Daily Archives: September 15, 2010

MEDIA ALERT – Dr. Walt to be on The Harvest Show on Thursday, 9/16

I’m scheduled to be a guest on the The Harvest Show (on the LeSEA national cable TV network) discussing my newest health book, “10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy” on this Thursday, September 16, 2010.

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There are a couple of ways you can catch the broadcast:

  • Watch it live. You can find where to view the program in your area by clicking here.
  • Or you can view it on the web, anytime this week, by clicking here.

As far at the book itself:

  • You can order signed copies here.
  • You can read the Table of Contents of the book here.
  • You can read the Forward to the book, by Dr. Paul Brand (his last published words), here.
  • You can read the First Chapter of the book here.
  • You can view the book’s adult Health Assessment here. There’s also a version for Christians here and for younger adults here.

Here’s some promotional information on the book:

  • This Retailers Choice Award-winner is a must-have family resource that explains the ten essentials on how to pursue wellness, cope with illness, and develop a plan to care for all the health needs of life.
  • 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People is like having your very own health mentor to guide you in your total health picture, from treating illness and navigating the health care system to developing a proactive approach to vibrant health.
  • You’ll see how to balance the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual parts of your life to help you achieve maximum health. Whether you’re eighteen or eighty, you can become healthy—highly healthy.
  • A must-have resource for pursuing wellness, coping with illness, and developing a plan to care for the health needs of life — for yourself and those you love.
  • The 10 principles in this book have made a life-changing—and in many cases a life-saving—difference for countless people. They can for you, too.
  • Expert, current, and full of surprises.
  • Endorsed by the Christian Medical Association as “Medically reliable. Biblically sound.”
  • Master 10 powerful principles for improving your well-being.
  • Discover the secret to becoming your own health care quarterback.
  • Chart your plan to improved health using the numerous self-assessments provided.
  • Learn the right questions to ask your doctors.
  • Gain the confidence to hire and fire your health care providers.

AP Surprises With Article Showing Adult Stem Cell Research Far Outpacing Embryonic

The Associated Press surprised me and, I suspect, many other readers with a dramatic story on the contrasts between adult and embryonic stem cell research and a headline indicating what pro-life advocates and readers of this blog have long known: the use of adult stem cell research is helping patients now and far outpacing embryonic studies. Here’s a report on this development from the folks at LifeNews.com:

“For all the emotional debate that began about a decade ago on allowing the use of embryonic stem cells, it’s adult stem cells that are in human testing today. An extensive review of stem cell projects and interviews with two dozen experts reveal a wide range of potential treatments,” AP admitted.

A few of the examples highlighted include multiple sclerosis, heart damage, juvenile diabetes, and blindness from chemical burns.

“Apart from these efforts, transplants of adult stem cells have become a standard lifesaving therapy for perhaps hundreds of thousands of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood diseases,” AP noted.

Dr. David Scadden of Harvard told the news service that the ability of adult stem cells to help patients with a wide range of diseases and conditions helps it stand out from embryonic, which has never helped a single person.

“That’s really one of the great success stories of stem cell biology that gives us all hope,” he said. “If we can recreate that success in other tissues, what can we possibly imagine for other people?”

And Rocky Tuan of the University of Pittsburgh told AP that adult stem cells have “a very interesting and potent quality that embryonic stem cells don’t have.”

Dr. David Prentice, a former Indiana State University biology professor and now a fellow at the Family Research Council, responded to the AP article saying its title “Adult Stem Cell Research Far Ahead of Embryonic” is “straight from Malcolm Ritter and the Associated Press” and finally “highlights some of the real successes and promise of adult stem cells, as opposed to the wishful thinking and hype of embryonic stem cells.”

The news story focuses on Dr. Thomas Einhorn at Boston University Medical Center who worked on a case injecting a patient’s bone marrow into a broken ankle that wouldn’t heal — four months later the ankle was healed.

“As the AP piece notes, it’s an example of many innovative therapies doctors are studying with adult stem cells; stem cells taken from body tissue and umbilical cord blood, not embryos,” Prentice says.

“Many of the treatments, including new ones being tested in clinical trials now, rely on the idea that stem cells can form other cell types. That seems to be the case for Einhorn’s ankle-repair technique, with the adult stem cells forming new bone and blood vessels,” Prentice said. “But adult stem cells also seem to have abilities to stimulate tissue repair or suppress the immune system.”

