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Someone wrote:
“I tried to find out how to get this [reversing MS with stem cells] done and all the companies I called require you to pay $15,000 for stem cells they already have and go to Mexico for the procedure. I wanted to use the baby’s cord tissue stem cells”
It’s not a scam. Here’s the deal…
Cord blood is not the only game in town. You also have 80 some odd stem cell derivation sources in your OWN body…
So, odds are one of them WILL work if something goes a bit wrong down the line…
And to the most jaded, cord blood stem cell storage IS a timing marketing coup, hitting parents for stem cell storage to insure their new baby’s health when they are most vulnerable emotionally…
Then again, cord blood stem cells (all stem cells associated with reproduction) ARE very powerful with no known rejection issues…
And, there are also, of course, SOME few conditions that damage your own stem cells or production which might make the use of your existing cells non-indicated, requiring use of stored cord blood cells…
And often, older children didn’t have the opportunity to store cells and these COULD be potentially used for them…
So. Is cord blood storage a grand slam home run of guaranteed use and value? No, it is a hedging of your bets, cellular-level insurance policy against when things go terribly wrong and…that’s why most people do it.
PRICE: $15,000 is a fairly common cost as these are “one off” procedures to assist in recovery from the disease, not a bottle of pills to (maybe) mitigate symptoms. Monthly costs of some drugs are $12k, factor in loss of income, loss of quality of life, etc it all adds up to $15k as a significant bargain over yealry costs of $60k, $80k and more.  Btw, here’s some other procedure costs – the average cost of gastric bypass surgery is $23,000…he average cost of heart bypass surgery is $70-200,000 and on.  And yes, stem cell procedures have a long history of safety and efficacy and should be covered by insurance.  Write your congressman and vote your medical needs.
STEM CELL SOURCE: They wanted to use “stem cells they already have”:
Nobody I know will use cells, basically a tiny handful of unrecognizable goo, taken from someone else, stored by someone else, shipped by someone else to treat someone else. It’s a recipe for disaster and too much can go wrong with accidents, bacteria, reduced bioavailability, etc. Their ONLY using the stem cells they have doesn’t scam you…it PROTECTS you.
LOCATION: “and go to Mexico for the procedure”:
Blame American Medical System resistance to stem cells for the past 15 years, followed by a focus on cyst and tumor causing embryonic stem cells, followed by political and pharma and money and so on. The world has been recovering many chronic and terminal diseases since 2000 which are still incurable in the US because our medical system has been ostensibly blind to the benefits of stem cells for over a decade.

Feds in Vegas charge man in stem cell surgery case – Friday, July 16, 2010 | 1:45 p.m. – Las Vegas Sun50

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on July 16, 2010 at 8:41 pm

This kind of thing makes me so angry. Some guy practices without a license and tarnishes all of the legitimate stem cell treatment centers out there.  What an a$$! – dg

Feds in Vegas charge man in stem cell surgery case

The Associated Press

Friday, July 16, 2010 | 1:45 p.m.

Federal prosecutors in Nevada allege an 84-year-old Las Vegas man reaped about $1 million from patients and investors with claims that he was a retired physician with a stem cell medical procedure.

An indictment unsealed Thursday alleges Alfred Sapse had unidentified doctors in Las Vegas and Mexico perform experimental surgical implants of placential tissue in about 134 patients over the last four years.

Sapse pleaded not guilty to 20 mail and wire fraud charges. A U.S. magistrate judge let him remain free without bond. Trial was set Sept. 20.

An indictment says Sapse claimed to be a retired physician who studied in Ukraine, but had no medical license in Nevada or any other state.

It alleges Sapse created StemCell Pharma Inc. in May 2005 as part of the scheme.

via Feds in Vegas charge man in stem cell surgery case – Friday, July 16, 2010 | 1:45 p.m. – Las Vegas Sun.

