheel.

That’s big news for any 16-year-old, but it’s a huge deal for a young girl who a year ago was nearly blind.

“It was one of the most exciting times of my entire 16 years,” Morse said, sitting at Poudre High School, where she is now a sophomore.

Until she was 15, Morse had 20/4,000 vision in one eye and only light perception in the other due to optic nerve hypoplasia, or an underdevelopment of the nerve that transmits vision signals from the eye to the brain. She could make out human figures but not see details, could only read if the paper was within inches of her eye, and could only watch TV standing with her nose pressed to the glass…

After raising $15,000 from community donations, the mother and daughter set out for China on July 4…

She received spinal injections of cord blood stem cells each week for six weeks. After her third treatment, she realized she could read and knew the treatments were working…

FOR THE WHOLE STORY Life Of Blindness Now Getting Clear For Teenager – cbs4denver.com.

OPTIC DISEASE TREATMENT

In on March 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Can adult stem cells treat OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS?

Treatment with adult stem cells, due to the amazing transformation from blindness to sight, are some of the most powerful success stories in adult stem cell treatments.

·          Until she was 15, Morse had 20/4,000 vision in one eye and only light perception in the other due to optic nerve hypoplasia, or an underdevelopment of the nerve that transmits vision signals from the eye to the brain. She could make out human figures but not see details, could only read if the paper was within inches of her eye, and could only watch TV standing with her nose pressed to the glass…After raising $15,000 from community donations, the mother and daughter set out for China on July 4…She received spinal injections of cord blood stem cells each week for six weeks. After her third treatment, she realized she could read and knew the treatments were working…

·         Macie Morse from Colorado before stem cells had 20/4000 vision in one eye and in the other eye she only had “light perception,” she could only make out light.  Also, she could only watch TV with her nose pressed against the glass. After treatment she had 20/80 vision in one eye and the other is 20/400+.  She is now driving her family’s van and enjoying her new driving permit. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/stem-cells-optic-nerve-hypoplasia-victory/

·         Jakob Bielski from Canada received stem cell treatment because he couldn’t see at all and had no response to light.  After the Cord Blood Stem Cells Were Implanted he has some vision, can respond to visual information and responds to light.

·         Dakota Clarke’s mother said “It’s been worth every single penny to see the changes in her.”

·         Coby Fend’s mother said ““We are talking about going back — we’d almost be crazy not to, because right now it’s the best thing going in the entire world.”

·         Connor Corkern’s mother said: “He’s doing great. He is doing wonderful. It’s like we’ve got a totally new baby.”

·         Cameron Petersen’s Grandma said: “There was nothing for Cameron before this treatment. Now, his world is limitless.”

·         Lydia Black’s father said: “the treatment is already having a huge effect on her life, and he is glad that she was able to receive stem cell treatment…”

·         Savannah Watring’s mother said: “She said hello to herself in an elevator (after seeing her reflection). It blew everyone away. We weren’t expecting that.”

·         Xavier Carballo’s ophthalmologist, Dr. Jack Guggino of Tampa, said he did a baseline exam on the boy before the trip to China and after his return. Before the treatment Xavier could only detect hand motion at 1 to 2 feet, and after the treatment he could count fingers at 3 to 4 feet.  “As far as Xavier is concerned, there has been definite and measurable improvement, neurologically and ophthalmologically,” Guggino said.

·         Lawrence Brown III looks at the number “10” on a family laptop and tells his mother Georgina Brown what the number is as part of a daily exercise to see if his sight is improving. For most people, it is insignificant.  But for Lawrence, 16, who has been blind since birth, it was an exceptional moment.“They call it a really good placebo effect,” Lawrence said. “Whatever, if it’s a placebo effect, I want some more.” https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/stem-cell-therapy-shows-results-el-paso-times/

·         Blind Man Can See Again After Stem Cell Therapy – A man blinded after having ammonia squirted in his eye is now able to see again thanks to adult stem cells taken from his own body.  Russell Turnbull, 38, from England had therapy using stem cells taken from his other eye in a research study in London.

·         A study in the New England Journal of Medicine on 112 patients with corneal damage from chemical burns whom received treatment.  After adult stem cell treatment, a permanent restoration of a transparent, renewing corneal epithelium was attained in 76.6% of eyes. The restored eyes remained stable over time, with up to 10 years of follow-up (mean, 2.91±1.99; median, 1.93).  https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/chemically-burned-eyes-repaired-with-stem-cells/

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TREATMENT INFORMATION: If you or a loved one interested in receiving FREE information on currently available stem cell treatments for OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS, please contact me at dsgrano@gmail.com or for other options, go to: CONTACT ME

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VIDEO: 8 year old Savannah Watring from Missouri gets stem cell treatment for OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA and…the blind shall see!

