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Right to Recover ~ Winning the Political and Religious Wars Over Stem Cell Research in America presents scientific facts that challenge readers to think for themselves rather than accept political or religious views on stem cell research.

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This book is available by request in bookstores nationwide.


RIGHT TO RECOVER is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Current Events: Political/Social of the National Best Books 2007 Awards. Amazon Best-selling book in biomedical category.


Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Story Behind The Books Interview

Dorothy Thompson, CEO/Founder Pump Up Your Book Promotion (www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.com), interviews Yvonne Perry, author of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. This interview was originally posted at THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOKS at http://thestorybehindthebooks.blogspot.com/2007/08/right-to-recover-winning-political-and.html

Dorothy: Why did you write such a controversial book and how did you publish it?

Yvonne: Reverend Dan Bloodworth came to me in 2005 seeking a ghostwriter for his son’s story. Dan’s All-American athlete son, Brian, suffered a spinal cord injury 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 stem cell research and share that information with anyone willing to listen. I was immediately intrigued by his enthusiasm regarding stem cell research. Dan decided he was not ready to write about his son at the time since his job was taking too many of his hours, but our interview left an impression upon me.


In 2006, while working with Michael Davis on his book, FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH: A Personal Story about Living with Quadriplegia, I was reminded of the healing potential that blastocystic (also known as embryonic) stem cell research offers victims of spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, renal failure, paralysis, heart disease, and many other illnesses. H.R. 810 (the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005) was passed by Congress and quickly vetoed by President Bush. I felt furious. I could not understand why people were saying that an embryo was being killed by research. It just didn’t feel right in my spirit so I began researching to find out more. I went back to Dan Bloodworth and asked him to let me use his research material to write a book, not about his son, but FOR his son and all those who might benefit from therapies resulting from the research.


When I started my research I was sure that a publisher would want this book. I asked for higher guidance and met Valerie Connelly of Nightengale Press one week later. I pitched my book idea to her and she accepted it immediately. The next week I signed a contract and went to work in earnest to get the book finished by a deadline we both thought was realistic. What I had not expected to encounter was having the field of stem cell research change so rapidly. I kept finding new material and meeting new people in the field. It was hard to find a stopping place! My deadline was approaching and I was still digging through the material. I had to call the book finished to meet the printing date for the book to go to BEA.


After the galley copy was printed, I still made 24 pages of changes to the text for the final version. The final version is now available online and in bookstores everywhere.

All Things that Matter & Stem Cell Research

In case you missed Yvonne Perry's interview with Phil Harris on his show "All Things that Matter," you may access the audio file at www.blogtalkradio.com.

Phil and Yvonne walked chapter by chapter through RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America to highlight some of the things covered in Yvonne's educational book. Here is the table of contents for the book:

1. Basic Overview of Stem Cell Research
2. Why All the Controversy?
3. Biblical Support for Blastocystic Research
4. Separation of Church and State
5. Rebuttal of President Bush’s Statement
6. What Does Cloning Have to Do with Stem Cell Research?
7. National Research
8. International Research
9. Public Opinion about Stem Cell Research
10. The Significance of Federal Funding
11. Challenging the Prentice List
12. Possible Cures from Stem Cell Research
13. Turning the Tides Toward the Right to Recover

Friday, September 28, 2007

Reverend Dan Bloodworth in Suppport of Stem Cell Research


Reverend Dan Bloodworth is Yvonne Perry's guest on Writers in the Sky Podcast.

Yvonne met Reverend Dan Bloodworth in 2005 and immediately became intrigued by his enthusiasm regarding stem cell research.

Reverend Dan and Carol Bloodworth’s All-American athlete son, Brian, suffered a spinal cord injury when he was hit by lightning in 1987. Now an adult, Brian, is in a stage 4 coma and is fed through a tube.

Click here to listen to the 30-minute interview...

Reverend Bloodworth has been advocating for blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell research for more than 16 years in hopes of finding help for his son. As a result of his extensive knowledge on the topic, Dan has been appointed to the Advisory Council to Congress regarding stem cell research. Dan believes he can make the world a better place by helping others understand the facts about blastocyst stem cell research.

Bloodworth attended Rhema Bible College in order to better understand how the right wing beliefs against blastocystic stem cell research are supported. His education led him to believe that stem cell research and any subsequent therapy is a gift from God, and showed him that the logic of those who use the Bible to support their beliefs 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 for research,” says Dan.

When Dan travels the country and speaks about stem cell research, preachers and parishioners are astounded because they simply did not know that fertilized eggs are not human beings. “They have a mental picture of a little miniature baby swimming around in its mother’s womb,” reports Dan. “They have never been given factual or scientific information about blastocyst stem cells, and they haven’t done any research on their own. Instead, they are willing to naively believe other people who have told them that in vitro stem cell research kills babies.”