AP concludes its article saying the potential for adult stem cells, unlike embryonic, appears limitless and the successes it noted “only hint at what’s being explored in experiments across the United States.”

All I can say is, “Amen.”

Windpipes Made with Adult Stem Cells Help Cancer Patients

In a story coming out of Rome, Italy, LifeNews.com is reporting that Italian doctors have announced the use of patients’ own adult stem cells to fabricate new tracheas for two cancer patients. Long-time readers to this blog know of the many successes of adult stem cells, and the miserable failures in embryonic stem cell research. Here’s another exciting report on yet another success for adult stem cell research:

The surgical team was led by Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, has used this technique in prior surgeries, though not for cancer patients. The two patients were a 31-year-old Czech woman with a 6-month-old son, and a 19-year-old British woman.

The surgeries took place on July 3 and 13, and both patients are in good condition and have been released from the hospital in Florence just weeks after the surgery. The hospital said that the British woman was speaking after only three or four days.

To grow a new trachea, the doctors started with a donor trachea and removed all of the cells. The cartilage scaffold left after the procedure was then bathed in the patient’s bone marrow adult stem cells prior to transplantation. Over a period of 2-3 months the adult stem cells cover the scaffold with new tissue, grown within the body of the patient.

Using the patient’s own adult stem cells removes any problems with tissue rejection. According to Dr. Walter Giovannini, director of the AOU Careggi hospital where the surgeries took place:

“This is a unique solution for a problem that had none, except the death of the patient.”

Dr. Macchiarini told the press conference in Florence that the procedure could in the future be applied to other organs.

“I’m thinking about the larynx or surgeries involving lungs.”

HHS Dept Releases Funding for Abstinence Education Despite Obama Plan

The Department Health and Human Services has released the federal funding for abstinence education that groups fought for in Congress after President Barack Obama made a request to eliminate it. The funding is one of the few silver linings of the pro-abortion health care bill Obama signed. Here are the details from LifeNews.com:

In May, Obama announced he would zero out all funding for abstinence education and replace it with $178 million to “prevent teen pregnancy.”

The National Abstinence Education Association and others fought the request and members of Congress eventually voted to restore some of the funding. “The bipartisan vote among members of Congress that provided for the continuation of this funding, demonstrates an understanding of the common sense approach that Abstinence Education provides and that a majority of Americans support,” said Valerie Huber, the director of the group.

Members of Congress originally began funding abstinence education during the 1990s and Title V abstinence funding was recently extended under the health care bill.

This funding is provided to states yearly until 2014 and the program will be implemented through the Administration for Children and Families, which is currently accepting applications from U.S. states and territories for funding requests.

“We hope to see many effective abstinence programs funded under the Title V grant program,” Huber told LifeNews.com.

“To combat the complex problem of teen sexual activity, we need an ‘all hands on deck’ attitude that does not censor any approach; indeed there is enough problem to go around and our young people deserve every effort to promote their health and well- being,” she said.

According to the funding announcement from HHS,“The purpose of this program is to support decisions to abstain from sexual activity until marriage by providing abstinence education as defined by Section 510(b)(2) of the Social Security Act with a focus on those groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock.”

In February, a new study involving black middle-school students that appeared in the February 2010 Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association, found abstinence education effective in reducing sexual activity among youth while comprehensive sexual education flops.

Students participating in an eight-hour abstinence program showed a one-third decrease in their rates of sexual activity compared to non-participants.

It found the students in the abstinence program showed lower levels of sexual activity even two years later.

Meanwhile, a February Rasmussen poll found a majority of Americans believe abstinence education programs are effective and a commanding majority would rather have parents than schools teaching sex education.

The poll revealed 50 percent of American adults believe abstinence-only education programs are at least somewhat effective in preventing teen pregnancy. Some 15 percent say they are very effective.

Just 42% of Americans disagree and a smaller 13 percent take the strongest position saying they are not at all effective.

Overall, 68% of adults nationwide approve of health education classes teaching children about sex or abstinence while only 21 percent of Americans disapprove of teaching kids abstinence and 11 percent remain undecided.

“Adults with children are slightly less supportive than those without children of sex education classes in school. Most adults with children at home see abstinence education as effective, while those without children are evenly divided on the issue,” the polling firm pointed out.

Fifty-one percent of men see abstinence-only programs as being effective in preventing pregnancy in teens, compared to 48% of women — making them about evenly divided.

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