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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 ALL ARTICLES on October 22, 2011 at 12:07 am

Just a quick note of thanks to all of my readers!

The US may be ignorant of the benefits of adult stem cells but you are not!

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Here’s to our next 1.5 million and all the people we can help together!

Good luck and good health!


We’ve come a long way baby!

U.S. Medicare rules seek improved care, lower costs

In OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm
This program will create a financial incentive for doctors to take more interest in a patient’s follow up care, thereby, providing better care.
There are some who say that the entire medical and pharma system is based on making money and not on getting you better.  I guess this proves it.
The promise of “better care for patients” apparently wasn’t enough in order to get this program off the ground…they had to both pay doctors more AND show a savings to the government.
While I applaud the program to increase follow up care, this seems to me like doctors are now going to get paid more to do what they should already be doing (and are doing in other countries).
The USA medical system is ranked 37th in the world by the World Health Organization.
U.S. Medicare rules seek improved care, lower costs | Reuters

A patient waits in the hallway for a room to open up in the emergency room at a hospital in Houston, Texas, July 27, 2009. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
A patient waits in the hallway for a room to open up in the emergency room at a hospital in Houston, Texas, July 27, 2009.

WASHINGTON | Fri Apr 1, 2011 8:41am EDT – By Donna Smith

(Reuters) – U.S. Medicare regulators on Thursday launched a program for doctors to deliver more follow-up care to patients that they predict will save the government as much as $960 million over the next three years while providing better healthcare for the elderly.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rules under President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul setting out guidelines for doctors and hospitals who form so-called accountable care organizations to deliver Medicare services.

The idea, called coordinated care, is to give primary care physicians a financial incentive to follow up on patients who are sent to the hospital or prescribed a course of treatment.

The traditional pay for service structure provides no such incentives, which take the form of a share of any cost savings.

“We’ve known for a long time that too many Americans fail to get the best care when they walk into a hospital or a doctor’s office,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a telephone press conference.

“One in every five Medicare beneficiaries who leaves the hospital is back within 30 days. In many cases it is because they failed to receive the correct follow up care,” she added…

U.S. Medicare rules seek improved care, lower costs | Reuters.


In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on March 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm
You can help make this petition a success – please share this petition with your friends and family. Petitions will succeed only by word of mouth, and every signature makes a difference! Forward our email, or simply send your friends this link:



*ADULT STEM CELLS are the natural healing device in the human body.
*ADULT STEM CELL derived treatments are some of the greatest therapies know to modern medicine.
*ADULT STEM CELLS have all of the benefits and none of the side effects or controversy of embryonic stem cells. StemCells101:https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/stem-cells-for-newbies/

There is only one problem…


ADULT STEM CELLS have allowed patients outside the USA to reap huge rewards of life extension and improved quality of life. In many cases, 60-70% of patients experience RECOVERY from so-called incurable diseases like Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Heart Disease and many others.

Millions of patients are struggling with diseases and the treatment options available to them are not helping them. Perhaps you have a friend or loved one with an incurable or debilitating disease. Perhaps you are a patient fighting for your own life. Shouldn’t patients in the USA be allowed to access one of the greatest treatments in the history of medicine?

Please sign this petition:

*To help put the MIRACLE of ADULT STEM CELLS into the political, scientific and public spotlight.

*So dying and debilitated patients can have a chance at recovery, life extension and the increased quality of life they so desperately need.

*So our own dying and incurable patients can be offered


Thank you!

For more information about the current state of adult stem cell treatments around the world, feel free to contact me at: dsgrano@gmail.com




Double transplant for type 1 diabetes brings troubles, gifts

In ALL ARTICLES on January 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Double transplant for type 1 diabetes brings troubles, gifts
Updated 1/11/2010 12:05 PM ET    E-mail | Save | Print

Enlarge    By Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY

Immersing himself in a hot bath while taking anti-nausea pills brings Scott Bowles some relief from cyclic vomiting syndrome.

By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY

Ten years ago Tuesday, USA TODAY’s Scott Bowles had a kidney and pancreas transplant to treat his juvenile diabetes. He kept a journal of the experience, which ran as a series in the newspaper and in his book, The Needle and the Damage Done. Bowles, 44, a film reporter in Los Angeles, looks back at the decade and life after the surgery.

Albuquerque, April 7, 2009
Denzel Washington is going to have to wait.
The star is on a nearby stage, rehearsing

But I’m not going to make it. I’m on the floor of a publicist’s darkened office, on my back, trying to slow my breathing and fight off the nausea and heart palpitations that are racking my body.
READ MORE: Type 1 diabetes’ effect on daily life

It has been 10 years since I opted to treat my diabetes with a kidney and pancreas transplant, a decision that, for the first time, I’m beginning to question.

I find myself on a hospital gurney with frightening regularity lately. Where once I was going to the hospital every six to eight months, now I’m there every six to eight weeks. My weight is down to 139, lighter than I was in college. Three days without nausea or a racing heart feels like a good stretch of health.