After Dan shared his findings and Biblically supportive information with Republican Leader Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, Senator Frist became a major supporter of federal funding for blastocystic stem cell research. He even spoke against President Bush’s veto of H.R. 810 in July 2006, which would have allowed research on stem cell lines previously frozen for use in fertility treatments. I’m sure you would like to know what Reverend Bloodworth shared that was so convincing. That’s exactly what he will present in our interview on September 21st.

Yvonne Perry learned a lot from Dan and included his information in her book RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. This book is now available on all online bookstores and will be available in local bookstores October first.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Final Tour Day for R2R


The final day of Yvonne Perry's virtual tour for RIGHT TO RECOVER, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America ends at Muze’s Musings. Visit http://www.muzesmusings.blogspot.com/ for one last chance to ask questions about stem cell research and learn about the author.

You may purchase Yvonne's book on stem cell research at Amazon.com

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Judge a Book by its Cover

Judge a Book by its Cover - http://judgebookbycover.blogspot.com/is where you will find Yvonne Perry on her virtual tour for RIGHT TO RECOVER, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America.

Tomorrow she will be at Muze’s Musings – http://www.muzesmusings.blogspot.com/

You may purchase Yvonne's book on stem cell research at Amazon.com

Monday, September 24, 2007

Last Three Days of Virtual Tour

Only three days left of Yvonne Perry's virtual tour for RIGHT TO RECOVER, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America.

Be sure to visit these blogs and find out more about stem cell research and Yvonne's writing and publishing process.

Sept. 24 - Cheryl Malandrinos - http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/
Sept. 25 – Judge Cover - http://judgebookbycover.blogspot.com/
Sept. 27 – Muze’s Musings – http://www.muzesmusings.blogspot.com/

You may purchase Yvonne's book on stem cell research at Amazon.com

Friday, September 21, 2007

Who cares about life or family anyway?

Who are the ones who don't care about life or family? From what I have learned in the writing of my book, the misinformation campaign has been the tactic of those who oppose blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell research because they equate an un-implanted microscopic blastocyst, which consists of about 32 undifferentiated cells, with a living human being, e.g. a child or adult.
Although it would appear self-evident that we are not talking about murdering babies, since babies can only form in the womb, this is what some people would have the public believe.

Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), which uses an unfertilized egg, human or otherwise, and one's own DNA might be helpful in learning the etiology of diseases like Parkinson's. However, those patients must wait until a woman gives birth to retrieve her amniotic or cord blood cells simply because people who favor POTENTIAL life over ACTUAL life are doing everything they can to prevent a treatment or cure from being found using blastocyst stem cells. These are the ones who really do not care about the human family or people who are suffering. These people are powerful enough to outlaw SCNT in Missouri.

In my opinion, most people who claim to be "pro-life" are really pro-POTENTIAL life. Many times this same group is pro-war and pro-death penalty. Go figure!

Yvonne Perry

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Author Talks

Find Yvonne Perry on her virtual tour for RIGHT TO RECOVER, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America.

Sept. 20 – Author Talks http://www.authortalks.blogspot.com/
Sept. 24 - Cheryl Malandrinos - http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/
Sept. 25 – Judge Cover - http://judgebookbycover.blogspot.com/
Sept. 27 – Muze’s Musings – http://www.muzesmusings.blogspot.com/

You may purchase Yvonne's book on stem cell research at Amazon.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Catholic Right for the Talk to Action

Frank L. Cocozzelli is a director with the Institute for Progressive Christianity. A Roman Catholic, Frank dissents from the Vatican’s official position on stem cell research on religious grounds. Since 2001 he has been active in advocating for this research. He also writes a weekly column on the Catholic Right for the Talk to Action Web site.

Mr. Cocozzelli and Eve Herold co-authored a paper titled "An Unholy Alliance: How Neoconservatives and the Religious Right Have Joined Forces to Fight Stem Cell Research." This eye-opening document exposes from whence the opposition to stem cell research really comes. The excerpt begins…

“In June 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate took up the issue of stem cell research once again, re-introducing a bill that had already been vetoed once by President Bush. The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act would have expanded U.S. federal funding (which currently applies to only 21 embryonic stem cell lines) to include about 200 new and superior cell lines. This year’s version of the bill was passed in the Senate on April 11, but it fell four votes short of a veto-proof majority. Then the bill passed Congress by a vote of 253 – 174, only to be met once again with the slash of Bush’s pen. The president has stood stubbornly by his anti-research policy against the wishes of the Congress, the Senate, and a large majority of the American people. His reason: the destruction of embryos, even for life-saving research, “crosses a moral line” that shouldn’t be crossed.

This, however, is not the consensus among all religious faiths, let alone among mainstream Christians; it is a narrow proposition held mostly by neo-orthodox Christians. The concept that embryonic research is off-limits is being furthered not just by religious conservatives, but also by their often nonreligious neoconservative allies.”

Read the full document here:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What is on the horizon for stem cell research?

