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On this day, July 4th of the year 2014, let us remember why we are celebrating and what we fought for.




IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.



In SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on February 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm


from a Hint of Halite Productions…in conjunction with a Speck of NaCl…

THE 510(K)



Do you have a new product or medical device?
Is it defective “with the potential for life-threatening or serious, permanent harm“?
We can still bring it to market!
If you can prove that it is similar to an existing product, we can fast track it using the 510(k) review process!







Now here is the good news!

  1. There is NO human testing required on your device!
  2. There is NO manufacturing plant inspections required on your device!

From the article:

“National Research Center for Women & Families looked at medical devices recalled from 2005 to 2009 for defects with the potential for life-threatening or serious, permanent harm.  They found 80 out of 113 recalled products, or 71 percent, were cleared through a shorter FDA review process known as 510(K) that was designed for low- and moderate-risk devices.  The faster review allows approval if a device is similar to another on the market. The FDA usually does not require human testing or manufacturing plant inspections.  Most new devices are cleared through that process.”


Dear FDA-

This is great news!  I was devastated when my brand new product failed it’s review because it is defective, has been recalled and has the potential for life-threatening or serious, permanent harm!  I put so much time and money into it’s development.  Your fast track review process is a life saver (yes, I know, an ironic, morbid and bad joke).  Please submit my device for review under the 510(k) process as I think you will find that my device is “similar to another on the market.”   In fact, it is similar for the following reasons:

  • It has been recalled, so it is specifically similar to “80 out of 113 recalled products, or 71 percent” that have also been recalled.
  • It is similar due to it’s being defective like so many defective devices you have approved.
  • It is similar because it has the potential to be life-threatening.
  • It is similar because it can cause serious, permanent harm.

I think you will have no recourse other to agree that my new device is similar and should be accepted and reviewed under 510(k) process.  When it passes despite the potential for harm that it will almost definitely fulfill, as I’m sure it will, there will be even one more similarity!

Warm regards-

Defective…but now still marketable!



Do you know why there is no fast track approval process for adult stem cell treatments?  Because adult stem cell treatments are unique in that they can not prove any similarity to pre-existing defective and life threatening devices.  Here is why adult stem cells just don’t get along with pre-exiting drugs, products and devices; here is the true “problem” with adult stem cells…

  • They treat 130+ DISEASES around the world
  • They have a 60-80% SUCCESS RATE typical therapeutic benefit
  • There are RIGOROUSLY ASSESSED & SCRUTINIZED treatment centers
  • There are POTENTIAL CURES of Autism, Parkinson’s, AIDs, Diabetes, Heart Disease and more
  • They provide HUGE REWARDS of life extension
  • They provide SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED quality of life

There is not ONE pre-existing product, drug, device or treatment that can claim this.


Adult stem cells are incredibly unique, like a snowflake, so…no fast track review process.  Sorry guys!

But if it makes you feel any better, your choices of brand new and improved defective or life threatening products and devices that do slightly different things from previous defective or life threatening products and devices seem to be increasing in leaps and bounds!  This SUV comes in red, blue, green and now….black and silver!  Hooray!

Device recalls linked to quicker FDA review: study | Reuters.

More Sex = Less Prostate Cancer Risk

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on January 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm
Reduced Risk Prostate Cancer with Regular Ejaculation

From , former About.com Guide – Updated August 27, 2006

About.com Health’s Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board

Filed In: Prostate health

How ejaculation helps reduce prostate cancer.
An epidemiological study of 30,000 American men by Michael Leitzman, a cancer researcher at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, has found that men who enjoy an active sex life do not risk prostate cancer in later life.

There has been a suggested link with greater sexual activity and increased incidents of prostate cancer in previous scientific data because of the link with the male hormone testosterone and its effect on promoting cancer cell growth.

Leitzmann’s findings were that men who ejaculate between 13 and 20 times a month had a 14% lower risk of prostate cancer that men who ejaculated on average, between 4 and 7 times a month for most of their adult life. Men who ejaculated upwards of 21 times a month had a 33% lower lifetime risk of prostate cancer than the baseline group.

