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Biotech Leader Lifts Lid on $100 BillionStem Cell Scam




"Don Margolis, founder of international biotechnology company Theravitae, believes the American public is being ripped off to the tune of $100 billion. He thinks the public are deliberately being denied the truth by medical scientists and the pro-embryonic stem cell lobby in a well orchestrated campaign of deceit when adult stem cells are already performing the miracles that embryonic stem cells will never perform. His thesis is embedded, with many specific examples to back up his assertions, in a lengthy article researched and written recently..."

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http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/biotech-leader-lifts-lid-100-billion-stem-cell-scam-13726.html
Posted: 1/14/2008 10:02:20 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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"All of us in the so-called Western world, if there was something valid, we'd be the first to be offering it," said Steeves, the Canadian professor and director of the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, known as ICORD.


 


http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080113/NEWS/801130308/-1/TOWN1001


 



WHAT UTTER NONSENSE, PROFESSOR STEEVES!



(1) BRAZIL PROVED TO THE WORLD IN 2002 THAT ADULT STEM CELLS DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE AND SAVE THE LIVES OF DYING HEART PATIENTS.



(2) THE AMERICAN HEART ASSN PUBLISHED THE PAPER SO EVEN YOU COULD SEE IT.



(3) LITERALLY DOZENS OF CONFIRMING TRIALS IN EUROPE AND ASIA AND NOW EVEN IN THE BACKWARD COUNTRIES OF NORTH AMERICA HAVE SHOWN ABSOLUTELY THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF ADULT STEM CELLS FOR CHRONIC HEART DISEASE.



Now you have the audacity to lie about "We'd be the first to offer it" when, in fact you are the last. YOU and your ilk are the reason thousands of North Americans are needlessly dying of chronic heart disease every month. Along with Africa, North America is the ONLY continent NOT offering adult stem cells for dying heart patients.



Don Margolis


Founder, SAIL NOW


Save And Improve Lives NOW with adult stem cells


 


 

Posted: 1/14/2008 9:41:31 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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WHAT TO DO NOW?


Now that you know the difference between embryonic and adult stem cells...


Now that you know that embryonic stem cells are inherintley filled with problems and might never be available in your lifetime...


Now that you know that even long-proven, super-safe adult stem cells may not be approved in the USA soon enough to do you any good...


Now that you know that there are other choices out there for so-called "incurable no-option patients"...


I'd like to share something with you.


In the movie, the Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins plays the character Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman plays the character of Red. Of the many memorable lines from this movie, there is one incredibly poignant and apt one that I want you to think very hard about. The scene is this...facing a sentence of life imprisonment where the only option of escape is via suicide, Andy commits a cardinal sin. The sin of expressing hope in a place where there is none...


(In the remainder of this blog post, my comments are in red.)



ANDY


I didn't shoot my wife and I didn't shoot her lover, and whatever mistakes I made I've paid for and then some. That hotel and that boat...I don't think it's too much to want. To look at the stars just after sunset. Touch the sand. Wade in the water. Feel free.



RED


Goddamn it, Andy, stop! Don't do that to yourself! Talking shitty pipedreams! Mexico's down there, and you're in here, and that's the way it is!



ANDY


You're right. It's down there, and I'm in here. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.



Please take a moment to think about that.


'Get busy living or get busy dying.'


Which are you doing?



(Later in the movie, faced with the potential of his own suicide,


Red finally understands.)



Red is dressed in his suit. He finishes knotting his tie, puts his hat on. His bag is by the door. He takes one last look around. Only one thing left to do. He pulls a wooden chair to the center of the room and gazes up at the ceiling beam.



RED (Voice over)


Get busy living or get busy dying. That is goddamn right.



He steps up on the chair. It wobbles under his weight...



(We skip ahead to one of the last scenes in the movie.)



A gorgeous New England landscape whizzes by, fields and trees a blur of motion. ANGLE SHIFTS to reveal a Greyhound Sceni-Cruiser barreling up the road, pulling abreast of us. CAMERA TRAVELS from window to window, passing faces. We finally come to Red gazing out at the passing landscape.



RED (Voice over)


I find I am so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it is the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain...



Get busy living or get busy dying...


The choice is yours.


