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It's a Matter of Life, It's a Matter of Truth

October 13 2004 23:36 (+ 9 - 5 )

Christopher Reeve just passed away, and America just lost a great champion for this cause, somebody who was a powerful voice for the need to do stem cell research and change the lives of people like him, who have gone through a tragedy. Well, if we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.
It's a shame that lies like this are continually spoken, this quote by John Edwards. It is perhaps more a shame that countless naïve people believe it.

It must first be mentioned that when we hear the phrase stem cell research out of the mouths of those who vehemently support the practice and advocate its use, they are referring to embryonic stem cell research. Stem cells, for those who may not know, are the cells that, to put it simply, become any kind of cell that is needed. Human embryos (that is, young, pre-born human beings) are almost completely stem cells, as the cells in their bodies have not "decided" what they are going to be yet. Some will become skin cells, others muscle cells, other nerve cells, and so on. It is widely believed (and that is the key word) that embryonic stem cells can be used to regenerate damaged tissues in adults, specifically damaged tissues that do not regenerate on their own (like spinal cord and brain cells). Embryonic stem cells are believed to be the key to cures for spinal injuries as well as other neurological disorders ranging from Alzheimers to Parkinson's (explaining Nancy Reagan's support for stem cell research). The matter of life is that embryonic stem cell research requires that human life be destroyed in order to do the research. Embryos and Foeti are aborted or grown in a labratory and sacrificed to harvest these "golden" cells in order to attempt to convert them into what we need them to be.

Now, there are two matters of truth to what John Edwards spoke. There is no way of knowing if Christopher Reeve would have been able to walk were it not for the restrictive policies of the Bush Administration on stem cell research. In fact, it is highly more likely that he would have still died from the bed sore infection that ultimately caused his demise.

What's the other matter of truth? Well, this goldmine of stem cell research has been a goldmine for over 30 years. Do you know how many positive results have been yielded from embryonic stem cell research? None; not one! In 30 years, all research in the field of embryonic stem cells has ended in dismal failure. We are no closer now to finding the miracle cure from embryonic stem cells than we were 30 years ago. No single person has been helped from stem cell research; not one ailment has been cured. Yet countless lives were slaughtered all in the vain attempt to play God.

Now, you'll notice I was keen to make the point that the hot phrase stem cell research always refers to embryonic stem cells. There is, you could say, a third truth. Adults have stem cells, too! Adult stem cells are found, most readily, in the bone marrow. These cells, while not as open to becoming ANYTHING, like embryonic stem cells, are used by bodies to create red blood cells and some other cells related to the circulatory system. Research with adult stem cells has produced some positive results, and this is fortunate because adults do not have to be slaughtered in order to harvest these cells. Bone marrow transplants are being used to cure cancers. Further research is being done on adult stem cells that is yielding some promising results. Adult stem cell research is working where embryonic stem cell research is not (yet embryonic stem cell research continues to be the hot button issue for some strange reason).

Now, as far as Christopher Reeve is concerned, I mourn his loss. I do not mourn over him as others might. I do not mourn OUR loss of him, but of his loss of Life, if he did not have It. He may have been a great man. He certainly was a talented actor. His contributions in that field will be missed, but my life will go on. I can only hope he was a man redeemed by Christ, forgiven by Him for his sins.

The neat thing is, research is actually being done for conditions such as his that do not involve embryonic stem cells (again I wonder why embryonic stem cells is such a hot button issue then). So, I offer this quote:

Stem cells are not even the hot issue in nerve regeneration. When the spine is mechanically severed, like all tissue, the healing process forms a scar in order to allow inflammation response cells such as macrophages to deal with the inflammation. These scar tissue express proteins that inhibit neuronal regeneration by a variety of biomedical means. Unfortunately, the scar tissue does not break down. Hence, reconnection does not readily occur. The current area of research is in overcoming these inhibitory molecules and the physical barrier of the scar. Stem cells are not really the big deal in spinal cord.

Now, I really wish the libs would quit using Ronald Reagan and Christopher Reeve as "champions-in-death" for their anti-life agenda. It is a most deplorable attitude.



two comments:

Dad [ ] October 14 2004 04:24
He is a/was redeemed by Christ. I only hope he accepted it and professed it. The times they are evil.

Stingray [() (link)] October 14 2004 11:14
Yes, thank you for pointing out a fallacy in my post. Christ redeemed all men to God, this is true. But the second part of that sentence still holds. Forgiveness is a gift only for the penitent, as we can read from John 20:21-22 and 1 John 1:8-9 (http://www.biblegateway.com/cgi-bin/bibl..). But be careful using the word "accept," for one can only come to faith through God's action, not his own, and this by water and the Word; Romans 10:17 and 1 Peter 3:21 (http://www.biblegateway.com/cgi-bin/bibl..).