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VIDEO: Meet Sam, a visual artist who was confronted with the one thing a man in his profession fears most: Compromised vision. In his case his ability to see clearly was being undermined by age-related macular degeneration (AMD.) His Doctor harvests and uses a patient’s own stem cell-rich bone marrow to help effect healing. Sam discerned improvements in his vision within the first ten days following his treatment and siz weeks later the vision in his left eye had improved while that in his right eye was now normal.

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VIDEO: Infant treated with adult stem cells for Optic Nerve Hypoplasia

BENNY HILL IS ALIVE AND WELL AS BRITAIN GOES BLIND

In ALL ARTICLES on September 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

Remember in the final scene of every episode of Benny Hill where he does something really scandalous and then gets chased by the entire cast around and around in circles?  Turns out, Benny Hill is ALIVE AND WELL and advising Britain on their medical protocols!  https://i2.wp.com/www.webtvwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/the-benny-hill-show-logo.jpg

You see, Britain, like the USA, is chasing this fleet footed “embryonic stem cell treatment comedy of errors” around and around in circles just like in the Benny Hill episodes.  Every week, the same scene is played out with Benny running, the entire cast chasing and he never gets caught.  So in Art, so in life.  Britain is chasing embryonic stem cells used for treatment of optic diseases.  And remember…

  • Embryonic stem cells STILL have ZERO successful clinical trials
  • Embryonic stem cells STILL cause cysts and tumors that can become cancerous (wait 20 years and ask again though)
  • Embryonic stem cells STILL have rejection issues that require immunosuppressive drugs
  • Embryonic stem cells STILL carry the genetic anomalies of the donor
ON THE OTHER HAND…

So on top of wasting time chasing a cure with no prior history of success and huge negative side effects, thy are running right past a treatment with a huge history of success and safety and trials.

So cue up the cameras, get everyone in costume and let’s start that famous music going as everyone chases embryonic stem cell treatments around and around.  Wait! STOP! Hold it! CUT!

How on earth can we explain the entire medical community and government running right past what already works?  Got it! Give them all blindfolds!  That way they can be assured to miss the forest but they will hit every damn tree in it and so will the patients, patiently waiting for treatments which will never come!

…annndddd   ACTION!!!

Iris of a human eye

First trial of embryonic stem cell treatment in Europe gets green light

Patients in Britain with an eye disease that leads to blindness will take part in Europe’s first human embryonic stem cell trial

British surgeons are to take part in the first trial in patients of a human embryonic stem cell therapy to gain approval from regulators in Europe.

Surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London will inject cells into the eyes of 12 patients with an incurable eye disease called Stargardt’s macular dystrophy, one of the main causes of blindness in young people…

Read more

“And the blind shall see” – 10 REAL STEM CELL VICTORIES!

In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on May 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm
and the blind shall see

and the blind shall see

For Blind Girl, Seeing is Believing After Stem Cell Therapy

Posted 6 May, 2009 in Optic Nerve Hypoplasia | Stem Cell Research Helps Blind Girl See

Hayley Pelletier had been legally blind since birth due to her Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. However, thanks to the wonders of stem cell research using Adult Stem Cells, these days Hayley can now see and in the words of her mother “Basically, her whole quality of life was just bumped up 110 percent.”

No Medications, No Treatments, Nowhere To Go

Before the stem cell research that changed her life occurred, Hayley was learning how to read Braille and how to get around with a cane due to the Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, a leading cause of blindness in children where the optic nerve fails to develop.

Until an amazing new  stem cell treatment using cord blood stem cells, there was no drugs, no treatments that could improve Optic Nerve Hypoplasia.

Cord Blood Stem Cells- Only Treatment Available

Hayley and her mother Heather went to China for the stem cell treatment in November 2008.  And the results have been amazing.  Before, Hayley could barely only make out the difference between light and dark, but now-

  1. She can now draw pictures of people on paper
  2. She can identify colors easily
  3. She can watch television from 3 feet away.

From the stem cell article:

“It’s been incredible,” Pelletier said. “Basically, her whole quality of life was just bumped up 110 percent. She’s so much happier.”

