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Monday, April 30, 2007

Taking Bush Personally


Conservatives wonder why so many liberals don't just disagree with President Bush's policies but seem to dislike him personally. The story of stem-cell research may help to explain. Two years ago, Bush announced an unexpectedly restrictive policy on the use of stem cells from human embryos in federally funded medical research. Because federal funding plays such a large role, the government more or less sets the rules for major medical research in this country.

Bush's policy was that research could continue on stem-cell "lines" that existed at the moment of his speech, in August 2001, but that otherwise, embryo research was banned. Even surplus embryos already in the freezer at fertility clinics—where embryos are routinely created and destroyed by the thousands every year—could not be used for medical research and would have to be thrown out instead.

Read the rest of the story here...

Sheryl Crow Supports Blastocystic Stem Cell Research

Singer Sheryl Crow was verbally attacked by Archbishop Raymond Burke, one of the highest leaders of the Catholic Church because she stated that Americans should have access to any stem cell treatment allowed by the Federal government. Burke tried to get her kicked off a show to raise funds for children with cancer. Burke is the man who said he would deny John Kerry communion during the 2004 Presidential campaign.

In this YouTube video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsW9wLAXnwU, you will hear Ms. Crow refer to Amendment 2—a Missouri ballot initiative. After her expression of support for blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell research, Missourians voted the Initiative into law.

Read more about this public attack on an American citizen at http://www.stemcellbattles.com/

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Florida's HB 1065 must be defeated

The Florida bill, HB 1065 “Hope Act” is a way to permanently ban state funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Floridians for Cure
spokesperson, Brian Welsh, gives the political background of this bill:

· There is legislation (HB 1065) moving through the Florida Legislature right now to put a ban on the use of state funds for embryonic stem cell research.

· This legislation is expected to be taken up by the Florida House this week where passage is expected. From there it is headed to the Florida Senate where passage is likely, though not certain.

· Governor Charlie Crist, while supporting the use of public funds for embryonic stem cell research during his campaign (see quote memo), IS CONSIDERING REVERSING HIS POSITION and may backing HB 1065.

· This legislation will seriously hinder these efforts to expand the work being done in California to satellite facilities in Florida being developed by Scripps and others.

· The people of Florida overwhelmingly support the use of public funds for the development of cures through the state’s biomedical research facilities

· Last year, Governor Crist handily defeated his primary opponent, Tom Gallagher, who campaigned as a staunch social conservative in opposition to public funding for embryonic stem cell research. The result of the September 2006 primary was 65% for Crist to 35% for Gallagher.

· However, fearing a collateral attack from social conservatives, Governor Crist has capitulated on this issue to date. He calls HB 1065 a first step. Meanwhile, as it stands, this bill has been stripped of its appropriation and on its current path will serve only as a vessel for banning funds for embryonic stem cell research.

· With no public funds behind it for other types of stem cell research and a ban on public funds for embryonic, HB 1065 presents a crisis for the investment of Scripps and other institutes that are trying to expand into Florida.

· We need you to help us stop this attempt by urging Governor Crist to stop this bill in the Senate before it ever reaches his desk.

· By waiting for this bill to come to his desk, Governor Crist is setting the stage for a veto fight on the issue that will have negative effects for all involved.

· As pro-cures advocates with an interest in the development of the biomedical sciences in Florida we are asking you to help us educate and inform Governor Crist as to the danger of this legislation to both the discovery of cures and the development of California based biomedical research institutions.

GOVERNOR CRIST RAN HIS CAMPAIGN WITH A PROMISE TO SUPPORT EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH!

Read more here...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Bringing Down the House of Lies

The Final "Leg" of the Journey
by Steve Bhaerman

It's a bit of a mixed feeling to realize that millions and millions of people who didn't get this distinction two, four or six years ago now understand that the "political' issues we now face aren't about right and left, they're about right and wrong. On one hand, what took you so long? On the other, thank God and welcome aboard.

Although the media has downplayed it -- it doesn't fit with the general stupidization program of creating a lot of heat but very little light -- more and more actual conservatives and even members of the religious right are coming to see the Bush-Cheney regime as a rogue administration and a thin cover for criminal enterprise. Such right wing stalwarts as former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr and Richard Viguerie (one of the architects of the far right wing) have formed an organization to protect our civil liberties from our own government. Chuck Baldwin, an associate of Jerry Falwell, has become an open advocate of impeachment and writes a very articulate column. These folks are far bolder than the Democrats in this regard, and they will play a key role when impeachment happens -- and it will.

