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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Stem Cell Research Author, Yvonne Perry, Visits The Writer's Life!

Our special guest author today is Yvonne Perry, author of RIGHT TO RECOVER: WINNING THE POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS WARS OVER STEM CELL RESEARCH IN AMERICA!

Author Yvonne Perry writes about topics that inspire excellence and uplift the spirit. Her style is lovingly controversial and challenges people’s belief systems in order to help them movepast what she calls “Sunday School mentality.” She is a graduate of American Institute of Holistic Theology where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics. Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is an educational book that challenges political and religious opinions about research using in-vitro stem cells and gives an accurate picture of current therapies resulting from all types of stem cell research. You may blog with the author at http://www.right2recover.net/. The book will be available in online bookstores as well as retail bookstores on October


Welcome to The Writer's Life, Yvonne! Can you tell us when your passion for writing began?

I have loved to read and write since I was a child. When I was a senior in high school I had acreative writing teacher who believed in me. That set the flame of passion for writing which has only increased throughout the years.


Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

I do a lot of networking so that means tons of emails following up with people who have contacted me. I spend time blogging with other writers, participating in writer co-op discussions, gathering material for my monthly newsletter, posting on my blogs, and interviewing guests for my podcast. I also write and edit for clients, maintain my Web site, write articles for free article directories and stay abreast of stem cell research and legislation. Plus I spend time marketing my book everyday.


Do you write full time?

Yes, I am the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services—a team of full-time freelance ghostwriters and editors located in Nashville, Tennessee.


Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

The information in Yvonne’s book Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America was derived from intensive research, personal interviews,emails and other correspondence with national and international medical doctors, research scientists, religious leaders and elected officials as well as stories from patients, who hope to transform their lives through stem cell implants.The book contains well-researched facts about all types of stem cell (bone marrow, amniotic and cord blood) treatments presently being used and their restorative effects. It also explores the research being done using stem cells derived from in vitro fertilized eggs on laboratoryanimals and presents findings to support its curative potential on humans.


Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Nightengale Press is my publisher. Valerie Connelly has been absolutely wonderful to work with. She and I have networked on several projects since my signing on with Nightengale.


Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

I have two friends who have spinal cord injuries, a friend with Parkinson's and several family members with diabetes. I believe a cure for these and other illnesses and conditions may come forth from stem cell research. The opposition to the research is very illogical if you truly understand the science behind it. I want to help change the mindset by offering an educationto those who are willing to receive it.


Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

I have hired a publicist to put together my book launch event. We plan an educational forum-type book signing with food and live music in October. I have a blog that gives a lot of information about the book and I've listed the blog with search engines. I've written several press releases and have radio interviews arranged. There are people asking me everyday when the book will be ready. This tells me that there is an interest in the book and that it will do well on the market.


Do you have a mentor?

I have several people that I look to as examples. Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Penny Sansevieri, Valerie Connelly, Suzanne Lieurance and many others who are successful writers, publishers and marketers.


What future projects do you have in the works?

As a speaker, I will be doing educational talks and book signings for Right to Recover. I'm also continuing to write and edit for clients and manage my team of writers and editors.

Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Know the publishing industry. Get as much information about publishing as you possibly can and then decide how you will publish. This is why I created my podcast. So many people ask for assistance, I became a go-to person to assist my clients and fellow writers/authors withunderstanding their options.


What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

My spiritual guidance and intuition drives my success and keeps me anchored. Maybe people don't ask about it because the topic is personal and most people do not easily talk about such things.

Thank you for a wonderful interview, Yvonne! Don't forget to leave a comment because one lucky commentor during Yvonne's virtual book tour will be tossed in the hat to win one of her books!

Click here to read the original interview at The Writer's Life!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Excerpts from Right to Recover

Excerpts from the book RIGHT TO RECOVER, WINNING THE POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS WARS OVER STEM CELL RESEARCH IN AMERICA authored by Yvonne Perry

Stem cell research is being actively conducted around the world for both scientific and medical reasons. Scientifically, stem cell biology provides excellent information about what is normal and abnormal regarding how cells develop. Understanding what causes cells to become diseased helps scientists find ways to prevent genes from becoming dysfunctional. It also helps them produce drugs and treatments to cure illnesses. Medically, adult stem cells from bone marrow and human umbilical cord have been proven to repair and regenerate diseased cells when transplanted into animals and humans. Never in history has one technology held such strong potential to help a majority of people live a healthier life as does the science of stem cell biology. Likewise, never in history has such a remarkable science been so ethically debated.

There are two categories of stem cells: adult and embryonic. For clarification in this book, the term “adult stem cells” refers to stem cells harvested from umbilical cord blood, the placenta, amniotic fluid drawn during pregnancy, and bone marrow of a child or fully-grown adult. The term “embryonic stem cells” refers to stem cells harvested from fertilized eggs created in-vitro (outside the body).

What is a Stem Cell?
Stem cells are an undifferentiated group of cells which, depending on their surrounding conditions, are capable of developing into other types of cells such as liver cells, kidney cells, brain cells, or any of the other 260 different types of cells that make up the human body.
There are three types of stem cells: totipotent, which can develop into an entire embryo; pluripotent, which undergo a process of differentiation that changes them into multipotent cells (also called unipotent); and multipotent, which give rise to cells that have a particular function. Multipotent cells (adult stem cells) are permanently differentiated or fixed. For example, multipotent blood stem cells give rise to red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, but they cannot functionally develop into other non-blood cells such as liver cells, nerve cells, or heart muscle cells. These unique cells are with us throughout our lives and are used by the body to repair unhealthy or disabled cells of like kind.

Stem cells respond to the other cells around them, and a cell’s fate is determined by the other cells and chemicals in its environment. In their natural state, both totipotent and pluripotent stem cells are not yet any type of cell; instead, they are unassigned or blank. These “undifferentiated” cells have no specific purpose assigned to them other than to reproduce like cells while waiting for a genetic signal to tell them to develop into another type of cell. These signals are found within the environment of the body. Biologists are learning about these signals in hopes of determining the molecular method these stem cells use to differentiate and become tissues, nerves, vessels, and organs. It is believed that organs and tissues may one day be grown from pluripotent cells in laboratories to be used in lieu of, or in addition to, human organ donation. However, the main reason scientists study totipotent and pluripotent cells is to learn more about the cells’ behavior. Understanding what causes cells to become diseased will help researchers know how to produce drugs and treatments to combat or even prevent disease.

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A Matter of Semantics
In one way, doctors and researchers are mislabeling their own product when they refer to fertilized eggs (zygotes, morulas, and blastocysts) as embryonic stem cells. The media is simply repeating this misnomer and fueling the flames of argument. Yes, the cells are within the first two-month stage of development that is covered by the term “embryonic”; however, they are not able to reach all stages of embryonic development until after they successfully implant into the lining of a uterus.

