A Georgia man stepped on a piece of glass and decided to fix the injury himself…with super glue. (I use super glue to fix just about everything, but really?) Not surprisingly, it got infected. Unfortunately for him, his foot was infected with necrotizing
fasciitis, more gruesomely known as flesh-eating bacteria. In an attempt to save this man’s foot, a podiatrist tried an experimental procedure using stem cells from placenta. From Fox Atlanta:
DALTON, Ga. –
A cutting edge procedure in the fight against flesh-eating bacteria could land a Georgia podiatrist in the history books.
months ago, Dr. Spence Misner started using an experimental procedure
so that he would not have to amputate his patient’s foot — and it
Bobby Rice, 50,
cut his foot on glass last summer. He used super glue and bandaged it
up. Weeks ago, it was infected. He was diagnosed with necrotizing
fasciitis – the same bacteria that 24-year-old Aimee Copeland is
Dr. Misner said
that in November, he performed a stem-cell transplant procedure using
placenta membrane, which contained growth factors and stem cells to help
heal and repair Rice’s foot.
it was in contact with skin, it allowed skin to grow. When it was with
fat, it allowed fat to grow. It also helped to regenerate his nerves to
the point where Bobby is now ticklish. Before, he was totally
neuropathic, meaning he was totally numb,” said Misner.
Seven months later, Rice is standing and moving using a walker.
the reason why I’m still here, to show people that this is real and
it’s not like what they think about stem cells. It’s something good,”
Awesome. Just awesome. But the last quote leaves a sour taste in my mouth. “…it’s not like what they think about stem cells. It’s something good.”
At the height of the stem cell debates, proponents of embryonic stem cell research (advocates, media, and the like) purposefully tried to blur the line between adult and embryonic stem cells. Their intent was to piggy-back onto the successes in adult stem cells and ride them into embryonic stem cell utopia. They consistently failed to qualify which kinds of stem cells were making progress in real patients, wrongly asserted that adult stem cells could not treat certain conditions and flat out lied saying that embryonic stem cells were successfully treating patients.
In doing so they not only confused the public, but tainted the entire stem cell field, hurting adult stem cell research in the process. You know the kind that actually is working, right now. As Mr. Rice says, the good kind. But don’t take my word for it. Read these quotes from people in the adult stem cell field:
“The biggest disappointment from the summit is that stem cells automatically equals embryonic stem cells. This makes it more difficult for the rest of the industry. Stem cell has become a word like Kleenex, a brand name for everything. We spend great deals of time educating people, getting their heads to turn back.”
— Michael Haider, CEO of BioE Inc., a company that extracts adult stem cells from umbilical cords
“Even though the main controversy revolves around ethical use of embryonic stem cells, politics has infected the entire scientific field and has had a chilling effect on adult stem cell applications as well. Acrimonious political campaigns have spread misunderstanding and discouraged funding of all stem cell research in the United States.”
— Medical News Today interview with Helen J. Harris, founder and president of RP International and advocate for the blind
“The biggest challenge is we just don’t have the donors. Often times, when you hear stem cells, there’s a belief that there’s only one type of stem cells — those that come from embryos. The reality is that there are so many different sources of stem cells. Our marrow is one source.”
–Julie Tilbury, coordinator of the National Marrow Donor Program for the Rock River Valley Blood Center on how the stem cell controversy prevents donors from joining the registry (Tom Polansek, “Stem cell confusion deters donors” Courier News, Eglin, Illinois, September 25, 2006)
Rebecca Taylor blogs at Mary Meets Dolly
June 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm
Catholicism is a fucking farce, just like this blog, you fatass.
June 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm
Dear Anonymous, please read the article again. And do some more research. Adult stem cells have more than 80 proven therapies now in use around the world. Embryonic stem cells have yielded NONE. Because the cells of an embryonic-stage human must differentiate into so many organ systems, there are endless numbers of things that must go on within them to finish building a person by about 8 weeks gestation. The embryonic cells produce tumors
June 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm
Love it when the truth strikes a chord. My butt is a bit on the heavy side, so at least you got that right Anonymous!
June 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm
You may be interested in this article on umbilical cord blood donation. Cord blood is a valuable source of morally licit stem cells.
June 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm
When I was first working as an obstetrical nurse in the early 80's, we always saved placentas, froze them and sent them to the state health department where a useful substance called gamma globulin was extracted. Gamma globulin was used to temporarily increase the immune system of people exposed to such diseases as hepatis. We never got special permission to collect the placentas. Permission was included in the regular surgical/obstetric permission form which states the hospital could dispose of tissue and other surgical "waste." When our state stopped collecting placentas, they ended up in the incinerator with the trash. I've often wondered why, when they just get thrown away, can't placentas be used to obtain stem cells. good to hear someone is finally doing this. Hope it becomes as common and using placentas for gamma globulin used to be.
June 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm
"as" using placentas… used to be. Even using preview doesn't help sometimes.
June 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm
I think "necrotizing fasciitis" is more gruesome, since it means "dead tissue inflamed in bands". Compared to that, "flesh-eating bacteria" is a euphemism.
Also, first anonymous: truly, you make a brilliant argument against the existence of a just, rational God and of man as his image. Notice I do not say you state one.
June 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm
Anonymous – you are a coward! Anyone that uses the "anonymous" name and then makes a comment like that should be tarred and feathered in a public square.
June 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm
Anonymous @ 1:55. WHO ASKED YOU?
June 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm
When Anonymous @ 1:55 is dying of "necrotizing fasciitis" and they give him embryonic stem cells he will cry out for God.
June 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm
So I have a question….if embryonic stem cells "worked," would they be justified? By using the fact that they haven't resulted in therapies, you fix your argument to a moving target. If tomorrow they were to be used for a therapy, your argument would have to change. Attack why they shouldn't be used–not that they don't have any potential.
June 2, 2012 at 12:16 am
Anonymous 6:57 – I agree. Read my blog and the other posts I have written here. You will see I make that precise argument, frequently. My comments on the efficacy here are a direct rebuttal to the pro-embryonic destruction crowd that insists on confusing adult with embryonic stem cells as if both are "working."
June 2, 2012 at 12:44 am
Super glue is used to close some types of wounds (or a type of cement very close to it). Our neighbor is a doctor, and when our grandchild cut himself, she had some packets of glue that are used just for closing wounds. She said it is basically super glue. Of course the wound should be cleaned before sealing it up!
June 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm
Though off-topic check out antisharia.com,critical of Islam and pro-Christianity,read:
"There is No Excuse for Domestic Violence (except Sharia Law) by Louis Palme"
At the end of the article there is the movie "Arabian Nights"(2000) with Mili Avital,the Israeli actress
,playing the part of Sheherazade.
"The Greatest Book in Arabic,the “Thousand and One Nights”,is a Copy of a pagan,pre-Islamic book from Iran"