Asia Seeks to Stem Contagion as Swine Flu Spreads (Update1) – Bloomberg.com

In ALL ARTICLES on May 2, 2009 at 12:54 am


By Heejin Koo and Hanny Wan

May 2 (Bloomberg) — South Korea confirmed its first case of swine flu one day after a patient in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the disease, as Asian health officials battle to contain a virus that has spread to at least 14 nations on three continents.

“After a period of cell cultivation, we have deemed that the patient has contracted the virus,” Lee Jong Koo, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention told reporters today in Seoul.

South Korea this week raised its alert status, issued a travel “restriction” warning on Mexico, tightened checks on inbound travelers and boosted inspections of pork products. Hong Kong declared a public emergency after confirming its first case yesterday, one day after the World Health Organization said it may soon declare the world’s first influenza pandemic since 1968.

Hong Kong’s first swine flu patient is a man who arrived from Mexico on April 30, Chief Executive Donald Tsang said yesterday, urging the public not to panic. The government said today it moved 12 guests of the Metro Park Hotel, where the man stayed, to a holiday village prepared as a quarantine center.

Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control told 24 people who traveled on the same Shanghai-to-Hong Kong flight and later returned to Taiwan to quarantine themselves until May 7, it said in a statement last night.

Hundreds more cases of swine flu are suspected in New York, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand…

via Asia Seeks to Stem Contagion as Swine Flu Spreads (Update1) – Bloomberg.com.

Seal U.S.-Mexico Border to Prevent Spread of Swine Flu, Says Democratic Homeland Security Committee Member

In ALL ARTICLES on April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), Homeland Security Committee member, who has called for closing U.S.-Mexico border to address swine flu problem.

Seal U.S.-Mexico Border to Prevent Spread of Swine Flu, Says Democratic Homeland Security Committee Member

Monday, April 27, 2009

By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), member of the House Homeland Security Committee, is calling for the “immediate” and “complete” closure of the U.S. border with Mexico until officials in that country can contain the spread of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

“The public needs to be aware of the serious threat of swine flu, and we need to close our borders to Mexico immediately and completely until this is resolved,” Massa said in a statement posted on his congressional Web site. “The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the WHO (World Health Organization) are monitoring this situation closely and I call on all Americans to pay attention and follow their instructions as this situation develops. I have complete faith in our medical professionals and look forward to a swift conclusion to this problem.”

Massa criticized the media for its coverage of the outbreak, which led to U.S. officials declaring it a public health emergency on Sunday.

“I am making this announcement because I see this as a serious threat to the health of the American public and I do not believe this issue is receiving the attention it needs to have in the news,” Massa said.

via CNSNews.com – Seal U.S.-Mexico Border to Prevent Spread of Swine Flu, Says Democratic Homeland Security Committee Member.

Pandemic: What would happen next?

In ALL ARTICLES on April 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

CNN — The world hasn’t seen a pandemic in 41 years, when the “Hong Kong” flu crossed the globe and killed about one million people worldwide. If swine flu reaches pandemic levels, what would happen next? A man wearing a protective mask reads a newspaper outside a hospital in Mexico City.

A man wearing a protective mask reads a newspaper outside a hospital in Mexico City.

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Recurrent outbreaks of avian Influenza and the outbreak of SARS in 2003 rang alarm bells as potential pandemics.

Although both jumped the “animal-to-human” barrier, neither disease mutated enough to enable sustained human-to-human infection, said Dr. K.Y. Yuen, head of microbiology at Hong Kong University.

Strictly speaking, avian influenza and SARS did not become pandemics because they were too good at killing their hosts.

“For a sustained pandemic, it needs to be able to maintain human-to-human contact without killing its host off,” he said.

Avian influenza “never became a man-to-man disease,” said Dr. Lo Wing-Luk, an infectious disease expert.

“Swine flu is already a man-to-man disease, which makes it much more difficult to manage, and swine flu appears much more infectious than SARS.”