Matt Nilsen of “My Parkinson's Info” (www.MyParkinsonsInfo.com) asked for “What do you see on the stem cell horizon?” to which Rayilyn Brown, Board Member for Arizona Chapter National Parkinson's Foundation, replied:

Dear Matt,

The future of stem cell research is uncertain for three reasons:

  • The Bush administration's opposition to embryonic stem cell research
  • The loss of research time since his 2001 ban on federal funding of blastocysts created after August 9, 2001, and
  • Two vetoes of stem cell bills passed by Congress.

The stem cell war currently rages in the states with opposition stalling CA Prop 71 of 2004 and 2006 Missouri Amendment 2, while some states like Massachusetts and Illinois are very slowly making gains. However no one believes there will be any through adult or embryonic research for persons with Parkinson’s. A few people have gone to China and report anecdotal results from adult stem cells.

Right now the cutting edge treatment for Parkinson’s is Deep Brain Stimulation, a treatment Yvonne Perry mentions in her book RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America (www.right2recover.com). Her book is very comprehensive, but as she has said it is impossible to keep current on these issues. Everyone should read her book.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Day 11 of Right to Recover Book Tour

Today Yvonne Perry will visit "Straight from the Author’s Mouth" on her virtual tour for RIGHT TO RECOVER, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America.

Read her personal story and ask questions about stem cell research by touring with her on these remaining blogs:

Sept. 18 – Inspired Author Self Promotion - http://inspiredauthor.com/v3/node/12
Sept. 20 – Author Talks http://www.authortalks.blogspot.com/
Sept. 24 - Cheryl Malandrinos - http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/
Sept. 25 – Judge Cover - http://judgebookbycover.blogspot.com/
Sept. 27 – Muze’s Musings – http://www.muzesmusings.blogspot.com/

You may purchase Yvonne's book on stem cell research at Amazon.com

Need a Stem Cell Speaker for your Group?

Reverend Dan Bloodworth is available to speak to your group, organization, or church about the Biblical side of blastocystic (called embryonic by some) stem cell research.


Reverend Bloodworth is a graduate of Rhema Bible College and has studied stem cell research for 18 years ever since his son, Brian, was struck by lightning. Find out why Dan is both anti-abortion and pro-blastocystic stem cell research.





Contact:
Rev. Dan Bloodworth
C/O Worth The Blood Ministry
372 Hogans Branch Rd.
Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072

or email him at DANB1966 @ aol dot com. (You will need to remove the spaces and substitute a period (.) for dot in Dan's email address. We are trying to avoid spam by posting in this manner).

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Reverend Dan Bloodworth

Reverend Dan Bloodworth will be Yvonne Perry's guest on Writers in the Sky Podcast September 28, 2007!


Yvonne met Reverend Dan Bloodworth in 2005 and immediately became intrigued by his enthusiasm regarding stem cell research.

Reverend Dan and Carol Bloodworth’s All-American athlete son, Brian, suffered a spinal cord injury when he was hit by lightning in 1987. Now an adult, Brian, is in a stage 4 coma and is fed through a tube.

Reverend Bloodworth has been advocating for blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell research for more than 16 years in hopes of finding help for his son. As a result of his extensive knowledge on the topic, Dan has been appointed to the Advisory Council to Congress regarding stem cell research. Dan believes he can make the world a better place by helping others understand the facts about blastocyst stem cell research.

Bloodworth attended Rhema Bible College in order to better understand how the right wing beliefs against blastocystic stem cell research are supported. His education led him to believe that stem cell research and any subsequent therapy is a gift from God, and showed him that the logic of those who use the Bible to support their beliefs 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 for research,” says Dan.

When Dan travels the country and speaks about stem cell research, preachers and parishioners are astounded because they simply did not know that fertilized eggs are not human beings. “They have a mental picture of a little miniature baby swimming around in its mother’s womb,” reports Dan. “They have never been given factual or scientific information about blastocyst stem cells, and they haven’t done any research on their own. Instead, they are willing to naively believe other people who have told them that in vitro stem cell research kills babies.”

After Dan shared his findings and Biblically supportive information with Republican Leader Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, Senator Frist became a major supporter of federal funding for blastocystic stem cell research. He even spoke against President Bush’s veto of H.R. 810 in July 2006, which would have allowed research on stem cell lines previously frozen for use in fertility treatments. I’m sure you would like to know what Reverend Bloodworth shared that was so convincing. That’s exactly what he will present in our interview on September 21st.

Yvonne Perry learned a lot from Dan and included his information in her book RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. This book is now available on all online bookstores and will be available in local bookstores October first.


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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Nashville Parkinson's Support Group

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been designated as a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. A Parkinson's support group meets in the Waddlington Room at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital every 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

The next meeting will be Sept 20th.

For more information about the support group please see http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/deutchlab/NPF/index.html

Are We Cloning Babies?

by Don C. Reed

Before every medical advance,
There is always the darkness of ignorance.
Misunderstandings delay us, bog us down in endless strife;
And the biggest fear is this; that stem cell research means creating a life.

