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OPRAH, MICHAEL J FOX, DR OZ – STEM CELL DEBATE IS DEAD!

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on October 22, 2011 at 9:15 am

The debate ended 2.5 years ago but the battle still wages on! SO much has changed in 2.5 years  yet so much remains the same. 

The world has embraced the knowledge that adult stem cells can treat almost anything with safety and success but nobody in the USA knows about it because they are not available here and considered “unapproved by the FDA.”

Maybe we can enlist the “Occupy Wall Street” peeps to make some huge needed changes in our health care and available treatments.  – David

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

The Stem Cell Debate Is Over! ...sort of...

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.

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

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STEM CELL ARTICLES 4 EDUCATION + ENJOYMENT

In STEM CELLS - 101 on September 22, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Some articles for your education and enjoyment:

STEM CELLS FOR NEWBIES! (Short and to the point)     https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/stem-cells-for-newbies/

STEM CELLS 101 (Very long and detailed, getting into some science, politics, etc.)     https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/stem-cells-101/

THE FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK IN THE WORLD ABOUT STEM CELLS! https://createspace.com/3391680

100+ DISEASES TREATABLE (List of diseases and links to where to get more info on each one)     https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/diseases-treated-by-repair-stem-cells/

SCREW THE EMBRYOS;

THEY’RE IRRELEVANT!

(Irreverent yet factual analysis of the stem cell debate) https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/screw-the-embryos-they%e2%80%99re-irrelevant/

OPRAH, MICHAEL J FOX, DR OZ-

STEM CELL DEBATE IS DEAD!

(What more is there to say!)

https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/oprah-michael-j-fox-dr-oz-stem-cell-debate-is-dead/

Let me know what you think of these articles.

David Granovsky

Dr. Oz wants to save lives without using scalpel

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on September 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Article ImageOz had a decent enough career before television beckoned. He’s a prominent surgeon with expertise in repairing heart valves. He will continue to perform surgery one day a week.

Yet Oz noticed that he was getting more jazzed up persuading people they didn’t need surgery than operating on them.

He landed a show, “Second Opinion,” on the Discovery Channel and persuaded Winfrey to appear. That opened the door to Winfrey’s media kingdom, resulting in 55 appearances on her talk show in five years, and eventually his own show. It’s co-produced by Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television. He’s contractually prohibited from airing in direct competition with her.

“I found myself going to work and taking care of people who wanted to get better who believed that their only path to salvation was through my scalpel,” he said. “I can heal with steel. I know how to do that. But it’s very disenfranchising when you realize the true solutions are outside the operating room.”

via Omaha.com – The Omaha World-Herald: Living – Dr. Oz wants to save lives without using scalpel.

The Failure of Embryonics To Produce

In ALL ARTICLES on August 18, 2009 at 8:30 am
A Victimless crime? Hardly!

“…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” embryonic 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.” –

via SCREW THE EMBRYOS, THEY’RE IRRELEVANT!
(HOW DO YOU LIKE LIVING ON DEATH ROW?)

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Published: August 18, 2009

None of This Stuff Works

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Five Years after Proposition 71

When the campaign for California’s 2004 Proposition 71 was underway, Californians were inundated with claims that stem cells taken from embryos were the magical key to curing any number of diseases and medical conditions. At the time MSNBC reported: “The passage of the measure — designed to get around the Bush administration’s restrictions on the funding of such research — will likely put California at the forefront of the field and dwarfs all current stem cell projects in the United States, whether privately or publicly financed.”

Those who opposed the destruction of human embryos for research, including the Catholic Church, were derided as being “anti-science.” But as advances in the treatment of diseases and medical conditions using adult stem cells multiply daily and the technical limitations of embryonic stem cells remain, it appears that the Church’s morally correct position was scientifically correct. These advances, well known to scientists, have not been given the attention in the mainstream media, although they are having to sit up and take notice. On March 31, 2009 Dr. Mehmet Oz shocked Oprah Winfrey, guest Michael J. Fox , and Oprah’s audience, by stating categorically that “the stem cell debate is dead” and that the future lay with adult stem cells.

On April 14, 2009, the San Francisco Weekly published an article by Peter Jamison on the status of stem cell research in the state of California and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. This is the organization created by the state of California to allocate funds granted by Proposition 71. The scientists Jamison interviewed spoke about the limitations of embryonic stem cells. Warner Greene, director of the Gladstone Institute for Virology and Immunolgy in San Francisco said: “The challenge of harnessing pluripotent stem cells’ random genetic capabilities is what has prevented their medical applications, while projects involving less malleable adult stem cells move ahead. Greene, for his part, has staked out a clear position on the need to hold the former category of cells back, for now, from clinical trials. ‘There’s no way to hop over this basic biology,’ he said in an interview.”

