regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is a branch of translational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the “process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function”. Many people are turning to this method over surgery for things like back pain you can choose Stem Cell Injections for Back Pain or for shoulder problems, arthritis, joint, and even other diseases.

Very important people like Gov. Rick Perry (PRESENDENTIAL CANDIDATE) not only support this type of wellness and healthcare but have actually had it used on their own bodies!

It is no wonder with so many positive success stories why people all over the worlds are looking to natural answers for their health care. If it works, why would you not try stem cell injections or other natural options.

The number 1 reason, is NOT BEING EDUCATED! So we are trying to help those around the world understand some very simple but important facts.

  1. Stem Cells can be harvested from post birth umbilical cord, from a healthy mommy and health baby to ensure highest count per 1000, and to make sure NO HAR IS EVER DONT TO MOM OR BABY! (HUCT-Human Umbilical Cell Tissue) Also know as Human Umbilical cord tissue
  2. They are natural, therefore are not regulated but the tissue banks that process, handle and ship are very much regulated by FDA so make sure you get your product from a highly reputable supplier. There are still many people  , especially in other countries using animal stem cells!
  3. Price does matter. If the price seems to be low it may be that they have not been harvested and processed through an FDA tissue bank, it is costly but insist on it!!!! We are seeing injections ranging from $3000.00 to $10,500 across the country)
  4. Using your own FAT is now believed not to provide the best route as your aged body looses stem cells over the years so your sample may have much less count than a newborn and the condition may be less healthy. It also has side effects and pain caused from the extraction area, as well as it takes more visits and takes longer, making it often times much more expensive over all.

SPECIAL NOTICE: You know your body the best, so question everything. Doctors and providers do not know your body like you do, so take an active role in your regenerative medicine

We have picked WAR (What A Relief) for the clinic of choice for:

human umbilical cord stem cell injections

Stem cell therapy for back pain

Stem Cell Injections for Back Treatment are typically part of an overall treatment protocol.

Most providers will try to provide relief by prescribing stretching, physical therapy or exercise before they try other things.

Then comes the shots, and other masking the pain options…often several rounds of shots.

Spine Functional Restoration Protocol may be prescribed to help reduce pain and provide strengthen in the intercostal muscles that start to atrophy with age. Most will prescribe the What A Relief protocol.

 

Many may find temporary relief in Electrical Medicine along the way.

 

At this point many will be prescribed back surgery, but now that stem cell injections are becoming more main stream many are turning to stem cell injections for back pain and seeing positive results.

Stem Cells are designed are regenerative or restorative medicine, with the goal of RESTORATION!

Many providers are using the iSTEMCELL product because of the high potency, and the fact that they are from healthy baby / healthy mommy umbilical tissue managed at a FDA certified tissue bank.

Cost of Stem cell therapy for back pain

Prices will vary from coast to coast, but the high potency injections range from $3000.00 to $5000.00 . You can find other stem cells like those in Mexico, or those derived from animal fat for as low as $900.00 but be careful to understand the process. It is often a BUYER BEWARE type of process, so do your research.

 

How to save money on stem cell injections

  1. Go out of country
  2. Use your own

Donsides :

1 You may not know where the cells are harvested, or how they are handled.

2 Could be animal tissue

3 if you use your own tissue, you may have removal site pain and problems as well as the host is aged which will reduce the quantity of active stem cells.

Stem Cell Injections for back pain
Stem Cell Injections for back pain THERAPY

 

 

 

 

HUCT Injection

HUCT Injection and HUCT Infusions

Today treating pain and other problems could potentially be assisted by Human Umbilical Cell Tissue Stem Cells. HUCT STEM CELL INJECTIONS are quick and easy and results have been reported by clients within 2-10 weeks, Mabey sooner depending on the ailment.

These cells are removed from a healthy mom + healthy baby umbilical cord shortly after birth.

HUCT INFUSION
HUCT INJECTIONS

These stem cells have God given properties and are designed to be HELPER cells.

It is a well know fact, that as we age our stem cell count goes down. So it would make sense if you are going to use stem cells that you get them at the point where they are the newest and that is why Human Umbilical Cell Tissue has become so popular over other cell options.

HUCT THERAPY,HUCT THERAPY, Injections and Infusions
HUCT THERAPY

As seen in the graph above, fewer stem cells per thousand in individuals that are older than in a newborn. Another widely know issue is if an adult has taken a statin drug it reduces the stem cell count even further, making it a less desirable host to extract stem cells from.

HUCT INFUSIONS

Many people are turning to infusions for various reasons, that is why we have created the HUCT HOTLINE 1-650-HUCTCEL, this will allow you to make one call and gain access to providers that utilize the HUCT cells and protocols.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy encourages the body to build new capillaries,  reduce inflammation and release 8 times more stem cells, resulting in faster recovery from injury, surgery or chronic illness.