This is false, false, false-- there are no cloned babies.
Neither kids nor pregnancies involved, on this there are no maybies.
If somebody crooked tried to clone a child, that crook belongs in jail;
Do not pass go, expect massive fines, no one should post their bail.

Cloning is for gardeners, who cut “slips” and plant them, every day.
But we don’t need it for babies, we can make them the old fashioned way.
Reproductive cloning (like Dolly the sheep) must never be allowed.
But SCNT, which is stem cells for cure—of that we can all be proud.

Cells, cells, nothing but cells, that is what we are here for;
Cells to bring hope to those we love, the suffering ones we care for.
To take a cell from a diseased body, and fix it, make it right;
And use it to heal its owner? That is a step forward, into the light.




Friday, September 14, 2007

Day 9 of Right to Recover Book Tour

Today is Day 9 of Yvonne Perry's virtual book tour for RIGHT TO RECOVER, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America.

This is a great time to stop by "Publishing Secrets for Authors" at http://www.publishingsecretsofauthors.blogspot.com/to ask questions about how she published her book with Nightengale Press.

Adult Versus Embryonic Stem Cells

by Don C. Reed

Adult and embryonic stem cells, each has its own potential,
Each is useful, each is good, both are sometimes controversial.
There are some who say adult stem cells can build a body bionic;
And they would STOP the other stem cell research, denying embryonic.

Adult stem cells are found in our bodies, after most of our growing is done.
But they are not built to multiply fast, and their purpose is really just one.
They are miniature repair kits, and we all are glad they exist.
But to call them the equal of embryonic-- is an illusion we must resist.

Adult stem cells are useful indeed, like a bandage for minor injury.
But one does not apply a band-aid, when it is time for major surgery.
Adult stem cells regenerate cells, but slowwwwwly, like a bald man growing hair;
But embryonic cells grew every portion of us, not just isolated cells here and there.

Adult stem cells, like gift certificates, are specialized, and sometimes rare.
Embryonic stem cells become anything, like cash money, spendable everywhere.
Adult stem cells help to heal little cuts, like zippers, making scars.
But the power of adult next to embryonic? Like a flashlight next to a star.



Thursday, September 13, 2007

The 14th Annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner

Join PAN in honoring members of the Parkinson's community at the 14th Annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner.


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW

Washington, D.C.


Please join our special program guests Michael J. Fox and The Honorable Janet Reno for PAN's sole annual fundraiser. National Public Radio host Diane Rehm, who is co-chairing the event once again this year along with her husband John Rehm, will conduct a live on-stage conversation with Ms. Reno. Michael J. Fox is once again serving as Honorary Dinner Chairman. The 2007 Udall Awards for Public Service are being given to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and U.S. Congressman Michael Castle (R-DE). PAN’s New Mexico State Coordinator, Michael Hooffstetter, will receive The Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy.


Join us on October 3 to honor these outstanding members of the Parkinson's community. Proceeds from the Annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner support PAN’s mission to increase awareness of Parkinson’s disease and to seek increased and accelerated federal support for Parkinson’s research.

September 11 and a Complaint to the Biomedical Industry

Don Reed (www.stemcellbattles.com) would like to register a complaint about the entire biomedical industry. It goes something like this:

My name is Don Reed. I am the father of a paralyzed young man, Roman Reed, who inspired the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, which helped fund Dr. Hans Keirstead’s work, the first state-funded embryonic stem cell research in America. Thanks to the vision of people like Thomas O'karma, and biomedical corporations like Geron, there is a chance my son will one day walk again.

But today, I have a complaint to lodge.

The biomedical industry—is entirely too modest, too shy, and too bashful.

I am not joking in the slightest.

You have the greatest product imaginable, the realistic hope of cure. What could be more wonderful than that-- for the hundred million Americans who suffer from chronic illness?

Why do you not think of yourself as the equal of the United States Defense Department?

Consider: six years ago, on this day, September 11, approximately 3000 people died in the twin towers massacre. Since then we have spent more than three thousand American soldiers’ lives, and more than half a trillion dollars reacting to that crime, and tragedy.

And yet we lose four thousand Americans every day from chronic disease—that’s 9/11 every day—and how much do we spend on embryonic stem cell research? A pittance.

In California, biomedicine is number one, in terms of employment and solid, reliable business—it is time our political clout grew to match our true value.

Aerospace went to the moon on a mountain of political money—a man took a few steps across the sterile surface of the moon—and from that moonwalk came the computer industry.

If we want half a trillion dollars spent on the research, everybody in this room is going to have to be political—or allow the opponents of research to walk all over us as the current administration in Washington is doing right now.

Day 8 of Right to Recover Book Tour

Catch Yvonne Perry on tour with her book RIGHT TO RECOVER, on "Start at the Beginning" http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/

This is a great time to ask questions about stem cell research and about the writing, publishing and marketing of this book.

