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Monday, November 06, 2006

The Misinformed Mislead The Unaware

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My local paper printed a political ad bashing a local pro-life elected official for not supporting "stem cell research," lumping him in the column alone with George W. Bush, thus not in lockstep with the 8 elected state/federal politicians in the opposite column (including Congressman Chris Shays, U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman and Chris Dodd, Governor Jodi Rell, Ned Lamont, Shays adversary Diana Farrell, Rell adversary John DeStefano, and "Mr. Roe v. Wade" himself, State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal) and I just didn't know whether to laugh at the ignorant audacity or tear my hair and heart out.

(Quite a list of "luminaries," isn't it? I can't believe I'm still in this state with that lineup).

So instead I wrote to my local paper. Fat lot of good it's done so far. They despise me over there! I also CC'd the elected official. Too bad he doesn't represent my town to our state, but rather a nearby town. Still a great guy.

Feel free to quote/borrow any/all of this to write to your own elected officials/newspaper editors.

I'm Annie Banno and I approve this message.
Dear Editors of The Connecticut Post:

Cheryl Bochet's misleading ad in November 6th's Connecticut Post stated: "Stem Cell Research, the answer to the suffering of millions... Supported by: Families of Alzheimers, Diabetes, Parkinsons patients everywhere."

Everywhere? There are at least 20 families of Parkinson's patients who likely don't support embryonic/fetal stem cell research:

1) the two families whose loved ones were killed by their fetal stem cell implants. [two NIH webpages: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?itool=abstractplus&db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=
abstractplus&list_uids=9761053
, and
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=8628456&dopt=Abstract ].

2) 13 families of the Parkinson's patients described by their Mount Sinai School of Medicine physicians in the Annals of Neurology August 28, 2003 as becoming worse than they were before. They developed dyskinesias they weren't supposed to have, three cases of which were "disabling and necessitated surgical intervention." Michael J. Fox's website defines dyskinesias as "involuntary, uncontrollable, and often excessive movement...lurching, dance-like or jerky...distinct from the rhythmic tremor commonly associated with Parkinson's disease." The doctors concluded that fetal stem cells "currently cannot be recommended as a therapy for Parkinson's Disease."
[see footnote 1 for MSSM's own press release]

3) Five families of Parkinson's patients left with even worse symptoms from a March 2001 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, and in one case, a subdural hemotoma deemed "possibly related to the surgery:" "There was no significant improvement in older patients [over 60]" from transplanted embryonic stem cells and that while younger patients [aged 42 through 58] with severe Parkinson's saw improvement in the first year, "dystonia and dyskinesia developed in 5 (15 percent) and persisted." Dystonia is "Abnormal and awkward posture or sustained movements of a hand, foot, or other part of the body; may be accompanied by rigidity and twisting." The study didn't follow them after that initial year, thus we don't know if worsening continued or not.
[see footnote 2]

Not to mention the families of the Parkinson's patients who received the "placebo" in those studies: "sham surgery" in which "holes were drilled in the skull but the dura was not penetrated." All the risks of brain surgery without any possible benefits. How ethical.

Perhaps Bochet was referring to the Parkinson's patient who testified on July 14, 2004 to the Senate how adult stem cells helped him.
[transcript: http://commerce.senate.gov/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=1268&wit_id=3676 ]

State Representative T.R. Rowe is for stem cell research using adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells. That is, the kinds that help and don't harm anyone. The kind that have delivered these benefits cited in 150 studies published in respected, peer-reviewed medical journals: spinal cord injury; diseases of the bladder, liver, coronary arteries, eyes, metabolism, blood (including sickle cell anemia and Epstein-Barr) and autoimmune systems (including lupus, Crohn's and Multiple Sclerosis); cancers of the blood (leukemias), ovaries, brain, eyes, lymph nodes, breasts, testicles and kidneys; stroke, acute heart damage, bone replacement and gangrene reversal.

[note to editors, see complete list below in footnote 3; more importantly the full citations of each of those 150 studies is in the last link showing that none of this originates from subjective, pro-life sources]

Why do some candidates like Bochet insult the intelligence of us voters by lumping embryonic/fetal stem cell research in with all the actually beneficial, non-embryo-destroying kinds?

