Adult stem cell research's silver-haired bullet?


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.


The Tuscaloosa News had something *positive* to say about Adult Stem Cell Research. That is nothing short of miraculous.

Posted by: The_Cardinal_Rules at November 1, 2007 5:56 PM

let's throw away the embryonic stem cells instead of using them to help cure diseases. That's much more civilized.

Posted by: Hal at November 1, 2007 6:26 PM

Hal, sometimes I wonder if you're really a chimera who has been implanted with parrot cells. Saying the same thing over and over makes it no more true.

1. Less than 3% of all frozen embryos are available for experimentation.

2. What to do with frozen humans? Thaw and implant them to grow, not dissect and experiment on them.

Posted by: Jill Stanek at November 1, 2007 6:36 PM

The ONLY promising research has been done through adult stem cells (meaning anything after birth, the stem cells taken out of the umbilical cord are considered "adult" stem cells.) We've been saying this for years, is someone finally listening?

Posted by: Kristen at November 1, 2007 7:03 PM


Throw away embryonic stem cells instead of using them to cure disease? Hal, they haven't cured any disease at all and its only speculation if they can. Its adult stem cells that have shown the most promise and have effectively treated disease. The late Hawaiian performer, Don Ho, was able to return to performing after his failing heart was treated with adult stem cells. While Mr. Ho lived only another 2 or 3 years after treatment, he was able to do what he loved most, perform, and live his life to the fullest, something he was otherwise unable to do.
What should embarass us more than anything is that he had to travel to Thailand to get treatment that was not available in the U.S.! Maybe because our scientists are stuck in an embryonic stem cell time warp.

Posted by: Mary at November 1, 2007 7:59 PM

Let's use Hal's money to experiment on human embryos instead of claiming to be "pro-choice" and then forcing pro-lifers to pay for the research.

Posted by: John Lewandowski at November 1, 2007 10:02 PM

That's fine, John. I'll chip in too. Now, will you pay my share of taxes that go to the War in Iraq? How about my share that goes to paying the president? The Congress? Please? I don't like any of those people and I certainly don't like this war.

Posted by: Leah at November 1, 2007 10:56 PM

Leah, I'll take you up on that.

My taxes can pay for the military, firefighters and police, for faith-based programs, and for all Republican politicians.

Your taxes can pay for public schools, social programs, socialist health care, and for all Democrat politicians.

How about it? Deal or no deal? I'd gladly pay more in taxes if it meant I didn't have to pay for any of that stuff.

Posted by: John Lewandowski at November 2, 2007 9:22 PM

Wow! Truth in media! Maybe there's hope for us yet.

Yes, there's nothing like a personal interest to put vital matters into perspective, is there?!

Actually, Hal, the civilized, humane thing would be to let the embryos keep their own stem cells, since embryonic stem cell "treatments" have proven to be medical disasters more worthy of Mengele than Hippocrates, whereas adult stem cells, which don't require murdering the donor, have proven much more beneficial.

Posted by: just thinking at November 3, 2007 11:46 AM

Deal, John.

Posted by: Leah at November 4, 2007 10:31 PM