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In ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS, CATCH UP!, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on May 30, 2017 at 11:20 am

UPDATE: JUNE 13TH 

In the next step of what may become the most monumental piece of medical legislature,

THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS SIGNED HB 810!

HB 810 will be effective on 9/1/17  

I express virtually no surprise what so ever that there has been no media coverage of this.*  The only piece of confirming data I can find is on the Texas Legislature site and in articles written by the tireless and noble Patient Warriors, around the world, who have been fighting for their lives and for this for years.

 

HB-810
[original article below]
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Around the world, stem cells have been used for therapeutic application for decades, treating incurable illnesses, recovering terminal patients and improving qualities of life of untold numbers.  In some form or another, Rafael Nadal got them…along with Peyton Manning, Jarvis Greene, Kobe Bryant and Dana White and hundreds or thousands of other athletes and weekend warriors but mostly outside the US because they weren’t available here.
Sadly, we in the US were…a little slow…to get the message. Foolishly allowing ourselves to get embroiled in the distracting political, financial and religious controversies; we have not been allowed to treat our sick and dying. Tragically, listening to the uninformed who said: “they are unproven!” despite thousands of studies and trials from around the world, the US stuck to our guns and enjoyed some of the worst medical care in the world.  I wrote this in 2010:
“We are in fact about 8 years behind most of the developed world in stem cell research. The WHO ranks our health system at 37th, our life expectancy is 30th in the world, infant mortality is 34th in the world and this is all with our Health Expenditures as a % of GDP being almost the highest in the world (we are ranked #2).”
Like many before and after him, Gov Perry made some in roads in 2012 but hit the wall of American “backward thinking.” https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/texas-oks-experimental-stem-cell-therapy-limits-questions/
Now, Texas, House Bill 810 amended the bill which was “relating to the provision of certain investigational stem cell treatments to patients with certain severe chronic diseases or terminal illnesses and regulating the possession, use, and transfer of adult stem cells; creating a criminal offense,” and passed the Senate, unanimously.
STEM CELLS FOR SCLERODERMA
This is the bill now:

The bill is on its way to the Governor’s office for signature. This has been a LONG time coming.

A hearty congratulations goes out especially to the tireless patient advocates/patient warriors who said: “no more!” and threw off the yoke of servitude to a medical system which no longer served their self-interests. Their efforts and those of many, many others have inexorably, infinitesimally, pushed the needle over time against multiple immovable objects.

What happens next?  There will be chaos, turmoil and scrambling.  There will be resistance and bad mouthing and nay saying…and in the end, Texas industry will likely generate billions in revenue, treat the un-treatable, recover the unrecoverable, extend the lives of those told to get their affairs in order and become THE center of regenerative medical innovation in the US, if not, the world.

 

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I now see that there was media coverage; we just apparently beat them all to the punch.  I am more than pleased that this advance is getting mass media coverage!

Stem Cell Therapy Becomes Law in Texas – Hawaii News Now … 2 hours ago – LA JOLLA, Calif., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — House Bill (HB 810) on stem celltherapy has passed in the Texas state legislature and become law. Patients in …

Health Care – FOX5 Vegas – KVVU  17 mins ago – House Bill (HB 810) on stem cell therapy has passed in the Texas state legislature and become law. Patients in Texas will now have access to this “Right to Try” …

Health Care – WDRB 41 Louisville News  36 mins ago – House Bill (HB 810) on stem cell therapy has passed in the Texas state legislature and become law. Patients in Texas will now have access to this “Right to Try” …

Stem Cell Therapy Becomes Law in Texas – WorldNews  3 hours ago – LA JOLLA, Calif., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — House Bill (HB 810) on stem celltherapy has passed in the Texas state legislature and become law. Patients in …

– TiGenix Launches Global Phase III Trial for Cx601 (EN – NL – ES …45 mins ago – LA JOLLA, Calif., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — House Bill (HB 810) on stem celltherapy has passed in the Texas state legislature and become law. Patients in …

TiGenix announces final equity payment for cardiac platform …  41 mins ago – LA JOLLA, Calif., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — House Bill (HB 810) on stem celltherapy has passed in the Texas state legislature and become law. Patients in …

Hope for Gabe Foundation Races Across America to Bring Awareness …   50 mins ago – LA JOLLA, Calif., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — House Bill (HB 810) on stem celltherapy has passed in the Texas state legislature and become law. Patients in …

 

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NEW MS TREATMENT INFO!!!