Ejaculation Frequency and Subsequent Risk of Prostate Cancer. Michael F. Leitzmann, MD; Elizabeth A. Platz, ScD; Meir J. Stampfer, MD; Walter C. Willett, MD; Edward Giovannucci, MD JAMA. 2004;291:1578-1586

QOTD – Quote of the Day – Batman

In QUOTE OF THE DAY on August 27, 2009 at 4:03 am
"We impose meaning on the chaos of our lives. We create form, morality,
 order. It's a choice we have to make every second of every minute of
 every day."
					_Batman: Absolution_

batman absolution

One more for good measure:

Be grateful for everything you’ve got.

Be brave to face all kind of challenges in life.

Be Passionate about what you do.

Life comes in different forms, ups and downs are the journey, but belief is the key to make us strong and move forward.

Goals are the way to turn your dreams to realities.
– Yann Yip

QOTD – I have seen too much in my short life to discount the merely unbelievable as the actually impossible.

In ALL ARTICLES, QUOTE OF THE DAY on February 23, 2009 at 10:03 am


I have seen too much in my short life to discount the merely unbelievable as the actually impossible.

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In ALL ARTICLES on February 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm

This has NOTHING to do with stem cells…it just makes this world a better place to live in. -DG

The coach never considered any other option.

It didn’t matter that his DeKalb, Ill., High School basketball team had ridden a bus two and a half hours to get to Milwaukee, then waited another hour past game time to play. Didn’t matter that the game was close, or that this was a chance to beat a big city team.

Johntel Franklin scored 10 points in the game following the loss of his mother.

Something else was on Dave Rohlman‘s mind when he asked for a volunteer to shoot two free throws awarded his team on a technical foul in the second quarter. His senior captain raised his hand, ready to go to the line as he had many times before.

Only this time it was different.

“You realize you’re going to miss them, don’t you?” Rohlman said.

Darius McNeal nodded his head. He understood what had to be done.

It was a Saturday night in February, and the Barbs were playing a non-conference game on the road against Milwaukee Madison. It was the third meeting between the two schools, who were developing a friendly rivalry that spanned two states.

The teams planned to get together after the game and share some pizzas and soda. But the game itself almost never took place.

Hours earlier, the mother of Milwaukee Madison senior captain Johntel Franklin died at a local hospital. Carlitha Franklin had been in remission after a five-year fight with cervical cancer, but she began to hemorrhage that morning while Johntel was taking his college ACT exam.

Her son and several of his teammates were at the hospital late that afternoon when the decision was made to turn off the life-support system. Carlitha Franklin was just 39.

“She was young and they were real close,” said Milwaukee coach Aaron Womack Jr., who was at the hospital. “He was very distraught and it happened so suddenly he didn’t have time to grieve.”

Womack was going to cancel the game, but Franklin told him he wanted the team to play. And play they did, even though the game started late and Milwaukee Madison dressed only eight players.

Early in the second quarter, Womack saw someone out of the corner of his eye. It was Franklin, who came there directly from the hospital to root his teammates on.

The Knights had possession, so Womack called a time out. His players went over and hugged their grieving teammate. Fans came out of the stands to do the same.

“We got back to playing the game and I asked if he wanted to come and sit on the bench,” Womack said during a telephone interview.

“No,” Franklin replied. “I want to play.”

There was just one problem. Since Franklin wasn’t on the pre-game roster, putting him in meant drawing a technical foul that would give DeKalb two free throws.

Though it was a tight game, Womack was willing to give up the two points. It was more important to help his senior guard and co-captain deal with his grief by playing.

Over on the other bench, though, Rohlman wasn’t so willing to take them. He told the referees to forget the technical and just let Franklin play.

“I could hear them arguing for five to seven minutes, saying, `We’re not taking it, we’re not taking it,” Womack said. “The refs told them, no, that’s the rule. You have to take them.”

That’s when Rohlman asked for volunteers, and McNeal’s hand went up.

He went alone to the free throw line, dribbled the ball a couple of times, and looked at the rim.

His first attempt went about two feet, bouncing a couple of times as it rolled toward the end line. The second barely left his hand.

It didn’t take long for the Milwaukee players to figure out what was going on.