Now some of you reading this who have a deeper spiritual understanding of love, forgiveness and the ways in which we do indeed create our own reality might be wondering "Gee, this whole impeachment thing seems pretty 'anti'. Shouldn't we be focusing on what we want instead of what we don't want?"

Indeed, the point can be made that the failure of the Democrats in 2004 -- aside from the minor issue of voting fraud in Ohio and Florida -- had to do with John Kerry's approach of "Vote for me, I'm not as bad as George Bush," and failure to articulate any compelling positive vision. However, the real issue goes much deeper.

Monday, April 23, 2007

A Slate for Stem Cell Research

This Web site http://www.slate.com has a lot of information about stem cell research, politics and religion.

This week Slate is publishing three excerpts from Christopher Hitchens' new book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mary Schneider’s Story: Stem Cells and a Mother’s Unrelenting Drive to Reverse Her Son’s Cerebral Palsy

Mary Schneider knew something was wrong with her son’s development well before his doctors returned a diagnosis. Ryan could only say a couple of words by age two and his arms were curled and rigid. Worse, severe feeding difficulties limited his growth to just 25 pounds in those two years.

It was then that Ryan’s pediatrician referred his family to a neurologist who diagnosed Ryan with mild to moderate cerebral palsy. As has been the case for so many children before him, that diagnosis marked the beginning and the end of Ryan’s neurological treatment. And like so many parents before Mary, Ryan’s diagnosis marked the beginning of an emotional quest for better medical options for her beloved son.

But unlike many parents, Mary Schneider seems to have found an option that worked.

eNews recently caught up with Mary to ask her about her family’s journey to Duke University Medical Center where Ryan received a transfusion of his own umbilical cord blood stem cells - a procedure that seems to have reversed the onset of his cerebral palsy.

Read the rest of the story....

Mary Schneider is currently working to pass Illinois Senate Bill 0019, which would establish a statewide network of cord blood banks, and advocating for the distribution of funding from the C.W. Bill Young federal cord blood banking bill. In 2006 she spoke at a press conference prior to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s awarding of five million dollars to stem cell researchers in that state. Mary continues to council parents seeking treatment for their children at Duke University, a service she provides entirely on a volunteer basis.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Two Misleading Bills Disguised as “Hope Acts”

By Don Reed

There are two misleading bills that seem at first very moderate and reasonable, but are in fact designed to block blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell research funding.

“Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research Act” (S 30/Coleman, Isakson) and its clone, the “Florida Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research Act”—unless defeated, there will be more.

Presented as a moderate alternative to the Stem Cell research Enhancement Act, the “Hope Act” is in fact a permanent restriction—supported by the Bush Administration, which helped write it. It fooled a lot of good people in the Senate, who did not have time to fully examine it, and believed it was a harmless bill.

Contrary to its grossly misleading title, the “Hope Act” (S 30, Coleman, Isakson) would impose a devastating and permanent ban on federal funding of new embryonic stem cell research, including Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) therapies. The bill would codify permanent change in what stem cell research may be federally funded. Prior to this bill, similar language had to be approved every year— under the Dickey Amendment—now those provisions would be fixed in law.

The Florida version was presented as a way to pay for adult stem cell research, $20 million a year (and restrictions, banning embryonic stem cell research funding from the state)—but then the money was taken away, so only the restrictions remain. Stealing the language of good research, and sold as a moderate compromise, these deceptive legislations are the enemy at its most deadly.

The enemies of research know they are losing. America has made up her mind. We want the research to move forward. The opposition’s only hope is win by deception, to advance their anti-research agenda in the guise of attractive words and seeming compromise, hiding the spikes and poison, to rush restrictions through before we understand, before we can rally, and defend.

All that is required to defeat these bills is that we fully understand them and make sure our leaders share that understanding. These bills must be defeated, or the President will surely sign them into law. To read a short version of the actual language of the bill with an explanatory commentary, please see http://stemcellbattles.com/index.htm. you will also find a sample letter you can use to write your Senator.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Child with Cerebral Palsy Treated with Cord Blood Stem Cells

I have corresponded with both Shane G. Smith, PhD and Mary Schneider while writing my book Right to Recover, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. Shane is the Science Director for Children's Neurobiological Solutions (CNS) Foundation. Mary's son, Ryan, was treated for Cerebral Palsy with an infusion of his own stem cells from cord blood his parent's banked when he was born. Mary is currently working to pass Illinois Senate Bill 0019.