Her self confidence has soared, too. Pelletier managed to say a few words at a Lions Club banquet, but she admits she was intimidated by the hundreds of people in the room. Hayley wasn’t.

“I brought a different child home from China. She stood on a chair and told them all about her experiences there,” said Pelletier, astonished. “Then she thanked them for honoring her with their support.”

Hayley Joins the Stem Cells for Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Club

Hayley now becomes the latest addition to our “club” of children who have been to China for stem cell therapy for their Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and the closely related Septo-Optic Dysplasia and then come back to the United States, UK and  Canada with better vision and other benefits to their development.

Before that there was Jakob Bielski from Canada

Just last week, we added Dakota Clarke , her mom said “It’s been worth every single penny to see the changes in her.”

A few weeks ago we added Macie Morse who can now see well enough to drive after her stem cell therapy.

And before that Coby Fend’s mother said ““We are talking about going back — we’d almost be crazy not to, because right now it’s the best thing going in the entire world.”

And we also had Connor CorkernHe’s doing great. He is doing wonderful. It’s like we’ve got a totally new baby, Coye Corkern said

We had Cameron Petersen – Grandma Petersen said “There was nothing for Cameron before this treatment. Now, his world is limitless.”

Lydia BlackFrom her father – “the treatment is already having a huge effect on her life, and he is glad that she was able to receive stem cell treatment in China.

Lydia Olmstead and Rylea Barlett – “After her second treatment, we started to notice a change,”

Savannah Watring“She said hello to herself in an elevator (after seeing her reflection). It blew everyone away. We weren’t expecting that.”

Xavier Carballo-Xavier’s ophthalmologist, Dr. Jack Guggino of Tampa, said he did a baseline exam on the boy before the trip to China and after his return. He said before the treatment Xavier could only detect hand motion at 1 to 2 feet, and after the treatment he could count fingers at 3 to 4 feet.

As far as Xavier is concerned, there has been definite and measurable improvement, neurologically and ophthalmologically,” Guggino said.

If you or someone you know has a similar condition or perhaps another disease,  please go to www.bit.ly/stemcellhelp

Gathering of Children Helped by Stem Cell Research using Adult Stem Cells

In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on March 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm
Gathering of Children Helped by Stem Cell Research using Adult Stem Cells
Posted 25 March, 2009 in Optic Nerve Hypoplasia |

Stem Cell Research Video

Children Treated With Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells

Punta Gorda, Florida- This past Sunday, March 22, 2009,  a good time was had by all at a event organized by the Medical Awareness Association. This fun time was a gathering of mostly children with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and their parents who had been overseas for stem cell treatment in China using Cord Blood Stem Cells.

One of the highlights was a speech given by Macie Morse, the 16 year old girl who was blind because her optic nerve failed to develop.  Recently, Macie returned from China where she received Adult Stem Cells.   Today, Macie has her learner’s permit and is driving!!   Don’t believe me?  Have a look at this stem cell video

Before the stem cell treatment in China, there was no treatment, no cure for Optic Nerve Hypoplasia.   Patients with this condtion were destined to a life of blindness.   Now, the word is getting out-  and more children like Jazmin Palmer with this condition are going to China to get this treatment.

Why isn’t it available here in the United States?   The Medical Awareness Asscociation, started by Carol Petersen, the grandmother of Cameron Petersen who was treated and helped for his Optic Nerve Hypoplasia last year,  is trying to make this happen here.  The stem cells used are cord blood stem cells- there is no controversy surrounding them.  NO reason why this shouldn’t be available now.

Here is their mission statement of the Medical Awareness Association:

We are, each one of us, Americans with conditions our US doctors have told us were untreatable, merely manageable, degenerative, unheard of, regressive, terminal or orphaned. We have witnessed the opportunity presented by adult umbilical cord and cord blood stem cell therapies outside our borders.

Many of us have questioned these terms by which our doctors labelled our conditions. Many of us have received stem cell therapies beyond the acceptance of the US medical tradition. We have accepted the risks inherent in our choice. We have also accepted the possibility of seeing “regression” itself regress.

We call on US researchers to actively pursue stem cell therapies while not belittling our choice to actively pursue therapies for ourselves internationally. We call on US researchers to engage us. We call on medical providers to not limit our treatment in US medical facilities because of our choice to receive stem cell therapies beyond our borders. We call on the press to include our perspective in their portrayal of stem cell technologies.

