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Oz, Oprah, Michael J Fox and Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by David Granovsky

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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: http://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:

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

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OPRAH! MICHAEL J FOX! DR MEHMET OZ! THE STEM CELL DEBATE IS DEAD!!

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by David Granovsky

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Dr Mehmet Oz says to Michael J Fox, Oprah & ~7.2 million viewers:

“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.”

you can see the video here:
http://www.oprah.com/media/20090319-tows-dr-oz-brain

Stepping Towards A Paralysis Cure, A Tale Of Two Supermen Stem Cells Cure 23 Year Old Male of Paralysis – C6-C7 injury

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by David Granovsky

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STEM CELL VICTORY OF 2009?

STEPPING TOWARDS A PARALYSIS CURE, A TALE OF TWO SUPERMEN

By David Granovsky


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

A Tale of Two Cities

Superman #1 – Christopher Reeve:

1995 – Thrown from his horse, lands on his head, destroying the first and second cervical vertebrae, and is paralyzed.

The cause: “Spinal Cord Injury” (SCI)

2002 – RSC treatments begin improving the lives of severe SCI patients in Portugal.

2004 – Two of these improved SCI patients testify before Congress regarding the benefits of RSC for treating SCI.  After 2 years of RSC treatments providing SCI improvements, Mr. Reeve disregarded this information, choosing instead to “believe in” the promise of embryonic stem cells.

Oct. 10, 2004 – At Northern Westchester Hospital suffers cardiac arrest brought on by infection.

CONCLUSION: After battling paralysis for 9 years Superman #1 dies.

March 26, 2009 – 4 ½ years after Mr. Reeves’ death, not one SCI patient has been treated with embryonic stem cells.

Superman #2 – Male, 23 years old:

Prior motor vehicle accident victim with cervical bilateral inter facet dislocation, C6-C7 injury.

Feb 28, 2008 – Implanted with fresh autologous (from his own body) bone marrow stem cells in Argentina.

March 15, 2008 – Implanted with cultured and expanded mesenchymal stem cells. Clinical indications after implantation were intense physical therapy and MRI each 6 months.

CONCLUSION: After receiving two Repair Stem Cell treatments, intensive physical therapy and with the assistance of a walker, Superman #2 is now walking on his own power, has sensation in his legs, has hair growing on his legs, and has bladder control.

Repair stem cells are the only medicine known to man capable of achieving significant results with the most seriously injured SCI patients.  He is living and walking proof that when Western Medicine dogma declares: “severe SCI patients are permanently paralyzed”, it is true only when Repair Stem Cells are prohibited, as they have been, and will be for years to come, in America.

A BRIEF TECHNICAL HISTORY OF STEM CELLS VS. SCI

There are roughly 100 stem cell treatment centers in the world. The Repair Stem Cell Institute (RSCI) recommends 8 of them as the world’s top Treatment Centers. It is no coincidence that among the 8 are the three world leaders in the treatment of SCI. These three treatment centers have destroyed the two myths of Western SCI treatment:

(1) Severe SCI victims will always be paralyzed.

RSCI THE VOICE OF STEM CELL SCIENCE

(2) Embryonic stem cells have more treatment promise than RSC.

The first successful treatment of SCI patients by the three world leaders:

  • Dr. Carlos Lima in Portugal in 2002
  • Beike’s team in China in 2005-6
  • Dr. Roberto Fernandez-Vina in Argentina in 2008

–    Three leading stem cell treatment centers,

–    all recommended by RSCI

–    on three continents,

–    using three different types of RSC and

–    using three different procedures to implant the stem cells

–    over a 6 year period,

Typical SCI Progress Scale after a single RSC treatment:

Average success – ability to flex abdominal muscles

Good success – ability to feel the bladder

Super success – ability to control the bladder

After that, there may be a second stem cell implant some months later, but, in order to progress toward walking, the one mandatory therapy is Physical

Rehabilitation – years of exceptionally difficult Physical Rehabilitation.

Click here to see what is involved in Rehab:

http://www.walkthelinetoscirecovery.com

See a video showing what Repair Stem Cells did for SUPERMAN 2. This is POWERFUL! (Click this link and scroll to video; wait about 4 seconds):

http://www.repairstemcells.org/Treatment/Treatment-Centers/Central-America.aspx

Click here to see videos of Pioneer Doctor Carlos Lima, Steve “Mr. Rehab” Hinderer (Click this and scroll to video):

http://repairstemcells.org/Stem-Cell-University/Featured-Articles/Spinal-Cord-Injuries.aspx

“You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going.”