All of our expert services are provided in a luxurious private setting by certified, experienced medical staff in the worlds largest, most comfortable FDA approved acrylic hyperbaric chambers.

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Information provided here is not to be considered medical advice. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for transitional/off-label indications is considered investigational. *Consultations for transitional conditions are at no charge.  The hyperbaric physician will charge insurance or Medicare for consultations for approved indications and a co-pay may apply.

Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy

Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy

Classification of available Stem Cell Therapies

1.Autograft: Derived from recipient’s own body. Usually derived from Adipose cells but can also come from bone marrow.

2.Allograft: Derived from another human and implanted and/or infused into another. Species to species

3.Xenograft: Different species

All stem cells have 2 minimum qualities:

1.Stems cells are renewable. They undergo mitosis and double approximately every 28 hours for up to 65 generations.

2.Stem cells have potency: Potency is defined as the ability to differentiate into any cell in the body

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells   How They Work

Paracrine: A form of cell to cell communication in which the stem cell produces a signal to induce changes in a nearby cell, altering the behavior or differentiation of those cells. The paracrine factors are secreted in the immediate extracellular environment.

Pericyte: Contractile cells that wrap around the endothelial cells of capillaries and venules throughout the body.

Trophic: Secrete cytokines and growth factors to induce cellular proliferation and angiogenesis.

Main Capacities

Anti-inflammatory: In musculoskeletal trauma, the body releases inflammatory molecules such as IL-1, IL-2, IL-12, TNF-alpha, and INF-gamma, all initiated by the T-1 helper cells.(Pro-inflammatory cells). MSC’s in response secrete an array of anti-inflammatory proteins and immunomodulatory cytokines including PGE-2, tissue growth factor beta-2 (TGF beta-2), hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), nitric oxide, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10 and many more, all initiated by the T-2 helper cells. (anti-inflammatory cells)

Immunomodulatory: Capable of modifying or regulating one or more immune functions. ie. T-1 to T-2 modulation in autoimmune disorders.

Majority of autoimmune disorders are pro-inflammatory (T-1 weighted) thus balancing of the T-1 to T-2 ratio is important

Approximately 20% are T-2 weighted with the same balancing effect

Anti-apoptotic: Apoptosis-Programmed cell death, literally cell suicide.

MSC’s have the ability to rescue apoptotic cells induced by trauma, exposure to hypoxia, chemicals/acidity, mechanical damage or radiation.

Antimicrobial: MSC’s native immune defense against microbial infections is caused by multiple polypeptides. LL37 being the most common and has been shown to be effective against acute, chronic, and systemic infections. MSC’s have also been shown to be effective against protozoa. (Lyme’s disease)

 

Stem cell Therapy Saftey

Mesenchymal stem cells produce huge quantities of bio-molecules, some of which are immunosuppressive; These cells put up a curtain of molecules around themselves that allows donor (allogenic) stem cells to be transplanted into a recipient, free from an immune response. (Immune privileged) While the body will naturally release TNF-a,   IFN-y, IL-12 and T-1 helper cells to initiate an immune response from the allogenic stem cells, the MSC’s release IL-4, IL-10 and T-2 helper cells to effectively regulate the immune response.

Arnold Caplan, PhD. Case Western Reserve University. Experimental and Molecular Medicine (2013) 45

Mesenchymal stem cells: environmentally responsive therapeutics for regenerative medicine

HUCT STEM CELLS

Because HUCT stem cells are less mature than other cells, the body’s immune system is unable to recognize them as foreign and therefore they are not rejected. We’ve treated thousands of patients with umbilical cord stem cells and there has never been a single instance of rejection (graft vs. host disease). HUCT stem cells also proliferate/differentiate more efficiently than “older” cells, such as those found in the bone marrow and therefore, they are considered to be more “potent”.

▪Journal of Translational Medicine 2007, Stem Cell Therapy for Autism.

▪Thomas E. Ichim, Fabio Solano, Eduardo Glenn, Frank Morales, Leonard Smith, George Zabrecky, and Neil H. Riordan

 

HUCT Stem Cell Advantages

  • Anyone can be treated since MSC’s are immune system privileged. No HLA matching necessary
  • Best anti-inflammatory activity, immunomodulatory capacity and ability to stimulate regeneration.

▪Can be administered multiple times in uniform dosages that contain high cell counts. (Dose, frequency, and mode)

▪Dosing: 2-10 M/Kg of body weight

▪Frequency: 2&2. Follow like any other treatment

▪Mode: Intra-articular, I.V., intrathecal, trigger point

▪HUCT stem cells contain an abundant supply of MSC’s.

▪No need to collect stem cells through invasive procedures such as liposuction or bone marrow collection.

▪Consistent quality and quantity regardless of age or health of the patient

▪HUCT MSC’s proliferate/differentiate more efficiently than other types of stem cells and are therefore considered to be more potent.