Stem cell therapies, even while exploratory, are gaining ground quickly. We are ultimately, and immediately, the intended beneficiaries of these therapies. And we are being forced to travel thousands of miles to foreign lands for any hope of benefit. We believe these therapies are ethical, immediately available and present no undue risk-save the journey we are forced to make to receive them. Please join us in our cause to increase exposure of these therapies and rush research into Stateside acceptance of adult stem cell therapy today.

There are quite a few groups sprouting up like the Repair Stem Cell Institute and this Medical Awareness Association,  largely ignoring the debate of adult stem cell research vs. embryonic stem cell research because they realize that adult stem cells can be used now!  They just can’t be used in the United States because the FDA is treating Adult Stem Cells like a new drug.      That is the reason these children in the video had to go to China for a safe and effective treatment with little to no side effects. It isn’t Obama, it wasn’t Bush- it is the FDA!

The original article on the stem cell gathering here

STEM CELLS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD

In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on July 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The potential of stem cells to regrow and/or prevent the deterioration of muscle and bone cells over time when subjected to zero gravity has garnered an enormous amount of interest from NASA and the entire space travel industry.   This has lead NASA to send stem cells into space to be researched in low or zero gravity on the space station.   The findings are extraordinary.  “The team discovered that 64 percent of the proteins found in the stem cells grown in simulated microgravity were not in control samples. In particular, the bioreactor cells contained several proteins involved in the breakdown of bone and in the regulation of calcium, neither type of which were found in stem cells grown in regular, Earth gravity.” 

We’ve know for some time that stem cells are smart and capable of:

  • differentiating into whatever cell types are needed without direction
  • growing every cell in a heart and organizing those cells perfectly into where they need to be
  • retro-differentiate into other cell types after finishing work on a particular organ or tissue type
  • traveling back through the umbilical cord from fetus in womb to mother with heart disease to aid the mother in the healing process
  • and many more incredible capabilities

But those actions took place in the patient’s body where the stem cells are able to read the needs of the body with the help of  numerous cues, messenger cells and the entire physiological road map of the patient to guide them.   Essentially, they have an awesome GPS system and just have to follow the directions they are given on roads the GPS “knows” very well.  Conversely, the astro-stem cells (stem cell-nauts?) are able to grow better in space than on earth and to grow with “space relevant capabilities.”  This is incredible.  Imagine going to space for the first time and knowing intrinsically what to do and further, knowing what to do to help your host body better survive and thrive in the conditions of space.  The astro-stem cells are taking cues from their external environment from factors they have never even been exposed to (unless you adhere to the ancient aliens theories) and modifying their proteins and genetic make up to accommodate for the difference in gravity.

What else can they do? If we assume the stem cells will react to the external cues as well as the internal cues, what other factors will they respond to?  We know they grow better in space and in a hyperbaric chamber; what type of response would they have to being underground, on the ocean or under it (long submarine voyages or sub-oceanic colonization), in the dark (increased optic nerve proliferation?), in radioactive areas (radiation resistance)?  Time will tell.  I would say the sky is the limit but apparently, it’s not.

Are we witnessing evolution?
evo·lu·tion  noun \ˌe-və-ˈlü-shən, ˌē-və-\ biology : a theory that the differences between modern plants and animals are because of changes that happened by a natural process over a very long time.  the process by which changes in plants and animals happen over time, a process of slow change and development

No.  Not evolution.  This is faster than the classic definition of evolution.  This is accelerated and positive mutation as a response to external and internal environmental factors.   This is…adaption, rapid adaption…”  Lending support to my analogy that stem cells are born Marines because “Marines are taught to adapt, improvise, overcome…” via

…and the line between science fiction and science reality grows ever thinner.
– David

Growing-stem-cells-in-space

Growing stem cells in space: Medicine’s next big thing

“When challenged by microgravity, living organisms’ genes can ‘turn on,’ transforming growth. Scientists at Zero Gravity Solutions work to direct cells toward healthier, hardier strains. It’s not genetic engineering, but accelerated hybridization.” via http://www.space.com/21885-stem-cells-in-space-can-solve-plant-and-animal-problems-video.html

Date:
March 31, 2014
Source:
Ivanhoe / Powered by NewsLook.com
Summary:
Currently, treatments for hemorrhagic stroke aim to control swelling but not regeneration of the damaged tissue. Now, researchers are using an out of this world idea to help stroke survivors. Video provided by Ivanhoe