– Geraldine Brooks (Pulitzer Prize winning author of “March”)

Published 03/27/09 in Repair Stem Cell Institute Newsletter #3 – http://repairstemcells.org

For treatment information: http://repairstemcells.org/Treatment/Treatment-Request.aspx?d=Spinal%20Cord%20Injury

To view archived newsletters or join the newsletter mailing list:

http://repairstemcells.org/Home/E-Newsletter.aspx

Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by David Granovsky

Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

HOW DO YOU LIKE LIVING ON DEATH ROW?

…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” 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.

By David Granovsky

Editor, RSCI Newsletter

March, 2009

Should embryos be researched?  In theory, everything should be researched because we won’t know what advancements can come of it until it’s done.  But what about embryonic research in regard to treatments and the great stem cell debate?  Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

So what if 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.   Maybe the U.S. scientists can discover amazing new things given enough time and money.  Because we will never know what advances and benefits that research may bring us.

So what if 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.”

So what if the world’s best embryonic scientists believe that Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC – adult cells modified to be able to become any cell in the human body) seem to have all of the benefits of ESC with significantly less of a rejection issue, without the political & religious controversy or the tumor and cancer potential that ESC do?

So what if Time magazine named iPSC innovation No. 1 on its “Top 10 Scientific Discoveries” of 2007, and the journal Science rated it the No. 1 breakthrough of 2008?

So what if the iPSC findings even prompted Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, to abandon 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.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031002842.html

So what if 3 weeks ago, 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.” http://health.usnews.com/blogs/heart-to-heart/2009/03/04/why-embryonic-stem-cells-are-obsolete.html

So what if Dr James Thomson, father of embryonic research said about iPSC: “Already these reprogrammed cells (iPSC) have eclipsed the value of those harvested from embryos, because of significantly lower cost, ease of production, and genetic identity with the patient. They also bring unique application to medical and pharmaceutical research, because cells cultivated from patients with certain diseases readily become laboratory models for developing and testing therapy. That iPS cells overcome ethical concerns about creating and sacrificing embryos is an added plus.”

But personally I am selfish and I have an evil agenda.  I am less concerned with promoting broad spectrum research of everything that may educate us.  I am interested in research that can help suffering human beings now, human beings who have debilitating, life-altering or life-threatening diseases.

I want to help them now.

And we can…

And we aren’t.

I don’t want to see the tears of one more person who is turned away from their doctor’s door with the statement, “there’s nothing more we can do” while people around the world have been successfully treated for that same disease for 3, 5, 10 years.

I can’t sit at the death bed of the millions dying each year and try to get them excited about the wonderful discoveries we will make in the future, the advancement of the human race, the spirit of the human quest for knowledge.

I refuse to go to death row and tell each inmate about how every prison but theirs has pardoned the death row inmates and the governor is going to pardon everyone on death row here too!  But sorry, only after they are executed.

That is what we are talking about for MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.  A death sentence with no potential of pardon…until after they die. And 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” 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.

If you want to do battle over the morality of researching embryos then go for it.  Knock yourself out.  And good luck to both sides in the battle because no one will ever back down and no one will win.  Ever.

But if you want to talk about using embryos for TREATMENTS, then you are missing the point. Embryonic research won’t produce treatments for 10-20 years or even 50. So for those suffering from already-treatable Spinal Cord Injuries, Autism, CP, MS, Diabetes, ALS, optic nerve disorders and 100+ others, and especially for the 1.5 million who die every year from the top four diseases in “death row,” Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

Stem Cells 101 – Discussion Format (Long!)

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, STEM CELLS - 101 with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2009 by David Granovsky

* Stem Cells 101 *

This education on stem cells is written in the form of a discussion.  Tom is the classic adult stem cell naysayer and he questions their abilities and potential.  My responses are in CAPS for the most part.  Tom’s statements are in red.

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Tom begins:
Adult stem cells have been studied and funded for over 45 years.
Embryonic stem cells have been studied under drastically restricted
conditions for only ten years, with materials compromised by mouse DNA
and therefore useless to human research. All federal funding for ESCr
was eradicated in 2001.