*   Neil Riordan, Ph.D., Stem Cell Institute, Panama;

** Mehling, Quartararo, et al., Journal of Stem Cell Research, 2015, 5.8

 

Research

  • A search of www.clinicaltrials.gov website provides information on the more than 4,000 clinical trials being conducted worldwide

Tissue Bank Regulations

▪Allogenic stem cells are considered a tissue and regulated by the AATB.

▪All cells are rigorously tested for diseases, according to tissue bank regulations

▪No expanding of product

 

Guidelines

▪A stem cell can only be used for a homologous function of the cell. That simply means that a stem cell can only be used for a function that it normally performs in the body, ie. Formation of Tissue, bone, cartilage, blood vessel, nerve, and cell regeneration.

Therapeutics

Autoimmune Disorders (122 known)

R.A.  Lupus  Discoid Lupus

Lupus nephritis   Interstit. cystitis   Crohn’s disease

Autism  Cirrhosis  Alopecia areata

Lichen Planus   Psoriasis    Scleroderma

Vitiligo    Addison’s dx  Grave’s dx

Sjogren’s   Endometriosis  Celiac dx

Ulcerative Colitis Blood Disorders  CREST syndrome

Polymyositis  Lyme’s dx  Psoriatic Arthritis

Sarcoidosis  Fibromyalgia  Myasthenia Gravis

MS  Restless Leg  Many Eye Conditions

Meniere’s dx  Kawasaki’s Dx  Vasculitis

Chronic Fatigue  Gastritis  Raynaud’s Phenom.

Ankylosing Spondylitis  Guillain-Barre Syndrome

And many many more

▪Heart Disease

▪Osteoarthritis

▪Chronic Joint Pain

▪Low Back Pain

▪Bulging or Herniated Discs

▪Spinal Cord Injuries

▪Meniscus, ACL or MCL tears

▪Athletic Injuries

▪Lung Disease: COPD, Asthma, etc.

▪Diabetes Type II

▪Parkinson’s Disease

▪Alzheimer’s Disease

▪Stroke

▪Alcohol or Drug Addiction

▪ALS (Lou Gehrig’s dx)

▪Dermatological Conditions

▪Erectile Dysfunction

▪Peyronie’s Disease

▪Accelerates Healing/Reduces Post-Op Inflammation

▪Etc, etc, etc………

Basically, anything that the stem cell naturally does in the body. ie homologous function of the cell

 

