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How the California Stem Cell Program is Fighting Your Incurable Disease!


Thirteen years ago, America faced an epidemic of chronic disease: cancer, paralysis, blindness, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and more.

But California voters said “YES!” to a 3 billion stem cell research program: the awkwardly-named California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Born into battle, the scrappy little state agency was immediately blocked by three years of anti-science lawsuits — but it defeated them all. And then?

A quiet triumph. With a focused intensity like the Manhattan Project (but for peaceful purposes, not to build a bomb), scientists funded by CIRM took on the challenges: disease and disability called chronic: incurable.

In a series of connected stories, accurate though written to entertain, “California Cures” relates a war: science against disease, with lives on the line. Think what it means for a paralyzed young man to recover the use of his hands, or for a formerly-blind mother to see her teenaged children — for the first time!

Do you know the “bubble-baby” syndrome? Infants without a proper immune system typically die young; a common cold can kill. But for eighteen babies in a stem cell clinical trial, a different future: they were cured of their disease.

No one can predict the pace of science, nor say when cures will come; but California is bringing the fight. The reader will meet the scientists involved, the women and men behind the microscope, and share their struggle.

Above all, “California Cures” is a call for action. Washington may argue about the expense of health care (and who will get it), but California works to bring down the mountain of medical debt: stem cell therapies to ease suffering, and save lives.

Will California build on success — and invest 5 billion more in stem cell research?

“We have the momentum”, says author Don C Reed, “We dare not stop short. Chronic disease threatens everyone — we are fighting for your family, and mine!”




Don Reed’s First Book STEM CELL BATTLES

BOOK SUMMARY: “ Proposition 71 and Beyond”


Imagine our country attacked by a deadly plague, like that which decimated Europe in the Dark Ages. But there might be a cure—would you support research funding?

STEM CELL BATTLES tells the story of just such a decision. According to federal statistics, nearly one in two Americans today has a chronic disease—Alzheimer’s, paralysis, heart disease, blindness, arthritis and more– but California is taking on the challenge, with a $3 billion dollar program for stem cell research to fight the “incurable” conditions.

Is California getting its money’s worth?

STEM CELL BATTLES tells the story of the California stem cell program from its tumultuous beginnings to the present, when diseases and disabilities are being systematically attacked.

The author shows the price of anti-science politics; for while disease is non-partisan,(and cure should be the same) still one party has systematically opposed advanced stem cell research, while the other supports it.

This is a people story. The author’s family has paid the price of chronic ills and injuries, fighting cancer, heart disease, paralysis, stroke and arthritis—they know what it is to be told, “There is nothing that can be done.”

But neither they, nor the state of California, have any interest in surrender.

STEM CELL BATTLES guides the reader through an adventure in real-world change. Today, because of Prop 71, 29 “incurable” conditions are in clinical trials.

And at the end of the book, after 71 short chapters of story and explication, when every dollar has been accounted for, the author introduces the reader to three key players in this epic struggle: with in-depth interviews of a pioneering scientist, a pro-stem cell Singaporean general—and the greatest research advocate in the world.




Don Reed's NEW BOOK - "Science, Politics, Stem Cells and Genes: California's War on Chronic Disease"

California’s War on Chronic Disease

By Don C. Reed, World Scientific Publishing, April 2023

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