More frightening, doctors aren’t sure how to keep my body from breaking down. They’ve diagnosed me with two post-transplant illnesses: cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) and atrial fibrillation. CVS is a powerful wave of nausea that hits without warning and can last hours, leaving me heaving long after my stomach is empty.
The nausea depletes me of electrolytes and minerals, which sends my body into the more dangerous complication: atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the heart pumps twice as fast as normal but circulates only 60% of the blood, raising the risk of a blood clot and stroke.

Today, I’m in the throes of both complications. I’m rushed to New Mexico University Hospital, where nurses are having trouble finding a vein. I’ve had so many blood draws over the decade that my veins have scarred and it’s difficult to find one that’s usable.

They try two sticks in the left arm. No luck. One in the right. Same result.
A nurse suggests mining my neck. I close my eyes: This is the one place I thoroughly feel the needle. The vein works all right; it’s dashing us both in arterial spray, too much for her to secure an intravenous tube. Finally, she sinks the needle between the fingers of my right hand and finds a vein.
After a bit, I feel the medications open my lungs and nudge me toward sleep.
But not before I think to myself: I can’t keep doing this.

Los Angeles, July 14
My doctor for the past 10 years, Michael Brousseau, has me in his office. My mother is here, too. She has traveled from Atlanta to meet with physicians and brainstorm.

Brousseau is frustrated. I’m on a dozen anti-nausea medications — some of them designed for cancer patients on chemotherapy — yet nothing works with consistency.
He connects me with two more specialists, who will focus on my stomach and heart. “Something has to work,” he says. “Because right now, you’re not functional.”

The words throw me. I had this surgery Jan. 12, 2000, as a salvo against the disease, which over 20 years claimed both kidneys, one-third of my sight and almost all hope that I’d reach 50 with my vision and limbs intact.
And for five years, it seemed, the transplant was the solution. To this day I’ve had no rejection episodes and not a drop of insulin.

But the new complications are frighteningly quick and forceful. I was never staggered by an insulin reaction or high blood sugar as I am by these side effects.

We drive home, and I excuse myself to the bathroom. I run a hot bath (the one treatment that seems to settle my nausea) and turn up the radio so Mom can’t hear me lose my composure in the tub.
Maybe I don’t beat my body’s demons. Maybe I already was as healthy as I’m ever going to be.

July 16
Mom and I are walking through the mall when I lose my balance. The new medications are interacting poorly, leaving my head swimming and my legs unreliable. I flop in a mall seat while Mom goes for something to drink.
A woman who has been watching from a nearby bench walks toward me. She holds a package of gum and offers me a piece.

I’m not sure how to respond, so I take it and thank her. She shakes her head — she doesn’t speak English — but smiles and offers another piece.
The gum does nothing, the gesture everything. By the time Mom is back, I’m already feeling better, energized by the random kindness of the woman, who nods and smiles as Mom and I pad off.
This disease can offer such odd, sweet consolation prizes.

Sept. 16
A nurse calls me at home, the first time I’ve heard from my insurance company unsolicited.
“It appears you’ve been having some complications of late,” she says. “Is there anything we can do?”
I’m cautious. I’m getting two dozen bills, letters from hospitals and benefits explanations every month now, and I must be signaling a red flag with the insurance company. My anti-rejection drugs have jumped from $1,200 a year to $2,800. And that doesn’t include hospital stays, ER visits or nausea medications that run $150 a week.
No, thank you, I tell her. We have specialists working on it.

She presses a little more, asking for some details of my recent hospitalizations. She gently asks whether this is a new problem or something “that might have been pre-existing.”
I freeze. I know what that phrase means. It means you’ve become too expensive to keep healthy. No, I say flatly before getting off the phone, it’s a new problem.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to lie. This is new. I could use help. But I’m not sure she’s offering it, and I would have told her my nose wasn’t a pre-existing condition if my insurance were at stake.

Nov. 1
My good friend Jocelyn Smith is visiting when I feel my hands and feet go numb — the surest signal I’m headed into atrial fibrillation.

Without a word, she jumps into action. She eases me into her car, drives me to the hospital and gives the doctors the rundown on my medications and symptoms. She stays the duration of the six-hour wait for a bed.
Somehow, this trip to the hospital is easier than the others.

Maybe it’s seeing Jocelyn oversee the chaos like a M.A.S.H. nurse. I’ve watched as my friends and family turn into a team of first responders: paramedics, doctors, ambulance drivers. All without asking or asking anything in return.
Not that there’s any way to repay what they’ve given me.

Dec. 11
I’m beginning to understand how dogs improve and lengthen the lives of the elderly. Mine are making this place more homey.

When I’m ill in the bath, I notice, they quit roaming the house and cram into the bathroom. My golden retriever, Teddy, curls up by the tub. Esmé, a diminutive Boston terrier who acts as his orbiting moon, nestles into his belly.
I don’t want to be that crazy dog guy, but I’m convinced their company helps. It’s comforting to reach over the tub and bury my hands into that warm, tangled fur pile, something that could have sprung from Where the Wild Things Are.