The Importance of Stem Cell Research

Stem cell research is a topic almost everybody in the world has a viewpoint on. Many view the issue of stem cell research and stem cell therapy as morally wrong and a crime against humanity, others view the study of stem cells as the next step in modern science. What are stem cells? Stem cells are non-specialized cells that have the capability to mature into more specified cells to help with certain functions or diseases. Cells are the basic building blocks of the human body and these tiny structures compose the skin, muscles, bones, and all of our internal organs. Cells are necessary for our body to live, there are over one-hundred specialized cells in our body. Stem cell research should be supported due to the plethora of potential benefits to the medical community and the human race as a whole.
Medicine today is moving quickly to make more effective cures for diseases and new techniques for treating illness. One of the new techniques being practiced today is stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy can be defined as a group of new techniques, or technologies, that rely on replacing diseased or dysfunctional cells with healthy, functioning ones. ( Langwith 23) These new techniques are being used to treat a wide variety of disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
To be able to comprehend the importance of the discovery of stem cells, it is crucial to understand the terms and definitions that go along with the topic of stem cells. A stem cell is derived from a human embryo, scientists are able to keep these stem cells alive and have them replicate after extraction. A human embryo comes into existence from the joining of one sperm and one egg, after the embryo is formed it begins to replicate itself. After about five days the embryo is called a blastocyst; it is made up of around 200 cells, some of which are pluripotent cells. Pluripotent cells are those which have the capacity to change into one of more than 200 different types of cells found in the human body.(Langwith 16)
Stem cells, simply put, are “the wild card” of cells, they can be manipulated to be almost any cell type chosen. Stem cells are cells that have not fully developed and when surrounded by a group of specialized cells such as muscle or cardiac cells, the stem cells mature into the cells it is surrounded by. Because of the stem cells ability to be turned into whatever type of cell required, it is key in the research for curing diseases or dysfunctions of the human body. One example of stem cells aiding someone’s dysfunction would be someone who has had damage to their spinal cord and has lost mobility because of it. After the stem cells are injected they begin to mature into other spinal cord cells and the spinal cord begins to improve. After X amount of time and treatment the spinal cord may be fully recovered and the life of the one who had the treatment has been returned to normal. Life changing accidents may be corrected through the help of stem cells.
The reason stem cells are key to the cure for certain diseases such as heart disease is because not all cells are able to reproduce quickly enough to combat the cell destroying disease. An example of a type of cell that can not replace itself fast enough to fight disease is one such as a heart cell, or a cardiac cell. Heart disease destroys the cells faster than they can replenish and eventually leads to the failure of that organ. Stem cells are highly versatile, they are able to be developed into a wide variety of specialized cells. Specialized cells are cells that have grown to perform a specific task such as supply insulin in the pancreas or to allow the heart to beat.
Despite these astounding positive effects, there are many who raise the issue about stem cell research being morally wrong. The reason for this research to raise moral concerns is based around the question of when life begins. Does life begin when the embryo is made? Or does human life begin as a fetus? Stem cells are obtained from human embryos, the product of fertilized eggs . Many people believe that it is wrong to use human embryos in research because these embryos are human beings, and all human beings have a right to life. (Roman Espejo 29) Although stem cells are in fact obtained from human embryos, the embryo is incapable of feeling pain or pleasure, it is devoid of a nervous system and a brain, it can not experience things occurring in the world. Many people see this issue as an issue of “the golden rule”: do to others as we wish them to do to us. In other words, when we destroy and early human embryo in research, a potential baby or person will now not exist. (Roman Espejo 32) The people who choose to sit on this side of the argument would be glad that the embryo they came from was not destroyed in embryonic research.
There is a paradox in the feeling of being glad they were not destroyed as an embryo. That paradox is that at some point during the fertilization process of your life and the formation of the primitive streak, the existence of an individual began, and because you developed from that individual, you are who you are today and any other event, such as a previously destroyed embryo that may have been used for stem cell research, are just as important to the making of you as the non-destruction of the embryo that actually developed into you. The fact of the matter is that the embryo that was previously destroyed before your fertilization is part of the reason you are the individual you are because without that one being destroyed you would have come from a different embryo. Had the embryo you were originally to come from been used in stem cell research you would have never known and would still be glad that the embryo you actually did come from was not destroyed. The issue of when life starts after conception should not even be an issue because of the fact that each person would treasure their lives the same regardless of which embryo they came from.
Although it seems as though using embryos is the only way to obtain stem cells for research, they can be gained from other methods. Stem cells can be obtained from terminated pregnancies and be put to good use instead of letting them go to waste. Another way to obtain stem cells is from adult stem cells. Adult stem cells, or somatic cells, are very different from embryonic stem cells because it is actually a stem cell from the very same person intended to use it. An adult stem cells is an undifferentiated cell found among differentiated cells in a tissue or organ, can renew itself, and can differentiate to yield the major specialized cell types of the tissue or organ. (Langwith 192) The greatest advantage of adult stem cells is that it’s usually possible to use a person’s own stem cells which is the safest stem cell option for people. (Langwith 192)
The adult stem cell may help cure diseases ranging from diabetes to Parkinson’s disease. Although adult stem cells have the potential to cure certain diseases, they are limited in number, where as the embryonic stem cells have an abundance of versatile cells. Regardless of the type of stem cells, stem cells are the future of modern science and should be pursued due to the potential benefits it may bring.
Works Cited
Langwith, Jacqueline, ed. Stem Cells. Farmington hills: Greenhaven, 2007. Print.

Human embryo experimentation. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven, Thomson/Gale, 2002. Print

Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetes

Diabetes, or fully named Diabetes Mellitus is when a person has high blood sugar and that is cause by the lack of insulin produced by the pancreas or it is when the cells do not respond to the insulin produced, it is also according to the type of diabetes that the cause may be different from others. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and 2. Type 2 diabetes is mostly common found in adults, to reduce the glucose level, the subject can change diet or have a lot of exercise or if that doesn’t work they will usually take a liquid medicine or pill that helps.Type 1 diabetes is mostly found in children and is mostly rare, and diet alone cannot fix this so sometimes the subject has to take doses of insulin to lower glucose levels. Diabetes still have no known cure yet and some people can get diabetes from relativity or may get it from eating or drinking too much sugary items [1].

Stem cells are cells that are special unlike any other cell, stem cells have the ability to change to any cell in the body in the early life or growth of a stem cells. Stem cells have different types, there are two types of stem cells that are being discussed. Embryonic stem cells are one of the stem cells that could grow to different organs and/or cells, as the name suggests the embryonic stem cells comes and are taken from embryos and embryonic stem cells are one of the solution to many uncured diseases in the world such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and the known diabetes disease too. There are still problems with developing embryonic stem cells, since to get embryonic stem cells they have to destroy the embryo and many people will argue about it ending human life, scientist have been discussing about this for a long time and they have been giving pros and cons about developing stem cells. The adult stem cell are stem cells that has the ability to repair damage tissue on organs making them have the ability to reverse heart attacks or any other disease. The difference between adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells are that embryonic stem cells can become any cell or organ in the body while the adult stem cell can only repair damaged tissue in organs, and so each other cannot have each others specialities [2].