BOTH ASC AND ESC WERE DISCOVERED IN THE 1960’s:
ASC HISTORY OF DISCOVERY:
http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Stem-cell#_note-0
http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Stem-cell#_note-1

ESC HISTORY OF DISCOVERY:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embryonic_stem_cell#cite_note-1

ASC WERE USED PRIMARILY IN BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTS AND THEY WERE NEVER STUDIED FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE UNTIL ~1998. 1998 WAS ALSO THE YEAR THAT DR. THOMSON FIRST ISOLATED AN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL FROM A HUMAN AND THIS WAS THE TRUE START OF EMBRYONICS RESEARCH. AS FOR THE FEDERAL FUNDING…IN A WORLD THIS VARIED AND AMAZING, YOU MUST REALIZE THAT THERE IS GREAT HUBRIS AND FOLLY TO ONLY CONSIDER MEDICAL FUNDING AND ADVANCEMENTS IN ONE COUNTRY. MORE ON THAT LATER.

Comparing the two has all the rational sense of comparing the reading
level of a college-educated 45-year-old with that of a 10-year-old who
has been denied any reading Material since before her third birthday.

I CAN’T AGREE. EMBRYONICS ARE A 40 YEAR OLD STUDENT WHO HAS NEVER READ, DOES NOT READ NOW, AND WON’T BE READING WHEN HE IS 50. EVEN DR THOMSON, THE “FATHER OF EMBRYONICS”, WHO I PERSONALLY BELIEVE IS A GREAT MAN AND A GREAT SCIENTIST, HAS STATED NUMEROUS TIMES THAT ANY POTENTIAL CURES FROM ESC ARE AT LEAST 10 AND AS MUCH AS 30 YEARS OUT. THE ONLY WAY THAT 50 YEAR OLD STUDENT MIGHT READ IF HE FIRST CURES CANCER BECAUSE,
MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, ESC TURN TUMOROUS AFTER THEY DO WHAT THEY WERE MANIPULATED TO DO. ALSO, HE WOULD HAVE TO GO ON A SEVERE REGIME OF IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE DRUGS IN ORDER TO OFFSET THE HIGH RISK OF REJECTION.

Adult stem cells have generated NINE federally-approved treatments,
all to mitigate problems created by other treatments, such as
chemotherapy, for the actual diseases. Adult stem cells have never
“cured” anything.

“NEVER CURED ANYTHING…NEVER ‘CURED’ ANYTHING?”

YOU STRESS THE WORD CURED. IS THIS A SEMANTIC ISSUE WITH YOU? FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT I WILL ASSUME YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE WORD CURED. MAYBE WE CAN REVISE THE TERM CURED AND FIND MORE SUITABLE AND AGREEABLE LANGUAGE. HOW ABOUT SUCCESSFULLY TREATED? TREATED WITH BENEFICIAL OUTCOME? OR PRODUCED THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS FOR HUMAN PATIENTS? IF THAT IS SEMANTICALLY MORE TO YOUR LIKING THEN WE CAN LOOK AT THE RIGOROUS PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES THAT SHOW APPLICATIONS OF ADULT STEM CELLS THAT HAVE PRODUCED THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS FOR HUMAN PATIENTS.

HERE’S A LIST, GRANTED IT’S AN ABBREVIATE SAMPLE SELECTION FROM A LARGER LIST BUT IT IS A PLACE TO START. IT IS ENTITLED:  “PEER-REVIEWED REFERENCES SHOWING APPLICATIONS OF ADULT STEM CELLS THAT PRODUCE THERAPEUTIC BENEFIT FOR HUMAN PATIENTS”

IT CONTAINS ARTICLES ON ADULT STEM CELL STUDIES THAT WERE PUBLISHED IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS LIKE

  • THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOC.
  • THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF HAEMATOLOGY
  • THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE

http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/asc-refs.pdf

THESE STUDIES DOCUMENT CONTROLLED CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF ASC THAT HAVE ‘PRODUCED THERAPEUTIC BENEFIT FOR HUMAN PATIENTS’. THESE STUDIES ADDRESS THE BENEFITS IN TREATMENTS OF 73 DISEASES. THIS LIST IS FROM APRIL, 2007, SO THE UPDATED VERSION IS MUCH LONGER.

