Jan 03 2009
I have written extensively about the evils of Embryonic Stem Cell Research (the killing of young human beings for spare parts) verses the proven rewards of Adult Stem Cell Research. With the liberal left now taking the reigns of power one would expect the gates of Hell to swing wide open as greedy people attempt to mine the needs of the desperately ill for wealth and fame.
But interestingly, there may be a window of opportunity for conservatives to do something good and stop America from becoming the inventor of the human spare parts factory – the embryonic version of a concentration camp. Apparently some people are starting to listen and think about what it means politically to establish factories of human beings, from which to try and grow spare parts:
Both President-electÂ Barack ObamaÂ and Democratic Congressional leaders have made repealing Bush administration restrictions announced in 2001 a top priority. But they have yet to determine if Mr. Obama should quickly put his stamp on the issue by way of presidential directive, or if Congress should write a permanent policy into statute.
The debate is not academic. Democrats who oppose abortion say such a legislative fight holds the potential to get the year off to a difficult beginning, even though the outcome is certain given solid majorities in both the House and the Senate for expanded embryonic stem cell research.
â€œIt is a very divisive issue, and it is a tough way to start,â€ said Senator Ben Nelson, a moderate Democrat from Nebraska. â€œYou donâ€™t want to stumble out of the box.â€
In addition, many of the Democratic gains in Congress, particularly in the House, have come in more conservative areas, with strategists estimating that up to 70 Democrats could find themselves in competitive races in 2010. Those potentially vulnerable lawmakers provide another consideration for leaders weighing whether to set an early test vote on what for some is a politically sensitive subject back home.
What is stunning is these vultures continue to chase this white rabbit called embryonic stem cell research, even though the data shows the embryos are dying for nothing:
Last year, it seemed that the human embryo dispute was about to become moot. Two groups of researchers, followed shortly by a third, independently reported that they could convert human skin cells into embryonic stem cells, bypassing embryos altogether. And immediately, the field of embryonic stem cell research began to explode. Laboratories that had steered clear of the field because of the sheer difficulty of working within the constraints of the ban on federal financing realized they could simply make their own stem cells from skin cells and study them, with no impediments.
But stem cells from human embryos are still very much needed, researchers say.Â
That last line is pure BS. There is no genetic code in the embryonic stem cells that are not also in the adult stem cells. Once you can control gene expression, you can do it with the transformed skin cells just as easily. What these ‘journalists’ don’t report is how abysmal the embryonic stem cell myth has panned out.Â
For those who want to know, verses be lied to by people salivating over the money they will be raking in over the dead embryos, here are some basic facts.
Scientists have been working at a rapid pace over the past year to refine a process that allows them to replicate human embryonic stem cells, without the controversial use of a human embryo. It involves genetically reprogramming adult stem cells to an embryonic, or pluripotent, state.
Already, scientists have pinpointed a number of advantages IPS cells could have over embryonic cells. For one, an IPS cell manufactured from an adult patient’s own stem cell would be an exact genetic match — so unlike an embryonic cell from a donor, it could theoretically be reproduced and reintroduced into the patient without risk of immune rejection.
Embryonic stem cells to date have had limited success in animal tests and has yet to produce a single viable treatment in humans. For that matter, they have not yet been safe enough to enter into any human clinical trials.Â One difficulty is because of their pluripotency, they become disorganized and produce teratomas (tumors) that lead to cancer. Also because embryonic stem cells come from another human, there is the risk of immune rejection.Â
Adult stem cells, which include umbilical cord blood stem cells, have provided benefits in over 70 diseases based on peer-reviewed published reports.Â From helping people with brain cancer, diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart disease, Parkinson’s, sickle cell anemia, lupus and others. An adult stem cell treatment recently cured a man with multiple sclerosis and he has been MS free for 5 years now. The advantage of adult stem cells is that they do not form teratomas, and often the stem cells used to treat the patient are their own, therefore avoiding any immune rejection issues, and there is no big money involved.
Note that the embryonic stem cells are not safe for human trials, yet the come from the destruction of humans. Anyone who doesn’t see the deadly hypocrisy is as blind as a Nazi or Jihadist who believes Jews are apes and therefore can be killed, burned in ovens or gassed. Sorry to be blunt, but that is a scientific fact. Embryos are human beings, legally distinct from the mother (just apply the legally accepted genetic testing used in courts across the land). To believe the embryos are not human is to demonstrate a criminal level of ignorance.
So why do some people continue to promote what has been a dead end?
Curiously, another unknown in this debate is the need for human eggs for this embryonic and cloning research.Â Most eggs are donated by IVF (in vitro fertilization) patients, but a growing source are young healthy women. How are these young women enticed to donate their eggs? Money. Ads are placed on college campuses stating $50,000 or $100,000 for egg donations. This is why feminist organizations have voiced a great concern that women will be sought out has embryo farms.
What kind of human race are we becoming? Why are we letting the all mighty dollar – and fear mongers preying on the ill – push us into becoming equivalent to the very evil that too many of our fellow Americans have fought and died to stop over the years? We fought to stop evil from turning this Earth into Hell, where a master race derived sustenance from inferior races. And now instead of sub-human jews in ovens we have sub-human embryos in petri dishes waiting to be sacrificed for others. I fail to see any critical difference in either example.
The history of stem cell research, under George W Bush’s moral wisdom, has shown we don’t need factories of young humans grown so we can rip their early bodies apart and suck out the cells. Â Cells which will create their organs, tissues, brain, heart and – yes – soul.
There is a physical tie between the flesh and the soul, we all know this. Break that bond and the soul departs the flesh. It is a tie that is colored and shaped by our genes. This cord between the spiritual and the flesh is written in our DNA – in our stem cells. Â In all our cells. Â Except to allow that soul to live, grow, experience, learn and share its gifts we must protect the human being. It matters not whether the human is 6 hours old, 6 weeks old or 6 months old – it needs our protection and support.
I am not religious, but I am spiritual. And I know each individual’s unique perspective and characteristics are created at inception. Never to be recreated again. While life can create infinite copies of the animal, it only creates one instance of the individual. People who want to explore our spiritual tie to reality should begin Â by understanding how that tie is created between the individual soul and the individual’s body.
Between the social conservatives panning Evolution and DNA, to the Scientologists who think medicine (and therefore biology) is myth, we have a generation of people who deny reality in a lame attempt to understand our ties to it. Why are we here on Earth? While I don’t know the answer, I do know the wrong answers. We are not here to hide from reality and make up lies to suit our quirks and greed. We are not here to make up excuses to destroy each other for personal gain.
If we are, than I am on the wrong planet. I hope I am not. And while this ghoulish rush to destroy life alarms me to my core, there are others out there on a different path. They are the ones exploring the power of adult stem cells to help humanity.
Now we have to decide as a nation, as a sentient race, which path do we want to be remembered for taking. Now we must chose who we are, and who we will be, and what kind of world we will be leaving our children. The legacy of humanity is on the line – our collective soul is being defined.