Stem cells as solutions or stem cell therapy is a newly founded solution and it is still very newly discovered. The solution is to get embryonic stem cells to replace the pancreas so it
could produce enough insulin to lower the blood glucose level, and it can also help change the cells that could not absorb the insulin. Meanwhile adult stem cells can help repair the pancreases tissue if damaged and like is said in the before paragraph that the embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells have different specialities. Besides diabetes, there are other diseases that can be cured using stem cells. Some diseases can be cured by replacing some cells or organs with embryonic stem cells or in other cases, like heart diseases or heart attacks can be cured by reversing the effect and using the adult stem cells to repair the tissues of the heart. Embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells are part of cell culture which is when a lab grows and/or develops their own cells to be researched or to help cure other people and it would be easier than having different expensive treatments that doesn’t work.

There are certain types of advantages for stem cell transplant/therapy which are much more accurate and reliable than other treatments or cures, since it is new technology and research than it is still quite expensive to get stem cell therapy/transplant. Since the price for one stem cell treatment and therapy could cost nearly to an estimate of $512.000 dollars and it is not a cheap price for a cure and even though it is proven to work it is still too expensive [3].Some reasons that came up because of it’s price, it is because of the lack of labs that encourage cell culture and it could be a little pricey since there are not that many people that could work to make it. Diabetes economy is expensive for a single person since they have to go each month to the lab and check the blood for glucose, and the lab test is quite expensive because of the technology and manpower needed. The medicine can be insulin and can be a tablet, the tablet is to reduce the blood glucose there is also another expense for a device which will help find glucose portably (Glycemic Index Test Device), the diet consists of non sugary items or low glucose items and they also have diabetic rice.

A word “Cell Culture” means when the cells are grown in a lab or any other environment outside their natural environment, and these cells are used to treat patients for diseases such as Parkinson’s, diabetes, alzheimer’s, and other well-known diseases [4]. It is also a well known problem that embryonic stem cells are being protested for to be thought of killing life since to get an embryonic stem cell it is required to kill the embryo and take the stem cell. Scientist themselves have been discussing this matter, and they have been making pros and cons about either side of the problem faced [5]. Some people nowadays may be eating high sugary food or basically food with high glucose levels, and this is what mostly triggers diabetes since the pancreas cannot produce more insulin to cater the other glucose and also lack of exercise may make blood glucose stack up and if we exercise blood glucose and pressure could drop levels.

The point of this essay is to raise awareness about diabetes so as it’s effect and social impacts on the person itself, this essay is also to point out about stem cells and how it can help the world of anatomy gain a better understanding of our cells and us, and the last one is to help people know about a potential cure for diabetes which is stem cells either embryonic stem cells or adult stem cells can help cure diseases. Stem cells can certainly help people either by replacing their organs and cells or by repairing them.

Works Cited

(1)”Diabetes.” BrainPOP. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. .

(2)”Stem Cells.” BrainPOP. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. .\\

(3) California Stem Cell Report.” : Cost of a Stem Cell Therapy? An Estimated $512,000. N.p.,n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. .

(4)”CELL CULTURE | The Science Creative Quarterly.” CELL CULTURE | The Science Creative Quarterly. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. .
(5)”Why Is the Use of Stem Cells Controversial? – Curiosity.” Curiosity. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. .

 