Even though the term “human embryonic stem cell” (hESC) is widely used by the scientific community, I don’t like the implication it carries, which suggests that a tiny baby has been formed in the lab. There are better choices for terminology when referring to undifferentiated stem cells created in-vitro. It might be helpful to call these cells “blastocyst stem cells” or “in-vitro stem cells”. Either of these is a fitting term, which would factually demonstrate that an embryo is not automatically formed when eggs are fertilized in-vitro. From here on, I will refer to hESC as “IV-B stem cells” unless I am quoting someone who has specifically used the other term. IV-B stands for in-vitro blastocyst.

To give you an idea of why semantics are important to the study of blastocyst cells, I’ll give several definitions of terms.

What is an Organism?
Here are four definitions for organism:

  • An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist (free-living or colonial organisms with diverse nutritional and reproductive modes), or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life.
  • An individual self-sustaining unit of life or living material. Five forms of organisms are known: plants, animals, fungi, protists, and bacteria.
  • In biology and ecology, an organism is a living complex adaptive system of organs that influence each other in such a way that they function in some way as a stable whole.
  • A living being whose physiological functions are carried out by subunits, or “organs” (like a heart or a liver), which are separate in function but mutually dependent.
By any of these definitions, a blastocyst is not an organism because it does not have a system of organs; it is not self-sustaining; and it is not functioning as a whole. Instead, it is totally dependent upon its environment to know what to do next.

A blastocyst is the 32- to 100-cell stage of development reached four to five days after an egg is fertilized. In the blastocyst stage, the inner cell mass that will form the embryo has separated from the cells that will form the placenta, but not all the cells of the inner cell mass will become part of the embryo. Those cells have the same genetic makeup as the embryo cells, yet I don’t know of anyone wanting to rescue the other cells. No one has equated the placenta cells of a blastocyst to a human being, so why all the fuss about the rest of the cells of the blastocyst? The blastocyst cannot form an embryo without the placenta.

A blastocyst can only become an organism if it has implanted in a uterus where it receives proper nourishment and signals to differentiate into all the cells and organs required to form a human being.

In light of that knowledge, it is clear that a fish-looking “embryo,” as we know it, has not been destroyed in any fertility lab because a fertilized egg is nothing more than a cell cluster. A cell cluster has no nervous system, thus no consciousness. Consciousness is required for humanity to exist.

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What is an Embryo?
The word embryo originates from the Greek word “embryon,” which means “that which grows.”
Based on the 2006 Random House Unabridged Dictionary, an embryo is “the young of a mammal, in the early stages of development within the womb, in humans up to the end of the second month.”

Note: embryo refers to development inside the uterus, not in-vitro. There are no embryos in a lab dish—there are only cells called zygotes, morulas and blastocysts. There is absolutely no potential for IVF-derived blastocyst stem cells to become a human embryo while in the lab. Mother Nature must do that in the environment of a uterus.

Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines the term embryo as “an animal in the early stages of growth and differentiation that are characterized by cleavage, the laying down of fundamental tissues, and the formation of primitive organs and organ systems; especially the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eighth week after conception.”

Note: an embryo has tissues and organs; blastocysts do not. Implantation and conception are considered separate processes and are not synonymous with fertilization.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines embryo as: “an organism at any time before full development, birth, or hatching. In humans, the pre-fetal product of conception from implantation through the eighth week of development.”

Here, the term embryo is again used to refer to the first two months of development after conception confirming that there is a difference between fertilization and conception. That is further confirmed by the fact that an intrauterine devise (IUD) does not always prevent fertilization of the egg; it does prevent conception by preventing fertilized eggs (blastocysts) from implanting into the lining of the womb.

Conception and fertilization are two distinct and individual events. While fertilization can occur either in a lab or inside a woman’s body, conception can only take place in the womb. Conception occurs when a blastocyst becomes implanted or attached to the lining of the uterus where it begins to receive nourishment for continued development. After the first two months of development inside the womb, the term embryo is replaced by the word “fetus,” which applies until birth.

A pregnancy does not actually begin until the process of conception is complete. This process takes several days and can be confirmed by testing the levels of progesterone and hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) present in the mother’s blood. When conception in the uterus is complete, the blastocyst can develop into an embryo. It is very important to remember that conception can only occur inside the uterus.

The American Heritage dictionary gives a second definition for embyro: “an organism in its early developmental stage, before it has a distinctive form; a rudimentary stage.” We already know that a blastocyst is not an organism. A lab-created blastocyst is not an embryo; it is no more human than a skin cell, a nerve cell, or any other cell in the human body. If adult stem cells can be used for healing without creating controversy, then why can’t in-vitro blastocyst stem cells be used for research rather than being thrown in the trash?

Harvard’s definition of embryo is: “the product of a fertilized egg, from the zygote until the fetal stage.” 10 This definition may be the one that provides support for those who say that in-vitro blastocysts are embryos. Notice that an embryo is the product of a fertilized egg—not the fertilized egg itself. Just because the time period from fertilization to 8-weeks of gestation is referred to as embryonic stages, it does not mean that an actual embryo is being formed in the lab. Let’s break this down and take a closer look at the definition.

When nature’s typical course is followed and in-vitro procedures are not incorporated, the fertilization of an egg, its implantation into the uterine lining (conception), and the resulting pregnancy is a smooth developmental process that will produce an embryo. But, in-vitro fertilization is not a process of nature. It is a man-made, scientifically-modified process that unites the sperm and the egg in an environment outside the body. While living cells exist in a blastocyst, the development that must continue in order to carry the cells into fetal stages is not possible unless the blastocyst is introduced to a uterus and nature picks up the cue to begin the process of implantation and subsequent development of an embryo.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Stem Cell Author Presents Facts to Public


My book signing for RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America was a terrific success, thanks to my publicist, Chuck Whiting who set up the event and made sure everything was in place and on time. He even called me a few hours before my appearance to make sure I was staying calm and to assure me that the audio/visual equipment I needed for my presentation would be there.

Tom Shinness did a great job with the fabulous music he provided. If you missed hearing this talented performer, you can listen to soundclips or purchase his CDs at http://www.tomshinness.com/. Speaking of music, Chuck also wrote and beautifully performed Right to Recover—a song written especially for the occasion. I hope to have this posted as an mp3 file. We are looking for someone to sponsor some studio time for a professional recording.

