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WHY IS THE USA SO DAMN BEHIND? HAVE A HEART

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

My buddy David S. is raising funds for stem cell treatment for his heart.  He is a gentleman, a poet, a musician and he always seems to get right to the meat of the subject.  David asks:

What was the method used to develop [adult stem cell] therapies all over the world in other countries? Clinical trials?

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Excellent question!

Short answer: American medical professionals are so Ameri-centric, they throw away or ignore anything (studies, trials, etc) conducted outside the USA.

I remember a few years ago, an acquaintance of mine who was pre-med sneered at my mention of any trials conducted outside the US and then sneered at the very thought of adult stem cells doing anything.  Well, I guess I’m laughing last but I brought up the point then that his arrogance was somewhat confusing to me since the USA health system is ranked 37th in the world by the World Health Organization.  What the hell was he so proud of??

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED…

in 2005 the first stem cell treatment facility was created in Thailand where the environment was favorable (the king’s cardio thoracic surgeon was a fan of stem cells for heart disease) and theIr methods were based on half a decade of human research preceded by years and years of animal research. I present a short list of the ‘ignored’ studies below.  Read through and you will realize:

a. by the time these studies were published, everyone in the scientifically community new the results for a year or years and

b. by the time the Bangkok facility was created, Prof Doris Taylor was already creating hearts with stem cells from scratch

c. these studies and trials, when conducted outside the US, have been all but ignored and then repeated in the US. The inevitable successful trial results 6-8 years later in the US are always accompanied by an incorrect, ignorant and infuriating news article crying: “first ever in the world!”

d.  in addition to the studies/trials below, there were also hundreds or thousands of other studies showing the safety and efficacy of adult stem cell treatments in animals and humans in other organs/parts of the body.

[While, ‘it worked there, so it will work here’ is not an accepted scientific method, at some point there is an increase in confidence when you realize: adult stem cells are in the body to repair, that’s what they do, they are safe, they fix stuff, now let’s figure out how to maximize there effects.]

For more information: https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/heart-disease-treatment/

HEART DISEASE CLINICAL STUDIES – A BRIEF HISTORY

2002

A clinical trial led by Dr. Hans Dohmann plus six colleagues in Brazil took 21 transplant candidates and gave 14 of them bone marrow cells. The results were so spectacular that the American Heart Association accepted the paper and it was presented in 2003. Five of the seven in the control group opted in to make a total of 19 stem cell transplants. The mortality rate for transplant candidates is about 35% per year. At that rate there would be, of those 19, only 2.2 patients still alive without a transplant after five years. There were, in fact, 12 alive as of Dec. 31, 2007; more than five years down the road.

If you did not want or could not get a heart transplant (as is true of 90%+ of dying heart patients in North America) then you had to make a choice between stem cell treatment or standard Western Cardiology methodology.

Western Cardiology methodology kept 12% of patients (waiting for heart transplants) alive for five years.

Adult/repair Stem cell treatments kept 63% of patients (waiting for heart transplants) alive for five years. More than 5 times more heart transplant candidates lived for 5 years with stem cell treatments than the typical heart transplant recipient! Btw, stem cell science has made huge advancements in treating heart disease over the past seven years.

2003

Dr. Andreas Zeiher of the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt began much larger trials. As of 2007, he has overseen more ASC implants into hearts than anyone, both in and out of clinical trials and he was the first to prove that timely implant of RSC in new heart attack victims improves future mortality and morbidity – http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/search?journalcode=circulationaha&fulltext=zeiher

2004

Dr. Amit Patel of Pittsburgh completed two of the most successful trials ever. In Uruguay, he proved, on a group of ischemic heart failure patients, that a bypass plus cells was infinitely better than a bypass only. That same year, TheraVitae, in Israel, developed a new, powerful blood-derived stem cell and dared to treat the sickest patients no clinical trial (except Brazil) would consider.

One of the Brazilians, Dr. Perin, came to Texas, used the Brazil results to get the first ASC heart clinical trial approved by the FDA. Over a dozen such approvals were granted in the next 12-18 months.

The first-ever commercial stem cell treatment center in the world starts adult stem cell treatment of hundreds of human patients. Results are amazing and include the regrowing of cardiac muscle tissue in patients, significant increases and sometimes a doubling of ejection fractions (the % volume of blood the heart can pump out per beat), etc! Stem cells are also recognized as “smart,” going to where they were needed most, creating micro-vessel bypasses around existing blockages areas, areas that previously were blocked and in areas where stents were implanted.