 

Posted: 1/14/2008 7:42:02 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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WHAT YOU KNOW WILL KILL YOU


By Dr. David Eifrig Jr.


 excerpt:


 


In 2000, there was a JAMA article (this is the American Medical Association's main journal), which estimated that 225,000 deaths occur every year in hospitals from unnecessary causes. Read that again... almost a quarter of a million people dying at the hands of error. This is more than the number of people dying from lung cancer every year... more than the number of people dying from stroke every year.


 


When it comes to health care... What do I do?


1.         I encourage everyone to question his or her medical care. If you feel like it's not right... I guarantee it's NOT! Speak up.


2.         I look up questions online and in the published literature searches, such as Pub Med. Many of the abstracts make sense and can easily be applied to your case.


3.         I demand that everyone on the health care team use common sense and stick to the facts. If they don't know, they should say so and find out.


The whole article (very long):

 WHAT YOU KNOW WILL KILL YOU


By Dr. David Eifrig Jr.


 


It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.


It's what you know for sure that just ain't so


‚Mark Twain


 


As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns ‚ the ones we don't know we don't know.


‚Donald Rumsfeld


 


They say things come in threes, and this holiday season was no exception.


The first: A week before Christmas, my sister in Minneapolis was taking her annual two-week reprieve from her daycare. For more than 25 years, she has somehow taken care of other people's children... and is now starting to care for a second generation of kids. I truly don't know how or why she does it. Don't get me wrong; I love kids, just not 10 at a time. But I'm always amazed to watch her work: Her home is crowded with all these kids so well-behaved and so attentive to their world... I almost wish she had raised me.


But this Christmas break was tough.


 


She was especially nervous about this break because she was having knee surgery. If anything went wrong, her kids would suffer. They would be without their daily culture and without their pseudo-mom. I assured her that the surgery is simple, and she'd be dodging linebackers in a few weeks.


 


Thirty-six hours after surgery, I got a panicked call from my mother. Cathy was in the ER and was having trouble breathing. It turned out that she had a blood clot or two lodged in her lungs. Worse, I suspected it would happen‚¦


 


The second: Around this same time, another dear friend who lives in New York City called to tell me she was having emergency surgery for possible ovarian cancer. I was floored. I had recently eaten lunch with her and she never mentioned disease, pain, or anything medical. And trust me, since the day I started medical school, most of my friends ask me about any and all medical ailments.


 


Her story didn't make any sense. Her family history includes no breast, ovarian, or cervical cancer. She didn't have many symptoms of anything, other than an occasional bout of tiredness and a rare, vague abdominal pain. I quizzed her incessantly about all this and finally discovered that her doctor had ordered a test used to monitor cancer after it has been treated, a so-called CA-125 test. This made no sense to use the test before a diagnosis, but she assured me her doctor was trustworthy and knew what he was doing.


I even told her the old saying... "If you go to a barber, you're gonna get a haircut"... You may already know that surgeons were barbers and vice versa ‚ hence the red and white poles from the bloodied bandages hung out to dry. I think the historical innuendo was lost on her, but at least I tried to discourage her surgery.


 


Needless to say the planned small-incision laparoscopy turned into a full-blown abdominal surgery, but with no cancer found. Sadly, her mobility is extremely limited as she heals, and she may not be able to work for several months. What makes this story bad is that I suspected it would happen...


 


The third: Last week, a good friend's ex-husband suffered a heart attack. I have been in his room during much of the crisis. I have not identified myself as a doctor to the hospital staff and have tried to stay out of the way. But I am able to listen and ask pointed questions.


 


Last night, he was leaving for a minor procedure and knew the room where they were heading was cold. When he asked for extra blankets, a nurse told him that he couldn't have one because he had a "low-grade temperature."


 


"You know, they used to think that letting the fevers go would kill the bugs," the nurse said‚¦


 


("Uh, yes it still does, you idiot," I thought.)


 


"... but now we know that he could overheat and die."


 


I said, "Oh, we wouldn't want a simple blanket or two to do that now would we?"


 


"No, sir," she responded.


 


Later that night, I asked if he was getting any food? Multivitamins? Vitamin C? Enzyme CoQ10? The nurse informed me that they have to be careful what food he eats. And so he remains hungry and has been for three days. Living on an occasional salt-less broth. She claimed that all of this is done to protect his heart and help him recover. What was most frustrating is that his ex-wife told me to just stop "talking about things that could be done" and just let them trust their doctor.