Nashville Attorney Mary Parker spoke as a representative for the John Edwards presidential campaign. John and Elizabeth Edwards are strong supporters for blastocystic stem cell research. As Elizabeth would say about blastocystic stem cell research, "It's either trash or research! Make a choice."

Reverend Dan Bloodworth shared his reasons for why he believes his son can be cured with a treatment or technology resulting from stem cell research. His Biblical was well received by the crowd who gathered that rainy evening.

My parents drove from Atlanta to support me in this venture. Mom helped with the refreshments and decorations, and Dad assisted as a greeter to make sure everyone in the store knew they were invited to our party. Taryn Simpson and Barbara Milbourn of Writers in the Sky team came out to show their support. Mindy Schwartz took the event photos shown here.

Thank you to everyone who came to support me on October 23. What a blessing to work with such loving and giving people. If you would like a copy of RIGHT TO RECOVER, please ask your bookstore to order it. Or you may purchase the book online:

www.nightengalepress.com
www.amazon.com
www.barnesnoble.com

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Book Contents for Right to Recover

FOREWORD by Dr. Evan Snyder of Burnham Institute

INTRODUCTION

1. BASIC OVERVIEW OF STEM CELL RESEARCH
What is a Stem Cell?
Stem Cell Technology Currently in Use
Bone Marrow Transplants
Cord Blood
Embryonic (Blastocyst) Stem Cells

2. WHY ALL THE CONTROVERSY?
A Matter of Semantics
What is an Organism?
What is a Blastocyst?
What is an Embryo?
What is a Fetus?
What are the Ethical Issues Involved?
When Does Life Begin?
What Defines Death?

3. BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR BLASTOCYSTIC RESEARCH
Hosea 4:6
Malachi 3:6
John 1:13
John 6:62-65
I Corinthians 2:4-5
I Corinthians 3:9-11
Ephesians 3:20
Ephesians 2:10
James 1:17
John 12:24
Neoconservatives
Frank Cocozzelli

4. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
Religious Tolerance?
How Did Christianity Get Started?
The Nicene Creed
Is there Hope for the Religious Crowd?

5. REBUTTAL OF BUSH’S STATEMENT
Thou Shalt Not Kill. Oh, Really?
Pro-Life and Anti-Stem Cell Research?
What is Death?
What’s Freezing in the Lab?
Snowflake Children

6. WHAT DOES CLONING HAVE TO DO WITH STEM CELL RESEARCH?
Two Types of Laboratory Cloning
What are the Disadvantages of Cloning?

7. NATIONAL RESEARCH

8. INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH

9. PUBLIC OPINION ABOUT STEM CELL RESEARCH
Stem Cell Research in General
Federal Funding for Research
Poll Demographics
Republicans
Democrats
The Perry Survey

10. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FEDERAL FUNDING
How Important is Federal Funding for IV-B Research?
H.R. 810 The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act
Current Federal Law and Policy on Stem Cell Research
Why Not Use Only Private Funds for IV-B Stem Cell Research?
Why Not Use Only Cord Blood, Amniotic Fluid, and Bone Marrow?

11. CHALLENGING THE PRENTICE LIST
Groups in Opposition
Groups Supporting the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

12. POSSIBLE CURES FROM STEM CELL RESEARCH

13. TURNING THE TIDES TOWARD THE RIGHT TO RECOVER
Ignorance is Not Bliss!
Ways you Can Spread the Truth about IV-B Research
Relieving Suffering: A Right to Recover

BIBLIOGRAPHY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More on the Two Types of Cloning

By using one stem cell from an IV-B, researchers can create millions of additional stem cells of the same type. For example, if a blank egg cell is united with the DNA from a person’s kidney cells, the result will be the creation of duplicate kidney cells containing the exact DNA of the donor. The cloned kidney cells will not grow a heart, lung, or other organ cells. This type of cloning is useful whenever many cells are needed at one time, as when doctors need to grow a patch of skin for a patient who has suffered a severe burn. These SCNT cloned stem cells may be used to replace a missing element or a dysfunctional cell, but they cannot be used to create an entire human being.

Scientists have been learning how to clone certain body parts (i.e.: an internal organ) through SCNT. Being able to grow rejection-free transplant tissue and organs would be an incredible breakthrough in science and medicine. But don’t worry about them creating a Frankenstein using SCNT. Even if science cloned every organ, tissue, blood vessel, muscle, nerve, bone, etc. in the human body, the parts would still have to be assembled perfectly and made to function as a whole.

Those who are opposed to cloning and blastocystic stem cell research may be thinking that reproductive cloning may produce an entire human being designed in a manner that causes original humans to be considered inferior. It’s true that we could take a cloned blastocyst, place it into a uterus and allow it to move forward through the stages of gestation and be brought to full-term. That is what scientists did in 1996 to clone Dolly the lamb from a single mammary cell of an adult sheep to create an almost perfect clone. However, it was no easy task. It took 42 attempts before one Dolly was born. Scientists have also created dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, rabbits, mice, rats, and goats, but no primates. Reproductive cloning can be done, but it may not be biologically possible with humans. Human DNA is much more finicky and the molecular structure of human eggs is easily damaged during cloning. Additionally, human cloning has serious ethical and social implications since we do not know the results such experiments might return. What would be the fate of a severely deformed scientifically-created human? What if an experiment produced an illness that could be transmitted to future generations? I do not support or see the need for reproductive cloning in humans. However, I do support SCNT cloning due to its enormous therapeutic value.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Types of Laboratory Cloning

Types of Laboratory Cloning (an excerpt from Right to Recover)

Cloning is a very useful tool in all types of research. Powerful new drugs, insulin, and useful bacteria are produced in the lab through cloning. Researchers are able to produce new plants and livestock and track the origins of biological weapons through the cloning process. Cloning is very important to research of stem cells. However, to be used for a specific individual, stem cells need to be modified to genetically match the patient’s DNA to avoid being rejected by the body’s immune system. This problem can be solved through cloning.

There are two ways to clone or create a cell: 1) Altered Nuclear Transfer (ANT) and Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT), which are also known as therapeutic cloning; 2) Human reproductive cloning, which would utilize the same technique as that used to clone Dolly the sheep.

Both types of cloning start with two cells: one will be an unfertilized egg cell (ova) from which the woman’s DNA has been removed from the nucleus. These are called blank cells or empty eggs. The other cell is one that has no ability to reproduce itself such as a skin cell from an adult patient. The DNA from the skin cell is extracted and placed into the empty egg in a Petri dish. Electricity (not fertilization) is used to kick start the cell division process. SCNT and ANT involves no sperm, no implantation in the womb, no womb, and absolutely no embryo. ANT is a supposedly different version of SCNT, but it is still “nuclear transfer.” After the egg cell begins to divide, it forms a cluster of cells known as a blastocyst. Five to six days later, inner stem cells from this cluster are separated into individual cells and placed into a culture dish. Apart from one another these cells are unable to develop into an entire organism. Biologists then attempt to coax these separate undifferentiated cells to continue to divide into more undifferentiated, pluripotent cells. As a result, a new stem cell line is created. This process is called therapeutic cloning.

