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ESC versus ASC

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on September 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Embryonic Stem Cells (ESC) come from embryos and have 1 goal only. They split + split through cell mitosis for 7 weeks until there is a fetus the size of a thumbnail. When they are manipulated to be used for treatment, they often revert back to their original goal. This means that they will start splitting uncontrollably at the site of injection, disease or injury. The natural result of this uncontrolled splitting is the development of cysts + tumors that often become cancerous. Because of this, ESC have NOT been used to treat any diseases in humans to date. Because ESC are very likely to be rejected by the body, patients are frequently required to take immunosuppressive drugs. The ineffectiveness of ESC for treating patients is the main issue that has stymied their research + use around the world while many in the USA believe it is due to ethical + moral dilemmas. The FACT remains that ESC are considered a dead end in regard to treatments by some of the top Stem Cell minds in science (including the top ESC scientists!).

To date, ESC research has been 100% fruitless (in regard to generating treatments) for well-funded + government supported scientists around the world for the last 11 years.

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

Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, abandoned his license to attempt human cloning, saying that the researchers “may have achieved what no politician could: an end to the [ESC] debate.”

Dr. Bernadine Healy, former director of the NIH in U.S. News & World Report: “…[ESC], 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.”

Perhaps ESC will one day provide great insights into medicine + disease but they will NOT generate treatments for decades to come, if ever.

Adult stem cells (ASC), on the other hand, are the body’s natural healing cells. Their one job is to heal damaged organs and tissues. ASC have been used in bone marrow transplants for 40 years and have over a half decade of treatment in humans. ASC have virtually no side effects…in fact, an ASC treatment using cells from your own body, when following standard quality controls, carries about the same amount of risk as drawing blood. To date, 100+ diseases have been treated with ASC with approximately 2/3 of of patients deriving therapeutic benefits.



Stem cells and South Park.

The appearance of stem cells in main stream media.




The South Park TV Series is at best:

an animated American television comedy series famous for its off-color humor, pop culture parody, and biting satire covering a wide range of topics. -wiki

At worst, others have said that it is extremely distasteful, morally bankrupt, offensive and vile.  When they tackle the issue of Embryonic Stem Cells they show absolutely zero restraint and tact.

This is not for the faint of heart or sensitive viewer. In these episodes are scenes of abortion, eating fetuses, etc.  Honestly, if you are pro-life, do not watch these!  You will be disgusted! You have been warned!

(Consider this…a pro adult stem cell post)

Another Shakeys Pizza -Season 5 -Kenny Dies: Eric goes to the research lab to learn more about stem cells and how they might save Kenny’s life. Now he must find a way to persuade the government to revoke the ban.


Worst Friend Ever -Season 5 -Kenny Dies: Stan finally musters up the courage to go see Kenny, but he’s too late. Cartman used up all the baby fetuses to replicate his own Shakey’s Pizzeria.


Superman Arrives -Season 7 -Krazy Kripples: Christopher Reeve comes to South Park to promote stem cell research. Jimmy is not a fan.


Larry King Show -Season 7 -Krazy Kripples: Christopher Reeve demonstrates the unique healing properties of stem cells during an interview with Larry King.


Unplanned Pregnancy -Season 5 -Kenny Dies: Ms. Anders agrees to donate her aborted child to stem-cell research. But the truck carrying the fetuses crashes through a guardrail, and Cartman discovers the wreckage in the snow.


What an Inspiration -Season 7 -Krazy Kripples: After Jimmy gets a ride home from his new friends, Christopher Reeve gives a public demonstration of how fetus ingestion can make him walk.


Legion Of Doom -Season 7 -Krazy Kripples: Christopher Reeve is about to attempt world domination when Gene Hackman thwarts him by passing a ban on stem cell research.


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