It is now five years since the American press and American medical journals have been on a campaign of lies---pretending that embryonic stem cells could actually help a human being and pretending that what has already improved the lives of 10,000 humans is “snake oil,” ALL to keep Adult Stem Cells from impeding the profits of the developed world’s most profitable, but worst medical system. (1)
This week, the lies have suddenly stopped. Monday, our impeccable, godlike president reversed the Bush “limits,” NOT limits on research but limits on what we taxpayers would pay for. On Tuesday, after five years of outrageous lies, the New York Times began the long process of “coming clean.” After five years of telling you that embryonics held “more promise” and adult stem cells couldn’t do much of anything and are Snake Oil, an op-ed piece said what was has been banned from all USA controlled, Pravda-like media since 2004. (2)
Snippets like these have been absolutely barred from the Times for the past five years:
For (ESC) therapy, far off as that is, treating patients with their own cells would avoid the problem of immune rejection.
In private, however, many researchers have projected much more modest goals for embryonic stem cells. Their chief interest is to derive embryonic stem cell lines from patients with specific diseases, and by tracking the cells in the test tube to develop basic knowledge about how the disease develops. (NOT to treat patients---DM)
Embryonic stem cells have their drawbacks. They cause tumors, and the adult cells derived from them may be rejected by the patient’s immune system. Furthermore, whatever disease process caused the patients’ tissue cells to die is likely to kill introduced cells as well. All these problems may be solvable, but so far none have been solved.
But the Washington Post was even worse than the Times when it came to twisting manipulating and lying about ANY stem cell news. That is why this article shocked me! (3)
This extract is straight from the Don Margolis playbook:
“…..most Americans, including most journalists and politicians, aren't fluent in stem cell research. It's complicated. If people "know" anything, it is that embryonic stem cells can cure diseases and that all stem cells come from fertility clinic embryos that will be discarded anyway. Neither belief is entirely true.”
My only change would be “Both beliefs are entirely false!” But it gets better:
“…in fact, every single one of the successes in treating patients with stem cells thus far -- for spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, for example -- have involved adult or umbilical cord blood stem cells, not embryonic stem cells.”
To clarify---the facts in this paragraph have been embargoed from EVERY MAJOR CITY PAPER IN NORTH AMERICA SINCE 2004, not to mention major magazines (2006-2008) and certainly all the esteemed “medical journals,” ALL of them! Still even, apparently, barred from the NY Times.
(1) Why Not the Best? The Commonwealth Fund, 2008
(2) NY Times: March 10 Rethink Stem Cells? Science already has