Human reproductive cloning differs from therapeutic cloning. With reproductive cloning the blastocyst is kept intact and may be implanted in a uterus of an animal and brought to term.
The term Altered Nuclear Transfer (ANT) was proposed by Bush Bioethics Council member and Stanford professor William Hurlbut. Essentially, Hurlbut proposes that scientists first inactivate a gene required for development beyond blastocyst stage. If the correct gene is picked, then it would be possible to generate an altered, cloned blastocyst that has pluripotent stem cells in it. But, because the critical gene is inactive, the blastocyst cannot grow to become an embryo, and thus could not become human. Hurlbut proposed this as an “ethical” way to advance SCNT research.

Don Reed, Chair, Californians for Cures and board officer of Americans for Stem Cell Therapies and Cures, gives a description of nuclear transfer that makes it sound like a pretty simple procedure:

What is nuclear transfer? Take a Q-tip®, swab out the inside of the patient’s cheek. That gives you a microscopic skin cell. Now add that to an egg like a woman loses every month. Put it in a dish of salt water. Shock it with electricity. Wait 5-7 days, and take it apart. There are your stem cells. No sperm, no implantation in the womb, no womb, and absolutely no child—except maybe the patient being healed. The advantages of having cells to heal—that would not be rejected by the body? Enormous.

Stem Cell Research Forum by Author Yvonne Perry


Yvonne Perry will launch the release of her book RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America on Oct. 23, 2007 at 6-8 p.m.

Borders Bookstore
2501 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
615-329-3380

Pick up a signed copy of this well-researched book that addresses all types of stem cell research and challenges political and religious opinions regarding blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell biology. See www.right2recover.com for more information.

Enjoy live music with Tom Shiness, a special song written for stem cell research and this special occasion, refreshments, a book signing, and an educational presentation by the author.

Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer, author and keynote speaker who enjoys assisting people on a spiritual path. She is a graduate of American Institute of Holistic Theology where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics. Yvonne is the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services—a team of freelance writers and editors located in Nashville, Tennessee.

More about the event participants:

Tom Shinness is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a singer-songwriter, with six CD's to his credit. Tom has been involved in just about every type of music, and uses these experiences to create his own unique sound. Tom uses a variety of common and not so common acoustic instruments and combines the sounds to achieve fresh new sonic textures. One of these instruments is a rare 16-string Gibson harp-guitar that was built in 1913. He also incorporates unusual playing techniques on cello, zither, and other instruments. Tom's music is heard on National Public Radio & Television as well as on nationwide commercials. Tom makes his living in the music industry and is based out of Nashville TN.


Reverend Dan 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.

Rev. Bloodworth attended Rhema Bible College where his education led him to believe that stem cell research and any subsequent therapy is a gift from God. In RIGHT TO RECOVER Dan gives scripture to support this research which shows such great potential for healing.

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Righteousness of Science

The Nashville Scene ran a review of RIGHT TO RECOVER on October 18, 2007.

A local writer makes the case for stem cell research
by Maria Browning

Embryonic stem cell research, which uses material from fertilized human eggs to explore possible treatments for a wide range of medical conditions, has become an issue the religious right counts on to mobilize voters. According to polls, Americans support embryonic stem cell research by a wide margin, but opponents have worked hard to tie it to the abortion debate. They’ve been so successful that for many people the very phrase “stem cell research” conjures up a grim vision of test tube babies, farmed for tissue and discarded. In Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars Over Stem Cell Research in America (Nightengale Press, 322 pp., $19.95), Nashvillian Yvonne Perry tries to bring the rhetoric back to reality. She counters widely held myths by explaining the science of stem cells in layman’s terms, and makes a passionate case for pursuing the medical potential of this controversial research.

Read more...

http://www.nashvillescene.com/Stories/Arts/Books/2007/10/18/The_Righteousness_of_Science/

Pope Supports Therapeutic Cloning???

No, this is not a joke headline. TIME Magazine ran a story this morning every stem cell research supporter must read.




Listen to this, quoting from the article "Pope Scolds S. Korea on Stem Cells", by AP/Nicole Winfield, Friday, October 12, 2007. The article begins by criticizing embryonic stem cell research, and then-the lightning bolt. (Pope) "Benedict noted that the Vatican does not oppose-and in fact encourages-somatic stem cell research-also known as "therapeutic cloning", which uses human eggs specifically for research from which stem cells are harvested. "The Vatican approves of such research because it doesn't involve obtaining a fertilized egg or embryo to harvest the stem cells. The Vatican holds that life begins at conception." The Pope supports therapeutic cloning? Folks, either TIME Magazine (and the Associated Press) ran a colossal misstatement, or we just had a gigantic breakthrough. The Catholic Church, until now, has been the single largest opponent of SCNT. In Missouri, for example, bishops thundered from the pulpit denouncing therapeutic cloning, claiming to see no difference between the cloning of cells and the cloning of people. Every Catholic in Missouri should be glad to know the Pope does not want them to support the movement to overthrow Amendment 2, which allows SCNT. If this article is accurate, the single largest obstacle to Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer has just been removed. If this is correct, then opponents of SCNT research like Catholic Senator Sam Brownback are in contradiction with the Pope. Presidential candidate Brownback is of course famous for his bill, the Human Cloning Prohibition Act, (supported by President Bush) which would mandate ten year jail sentences and million dollar fines for anyone connected with SCNT. This joyous news must be spread across the land. Please write your local paper, and your political leadership. If TIME Magazine is right, and this is a source famous for its accuracy, the world has just changed. The facts cited are correct: "therapeutic cloning. doesn't involve obtaining a fertilized egg or embryo to harvest the stem cells." This is absolutely right-SCNT involves no sperm whatsoever, and therefore there is no fertilized egg, and accordingly no embryo. Therefore, the Dickey Amendment, until now used to block federal funding of SCNT, does not apply. The Dickey Amendment prohibits the endangerment of an embryo. But read these words again-- "The Vatican approves of such research because it doesn't involve obtaining a fertilized egg or embryo (emphasis added-DR) to harvest the stem cells." The product of SCNT is not an embryo. We have it from the mouth of the Pope.


