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In ALL ARTICLES on September 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm


Embryonic Stem Cells 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, Embryonic stem cells have NOT been used to treat any diseases in humans to date. Because embryonic stem cells are very likely to be rejected by the body, patients are frequently required to take immunosuppressive drugs. The ineffectiveness of embryonic stem cells for treating patients is the main issue that has stymied their research + use around the world, while the ethical + moral dilemmas further delay research in the USA. The FACT remains that Embryonic Stem Cells are considered a dead end in regard to treatments by some of the top Stem Cell minds in science (including the top embryonic stem cell scientists!).

To date, Embryonic 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 embryonic research said: “…embryonic stem cells 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 embryonic stem cell debate.”

Dr. Bernadine Healy, former director of the National Institutes of Health, was quoted in U.S. News & World Report: “…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.”

Embryonic stem cells MAY be researched further with federal funding + may provide great insights into medicine + disease but will NOT generate treatments for decades to come, if ever.

Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are the body’s natural healing cells. Their one job is to heal damaged organs and tissues. Adult stem cells have been used in bone marrow transplants for 40 years and have over a half decade of treatment in humans. Adult stem cells have virtually no side effects…in fact, a stem cell treatment using cells from your own body, when following standard quality controls, carries about the same amount of risk as drawing blood. To date, 130+ diseases have been treated with Adult Stem Cells with approximately 2/3 of patients deriving therapeutic benefits.


In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on August 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Gift launches fund for feline stem cell research, treatment

August 3, 2010

Colorado State University has announced the launch of a new fund devoted to feline stem cell research. Frankie’s Fund will fund research into how feline stem cells may be used to treat injuries and diseases in cats.

Generous gift from Frankie’s owner

Frankie’s Fund was initiated in July through the generous gift of a client whose 9-year-old Siamese cat, Frankie, became ill with acute kidney failure as a result of medication she received for an inflammatory mouth condition. Frankie participated in a CSU stem cell therapy clinical trial for cats with kidney failure in 2009.

“The establishment of Frankie’s Fund allows Colorado State University to continue to pursue stem cell therapy research and treatments for cats – something that is not widely available for cats. While such veterinary studies and treatments are available for dogs and horses at veterinary hospitals and clinics, including CSU’s equine stem cell programs, feline-focused programs are much rarer,” said Dr. Jessica Quimby, Frankie’s veterinarian at CSU.

“This fund allows us to develop our program and research to gain a better understanding of the biology of stem cells, how they function and what treatments they may offer for various feline diseases.”

Fund future clinical trials

Frankie’s Fund will support research and future clinical trials for stem cell therapy targeting acute and chronic kidney failure, inflammatory bowel disease and possibly asthma.

The fund is initially supporting a new study using stem cells to help cats with chronic kidney disease. The CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is looking for cats who have a stable disease status to participate. Cats in the study will receive injections of stem cells derived from the fat of healthy cats over several months. The study is open to cats from across the United States through coordination with local vets. Cats with some conditions, such as heart disease, kidney infections, kidney stones, inflammatory bowel disease or other complications cannot participate.

Chronic kidney disease is a common, progressive disease in older cats and there is no definitive treatment other than a kidney transplant. Recent laboratory studies have shown that stem cell therapy has the potential to improve kidney function and prevent scarring that forms in the kidneys as a result of the disease. The current study will explore repeated intravenous stem cell injections for kidney failure in cats.

Frankie died shortly before her 13th birthday

Frankie lived in Boulder until her recent death from cancer shortly before her 13th birthday. In December of 2009, Frankie was diagnosed with cancer and began a chemotherapy protocol developed by CSU. A kidney blockage precipitated total renal failure and she passed shortly before her 13th birthday. She was given home care for damage to her kidneys for several years before enrolling in the CSU program.

“Having lived in Boulder for decades I was well aware of the national reputation of Colorado State’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital,” said Deborah Felin Magaldi, Frankie’s owner. Magaldi is involved with several cat rescues and shelters and initiated the fund to help advance stem cell research for felines as well as humans. “Frankie was my best friend. She just happened to be a cat. Generously, she never held it against me that I was not.”

via Today @ Colorado State University – Gift launches fund for feline stem cell research, treatment.

US is #1 in Stem Cell Research! …sort of…

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS, CATCH UP! on April 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

We are #1!