In BEST OF THE BEST on October 6, 2011 at 1:02 am

NEW MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS TREATMENT INFO!!!!

For those interested, I just received 13 pages of Stem Cell Treatments of MS info. There is editing and translation and I am trying to get fully substantiated results for these treatments. I will have it to those of you who are interested shortly.

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NEW TREATMENT OPTIONS! NEW TREATMENT PRICES!

In BEST OF THE BEST on October 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm
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AUSTRALIA LIES ABOUT STEM CELL TREATMENTS

In BEST OF THE BEST on November 23, 2009 at 2:51 am

THis article has been revised. Please go here: https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/australian-swiss-cheese-leaves-bad-taste/

Patient Movement Forms in Opposition to FDA Position that the Patient’s Own Stem Cells are Drugs

In ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST on April 9, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Patient Movement Forms in Opposition to FDA Position that the Patient’s Own Stem Cells are Drugs

A patient movement, called Safe Stem Cells NOW! was formed in response to the FDA’s position that the patient’s own adult stem cells are drugs and should be regulated as such. The patient group believes that this misclassification of adult stem cells will dramatically slow the availability of therapies without adding any significant patient safety.

At 71 years of age there is little interest on my part or anyone else’s to opt for lung transplants. I think this is disgraceful for our FDA to prohibit the use of autologous stem cells except in a very narrow concept so that people are forced to seek relief outside the USA

Broomfield, Colorado (PRWEB) April 9, 2009 — The American Stem Cell Therapy Association (ASTCA) announced today the on-line publication of its patient web-site, www.safestemcells.org, which reflects the activities and opinions of patients driving the Safe Stem Cells NOW! movement. The patient movement was formed in response to the FDA’s position that the patient’s own adult stem cells are drugs and should be regulated as such. The patient group believes that this misclassification of adult stem cells will dramatically slow the availability of therapies without adding any significant patient safety.

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Barbara Hanson, the co-founder of www.stemcellpioneers.com, stated “Adult stem cells are cells from our own body. They are very safe. There are no moral or ethical issues. They are safer than taking aspirin and yet the FDA has classified our own stem cells as drugs that require regulation. This means that prolonged investigations, including lengthy clinical trials, will be required for each and every disease and application that adult stem cells could be used for. This could take years and years. It smells of big pharma to me and many others.”

A critical initiative for the ASCTA and the Safe Stem Cells NOW! movement is to bring public awareness to the FDA’s position so consumers, and those who stand to benefit from safe stem cell therapies, have the opportunity to be heard. “We get letters and calls every day from people suffering from a variety of conditions and diseases that have no known cure who are eager to access stem cell therapies.”, Hanson adds. “Many of them are forced to look outside the U.S. for treatment, which involves prohibitive travel and procedure costs.”

One of those patients is Beverly Lessard, a 71-year-old patient from Florida, who has been diagnosed with end stage emphysema. Her late-stage condition prohibits extensive travel and the estimated cost of $12,000 to $50,000 is unaffordable. “At 71 years of age there is little interest on my part or anyone else’s to opt for lung transplants. I think this is disgraceful for our FDA to prohibit the use of autologous stem cells except in a very narrow concept so that people are forced to seek relief outside the USA,” wrote Lessard.

Adult stem cells are ready for early clinical use now and can be processed with the same techniques commonly used in existing in-vitro fertilization labs. “Classifying them as drugs will not add to patient safety, but it will delay treatment to patients who don’t have 1-2 years to wait, let alone 5-7 years,” stated Christopher J. Centeno, M.D., a founding physician member of ASCTA. “ASCTA has established lab guidelines which will allow the safe use of the patient’s own adult stem cells under the supervision of doctors,” continued Dr. Centeno.

Adult stem cells are different from embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells are found in the human body in various tissues. In order to obtain enough to treat a condition or disease, they often need to be cultured, similar to today’s fertility treatments. Adult stem cells have undergone much more research than embryonic stem cells and thus are closer to real world treatments. These adult stem cells are taken from the patient’s own body (autologous) and ASCTA believes that they are therefore safest for use in treating patients.