Chapter 1 of Right to Recover

How about a sneak preview of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America?

A blogger named Nikki Leigh posted the entire first chapter on her blog. You will get a lot of information in the first chapter without even purchasing the book. Read the first chapter here...

* Get a basic overview of stem cell research beginning with "What is a stem cell?"

* Explore blastocysts, cord blood collection, and in vitro fertilization.

* Read about stem cell technology currently in use in my interview with Dr. Madan Jagasia (Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center).

Those who comment on Nikki's blog become eligible for the drawing in which Yvonne will give away a galley copy of her book!

Ready for Stem Cell Change

by Don C. Reed

We have tried every known medicine, we are at the end of our rope;
We are tired of doctors telling us, we must abandon hope.
Standard practice cannot cure us, despite the best of will.
So let us look to the science lab, and the tiniest of cells.

Stem cells, invisible, amazing, and real.
A medical advance, our bodies to heal.
To solve the problem, go to the stem, the very root,
If we were computers, we would have to reboot.





Wednesday, September 12, 2007

When does life begin?

I went to a stem cell symposium sponsored by the Parkinson's Foundation at Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee last Saturday. Mary Parker with the John Edwards presidental campaign made a profound comment during a discussion about when life begins:


There is an easy answer to the question about when life begins. The answer is "It doesn't matter! When life begins is not the question being asked by supporters of blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell research. Their question is: Are these cells trash or are they research material?

What Do We Want From Stem Cell Research?

by Don C. Reed

We want an end to arthritis with its grinding pain,
An end to stomach ulcers and their stabbing shoots of flame.
Open the living tomb of Parkinson’s, no more blindness from diabetes,
Free the frozen limbs of paralysis, stop dozens more disabilities.

And while we’re at it, why don’t we
Regenerate the economy?




Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Are You Confused about Stem Cell Research?


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. The political and religious aspects surrounding blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell research further complicates our ability to understand the simple value this research holds for millions of people suffering with disease and medical conditions.
Do you want to know why this research does NOT destroy embryos? Would you like to form your own an educated opinion about this valuable science?

RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is a book that tells the truth on all issues and challenge readers to think for themselves rather than accept the opinion of political or religious leaders. This book does 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 easy-to-read book bravely delves into the scientific, political and religious issues surrounding blastocyst stem cell research.

Ignorance is NOT bliss! Get the facts and:
- Know the difference between fertilization and conception
- Understand why a fish-like embryo cannot exist in a Petri dish
- Explore why a fertilized egg in a laboratory is not necessarily an embryo
- Know the truth about cloning
- See 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
- Read Biblical support for blastocystic stem cell research by Reverend Dan Bloodworth.
- Understand why adult stem cells and blastocystic stem cells are NOT the same
- Know who is behind the misinformation being propagated

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.

Amazon.com Product Details for RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America as of September 11, 2007:
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Nightengale Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933449411
ISBN-13: 978-1933449418
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
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Who Needs Stem Cell Research?

by Don C. Reed


Is it you? Or is it me?
A member of our family?
One hundred million citizens, in America alone;
Enduring chronic illness or injury, with courage, or a groan.

Think of someone you love, incurably ill,
They will not get better, not with drug, shot, or pill.
They have cancer, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injury:
A chronic disease, or a disability.

And every one of those people, man or woman, boy or girl,
Has a family affected—which means everybody, all across the world.
What emotional, physical, financial burdens we share;
Chronic disease is three-quarters of the cost of everyone’s health care.


Day 7 of Right to Recover Book Tour

Yvonne Perry, author of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is currently on tour with her book and will be visiting several blogs this month.

Today she is blogging at "Start with the Facts"– http://startwithfacts.blogspot.com/

You may check out her tour video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuUYFA6f7Zwor view her tour page to see where she is going next.

You may purchase RIGHT TO RECOVER on Amazon.com

Monday, September 10, 2007

Yvonne Perry on Tour with Right to Recover


Yvonne Perry, author of
RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is currently on tour with her book and will be visiting several blogs this month.

Learn more about Yvonne Perry by viewing her tour video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuUYFA6f7Zw

On Sept. 10, Yvonne will be blogging at "The Story Behind the Books" http://www.thestorybehindthebooks.blogspot.com/
Sept. 11 – Start with the Facts –
http://startwithfacts.blogspot.com/
Sept. 13 – Start at the Beginning -
http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/
Sept. 14 – Publishing Secrets for Authors -
http://www.publishingsecretsofauthors.blogspot.com/
Sept. 17 – Straight from the Author’s Mouth
http://www.straightfromtheauthorsmouth.blogspot.com/
Sept. 18 – Inspired Author Self Promotion -
http://inspiredauthor.com/v3/node/12
Sept. 20 – Author Talks
http://www.authortalks.blogspot.com/
Sept. 24 - Cheryl Malandrinos -
http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/
Sept. 25 – Judge Cover -
http://judgebookbycover.blogspot.com/
Sept. 27 – Muze’s Musings –
http://www.muzesmusings.blogspot.com/
You may check out Yvonne's tour video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuUYFA6f7Zw.