IF INSTEAD WE CHOOSE TO IGNORE THE QUESTION OF THE SEMANTIC ISSUE AND JUST LOOK AT TREATMENT RESULTS, YOU WOULD FIND MANY PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH YOUR STATEMENT THAT “ADULT STEM CELLS HAVE NEVER CURED ANYTHING”. TO START, YOU WOULD HAVE A VERY HARD TIME CONVINCING THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:

  • THE HUNDREDS OF HEART PATIENTS WHO HAVE GONE FROM NYHA LEVEL 3 OR LEVEL 4 CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE (WAITING FOR A HEART TRANSPLANT) TO LIVING NEAR-NORMAL LIVES. (I’D BE HAPPY TO GET YOU SOME OF THEIR PHONE NUMBERS. THEY LOVE TO TELL PEOPLE HOW MUCH THEIR LIVES HAVE CHANGED.)
  • THE CANADIAN PRO GOLFER WITH MS WHO IS NOW PLAYING GOLF AGAIN.
  • THE 16 MS PATIENTS JUST ANNOUNCED IN THE PAST 24 HRS WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN A NEW LIFE AT NORTHWESTERN.
  • THE MANY CHILDHOOD CEREBRAL PALSY CHILDREN HELPED AT DUKE.
  • THE SPINAL CORD INJURY PARALYTICS NOW WALKING BECAUSE OF DR CARLOS LIMA.
  • THE DOZENS OF DIABETICS GIVEN NEW LIFE BY DR. VINA IN ARGENTINA AND THE DOZENS OF DIABETICS SAVED FROM AMPUTATION BY ADULT STEM CELLS ON FOUR CONTINENTS.
  • THE STROKE VICTIMS GIVEN RELIEF FROM PARALYSIS IN GERMANY, CHINA, RUSSIA, AND LATIN AMERICA.

AND THERE’S MORE. HERE ARE PAGES AND PAGES AND PAGES OF MORE ADULT STEM CELL SUCCESSES –
http://www.frc.org/insight/adult-stem-cell-success-stories-2008-update-july-december

OR YOU CAN CHECK OUT THESE 210 EXAMPLES –
http://donmargolis.com/blog/category/victories/

I ALSO HAVE AN ISSUE WITH YOUR ASSERTION:

“Adult stem cells have generated NINE federally-approved treatments, all to
mitigate problems created by other treatments, such as chemotherapy,
for the actual diseases.”

WHILE YOU ARE ONCE AGAIN ONLY LOOKING IN THE UNITED STATES…LET’S IGNORE THAT FOR THE MOMENT AND JUST ADDRESS YOUR STATEMENT AS IT STANDS. YOU ARE CORRECT THAT ASC HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL IN MITIGATING THE COMPLICATIONS CREATED BY OTHER TREATMENTS, SUCH AS CHEMOTHERAPY…BUT IF YOU GO TO THE N.I.H. SITE AND LOOK UP THE NUMBER OF CLINICAL TRIALS WITH ADULT STEM CELLS, YOU WILL SEE 2,311 CLINICAL STUDIES.
http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=ADULT+STEM+CELL

MOST OF THESE 2,311 ARE DIRECTLY FOR THE TREATMENT OF DISEASES AND NOT, AS YOU CLAIM, TO MITIGATE PROBLEMS CREATED BY OTHER TREATMENTS. YOUR STATEMENT IS DEMONSTRABLY INCORRECT. WHILE MANY ARE ONGOING, A QUICK GLANCE THROUGH THE FIRST 200 STUDIES ALONE SHOWS OVER 30 STUDIES WHICH ARE ALREADY COMPLETED, MOST OF WHICH HAVE POSITIVE RESULTS. ALSO, THE USDA HAS DONE 114 STUDIES THAT UTILIZE KEYWORD: ADULT STEM CELL. THERE HAVE NOT BEEN MERELY NINE FEDERALLY FUNDED STUDIES; DEPENDING ON YOUR SCREENING CRITERIA, THE NUMBER IS IN THE HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS.