About Safe Stem Cells Now!
The Safe Stem Cells NOW! Movement was started by the American Stem Cell Therapy Association and driven by its patient members. The movement’s goal is to inform patients and physicians that their ability to access safe stem cell treatment is being heavily restricted by pharmaceutical industry agendas and by the FDA. For more information, visit www.safestemcells.org.

About ASCTA
The ASCTA is a physician group comprised of various medical and surgical specialties whose goal is to bring safe stem cell therapy to patients by establishing laboratory and clinical guidelines. Christopher Centeno, M.D. is a board certified pain management specialist in Colorado who utilizes The Regenexx Procedure, an innovative adult stem cell therapy that helps patients avoid the need for more invasive orthopedic surgery. Dr. Centeno has published numerous medical research papers on the clinical application of adult mesenchymal stem cells. For more information, visit www.stemcelldocs.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Holly Hamann
media (at) stemcelldocs (dot) org

via Patient Movement Forms in Opposition to FDA Position that the Patient’s Own Stem Cells are Drugs.

Oz, Oprah, Michael J Fox and Embryonic Stem Cell Research

In ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST on April 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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The Wisdom of Oz

Visualize the surreal image of Oprah Winfrey, Michael J Fox and Dr. Mehmet Oz, wearing purple surgical gloves, sitting on stage around a human brain.  Dr. Oz explains the absence of Nigro-Striatal Neurons in the brain of Parkinson’s patients while lifting out partially dissected chunks of brain and placing them into Michael’s shaking hand.

The camera zooms in as Dr. Oz steadies Michael’s hand in his.  Dr. Oz weaves an intimidating, steel needle between Michael’s gloved and trembling fingers and illustrates the procedure for injecting stem cells into the brain by plunging it both into and through the quivering cerebellum.  Michael’s legs spasm and contort and my stomach clenches empathetically with what I sense is Michael’s extreme discomfort, but is really a symptom of his condition.

And yet, NOTHING could have prepared me for what happened next as Dr. Oz, unbelievably and without prelude or warning, makes the stunning statement:

“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

“The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos, like all of us are made from embryos, and those cells can become any cell in the body, but it’s very hard to control them and so they can become cancer.”

While astonished by his public announcement, I soon began to wonder: “why did Dr Oz only briefly allude to the potential of iPS cells and the proven benefits of adult stem cell treatments?”  And then it became clear.

Dr Oz recognizes that the average person on an American street is led to believe, “a stem cell is an embryo is a stem cell”.  Due to years of misleading media saturation, as far most Americans know, there are no other stem cells besides embryonic.  Walk down the street and ask someone “what is an adult stem cell…what is an iPS cell”, and your inquiries will surely be met by blank stares.

So in retrospect, what Oz DID do, was truly…amazing.

Shunning the history of the love/hate affair Americans have with Embryonic stem cell research and ignoring the majority of US media over the past 5 years, the decrees of President Obama’s funding policies, the positions of the FDA and AMA and the fruitless decade long public pursuit of embryonic cures undertaken by Michael J Fox (with the benevolent and optimistic spirit of Christopher Reeve hovering over him) and before the bewildered eyes of Michael, Oprah and ~7.2 million viewers, Dr Mehmet Oz nailed the coffin shut on ESC treatments:

“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

With this one simple statement on national TV, Dr Oz has taken the first step towards educating the American public about the current insurmountable limitations of embryonic stem cells and cracked open the door to the American collective mind-set regarding the potential of iPS cells and the reality that Repair stem cells (RSC) have been treating diseases around the world successfully for a decade.  Despite the fact that thousands of American doctors refer to RSC as “snake oil,” more and more American patients are realizing that the US medical system is faltering, dated and just not working while the greatest medicine the world has ever seen is available just beyond the borders of their own country.

The seeds planted by Dr Oz will take a long time to find purchase in the collective American mind-set.  There is too much embryonic momentum, media and drama, and America loves drama.  Embryonic stem cells will not go away and like Romeo and Juliet, this love/hate affair may have to run its course for most, despite Dr Oz stealing the “distilled liquor” and Romeo’s poison and dagger in an attempt to avoid all of the deaths at the end of this play.