2005

Dr Taylor removed all cells from rat hearts except for a thin skeleton of tissue translucent as wax paper. She then injected the scaffold with fresh Cardiac Repair Stem Cells from newborn rats. Four days later, “We could see these little areas that were beginning to beat. By eight days, we could see the whole heart beating.” The experiment, reported in the journal Nature Medicine, marked the first time scientists created a functioning heart in the lab from biological tissue.

ADULT STEM CELLS vs. HEART DISEASE – UNDENIABLE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

HEART DISEASE TRIAL – 2004 to 2006 –

Clinical trial illustrates the safety and efficacy of VesCell Adult Stem Cell treatment. Accepted by the American Heart Assn in 2005-6. This trial was a key element in attaining regulatory approval for the treatment protocol that improved the lives of 300 mostly “no-option” heart patients.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF HAEMOTOLOGY – 2006

Research paper shows that peripheral blood derived stem cells can differentiate into a variety of other stem cells (angiogenic, myocardial and neural lineages) and do so in sufficient quantities to use as autologous treatment for a variety of diseases.

ANGIOGENIC CELL CLINICAL STUDY – 106 CASES – 2005 to 2008

Clinical study at Chao Phya Hospital Heart Center and Siriraj Hospital H.M. Cardiac Center clinical study shows that transcoronary injection of angiogenic cells precursors improved cardiac/left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), exercise capacity and quality of life with high safety profile for 70% of ischemic cardiomyopathy patients with no-option revascularization.

CARDIOMYOPATHY TRIAL – 55 CASES – 2005 to 2006

Bangkok Heart Hospital and U of Pittsburgh Medical Center/McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine clinical trial shows that expanded autologous blood derived stem cells utilized in intramyocardial transplantation is feasible and safe in severely ill patients with intractable heart failure in all cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and in both first-time and “redo” ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) patients.

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE – SCIENTIFIC PAPER – 6 CASES

Shows the safety, and feasibility and enhancement of limb salvage from implantation of non-mobilized peripheral blood angiogenic cell precursors (NMPB-ACPs) in 80% of patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) who were poor candidates for standard revascularization treatment options.

BIOPROCESSING JOURNAL – 2007

Bioprocessing Journal scientific paper shows the consistent and reliable manufacturing procedure utilized for transforming bone marrow and blood-derived stem cells into angiogenic cell precursors (ACPs) and hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) cellular products for the treatment of severe heart diseases. End product was found to be a) safe and effective; b) prepared from non-mobilized peripheral blood; c) stable, with a relatively long shelf-life; and d) ready-to-use and easily utilized by the physician.

Chronic illness, Heart attacks, Milk and Depression

In ALL ARTICLES on April 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

WHO warns of enormous burden of chronic disease
LONDON (Reuters) – Chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes have reached global epidemic proportions and now cause more deaths than all other diseases combined, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. | Full Article
Guidelines help prevent heart attack deaths
April 26, 2011 04:23 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When doctors follow guidelines for treating patients after a heart attack, more patients survive, according to a new study from Sweden published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. | Full Article
China seizes 26 tonnes of melamine-tainted milk powder
April 27, 2011 02:26 AM ET
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have seized more than 26 tonnes of milk powder tainted with melamine from a ice cream maker in a southwestern city, state media said, three years after milk tainted with the industrial chemical killed six and made thousands ill. | Full Article
Depression reported by 25 percent of caregivers
April 26, 2011 08:21 PM ET
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One in four caregivers for ill or elderly relatives and friends said in a survey released on Tuesday that they suffer from depression, a figure far higher than for the U.S. population in general. | Full Article

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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.

DRUG CORRUPTION, SWINE FLU + NEEDLESS DEATHS

In ALL ARTICLES on January 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm

“one of the greatest medicine scandals of the Century”

Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, former SPD Member of the German Bundestag and now chairman of the Health Committee of PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council  of Europe)

European Parliament to Investigate WHO and “Pandemic” Scandal

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The Council of Europe member states will launch an inquiry in January 2010 on the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign, focusing especially on extent of the pharma‘s industry’s influence on WHO. The Health Committee of the EU Parliament has unanimously passed a resolution calling for the inquiry. The step is a long-overdue move to public transparency of a…

“Golden Triangle” of drug corruption between WHO, the pharma industry and academic scientists that has permanently damaged the lives of millions and even caused death.