Legalize Stem Cell Research

Imagine waking up from a tragic accident that left you paralyzed from the neck
down, would you have hope that you could ever recover? What if there was research
that the use of stem cells could lead to potential treatments and cures? According to the
National Institute of Health, stem cells in certain organs, have the ability to divide into
other cells that are used to “repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues” (NIH).
Although stem cell research raises ethical concerns, it should be legalized due to the
possibility of medical advancements and cures of numerous diseases.
Stem cell research benefits because it will help enlighten scientists’ knowledge in
the biology of human development which could be helpful to future findings. In “Stem
Cell Research and Applications” by Audrey Chapman, Ph.D., stem cells are stated to be
“unspecialized cells that are thought to be able to reproduce themselves indefinitely
and, under the right conditions, to develop into mature cells, e.g., nerve, skin, pancreas,
with specialized functions” (Chapman). They are different from normal cells because
they are unspecialized, meaning that they are not committed to a specific cell or tissues
function. Another thing stem cells can do that ordinary cells cannot do is divide for long
periods of time. If the stem cell divides and is still unspecialized, then the cells can
usually repair themselves. Also, if the stem cell becomes a specialized cell, it could
potentially become a number of different cell types.
There are three main types of stem cells. They are adult, umbilical cord, and
embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells can become almost any cell type in the
body, and adult stem cells are restricted to the tissue from which they were taken from.
Adult stem cells are also harder to grow in cultures, where embryonic stem cells are
more plentiful in culture. Umbilical cord blood stem cells could be used to help treat
diseases that could potentially be cured through bone marrow transplants.
In addition, stem cell research offers hope to those who suffer daily from
Parkinson’s disease, neurological failures, cancer, and other medical problems.
There are billions of people worldwide who suffer from a wide range of diseases. Stem
cell research could be the key to finding cures for some of these diseases. Adult or
embryonic stem cells can be used to aid in finding cures. This could be done through
scientist researching and understanding why a certain gene may be faulty. According to
the National Institute of Health, scientist have already discovered “ways to treat
diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, and several inherited blood disorders by harvesting
hematopoietic stem cells or HSC’s” (NIH). Stem cells could potentially cure some
disease by either repairing the cell with faulty genes, or by multiplying as new
specialized cells without the genetic defect.
Above all, Stem cells have been tested on animals and have produced promising
results. This can be offered for the benefits of human also, if it were legalized.
Consistently with Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D’s article, “Stemmed Progress,” researchers at
the John Hopkins University have found that the usage of “embryonic stem cells helped
paralyzed mice walk” (Moreno Ph.D). This is significant because humans and mice
have some similar internal functions and are both mammals. With the result that
paralyzed mice were now able to walk due to embryonic stem cells, this could even lead
to finding treatments for people suffering from quadriplegia. With further research with
stem cells, scientists may be able to one day find a breakthrough that could help
these people walk again.
However, the major issues of stem cell research are the ethical concerns about
the moral values involved. Most people who do not agree with stem cell research
believe that the human embryo is regarded as a human being and if we destruct an
embryo, we are destructing a vital life. People who oppose abortion are also against
stem cell research. Some individuals believe that destroying embryos for research is
wrong because there was possibility for life. According to “The Ethics of Embryonic
Stem Cell Research” by Howard Curzer, “research on donated embryonic stem cells is
wrong because research on donated embryonic stem cells, harvesting embryonic stem
cells, and destroying embryos in order to obtain stem cells are all parts of the same
enterprise” (Curzer) This just states that because stem cell research involves embryonic
stem cells, it is participating in the destruction of life, even if not directly. Yet, we cannot
be held accountable for one’s decision to abort an embryo. If this is their decision and
the embryo would have been destroyed anyway, we should make use of it for medical
advancements and benefits. Therefore, we are using what would have otherwise been
destroyed as an advantage to help save lives of those in need. For example, if my
grandparents had lost some cells due to a small accident, the embryonic stem cells that
would have been discarded could possibly help my grandparents recover their lost cells.
Therefore, I would highly suggest making use of every donated embryo before it is
discarded.
Then again, there are also people who are not completely against stem cell
research, but embryonic stem cell research. Hadley Arkes, Ph.D., a senior at the
Ethics and Public Policy Center, believes “embryonic stem cells are not as stable as
adult stem cells” (Arkes Ph.D) But further a due, adult stem cells are restricted from the
body that they were taken from, while embryonic stem cells have the ability to become
any cell type within the body because it is not fully formed yet. Thus, adult stem cells
are limited to what they are specialized for.
Works Cited

Arkes, Ph.D., Hadley. “Senseless on Stem Cells: Why Advocate Research That Destroys Nascent Human Beings?” Leadership University. National Review Online, 24 Aug. 2004. Web. 20 Mar. 2010. .
Chapman, Ph.D., Audrey R., Mark S. Frankel, Ph.D., and Michele S. Garfinkel, Ph.D. “Stem Cell Research and Applications.” Advancing Science. Serving Society. American Association for the Advancement of Science and Institute for Civil Society. Web. 21 Mar. 2010. < http://www.aaas.org/spp/sfrl/projects/stem/report.pdf>.
Curzer, Howard J. “The Ethics Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 29 (2004): 533-62. Academic Search Elite. Web. 21 Mar. 2010.
Moreno, Ph.D., Jonathan D., and Sam Berger. “Stemmed Progress.” The American Prospect. The American Prospect, 18 July 2006. Web. 20 Mar. 2010. .
National Institue of Health. “Stem Cell Basics: Introduction [Stem Cell Information].” NIH Stem Cell Information Home Page. Web. 21 Mar. 2010. .
Weiss, Rick. “The Stem Cell Divide.” National Geographic. National Geographic Society. Web. 20 Mar. 2010.

 

Stem Cell Research: For Better or for Worse?