In this month’s feature story in CNS's newsletter, Mary describes the personal journey that brought her family to Duke University where Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg returned her son’s own umbilical cord blood stem cells to his bloodstream. She then explains the amazing recovery that followed soon thereafter. Please understand that it is not clear how - or even if - cord blood stem cells contributed to Ryan’s recovery.

Mary and CNS Shane will answer questions about Mary’s amazing story at the CNS Online Community Forum April 26-27 beginning at 11AM Eastern.

Register here to participate in the forum...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Book Review for Right to Recover by Reader Views

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Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America

Yvonne Perry
Nightengale Press (2007)
ISBN: 1-933449-41-1

Reviewed by Cherie Fisher for Reader Views (4/07)

When I started reading “Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America,” I thought that it would be interesting and that as an Executive Director of a healthcare not-for profit dealing with this issue, I might glean some new knowledge. The book delivered far more than I ever expected. I was completely hooked by it from beginning to end. The author, Yvonne Perry, does an excellent job in defining stem cell research and in making the case for funding of the different types of stem cell research, especially blastocyst (or embryonic) stem cell research.

Government funding for stem cell research has been a huge controversy over the past several years, especially during President Bush’s administration. The author lists the American Heritage’s dictionary definition of embryo as: an organism in its early developmental stage, before it has distinctive form; a rudimentary stage.” The blastocyst cells do not even qualify as an embryo because they have never been implanted in a woman’s uterus to begin the developmental stage. The cells that are in question to be used for research are the ones that were not used in invitro and are being discarded as medical waste.

The author makes great points about the use of the blastocysts headed for disposal “No life or death has occurred in the process. The cells scientists want to use for research are the leftover IV-Bs; no one is suggesting that the IVF be used to create blastocysts specifically for use in research. Give them funding to use the ones already headed for the biohazard containers. Let them find a way to help the living, breathing human beings who are suffering.”

So much fear is surrounding stem cell research and cloning that the amazing potential to prevent and cure diseases, rebuild bodies and so much more gets lost in these heated debates. I learned so much about the current and potential research going on in this country and around the world in this book. Perry does a great job in bringing in Biblical text that could potentially support this research. The only flaw that I found in the book was in expressing her views on the more fundamental religions. I happen to agree to with her views, but I think that adding them limits the numbers of people with more fundamental views that might read the book and learn the truth about this subject.

Overall, I found the book to be very well written, eye-opening and informative. It is written in an easy-to read manner. I highly recommend “Right to Recover” to those who are sitting on the fence with this issue.

Ignorance is Not Bliss!

Even though it could take a decade or more to develop useful therapies, stem cell research holds enormous promise for future health. Therefore, it is important to explore all our options: adult stem cells, the cells found in amniotic fluid, cord blood, and the most versatile of all, those derived from in-vitro blastocysts.

Why the controversy over a clump of cells? To think that a human life has been taken by using fertilized eggs for research has to be one of the biggest and most ignorant of all assumptions. Yet, it’s normal for humans to balk at change and criticize what they don’t understand—especially if a religious or political leader tells them it is unethical or unfeasible.

Some of the most important advances in science were opposed due to moral issues surrounding it. DNA and heart transplants were initially opposed on moral grounds. Today, the science has been used to save millions of lives. In-vitro fertilization was highly controversial when it was introduced in the 1970s, but today it is an accepted solution for millions facing infertility. The well-organized and well-funded minority groups that oppose blastocyst stem cell research are the same groups that opposed organ transplantation, blood transfusions, and other scientific advances that are now everyday medicine.

One day, this resistance to blastocyst stem cell research will be thought of as an insane waste of time as we look back upon it from the future. We will wonder why we allowed our pro-war President to get away with vetoing a bill that could have provided federal funding for research that has such potential to cure disease. We will question the sanity of those who were more concerned with the fate of a 36- to 48-hour-old clump of cells than they were with curing those who had been suffering for decades. We will wonder why a small minority of outspoken citizens of our society, blinded by what they perceived as a religious or moral issue, were allowed to delay possible cures for a number of injuries and medical conditions.