Other scientists echo this view of embryonic stem cells: “There’s more that we don’t understand than we do,’ says Eric Rulifson, a researcher at the UCSF Diabetes Center. ‘None of this stuff works. There’s no stem cell therapy that works without causing harm, because we don’t understand what stem cells do.’” Jamison, speaking in lay terms, said “You wouldn’t know it from listening to Obama or the promises of the Prop. 71 campaign, but human embryonic stem cells are, when not tightly controlled, a substance akin to poison.”

So what is the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, created to further embryonic stem cell research, to do? According to Jamison, the institute is starting to focus on adult stem cells, because after five years and $3 billion the people of California want to see some results. And adult stem cells are where the results are. In March, Jamison attended the institute’s “Open Forum” at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel: “The star of the show was Tamara Alliston, a Ph.D. from UCSF’s Cartilage Repair and Regeneration Center. She researches methods for regenerating cartilage using mesenchymal stem cells, which are found in various adult body parts. Her work could one day provide significant relief to those suffering from arthritis — a degenerative condition, affecting five million Californians and 27 million Americans, about which shockingly little is known. Since the cells are harvested from consenting adults, her work is free of ethical debates and culture politics — in fact, it falls safely within the research parameters established in 2001 by Bush….It is difficult to overlook the irony of a situation in which state officials, seeking to deliver on the promises of a ballot initiative intended to overcome the Bush administration’s supposed limits on the advance of science, turn for their salvation to research Bush never restricted in the first place.”

The guiltiest snake-oil salesmen for embryonic stem cell research were never scientists. They were, and continue to be, members of the political class and the mainstream media. An example is the inexcusable claim made in January, 2009, by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “Scientists have been given an almost biblical power to cure through advances in embryonic stem cell research.” What could motivate such an irrational statement, utterly in conflict with the statements of the scientists themselves? In a November 20, 2007 article in First Things Joseph Bottum opined: “I have long suspected that science, in the context of the editorial page of the New York Times, was simply a stalking-horse for something else. In fact, for two something-elses: a chance to discredit America’s religious believers and an opportunity to put yet another hedge around the legalization of abortion. After all, if our very health depends on the death of embryos, and we live in a culture that routinely destroys early human life in the laboratory, no grounds could exist for objecting to abortion.”

via http://www.calcatholic.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=714aadd9-f036-4ee3-b74c-244b431867dd

Only (NOT ON YOUR LIFE) in America

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on May 12, 2009 at 10:26 am

A recent article I read about the embryonic stem cell debate concluded with this silly comment: “What if stem cell research does create a major breakthrough? If stem cells provided a cure for juvenile diabetes, this issue would be a whisper in the wind”

ostrich

Here is my response:

I am sorry to say, you are dead wrong. It will NEVER happen in the US…even though it already has.

1. First of all, in the US, you can never say “cure.” A treatment can make you symptom free for 40 years and the AMA and FDA will not let you say the patient is cured, only that they have been symptom free for 40 years.

2. In the US, when a major breakthrough occurs, you WILL NOT hear about it…in the US anyway. One brilliant doctor has enabled paraplegics to walk after adult stem cell treatment. Do you remember where you were when you heard this incredible news? No? You never heard anything about it? Right. Not in the US. Here is one of those patients. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/stepping-towards-a-paralysis-cure-a-tale-of-two-supermen-stem-cells-cure-23-year-old-male-of-paralysis-c6-c7-injury/

Here are more (scroll down past the swine flu article): https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/?s=spinal+cord+injury

3. In the US, we like to talk about Embryos. And we are the only ones. Did you know that the top embryonic stem cell scientists in the world have walked away from using embryos to develop treatments? *** 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. *** 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.” *** Dr Oz said on national TV “the stem cell debate is dead,” recognizing the lack of potential in embryonic stem cells to produce cures. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/oprah-michael-j-fox-dr-mehmet-oz-the-stem-cell-debate-is-over/ *** 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, 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.”