WITH SO MANY POSITIVE STUDIES AND SUCCESSFUL TREATMENTS AROUND THE WORLD, WHO IS TO BLAME IF THE U.S. IS LACKING IN ADULT STEM CELL TREATMENTS? THE STUDIES ARE THERE, THE RESULTS ARE IN AND THE PROOF OF BENEFIT IS THERE. ADULT STEM CELLS HAVE VERIFIED THEIR TREMENDOUS CAPABILITY TO TREAT IN STUDY AFTER STUDY AND IN WELL OVER 1500 PEER-REVIEWED PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC PAPERS. IF WE AS A COUNTRY HAVE FAILED TO USE THESE STUDIES TO DEVELOP TREATMENTS, GO AHEAD AND BLAME SOMEONE. GO AHEAD AND SCREAM FOR CHANGE FROM THE ROOFTOPS. BUT YOU CAN NOT BLAME ADULT STEM CELLS.

Embryonic stem cells have the potential to do everything ASC can, as
well as regenerate damaged tissues in ANY part of the human body.
Overseas testing with ESC have been able to grown human heart tissue
inside a rat, and regenerated damaged optic nerves in chicks.

“OVERSEAS” EMBRYONIC RESEARCHERS, SOME OF THE GREATEST MINDS IN SCIENCE, HAVE ALREADY BEEN RESEARCHING AND TRYING TO DEVELOP TREATMENTS FROM ESC FOR 10 YEARS. THEY HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY WELL FUNDED BUT THEY UNFORTUNATELY DON’T HAVE A SINGLE ‘CURED’ HUMAN TO SHOW FOR IT. THESE SCIENTISTS HAVE MY COMPLETE ADMIRATION, THEY HAVE BEEN FACED WITH A DAUNTING TASK AND THEIR EFFORTS ARE VERY VALUABLE AND COMMENDABLE. WE HAVE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL FROM THEM.

IT IS ONLY UNFORTUNATE THAT, IN REGARD TO HUMAN TREATMENTS AND THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, THEY PICKED THE SLOW HORSE TO RIDE. POINT OF INTEREST: MANY OF THESE BRILLIANT ESC SCIENTISTS ARE ABANDONING THEIR EMBRYONIC RESEARCH AND ARE NOW DOING RESEARCH WITH ASC DUE TO THE DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF ASC SUCCESS.

Adult stem cells do work. Embryonic stem cells WILL work. Is anybody
getting this? The argument that “there’s no way to reach China by
sailing west, so let’s not even TRY” isn’t scientific. Granovsky isn’t
a scientist, he isn’t interested in looking for answers, he’s pushing
a political agenda based in ideological ignorance and personal
selfishness…

YOU ARE CORRECT ON TWO POINTS. I AM NOT A SCIENTIST AND I AM NOT LOOKING FOR ANSWERS. AN ANSWER IS DEFINED AS “a spoken or written reply or response to a question, request, letter, etc.” BY DEFINITION, AN ANSWER CAN BE RIGHT OR WRONG. ANSWERS CAN ALSO BE GIVEN NOW OR IN TEN YEARS. WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR IS A SOLUTION. A SOLUTION IS DEFINED AS “the act of solving a problem, question, etc.” THERE IS A PROBLEM HERE AND RATHER THAN AN ANSWER, I WANT A SOLUTION.

HERE IS THE PROBLEM:
IN 2005 THERE WERE 2,448,000 DEATHS IN THE U.S.
4 OF THE TOP 6 KILLERS WERE:

  • HEART DISEASE (652,000 DEATHS)
  • CANCER (559,000 DEATHS)
  • STROKE (143,000 DEATHS)
  • DIABETES (75,000 DEATHS)

THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 1,429,000 DEATHS IN 2005 FROM THESE 4 DISEASES AND THERE ARE RENOWNED STEM CELL TREATMENT CENTERS AROUND THE WORLD THAT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY TREATING PATIENTS WITH THESE DISEASE FOR YEARS. AROUND THE WORLD, PEOPLE WITH THESE DISEASE ARE ACTIVELY RECEIVING ASC TREATMENTS AND BENEFITING FROM THEM.

HOW MANY OF THOSE 1,429,000 DEATHS IN THE U.S. COULD HAVE BEEN AVERTED WITH ASC TREATMENT? HOW MANY OF THOSE 1,429,000 LIVES IN THE U.S. COULD HAVE BEEN EXTENDED WITH ASC TREATMENT UNTIL OTHER TREATMENTS WERE AVAILABLE? WE’LL NEVER KNOW. MAYBE WE COULD HAVE SAVED 30% OF THOSE PEOPLE WITH ASC OR 428,700 PEOPLE PER YEAR. OVER 10 YEARS THAT MIGHT AMOUNT TO 4,287,000 PEOPLE SAVED.

