“To date, embryonic stem cell research has not produced a single medical treatment, where ethical, adult stem cell research has produced some 67 medical miracles.” Vice President – Mike Pence
There is a war raging over adult (nonembryonic) stem cell use by licensed physicians right here in the USA…
It basically pits self-styled dogmatic skeptics, federally funded university researchers & research centers, the FDA, various medical groups and organizations, and some individual mainstream practitioners against hundreds of licensed MDs and DOs (and thousands of patients) who want to use the patient’s own stem cells to treat various afflictions, most being chronic in nature.
For those of us in the trenches doing stem cell medicine (Stem Cell Warriors), today’s tug-of-war is not only not news, but we saw the clouds gathering on the horizon back at the dawn of the new millennia.
It is a familiar story in the evolution of medicine: genuine innovation carries some low risk unknowns which prompts regulators and guardians of the status quo to seek to control and contain it, ostensibly to protect patients from harm.
Not surprisingly, the most strident voices advocating regulating innovation (progress) in adult stem cell use has invariably included federally funded laboratory scientists, ivory tower bioethicists, and others who have blinders on when it comes to how to effectively deliver low risk new therapies to the clinic.
Most display an arrogant disregard for suffering patients who have few or no treatment options, or else yammer on about how they are really protecting them from the horrors of “Wild West stem cell doctors” who just do whatever they want and this for the money involved – Never mind the fact they leave many of these suffering people no recourse but to rely on ineffective or marginally effective treatments by mainstream doctors, most of which have side or adverse effects that one never sees in patients given properly done in-office adult stem cell therapies).
I challenge you to look up the incidence of side effects that the average FDA approved drug has and to compare that number with the number of side effects and deaths that have occurred with the use of stem cells derived from the same patient’s body (autologous)!