Many of you probably wonder what stem cell therapy is all about. Well, research is going full steam all over the world and now in the U.S. since President Obama overturned Bush’s limitations on this particular investigation. Most of the embryonic stem cells derive from early surplus human embryos, 5-6 days after fertilization and are created for infertility treatment, what is called in vitro fertilization or IVF. The reason why the use of these embryonic stem cells provokes so much excitement and wonder stems from its uniqueness, i.e., they can self-renew in laboratory culture and they have the remarkable potential to develop into all cells and tissues in the human body. Thus, a myriad of applications can derive from the use of these cells, including organ transplants without the use of someone else’s organ and the development of effective and customized drugs, meaning, these drugs may, for example, trigger bone marrow cells and encourage them to travel to parts of the body where repairs are necessary.
Stem cell therapy is currently in the infancy stage and it may take a decade before they are used in the future to treat incurable diseases. Just think, Christopher Reeves who suffered irreversible spinal injury, had he not died prematurely, could have been cured in the future with this new medical technology. Although several problems stand in the way of using this technology widely, including safety issues, successful animal experimentation in the laboratory has been translated into preliminary clinical trials in patients who have failed standard therapies. For instance, a clinical trial at the University of Pittsburgh used embryonal cells which have been transplanted in the brains of 12 patients disabled from strokes, and 6/12 patients showed substantial improvement.
Many dreadful ailments can be cured using embryonic cell therapy. For example, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, spinal cord injuries, heart failure, diabetes, and others. Another case in point is the use of these cells for treating retinal and macular degeneration which are major causes of blindness in all age groups. This cell therapy is considered as a potential therapeutic approach that may indeed restore or sustain retinal function and prevent blindness.
So hold on to your seats and witness in the not too distant future the advent of unique therapeutic approaches that may replace the antiquated and invasive weapons currently used by the medical establishment. As indicated in my previous essay, and as prophesied by Ezekiel 65:17-25, there is a very good chance that we may live as long as trees.