 


All three cases remind me how dangerous and deadly health care can be.


The night of my sister's surgery, doctors strapped her leg in some contraption that moved the leg mechanically and "exercised it so it would heal faster." When I first heard this, it just didn't make sense. I even told my sister to not follow the instructions. You see, after cutting and bleeding the body needs rest, ice, compression, and elevation. In fact, there is even a mnemonic for this: R-I-C-E. Clots and tissue trying to heal hours after the trauma of surgery do not need movement and "exercise" of any sort. Think about how a clot on your skin forms, turns to a scab, and then falls off days later. Imagine if you started picking at it and moving it around hours after your injury. It would take a long time to heal and would probably not heal correctly.


 


My sister was ripe for a blood clot and luckily she didn't die from it ‚ as happens with many blood clots going to the lungs from the legs. Frighteningly, when I asked her to ask her doctors to explain the original plan and the connection with improper forming of clots and healing tissues, they responded with "hmmm, that makes sense... we'll have to look into that and ask some other colleagues." Damn, she could have died.


 


My friend with the "suspected cancer" implicitly trusted and believed whatever her doctor said. Yet a quick literature search and half a brain in logic would have put her odds of cancer in the 1 in 1,000s. And the absurdity of using a test meant for following cancer AFTER cancer is treated is beyond my comprehension. For some reason, our minds tend to ascribe significance to numerical values regardless of logic. For example, a test might give readings of 25 and 30, and people assume that 30 is more significant than 25. But in fact, the test's sensitivity might be five points, so no true difference exists between the numbers.


 


In my friend's case, the test is meant to look for large increases or decreases of the protein CA-125 after a cancer is removed. It cannot screen for cancers because healthy individuals don't share a specific, "normal" level of CA-125.


 


Beyond the irrational choice to operate based on lab values, my friend had a history of abdominal surgery that the surgeon used as an excuse to explain the larger incision than originally planned. He apparently said "that old surgery made this surgery much more difficult." When I heard this I became very upset. Was he unaware of the prior surgery? Did he not ultrasound her belly prior? I wondered why the surgeon didn't just make a small incision, look around for the alleged cancer, remove ONE of the worst-looking ovaries, test it for cancer, and then plan accordingly. My friend would be out running in Central Park and still have most of her body parts remaining. The risks the surgeon took with her abdomen in the name of "cleaning things up" are beyond my comprehension.


 


And she too could have died.


 


Finally, the guy with the myocardial infarction (or "heart attack") is in desperate need of antioxidants. (And he probably needs a warm blanket or two to keep him comfortable so he can rest.) Research has shown that things like vitamin C and CoQ10 help patients heal faster and improve the functions of the heart. In Europe and Russia, doctors often give these to anyone with heart failure. Also studies show CoQ10 helps prevent damage after heart attacks. In addition, with all the stress, he is likely low on many of the vitamins found in a multivitamin, especially the Bs, Zinc, and E. The side effects are minimal, and the upside potential huge. I guess what bothers me the most is that the nurses and the doctors aren't thinking about these issues. Perhaps worse, they're making things up ‚ like the warm blanket and broth responses. I also heard that one of the nurses told a family member that he has sepsis (which is deadly) because he has a temperature (which is common after trauma to the heart). And so the doctor has to run blood tests, which means more painful sticks of a needle to confirm or refute the sepsis notion. Guess what? Each time he is stuck, his risk of infection increases. I hope he doesn't die from the thoughtless care.


 


As I wrote in a piece almost three years ago:


In 2000, there was a JAMA article (this is the American Medical Association's main journal), which estimated that 225,000 deaths occur every year in hospitals from unnecessary causes. Read that again... almost a quarter of a million people dying at the hands of error. This is more than the number of people dying from lung cancer every year... more than the number of people dying from stroke every year.


 


When it comes to health care... What do I do?


1.         I encourage everyone to question his or her medical care. If you feel like it's not right... I guarantee it's NOT! Speak up.


2.         I look up questions online and in the published literature searches, such as Pub Med. Many of the abstracts make sense and can easily be applied to your case.


3.         I demand that everyone on the health care team use common sense and stick to the facts. If they don't know, they should say so and find out.