Regardless of whether the therapies come from adult stem cells, cord blood, amniotic fluid, or in-vitro blastocyst stem cell research, all of humanity stands to profit from stem cell treatment and technology. Whether it comes from the U.S. or another country, therapies to treat or possibly cure Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, spinal cord injury, diabetes, or other illness or injuries is within reach. Why oppose such a gift from heaven?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Senator Barack Obama on Stem Cell Bill S. 5

During the debate on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, Senator Barack Obama issued a media release in support of stem cell research using leftover blastocysts from in-vitro fertilization clinics.

Obama said, "I stand in full support of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act as I did when this bill was introduced and sent to the President’s desk in the 109th Congress. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this bill.

"I am frustrated by the opposition this bill has generated and saddened that we are preventing the advancement of important science that could potentially impact millions of suffering Americans. The study of stem cells holds enormous promise for the treatment of debilitating and life-threatening diseases. However, in order to reach this level of medical achievement, much more research is necessary to understand, and eventually harness, the amazing potential of stem cells. Instead of creating roadblocks, we must all work together to expand federal funding of stem cell research and continue moving forward in our fight against disease by advancing our knowledge through science and medicine.

"Each year, 100,000 Americans will develop Alzheimer’s disease, with impaired memory, ability to understand, and judgment. Over 1 million adults will be diagnosed with diabetes this year, and risk complications that include blindness, damaged nerves and loss of kidney function. We all know or have met individuals with spinal cord injuries, including national celebrities, local war heroes and loved ones from our own families and circles of friends, who are struggling to maintain mobility and independence.

"For most of our history, medicine has offered little hope of recovery to the 100 million individuals affected by these and other devastating illnesses and injuries.

"Until now."

Read more here...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Both bills pass the Senate

The bill (S 5) passed the Senate on Wednesday, 63-34. Should President Bush, by some miracle decide not to veto it, the bill will release federal funds for new embryonic stem cell lines regardless of the date they were derived by lifting his ban, which has been in place since Aug. 9, 2001.

Unfortunately, Senate bill S 30) also passed, 70-28. Let's keep the mental and emotional energy positive and hope for the best.


Read more about the vote here...



Ask the Higher Powers to Bring Resolution to the Debate over Stem Cell Research

This week, when I found out about S 30, I felt angry about yet another effort by the Religious Right opposition to embryronic stem cell research. This biology holds such promise, I consider in-vitro assisted stem cell research a gift to humanity.

I found myself giving in to the negativity and wanting to “set some people straight.” The energy of the lower realms is not pleasant for me and I don't allow it to stay in my thoughts, emotions or energy fields. After I used sage to clear myself and my house, I projected my consciousness into the higher realms and checked in to discover why I felt so entangled in the war over the fate of a clump of cells. My guides gently reminded me that war and fighting does not bring peace to any situation. Just look at the war in Iraq. It continues to escalate, people continue to lose their lives and no resolution is in sight.

As one who embraces metaphysical concepts, I know that the power of thought is magnified by numbers. The more people we have fighting and producing negativity and ill-will, the more that mindset will grow. And, the more people we have thinking thoughts of peace and sending love (which casts out fear) and light (which helps us see Divine will), the more peace has a chance to grow. It's like the tuning fork effect that has been noticed by some vibrational scientists. If you strike a higher frequency tuning fork at the same time as other lower frequency tuning forks, the lower ones will automatically raise their frequencies to match the vibration of the higher pitched tuning fork.

I have refocused my efforts and decided to pursue the help of those in higher spiritual realms. This morning I asked ascended masters Jesus Christ, Krishna, Horus, Mother Mary, Quan Yin, Isis, the Bodhisattvas, the Buddhas, and other loving, higher vibrational energies and deities to gently remind all of our elected officials that we are one in Spirit and that we all want what is best for humanity.

Each time I feel frustrated about the stem cell battle, I send love and light to the collective consciousness of humanity, the Senate and President Bush. If we are in agreement that God/Goddess’s highest and best be done regarding all types of stem cell research, I think it would be a more enlightened approach that might yield miraculous results.

I am praying for a cure for all types of disease and conditions and it doesn’t matter to me what research method brings it forward. As I publish my book Right to Recover and expose whatever truth and lies I’ve discovered in my research, my motive is not to cause more conflict. My hope is to bring peace to the issue and provide hope to those who suffer.

Why not join me in this peaceful effort by simply agreeing in thought or verbal prayer that whatever is best for humanity will be manifest in the decision of our political and religious leaders?