But the World Health Organization cautions that it cannot say whether it will cause a pandemic. According to epidemiologists and health experts, here’s what the world might see if there is another pandemic, based on past experience:

The disease would skip from city to city over an 18- to 24-month period, infecting more than a third of the population. World Health Organization officials believe that as many as 1.5 billion people around the globe would seek medical care, and nearly 30 million would seek hospitalization. Based on the last pandemic and current world population, as many as 7 million people could die, epidemiologists said.

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“Hospitals will become overcrowded; schools will close; businesses will close; airports will be empty,” Lo said.

“Business will become very bad as people avoid as much social contact as possible,” Yuen added.

Health facilities will become overrun with patients, and there would be less-than-adequate staffing as medical health professionals fall ill themselves, experts say.

“We saw cases in SARS where people who should have gone to the hospital for things like cancer treatment didn’t go, and that resulted in higher deaths,” Lo said.

The very young and very old will probably be the most susceptible to the illness.

Experts caution that much is still unknown about the current swine flu virus and its severity and that it is too early to say whether it will lead to a pandemic. Right now, the focus is on finding answers and containing the spread.

via http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/27/pandemic.next/index.html

Mexican Immigration Officials Required to Wear Anti-Flu Face Masks at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings

In ALL ARTICLES on April 28, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Mexican Immigration officials, wearing surgical masks, work at the US-Mexico border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, April 27, 2009. (AP photo)

Mexican Immigration Officials Required to Wear Anti-Flu Face Masks at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

By Edwin Mora

(CNSNews.com) – Mexican immigration officials on the U.S.-Mexican border say they have been required to wear face masks whether swine influenza poses a threat or not.

Meanwhile, on the U.S. side of the border, it is up to the discretion of Customs and Border Protection officials whether to wear masks to protect themselves against the flu.

via CNSNews.com – Mexican Immigration Officials Required to Wear Anti-Flu Face Masks at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings.

Call It ‘North American Flu,’ Meat Industry Says

In ALL ARTICLES on April 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Call It ‘North American Flu,’ Meat Industry Says

Call It ‘North American Flu,’ Meat Industry Says

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

By Susan Jones, Senior Editor

(AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Don’t call it “swine flu,” says the American Meat Institute. A more accurate name for the headline illness is “North American flu,” and that’s what the media should be calling it, the group argues.

“According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), North American Flu is a more accurate description of the virus that has affected people in North America,” said American Meat Institute President J. Patrick Boyle.

Boyle quoted from an OIE press release, which read: “The virus has not been isolated in animals to date. Therefore, it is not justified to name this disease swine influenza. In the past, many human influenza epidemics with animal origin have been named using their geographic name, e.g. Spanish influenza or Asiatic influenza, thus it would be logical to call this disease ‘North-American influenza.'”

Boyle stressed that eating pork is safe…

via CNSNews.com – Call It ‘North American Flu,’ Meat Industry Says.

Swine Flu Pandemic update articles and Pandemic info

In ALL ARTICLES on April 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm

PANDEMIC, INFLUENZA, H5N1 (Avian Flu), Swine Influenza 101



Doctors sound alarm on pig flu

SWINE FLU WATCH – 04/26/09 9:50 PM EST


Doctors sound alarm on pig flu

In ALL ARTICLES on April 26, 2009 at 10:03 pm
swine flu?

swine flu?

Doctors sound alarm on pig flu

  • Julia Medew
  • April 27, 2009

AUSTRALIANS have been urged to look out for symptoms of a deadly swine flu that appears to have spread from Mexico to New Zealand, France and the US, sparking fears of a major pandemic.

