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We never seem to discuss stem cell therapy in this board?


Has it been ruled out in other threads as not being applicable to this condition?

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A little about stem cells:


We already are loaded with them: "In adult organisms, stem cells and progenitor cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues. In a developing embryo, stem cells can differentiate into all the specialized cells (these are called pluripotent cells), but also maintain the normal turnover of regenerative organs, such as blood, skin, or intestinal tissues." - - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stem_cell

They are how the body replaces damaged cells. So really, the focus might best be on activating what we already have ...


They have been known for many years. While James Till and Ernest McCulloch "demonstrated the existence of self-renewing cells found I the bone marrow in mice..." in the 1960's they have actually been known for over 100 years. Among the earliest reports are from an obscure Scottish Embryologist, Dr John Beard, in the late 1800s. He discovered their origin, that they are throughout the whole body, and even their roll in cancer. His simple, documented research is still way ahead of direction of medicine today - but very few know or care.

Lesson (the ugly truth),

Lines of medical research are explored based on popularity (a human emotion trait), not on 'good science'. Often things are accepted as fact just because someone prominent suggested an idea and it got accepted without even being tested. Then add $$$ and what needs to be explored gets buried so deep it takes decades or centuries to get 'rediscovered'.

What about us?

Use what we have available now. Cooperate together to build a database of symptoms and responses to meds over time. As patterns of research develop, submit these to those (all) in position (medical licensing) to pursue it 'officially'.

As for stem cells, the more we learn, the better off we may be ... but expect 'hoopla' and 'diversions' along the way

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