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Friday, March 30, 2007

The Gospel Truth on Embyronic Stem Cell Research

I met Dan Bloodworth in 2005 and immediately became intrigued by his enthusiasm regarding stem cell research. Dan’s All-American athlete son, Brian, suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI) when he was hit by lightning in 1987. Motivated by his desire to find a treatment that would allow his son to communicate and become mobile again, Dan has devoted 16 years of his life to learn everything he could about embryonic (blastocystic) stem cell research and share that information with anyone willing to listen. I am inspired by this ordinary man who believes he can make the world a better place by helping others understand the facts about this controversial issue.

Mr. Bloodworth attended Rhema Bible College in order to better understand the thinking of the right wing opponents of blastocyst stem cell research. His education led him to believe that stem cell research and any subsequent therapy is a gift from God, and not a moral issue at all. His findings showed him that the logic of those who oppose the gift is unfounded.

"Neither the scripture nor biological data can be used to support that a life is being taken when blastocyst stem cells are used as implants," said Bloodworth. "The Bible says, 'life is in the blood.' In-vitro stem cells have no blood in them."

I have spent hours interviewing Dan during the writing of my book Right to Recover, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. I sincerely believe that Reverend Bloodworth’s religious affiliation and Biblical support for research on blastocyst stem cells is a valuable tool for educating people of faith who seek to understand the biology behind it.

“Ignorant preachers and teachers have not done their research,” says Dan Bloodworth. “People, all too willingly follow a person rather than their inner voice or intuition, are quick to jump on the bandwagon even if the wagon is going to destroy someone else’s chances for recovery.”

Shannon Burnett is the host of Secrets to Healthy Living on Tropic Wave Radio.Net. On March 13, 2007 Shannon interviewed Reverend Bloodworth about his son's plight with SCI and Dan's 16-year study on blastocyst stem cell research.

This is the information everyone needs to know about the moral or religious components of in-vitro blastocyst stem cell research.

You may go to www.SecretstoHealthyLiving.com and the click on the archive dated 3_13_07 to listen to Dan's interview with Shannon.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Republicans are Denying America Hope

Democrats.org has a post called "Denying America Hope" that's worth checking out...


The stem cell debate is the difference between sound science and hardcore ideology. Yesterday Governor Dean said, "If the President vetoes this bill, he will once again be ignoring sound science and denying hope to millions of Americans and their...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Vote "Yes" on Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act Round One:
In 2001, President Bush released federal funds for research using stem cells leftover from in-vitro fertilization attempts prior to August 9, 2001.

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act Round Two:
Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Colorado is a staunch supporter of blastocyst (embryonic) stem cell research. Ms. DeGette is part of a coalition that passed H.R. 810 (the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act) in the House over the objections of GOP leaders, Bush and social conservatives. H.R. 810 was then passed by Congress in 2006 with a vote of 63 to 37. That's only 4 votes short of a 2/3 majority.

Supporters held their breath while they hoped and prayed that federal funds would be released for research on hundreds of new lines of in-vitro blastocyst stem cells regardless of the date they were fertilized.

Influenced by the opinion of politicians and members of the religious community, President Bush made a decision to veto H.R. 810. This had a heartbreaking impact on members of our society who have physical and medical disabilities hoping for treatments derived from the research on these microscopic cells.

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act Round Three:
Congresswoman DeGette and Representative Mike Castle reintroduced the bill as “H.R. 3” in 110th Congress in January 2007. The bill is set to go before the Senate soon, but President Bush has declared that he will veto this bill once again. However, if the bill passes the Senate with a 2/3 majority (67), Bush's veto will fail.

We need the Stem Cell Research Enhancement to pass because:

* Scientists need higher quality of stem cells to work with. Many of the “Bush-approved” lines have been contaminated with mouse feeder cells and cannot be used for research that might provide treatment for humans. The newer cell lines would not have animal feeders.
* The technology used for harvesting blastocyst stem cells has improved greatly in the past six years. H.R. 3 will give researchers access to higher quality cultures than those fertilized prior to August 9, 2001. The newer cells renew more quickly for reproducibility and would include diversity in race and genetic types.