Learn more about the book at http://www.right2recover.com/

Purchase RIGHT TO RECOVER on
Amazon.com





Sunday, September 9, 2007

Adult Stem Cells Rebuild Alabama Woman's Heart

by Jennifer Mesko, associate editor

Noncontroversial research wins another convert.

Alabama event planner Carron Morrow was hanging Japanese lanterns for a wedding last summer when she suffered her fourth heart attack. A week later, the doctor told the 58-year-old mother of two she was a walking time bomb: The right side of her heart was functioning at less than 50 percent. They tried stents and a defibrillator. Then she was put on the heart transplant list.

"All I could do was cry," she says. "I just thought, 'I'm about to die.' There's 100,000 people waiting for a heart."

By fall, she grew worse.

"I couldn't walk 20 feet without being on somebody's arm," Morrow says. "I couldn't go to the mall. My legs just wouldn't carry me. I knew I had really gotten worse."

Her church rallied around her. "Each time I've had one of these heart attacks, the church has surrounded me in prayer," she says.

'I started praying'

Morrow's nurse from her third heart attack had been researching adult stem-cell therapy and came across a groundbreaking study at the Texas Heart Institute. Her health records were sent to Texas.

"Within a month's time, I was in Texas," she says.

But just 30 people would be admitted to the study: 20 would receive stem-cell therapy, and 10 would receive a placebo.

"I started praying," Morrow says. "They called me at a quarter to five." She would be part of the research that began in Brazil more than a decade ago.

First, she had to sign liability papers for the surgery, which is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

"My next choice was just to drop dead, so I signed everything," she says, "and had full confidence in that group."

On Oct. 14, 2006 — her birthday — she went into surgery. Doctors removed about 50cc of bone marrow from her left hip. Then the cells were cultivated. Four hours later, she was back in surgery, where 30 million stem cells were injected into the right side of her heart.

Morrow stayed in Texas for nine days and returned every two weeks through January. A local businessman, for whom she had catered, paid for all of her plane trips.

'I could sing a whole song'

"I knew within two months something was going on," Morrow says. "I could sing a whole song at church."

By December, she "was plating food as hard as any other chef there."

In April, "I had a huge wedding in Jackson, Mississippi. We put in 80 hours that week. My sister said, 'Carron, you know you have the stem cells.' "

The following week in Texas, it was confirmed: "This little bitty envelope had 'stem cell' in it."

This month, she returned to the University of Alabama, where she had received dire news just a year ago. She had another CT scan to see how her heart was functioning.

"The doctor calls and says, 'Ma'am, the right side of your heart is normal.'"

She thought he had the tests messed up and had the report faxed to Montgomery. "I was in la-la land for several days."

PBS featured her on a documentary that aired June 7.

"I told the doctor, 'I don't understand why we have this huge political mess going on about stem cells,'" Morrow says. "I'm living proof that adult stem cells work far better than embryonic. And why should embryonic even be in discussion?

"I'm here to say, 'I'm living proof. It saved my life.'

"I'm just doing great."

She doesn't even need her $85,000 defibrillator anymore. The cost to culture the stem cells, Morrow says: Less than $600. "This is going to revolutionize heart disease.

"This community has been such a strength for me," she says. "I am just so blessed. I feel so undeserving. I am not a perfect person. I just am overwhelmed with how good God is to me.

"I have been given an opportunity … it just blows me away, at how good God is, even when we don't deserve it. I am very, very grateful.

"I hope God lets me shout it from the rooftop, 'Your own stem cells work.'

"I am just so excited about the study of stem cells, the possibilities."

http://www.citizenlink.org/content/A000005149.cfm

Saturday, September 8, 2007

On The Difficulty of Rhyming SCNT

by Don C. Reed

There is a technique called SCNT, which everyone will someday understand;
It will be funded by Congress, praised by Presidents, and every leader in the land.
It has, in fact, already been praised by former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter;
And as for the current occupant of the White House? He hasn’t-- but he ought’a!

Like DNA research, also once opposed, (until it made insulin),
SCNT is a wonderful technique, for the life-saving effort we are in.
To take a cell out of a person, and merge it with an emptied egg,
May help us defeat diabetes, may prevent the amputation of a leg.

Instead of transplanting a kidney, why not re-grow one’s own?
Or study a disease, in Petri dish cells? About that no one should moan.
To make disease-specific stem cell lines, (and lower drug testing costs),
And build non-rejectable replacement organs? SCNT must not be lost.

Should we grow new skin for a burn victim, restore motion to the paralyzed?
End ALS, blindness, deafness, cancer, and Aids—would that not be wise?
Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, it is hard to find rhymes for that—
But SCNT possibilities-- in potential it is so fat!