 


Here's to our health,


David Eifrig Jr., M.D., M.B.A

Posted: 1/14/2008 6:53:00 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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FRED THOMPSON SAID...


On November 20, 2007, Fred Thompson issued the following statement:



"There is exciting news for patients today. In yet another breakthrough for adult cell research, scientists have made normal human skin cells take on the relevant properties of embryonic stem cells. That is in addition to 73 breakthroughs for Adult Stem Cell research to date. There are still no Embryonic Stem Cell breakthroughs. ‚“



Senator Thompson is referring to the list, which came out in October of 2004 and was updated as recently as April 11, 2007, entitled ‚“Benefits of Stem Cells to Human Patients, Adult Stem Cells vs. Embryonic Stem Cells‚ - http://stemcellresearch.org/facts/treatments.htm



The list shows that the use of adult stem cells (ASC) in treatment produced therapeutic benefit for human patients in 73 different diseases. On that same list, the use of embryonic stem cells (ESC) in treatment produced therapeutic benefit for human patients in zero diseases. Or to put it simply, the score is ASC 73, ESC 0. This side by side comparison is a simplified version taken directly from ‚“Peer-reviewed references showing applications of Adult Stem Cells that produce therapeutic benefit for human patients ‚“ http://stemcellresearch.org/facts/asc-refs.pdf



Senator Thompson then said:



"For all who are concerned for patients and their families, the effective, ethical, and compassionate answer is to put our money where the breakthroughs are happening -- in adult research. Using adult cells negates the need for cloning embryos to harvest their stem cells. We all want to find cures to help people with chronic illnesses. Adult cells have provided breakthroughs for many illnesses including ovarian and breast cancer, Juvenile Diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and Sickle Cell Anemia..."



Senator Thompson's position was very quickly attacked with seemingly angry inquisitions of "Where can Americans get these treatments?" As an example, on November 26, 2007, Steven Edwards of Wired Science had this to say:



‚“We at Wired Science think that people suffering from these 73 conditions would love to know where they can receive these cord blood and adult stem-cell treatments. So to Thompson, we issue a challenge: Provide a list of locations where Americans can receive these treatments. If you cannot, your pants are most definitely on fire.‚



I want to thank Steven Edwards of Wired Science for asking one of the most relevant questions of the 21st century! Indeed, it is a terribly important question and one that should concern us all. This is a question that should be asked at every deli counter, around every water cooler, on street corners and during the commercials of Heroes, House, American Idol and Grey's Anatomy. This is a question that people should be shouting from the rooftops of our office buildings, bouncing off the hallway walls of our schools and sharing over the dinner table in our homes.



‚“WHERE CAN AMERICANS GET THESE TREATMENTS!?‚



Where indeed? As I hope Mr. Edwards must be implying, it is tantamount to criminal that the United States does not already have ASC centers available for the treatment of its people. It is unjust and detrimental to the American people that there is not one ASC center in the USA. I'm NOT talking about embryonic stem cell treatment where the moral and ethical implications will take years to unravel and the scientific problems may take decades to solve. I'm talking about ASC treatment where all that is needed is a simple blood or bone marrow donation from the patient. There SHOULD be adult stem cell treatment centers in the US. In fact, there should be ASC treatment centers in every major city in America. There should be an ASC center within one hundred miles of every chronically ill American and we as Americans should have adult stem cell treatment centers on Main Streets, Oak Streets and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards!



We should be able to wake up; grab our Frappuccino from ‚“Starbucks‚ or ‚“Dunkins‚ and then a quick shot of adult stem cells at the ‚“StemCellMart‚ before heading off to work. Unfortunately, this is not the case. ASC treatments for over two dozen "incurable" diseases are currently available all over the world, on five continents; many in countries that the average American would consider third world, but here in the United States and Canada where we have some of the greatest brain trusts, hospitals, medical schools and facilities there is NOT ONE ASC TREATMENT CENTER.



Does your father, your priest, your uncle, your mother, your sister or your child have Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy, Angina, Diabetes-2, or Peripheral Arterial Disease (which usually ends in amputation)? Sorry, but we can't treat them here. But don't worry though, hop onto your wheelchair, grab your oxygen tank, hire a full time nurse for three to four weeks and head for Asia, or Costa Rica, or South America, or to several destinations in Europe.