With the release of new lines of embryonic stem cells, the US may reclaim their title as #1!  But #1 in what regard? Consumption of stem cells?  Not quite…

Consumption of embryonic stem cells?  Well, yes…but…

We are really only the leader in “consumption of embryonic stem cells used for research”.  But there is a reason for this.  Many countries have tried to research embryonic stem cells for treatment, for a decade or more, with full governmental and fiduciary support and then…given up.  Embryonic stem cells bring with them transplant rejection issues and grow into tumors and cysts.

We are in fact about 8 years behind most of the developed world in adult stem cell research; the only stem cells that have over half a decade of proven safety and efficacy.  So hooray for us!

What else are we #1 in?

We are the…

  • #1 consumer of the stem cells that have shown the least potential for treatment (embryonic)!
  • #1 consumer of environmentally damaging and war causing oil!
  • #1 consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana!

Here’s an idea, snarky as it may be…
What do you say we load up an SUV with cocaine and heroin, have a slammin party, OD on drugs and die young!  We might as well cause embryonic stem cells won’t produce cures for diseases anytime soon!

Not a bad idea, at least we could go out with a bang…If only we could afford it.

Our country’s bank account is more than $-568,800,000,000 ranking us 188th in the world.  Not to worry, we still have a good chance of dying before needing stem cells.  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).   Now that’s money well spent.

And we’ll all probably be shot soon anyway.  We are ranked 78th in intentional homicides (and in this category, #1 is good).

HOORAY FOR THE U.S.A.! What’s not to love? – dg


In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm
LETTER: Follow California’s lead

Release date: 4/3/2010

California has shifted from embryonic to adult stem cell research…New York State should follow.

Published: Saturday, April 03, 2010

Dear Editor:

In a report in the New York State Right to Life newsletter, an article states that California has shifted from embryonic to adult stem cell research.

In 2004 that state’s government passed the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative (Proposition 71). It gave $3 billion for research to find medical use for stem cells harvested from human embryos killed by the procedure.

The institute’s work over those five years bore no fruit. Now the institute is diverting funds from embryonic to adult stem cell research. Already dozens of treatments and some cures have been produced for illnesses from spinal cord injuries to Alzheimer’s and Type 1 diabetes.

The article also quotes Kathleen Gilbert, writer for LifeSiteNews.com:

“Although scientists and pro-life advocates have denounced the dead-end science of embryo research for years, the political and ethical furor surrounding embryonic research appears to have obscured the undeniable superiority of adult stem cells’ track record. Not only have adult stem cells already produced dozens of treatments, but embryonic stem cells have been proven prone to multiply out of control, causing tumors and are less easily cultivated into specific types of tissue than their adult counterparts.”

New York State should follow. If not a matter of mercy for unborn children, at least fiscal responsibility and concern for directing taxpayers’ money into something that actually works should force New York to discontinue spending on random stem cell research and save millions by not following through with the Empire State Stem Cell Board plan to pay women for eggs to be used for lethal research.

Please contact Sens. Schumer and Clinton and Rep. Hinchey with this information and urge them to stop wasting your hard-earned money on research that the evidence proves doesn’t work.



In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on December 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm


I want to welcome you to the STEM CELL TREATMENT FUND RAISING INITIATIVE and wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Over the past year, many patients asked me for fund raising help and despite a ridiculous pre-existing workload, I could not deny their requests for help any longer.  Well, no good deed goes unpunished!  This little grass roots project created on a wing and a prayer and meant to help the few is quickly growing by leaps and bounds!  There has been an incredible amount of positive response!

In the near future, I am going to expand the tactics and services available so all can participate with a variety of options, regardless of their budget or condition. I am looking forward to fact finding meetings coming up after the New Year with fund raising officers from the University of Pennsylvania and the Templeton Foundation. I’m also looking into setting up some raffles to generate donations for treatment.  If anyone has new ideas on fund raising tactics, please let me know.  If anyone has found something to work exceedingly well, please let me know!

Some of you may have already received the information below but I wanted to make sure everyone was on the email list so they could receive future mailings.  Best of luck to all in their FUND RAISING endeavors and please let me know if I can be of further assistance!

Please email me at dsgrano@gmail.com to receive the free primer: Fund Raising Tactics for Stem Cell Treatments in WORD and PDF formats. Review the information within and contact me with any questions.