Don Reed



Rayilyn Brown

Board Member AZNPF

Arizona Chapter National Parkinson's Foundation

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Iraq Veterans for Cures

Corporal Noah R. Currier, United States Marine Corps has served two terms overseas, one in Afghanistan, the other in Iraq—and then the driver of his jeep fell asleep at the wheel. Their vehicle struck a tree and rolled down a 20 foot embankment, leaving Corporal Currier with a spinal cord injury, paralyzed, numb from the chest down.

Corporal Currier is an advocate for stem cell research.

On his Web site is http://www.ivcure.com I read:

Iraq Veterans for Cures -- We are American Veterans of the war in Iraq who have served our country unquestioningly and unconditionally when called upon by our President. We demanded no personal glory or benefits, but rather, sought to protect the interests and well-being of our country and fellow citizens. While many soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice, there are many of us who have come home with paralyzed limbs, also sacrificing for American policy.

Yet, we feel ignored by those we served.

“……The Iraq Veterans for Cures find it unconscionable that the very same President who sent us to war threatens to take away our hope and chance for recovery. Religious convictions and the spread of false information by extremists should not stand in the way of humanitarian policy-making at home; policy that might improve the health of all Americans. The Iraq Veterans for Cures therefore urge our President to heed our plea after the selfless service we gave our country.

The time has come for us to ask the President to stand up for us by withdrawing his threat to veto the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act."

President Bush has not seen fit to reconsider his position on embryonic stem cell research.

Read more about Iraq Veterans and stem cell research in the archived section of
http://stemcellbattles.com

Saturday, October 20, 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.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Comments from Author Nick Oliva

After reading RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America, author Nick Oliva wrote the following in an email to me. With his permission I publish his comments.

The Christ, the title given to Jesus of Nazareth comes from the ancient Greek pagan religion, hijacked by Paul. It was from the cult of Mithras (the Bull) on the isle of Crete and consists of a trinity with God the father, Christos the son, and the Spirit or Ghost entity. Paul destroyed the beautiful religion of Artemis (female god derived from Cybele) that turned into Diana in Roman times. The temple of Artemis was one of the 7 wonders of the world. Paul destroyed that religion with his "new" Christianity and forever changed the meaning of Jesus' reformation of Judaism and began the "great lie." Here's a slice of my book that slips this huge coverup of human history into a poem:

I once had a deep-rooted obsession with wanting to be able to understand my role and purpose in the world, my place in the physical and spiritual path of things. I found the world's religions intensely self-serving, as well as totally inaccurate with both archeological and scientific facts. The common thread was a hook that snared their following. Believe without question. Trust in their god and forsake all religions but theirs. The thought of millions needlessly killed angered me. I was, as most, swept up in alienation and feeling left out; and I wanted to believe, wanted to feel a part of something that provided spiritual energy. To tap the energy used for destructiveness, and use it to better the world, would be the primary wish of any Supreme Being. What resulted was typically human: Power and riches begotten from manipulating the common person's deepest emotions. Shards of an essay written while in college came to me. “The Persian wind brought with it the promise of Paradise, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Gilgamesh's years searching for the Elixir of Life in the streams of the Paradise, as the trading roads of Constantine’s Nicean deal of the century merged to one. The Halo of Helios merged with the Acolytes of Alexander and the polished ivory of Zeus. The face of Supreme Divinity then morphed by the pixels of 325 AD. Artemis’ virginity passed on, her icons buried, the trinity begotten. Paul’s conversion ruled, and James’ brother’s intent vanquished.”

Thanks for the book, Yvonne. Keep in touch!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Define it, then call it what it is

I do not call the research being done on blastocyst stem cells "embyronic" stem cell research because the research is not done on an embyro as most people imagine it. The research is performed using in-vitro blastocysts--a microscopic clump of cells that have no blood, no tissues, no organs.

When an ovum is joined with a spermatozoon (whether in-vitro or inside the female body) fertilization occurs and the two parts become one cell. This is a fertilized egg also known as a zygote. Within hours this cell divides into two identical cells, which also divide. By the fourth day the cell cluster has divided to reach approximately 16 cells, and it is called a morula. The division/multiplication process continues for about five days until a hollow sphere of about 32 cells is formed along with a fluid filled cavity. This sphere or cluster of primordial cells is then called a blastocyst.

A blastocyst has an inner and outer layer of cells. The outer layer (called the trophectoderm) will form the placenta and other tissue needed to support development in the uterus. The inner cells are undifferentiated or unspecific in what they will become but they are able to form any type of cell found in a human body. If the entire blastocyst is inserted into the uterus, it must implant itself and begin to draw nourishment from the mother in order to move to the next stage of development. IF implantation (conception) occurs, the resulting embryo will become a fetus at eight weeks which will develop into a human baby within nine months.

The leftover in-vitro blastocysts used for stem cell research are cultured in lab containers outside the human body where a single cell may continue to divide up to 100 times. These newly developed undifferentiated cells are what researchers are studying. They are not little embryos with tiny toes and fingers. They are cells. Nothing but cells.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Author Talks Questions

AUTHOR TALKS: Welcome to Author Talks, AUTHOR! Can you give us a little bit about your background?

YVONNE: I am a freelance ghostwriter and editor. I have been writing all my life, but it wasn’t until 2003 that I seriously decided to do something with my talent. That’s when I founded Write On! Creative Writing Services and left my corporate job as an executive assistant to make my living as a freelance writer. The decision started with the writing of my first book, Email Episodes. This humorous book was an online journal I kept during a dark night of the soul. I used my writing and wit as a vehicle for releasing the stress of raising teenagers, going through divorce and encountering midlife crisis. Since self-publishing that book, I have been writing for clients and growing the business. I developed a team of writers and editors to assist me and that is working out well.

AUTHOR TALKS: How long have you been writing?

YVONNE: Since I could hold a crayon. I drew my stories then. Once I learned to write, I couldn’t stop.

AUTHOR TALKS: Has it been a bumpy ride to becoming a published author or has it been pretty well smooth sailing? Would you like to tell us how you became published for the first time?

YVONNE: Life is a roller coaster ride of joy and greater joy! The publishing part of the journey has been easy. Doing the research was time-consuming, but marketing the book is the uphill part especially while having a business to run and other clients to write for. I’m ready for the downhill “Wheeee!”

AUTHOR TALKS: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

YVONNE: I did not have an agent. I connected with Valerie Connelly of Nightengale Press after listening to a radio show in which Francine Silverman interviewed her. I picked up the phone after the show and let Fran know how much I appreciated her having Valerie on the show. She recommended I call Valerie, so I did. She was coming to Nashville the next week to visit Lightning Source and we arranged a lunch meeting to get to know one another. During our chat, I pitched my book idea to her. She thought it would sell so she took on the project then and there.