It’s worth a try, isn’t it?

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

FDA Trying to Kill Natural Medicine, Supplements

The government is again interfering with citizen’s right to recover by limiting their access to medical treatment. Like stem cell research, people who want to utilize certain health care therapies are being prevented to do so by the U.S. government. This is unconstitutional and must be addressed. I encourage you to take action to prevent Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) from being ruled by the FDA!

Major General Albert N. Stubblebine III (US Army, Ret) is the President of Natural Solutions Foundation. This week I received an urgent email message from him that I would like to share with you:

"Through the not-for-profit Natural Solutions Foundation, Dr. Rima and I have been fighting to protect your Health and Health Freedom for quite a while now. In fact, we gave up a lucrative private medical practice to do so and have put about $500,000 of our own money into this fight. That, along with supporters' donations and our joint fierce determination have gotten us this far. I do not engage in loosing campaigns and this IS a war we can win!

Submit your comments, then forward the message to your entire circle of contacts, including professionals and companies so they can share it with their own lists.

If you are a Citizen of the US, please sign our Citizens Petition to hold the US Government accountable for violating US law regarding supplements.

Contact every talk radio station you know of and tell your favorite hosts to study and inform themselves and their audiences about the Codex battle. Send them a copy of this letter and give them our contact address: healthfreedom@optonline.net. Dr. Rima and I regularly appear on talk shows to let audiences know what is in store for them if they let the other side win. Let your radio host know that we are available for their show, too."

Senate Bill 30 must be defeated.

In Greek mythology a giant horse (full of soldiers) was left outside the walls of Troy. The people inside the city, thinking this was a gift, brought it in—and the soldiers jumped out and killed everybody.

Senate Bill 30, the "Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research Act" (or "Hope Act" for short) filed by Republicans Norm Coleman of Minnesota and John Isakson of Georgia, is the Stem Cell Trojan Horse.

S 30 pretends to be a moderate middle ground—but it contains provisions which would permanently block federal funding for new stem cell lines by either in-vitro or nuclear transfer (SCNT) methods. SCNT is a method of duplicating cells without involving a pregnancy. It uses only microscopic cells in a petri dish to study disease and search for the root causes of birth defects and other medical conditions.

Established laboratory techniques are based on clear ethical guidelines for embryonic stem cell research and biomedical cloning. These processes do not need to be continually debated. They need to be left alone so scientists can do their work without governmental interference. The Coleman-Isakson bill blocks medical and scientific advances by not allowing the use of blastocyst cells donated for this potentially lifesaving medical research.

Developed with the cooperation of the Bush White House, Senate Bill 30 should be called the “Death of Hope” Act because the bill will only allow researchers to use what are effectively "dead cells.” If cells are dead, they cannot reproduce. How does it make sense that researchers should use dead cells to produce a living cell line to work with? The bill fails to address the urgent, unmet need for funding new cell lines.

For more information about this bill, please see www.stemcellbattles.com

"Unlock the Cells" Say NO to Senate Bill 30, YES to Senate Bill 5

Several weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 5 to overturn President Bush's restrictions on the creation date that a blastocyst can be used for scientific research. The Senate is expected to vote on this bill this week.

Although stem cell research has bipartisan support, some activists are trying to bomb this bill with another bill, S. 30, called the "The Hope Offered through Principled, Ethically-Sound Stem Cell Research Act." S. 30 imposes additional restrictions on stem cell research conducted with leftover cells from in-vitro fertilization.

Senate Bill 5 is the bill we want to pass. Senate Bill 5 is the stem cell bill supported by doctors, researchers, and patient advocates across the nation.

Monday, April 9, 2007

A converted Republican Baptist sees the Light

I guess my Nanny was right all along; Democrats do have more heart for the American people than Republicans. Coming from a Southern Baptist family, I never thought I'd be saying that.

I was a staunch Republican until George W. took office by what I thought was questionable means. The Florida ballots not being counted correctly and a Bush brother in office as the governor seemed a little too well-orchestrated to be coincidence. My faith in the GOP started rapidly sliding downhill ever since—more like an avalanche effect—I haven't voted for a Republican since.

Then, I learned about the stem cell debate and started doing some research about why people were opposed to using material leftover from in-vitro fertilization to seek cures and treatments for so many illnesses. It never made sense to me why anyone would think it better to throw away these cells than to study them, but I kept on researching looking for logic that was not to be found.

