Tuesday, April 30, 2013
New Stem Cell Book Highlights The Patient Perspective
The Healing Cell devotes individual chapters to adult stem cell treatments for multiple sclerosis (where so far it seems the most successful), neurodegenerative diseases, burns, anemia, arthritis, heart and vascular disease. [I'm not including bone marrow transplants which, while technically also stem cell treatments, were developed long before the field took off.]
Every chapter features the true-life story of at least one patient, but often two or three (with names changed to protect their privacy). Not all of them have happy experiences in their pursuit of treatment, and it’s to the authors’ credit that they illustrate the disappointing results along with the positive.
Release date: April 2, 2013
THE HEALING CELL is an easy to read, carefully researched, and clear-eyed view of medicine many decades in the making that is now paying off with treatments that repair damaged hearts, restore sight, kill cancer, cure diabetes, heal burns, and stop the march of such degenerative diseases as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig's disease. The emotionally and intellectually stimulating stories throughout the book dramatically illustrate that stem cell therapies can change the way we live our lives after being afflicted by a disease or trauma. The book is the result of a unique collaboration between the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture and the Stem for Life Foundation. It includes a special address by His Holiness Benedict XVI, urging increased support and awareness for advancements in adult stem cell research.