The fog suddenly lifts when it’s one’s own life in question.
A Tuscaloosa News article yesterday fascinated me, after I got past the so typically spun hideline (above):
A Montgomery woman who said she recovered from significant heart problems with the help of adult stem cell research on Wednesday endorsed a resolution by the Silver-Haired Legislature calling on the state to fund the research….
“I applaud this body for taking courage,” Carron Morrow said of the resolution, which recommends the Alabama Legislature approve funding for adult stem cell research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Adult stem cell research funding was one of three issues of interest to all age groups that were approved by the Silver-Haired Legislature, which concluded its three-day conference in Montgomery on Wednesday.
Morrow said she has had four heart attacks, leaving her heart’s right side virtually useless. She said she participated in a test not knowing whether she was getting her own processed cells or a placebo. She said her heart has been rejuvenated and shess healthy now.
The Silver-Haired Legislature is made up of Alabamians 60 and older, one from each of the state’s 105 House districts. It meets each year to consider senior issues that it then recommends to the Legislature for consideration.
Seniors are getting it. I hope this is the beginning of a trend of the powerful senior lobby speaking in support of adult stem cell research.
As Morrow attested, adult stem cell research and treatment are helping people here and now (and not just seniors, but also children).
Embryonic stem cell research is decades away, as its proponents admit, from maybe being of value. Here’s an excerpt from a July 4, 2005, Los Angeles Times editorial, when the embryonic stem cell hypers began to backtrack from making wild promises to voters to pass a massive escr funding giveaway program:
California voters received, instead, a TV campaign promising cures tomorrow for a host of diseases, some of which may never respond to stem cell therapy. The professional cautions are only appearing now, after the money is committed. The shock of discovery that ‘tomorrow’ may be 20 or 30 years away (or may never come) could be severe.
Here’s hoping aging baby boomers will help steer funding and support away from embryonic stem cell research to adult stem cell research.
This could really be the start of something. A google check of “silver haired legislature” showed they are organized in at least 27 states. This is great.