While I was assisting a book client who has quadriplegia, H.R. 810 (the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005) was passed by Congress. This meant funds would be released for blastocyst (some call it embryonic) stem cell research. I could not believe President Bush used his first veto to withhold funds for research that might find cures for members of our society who have physical and medical disabilities.

I decided right then that the president's decision and the mindset of the misinformed right-wing ultra-orthodox party must be challenged if our society is to benefit from blastocyst stem cell biotechnology. I continued my search for information on stem cell research. The next thing I knew I had collected enough material on the topic to write a book. As a ghostwriter for many authors, I decided to finish my current client’s projects and take some time off to write my book Right to Recover. I knew the Universe had ordained my book project when I landed a publisher on my first query.

The more I searched, the more I was convinced that there were some horrible lies being propagated by ultra-conservative politicians and right-wing religious groups. I have exposed those lies in my book. I have shown all types of stem cell research from all angles. I have presented a history of how religion got started as a means of controlling masses of people with fear-based thinking. Regardless of which side of the issue you are on, the book will cause you to question your own reasons for believing what you believe.

Most Democrats support all types of stem cell research. That doesn't mean that all Democratic candidates are good or that all Republican ones are bad. I still use my brain to look at the issues and see how candidates have voted on issues of concern in the past before I decide to vote for them, but I DO vote!

If you are not registered to vote and then going to the polls to exercise your freedom, you are missing a great opportunity to have a say about what goes on in our country. You can register to vote online or download a mail-in form or go to your local library and ask for the form.

At 90 years of age, Nanny still believes in the Democratic Party, is an avid Braves baseball fan, and bakes an apple pie that is out of this world! Maybe I should have listened to her sooner.

Review on Yvonne Perry's Book, RIGHT TO RECOVER

RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars Over Stem Cell Research in America by Yvonne Perry deals with one of the hottest topics facing our country this presidential campaign season, if not this century.

Much more than a basic overview of stem cell research, RIGHT TO RECOVER will answer the questions and define the issues facing international research and U.S. research, legal issues regarding funding for blastocystic (known as embryonic) stem cell research all the while breaking down the misconceptions and myths such as: What about the Prentice List that says adult stem cells are able to treat as many as 72 illnesses? This book will clarify the separation of Church and State, the Constitution and founding fathers' intention regarding religion and government, and show how a minority of people known as the U.S. religious right is preventing recovery through ignorance.

With first hand stories of success and with interviews of those hopeful of a cure, this book will answer the most asked question regarding stem cell research: Is there really hope that stem cells derived from leftover in-vitro fertilization procedures can cure disease? Doctors in the field and politicians battling to open the legislative doors bring their expertise and vision to us throughout this well-researched book.

Galley copies will soon be available. If you are interested in providing a review for this book, please let Valerie Connelly of Nightengale Press know.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Connecticut Awards $20 million to Stem Cell Research

Faye Armitage and I keep in touch ever since I "met" her online when I read about her son, Jason, who is a victim of spinal cord injury. Faye is an activist working hard to get funding for blastocystic (some call it embryonic) stem cell research.

On her blog, Faye posted the good news about the state of Connecticut who awarded $20 million in grants to fund 21 research projects at universities in the state. The grants went exclusively to embryonic stem cell research projects!!!

She also reports a complete opposite action by the state of New Jersey which has used their bill to fund 95% adult stem cell research and only 5% to blastocystic stem cell research.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Georgia Getting Wise on Stem Cell Research

The Gwinnett Daily News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution has been a decorative item on my family's living coffee table since I was a child. My dad, the avid read of black and white print, shared current events with anyone who would listen. Many times only the cat and my dad knew what was going on in the world outside our neighborhood.

I found this article in the Gwinnett Daily News today and felt rather proud that my home state had their eyes on a bill aimed at encouraging stem cell research in Georgia. Senator David Shafer, a Republican from Duluth, near my hometown of Doraville (such a country in the city), is Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee who removed a controversial part of the bill regarding human therapeutic cloning in order to pass the remainder of the measure.

Shafer's bill (read more here....) would have created a commission to develop a procedure for volunteers to donate umbilical cord blood, placental tissue and amniotic fluid to a “bank’’ that would be operated by one or more of the state’s universities. But Shafer does not support embryonic stem cell research. Instead, he agrees with the erroneous Prentice List and says that more than 70 treatments and cures have been developed through research using adult stem cells. The Prentice List is not accurate and neither is Shafer.