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/58f619e8b7a37890f1857c84110e7e91.htm

RELATED/SOURCES:

Welcome to the CASIS Request for Proposals

The Impact of Microgravity on Fundamental Stem Cell Properties:

A Call for Spaceflight and Ground-Based Experiments

– See more at: http://www.iss-casis.org/Opportunities/Solicitations/RFPStemCellsResearch.aspx#sthash.Y6sDtvQa.dpuf

Welcome to the CASIS Request for Proposals

The Impact of Microgravity on Fundamental Stem Cell Properties:

A Call for Spaceflight and Ground-Based Experiments

– See more at: http://www.iss-casis.org/Opportunities/Solicitations/RFPStemCellsResearch.aspx#sthash.Y6sDtvQa.dpuf

 

REGENERATING THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

In DISEASE INFO on October 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

First off, the sense of smell is neurological AND constantly regenerating after every cold, inhalation of smoke, etc.  Secondly, our bodies do have regeneration capabilities and they are very powerful in infants and then we lose that capability. An infant <6 mos old can regrow the tip of a finger (8 min, 45 secs in to video below) just as it was proved that with stem cell grafts, an adult can as well (19min, 20 secs).  see http://www.ted.com/talks/alan_russell_on_regenerating_our_bodies.html

Even the NIH knows this.  Here is an excerpt from one of their books:
Chapter 8 – Strategies for Regeneration and Repair in the Injured Central Nervous System
8.2.4 Regeneration Is Possible Following CNS Injury

Until the 1980s, it was unclear whether CNS axons could regenerate; however, seminal studies by Aguayo and colleagues demonstrated that CNS axons could regenerate when provided with the appropriate environment. In these studies peripheral nerve grafts were implanted in the optic nerve, and axons were regenerated within the peripheral nerve graft but not beyond the graft and not into the tissue [55]. After traumatic injury to the brain or spinal cord, some neurogenesis is often observed within the first few months following injury. It has been appreciated recently that the injured brain may be attempting repair through developmental processes, as evidenced by increases in neurogenesis and angiogenesis that occur following TBI [56–58]. In SCI, neurogenesis is observed following surgical intervention where the pressure or compression exerted on the spinal cord by vertebrae is relieved by realigning these tissues [59]. via http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3941/

In that time, we have also discovered that organs including heart muscle and neurons DO have regenerative capabilities; overturning hundreds of years of ignorance.  Often in SCI patients, olfactoric mucosal stem cells are removed from the patient’s nose (remember, the sense of smell is neurological AND constantly regenerating after every cold, inhalation of smoke, etc.) multiplied and injected into the site of the injury. Obviously great care is taken to reduce existing inflammation and scarring at the injury site and avoidance of secondary injury but the link I posted shows many articles on successful stem cell implantation and varying degrees of recovery from SCI.

A number of the doctors I’ve worked with have had success with adult stem cell implantation into spinal cord injury patients.  And before you go there, when one in 5,000 patients recovers some sensation in their legs due to physical therapy or reduction of inflammation over time, etc. then you can tell me: it wasn’t the stem cells, it was a placebo effect, it was an error in measurement, etc.  But when 40%, 50%, 60% of patients given a specific protocol at multiple treatment centers around the world by different doctors (on hundreds of diseases including spinal cord injury) show significant improvement; it is statistical, empirical, qualifiable and quantifiable and DUE to the adult stem cell treatments.

To learn more:

SPINAL CORD INJURY vs ASC HISTORY OF TREATMENT – http://tinyurl.com/SCIvsASC

Stepping Towards A Paralysis Cure, A Tale Of Two Supermen Stem Cells Cure 23 Year Old Male of Paralysis – C6…-C7 injury
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/stepping-towards-a-paralysis-cure-a-tale-of-two-supermen-stem-cells-cure-23-year-old-male-of-paralysis-c6-c7-injury/

Paraplegic – Adult Stem Cell Success Stories – Laura Dominguez
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/paraplegic-adult-stem-cell-success-stories-laura-dominguez/

PARALYZED COUSINS PLEASED WITH STEM CELL TREATMENT
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/paralyzed-cousins-pleased-with-stem-cell-treatment/

Successful Stem Cell Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/successful-stem-cell-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury-in-dogs/

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Wins…and Loses
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/spinal-cord-injury-patient-wins-and-loses/

STEM CELLS FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/stem-cells-for-spinal-cord-injury/