4. I can refer you to many studies showing the huge therapeutic benefits of stem cells for treating over 130 diseases, including Type 1 diabetes. Here’s one about your example, juvenile diabetes. One patient has gone 4 years symptom free (ZERO INSULIN). Many others had only slightly less spectacular results. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/stem-cells-%e2%80%98can-treat-diabetes%e2%80%99-is-obscured-by-wet-blanket/

The problem is, these results and studies used Adult stem cells (the one’s that actually work) and not Embryonic stem cells (which is all that anyone in the US knows about or wants to talk about). Even if you do hear about it, the word “controversial” will be plastered all over the article although there are virtually NO SIDE EFFECTS to adult stem cell treatments that standard lab practices can’t avoid or an Advil can’t cure.

5. Thousands of people all over the world are being treated successfully for ALS, ALzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Heart Disease, Autism and ~130 others. This issue IS a whisper in the wind, everywhere in the world except in the US. In the US, the trumpets are sounding so loud “for” and “against” Embryonic stem cell research, that Americans can NOT hear that they are wasting their time, embryonic stem cells will not produce treatments for 20-50 years, adult stem cells work now, diseases are being treated all over the world, embryonic scientists are abandoning their work, etc. etc.

The Sad and Misunderstood Plight of “Mr STEM CELL”

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS - 101 on April 13, 2009 at 9:48 am

sad-stem_cell1

Mr Stem Cell is sad.

No one understands him.

People think he isn’t special.

People think stem cells are all the same.

Don’t worry Mr Stem Cell, we’ll explain it to them together!

Why I am Special – by Mr Stem Cell

We are often saddened to see that many people and even journalists do not differentiate between the different types of stem cells.  There is a lot of use of the generic terms of “stem cells” and “stem cell research” or “stem cell treatment” which results in an indiscriminate attack on embryonic stem cells AND adult stem cells AND induced pluripotent stem cells, etc. with no regard for their success, history, differences or presence of a moral or ethical controversy rank.

“Stem cell” is a generic term derived from research done by the scientists Ernest A. McCulloch and James E. Till in the 60’s.  The term “stem cell” can be applied to any of dozens of cells found all over the body, but make no mistake.  There are many different kinds of stem cells, with different limits and capabilities and only one of those dozens is the “embryonic stem cell” associated with all of the controversy and debate in the US and a history of generating tumors after their use in treatments.  By contrast, only “adult” or “repair” stem cells have an almost 10 year history of proven safe and successful treatments around the world.

One author recently attacked “stem cell treatments” with seemingly no understanding that he meant to refer to only embryonic stem cell treatments (of which there are no successful treatments) and not adult stem cell treatments (which have been used successfully for over 40 years and treat over 130 diseases to date around the world).

I offered to get him up to speed with a few articles…

Here is a stem cell 101 primer in the form of a discussion:
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/stem-cells-101/

Here is Doctor Oz on Oprah saying the stem cell debate is dead and iPS cells are the future:
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/oprah-michael-j-fox-dr-oz-stem-cell-debate-is-dead/

Here is the FDA regulation of stem cell treatments in the US:
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/re-the-prior-post-about-the-patient-organization/

Here is the Dr Thomson article describing his discovery of iPS cells from foreskins that are created with no viruses or tumor potential:
https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/news-stem-cell-pioneer-thoms ons-lab-achieves-fairly-big-milestone/

Check them out, think about all the different issues and types of stem cells.  “Stem cells” are an amazing and diverse group with many things that make each type of stem cell different and special and there are more types of stem cells being found all the time.  After reading the the above articles, if you like, feel free to contact me to discuss the differences further.

Mr Stem Cell thanks you and so do I!

Regards-
David Granovsky, https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com

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

michael-j-fox-oprah-oz

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/

Oz slams the door on embryonics!

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm

baby_stepsOz slams the door on embryonics!

3 times I have fielded understandable questions from very wise people who want to know why Dr Oz did not go into detail about adult stem cells and iPS cells.  Here is my answer to them.

“you have to understand that you know more about stem cells than 99% of the people in the US.  to them , stem cells = embryos = babies.  as far as they know, there are no other stem cells.

walk down the street and ask someone what an adult stem cell is.  ask them what an iPS cell is.  you will only get blank stares.

what Oz did was truly amazing.  shunning history, media, obama’ s funding, the FDA and the AMA…not to mention the fruitless decade long pursuit of embryonic cures undertaken by the always cute michael j fox with the shadow of chris reeves hovering over him…

Oz slammed the door on embryonics.

one step at a time we will educate the masses and introduce them to the fact that adult stem cells have been treating diseases around the world successfully for a decade.  one step at a time…and this was a huge first step!

So from where I am sitting, I want to express a huge amount of appreciation for what he did.  Thank you Dr Oz!

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

michael-j-fox-oprah-oz1

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

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