Adult stem cells (ASC) are obtained from any human bodily source such as
bone marrow, fat, and skin including neonatal sources such as cord blood, placenta by products at birth, and
most recently from sperm cells. ASC are usually multipotent stem cells. They can turn into several different kinds of cells but not all cells.
The positive results from Adult Stem Cells are MANY:
- A person's own ASC cells aren't rejected.
- ASC cure and treat more than 70 diseases and are involved in almost
1,300 human clinical trials.
- A human life is not destroyed in ASC research.
- New research shows pluripotent characteristics in sperm and
amniotic fluid stem cells.
Negatives: NONE except not enough money and the lack of truth in the
media and academia.
Embryonic stem cells (ESC)
are obtained from human embryos (the first
stage of human life) that have been frozen or are from a clone. The stem
cells are taken at about 5 to 7 days of age with about 100 cells. The embryo
ESC are pluripotent stem cells and can turn into all kinds of cells.
Positive results from ESC: NONE
Negative results from ESC: MANY
- No human clinical trials - only on rodents.
- There would be a rejection problem.
- A human life would be taken to get the ESC.
- ESC are not stable or controllable; at times they are
cancerous or have turned into tumors in animals.
- Eggs in the thousands are needed to form clones - co-eds are
selling their eggs - this could be very harmful.
of Stem Cells to Human Patients
Embryonic Stem Cells - 0
Adult Stem Cells - 73 diseases including:
- 26 - Cancers
- 16 - Auto-Immune Diseases: Diabetes Type I (Juvenile)
- 2 - Cardiovascular
- 1 - Ocular - Corneal regeneration
- 3 - Immunodeficiencies
- 3 - Neural Degenerative Diseases and Injuries: Parkinson's
Spinal Cord Injury; Stroke
- 10 - Anemias and Other Blood Conditions including Sickle Cell Anemia
- 4 - Wounds and Injuries including: Skull Bone Repair
- 5 - Other Metabolic Disorders
- 2 - Liver Disease
- 1 - Bladder Disease
- A field of medicine when a stem cell helps regrow other cells that have been damaged often obtained from the person's
Chimera - hybrid embryos containing human and animal DNA. China
developed the first rabbit//human embryo.
Clone - a somatic cell such as a skin cell (any cell except the egg
or sperm), containing the DNA of a person is inserted into a human egg
cell with the nucleus removed. This cell divides and forms a human
embryo with the exact DNA of the original somatic cell. When stem cells are
removed from the embryo, it dies.
SOME QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS
1. Why does the media practically ignore adult stem cell
fraudulently promote embryonic stem cells?
2. Why is so much money given to ESC research and not to adult
stem cell research? California's initiative gave ESC research billions. Do
drug companies pay to test new drugs on embryos? Are all new patents
gone on ASC
discoveries and not on ESC research?
3. Do scientists want to play God?
4. Are ESC advocates pro-abortion and don't want the federal
government to protect any preborn human being?
5. With so much hype on imagined ESC cures, does one political
party want to be seen as the caring party not the religious party?
PERSONAL TESTIMONIES AND QUOTES
Dr. Ida Pennella's testimony:
It was the last Sunday in February 2002 when Dr. Pennella was
returning home from a trip. She was feeling ill, weak and tired. By Monday
March 4, 2002 she was in the hospital having a bone marrow test. The doctor
remarked that she tested positive for leukemia, her blood tests were abnormal
and death imminent. Her family was with her when she was told she had
three to six months to live and was advised that she get all her affairs in
Expressing her sense of humor Dr. Pennella asked, "Is there an
expiration date on me?"
However there was a research protocol if she was interested called a bone marrow transplant (BMT) Dr. Pennella decided to have
the BMT (autologous). She was given chemotherapy doses administered several
times daily. She was hospitalized for six weeks then allowed to return
home for two, this went on for several months. Finally she was ready to have her own stem cells harvested and reintroduced into her body.
She is currently living a full and productive life after having
used ADULT STEM CELL therapy.
