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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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THE COST OF NOT PURSUING ADULT STEM CELL TREATMENTS IN THE USA

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 9, 2011 at 9:40 am
COST BY DISEASE # OF PATIENTS COST PER YEAR
TYPE 1 DIABETES 5.8 MILLION PATIENTS $125.1 BILLION
STROKE 5.7 MILLION PATIENTS $62.7 BILLION
HEART FAILURE 5.2 MILLION PATIENTS $50.7 BILLION
SPINAL CORD INJURY 250,000 PATIENTS $37.2 BILLION
PARKINSON’S DISEASE 650,000 PATIENTS $23 BILLION

TOTAL COST THAT ADULT STEM CELLS COULD SAVE THE UNITED STATES

$250 BILLION PER YEAR


FUND RAISING FOR TREATMENT

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on December 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I recently created a treatment fund raising strategy for patients.  Email me at dsgrano@gmail.com with the words “FUND RAISING” in the subject line and I will send you a primer on FUND RASING TACTICS.  All are welcome and this information is free of cost.

A COMMENT WELL WORTH THINKING ABOUT

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm

THE COMMENT (about the 2 Israel & Palestine posts):

just a quick comment that i don’t really see the point of these two being included on the front page of this site other than stem cell research is mentioned in passing. these articles aren’t about stem cell research or treatments really and are more about the israeli/palestinian conflict. i’m trying to educate myself on stem cell research, not on israel and palestine, and kindly request that the highlighted articles on this site (just a request of course! it’s not my site, i realize) focus much more on this topic. that said, the other article, not about i/p is wonderfully interesting and i really appreciate that one, and look forward to reading more of the past posts…i should end on the positive that i think this site is great, and that’s why i was disappointed to see much of the front page today focused on i/p. thanks.

AND MY REPLY:

Thanks very much for you comment and compliments on the site.
I believe the I/P article was relevant because Israel is one of the leaders in biotech and stem cells.  There is a treatment center in Tel Aviv that may be the best cancer clinic in the world.

But the most significant reason for it’s inclusion is this.  In my mission statement I state: “the US continues to be locked in an unwinnable argument over the ethics and funding of embryonic stem cells.”  I am not interested in getting into a political debate as it is not my area of expertise but it seemed to me there are similarities here.

I am referring of course to the political and religious struggles in “the US about EMBRYONIC research” that are keeping it’s suffering and dying patients from getting ADULT stem cell treatments that are working, offered and readily available outside of their own region.

That’s in the US….a slight change of wording and you have:

I am referring of course to the political and religious struggles in “Palestine about Israel” that are keeping it’s suffering and dying patients from getting ADULT stem cell treatments that are working, offered and readily available outside of their own region.

I know I am oversimplifying a huge conflict with thousands, if not millions of nuances, but aren’t both the US and Palestine unable to get out of their own ways to realize that they can:

1. help their suffering and ill people and
2. not have to have a conflict with their own idealogies to do so.

Again, I appreciate your comment and your “readership.”
Please keep up both! 😉
Regards-
David

Palestinians’ Health Care

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 14, 2009 at 12:11 am

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Palestinians’ Health Care -Published: February 13, 2009

To the Editor:

Palestinians Stop Paying Israeli Hospitals for Gaza and West Bank Patients (February 10, 2009)

Re “Palestinians Stop Paying Israeli Hospitals for Gaza and West Bank Patients” (news article, Feb. 10):

The Palestinian Authority’s decision to force the removal of Palestinian patients from Israeli hospitals is a sad one.

Israel’s major hospital centers — among them, Rabin Medical Center, Hadassah Hospital and Soroka Medical Center — are on a par with the finest institutions in the United States and provide a quality of care and treatment not found in the West Bank, Egypt or Jordan. They are leaders in robotic surgery, cancer research and treatment, organ transplantation, stem cell research and therapies, and have become world renowned for trauma care.

How is it in the interest of Palestinians to be treated as medically second-class patients by depriving them of the best treatment?

If there is to be coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis, what better way to work toward that goal than through the trust created by the bond between doctor, nurse and patient? Given the chance to break down stereotypes held by Palestinians and Israelis about each other, why lose that opportunity?

Stephen M. Flatow

West Orange, N.J., Feb. 10, 2009

via Letter – Palestinians’ Health Care – NYTimes.com.

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