As citizens, we must do something to help pass the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act in the Senate!

We need to turn the vote of just one Senator. These senators are our nation’s leaders. They are in office, not only to do their state’s business, but to also make America’s decisions. They must hear from the country, and that’s us. Nothing has the impact of a constituent’s call: the person whose vote the Senator needs to keep his or her job.

We are one vote away, so please take a few minutes to send the sample letter found at http://stemcellbattles.com to your Senator.

For more information about this bill see Don Reed's Web site: www.stemcellbattles.com

Sunday, March 25, 2007

MS Help and Presidential Candidates

I have a friend who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While researching to see what treatments might become available for her through stem cell research, I found a fantastic Web site that gives tons of information about MS. You could spend all day on this site: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/

Besides offering help in coping with MS, understanding current treatments, information about advocacy and research, a media room and a library about MS, I found a page on government affairs. This link http://capwiz.com/nmss/e4/address/allows you to type in your zip code and find information about issues and legislation specific to your area. You can even find your elected officials as well as register to vote!

I came across a list of presidential candidates and posted them below. By clicking on the name of the candidate, you can see his or her marital status, education, birthdate, religious affiliation, and politcal experience.

Democratic Presidential Candidates:
Joseph Biden
Hillary Clinton
Christopher Dodd
John Edwards
Mike Gravel
Dennis Kucinich
Barack Obama
Bill Richardson

Republican Presidential Candidates:
Sam Brownback
Jim Gilmore
Rudy Giuliani
Mike Huckabee
Duncan Hunter
John McCain
Ron Paul
Mitt Romney
Thomas Tancredo
Tommy Thompson

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Language of H.R. 810

Had President Bush not vetoed it, H.R. 810 would have released hundreds of new lines of in-vitro stem cells to be used for research regardless of the date they were cultured. This would have given researchers an unlimited number of lines to use rather than having to work with the lines fertilized prior to August 9, 2001.

What is so significant about a date? If the U.S. is willing to fund research on a limited number of IVF-created blastocysts, then why not fund research on all of them? The technology used for harvesting blastocyst stem cells has improved greatly since 2001. As you may know, many of the “Bush-approved” lines have been contaminated with mouse feeder cells and cannot be used for research on humans.

While the stem cell research bill that President Bush vetoed in 2006 was not a “be all, do all, end all” solution to the funding situation, it had great potential to at least get the ball rolling. Here is the actual language of H.R. 810 also known as Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005. [1]

One Hundred Ninth Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the third day of January, two thousand and six An Act To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005”.

SEC. 2. HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH.
Part H of title IV of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC. 289 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 498C the following:

SEC. 498D. HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH.
(a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including any regulation or guidance), the Secretary shall conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells in accordance with this section (regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from a human embryo).
(b) Ethical Requirements- Human embryonic stem cells shall be eligible for use in any research conducted or supported by the Secretary if the cells meet each of the following:
(1) The stem cells were derived from human embryos that have been donated from in vitro fertilization clinics, were created for the purposes of fertility treatment, and were in excess of the clinical need of the individuals seeking such treatment.
(2) Prior to the consideration of embryo donation and through consultation with the individuals seeking fertility treatment, it was determined that the embryos would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded.
(3) The individuals seeking fertility treatment donated the embryos with written informed consent and without receiving any financial or other inducements to make the donation.
(c) Guidelines- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary, in consultation with the Director of NIH, shall issue final guidelines to carry out this section.
(d) Reporting Requirements- The Secretary shall annually prepare and submit to the appropriate committees of the Congress a report describing the activities carried out under this section during the preceding fiscal year, and including a description of whether and to what extent research under subsection (a) has been conducted in accordance with this section.[

1]“Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate) H.R.810.” The Library of Congress.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Faith-based "Science"

Arizona resident, Rayilyn (Ray) Brown, and I became friends during the writing of my book Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. Ray has Parkinson's Disease and has been corresponding with Bob Stump--a right-wing AZ State Legislator who has introduced a $30 million bill to fund adult stem cell research.