FYI, To find the best treatment center in the world for treating a particular disorder; fill out the  treatment request formIf you would like to be signed up for a free one year subscription to my Stem Cell newsletter, reply with the word NEWSLETTER.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
Please keep me informed on your progress.
Best of luck –

California stem-cell grants awarded : Nature News

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on November 3, 2009 at 11:09 am

California stem-cell grants awarded

First major round of research targeted at therapies takes off.

Erika Check Hayden

Dennis Slamon leads one of the teams to receive funding from CIRM.UCLA

Dennis Slamon leads one of the teams to receive funding from CIRM.UCLA

The starting gun has fired for 14 research teams, based in California, who now have four years to make good on the therapeutic promise of stem cells.

On 28 October, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) committed US$230 million to teams of basic and clinical researchers aiming to move experimental stem-cell treatments into an investigational new-drug filing with the US Food and Drug Administration. Britain and Canada together paid an additional $43 million for four of the grants, which will include work by researchers in those countries.

via California stem-cell grants awarded : Nature News.

Court Dismisses Challenge to Embryonic Stem Cell Research : Dispatches from the Culture Wars

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on November 3, 2009 at 10:57 am

Court Dismisses Challenge to Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Posted on: November 2, 2009 9:30 AM, by Ed Brayton

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s new rules on federal funding for stem cell research, which reversed the Bush policy of prohibiting such funding in most cases. And I’m not usually a big fan of dismissing cases based on standing, but in this case there was just no legal basis for the challenge at all.


The plaintiffs in the case were the Christian Medical Association; Nightlight, a Christian adoption agency that urges the adoption of frozen embryos from fertility clinics; two doctors, James Sherley and Theresa Deisher, who do adult stem cell research but refuse to do embryonic research; two couples who have adopted such embryos; and – amusingly – the embryos themselves. Yes, they sued on behalf of all the snowflakes sitting in fertility clinic freezers.

The court dismissed the case for all plaintiffs based on a lack of standing. And it’s really hard to imagine what the legal argument might be for the suit by any of them. Here’s how the court summarizes their claims:


Plaintiffs allege that the guidelines, by allowing NIH to fund hESC research, will cause them irreparable harm. Specifically, Drs. Sherely and Deisher contend that the new guidelines will “result in increased competition for limited federal funding and will thereby injure [their] ability to successfully compete for . . . NIH stem cell research funds.” Nightlife alleges that the guidelines will cause a decrease in the number of embryos available for adoption…The Nelsons and Flynns maintain that the guidelines will “jeopardize the likelihood that embryos will become available” for them to adopt in the future. Finally, CMA alleges that the guidelines will frustrate its purpose and require it to expend significant resources to combat the ethical problems posed by hESC research.

via Court Dismisses Challenge to Embryonic Stem Cell Research : Dispatches from the Culture Wars.


In ALL ARTICLES on September 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm

The U.S. currently pays a higher percentage of health dollars for administration than any other nation.

The U.S. also ranks highest in total cost of care, but according to a recent report by the Commonwealth Fund,

RANKS LAST among industrialized countries “in preventing deaths through use of timely and effective medical care.”

In a recent FRONTLINE report comparing the health care systems of five other capitalist democracies, “Sick Around the World,” WASHINGTON POST reporter T.R. Reid notes that, “The World Health Organization says the U.S. health care system rates 37th in the world in terms of quality and fairness. All the other rich countries do better than we do, and yet they spend a heck of a lot less.”

via http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07102009/profile3.html

NY commits $20M to stem-cell research – Buffalo

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on August 31, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Monday, August 31, 2009, 8:18am EDT

New York plans to invest $20.4 million in stem-cell research.

Gov. David Paterson announced that $5.4 million will be earmarked to recruit research fellows to research institutions in New York. The remaining $15.4 million will be used to establish “multi-institutional research facilities” that will be shared by researchers from across the state.

“Investment in stem cell research is part of our vision to make New York a global leader in the new economy,” Paterson said.

New York State Health Commissioner Richard Daines, who is also the chair of the Empire State Stem Cell Board, said the funding will “ensure the best and the brightest new stem-cell investigators conduct their research in New York state.”

The governor put out two Requests for Applications. More detail on the applications, which are due Dec. 1, is available at the state’s Web site.

via NY commits $20M to stem-cell research – Business First of Buffalo:.

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