Sincerely,
Annie Banno

BACKGROUND FOR EDITORS:
[1] Mt. Sinai School Of Medicine Press Release here, http://fusion.mssm.edu/media/content.cfm?storynum=194

"Prior to the onset of the study all patients had dyskinesia when taking their medication. But, when not on medication, none of them had dyskinesia. Thirteen of the twenty-three patients who received transplants displayed dyskinesia when off their medication after surgery. In three of these thirteen, this was disabling and necessitated surgical intervention."
Also here,
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/abstract/104556765/ABSTRACT

[2] NEJM full article, http://web.njit.edu/bme/BME-788/710.pdf ;
abstract, http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/344/10/710 ;
NIH website, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?holding=npg&cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=
12953276&dopt=Abstract ,
and article in New York Times, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9906E1DD163AF93BA35750C0A9679C8B63

NEJM Volume 344:710-719 March 8, 2001 Number 10, "Transplantation of Embryonic Dopamine Neurons for Severe Parkinson's Disease," Curt R. Freed, M.D., Paul E. Greene, M.D., Robert E. Breeze, M.D., Wei-Yann Tsai, Ph.D., William DuMouchel, Ph.D., Richard Kao, Sandra Dillon, R.N., Howard Winfield, R.N., Sharon Culver, N.P., John Q. Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D., David Eidelberg, M.D., and Stanley Fahn, M.D.
ABSTRACT: "Among younger patients (60 years old or younger), standardized tests of Parkinson's disease revealed significant improvement in the transplantation group as compared with the sham-surgery group when patients were tested in the morning before receiving medication (P=0.01 for scores on the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale; P=0.006 for the Schwab and England score). There was no significant improvement in older patients in the transplantation group. Fiber outgrowth from the transplanted neurons was detected in 17 of the 20 patients in the transplantation group, as indicated by an increase in 18F-fluorodopa uptake on positron-emission tomography or postmortem examination. After improvement in the first year, dystonia and dyskinesias recurred in 15 percent of the patients who received transplants, even after reduction or discontinuation of the dose of levodopa."

http://www.michaeljfox.org definitions:
Dyskinesias: "Involuntary, uncontrollable, and often excessive movement. These movements can be lurching, dance-like or jerky, and are distinct from the rhythmic tremor commonly associated with Parkinson's disease."

Dystonia: "Abnormal and awkward posture or sustained movements of a hand, foot, or other part of the body; may be accompanied by rigidity and twisting."

Levodopa: "Also called L-dopa, it is the most commonly administered drug to treat Parkinson's symptoms (its brand name is Sinemet in the United States)."

[3] http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/asc-refs.pdf contains the full names, dates, authors and citations of all those 150 studies from which the following chart was compiled.

Benefits of Stem Cells to Human Patients:

Embryonic Stem Cells

NONE

Adult Stem Cells
Cancers:
1. Brain Cancer
2. Retinoblastoma
3. Ovarian Cancer
4. Skin Cancer: Merkel Cell Carcinoma
5. Testicular Cancer
6. Tumors abdominal organs Lymphoma
7. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
8. Hodgkin's Lymphoma
9. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
10. Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
11. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
12. Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia
13. Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia
14. Cancer of the lymph nodes: Angioimmunoblastic Lymphadenopathy
15. Multiple Myeloma
16. Myelodysplasia
17. Breast Cancer
18. Neuroblastoma
19. Renal Cell Carcinoma
20. Various Solid Tumors
21. Soft Tissue Sarcoma
22. Ewing's Sarcoma
23. Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia
24. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
25. POEMS syndrome
26. Myelofibrosis
Auto-Immune Diseases
27. Systemic Lupus
28. Sjogren's Syndrome
29. Myasthenia
30. Autoimmune Cytopenia
31. Scleromyxedema
32. Scleroderma
33. Crohn's Disease
34. Behcet's Disease
35. Rheumatoid Arthritis
36. Juvenile Arthritis
37. Multiple Sclerosis
38. Polychondritis
39. Systemic Vasculitis
40. Alopecia Universalis
41. Buerger's Disease
Cardiovascular
42. Acute Heart Damage
43. Chronic Coronary Artery Disease
Ocular
44. Corneal regeneration
Immunodeficiencies
45. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
46. X-linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome
47. X-linked Hyper immunoglobulin M Syndrome
Neural Degenerative Diseases and Injuries
48. Parkinson's Disease
49. Spinal Cord Injury
50. Stroke Damage
Anemias and Other Blood Conditions
51. Sickle Cell Anemia
52. Sideroblastic Anemia
53. Aplastic Anemia
54. Red Cell Aplasia
55. Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
56. Thalassemia
57. Primary Amyloidosis
58. Diamond Blackfan Anemia
59. Fanconi's Anemia
60. Chronic Epstein-Barr Infection
Wounds and Injuries
61. Limb Gangrene
62. Surface Wound Healing
63. Jawbone Replacement
64. Skull Bone Repair
Other Metabolic Disorders
65. Hurler's Syndrome
66. Osteogenesis Imperfecta
67. Krabbe Leukodystrophy
68. Osteopetrosis
69. Cerebral X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy
Liver Disease
70. Chronic Liver Failure
71. Liver Cirrhosis
Bladder Disease
72. End-Stage Bladder Disease

Peer-Reviewed References (not a complete listing, sample references)
The Facts - Prentice, D. "Adult Stem Cells" Appendix K in Monitoring Stem Cell Research: A Report of the President's Council on Bioethics (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2004), 309-346.
Chart above found on http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/treatments.htm
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