To read more about this grim fairy tale: https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/a-grim-fairy-tale-americas-doomed-love-affair-with-embryonic-stem-cell-research-intro-the-romance-is-an-illusion/

One step at a time we will climb this mountain and slowly open American eyes to improve their knowledge of treatment options so all can intelligently exercise the freedom of choice in their individual medical care.  One inch at a time, Oz wisely created a pathway to an amazing new world of available medical treatments for what were previously believed to be incurable diseases and are in fact treating patients successfully around the world.

Dr Oz took this first step and it was a HUGE first step!

So from where I am sitting, I would like to express my heartfelt and sincerest appreciation for Dr Oz’s bravery, statements and actions.  Thank you, Dr. Oz and thank you Oprah; for allowing this sage doctor the forum to break the walls restricting millions of Americans from the knowledge of the medical treatment options they so unquestionably deserve.

To see the original video:

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/oprah-michael-j-fox-dr-mehmet-oz-the-stem-cell-debate-is-over/

OPRAH! MICHAEL J FOX! DR MEHMET OZ! THE STEM CELL DEBATE IS DEAD!!

In ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on March 31, 2009 at 8:25 pm

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The Wisdom of Oz

Visualize the surreal image of Oprah Winfrey, Michael J Fox and Dr. Mehmet Oz, wearing purple surgical gloves, sitting on stage around a human brain. Dr. Oz explains the absence of Nigro-Striatal Neurons in the brain of Parkinson’s patients while lifting out partially dissected chunks of brain and placing them into Michael’s shaking hand.

The camera zooms in as Dr. Oz steadies Michael’s hand in his. Dr. Oz weaves an intimidating, steel needle between Michael’s gloved and trembling fingers and illustrates the procedure for injecting stem cells into the brain by plunging it both into and through the quivering cerebellum. Michael’s legs spasm and contort and my stomach clenches empathetically with what I sense is Michael’s extreme discomfort, but is really a symptom of his condition.

And yet, NOTHING could have prepared me for what happened next as Dr. Oz, unbelievably and without prelude or warning, makes the stunning statement:
“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

“The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos, like all of us are made from embryos, and those cells can become any cell in the body, but it’s very hard to control them and so they can become cancer.”

While astonished by his public announcement, I soon began to wonder: “why did Dr Oz only briefly allude to the potential of iPS cells and the proven benefits of adult stem cell treatments?” And then it became clear.

Dr Oz recognizes that the average person on an American street is led to believe, “a stem cell is an embryo is a stem cell”. Due to years of misleading media saturation, as far most Americans know, there are no other stem cells besides embryonic. Walk down the street and ask someone “what is an adult stem cell…what is an iPS cell”, and your inquiries will surely be met by blank stares.

So in retrospect, what Oz DID do, was truly…amazing.

Shunning the history of the love/hate affair Americans have with Embryonic stem cell research and ignoring the majority of US media over the past 5 years, the decrees of President Obama’s funding policies, the positions of the FDA and AMA and the fruitless decade long public pursuit of embryonic cures undertaken by Michael J Fox (with the benevolent and optimistic spirit of Christopher Reeve hovering over him) and before the bewildered eyes of Michael, Oprah and ~7.2 million viewers, Dr Mehmet Oz nailed the coffin shut on ESC treatments:
“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

With this one simple statement on national TV, Dr Oz has taken the first step towards educating the American public about the current insurmountable limitations of embryonic stem cells and cracked open the door to the American collective mind-set regarding the potential of iPS cells and the reality that Repair stem cells (RSC) have been treating diseases around the world successfully for a decade. Despite the fact that thousands of American doctors refer to RSC as “snake oil,” more and more American patients are realizing that the US medical system is faltering, dated and just not working while the greatest medicine the world has ever seen is available just beyond the borders of their own country.

The seeds planted by Dr Oz will take a long time to find purchase in the collective American mind-set. There is too much embryonic momentum, media and drama, and America loves drama. Embryonic stem cells will not go away and like Romeo and Juliet, this love/hate affair may have to run its course for most, despite Dr Oz stealing the “distilled liquor” and Romeo’s poison and dagger in an attempt to avoid all of the deaths at the end of this play.

