Posted: 5/12/2009 10:26:58 AM
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A recent article I read about the embryonic stem cell debate concluded with this silly comment: "What if stem cell research does create a major breakthrough? If stem cells provided a cure for juvenile diabetes, this issue would be a whisper in the wind"
Here is my response:I am sorry to say, you are dead wrong. It will NEVER happen in the US...even though it already has.
1. First of all, in the US, you can never say "cure." A treatment can make you symptom free for 40 years and the AMA and FDA will not let you say the patient is cured, only that they have been symptom free for 40 years.2. In the US, when a major breakthrough occurs, you WILL NOT hear about it...in the US anyway. One brilliant doctor has enabled paraplegics to walk after adult stem cell treatment. Do you remember where you were when you heard this incredible news? No? You never heard anything about it? Right. Not in the US. Here is one of those patients. http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/stepping-towards-a-paralysis-cure-a-tale-of-two-supermen-stem-cells-cure-23-year-old-male-of-paralysis-c6-c7-injury/Here are more (scroll down past the swine flu article): http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/?s=spinal+cord+injury3. In the US, we like to talk about Embryos. And we are the only ones. Did you know that the top embryonic stem cell scientists in the world have walked away from using embryos to develop treatments? *** 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. *** 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.” *** Dr Oz said on national TV “the stem cell debate is dead,” recognizing the lack of potential in embryonic stem cells to produce cures. http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/oprah-michael-j-fox-dr-mehmet-oz-the-stem-cell-debate-is-over/ *** Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, abandoned 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.” *** 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.”4. I can refer you to many studies showing the huge therapeutic benefits of stem cells for treating over 130 diseases, including Type 1 diabetes. Here's one about your example, juvenile diabetes. One patient has gone 4 years symptom free (ZERO INSULIN). Many others had only slightly less spectacular results. http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/stem-cells-%e2%80%98can-treat-diabetes%e2%80%99-is-obscured-by-wet-blanket/
The problem is, these results and studies used Adult stem cells (the one's that actually work) and not Embryonic stem cells (which is all that anyone in the US knows about or wants to talk about). Even if you do hear about it, the word "controversial" will be plastered all over the article although there are virtually NO SIDE EFFECTS to adult stem cell treatments that standard lab practices can't avoid or an Advil can't cure.
5. Thousands of people all over the world are being treated successfully for ALS, ALzheimer's, Parkinson's, Heart Disease, Autism and ~130 others. This issue IS a whisper in the wind, everywhere in the world except in the US. In the US, the trumpets are sounding so loud "for" and "against" Embryonic stem cell research, that Americans can NOT hear that they are wasting their time, embryonic stem cells will not produce treatments for 20-50 years, adult stem cells work now, diseases are being treated all over the world, embryonic scientists are abandoning their work, etc. etc.
Posted: 5/2/2009 12:54:01 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
Posted: 5/2/2009 12:51:20 AM
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Please,please wait until the FDA has evaluated these new products and deemed them perfectly healthy...like some of the other products they've approved...Raptiva, Vioxx, cigarettes, Swine flu vaccines from the 1970's, etc.
Google "FDA" and "scam" and you will get 1.2 million hits. Do you think they are all conspiracy nuts? How about Dr. David Graham (senior drug safety researcher at the FDA) who blew the whistle on the Vioxx debacle.
Go Google the words "graham vioxx interview" and you will get 41,000 hits. Here's a small sample of the greatest hits parade:The FDA's suppression and intimidation of scientists is a threat to public health. Unless it changes, and scientists can speak without fear, they cannot defend the public," he said. “I would argue that the FDA as currently configured is incapable of protecting America against another Vioxx. Simply put, FDA and the Center for Drug Evaluation Research (CDER) are broken.” -
November 23, 2004 PBS Online News Hour Program
"the corruption and crimes that take place every day inside the Food and Drug Administration
Let he who is without sin, throw the first stone...FDA, heal thyself...those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones...
FDA, FTC Warn Public Of Fraudulent 2009 H1N1 Influenza Products
ScienceDaily (May 2, 2009) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission are alerting the public to be wary of Internet sites and other promotions for products that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The agencies are also advising operators of offending web sites that they must take prompt action to correct and/or remove promotions of these fraudulent products or face enforcement action.
“Consumers who purchase products to treat the novel 2009 H1N1 virus that are not approved, cleared or authorized by the FDA for the treatment or prevention of influenza risk their health and the health of their families,” said Michael Chappell, acting FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs.
“In conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission, the FDA has developed an aggressive strategy to identify, investigate, and take regulatory or criminal action against individuals or businesses that wrongfully promote purported 2009 H1N1 influenza products in an attempt to take advantage of the current flu public health emergency.”
Products that are offered for sale to the public with claims to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat, or cure infections caused by the H1N1 influenza virus that have not been proven to be safe and effective for these uses must be carefully evaluated.
via FDA, FTC Warn Public Of Fraudulent 2009 H1N1 Influenza Products
Posted: 4/28/2009 10:41:28 PM
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SWINE FLU EXPOSE (1977)
SWINE FLU EXPOSE (1977) is a book by Eleanora McBean Ph.D., N.D.
You can read SWINE FLU EXPOSE (1977) here: http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/swine-flu-expose-1977-long/
Quotes by Eleanora McBean:
"TYPHOID MARY" WAS NEVER A CARRIER by Eleanora I. McBean, Ph.D., N.D.
Other Eleanora McBean Books:
 Vaccination, The Silent Killer----Honorof, Ida, and McBean.
 Swine Flu Expose by Eleanora I. McBean, Ph.D., N.D.
[1957 CLASSIC] THE POISONED NEEDLE by Eleanor McBean
 The Hidden Dangers In Polio Vaccine (Chapter 10 of Poisoned Needle) by Eleanor McBean
Swine flu panic 2009Read it here: Swine flu panic 2009
“Virus Mania is a social disease of our highly developed society. To cure it will require conquering fear, fear being the most deadly contagious virus, most efficiently transmitted by the media. Errare humanum est sed diabolicum preservare
… (to err is human, but to preserve an error is diabolic).”—-Etienne de Harven
Posted: 4/28/2009 10:22:00 PM
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One of the reasons flu is so closely watched is because of the huge number of humans who come down with it every year. A small change in mortality rates (the percentage of people who die from a disease) can have a huge impact because the numbers are so large.
In an average year, according for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down with the flu. For the purposes of this calculation let's say it is halfway: 12.5%.
Twelve and a half percent of the U.S. population is about 37.5 million.
The CDC also reports that 200,000 people are admitted to hospitals in the U.S. for flu or flu-like symptoms every year.
Other researchers have calculated that on average, about 40,000 people die in the United States each year from the flu or complications of the flu. As a comparison, According to the CDC about 650,00 die from heart disease and about 550,000 die from cancer. Every year.
If 40,000 people die out of the 37.5 million who come down with the flu that is a mortality rate of a little over one tenth of one percent.
According to a Stanford University summary of the great flu pandemic of 1918, the mortality rate in that outbreak was about 2.5 percent - almost 25 times the mortality of a normal flu year.
So, to complete the discussion, if this Swine Flu has a higher than normal mortality rate, maybe even as high as 2.5%, and a normal number of Americans - 37.5 million - are infected with it then over 950,000 Americans would die of that flu strain.
If contagion rates are higher than average and this strain of flu is as virulent as the 1918 strain then well over a million Americans might die of it.
In Mexico, as of yesterday, 1,300 people had contracted the disease and 80 had died - a mortality rate of over 6 percent.
Hence, the concern.
via CNSNews.com - Don't Cry for Me Influenza