For as long as humans exist, optimal health continues to remain vital for a productive life. As new medical discoveries increase through generations, humans become healthier, therefore, their life expectancy rises. Stem cell research, a relatively new field, investigates to improve and lengthen human life. The possibility of stem cells to develop prospering health makes them beneficial to the human race.
Why do stem cell debates create such a large uproar? Stem cells posses the potential to arise into hundreds of different cells in the body- for this reason stem cells are also referred to as undifferentiated cells. Stem cells’ value also comes from their ability to “replicate many times, or proliferate” (“Stem Cell Basics” 1). Scientists suggest stem cells acquire the capability to treat debilitating immune complications such as: Alzheimer’s diseases, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis (“Stem Cell Basics” 1). Scientists obtain these dynamic cells from two sources: embryos and adults.
Embryonic stem cells exist in three to five day-old embryos, also known as blastocysts, but to obtain this type of stem cell causes inevitable death of the embryos (“Stem Cell Basics” 1). This causes concern in people, but scientists aspire to use embryonic stem cells because they are pluripotent- capable of transforming into all types of body cells except for the placenta (Robertson 191). By conducting experiments using these versatile cells, scientists enhance understanding about human development and advance treating illness and disease. While utilizing embryonic stem cells, Hans R. Keirstead found “human embryonic cells allow paralyzed rats to partially regain the ability to walk after their spinal cords had been damaged” (Hall 21). Success with embryonic stem cells in rats instills confidence that scientists can use stem cells to uncover ways to alleviate human injuries too.
Although embryonic stem cells contain abilities to enrich human health, a less controversial source of stem cells remains- adult stem cells. Collecting adult stem cells takes place in numerous locations of the body such as: bone marrow, muscle, the brain, umbilical cords, and adipose tissue (Guinan 308). Goldstein documents of experimental findings how human brain stem cells “can achieve ninety to ninety-five perfect purity in combination with several previous steps” (207). However, scientists remained uncertain about the functionality of adult stem cells because they “typically generate the cell types of the tissues in which they reside” (“Stem Cell Basics” 1), but in 2006 a Kyoto University team discovered the ability to engineer adult stem cells into pluripotent stem cells (“New Method” 4). Recent technology allows scientists to “directly covert somatic cells to pluripotent cells regardless of availability of embryonic cells” (Han 278). This technology may foster the growth of stem cell research because it removes the challenge of accessing to pluripotent cells. Induced pluripotent stem cells potential to “promote patient specific and disease specific drug development” (Manohar 1) makes them even more constructive than embryonic stem cells when considering rejection by the host. Induced pluripotent stem cells attain the same flexibility as embryonic stem cells but lack the controversial aspect.
Researching of stem cells encompasses various advances in human well-being, but the question remains: is the gain worth the loss? Patrick Guinan defines that the ethical standpoint of embryonic stem cell research needs questioning because it terminates a blastocyst that attains the prospective to establish a human being (306). On the contrary, Catherine Waldby and Susan Squier identify the embryo as merely an “idea of human life” (Lauritzen 27) therefore they find no destructive behavior in embryonic stem cell research. Louis Geunin disputes “embryo-destructive experiments could gain justification only if were argued that it is sometimes permissible to kill some persons in order to help other persons” (1). Martha Nussbaum, an opponent of embryonic stem cell research, articulates about the excessiveness of stem cell research and that it may diminish humanity (Lauritzen 30). Geunin defends stem cell research by questioning why embryonic stem cell research displeases people, specifically Christians. He positions ancient religious texts not only provide little guidance, but also possess no knowledge about embryology (1). Even though quarrel over stem cell research continues, sixty-seven percent of Americans support embryonic stem cell research (Hall 18).
Despite the discrepancy, research demonstrates stem cells retain the facility to improve humans. An estimated 50,000 adult stem cell transplants occur worldwide each year (“Rethinking Stem Cell Research” 9). Who wants to be troubled by the sicknesses of life? If research proceeds, stem cells may be the key to unlocking flawless health. 

 