  • SAVING 10% = 142,900 PER YEAR OR 1,429,000 PEOPLE SAVED IN 10 YEARS.
  • EVEN SAVING JUST 2% = 28,580 PEOPLE PER YEAR AMOUNTS TO 285,800 OVER 10 YEARS.

285,800 PEOPLE. THAT NUMBER MAY SEEM INSIGNIFICANT IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS, BUT ONLY UNTIL IT’S YOUR GRANDFATHER, AUNT, DAD OR CHILD WHOM IS DYING. THEN, THAT ONE EXTRA PERSON SAVED, THAT ONE LIFE EXTENDED, MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. WILL YOU REALLY CHOOSE TO WAIT FOR A POTENTIAL ESC TREATMENT WHEN IT’S A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY WHO IS DYING? WILL YOU WAIT WHEN IT IS YOU WHO IS THE VICTIM OF A DISEASE WHICH IS TREATABLE WITH ASC BUT ONLY OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.?

THE SOLUTION I WANT IS FOR TREATMENTS TO BE AVAILABLE TO THE MILLIONS IN THE U.S. WHO ARE DYING FROM DISEASES THAT ARE BEING SUCCESSFULLY TREATED IN MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD TODAY. LIKE VERUCA SALT, I WANT IT NOW! TOM SAYS I AM MOTIVATED BY A TWISTED POLITICAL AGENDA, IGNORANCE AND SELFISHNESS. YOU TELL ME. HERE IS MY AGENDA FOR ALL TO SEE:

I WANT TO HELP HUMAN BEINGS WHO HAVE LIFE ALTERING, DEBILITATING OR THREATENING DISEASES AND I WANT TO HELP THEM NOW WITH ASC TREATMENTS. I DO NOT WANT TO WAIT TEN YEARS FOR A POSSIBLE ESC TREATMENT.

ASCs are not enough. They will continue to be used, but they don’t do
much. There are a few treatments…

ALL DUE RESPECT, THIS IS WHAT DRIVES ME CRAZY. HERE IS A LIST OF DISEASES BEING TREATED IN TREATMENT CENTERS AROUND THE WORLD – http://repairstemcells.org/DiseaseTreated.php

THE LIST OF DISEASES IS CURRENTLY OVER ONE HUNDRED (100!) AND GROWING ALL THE TIME…AND MANY OF THESE DISEASES ARE CONSIDERED INCURABLE IN THE U.S.…AND THESE TREATMENT CENTERS HAVE GONE THROUGH RIGOROUS EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT TO INSURE THAT THEY ARE NOT SNAKE OIL SALESMEN AS SO MANY LIKE TO CLAIM.

TREATMENT CENTERS LIKE:

  • The Center for Cellular Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy in Tel Aviv
  • Fundacion Don Robert Fernandez-Vina in Argentina, South America and El
  • Salvador, Central America
  • Regenocyte of Naples Florida and the Dominican Republic
  • China Stem Cells
  • The XCell-Center in Cologne, Germany
  • Dr. Carlos Lima in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Center for Immunotherapy and Cellular Technology in Russia
  • Bangkok Heart Hospital

JUST BECAUSE THE U.S. IS 10+ YEARS BEHIND THE REST OF THE WORLD IN THE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY OF STEM CELL TREATMENTS DOESN’T MEAN THE TREATMENTS AREN’T BOTH SUCCESSFUL AND AVAILABLE.

AS FOR WHETHER THE USE OF DISCARDED EMBRYOS IS A GOOD IDEA OR NOT…I HAVE NO INTEREST IN ARGUING THAT ISSUE AND I APOLOGIZE FOR IMPLYING A POSITION IN #3 OF MY POST. TO ME, THE ARGUMENTS AND MORAL ISSUES SURROUNDING THE USE OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS ARE IRRELEVANT.

ASC WORK NOW. ESC DON’T WORK NOW. THAT’S MY ONLY POINT.