Does your loved one have Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy or Angina? Well, we can't treat them with ASC here in America but no problem, Thailand has been treating hundreds of such no-option patients since 2005 with 75% success (vs. 0%-5% using ‚“standard‚ American cardiology). Do they have Emphysema? Argentina is now treating patients there. If they have Multiple Sclerosis, go to Switzerland where the University of Basel has been using ASC for a decade. Germany is a fun place to visit and they lead the world in number of ASC treatments for heart disease, while India has so many clinics and hospitals treating so many diseases with adult stem cells that it is hard to even keep up with them.



China's major neurological hospitals are so far ahead of the world in adult stem cell treatment of neurological diseases that America, mired in useless debates about embryonics, will never catch up. China is currently treating ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease), Parkinson's (attention Mr. Fox!), traumatic brain injury, Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis (attention candidate Edwards), and, hold your breath, AUTISM. These five diseases comprise about half of the neurological diseases that they are now treating while Americans continue to suffer and die, devoid of any hope. The treatments are not easy and ten shots over five years may be necessary at the current early levels of the science---imagine: ten trips from Paducah to Beijing--- but what is the alternative for these people? There are none in America while the country continuous the insane bickering over something that won't possibly be able to help until after they suffer needlessly for years and die.



I would like to point out that embryonic research is not only permitted in Asia, it is actually the beneficiary of massive government support since 2001. For six years some of the greatest scientists in Asia have researched without restrictions and with full financial and government support. Even some of America's (and Europe's) own scientists, frustrated with the stem cell straight jacket employed on research in the western world, have gone to Asia to research embryonic stem cell therapy and to pursue what they hope will be the miracle cure of tomorrow.



For six years, with a huge brain trust consisting of both eastern and western scientific researchers, with no restrictions on areas of research and with the financial backing of governments, these brilliant men and women have labored to find successful ESC treatments for human beings. For six years they have tried to discover the first successful embryonic stem cell treatment, knowing full well that there was limited to no market for it in the United States due to presumed moral and ethical restrictions. For six years they have watched as one by one, ASC treatments were researched, tested, implemented and found effective. For six years their ASC colleagues were lauded with praise over their accomplishments in treatments of human disease in countries other than America, while they received none. And after six years of unrestricted research they have not found one successful embryonic stem cell treatment, NOT ONE.



I beseech you to help restore our rights to healthy living and freedom of choice. I ask you to assist the American people in getting ASC treatment centers built and in operation. I beg you to spread the word about the successes and the benefits of adult stem cell treatments. In doing so, we can reverse the illogical and unfruitful research, funding and focus on ESC treatment and switch it to its rightful place: on that of adult stem cell research and treatments.



We live in a great time of innovation and discovery and huge reversals of previously held conceptions of ourselves and the world around us. Today we know that the brain can regenerate neurons and cells, which spells great potential for the future of brain disease therapies. Today we've sequenced the human genome down to only 20-25,000 genes, a much more manageable number than previously believed. Finally, and possibly most importantly, today we know that adult stem cells are successfully treating diseases all over the world which were just a short time ago considered ‚“incurable‚.



Unfortunately, our plight as humans is that the more we extend our lives the more diseases we ultimately encounter. So be it. But isn't it obvious that ASC are the keystone for the cure or even the cure itself for a huge number of significant diseases? At the very least, one must admit that the mammoth potential in ASC is undeniable and the staggering positive results outside of the USA serves to substantiate that potential fully and unequivocally. ESC, on the other hand, have unfortunately not yet shown a single breakthrough. Not a single therapy dared to be even tested on humans. And it's not for lack of trying.



Let us shift the focus, readjust the attitude, and direct the funding and the research finally towards where they belong. ASC research has already been proven as THE ultimate weapon against the diseases of our time. ASC treatments have already done so and been proven extremely effective in many countries throughout the world. Let's embrace this monumental discovery of seemingly unlimited potential. Let's accept and allow the magic of ASC to become a force in our arsenal to combat the debilitating illnesses that are weakening our country from the inside out. Let's recognize and encourage ASC treatments as the rightful science and the harbinger of the cures of tomorrow in the United States. Every moment America wastes on the never-to-be-needed science fiction of embryonics, people are unnecessarily dying.



Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter and I await your written response.




Don Margolis


Founder S.A.I.L., NOW!


 

Posted: 1/11/2008 3:38:26 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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