Stem Cell Research Needs to Be Funded

A mother has developed Alzheimer’s, preventing her from having a normal relationship with her family. A newly born baby girl has a spinal cord issue, making for many years of rehabilitation ahead her. A diabetic wife struggles to take care of her household duties because of constantly having to monitor her blood sugar and deal with insulin shots. With the development of stem cell research, and the more controversial embryonic stem cell research, every one of these instances could not only be cured, but prevented, within the next half century. In fact, diseases that are predicted to be treated by means of stem cell research are figured to now plague the likes of 100 million Americans. Looking at the arguments dealing with stem cell research, it is evident that the advantages of stem cell research greatly outweigh the disadvantages that numerous people take the side of. Although those who disagree on the topic of stem cell research have their arguments against stem cell research, not even they can disagree with the fact that stem cell research has the potential to change disease treatment in our world as we know it. Taking my stand on the situation, I declare that the benefits of stem cell research in any form prevail over the moral costs because of the countless benefits it can bring to the medical community.
Stem cell research became a topic of discussion back in the 1970s, just a short while after the Roe v. Wade ruling was made by the Supreme Court. At the time, science was not advanced enough to act on the potential of stem cells, consequently not causing much debate aside from issues over the amount of funding that was appropriate for the research. All that was really known about stem cells was that they had the potential to be reproduced into an unlimited amount of body tissues, which could cure many debilitating diseases. This news was welcome news for the medical society, and those suffering from such a disease. Since the 1970s, stem cell research has been funded to study, but not until 1998 were embryonic stem cells able to get isolated, giving them potential to be turned into an unlimited variety of cell types. In 1998, Dr. James Thompson at the University of Wisconsin first discovered how to successfully isolate human embryonic stem cells. This discovery created much debate from a philosophical, religious, political, and moral standpoint. The division of viewpoints was especially prevalent after this discovery because in order to isolate an embryonic stem cell for research, it must be destroyed. Even though it is many times the case that the debate of stem cell research is a matter of someone being pro-life or pro-choice, this is not always the case. In fact, it is found that many people are opposed to human suffering more than anything, causing them to agree with embryonic stem cell research as a way to potentially alleviate human suffering due to disease. There are many different religions with radical followers that do believe that a human embryo contains at least some moral status, making the destruction of a human embryo considered to be murder. Then there is the philosophical point that some take that an embryo has no moral status because it isn’t able to anticipate the future, or have any personal desires for its’ future. Although there are different opinions on the exact moral status of an embryo, a general consensus would show that an embryo has less moral status than that of a newly-born baby, but more than that of other cells. This being said, there are constant political issues regarding the restriction that should be set on stem cell research, making for constant debate on that issue as well.
To understand exactly what is under debate, the types of stem cells that are able to be researched must be discussed. There are two different types of stem cells that are currently leading the way in scientific research. Adult stem cells are cells that have not yet been designated to a specific type of cell, but are thought to be able to renew themselves into specialized cells of tissue and organs. Adult stem cell research began around 50 years ago, and more recently is causing excitement due to their potential to be used in transplantation-based therapies. The second type of stem cell is the embryonic stem cell. As the name suggests, an embryonic stem cell is retained from an embryo. These embryos are made useful by in-vitro fertilization, or fertilization in a clinical setting, where they are most often donated for research. Of the two types of stem cells, science has proven that embryonic stem cells have the greatest potential for future medicinal use, while adult-derived stem cells have had the most impact medically up to this point.
Many of the problems that arise over the debate of stem cell research are due to a lack of open-mindedness for all aspects of that branch of science. As previously stated, issues over this research generally comes from religious, moral, political, and/or philosophical standpoints. Since I was still unsure about many of the specific details, I decided to watch a film that was made by renowned expert on stem cells, Dr. Lawrence Goldstein. Throughout the hour film of stem cell research, I was able to tie up the loose ends in between all of the various standpoints.
Stem cell research is crucial to the development of regenerative medicine in our world. That is for the obvious reason that stem cell research has already began, and will continue in the future, to be responsible for life-changing treatment that can treat, and/or cure, many diseases. The diseases that are predicted to be benefited by stem cell research currently plague about 100 million people in our country. So in the sense that stem cell research will help with that, a person would have to say it is a no-brainer that it should continue to be researched. Then there is the radical person that argues that the embryo is living, and the killing of that embryo for scientific purpose is considered to be abortion. Abortion in this country is legal, whether people like that or not. But I wouldn’t even go that far, because an embryo is a mass of cells with no neurons, no organization, no organs, and is not able to feel any pain. So an embryo is not a baby, nor a fetus, for that matter.
Others that are against the science of stem cell research argue that with the advancement of the research could allow for humans cloning in the future. Cloning is making a replica of something. Even though cloning is a scary word, it is a largely accepted practice in medicine. It is necessary that people are specific when talking about cloning to ease confusion. In medicine today, there is cloning all of the time. In fact, scientists clone viruses that are used to create medicine for us to stay healthy. DNA, as well as various other cells, are cloned as well for the treatment of certain types of cancer. As many are aware of, there have been various animals cloned throughout the past years. But through research I have found that even though human cloning could be possible, it is not accepted in science. Scientists, in fact, are not even sure the animals that were made from cloning are normal, making human cloning much too risky to carry out.
The funding of stem cell research has proven to be quite tricky. From a government standpoint, they are often trying to keep multiple sides of the issue happy. People who want the science of stem cell research outlawed argue that it is in many ways the same thing as a abortion. Well, abortion is legal in this country, while not having near the medical value that stem cell research has. In fact, embryos are being destroyed everyday for various medical reasons, so I think the sensible thing to do with them is at least allow them to be used if making a positive contribution to research. Government funding for stem cell research has also been lackluster, at least up until the current Obama administration. The excuse for limited funding was that government didn’t want to fund something that they didn’t know that much about. The problem with that is that without preliminary funding for stem cell research projects, that science will not advance as fast as it potentially could. That would ultimately lead to cures for a disease taking 50 years to find, instead of 25 years.
It is a case of weighing out the potential benefits versus the risks. Knowing that stem cell research has the potential to cure a slew of degenerative diseases, it is foolish not to keep pressing the envelope with this research. Whether people believe it is murder, it could lead to human clones taking over our world, or it is not worth any type of funding, it must be known that stem cell research will change the medical world drastically. I declare that the benefits of stem cell research in any form prevail over the moral costs because of the countless benefits it can bring to the medical community. “The bottom line is that embryonic stem cell research is good science. It is necessary science, and it needs to be part of America’s federally funded biomedical research enterprise if America is to retain its status as a global scientific leader.”(Peroski 3)

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