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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.


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.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Foreword by Dr. Evan Snyder

Foreword to Yvonne Perry's book Right to Recover
By Evan Snyder, M.D., PhD.

I first learned of Yvonne Perry and her work when she approached me at the suggestion of Reverend Dan Bloodworth. He and I had been in touch many times during his quest for more information about stem cell research that might help his son regain use of his body. I knew there would probably come a day when Dan would do something with all the information he had gathered, so it didn’t surprise me that he would pair with a writer who shares our passion for the research. I was surprised when Yvonne traveled from Nashville, Tennessee to La Jolla, California to visit me here at Burnham Institute for Medical Research and asked me to write the foreword for her book. I am pleased to be part of this effort to help people better understand all types of stem cell research.

Throughout the writing of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America, Yvonne consulted with me and many other scientists and knowledgeable people to make sure she got her facts straight. I appreciate her tenacity to deliver accurate biological information. Upon reading the galley copy, I am equally impressed with her personal logic and historical account of how politics and religion have been superimposed upon the landscape of scientific research. Yvonne has already received a fair share of criticism for her stand on research on stem cells derived from blastocysts; all the more reason her book is so valuable at this point. People have been exposed to too much misinformation, and the research has endured enough setbacks in legislation due to unfounded beliefs that simply play into political agendas. I have found that when provided with correct data, the public responds in a logical manner, typically, supportive of this area of investigation.

The book you are holding speaks to the stem cell research issue, going beyond the scientific scene and putting the research into a societal context. It’s written for the layperson, who may not follow the field in detail, but wants to find out what’s happening beneath the surface. This book will teach you the facts and hit on issues the average citizen would like to know in order to make informed decisions regarding stem cell research—especially with so many states offering the opportunity to vote on legislation that affects its use. Yvonne has thoroughly covered each aspect from every angle and made a good case for why all types of stem cell research should be federally funded.

You can use this book as a resource for understanding the biology as well as the religious and political “who, what, and why”, surrounding all types of stem cell research. For example, if you want to know more about an individual or topic, you have heard on a talk show, you will more than likely find that information in this book. Do you want to know whether adult or pre-implantation stem cells are more effective? Do you need a tutorial on definitions? All this is readily found in this book.

The word “embryonic” when referring to stem cell research is unfortunate. It conjures one meaning for scientists and another thing for the lay public. The word is so imprecise that the lay public automatically thinks of “babies”. Obviously, this is very far from reality. A discussion of embryology, as Yvonne attempts, makes this clear.

Scientists and researchers are finding more uses for blastocyst stem cells than solely cell replacement (although, this is the use most prominently discussed in the media). These amazing cells can be used to reduce scarring and inflammation; they offer factors that can protect cells and stimulate growth, and can even be used to detoxify our bodies by soaking up poisons.

The science is quite young and changes from month to month. In fact, the field of stem cell research changes so rapidly that no matter how up-to-date you want to be. By the time a sentence appears on a printed page, it may be outdated. The theories we accept as truth today, will be thought ridiculous and obsolete tomorrow. However, this field of research is doing exactly what science should be doing. It’s like intellectual ping-pong match among researchers. One person throws out an idea, it carries for a little bit over the net, and then someone looks at it and bats it back and says, “No, you’re wrong.” Then, another person counters with data that supports another argument. Which side of the net the ping-pong ball is on changes from week to week? We don’t know because it is constantly changing and going back and forth. One group will say you can get stem cells from the pancreas; another group will say, “No, you did the research wrong.” Then, another group will say, “No, you did your counter-proof incorrectly,” Each adds information without necessarily establishing a winner or loser.

We can’t say that anything has been established as an absolute and irrefutable truth about stem cells, but it is safe to say that, in the body, there are cells that are very plastic. Beyond that, I’m not sure there is anything in the stem cell field that we can say has been proven with 100 percent certainty. Even so, Yvonne Perry has made a tremendous effort to offer the most up-to-date and factual information on stem cell research as possible at this time. Her presentation can be trusted to bring people to a better understanding of the field of stem cell research and the issues surrounding it.

For the lay public, this book is more accessible, comprehensive and filled with more than any other book on stem cell research presently on the market. It is with satisfaction and great honor that I endorse RIGHT TO RECOVER.

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