My book, Right to Recover Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America exposes the Prentice lies and shows that despite a multi-decade head start over blastocyst (embryonic) stem cell research, adult stem cells been shown to improve only about nine conditions on the Prentice list. That’s right, only nine conditions on the Prentice list have demonstrated both safety and efficacy in all three phases of clinical trials and are considered as “standard therapy” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treatments. Those nine are:

1. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
2. Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
3. Aplastic Anemia
4. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
5. Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia
6. Multiple Myeloma
7. Myelodysplasia
8. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome-X1
9. Thalassemia Major

You have to remember that my family and I live in the southern states near the buckle of the Bible Belt. Getting any good ol' boy to change his mind or conflict with what the preacher doles out from the pulpit on Sunday is next to impossible. Southern Baptists like my family would rather believe a lie than challenge the "authority" of a religious figure. I've always been an activist and a rebel at heart. It has taken me years to get over being raised in a society of massive co-dependency.

Before my fellow Southerns get their hopes up or down, I have to report that Shafer's bill fell flat when discussion was sidetracked to stall for time to keep from voting on the issue. Southerners can talk the ears off a bull and not say anything important. We're just friendly that way.

However, GA Governor, Sonny Perdue, took notable action when he signed an executive order creating a state commission to develop a network to collect and store donations of umbilical cord blood and other byproducts of childbirth rich in stem cells. Read more about that here...

Sen. David Adelman, D-Decatur, introduced a bill early in this year’s session to encourage research using both embryonic and adult stem cells. Adelman says Perdue is ignoring the potential of embryonic stem cell research. Well, the issue is not going away. It's time to face the facts: we need to pursue and federally fund all types of stem cell research and keep on until we find a cure or treatment for every possible illness or injury.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act Goes to the Senate!

As citizens, we must do something to help pass the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act S 5 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.

Senator Bob Casey and Senator John Sununu are “on the fence” regarding their decision about the bill. Your letter or phone call could change their mind. I encourage you to contact them using the information below:

Bob Casey: Pennsylvania Phone: (202) 224-6324. FAX: (202) 228-0604
Address: B-40 Dirksen Senate Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
http://casey.senate.gov/

John Sununu: New Hampshire Phone: (202) 224-2841 FAX: (202) 228-4131
Address: 111 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
http://www.sununu.senate.gov/webform.html


Here is a sample letter for you to use:

Your name
street address
City, state, zip
phone number (Always include that, it verifies you as a real person.)

Re: Senate Bill 3, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

Dear Honorable Senator_________:

We all know someone suffering from an incurable disease or disability which stem cell research might alleviate or heal. I urge your “YES” vote on Senate Bill 5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Patents Related to Blastocystic Stem Cell Research

Shane G. Smith, Ph.D. is the Science Director of the Children’s Neurobiological Solutions Foundation (CNS). In 2004, Shane served as Science Director for California’s successful "Yes on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research & Cures Initiative campaign."

I met Shane Smith viritually through my online acquaintance with Don C. Reed, also an advocate of Proposition 71. Both Don and Shane have been very helpful in checking my facts and editing my manuscript for Right to Recover, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. These fellow advocates also keep me updated on the latest events within the political world of stem cell research. Today, Shane sent me an email about patents related to human embryonic stem cells.

WARF (The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation) is a branch of the University of Wisconsin (UW) that controls and owns the school's patents. Jamie Thomson, a researcher at the University, was the first to isolate human embryonic (blastocyst) stem cells left over from in-vitro procedures in 1997. The university patented Thomson's discovery and has been collecting fees from researchers ever since; not just for research done at UW but all over the U.S.

These patents ensure commercial control of any technology or treatment derived from blastocystic stem cell research by guaranteeing UW is paid royalties for any products that come to the market as a result of the research.

While I strongly believe in capitalism or free enterprise, I personally don't think it is fair that stem cell researchers all over the U.S. should have to pay fees or royalties to WARF unless the research was conducted using funds or resources donated by the university. This "cornering the market" tactic is preventing the forward progress of stem cell research as much as the lack of federal funds or the opposition from Right-wing Bush supporters.

You may want to read an article "Feds to Toss 3 Stem Cell Patents" by PAUL ELIAS
(AP Biotechnology Writer) dated April 2, 2007 or an article by patent attorney Lawrence B. Ebert for more details.

Monday, April 2, 2007