AUTHOR TALKS: Can you please tell us about your book?

YVONNE: RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is an educational book that sheds light on the way Americans view blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell biology. The book contains well-researched facts about all types of stem cell (bone marrow, amniotic and cord blood) treatments presently being used and their restorative effects. It also explores the research being done using stem cells derived from in-vitro fertilized eggs on laboratory animals and presents findings to support its curative potential on humans. The book contains a spiritual component and gives historical information about the influence religion has upon science and politics. I hope this will appeal to those who use their religious beliefs to oppose blastocystic stem cell research.

The information in this book was derived from intensive research, personal interviews, emails and other correspondence with national and international medical doctors, research scientists, religious leaders and elected officials as well as stories from patients, who hope to transform their lives through stem cell technology.

AUTHOR TALKS: Do you plan subsequent books?

YVONNE: Not on this topic, but I’m sure there will be more books with my own name on the cover. I have a blog on which I post the latest news about stem cell research. I plan to keep up with up with the field of stem cell research and offer public education forums to get the information into the hands of those who want to know more about stem cell research.

AUTHOR TALKS: Are you a morning writer or a night writer?

YVONNE: All day. I’m usually writing or networking using my writing from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. If I’m on a roll or have a deadline to meet, I may stay up until midnight working on a project.

AUTHOR TALKS: Any final words of wisdom for those of us who would like to be published?

YVONNE: The law of attraction and saying affirmations really works. I don’t think it was a coincidence that I met my publisher face to face when I did. I had put that request out there and the universe responded. This is a common thing for me.

AUTHOR TALKS: Thank you for coming, Yvonne! Good luck to you and happy sales!

YVONNE: Thank you for allowing me to share with you and your reader. Blessings to all.

This interview was originally posted at http://authortalks.blogspot.com/2007/09/interview-with-stem-cell-research.html

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Straight From The Authors Mouth Interview

This interview with Dorothy Thompson was originally posted on Straight from the Author’s Mouth at http://straightfromtheauthorsmouth.blogspot.com/2007/09/secret-to-publishing-allow-divine.html

When I started my research I was sure that a publisher would want to publish my 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 right there on the spot. That was easy, I thought.


The next week I signed a contract with Nightengale Press and went to work in earnest to get my book finished by January 1, 2007. It was 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 came and went, and I was still digging through the material I had gathered. Still more was coming in.


I was almost ready to send the manuscript to Valerie at the end of January. That’s when I met Don C. Reed. Don has a son named Roman who was paralyzed in a college football accident ten years ago. He established the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, “Roman’s law” and has gathered more than $40 million to research geared toward the cure of paralysis. He also worked on the passage of California’s Proposition 71 and knew everyone in the stem cell research field. I spent the next two months collecting more information that really needed to go into the book. In fact, the book wouldn’t have the punch it carries without the information I gathered from Don and his colleagues.


Finally, the book had to go to print if it was going to meet the printing date and go with Valerie to BEA in June. After the galley copy was printed full of errors but time was up! I continued to rewrite, edit and polish the book. I sent 24 pages of changes to the text for the final version. Since Lightning Source had to make so many changes after they have set up the print.


The final version will be printed at the end of this month.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Pump Up Your Online Book Promotion Interview

This interview with Dorothy Thompson was originally posted at Pump Up Your Online Book Promotion! Pump Up You Online Book Promotion at http://pumpupyouronlinebookpromotion.blogspot.com/2007/09/stem-cell-research-author-yvonne-perry.html

PUYOBP: Welcome to Pump Up Your Online Book Promotion, Yvonne! Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book, Right to Recover?

Yvonne: I am a freelance writer, editor, speaker, as well as an author. I am the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services, based in Nashville, TN. I graduated from American Institute of Holistic Theology with a B.S. in Metaphysics. As a Distinguished Toastmaster, I put my speaking skills to good use on Writers in the Sky Podcast—my weekly show in which I interview guest authors, publishers, and book marketing experts. Each Friday a new show is available on my company’s blog http://yvonneperry.blogspot.com.

My latest book, RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is an educational book that puts stem cell biology in laymen’s terms. It also addresses the political and religious issues surrounding blastocyst (embryonic) stem cell research and gives a logical appeal to those who are straddling the fence.

PUYOBP: RIGHT TO RECOVER is a book that gives more details about stem cell research. Who will benefit from your book?

Yvonne: Those who are undecided about where they stand on the issue of blastocyst stem cell research and those interested in knowing more about all types of stem cell research and its medical potential will appreciate the educational component. Those who are fed up with religion and politics will probably relate to the chapter on the Separation of Church and State.

PUYOBP: In regards to promoting your book, what have you been doing to promote online?

Yvonne: I’m doing this tour with you, and I’ve been blogging on my own site (www.right2recover.com) as well as other related sites. I’ve been talking it up in my newsletter each month and I have some Internet Radio interviews lined up. I have several book reviews posted on the Internet as well as media releases to many online outlets. I am also a member of an online book marketing network: http://bookmarket.ning.com/profile/Nashvillewriter. I’m planning an Amazon.com blitz to launch the book.

PUYOBP: Of all the promotional (bookmarks, press kits, etc.) items you’ve used to promote your book, can you tell us which ones were the most beneficial?

Yvonne: There does seem to be a lot of interest in RIGHT TO RECOVER, but it’s hard to say which effort produces which results. The more I network, the more interaction I have with people who might want a copy of the book. Online networking and personal emails to people seems to generate a lot of business leads, so I’m hoping it will do the same for the book. Since the book is not available in bookstores until October 1, it’s difficult to say what the sales will be.

PUYOBP: Do you feel that the Internet has opened doors for authors who never dreamed they’d ever see a publishing contract and how has it influenced you in regards to your own publishing journey?

Yvonne: The Internet has opened doors for many businesses. I would not have been able to become a successful freelance writer with my own company without the benefit of online marketing. The Internet has allowed authors who are self-published or published via POD companies to promote their book without a conventional publisher. Those large publishing houses do very little for an “unknown” author. Since it’s up to the author to promote their own book, the Internet is probably the most valuable marketing outlet available.

PUYOBP: If you were in the middle of Manhattan (or any busy thoroughfare) and you wanted to call attention to your book, what would you do?

Yvonne: Put an ad on a billboard.

PUYOBP: If you could trade places with any author just for a day, who would it be?

Yvonne: Dan Brown

PUYOBP: Lastly, how do you determine your book’s success?

Yvonne: If my book changes the minds of Americans about blastocystic stem cell research and influences policy makers to approve federal funding for it, I will have accomplished my purpose.