Adult Stem Cell Research - Partial Testimony of Ms. Susan Fajt
before the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space
Senator Sam Brownback, Chairman - July 14 2004
My name is Susan Fajt, and I want to thank Chairman Brownback and
members of this Committee for this opportunity to tell you of the adult stem
cell treatment I received for spinal cord injury in Portugal by Dr.
Carlos Lima, and its results to date. But first, allow me to share with you some
basic facts about spinal cord injury to explain why I chose Dr. Lima's
On November 17, 2001, I suffered a spinal cord injury and became paralyzed in an auto accident. My life has changed in ways
unfathomable. Emotions run strong and decisions must be made to end needless
suffering. I chose to live and fight for a cure. Perhaps paralysis has robbed me
of my freedom, but it can never take away my belief that a cure is
attainable through research. There are currently no effective treatments
available for spinal cord injury in the United States.
When I was injured I was twenty-four years old, and I loved life
more than you can imagine! Today, I have been given a great honor to
tell you the story of my quest for a cure for this catastrophic condition.
After tears of pain and years of searching, I found, through my
own research, Dr. Carlos Lima in Portugal. My treatment with Dr. Lima
took place on June 17th, 2003. I was the 11th patient in the world, and the
third from the United States, to receive this treatment.
Dr. Lima used an adult stem cell treatment that uses an Olfactory
Muscosa graft to promote growth of axons to bridge the site of contusion, in
my hopes that functional recovery would help me to once again walk,
run, dance, and do everything I would love, not to mention normal daily
activities which are so easily taken for granted, such as bowel and bladder control.
Only part of my dreams has been attained. But I have come farther
than my American doctors ever thought. My most recent MRI took place 5 days
ago. The doctors were in disbelief at the improvement they saw where my
spinal cord had been injured. But most important on my way to recovery is that
I can now walk with the aid of braces. I am now preparing to shed the
shell of this wheelchair, which has confined me for over two years, to more
often use my braces and walker for mobility. This is something my doctors here
in America told me would never be possible with my level of injury and
to accept my fate.
The U.S taxpayer pays over $30 million per day on care for
spinal cord injury and only $68 million per year in a search for a cure.
Medical research in the United States is more advanced and far more superior
to any other country in the world. Yet citizens, such as myself, risk their
lives and are forced to seek treatment in foreign countries.
"If Michael J. Fox would stop traveling the country, trying to
convince Congress and people in general to allow Embryonic Stem Cell research
and instead take it upon himself to investigate Adult Stem Cell therapy
which is already curing many diseases, his Parkinsonšs illness might just be alleviated." Frank Joseph MD
Dr. James Sherley from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who
is challenging his denial of tenure, has heard that his outspoken
opposition to embryonic research is a major factor in the case. He said,
"Objections to embryonic research are dismissed if a scientist is found to have any
ADULT STEM CELL SUCCESSES CONTINUE
Embryo stem cell advocates claim adult stem cell scientists have
had 40 years to find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Actually the research is ongoing. Just recently a new treatment for juvenile diabetes using
adult pancreatic islet cells from adult cadavers is working. The June 2003
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, "of the 250 patients who have received
the newest version of the transplant, more than 80 percent have been
free from insulin shots or insulin pumps for more than a year."
This is just one of many success stories using adult stem cells
that is happening almost monthly. Most are being done in other countries.
The American College of Pediatricians recommends that public officials
consider supporting adult stem cells exclusively.
"Every dollar spent on the failed and unnecessary process of
stem cell research steals resources away from the established
utility and potential of adult stem cell research. This is fiscally
irresponsible and medically unconscionable." Michelle Cretella, MD
CORD BLOOD HAS MANY SUCCESSES
Two little girls ran up the aisle to the applause of the
audience. They were survivors of cord blood stem cell therapy. One had a stroke in utero and the other at about 8 months. Both little girls would have
become invalids at an early age except for the fact that their mothers had
saved the cord blood from their births. The stem cells from their own
cord blood made all the difference and helped cure the parts of their bodies
that were affected. Cord blood stem cells are very versatile. Some new
mothers donate their cord blood and this is available to others.