I’ve read the studies that say domestic animals have learned over the years to befriend humans to maximize food and shelter from us.
But I prefer to think they can’t stand the thought of me being alone or sick.

Dec. 25
This could be a strange Christmas. Because the nausea and A-fib can strike so suddenly, I can’t risk being on a plane for five hours to visit my family in Atlanta. This will be the first Christmas I don’t make it home for some part of the holiday season.

I wake up ready to dread the day, but my body has surprised me. No nausea, no heart-skipping.
I decide to spend the day visiting people dear to me: Anthony Breznican, who cooks for me more than I do; Luz Elena Avitia, who has become a surrogate parent to my dogs when I’m sick; and Michael Ingram, an old friend who offered me one of his kidneys 10 years ago.

The trip isn’t without risk. Luz and Michael are in San Diego, and the complete drive will take at least five hours — as long as a flight.
But I’m tired of my body caging me. I stuff a few meds in my jeans and hit the road.
The day flies. Everyone is in good spirits, my heart is behaving and by the time I’m driving back, I’ve forgotten how long I’d gone without a moment of nausea.

When I get home, I realize that I haven’t opened any presents under the tree. I know it’s corny, but this Christmas — filled only with people I love — has a Seuss-ian feel to it. I go to bed without touching a gift. I’ll do that tomorrow.
Tonight, I’d like to remain that Who in Whoville.

Jan. 9, 2010
Tuesday marks what I consider my 10th birthday: the day I received my organs.

It also marks the day Valerie and Leroy Flegel took their 21-year-old son, Samuel, off life support.
I have trouble reconciling this. How does that much despair create that much hope?

Samuel was, by all accounts, an extraordinary young man. Born with a learning disability similar to dyslexia, he overcame it to earn his GED and become an engineer for Red River Valley and Western Railroad in Wahpeton, N.D.
He was riding home from a New Year’s party in Fargo in 2000 when he hit a parking lot abutment hidden in snow. By the time police found him, he was brain-dead, though the subzero temperatures kept his body alive.
Now I carry him.

For some reason, I rarely get sick around the anniversary date, and this time is no different. I wake up hungry, energized. Healthy. I hop in the car and drive for a doughnut, something I could never have eaten as a diabetic.
On the drive back, I’m a little angry at myself for being so self-pitying, for questioning this fight. There is no beating diabetes, just changing the complications. But at least I have a chance for better health, something Samuel never got.

And perhaps more than any other anniversary, this one reminds me that I do not fight alone. Through all this, friends have become family and family has become closer than it has ever been. Strangers have offered whatever they have. I think of them and it propels me, literally.
I am awake now, opening up the accelerator as I drive home. Music rattles the windows of the car. I don’t want the drive to end.

I speed past the exit for my house. The morning is bleeding into afternoon, and it’s too warm, too nice to stop moving. I’m going to drive until I run out of gas.
For every day I spend sick or in a hospital, it seems, I receive one that is equally fine. That’s where I discovered the unexpected gift of diabetes, one that I would never return: the capacity to recognize and enjoy the moment.
A nausea-free morning. A symptom-free afternoon. A good day.
Like this one.


In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on November 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm

A friend asked:

when are they going to allow us to use stem cells for autism in this country??? I am getting impatient evry treatment center I’ve called here (in the US) says they wont do it! I am having a baby in feb and want to use the cord blood for my son but when will I ever be able to? anyone know?

My response:

I expect that it will be at least 10 years and they will not be in the form you are expecting…the form that is so successful all over the world. Here’s why:

1.  The US medical and pharmacological system is based upon the production and patenting of drugs for the treatment of symptoms.

2.  The FDA has declared that stem cells are a regulated drug – https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/fda-part-2-adult-stem-cells-found-in-everyones-body-are-drugs-subject-to-regulation-and-monitoring/



3.  Clinical trials for bringing a drug to market take 7-12 years and 250-900 million dollars to develop, market and patent.

4.  The US is JUST starting this process after being entirely focused on embryonic stem cells (that are currently irrelevant because they have produced zero treatments).  https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/screw-the-embryos-they%e2%80%99re-irrelevant/

5.  The beauty of stem cells, besides that they work so well, is that they are in so many forms, from so many parts of the body. Stem cell treatment is essentially a procedure, not a drug IMO.  Patenting a drug means you have exclusive rights to sell it and you have no competitors.  No competition for a new drug is the desire of the pharma industry.  With new treatments coming out all the time, by the time a patent goes through (~6 months), there are probably going to be new treatments that match or exceed the patented one.

End result: Pharma company spends 7-12 years and 250-900 million dollars to develop, market and patent a new drug only to find that something better has already come along to replace it.  A terrible business model for them…a terrible travesty for those who are literally “dying for stem cells to become available!”

I hope all of that is clear.  So as it stands, the hope for treatment over the next decade at least still lies only outside the US.  Does it work?  Here’s the current state of stem cell treatment for autism:  https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/stem-cells-for-autism/


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