Although neither Ray nor I oppose adult stem cell research Bob Stump is very much against blastocyst stem cell research. Mr. Stump referred Ray to two researchers in AZ, one of which is Dr. Joe Rogers, President of Sun Health Research Clinic. Dr. Rogers called and invited Ray to visit his lab to view adult stem cells once he returns from a European trip later this month.

The other referral is Dr. Mobley at Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, who wrote Ray a confusing letter when she asked him where conception took place. He replied with some reference to a Pope's declarations on this matter stating it might be helpful. The comments below are Ray's response to his letter.

Yvonne Perry

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RE: Faith-based "Science"

Dear Dr. Mobley:

With the initial discovery of this process, the Roman Catholic Church in 1869 under Pope Pius IX declared that "Formed Life" or conception begins at fertilization. From what you said in your letter of March 12, 2007, I think you conclude that fertilization and conception are the same thing.

You'll forgive me, I hope, if I fail to trust an institution that promotes virgin birth as one of its central tenets as an authoritative source on conception. Also, the Catholic Church has never been a friend of science, always being several centuries behind the research and persecuting scientists.

"Conception" as the beginning of human life is used routinely by opponents of embryonic stem cell research. They have forged an unholy alliance with the Roman Catholic Church on this issue and that of SCNT (somatic cell nuclear transfer) or therapeudic cloning of cells to derail human progress.

As you know, cloning of cells or organisms does not involve a fertilized egg, yet the Religious Right opposes that as well. Yet Dolly was a sheep and Snuppy is a dog. Scientists have created mice with two mothers, google Mickey has Two Moms. I read they have even created embryos out of sperm.

I conclude that science has outdistanced the Bronze Age theology that attempts to restrict and outlaw it. IVF procedures have split a process that used to take place entirely within the human body, so that old-time religion is not helpful in formulating ethical standards relevant to it.

We do agree, I think, that for human cells to become human beings, implantation must take place. A blastocyst or embryo with its 46 chromosomes is like a blueprint or a plan, but it is not a person. Thank you for responding.

Rayilyn Brown

Friday, March 16, 2007

RIGHT TO RECOVER

Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America

SYNOPSIS OF THIS BOOK

Right to Recover Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is an educational book that sheds light on the way Americans view embryonic stem cell biology. The book contains well-researched facts about all types of stem cell (bone marrow, amniotic and cord blood) treatments presently being used and their restorative effects. It also explores the research being done using stem cells derived from in-vitro fertilized eggs on laboratory animals and presents findings to support its curative potential on humans.

The information in this book was derived from intensive research, personal interviews, emails and other correspondence with national and international medical doctors, research scientists, religious leaders and elected officials as well as stories from patients, who hope to transform their lives through stem cell implants. Bible references are used to show why a 4- to 5-day-old mass of human cells is NOT an embryo and how God has given us stem cell technology as a scientific gift for healing.

The topic of stem cell research is making headlines in every country. You may have read articles and heard stories that are not exactly true. This book will tell the truth on all issues and challenge readers to think for themselves rather than accept the opinion of political or religious leaders. Right to Recover will not present glossed over fairy tales about how stem cells can miraculously cure any disease and it will not promote fear-based rumors people may have heard from the pulpit on Sunday. Instead, the book bravely delves into the political and religious issues surrounding blastocyst stem cell research and will challenge and expose lies and deception of several religious and political organizations.

Ignorance is NOT bliss! Get the facts and:

- Know the difference between fertilization and conception

- Understand in-vitro fertilization

- Learn how new stem cell lines are created

- Discover the truth about cloning

- Explore why a fertilized egg is not an embryo

- Find out why scientists need to explore all the possibilities of stem cells without limiting federal funding to exclude blastocysts.

- Be aware of current legislation on stem cell research on the state levels


With a foreword by Dr. Evan Snyder of Burnham Institute and endorsements from Cure Paralysis Now, Don C. Reed of California’s Prop 71, Christopher Reeve Foundation, and many others, this book is an accurate picture of what is happening in this scientific field of research.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The cover is ready




My publisher, Valerie Connelly of Nightengale Press, sent me the cover to my book today. I think it conveys a deep message and looks interesting.