Friday, September 7, 2007

Day 5 of Right to Recover Book Tour


Yvonne Perry, author of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is currently on tour with her book and will be visiting several blogs this month.

Today she is blogging at Be My Guest!

You may check out her tour video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuUYFA6f7Zwor view her tour page to see where she is going next.

You may purchase RIGHT TO RECOVER on Amazon.com

Stem Cell Research- Where is it Now?



An Interview with Dr. George Kraft and a Look at Current Stem Cell Research and MS

By Laurie Long 12/05

While stem cell transplants have been used for decades for certain types of cancer, it is only recently that researchers have used these techniques, specifically hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), to try to stop the onslaught of multiple sclerosis in patients with severe, progressive MS. In the last ten years, HSCT has been used on more than 700 patients with various severe autoimmune diseases in Phase I and II clinical trials in over 20 countries. The results of these studies has been sufficiently positive to offset the inherent dangers – a mortality rate of between 2 – 11% 1, for those suffering from severe autoimmune diseases and for whom all other treatments have failed.

Read more at http://www.msakc.org/Articles/StemCellResearch.htm

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Day 4 of Right to Recover Book Tour

Yvonne Perry, author of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is currently on tour with her book and will be visiting several blogs this month.

Today she is blogging at Plug Your Book.

You may check out her tour video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuUYFA6f7Zw or view her tour page to see where she is going next.

You may purchase Right to Recover on Amazon.com

The Perry Survey Comments

6. Any other comments?
Note: I corrected spelling and punctuation simply to make the comments clearer, but I have not corrected the responders’ grammar or changed any statements made even though some comments given by participants are not supported by scientific facts:


  • There are many ways to utilize already available cells. Abortions may be one route. At least the option should be available to the woman if she wants to donate. Too much control of OUR bodies. There are possibilities out there if only the religion were taken out of it. Live and let live and perhaps many more can in a better fashion.

  • This is important for people for so many reasons. Let’s help people that are already alive and not worry so much about cells in a Petri dish.

  • To NOT fund and encourage stem cell research of any kind is ignorant and regressive. My hope is that soon we will reach an enlightened state that enables us to truly care for each other and for future generations.

  • Too much good could be done for spinal cord injuries, diseases, organ replacements, etc. to not fund this research.

  • Try being a cancer patient or paralyzed patient with little hope of survival...we have got to research any possibility for treatments and cures that can help!!!

  • We all know who is really behind NOT wanting stem cell research done. It is time. There could be many lives that can be saved!

  • We’ve lost so much time because of the Bush administration and the outright lies concerning this research from the religious right.

  • While I am a Christian, I do NOT believe that an embryo is a living being. Therefore I feel the government should provide funding for research done on blastocyst stem cells.

These are some very eye-opening comments! Notice that more than half the responders to my survey base their opinion about blastocyst stem cell research on what they’ve heard in the media. Sixty-seven percent of the responders to my survey claim to be Christians and yet the results show 77.6% of them disagree with the president’s belief that an embryo is destroyed through blastocyst research. Ninety-two percent of those who took my survey believe blastocystic stem cell research may provide cures for disease and 75% say the government should step up to the plate and start funding the research.

If you would like to give your personal opinion about stem cell research, go to http://www.right2recover.com/ and participate in the survey I have set up online. Your comments will remain anonymous and I reserve the right to include the answers in any future book I write.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Perry Survey Comments

6. Any other comments?
Note: I corrected spelling and punctuation simply to make the comments clearer, but I have not corrected the responders’ grammar or changed any statements made even though some comments given by participants are not supported by scientific facts:



  • Killing potential human beings is never an option, especially when so much more promise and remarkable results have been had with adult stem cells. Anyone with a contrary view is in grave denial and their immortal soul is in danger.

  • Our government funds many, many inane research projects that make little (if any) contribution to moving the human race forward. It’s amazing to me that we would get so self-righteous about stem cell research. My ophthalmologist has been making remarkable strides in treating traumatic blindness with embryonic tissue (donated by mothers after delivery). Why can’t we do other projects with that kind of research and completely bypass the ‘moral/ethical’ considerations? No embryos are used in gathering this tissue. Even if we can’t find other ways to utilize post-partum embryonic tissue, I still support stem cell research. Do we have a choice supporting a war that has already killed thousands and has no resolution; approving a government contract that pays $700 for toilet seats; or funding stem cell research? I’ll take the research. It strikes me as a more intelligent and humane way to build the future.

  • Our motives matter more than our actions because God looks on our heart. Knowing that embryonic stem cell research has the potential to save lives, our intentions in this matter are honorable. Preserving life and promoting human health are among the most precious of values in both Jewish and Christian traditions.

  • Please distinguish adult stem cell research is CURING, embryonic is causing tumors.

  • Politicians are generally ignorant of science and therefore continue to screw around with other peoples lives.