WHY HAVE WE NOT EXECUTED IN THE U.S. WHAT IS ALREADY BEING PERFORMING IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD? WHY NOT USE WHAT HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED AS WORKING AND HAS BEEN WORKING EFFECTIVELY FOR YEARS?

I CAN’T CONVINCE YOU IF YOUR MIND IS MADE UP BUT THE EVIDENCE IS THERE.

OK. I’VE SAID MY PIECE. NOW I’D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT, TAKE A STEP BACK AND EXPRESS THE IRONY IMPLICIT IN THIS. DESPITE THIS SLIGHTLY CONTENTIOUS BACK AND FORTH, THE FACT REMAINS THAT OUR IDEOLOGIES ARE MUCH CLOSER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. THE TRUTH IS, I WANT EMBRYONIC TREATMENTS TO WORK. THEY DON’T…NOW, BUT I WISH THEY DID.

I ALSO THINK THEY SHOULD BE RESEARCHED. DESPITE THE FACT THAT EMBRYONIC RESEARCH HAS BEEN PRIMARILY FRUITLESS FOR SCIENTISTS AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS, MAYBE THE U.S. SCIENTISTS CAN DISCOVER AMAZING NEW THINGS GIVEN ENOUGH TIME AND FUNDING. BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT ADVANCES AND BENEFITS THAT RESEARCH MAY BRING US.

EMBRYONICS MUST BE RESEARCHED BECAUSE IT DOESN’T MATTER IF WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SAILING WEST OR GOING TO THE MOON OR MARS OR EXPLORING BEYOND THE EDGES OF OUR GALAXY. EVEN IF WE HAVE NO GUARANTEES OF ADVANCEMENT FOR THE HUMAN RACE OR TECHNOLOGY, WE STILL MUST DO IT.

WE MUST DO IT “BECAUSE IT’S NEXT. BECAUSE WE CAME OUT OF THE CAVE AND WE LOOKED OVER THE HILL AND WE SAW FIRE; AND WE CROSSED THE OCEAN AND WE PIONEERED THE WEST AND WE TOOK TO THE SKY. THE HISTORY OF MAN IS ON A TIMELINE OF EXPLORATION AND THIS IS WHAT’S NEXT.” (10 extra pts if you can place the quote)

AND THEY CAN BE NOW BECAUSE iPS CELLS (INDUCED PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS)  ARE MODIFIED ADULT STEM CELLS THAT HAVE ALL OF THE POTENTIAL OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS WITH NONE OF THE CONTROVERSY.

BUT PERSONALLY, I AM INTERESTED IN HELPING HUMAN BEINGS NOW.

HUMAN BEINGS WHO HAVE LIFE ALTERING, DEBILITATING OR THREATENING DISEASES.

I WANT TO HELP THEM NOW!
AND WE CAN…
AND WE AREN’T…
AND I DON’T WANT TO WAIT 10 OR 20 YEARS FOR A  POSSIBLE ESC TREATMENT.

THAT’S ALL.

Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs 2008 – 1. First Neurons Created from ALS Patients – TIME

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES with tags , , , , , , , on March 10, 2009 by David Granovsky

Recipe for ALS treatment development

A simple 3 step process, no embryos required:

1. Take some skin cells.

2. Turn them into induced pluripotent stem cells.

3. Turn those into neuron stem cells.

Voila!

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President-elect Obama has pledged to lift the seven-year ban on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research — a boon for the field. But for some scientists, it almost doesn’t matter. Researchers at Harvard and Columbia reported a milestone experiment in July, using a new method

one that doesn’t require embryos at all

to generate the first motor neurons from stem cells in two elderly women with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. The technique, developed by Kyoto University scientist Shinya Yamanaka in 2006, involves reprogramming a patient’s ordinary skin cells to behave like stem cells, then coaxing them into the desired tissue-specific cells. Using the motor neurons created from ALS patients, scientists can now study the progress of the disease as the affected cells develop, degenerate and die in a dish — something researchers could never do before for such slow-moving conditions. Once scientists understand the development of ALS, they may be able to create more effective treatments, or perhaps even a cure.

via 1. First Neurons Created from ALS Patients – Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs – TIME.

Obama’s Executive Order

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST with tags , , , , , , , on March 10, 2009 by David Granovsky
Want to read the document that started all the hubub?

Click here:

http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/obamas-executive-order/

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