I'd like to hear what you think of it.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Faye Armitage and Cure Paralysis Now

I know Faye Armitage. She is a member of Cure Paralysis Now and an awesome advocate for blastocyst stem cell research.

"Boy's mom fights for his 'right to recover', Stem-cell debate's fate could fall to voters" is a great article about Faye and her son, Jason.

Read the article here...

Jason is the youngest survivor of a brain stem stroke which caused locked-in syndrome. The experience is well described by Bauby in his book Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Stem Cells: The Fountain of Youth

By John T Jones, Ph.D.

This article discusses the following topics in question format on stem cells:

What are stem cells?

How are stem cells obtained?

What other potential stem cell sources are there?

Why are we and special groups interested in stem cells?

What are the goals of stem cell research?

How will stem cells affect our future?

If you are deeply interested in stem cells for the first time and want to go beyond this article, go to the National Institute site and read their very comprehensive list of frequently answered questions (FAQs). The URL is http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/faqs.asp.

If you are deeply interested in stem cell research, go to: http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/scireport/.

What are stem cells?

The question should be phrased in terms of embryonic stem cells because that is what we are talking about here.

A human embryo is obtained when a woman’s egg is fertilized by a man’s sperm. This occurs in the human body but it can also be done in a laboratory. The procedure is often used in cases of infertility.

I have three grandchildren formed in this way. Their mother donated eggs, their father donated sperm, and the technicians watched the fertilization take place under a microscope. The fertilized eggs were placed in the mother and she gave birth to triplets.

If embryos formed in this way are not placed in the mother they can be and are used for medical research. Often extra fertilized eggs are produced during this process. Scientist would like to harvest these extra eggs rather than discard them. They could then use them to obtain stem cells.

Stem cells are never obtained from fertilized eggs that reside in a woman’s body.

The embryos obtained after they are a few days old are in the form of a mass of cells called a blastocyst; the embryo of about 150 cells. The blastocyst consists of a sphere made up of an outer layer of cells (the trophectoderm), a fluid-filled cavity (the blastocoel), and a cluster of cells on the interior (the inner cell mass).

How are stem cells obtained?

Cell cultures are grown in the laboratory by transferring the inner cell mass of about 30 cells into a culture dish which has a nutrient broth. The cells quickly multiply and fill the dish. They are then transferred to other culture dishes and the process goes on for months.

Once the cells are obtained they can be frozen and shipped to other laboratories.

What other potential stem cell sources are there?

Adult stem cells are a potential source. They can be used to reproduce cell of their type. That is, while embryonic stem cells can differentiate into any type of cell, adult stem cells can only reproduce cells of their type. If they are muscle cells, they can be used to reproduce only muscle cells. However, recent work has indicated that some adult stem cells may be able to differentiate into other cell types.

Why are we and special groups interested in stem cells?

Because stem cells can differentiate, that is, can be used to reproduce other cell types, they have tremendous potential for solving many human health problems.

Some groups do not want scientist to take human embryos for research in any way whatsoever. Because of this, President Bush restricted stem cell research to existing stem cell sources. Other governments have stayed out of the research arena and stem cells are collected at the whims of the scientist.

Scientists argue that excess stem cells are produced in fertility clinics and that they should be used to benefit mankind.

So, what do you think?

What are the goals of stem cell research?

First, scientists want to understand differentiation. We all know that the human embryo creates all the cell types in the human body. Scientists want to know how and when genes turn on and off to create a particular cell type. Abnormal cell divisions cause birth defects and cancer. Scientists want to know what signals a change in the process of cell development. This could lead to cures for cancer and birth defects.

Stem cells could be used to test new drugs rather than human guinea pigs and animals. Damage to the stem cells would eliminate the drug before it could do damage in the market place, as so many drugs do now.

I would like to quote http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/basics6.asp directly at this point: Perhaps the most important potential application of human stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for Cell-based therapies—treatment in which stem cells are induced to differentiate into the specific cell type required to repair damaged or depleted adult cell populations or tissues.

Today, donated organs and tissues are often used to replace ailing or destroyed tissue, but the need for transplantable tissues and organs far outweighs the available supply. Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

How will stem cells affect our future?

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