PUYOBP: Thank you for coming, Yvonne! Can you tell us where everyone can pick up a copy of RIGHT TO RECOVER?

Yvonne: It’s available on Amazon.com and in bookstores after October 1. You can preorder from my Web site: www.right2recover.com Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this virtual tour!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Is a Blastocyst a Human Being?

Gregory Koukl has a Web site about Embryonic Stem Cell Research. It may be a blog, but if it is, I found no place to leave a comment or interact with others, so I'm bringing the conversation here to my blog.

Gregory's article shows that he is somewhat open-minded, but still believes that a blastocyst and a human being are the same thing. In his post, he wrote:

"The question is what kind of embryo is it? And in this case the embryos are human embryos, the blastula are human blastula. You have to have a human being before you can get human stem cells......There is no difference. You cannot get human embryonic stem cells but from a human embryo. So, you must create a human being first in its embryo stage, which then is either allowed to grow into subsequent stages, fetus, newborn, adolescent, etc., or is destroyed before it can begin to develop into other stages and is then cut up an used for body parts. But it still is what it is when it is destroyed — a human being in a blastula stage."

I'm not sure exactly what he means by "cut up and used for body parts," but let's move to the question at hand. Is a blastocyst an human being?

Yes, and no. It is, and it is not.

Yes, because a fertilized egg is a stage covered in the term "embryo" used to describe the first two months of developmental stages in human gestation, it would not be incorrect to call it an embryo. That definition came about before in-vitro processes were discovered. The in-vitro process has shown there are two parts to what was once considered a single process: fertilization and conception. I won't elaobrate here and get side-tracked, but I encourage you to read my article at www.ezinearticles.com in order to learn the difference between fertilization and conception.

No, because other terms are used to differentiate the developmental stages. For example: the term "zygote" is used to label a single-cell fertilized egg. As that cell begins to divide, it creates a 16-cell cluster known as a "morula". The division process continues for about five days until a hollow sphere of about 32 cells is formed along with a fluid filled cavity. Then, it is called a "blastocyst".

This clump of cells leftover from in-vitro attempts is what scientists use for stem cell research. The cells would otherwise be discarded if the donating couple did not want to pay to continue to have them kept frozen at the lab. At this point, the blastocyst is like a seed with the potential to become a human embryo, but it is not a fish-like embryo as you might picture in your mind. It is a tiny cluster of cells with no blood, no nerves, and no organs. A blastocyst cannot continue to development into an embryo in a laboratory.

So, is a blastocyst a human being? Is an acorn an oak tree?

An acorn has the potential to become an oak tree if conditions are suitable, but an acorn is not an oak tree. So, when does an acorn become an oak tree? Once it has implanted into the soil, started to receive nourishment and has sprouted.

It is the same with an in-vitro blastocyst. The egg or "seed" has been fertilized but it has not been implanted into the fertile "soil" of a woman's womb. It has the potential of becoming a human being, but a blastocyst is not a human being. A human being is an organism, a blastocyst is not.

My book, Right to Recover, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America will cover in detail this and many other topics concerning stem cell research.

Bookmark this page and check back often. The book should be available in late summer 2007.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Start With the Facts

This interview with Nikki Leigh was originally posted on her blog Start With the Facts at
http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/2007/09/yvonne-perry-right-to-recover.html


1 - How did you get interested in the topic that’s featured in your book?

There are two people who influenced me to write RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America.


I met Reverend Dan Bloodworth in 2005 and immediately became intrigued by his enthusiasm regarding stem cell research. Dan’s All-American athlete son, Brian, suffered a spinal cord injury 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.


While working with Michael Davis on his book, FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH: A Personal Story about Living with Quadriplegia, I became keenly aware of, and very interested in, the healing potential that blastocyst (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.


2 - Tell us a bit about your background. What have you done in the past that relates to your book and that topic?


I enjoy doing research on just about any topic. I’m an encyclopedia junkie! I’ve written more than a dozen books and over 100 articles so writing is my background. I operate a freelance writing and editing services from my home. When the topic of stem cell research kept coming up for me, I naturally started researching. The next thing I knew I had gathered enough information to write a book, so I found a publisher, pitched my idea to her and started the manuscript.


3 - What advice would you give to someone who is interested in your topic?


By all means, read my book, but also do some research on your own. Talk to the people in this field, and interview those who are doing the work.


4 - What do you see as the benefit to participating in groups and organizations? My first thought would be networking opportunities and the chance for personal and business growth. What are your reasons?


The benefits of being involved in groups are tremendous. Networking is a big part of my day. I am affiliated with about a six online groups for writing and marketing. We learn a lot from one another. We share information, give one another encouragement and helpful feedback. Not a day goes by that I don’t correspond with someone in one of these groups. If I know someone who needs a service another person offers, I am going to refer them to someone in my network. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. Some of my best friends are online acquaintances that I have never met in person.


5 - Who is the ideal person to read your book? If each person that reads this was going to recommend your book to one person, what sort of person would they want to chose?

Someone who is on the fence regarding blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell research would be able to create their own informed opinion about the research after reading my book.

6 - What do you think ignites a person’s creativity?


I think we all have a muse or creative spirit inside us. The creativity can come any time or any place, like in the middle of the night. Then, there are times when I have to write something by a certain date and the inspiration is not there and I’m not really interested in doing the project. That when I have to make the effort and start a project anyway, and trust that the inspiration will follow. It usually does.


7 - What have you found to be the biggest stumbling block for people who want to start writing?


Procrastination and low self-esteem are the two biggest reasons people do not follow their hearts. If you do not have confidence that you are a good writer, you may not even try. But, trying is part of the process even if you are not good at it. You can always take writing courses. The more we write, the more we improve our writing skills. The more we improve, the more confidence we gain.

8 - How would you suggest they can overcome that?


Writing for the fun of writing is the best remedy. When you can write without fear of being judged or feeling like your writing isn’t good enough, you will find it a healing process. Enjoy each step you take no matter where you are on the journey.


9 - What do you find is the biggest motivator for people to succeed? Is it money, security, desire for fame or something else?


That’s different for each person. Some are motivated by money and fame. My definition of success is balance. If I enjoy what I do and make enough money to live comfortably, I am successful.


10 - Who is the “perfect” person to read your book?


A person who can appreciate the amount of research time and effort that went into it! I would love to have each member of Congress read my book.


11 - Is there anything else you would like to share with us?


I want to thank you for allowing me to be on your blog. You are doing a great job and I’ve enjoyed sharing with you.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Publishing Secrets of Authors

This interview was conducted by Dorothy Thompson and was originally published at PUBLISHING SECRETS OF AUTHORS at http://publishingsecretsofauthors.blogspot.com/2007/09/right-to-recover-winning-political-and.html

When I started my research I was sure that a publisher would want to publish my 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 right there on the spot. That was easy, I thought.