Adult Stem Cell Grafts Help Paralyzed Heal
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/adult-stem-cell-grafts-help-paralyzed-heal/

Medical hope as paralysed dog cured by stem cell therapy – mirror.co.ukhttp://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/medical-hope-as-paralysed-dog-cured-by-stem-cell-therapy-mirror-co-uk/

Major the Roseville police dog gets stem cell treatment – http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/01/major_police_dog_stem_cell.php

14-month old can see, thanks to stem cells

In ALL ARTICLES on September 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff – Kaile Milton plays with her 14-month-old daughter, Skylie. Skylie recently had stem cell surgery in China to correct blindness caused by septo-optic dysplasia. Skylie and her family spent 28 days in China for her treatment.

Skylie Milton’s grandma held out a cracker while standing on the other side of the room.

“Come on, Skylie, come get a cracker,” she said.

The 14-month-old Billings girl whipped her head around, smiled from ear to ear and hobbled across the living room toward the snack.

Once Skylie got within its grasp, she reached out, took the cracker and brought it to her mouth.

It’s something she couldn’t have done just a few months ago when she could see only about a foot away.

Thanks to stem cell research, and $40,000 raised by the community to send Skylie to China for stem cell injections, the giggling girl can now see just beyond 25 feet.

“It’s just amazing, it’s awesome,” said Skylie’s mom, Kaile Milton.

Lying beside Skylie on the floor as she played with blocks, Milton still seemed to not believe her girl could see.

The doctors in China shared her amazement, Milton said.

“They were surprised she took to it so well,” Milton said. “Usually they don’t see that much progress that quickly.”

Because the type of stem cell therapy the family settled on is considered experimental in the United States, the family had trouble finding a doctor in the area who would support them. It was further research that led them to China.

Skylie received seven stem cell injections geared toward improving the her eyesight.

Skylie was born missing her septum pellucidum, the part of the brain that separates the right and left hemispheres. Without it, her optic nerves never fully developed, diminishing her eyesight.

In addition, doctors determined that Skylie suffers from septo-optic dysplasia, which affects both her eyesight and the hormones related to the pituitary gland. It affects about 1 in 10,000 births, according to the National Library of Medicine.

To improve their daughter’s eyesight, the Miltons settled on stem cell injections and then looked to the community for help. The response was overwhelming.

The person who stands out the most to Milton’s mind is Dana Lariviere of Billings, who volunteered to head a fundraiser that helped raise more than $11,000.

“We wouldn’t have made the trip without them all,” Milton said.

In China

The family was able to stay in a room at the hospital, putting them close to Skylie during her 28 days abroad.

Most of the injections were given through her arm, though a few had to be given through her head.

“Watching the IV was horrible,” Milton said. “One day they had to poke her seven times, then eventually just had to put it in her head. But she took to it really well.”

To help soothe the child, the doctors would sing her “Old MacDonald” — in Chinese.

When she wasn’t receiving an injection, Skylie was undergoing rehabilitation treatments to help keep her blood flowing and the stem cells stimulated, including acupressure, electrical stimulation, walking training and cup therapy five times a week.

To continue her progress, Milton said they make sure to massage around her eyes and her head.

It’s unknown whether Skylie will need additional stem cell injections through the procedure, which is not available in the United States.

Not alone

During Skylie’s treatment, the Miltons met two other couples going through the same procedure, both from the United States.

When they weren’t waiting in the hospital, the group was able to go into the city and take in the culture.

It was quite a shock, especially seeing strangers’ adoration for Skylie.

“We couldn’t even go to the store, it would take an hour to get down the aisle,” said Rel, the grandmother. “People were taking pictures with her.

“They were very warm and loving toward her; we couldn’t keep her away from everyone.”

Suffering from jet lag and exhausted from the daily procedures, the family mostly stuck to the hotel, watching movies and having pizza — and McDonalds — delivered to the room.

“It was definitely close quarters,” Rel said. “You don’t get to venture off too much by yourself.”

Coming home

Skylie came home on Aug. 1, and not a moment too soon. The last few weeks of treatment were miserable.

It wasn’t because of the injections. Skylie was teething.

“She was not feeling good at all,” Milton said. “She was cranky.”

Now when she is fussy, all Milton has to do is start counting, holding up her fingers for her daughter to see.

Her crying calms down and changes to laughter as she starts clapping her hands, gets up and moves on to her next adventure.

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