They stood and turned toward the DeKalb bench and started applauding the gesture of sportsmanship. Soon, so did everybody in the stands.

“I did it for the guy who lost his mom,” McNeal told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It was the right thing to do.”

They may not remember our record 20 years from now, but they’ll remember what happened in that gym that night.
? Dave Rohlman, head coach of the opposing DeKalb team on what his players will take away from this experience.

Franklin would go on to score 10 points, and Milwaukee Madison broke open the game in the second half to win 62-47. Afterward, the teams went out for pizza, two players from each team sharing each pie.

Franklin stopped by briefly, thankful that his team was there for him.

“I got kind of emotional but it helped a lot just to play,” he said. “I felt like I had a lot of support out there.”

Carlitha Franklin’s funeral was last Friday, and the school turned out for her and her son. Cheerleaders came in uniform, and everyone from the principal and teachers to Johntel’s classmates were there.

“Even the cooks from school showed up,” Womack said. “It lets you know what kind of kid he is.”

Basketball is a second sport for the 18-year-old Franklin, who says he has had some scholarship nibbles and plans to play football in college. He just has a few games left for the Knights, who are 6-11 and got beat 71-36 Tuesday night by Milwaukee Hamilton.

It hasn’t been the greatest season for the team, but they have stuck together through a lot of adversity.

“We maybe don’t have the best basketball players in the world but they go to class and take care of business,” Womack said. “We have a losing record but there’s life lessons going on, good ones.”

None so good, though, as the moment a team and a player decided there were more important things than winning and having good stats.

Yes, DeKalb would go home with a loss. But it was a trip they’ll never forget.

“This is something our kids will hold for a lifetime,” Rohlman said. “They may not remember our record 20 years from now, but they’ll remember what happened in that gym that night.”

IMHB: President Obama Will Soon Force Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO US PATIENTS NOW?

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm


President Obama Will Soon Force Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research -by Steven Ertelt -LifeNews.com Editor -February 16, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A top advisor to President Barack Obama confirmed again that the president will soon be issuing an executive order to lift the limits President Bush put in place on embryonic stem cell research. Bush protected taxpayers from being forced to fund research involving the destruction of human life.

via President Obama Will Soon Force Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

my personal opinion:

Recently, many people are asking me: “what does this mean for me? for my child with autism? for my mother with alzheimer’s?”

my personal opinion is that there may be opportunities for embryonic stem cell treatments opening up in the future in the US but they are going to be in the form of clinical trials.  clinical trials have very select criteria for inclusion and in many, 1/2 of the patients receive a placebo (double blind).  there will not be treatment centers anytime soon because of a few reasons.

1. too date, there is no FDA approval for the use of adult or embryonic stem cells in the US for treatment.

2. the US is a decade behind many other parts of the world in their stem cell research.

3. the pharma companies have expressed a desire to make drugs out of embryonic stem cells. they don’t seem interested at all in creating a process by which adult stem cells can be administered so your body can heal itself, as is the process in many other parts o fthe world.  the reason for this is, they can patent a drug, ensuring and locking in a market of patients and a steady income flow to fund the next clinical trials for the next drug in the pipeline which typically costs 250-500 million and takes 7-12 yrs to develop and even more to market and lobby. they can’t effectively patent a transplant process. someone will always put a new twist on it and compete with you.

so I guess the question you have to ask yourself is:

do you want your son’s/mother’s/aunt’s body to be given the resources it needs to heal itself for life now, with minimal to no side effects, in the form of adult stem cells, by going where they are available and have been proven to work for a long period of time…

or do you want to wait for an embryonic derived drug that is 10 years down the road (in a best case scenario) to 50 years down the road (as stated by many of the top embryonic scientists in the world) that will most likely have many side effects and the patient will have to be on for the rest of their life?

-IMHB (in my humble opinion)



In ALL ARTICLES, QUOTE OF THE DAY on February 16, 2009 at 3:07 am

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and U alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad


In ALL ARTICLES, QUOTE OF THE DAY on February 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm

“All of life is a journey which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.”


In ALL ARTICLES, QUOTE OF THE DAY on February 14, 2009 at 3:09 am

“All of life is a journey which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.”

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