To read more about this grim fairy tale: https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/a-grim-fairy-tale-americas-doomed-love-affair-with-embryonic-stem-cell-research-intro-the-romance-is-an-illusion/

One step at a time we will climb this mountain and slowly open American eyes to improve their knowledge of treatment options so all can intelligently exercise the freedom of choice in their individual medical care. One inch at a time, Oz wisely created a pathway to an amazing new world of available medical treatments for what were previously believed to be incurable diseases and are in fact treating patients successfully around the world.

Dr Oz took this first step and it was a HUGE first step!

So from where I am sitting, I would like to express my heartfelt and sincerest appreciation for Dr Oz’s bravery, statements and actions. Thank you, Dr. Oz and thank you Oprah; for allowing this sage doctor the forum to break the walls restricting millions of Americans from the knowledge of the medical treatment options they so unquestionably deserve.

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Here is the actual transcript based on my ears and fingers and a lot of patient rewinding:

“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

“The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos, like all of us are made from embryos, and those cells can become any cell in the body, but it’s very hard to control them and so they can become cancer.”

“I can take a little bit of your skin, take those cells, get them to go back in time so they are like they were when you were first made, and then they will start to make that dopamine & I think those cells, because they won’t be as prone to cancer & because they’re your genes will be the ones that are ultimately used to cure Parkinsons.”

“I think we are single digit years away from making a big impact in the lives of Parkinson’s disease but also diabetics, heart disease, people who have had a lot of problems.”

To see the original video: http://www.oprah.com/media/20090319-tows-dr-oz-brain

Stepping Towards A Paralysis Cure, A Tale Of Two Supermen Stem Cells Cure 23 Year Old Male of Paralysis – C6-C7 injury

In ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on March 28, 2009 at 12:31 am

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STEM CELL VICTORY OF 2009?

STEPPING TOWARDS A PARALYSIS CURE, A TALE OF TWO SUPERMEN

By David Granovsky


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

A Tale of Two Cities

Superman #1 – Christopher Reeve:

1995 – Thrown from his horse, lands on his head, destroying the first and second cervical vertebrae, and is paralyzed.

The cause: “Spinal Cord Injury” (SCI)

2002 – RSC treatments begin improving the lives of severe SCI patients in Portugal.

2004 – Two of these improved SCI patients testify before Congress regarding the benefits of RSC for treating SCI.  After 2 years of RSC treatments providing SCI improvements, Mr. Reeve disregarded this information, choosing instead to “believe in” the promise of embryonic stem cells.

Oct. 10, 2004 – At Northern Westchester Hospital suffers cardiac arrest brought on by infection.

CONCLUSION: After battling paralysis for 9 years Superman #1 dies.

March 26, 2009 – 4 ½ years after Mr. Reeves’ death, not one SCI patient has been treated with embryonic stem cells.

Superman #2 – Male, 23 years old:

Prior motor vehicle accident victim with cervical bilateral inter facet dislocation, C6-C7 injury.

Feb 28, 2008 – Implanted with fresh autologous (from his own body) bone marrow stem cells in Argentina.

March 15, 2008 – Implanted with cultured and expanded mesenchymal stem cells. Clinical indications after implantation were intense physical therapy and MRI each 6 months.

CONCLUSION: After receiving two Repair Stem Cell treatments, intensive physical therapy and with the assistance of a walker, Superman #2 is now walking on his own power, has sensation in his legs, has hair growing on his legs, and has bladder control.

Repair stem cells are the only medicine known to man capable of achieving significant results with the most seriously injured SCI patients.  He is living and walking proof that when Western Medicine dogma declares: “severe SCI patients are permanently paralyzed”, it is true only when Repair Stem Cells are prohibited, as they have been, and will be for years to come, in America.

“You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going.”

– Geraldine Brooks (Pulitzer Prize winning author of “March”)

Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

In ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on March 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

HOW DO YOU LIKE LIVING ON DEATH ROW?