Australia’s chief medical officer Jim Bishop briefed hospital emergency departments and GPs on the flu’s symptoms at the weekend after the World Health Organisation warned it was a “public health emergency of international concern”…

via http://www.theage.com.au/national/doctors-sound-alarm-on-pig-flu-20090426-ajeg.html


SWINE FLU WATCH – 04/26/09 9:50 PM EST

In ALL ARTICLES on April 26, 2009 at 9:51 pm

  swine flu virus  The swine flu virus seen through a microscope.  Image: Reuters-TV

swine flu virus The swine flu virus seen through a microscope. Image: Reuters-TV

Hong Kong, Minding SARS, Announces Tough Measures in Response to

New York Times – ‎3 hours ago‎ Hong Kong should “prepare for the worst” if the swine flu virus develops a clear ability to pass from person to person, Dr. Chow said, adding that the risk Video: Containing Swine Flu In Mexico CBS

Swine Flu Confirmed in New York Students

Washington Post Swine flu ‘debacle’ of 1976 is recalled Los Angeles Times ABC News – San Jose Mercury News all 15,354 news articles » Canoe.ca

Mexico Seeks to Contain Swine Flu, Economic Impact

Bloomberg – ‎3 hours ago‎ In the US, 20 people have confirmed cases of swine flu linked to the Mexican virus, and the acting head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Bank gives aid to Mexico for swine flu The Associated Press Mexico granted $205m swine flu loan from World Bank guardian.co.uk World Bank to support Mexico’s Strategy to fight Swine Flu with World Bank Group Monsters and Critics.com – NASDAQ all 254 news articles »

Yen Rises on Concern US Slump Deepening, Swine Flu Spreading

Bloomberg – ‎30 minutes ago‎ The dollar weakened along with high-yielding currencies including those of Australia and New Zealand as the number of cases of swine flu in the US and Dollar falls to lowest in month vs yen on swine flu Reuters Japanese Banks Lead Stocks Higher Wall Street Journal NZ Dollar Drops on Rate-Cut Concerns, Australia’s Declines Bloomberg all 14 news articles »

NYC prep school cancels classes over suspected flu

The Associated Press – ‎10 hours ago‎ NEW YORK (AP) – Classes and student activities have been canceled at a New York City private school where eight students may have come down with swine flu.

Epidemiologist says no cases of swine flu in Iowa

Chicago Tribune – ‎7 hours ago‎ AP DES MOINES, Iowa – As international health officials watch for the spread of swine flu, the Iowa public health officials are recommending that anyone who State epidemiologist says no cases of swine flu reported in Iowa WQAD all 19 news articles »

Mexico Peso Falls on Concern Swine Flu to Deepen Economic Slump

Bloomberg – ‎1 hour ago‎ By Valerie Rota April 27 (Bloomberg) — Mexico’s peso sank to its lowest in almost three weeks on concern an outbreak of the deadly swine flu will deepen an FOREX-Yen, dollar gain, peso falls on flu jitters Reuters Mexico’s peso falls 3 percent in Asian trading Reuters all 9 news articles »

No swine flu in Ind; 2 specimens go to CDC

Chicago Tribune – ‎5 hours ago‎ By KEN KUSMER | AP Writer INDIANAPOLIS – State health officials urged public vigilance Sunday to guard against an outbreak of swine flu in Indiana, No swine flu in Ind; 2 specimens go to CDC Fox 28 all 9 news articles »

Santa Clara County plans for swineflu outbreak

San Jose Mercury News – ‎32 minutes ago‎ By Joe Rodriguez No one in Santa Clara County has turned up with the swine flu, but local health officials met Sunday after the federal government declared Think Progress

Texas Gov. Perry seeks anti-viral treatment for swine flu for Texas

Dallas Morning News – ‎18 hours ago‎ Rick Perry has asked for 37430 courses of anti-viral medicine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of the swine flu outbreak. Texas prepares for possible swine flu outbreak CBS 42 Secessionist Gov. Rick Perry asks for federal help to deal with Think Progress all 17 news articles »

World govts race to contain swine flu outbreak

Kansas City Star – ‎4 hours ago‎ COURTESY: WABC-TV White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says there’s no reason for Americans to panic over reported cases of swine flu.

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