In a just published (3-27-11) article on the ScienceDaily web site titled Stem Cell Therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Moves a Step Closer to Reality we learn that “The notion of transplanting adult stem cells to treat or even cure age-related macular degeneration has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality.” Well, while the researchers who are the focus of this piece are moving ever closer to doing stem cell transplants for ARMD, Dr. Steenblock and his team have “been there, done that” —> http://www.stemcellmd.org/conditions-treated/vision-disorders/macular-degeneration/ and also http://biotheorist.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/eye-conditions-newsletter-style-handout-march-20111.pdf. If you have macular degeneration why wait 5 or 10 years to get stem cell therapy when it is available now? 1-800-300-1063.
To all who favor a doctor’s right to use of a person’s own stem cells to treat their health needs right here in the USA:
The FDA is maneuvering to stop MDs and DOs from being about to harvest and use a person’s own stem cells to foster respire and restoration in their bodies. Many experts in medicine and stem cell use consider this move by the FDA one geared to do something they hitherto had been unable to do – namely control what medical procedures physicians do in their practices. This move has apparently followed on the heels of a legal battle twixt the FDA and a clinic in Colorado whose medical director, Christopher Centano, MD and his associates have been using stem cells from patient bone marrow samples to treat joint issues primarily. The fact Dr. Centano takes the cells, multiples and grows them, and then re-injects them back into the patient is what the FDA takes umbrage with. Why? The FDA regards any manipulation of extracted bone marrow or other tissues beyond what it terms “minimal” equivalent to the creation of a new drug; and new drugs are the province of the FDA in terms of requiring formal testing (clinical trials) and then approval by them for use by doctors. Dr. Centano and many others who support him vehemently disagree with the FDA spin on the use of autologous (à from self) stem cells and to this he (Dr. Centano) has filed a lawsuit against the FDA. Supporters of Dr. Centano including Dr. Steenblock are urging medical consumers to show their support for keeping the use of autologous stem cells a matter between doctors and their patients. One way the public can get involved is to go to this website http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/PetitionforAdultStemCells/ and complete and submit the on-line petition form. Thanks!