…since few people can afford to travel outside the country for adult stem cell treatments, ESC-crazed America, the Bangladesh of stem cells, with its focus on “treatment useless” research, and 4-8 years behind the rest of the world on available adult stem cell treatments, has become exactly that, a death row prison cell for those suffering from so-called untreatable  diseases.

By David Granovsky

Editor, RSCI Newsletter

March, 2009

Should embryos be researched?  In theory, everything should be researched because we won’t know what advancements can come of it until it’s done.  But what about embryonic research in regard to treatments and the great stem cell debate?  Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

So what if embryonic research has been 100% fruitless (in regard to generating treatments) for well-funded and government supported scientists around the world for the last 11 years.   Maybe the U.S. scientists can discover amazing new things given enough time and money.  Because we will never know what advances and benefits that research may bring us.

So what if Dr James Thomson, father of embryonic research said about embryonic research: “…embryonic stem cells are not being used in any clinical applications yet, while alternatives such as adult stem cells figure in scores of therapies.”

So what if the world’s best embryonic scientists believe that Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC – adult cells modified to be able to become any cell in the human body) seem to have all of the benefits of ESC with significantly less of a rejection issue, without the political & religious controversy or the tumor and cancer potential that ESC do?

So what if Time magazine named iPSC innovation No. 1 on its “Top 10 Scientific Discoveries” of 2007, and the journal Science rated it the No. 1 breakthrough of 2008?

So what if the iPSC findings even prompted Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, to abandon his license to attempt human cloning, saying that the researchers “may have achieved what no politician could: an end to the embryonic stem cell debate.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031002842.html

So what if 3 weeks ago, Dr. Bernadine Healy, director of the National Institutes of Health under the first President Bush, wrote in U.S. News & World Report that these recent developments “in the first six weeks of Obama’s term, several events reinforced the notion that embryonic stem cells, once thought to hold the cure for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes, are obsolete….. In fact, adult stem cells, which occur in small quantities in organs throughout the body for natural growth and repair, have become stars despite great skepticism early on.” http://health.usnews.com/blogs/heart-to-heart/2009/03/04/why-embryonic-stem-cells-are-obsolete.html

So what if Dr James Thomson, father of embryonic research said about iPSC: “Already these reprogrammed cells (iPSC) have eclipsed the value of those harvested from embryos, because of significantly lower cost, ease of production, and genetic identity with the patient. They also bring unique application to medical and pharmaceutical research, because cells cultivated from patients with certain diseases readily become laboratory models for developing and testing therapy. That iPS cells overcome ethical concerns about creating and sacrificing embryos is an added plus.”

But personally I am selfish and I have an evil agenda.  I am less concerned with promoting broad spectrum research of everything that may educate us.  I am interested in research that can help suffering human beings now, human beings who have debilitating, life-altering or life-threatening diseases.

I want to help them now.

And we can…

And we aren’t.

I don’t want to see the tears of one more person who is turned away from their doctor’s door with the statement, “there’s nothing more we can do” while people around the world have been successfully treated for that same disease for 3, 5, 10 years.

I can’t sit at the death bed of the millions dying each year and try to get them excited about the wonderful discoveries we will make in the future, the advancement of the human race, the spirit of the human quest for knowledge.

I refuse to go to death row and tell each inmate about how every prison but theirs has pardoned the death row inmates and the governor is going to pardon everyone on death row here too!  But sorry, only after they are executed.

That is what we are talking about for MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.  A death sentence with no potential of pardon…until after they die. And since few people can afford to travel outside the country for adult stem cell treatments, ESC-crazed America, the Bangladesh of stem cells, with its focus on “treatment useless” research, and 4-8 years behind the rest of the world on available adult stem cell treatments, has become exactly that, a death row prison cell for those suffering from so-called untreatable  diseases.

If you want to do battle over the morality of researching embryos then go for it.  Knock yourself out.  And good luck to both sides in the battle because no one will ever back down and no one will win.  Ever.

But if you want to talk about using embryos for TREATMENTS, then you are missing the point. Embryonic research won’t produce treatments for 10-20 years or even 50. So for those suffering from already-treatable Spinal Cord Injuries, Autism, CP, MS, Diabetes, ALS, optic nerve disorders and 100+ others, and especially for the 1.5 million who die every year from the top four diseases in “death row,” Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

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