The parliament motion was introduced by Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, former SPD Member of the German Bundestag and now chairman of the Health Committee of PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council  of Europe). Wodarg is a medical doctor and epidemiologist, a specialist in lung disease and environmental medicine, who…

considers the current “pandemic” Swine Flu campaign of the WHO to be “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the Century.”[1]


The text of the resolution just passed by a sufficient number in the Council of Europe Parliament says among other things, “In order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies, responsible for public health standards to alarm governments worldwide and make them squander tight health resources for inefficient vaccine strategies and needlessly expose millions of healthy people to the risk of an unknown amount of side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines. The “bird-flu”-campaign (2005/06) combined with the “swine-flu”-campaign seem to have caused a great deal of damage not only to some vaccinated patients and to public health-budgets, but to the credibility and accountability of important international health-agencies.”[2]

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FULL STORY HERE: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16667

THE U.S. PAYS MOST + RANKS LAST

In ALL ARTICLES on September 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm

The U.S. currently pays a higher percentage of health dollars for administration than any other nation.

The U.S. also ranks highest in total cost of care, but according to a recent report by the Commonwealth Fund,

RANKS LAST among industrialized countries “in preventing deaths through use of timely and effective medical care.”

In a recent FRONTLINE report comparing the health care systems of five other capitalist democracies, “Sick Around the World,” WASHINGTON POST reporter T.R. Reid notes that, “The World Health Organization says the U.S. health care system rates 37th in the world in terms of quality and fairness. All the other rich countries do better than we do, and yet they spend a heck of a lot less.”

via http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07102009/profile3.html

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

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

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
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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
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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

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(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 – Ask the experts – Part 4 – The WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan

In ALL ARTICLES on April 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm

In the ultimate act of sacrifice for her husband and king, Queen Gorgo gives herself to the slimy politician Theron.  As he assaults her, he says:  Theron: [before raping Queen Gorgo] This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I'm not your King.  Later, realizing that Theron has betrayed her, Queen Gorgo thrusts a sword deeply into his belly, and says:  Queen Gorgo: [having stabbed Theron and while holding sword into his body] This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I am not your Queen.

queen-gorgo-300-leonidas-wife (Lena Headey)

In the movie 300, in the ultimate act of sacrifice for her husband and king, Queen Gorgo gives herself to the slimy politician Theron.  As he assaults her, he says:

Theron: [before raping Queen Gorgo] This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I’m not your King.

Later, realizing that Theron has betrayed her, Queen Gorgo thrusts a sword deeply into his belly, and says:

Queen Gorgo: [having stabbed Theron and while holding sword into his body] This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I am not your Queen.

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH SWINE FLU?

I am going to bring you the opinions of the experts on Swine flu.  You will find that there are many conflicting reports, the same words can be construed in many different ways and in the end, much of it you will definitely not enjoy.  In the end, when you have read all of the expert’s opinions, you will most likely be more confused than when you started.  As for her not being “my” Queen…well, a man can dream.

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OPINION #4 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan Worldwide Scientific Advisor

Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan
25 April 2009

Swine influenza

In response to cases of swine influenza A(H1N1), reported in Mexico and the United States of America, the Director-General convened a meeting of the Emergency Committee to assess the situation and advise her on appropriate responses.

The establishment of the Committee, which is composed of international experts in a variety of disciplines, is in compliance with the International Health Regulations (2005).

The first meeting of the Emergency Committee was held on Saturday 25 April 2009.

After reviewing available data on the current situation, Committee members identified a number of gaps in knowledge about the clinical features, epidemiology, and virology of reported cases and the appropriate responses.

The Committee advised that answers to several specific questions were needed to facilitate its work.

The Committee nevertheless agreed that the current situation constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

Based on this advice, the Director-General has determined that the current events constitute a public health emergency of international concern, under the Regulations.

Concerning public health measures, in line with the Regulations the Director-General is recommending, on the advice of the Committee, that all countries intensify surveillance for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.

The Committee further agreed that more information is needed before a decision could be made concerning the appropriateness of the current phase 3.

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