  • Recent medical history reveals that most of the breakthroughs come from privately/corporately funded research labs. From what I understand, it’s not an issue of whether the government should fund this research as much as it is an issue of legislation that such research should be allowed.

These are some very eye-opening comments! Notice that more than half the responders to my survey base their opinion about blastocyst stem cell research on what they’ve heard in the media. Sixty-seven percent of the responders to my survey claim to be Christians and yet the results show 77.6% of them disagree with the president’s belief that an embryo is destroyed through blastocyst research. Ninety-two percent of those who took my survey believe blastocystic stem cell research may provide cures for disease and 75% say the government should step up to the plate and start funding the research.

If you would like to give your personal opinion about stem cell research, go to http://www.right2recover.com/ and participate in the survey I have set up online. Your comments will remain anonymous and I reserve the right to include the answers in any future book I write.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Perry Survey Comments

6. Any other comments?
Note: I corrected spelling and punctuation simply to make the comments clearer, but I have not corrected the responders’ grammar or changed any statements made even though some comments given by participants are not supported by scientific facts:



  • See that it is still an embryo thus this is my problem with it. Until it can be proven that this is not a human life I have to be against it. Hopefully the amniotic fluid stem cells will show promise or maybe cord blood stem cells will go on to treat more disorders.

  • So much has been done with umbilical cord blood, amniotic fluid, and adult stem cells, why risk the life of an embryo?

  • Some of the questions I clicked no on because I did not agree with either answer. This may skew your results.

  • Stem Cell is sent and created by GOD for his glory and should be embraced and studied to get people well of literally hundreds of debilitating diseases. People are so mislead by our government and media. THEY JUST DON’T KNOW THE FACTS and it is such a shame.

  • Stem cells can be collected from embryonic fluid when babies are born...Stem cell research shows a great deal of potential for treatment of some of life’s very worse diseased or injury.

  • The government funds numerous frivolous projects. This issue should be clearly researched and funding given if the preliminary tests show promise for improving the health status of ill patients.

These are some very eye-opening comments! Notice that more than half the responders to my survey base their opinion about blastocyst stem cell research on what they’ve heard in the media. Sixty-seven percent of the responders to my survey claim to be Christians and yet the results show 77.6% of them disagree with the president’s belief that an embryo is destroyed through blastocyst research. Ninety-two percent of those who took my survey believe blastocystic stem cell research may provide cures for disease and 75% say the government should step up to the plate and start funding the research.

If you would like to give your personal opinion about stem cell research, go to http://www.right2recover.com/ and participate in the survey I have set up online. Your comments will remain anonymous and I reserve the right to include the answers in any future book I write.

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Perry Survey Comments

6. Any other comments?
Note: I corrected spelling and punctuation simply to make the comments clearer, but I have not corrected the responders’ grammar or changed any statements made even though some comments given by participants are not supported by scientific facts:



  • I find it extremely hypocritical for someone to be so cavalier about sending adult men and women to be killed in war, but yet can’t see the benefits to humankind from Stem cell research...what’s wrong with this picture? Greed.........

  • I had trouble with your question #2. Whether or not I believe it “kills an embryo” is sort of beside the point. I think the question is, am I OK with embryonic stem cell research, and I am.

  • I keep hearing that new discoveries might end the controversy over stem cell research. I wonder if this is true.

  • I think that anyone who is against any type of research that would help find cures or treatments for any illness is a selfish, cold-hearted, mean-spirited person who is not a member of the human race.

  • I think that we need to educate people on what EXACTLY stem cell research is. People are making the same uniformed, closed-minded decision that could be related to when the birth control pill came out. Then, it was considered abortion. Now, we are educated.

  • I think the public needs to be more educated. I also think it needs to be explained of what advantages you get with embryo stem research versus using the umbilical cord. I know in my mind that there are many advantages to stem cell research but it has never been clearly explained if it makes a difference where the stem cells come from.

These are some very eye-opening comments! Notice that more than half the responders to my survey base their opinion about blastocyst stem cell research on what they’ve heard in the media. Sixty-seven percent of the responders to my survey claim to be Christians and yet the results show 77.6% of them disagree with the president’s belief that an embryo is destroyed through blastocyst research. Ninety-two percent of those who took my survey believe blastocystic stem cell research may provide cures for disease and 75% say the government should step up to the plate and start funding the research.

If you would like to give your personal opinion about stem cell research, go to http://www.right2recover.com/ and participate in the survey I have set up online. Your comments will remain anonymous and I reserve the right to include the answers in any future book I write.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Why Embryonic?

Embryonic stem cell research…

Mention those words to a religious fanatic, and they get all white-knuckled and start muttering about scientists like Frankenstein—“He meddled in things Man was meant to leave alone!”

Say it in front of patient advocates like me, and I will probably say something enthusiastic about the current occupant of the White House.

Love it or hate it, everybody has a reaction, everybody has an opinion.

It is amazing, really, that a medical procedure could so grip the world’s imagination.

Read more from Don Reed here