The next week I signed a contract with Nightengale Press and went to work in earnest to get my book finished by January 1, 2007. It was 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 came and went, and I was still digging through the material I had gathered. Still more was coming in.


I was almost ready to send the manuscript to Valerie at the end of January. That’s when I met Don C. Reed. Don has a son named Roman who was paralyzed in a college football accident ten years ago. He established the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, “Roman’s law” and has gathered more than $40 million to research geared toward the cure of paralysis. He also worked on the passage of California’s Proposition 71 and knew everyone in the stem cell research field. I spent the next two months collecting more information that really needed to go into the book. In fact, the book wouldn’t have the punch it carries without the information I gathered from Don and his colleagues.


Finally, the book had to go to print if it was going to meet the printing date and go with Valerie to BEA in June. After the galley copy was printed full of errors but time was up! I continued to rewrite, edit and polish the book. I sent 24 pages of changes to the text for the final version. Since Lightning Source had to make so many changes after they have set up the print.


The final version will be printed at the end of this month.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Would Christ Support Embryonic Stem Cell Research?

Supporting blastocystic stem cell research is the responsible pro-life position to take. As Senator Orrin Hatch has stated, nothing is more pro-life than protecting the living.

The Bible supports healing and gives us tools such as medicine and medical technology to use to our healing benefit.

I Corinthians 3:9-11

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We are God’s fellow workers. Stem cell technology used to create healing is part of God’s perfect plan and we have the privilege to carefully use the knowledge and abilities he gives us. As with any power it can be misused and abused. To not use this technology to help others would be a great abuse of power.

We all know someone suffering from an incurable disease or disability which stem cell research might alleviate or heal.

The Good Samaritan would do whatever it took to help others.

It would be like leaving an invalid in the ditch and passing by on our self-righteous way not to support blastocystic stem cell research.

What would Jesus do? He wouldn’t leave a donkey in the ditch on the Sabbath—even if it broke the moral code of the day! He surely wouldn't ignore the cries of humanity who are begging for a cure or treatment that might be found in stem cell research.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Stem Cell Research Author Presents Forum

Yvonne Perry will celebrate the release of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America with a public forum and book signing.


Borders Bookstore 2501 West End Ave. Nashville, TN 37203 615-329-3380 Oct. 23, 2007 7 p.m.

Meet the author, get a signed copy of her book and learn more about stem cell research. Enjoy live music, food, a book signing, and an educational presentation by the author.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Nashville Radio Station WMOT endorses book on stem cell research

WMOT Jazz Radio Station in Nashville recently interviewed Yvonne Perry about her book RIGHT TO RECOVER. You may hear the recorded 7-minute interview on publicbroadcasting.net

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Audiovisual Presentation & Book Signing by Author Yvonne Perry

Media Inquiries:
Chuck Whiting:
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Whiting Publicity & Promotions
(615) 242-9857 or 833-1077


BOOK, HEALTH & EVENT CALENDARS:

RIGHT TO RECOVER:
Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America
  • AUDIOVISUAL PRESENTATION & BOOK SIGNING BY AUTHOR YVONNE PERRY
  • MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY TOM SHINNESS
  • INSIGHTS FROM REV. DAN BLOODWORTH AND ATTORNEY MARY PARKER

7-9 p.m. Oct. 23 (Tuesday)
Borders Books & Music
2525 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 2007) – Nashville author, free-lance writer and speaker Yvonne Perry will celebrate the release of her new book, Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars Over Stem Cell Research in America, with an audiovisual presentation and book signing from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 23 (Tuesday) at Borders Books & Music, 2525 West End Ave. The event will feature a speech and audiovisual presentation by Perry, live music by Nashville recording artists Tom Shinness and Jasmine, insights from Nashville Attorney Mary Parker of the John Edwards presidential campaign, a Biblical perspective of stem cell research by Rev. Dan Bloodworth, and a book signing by Perry. Admission is free.

In her new book, Perry’s uses more than 600 hours of intensive research and interviews to challenge the validity of President Bush’s decision to deny federal funding for blastocystic (embryonic) stem cell research. Published by Nightengale Press, the 340-page book contains insights from dozens of researchers, doctors, and political and religious figures, as well as stories from patients who hope to transform their lives through stem cell implants. Right to Recover, which retails for $19.95, has been endorsed by organizations such as Cure Paralysis Now, the Christopher Reeve Foundation, and Parkinson’s foundations from several states. For more information about the event or Perry’s new book, call (615) 884-1224, send an e-mail to write_on_yvonne@comcast.net, or visit http://www.right2recover.com/.

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Monday, October 1, 2007

The Stem Cell Summit 2007 Is Right Around the Corner!

This October, join us in making stem cell history at The Stem Cell Summit, October 2nd and 3rd in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. There are many opportunities to be a part of this history - the poster forum, networking with leaders championing the cause, and learning from the numerous panel discussions and educational forums.


At this special event, you will have an opportunity to meet world-renowned scientists involved in embryonic and adult stem cell research, stem cell CEOs, pharmaceutical company executives, key policy makers, venture capitalists legal experts, patients, patients advocates and more. It will be a gathering unlike anything you have ever experienced-with a number of groundbreaking events. The Stem Cell Summit Poster Forum: This event gives the stem cell community an extraordinary platform for advancing a wide range of ideas and discoveries. You will see the latest work from researchers and students on drug regulation, biologics, medical devices, intellectual property, medical ethics, public health, developmental biology, collaborative development of medicines and medical technology and public/private partnerships. The deadline for submitting abstracts for consideration for the Poster Forum is August 31st! Register at www.thestemcellsummit.com


Among a full slate of events, there will be special breakfast and lunch sessions with advocates, policy makers and leading thinkers - culminating with: The Stem Cell Summit Awards Dinner: Stem cells represent the universal hope for so many people worldwide. This special dinner, presented by the Genetics Policy Institute, will recognize those who are leading the cause. Do not miss seeing who wins the National Advocacy Award, Humanitarian Award, Leadership Award, Patient Advocacy Award and Student Awards. The Summit also gives you an outstanding venue to interact and network with key people in the stem cell movement. By attending, you not only help stem cell research move ahead-you actively participate in its future!


Mention that your a friend of SCF by registering now with VIP code SPSCF. Enjoy the special company "early bird" rate of $995 or register individually for half the price. Simply go to www.thestemcellsummit.com to learn more about being an attendee or sponsor for this event!


The Poster Forum, Awards Dinner and other special events are filling up fast, so please act now!